Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Divine Skein at Dealey Plaza - How JFK Was Killed

The Divine Skein at Dealey Plaza – How JFK Was Killed
By William E. Kelly

Allen Dulles took a book about American Assassins to the first meeting of the Warren Commission, and suggested that, unlike conspiratorial European assassinations, most American assassins are deranged lone nuts. The book “The Assassins of American Presidents” was written by Robert J. Donovan, who also wrote PT-109. H

Commissioner John McCloy, a veteran of high level conspiracies, pointed out that Lincoln’s assassination was a conspiracy and a number of suspects were hanged for their roles, but in the end the Warren Commission decided that President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, a deranged loner with no apparent motive.

Rather than the book on American assassins, Dulles should have brought a copy of his own book “The Crafts of Intelligence,” that refers to Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War,” one of the oldest known books that includes a chapter on the use of Secret Agents.

In his book that outlines the use of “intelligence tradecraft,” that former CIA agent Bob Baer says Oswald practiced, Dulles says that not much has changed since the days of Sun Tzu.

In “The Art of War” Sun Tzu says there are five types of secret agents – Native, Local, Double, Expendable and Living agents. Natives live where you want to know what is going on; Local are officials in important positions where you want to know what is going on; Double agents are enemy agents that are converted and turned; Expendable are those who you send out with false information that are usually killed or not needed anymore; and Living agents are those who go where you want to know what’s going on and return with valuable information.

When all five of these types of agents are working at once, Sun Tzu calls it “The Divine Skein,” a skein being a fishing net, and the network seeming to be divine or an act of God, and the Divine Skein is “the treasure of the sovereign.”

At various times in his young life Lee Harvey Oswald served as a native, double, living and ultimately an expendable agent, whose last and final mission was to a make the assassination of President Kennedy – the Dealey Plaza Operation, appear to be the work of Fidel Castro Cuban Communists and spark an invasion of Cuba.

That Oswald, as stated by Bob Baer in JFK Declassified (History Channel TV- Parts 1 & 2), practiced such “intelligence tradecrafts” that Allen Dulles and Sun Tzu write about, he must have learned it somewhere, and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and US Marine Corps are probably good places to start if you are looking.

In the early days of the CAP, before Oswald enlisted, they considered recruiting a select group of cadets that would be taken to the US Army Intelligence school at Fort Holabird, Maryland, near Baltimore where they train agents and operatives in these special tradecrafts, that include not only the policies and techniques of clandestine operations, but psychological warfare and propaganda.

That’s where spook journalsit Joseph Goulden received his training. Other places you can learn the “crafts of intelligence” include the Center for International Studies (CIS), where former Army Intelligence officer Paul Linebarger taught classes, sometimes at his DC home, as Joseph Smith recalls in his book. 

Antonio Veciana received his testing and training "out in the field," as they say, in Havana, where his case officer “Maurice Bishop” had a special officer test and train him in a crash course Veciana calls his “Conspirator’s Commandments.” 

David Atlee Phillips (aka “Maurice Bishop”), also talks about such training in his book “Careers in Intelligence,” and gives a good rundown on the tasks a good case officer must perform.

Cord Meyer, Jr., in his book “From World Federalism to the CIA,” also says how the intelligence case officers are the advance guard of America in foreign lands.  “The Agency officers serving under cover in the stations overseas are known as case officers,” writes Meyer. “Under the supervision of the station chief, they are America's front-line troops in the continuing effort to extract from human sources the information that policy makers require but which cannot be obtained from either the media, communications intercepts, or satellite surveillance....”

In his book “Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda,” Thomas Powers writes about how he came to meet former general Odum – at a retirement party for a veteran CIA covert action officer. 

Given the opportunity, over cocktails, to question the general, Powers asked him how a Army intelligence officer and head of ACSI and NSA came to meet a CIA covert action officer. 

Odum said he questioned the CIA officer and asked him two questions. 

Should the Army be running agents at all? 

And what makes a good case officer? 

While Powers doesn't tell us what the answer was for the first question was, it's quite apparent from the history of the 50s and 60s that since the CIA was prohibited from officially operating in the continental United States, the military can and does, and played a significant role in the civil rights and Vietnam protests era.

As for the second question, as to what makes a good case officer, the answer was "The Sting," Odum was referring to the Paul Newman/Robert Redford film about "The Big Con," as Odum put it. 

It's clear that the retiring CIA officer who told Odum about the "The Sting" and "Big Con" had taken the course offered by Paul Linebarger of the John Hopkins School for International Studies, that Joe Smith refers to in his book.

Smith related how Linebarger, besides using the textbook he wrote on "Psychological Warfare" and propaganda, he had his students read David Mauer's "The Big Con," the book that the movie "The Sting" was based on. 

According to Linebarger Mauer's book gave good insight in how to recruit, run and get rid of agents once they are no longer useful, a problem that confronted David Atlee Phillips when he decided to cut off Antonio Veciana over the Plan Centaur affair. Giving him a case ful of cash wasn't enough to keep him away.

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