Sunday, July 22, 2018

Jim Lesar - "Best Lead"

"I regard this as the best lead that we have ever had on the Kennedy assassination as to who may have been involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.” - Jim Lesar 

At the CAPA Press Conference over Sunshine Week 2017, Jim Lesar talked about “…..a new lawsuit that my organization filed. It is seeking records relating to the September 25, 1963 memorandum at a meeting chaired by General Curtis LeMay - if it ever, an opponent of president Kennedy and that meeting had detailed report by Desmond Fitzgerald who was involved in the AMLASH business. He referred to the CIA study of the Hitler plot, as a means to use against the Fidel Castro and his regime.”

              “The fact is that this memo would have been released by the review board but apparently there was no investigation of this allegation that the CIA was studying plots to, studying the Hitler plot as a means of conducting operations against Castro. So we have asked for that information and the CIA initially denied having any, then it said, oh wait a minute we do have some and then it later reversed. I filed that lawsuit to see what happens with the CIA.”
  
“Another lawsuit that is important for you to understand is the lawsuit brought by Carl Oglesby in 1987, Carl Oglesby, you may remember, I hope, was the leader of the Vietnam war effort, he was a president of the students for democratic society. Early on, he wrote an article in 1989 or so called "The Secret Treaty of Fort Hunt", and in that he laid out the case that in a series of meetings at the end of World War II and thereafter, top American officials made a deal with General Reinhart Gehlen and the Gehlen organization to put Gehlen in charge of intelligence in Eastern Europe, in fact in all of Europe it turned out. Until such time that Germany regained its independence as a state, and then he would become head of the Bundesnachrichtendienst the equivalent of our CIA. The result of that, we have learned, as a result of the lawsuit which is now in its 28th or 29th year, was that we found after almost three decades of litigation when the CIA, which had been supposed to release all the records related to Oglesby's request including ... The CIA said that they had been forced to release as a result of the anti-war crime disclosure act, anti-Nazi war crimes disclosure act.”

             “So, the key finding is that we found out in 2013 that, because we forced out another 113,000 pages of documents. One of them was on OSS report, which reported that Werner von Alvensleben, Jr. according to the OSS report, was a former Nazi assassin, but in 1933 he headed, on behalf of Hitler, an off string official had then been traded back to Germany, allegedly became a known agent at that point, and went to work for the OSS. It turns out that immediately after, near the time of JFK assassination in Dallas, Werner von Alvensleben, Jr. was in Dallas, it further turns out that he was a long time close buddy of D. Harold Byrd, the owner of the Texas School Book Depository Building. Byrd was allegedly not in Dallas at the time of the assassination, allegedly he was on a hunting safari in Mozambique. The owner of the safari the hunting expedition and the enormous expedition site in Mozambique was Werner von Alvensleben, Jr.”

            “The story is much more complicated, we have put these facts before the court, in our case, and asked the court to investigate. Again information on this can be found on our website: aarclibrary.org, particularly with the case of October with some essays that have been written by Daniel Alcorn who was done some really splendid research investigating this lead. I regard this as the best lead that we have ever had on the Kennedy assassination as to who may have been involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.”


UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE PROGRAM "ALFA"

UNCONVENTIONAL WARFARE PROGRAM “ALFA”

JFK ASSASSINATION SYSTEM INENTIFICATINO FORM


AGENCY: JCS
RECORD NUMBER: 202-10001-10126
RECORDS SERIES: J-3
AGENCY FILE NUMBER: DOC 127
TITLE: UNCONVENTIAL WARFARE  PROGRAM “ALFA”
SUBJECTS: CUBA CONTINGENCY PLANNING

VANCE MEMO FOR DESMOND FITZGERALD


TOP SECRET

SUBJECT – SENSITIVE

September 3, 1963

MEMORANDOM FOR MR. DESMOND FITZGERALD  Central Intelligence Agency 

SUZBJECT:  A Study on Capabilities and Employment of Selected Cuban Resources for Special Operations Against Cuba and a Concept of Operations (TS)

Enclosed is a study of the above subject which was prepared by the Department of the Army and which includes the comments of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 

Although the factual data in the plan is forwarded for your use in the planning and conduct of special operations of the scope and nature outlined in the program approved by the Standing Group of the National Security Council and Higher Authority in June 1963. 

The initial phases of the approved program, which have already been completed with considerable success, suggest the value of developing a complete inventory of covert actions which are geared to specific target areas within Cuba. 

The targets selected should be of such diversity as to encompass political, military, economic and psychological objectives.

The purposes of compiling such an inventory would be the provision  of a spectrum of actions which could be undertaken after a timely assessment of the situation following successive operations and which should be designed to form an unpredictable pattern of action while retaining essential momentum.

It is contemplated that this objectives of the approved covert policy which seeks “to encourage dissident elements in the military and other power centers of the Regime to bring about the eventual liquidation of the Castro-communist entourage and the elimination of the Soviet presence in Cuba,.”

Signed
Cyrus R. Vance – Secretary of the Army

TOP SECRET

TOP SECRET – SENSITIVE 

The Higgins Memo of JCS Meeting of Sept. 25, 1963

OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ASSISTANT FOR
COUNTERINSURGENCY AND SPECIAL ACTIVITY

25 September 1963

MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD

Subject: Briefing by Mr. Desmond FitzGerald on
CIA Cuban Operations and Planning

• 1. At the JCS meeting at 1400 on 25 September, Mr. Desmond FitzGerald briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

• 2. Except for General Taylor and Admiral McDonald, the Joint Chiefs were present, as were the Directors and Secretariat. Colonel Higgins from SACSA was the only other officer in attendance.

• 3. General LeMay opened the meeting by referring to papers recently discussed by the Joint Chiefs on policy and actions concerning military support of the CIA for operations against Cuba. General LeMay expressed the JCS position as had been reflected in the memoranda to Mr. Vance which in effect is that the Joint Chiefs do not believe that the operations to date are of a size and importance enough to justify the use of military support for protection.

• 4. Mr. FitzGerald then discussed his personal feelings as to changed conditions in Cuba. Essentially, he believes that Castro's hold in Cuba has been seriously weakened since last July. He believes that the minor raids conducted by the CIAhave contributed to this deterioration in Castro's influence and stability. He is firmly convinced that Castro will fall at some future, not too distant, date, and that such actions as the CIAare conducting, as well as those of exiles, are contributing to unrest and unsettlement.

• 5. Mr. FitzGerald, in commenting upon criteria as to when the military support should be provided, offered the following. The greatest danger from his point of view is that the mother ships may be captured rather than be sunk. This will result in the capture of crewmen who have too much information and which could result in dangerous publicity for the United States. The location of these raids contributes to the possibility of capture. Hence, only when the raids are conducted in the more vulnerable areas from that point of view, is it likely that theCIA will request military support. He further stated that CIAhas no intention of requesting aid for the coming raid.

• 6. General LeMay questioned the danger of capture in view of the capabilities of Cubans and ridiculed the idea that small motor boats should have the capability of such a ship.

• 7. General LeMay and others gave opinions concerning such technicalities as the capability of radar both on land and in the air, capability of ship radar of the U.S. and Cuba, the speed of the mother ship, which was cited as 10 to 12 knots, and other related items.

• 8. Mr. FitzGerald made much of the Cuban volatile nature. He cited that many Cubans are now walking with their heads up and alert because of the realization that there are possibilities of raids and other outside supports, such as the light aircraft raids. He voiced the opinion that Castro would probably take desperate measures as his situation further deteriorates and would turn to creating revolutions in Latin America. He stated that even though his operations may be considered only minor, he thought they were doing about as much as could be done under the present policies. One of his problems was that he felt there was only a total of 50 logical targets and if he conducted as many as 10 raids a month, he would be unable to sustain the build-up of Cuban hopes. He further stated that there were times when certain types of raids were more favorable than others; for instance, on sugar centrals.

• 9. In responding to the question concerning the non-attributality of U.S. equipment, he stated that all equipment they use could be bought on the open market in many countries, even though it was of American origin. He stated that intelligence was not as good yet as they would like to have; however, they are having greater success in having agents enter and depart Cuba.

• 10. General Wheeler injected that he sympathizes with such planners as Mr. FitzGerald because he realizes that many good ideas are never accepted by the cautious policy makers. However, Mr. FitzGerald reported that he believes he had a clearer go-ahead on these operations than he has ever had in his past experience.

• 11. Mr. FitzGerald said that over the next two or three months his plans include critical targets of three classes: electrical systems, sugar centrals, and oil. He cited that electrical systems, although a top priority and a key to the economy, were very difficult targets. The sugar centrals were only of a seasonal nature because unless hit at the peak season, they could be repaired without difficulty or loss of time. In regard to oil, the refineries are most important but were also toughest to hit.

• 12. In response to a comment by General Shoup regarding the sabotage of mines Mr. FitzGerald said there had been a recent case of internal sabotage in a mine. He then explained how the success of his operations can only be measured when internal sabotage is increased. In response to a question, he admitted that there was not any coordination as yet with the internal sabotage program.

• 13. He commented that there was nothing new in the propaganda field. However, he felt that there had been great success in getting closer to the military personnel who might break with Castro, and stated that there were at least ten high-level military personnel who are talking with CIA but as yet are not talking to each other, since that degree of confidence has not yet developed. He considers it as a parallel in history; i.e., the plot to kill Hitler; and this plot is being studied in detail to develop an approach.

• 14. General LeMay then questioned the advisability of utilizing a communication technique to install a radio capability which would permit break-in on Castro broadcasts. He stated that an Air Force officer named McElroy was available to talk to Mr. FitzGerald on the matter, and Mr. FitzGerald accepted this offer.

• 15. The conference closed with General LeMay directing that Mr. FitzGerald's planners meet with General Krulak's people and work out the details as to how the military can assist in supporting these operations. After Mr. FitzGerald departed, General LeMay gave added directions to Colonel Higgins to initiate necessary steps for planning.

• 16. After the JCS meeting Admiral Riley called Colonel Higgins into his office and read a letter from Mr. McGeorge Bundy which discussed secrecy measures necessary related to Cuba CIA operations. Admiral Riley directed Colonel Higgins to have the nature of this letter put out through SACSA control to SACSA contact points to insure an adequate system for secrecy within the military services. Admiral Riley stated he was returning the letter to Mr. Gilpatric as he did not want written communication by SACSA, but to put this out orally. This was transmitted to Colonel Wyman who will take the action to prepare an appropriate memorandum for the record to be filed with General Ingelido in accordance with further direction by Admiral Riley.

• 17. General Wheeler, Chief of Staff of the Army, called and questioned us concerning SACSA's access for the knowledge of such operations as mentioned in the McGeorge Bundy letter. I advised him that our Pendulum system was in being but that I would look into it in greater detail to determine that it met the letter as well as the spirit of the memorandum. I stated I believed this was so but had not had reason to do it until this date and therefore did not give him a positive answer at that time.

WALTER M. HIGGINS, JR.
• Colonel, USA
[September 25, 1963 Joint Chiefs of Staff Memo for the Record, Walter Higgins, Briefing by Mr. Desmond Fitzgerald on CIA Cuban Operations and Planning, JFK Collection, (JCS Papers, J-3,#29 NARA. Riff202-10001-10028)  [http://www.maryferre...mp;relPageId=5]]
[Higgins may have also wrote the Memo for a Aug. 5, 1963 briefing of JCS – Memo by Col. Walter M. Higgins, Jr., Executive Officer, SACSA, briefing of JCS by Fitzgerald, Aug. 5, 1963, box 1, RG 218, JCS Records, JFK Assassination Records Collection (NA);]


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Putin Compares Murdering His Political Foes to JFK and MLK Assassinations

President Trump, while refusing to accept the unanimous opinion of the entire US government “intelligence community” that Russia interfered in the US presidential elections by hacking computers, he kowtows to the CIA in keeping their JFK assassination records secret.

Now Putin uses JFK and MLK as an excuse for the murders of his own political rivals.
Putin says political rivals do 'not always' get killed, likens deaths to JFK, MLK assassinations


In an interview released Monday, Chris Wallace of Fox News Channel cited several specific cases of Russians opposed to Mr. Putin being killed — political opponent Boris Nemtsov, reporter Anna Politkovskaya and spy-defector Sergei Skripal — and asked “why is it that so many people who were political enemies of Vladimir Putin get attacked?”

Mr. Putin, a former KGB agent once stationed in a Soviet diplomatic post in East Germany, downplayed the question, noting that “all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals.”

A surprised Mr. Wallace noted “but they don’t end up dead.”

At that point, the Russian strongman, who was born in 1952, said that his political opponents do “not always” get killed and then referred to events in the U.S. from his adolescence.

“Well, haven’t presidents been killed in the United States? Have you forgotten about — well, was Kennedy killed in Russia or in the United States? Or Mr. King?” presumably a reference to the Rev. Martin Luther King.




Putin Compares Murdering His Critics to JFK and MLK Assassinations

Toward the end of the interview, Wallace asked “Why is it that so many of the people who oppose Vladimir Putin end up dead, or close to it?” He pointed to former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, political opponent Boris Nemtsov, and investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
“Well, first of all, all of us have plenty of political rivals. I’m pretty sure President Trump has plenty of political rivals,” Putin answered.
Wallace shot back: “But they don’t end up dead.”
“Haven’t presidents been killed in the United States?” Putin said. “Have you forgotten about — well, has [President John F.] Kennedy been killed in Russia or in the United States? Or [Dr. Martin Luther] King? What — and what happens to the clashes between police and, well, civil society, and some – several ethnic groups? Well, that’s something that happens on the U.S. soil. All of us have our own set of domestic problems.”

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Microsoft JFK Experiment

Last November when Microsoft announced they were using the recently released JFK assassination records as a test sample of their new Artificial Intelligence Cognitive software, they said they would make it available to the public and serious researchers.

They also noticed some things right away, - the Cuban connection was key, something that I too noticed when I first stared reading the 24 volume Warren Commission testimony and documents when I was in college. 

Microsoft also announced, a few weeks later, that the test system was meant to be an example to potential customers and not a system that others could work. 

As some other more computer savy researchers have commented, what is needed is a complete scan and digitalization of the entire JFK Collection and not just the small percentage that were withheld and released recently over the internet. 

More to come on this. 

BK



Using Azure and AI to Explore the JFK Files

November 15, 2017 by ML Blog Team /

This post is by Corom Thompson, Principal Software Engineer at Microsoft.

On November 22nd, 1963, the President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. He was shot by a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald while driving through the streets of Dallas in his motorcade. The assassination has been the subject of so much controversy that, 25 years ago, an act of Congress mandated that all documents related to the assassination be released this year. The first batch of released files has more than 6,000 documents totaling 34,000 pages, and the last drop of files contains at least twice as many documents. 

We’re all curious to know what’s inside them, but it would take decades to read through these. We approached this problem of gaining insights by using Azure Search and Cognitive Services to extract knowledge from this deluge of documents, using a continuous process that ingests raw documents, enriching them into structured information that enables you to explore the underlying data.
Today, at the Microsoft Connect(); 2017 event, we created the demo web site* shown in Figure 1 below – this is a web application that uses the AzSearch.js library and designed to give you interesting insights into this vast trove of information.

Figure 1 – JFK Files web application for exploring the released files

On the left you can see that the documents are broken down by the entities that were extracted from them. Already we know these documents are related to JFK, the CIA, and the FBI. Leveraging several Cognitive Services, including optical character recognition (OCR), Computer Vision, and custom entity linking, we were able to annotate all the documents to create a searchable tag index.

We were also able to create a visual map of these linked entities to demonstrate the relationships between the different tags and data. Below, in Figure 2, is the visualization of what happened when we searched this index for “Oswald”.

Figure 2 – Visualization of the entity linked mapping of tags for the search term “Oswald”

Through further investigation and linking, we were able to even identify that the entity linking Cognitive Service annotated this term with a connection to Wikipedia, and we quickly realized that the Nosenko who was identified in the documents was actually a KGB defector interrogated by the CIA, and these are audio tapes of the actual interrogation. It would have taken years to figure out these connections, but we were instead able to do this in minutes thanks to the power of Azure Search and Cognitive Services.

Another fun fact we learned is that the government was actually using SQL Server and a secured architecture to manage these documents in 1997, as seen in the architecture diagram in Figure 3 below.

Figure 3 – Architecture diagram from 1997 indicating SQL Server was used to manage these documents

Figure 4 – Updated architecture of Azure Search and Cognitive Services

We’ll be making this code available soon, along with tutorials of how we built the solution – stay tuned for more updates and links on this blog.

Update to original blog post: 
The code is now available in GitHub here.

Meanwhile, you can navigate through the online version of our application* and draw your own insights!

Corom

* Try typing a keyword into the Search bar up at the top of the demo site, to get started, e.g. “Oswald”.

We have created an architecture diagram of our own to demonstrate how this new AI-powered approach is orchestrating the data and pulling insights from it – see Figure 4 below.

This is the updated architecture we used to apply the latest and greatest Azure-powered developer tools to create these insightful web apps. Figure 4 displays this architecture using the same style from 54 years ago.


“Cognitive search” is Microsoft’s concept and tool; use computing power to capture analyze massive amounts of data found in the latest JFK files.

But the example these engineers give is not exactly inspiring.

We just ran all the content through, and right away you could see that the CIA, the FBI, and even Cuba were involved in all of this.

This statement is certainly true–the CIA, FBI and Cuba all figure in the assassination story. But we don’t need artificial intelligence to reach it. Anybody who read the Warren Commission, Church Committee or HSCA final reports know this fact.

Sociable notes that it was “purely coincidental” Microsoft brought this new service to market at the very same time that the last of the JFK files were in the news. In April President Trump released thousands of JFK files while keeping redactions in at least 15,834 other JFK documents.

The question is whether AI and Machine Learning can bring us to new conclusions about the JFK case. I don’t dismiss the possibility. I just don’t think we yet have the right questions for the cognitive search technology..

So I want to put this to the technologists and programmers out there: Can AI give us new, empirical, verifiable insights about the JFK story? If so, how?

For those that do not see value in this, you must have missed things in this video for some odd reason.

The software is enabled to read and recognise, names and therefor can group related documents together, but can also see patterns with stamps, scribbles and signatures. What researcher that goes through the trove of documents would not want that type of tech to his assistance. Think about the man hours saved.

The spider web part shows how these names inter-relate to each other. I love it.



Saturday, July 14, 2018

"The President is completely incapable......"

104-10219-10001 - Report released under the JFK Act.

Dominican Report

"The President is almost completely incapable of understanding the world and international relations and of approaching rationally and systematically the international problems." 

Here, in a report that was not circulated to the President, was referring to President Johnson.

This report on the Dominican crisis, in which LBJ sent in the Marines, says that the president ignored the advice of almost his entire National Security Council to intervene.

The CIA sent David Atlee Phillips in as the new Chief of Station in that country during the crisis.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Divine Skein at Dealey Plaza


THE DIVINE SKEIN AT DEALEY PLAZA

PSYCHO or PSYOP? FREUD verses SUN TZU

By William Kelly

The assassination of President John F. Kennedy remains a Watershed event in modern American history, the ramifications of which have yet to be fully realized. The details of the crime, the acoustics, ballistics, autopsy and medical evidence are covered elsewhere. This report and the ones that follow concern the covert intelligence operations that resulted in the murder of the president and the black propaganda operations that continue to this day, manipulating the news and judicial system to shield those responsible.

The time and the place – 12:30 p.m., Friday, November 22, 1963, Houston and Elm streets, Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, are notched in our national subconscious, and the picture of that square acre of time and place are etched in our collective memories.

If Dealey Plaza were pictured as a giant mosaic wall mural, broken into pieces like a puzzle, we would have a pretty good idea of what occurred there. Only a few pieces are still missing – the faces in the shadows, the names of the mangers pulling the strings of the puppets and pawns, details unnecessary to understand the nature of the plot.

Although there are many theories as to what happened in Dealey Plaza on that day, the events as they actually occurred only happened one way, and it is the responsibility of the independent researchers, journalists, professors and historians to determine that truth as close as possible.

Some people might consider the crime ancient history, even though it is such a current event that indictments can still be brought down for those responsible for crimes, if not homicide and conspiracy, then obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence and perjury. Besides the issues concerning the accuracy of our historical perspective, truth and the pursuit of justice, it is important to know for oneself whether the death of the president was an unplanned, spontaneous act of a lone madman or a very well planned and executed coup d’etat.

John F. Kennedy was either killed by a deranged lone-nut, as the official Warren Commission concluded, or he was the victim of a covert action team of clandestine agents, as much of the evidence suggests. The truth is either one way or the other, but cannot be both.

If the assassination of JFK was the work of a lone-nut madman, the lessons to be learned from the tragedy are far less significant than if Kennedy was killed as part of a coup, as the ramifications stem into the realms of truth, justice, responsibility and national security.

Not for the sake of argument, but for the sake of analysis, a competent homicide investigation would proceed first by assuming that JFK was killed as an act of elimination. An understanding of current events and the details of the crime also suggest that what happened at Dealey Plaza was not only the product of a conspiracy, but by a much more clearly defined MO – Modus Operandi – that of a covert intelligence operation.

Although anyone with the training and knowledge can conduct such operations, the murder of the president, because of the extensive cover-up that occurred after the fact, must have had its origin in the very heart of the U.S. government. If it was an independent operation, a renegade group or the work of foreigners, those responsible would have been pursued to the ends of the earth. Instead, the evidence leads directly inside the government itself. Those responsible for what happened at Dealey Plaza took over the government and controlled the investigation of the crime.

But because the modus-operandi MO – is that of a covert operation, by its very name and nature is meant to be hidden and concealed, so as to protect the real sponsors, in order to see it you must look at it through a special spectrum. This ‘crystal ball’ is similar to an onion, an analogy John Judge likes to use, as it has layers of deception that must be pealed off, revealing layers of truth, and can only be understood if you are educated in the history and trained in the crafts and techniques covert intelligence operations.

Allen Dulles’ book The Craft of Intelligence was published in 1963, and was the book that he was promoting when he visited Dallas shortly before the assassination. In it Dulles notes that the biographical method of study is a good way to learn and understand practically any subject. Pick a person and learn everything you can possibly know about them. Note 1.

And he suggests that Sun Tsu’s book The Art of War is very special and worthy of attention. 2.
As for biographies, Lee Harvey Oswald is one of the first characters you have to come to know in order to understand the assassination. The primary, but not first suspect, Oswald “is your man,” as LBJ told the Dallas authorities, and no conspiracy, so the official investigators pretty much handed the American public the head of Oswald on a platter.

While a typical homicide investigator on the street may not have the historical background or training in intelligence operations, and may not have the investigative resources federal governmental agencies have at their disposal, a common man’s instincts will tell you something and lead you to clues worth pursing. Every homicide investigator begins with a body, and a suspect who can usually be identified as one who had the means, motive and opportunity to commit the crime. We have that with John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Their paths crossed at Dealey Plaza, an intersection out of the Twilight Zone, one that we keep going back to see if we went in the right direction when we left there.

Oswald had the means, the U.S. Marine Corps training, the experience and the tools – the ability to kill. He also had the opportunity since he worked in a building at the scene of the crime, which makes JFK one of the few assassination victims who, rather than being stalked by his assassin, is delivered to the window his killer.

The problem with Oswald is that he did not have a motive. He actually liked JFK. Not even the Warren Commission, even though they concluded Oswald was the assassin, could determine a motive for the murder. 3.

But the more you learn about Oswald, rather than finding the psychotic, homicidal maniac, you realize he was merely a pawn in a much bigger game of power politics, a game that continues to this day.

Although Oswald may have been a loner, he was seldom alone and not deranged. He was definitely an operative agent, although exactly who he was an agent for has yet to be precisely determined, but can be.

At an early meeting of the Warren Commission Allen Dulles handed out copies of a book he recommended the other Commissioners read – Robert Donovan’s The Assassins. 4.

Donovan’s The Assassins purports to show how American assassins are all psychologically deranged loners, but commissioner John J. McCloy called Dulles on this notion, pointing out that Lincoln’s assassination was a conspiracy since co-conspirators were hung along with John Wilkes Booth.
But Dulles paraphrases Donovan, the author of the book, saying that Booth was such a dominating person in the plot that it almost wasn’t a conspiracy.

And Dulles wasn’t the first to suggest the accused assassin was crazy, as Donald Gibson points out in, JFK Assassination Cover-up (Donald Gibson. P.99), which also gets into the Dulles-McCloy exchange over the Lincoln conspiracy. 5.

It is worth quoting Gibson as he writes:
…As was noted earlier, James Reston had suggested, less than 24 hours after the assassination, that this act was committed by one person and that it reflected a “strain of madness” in the country. The New York Herald Tribune had editorialized on November 23 that the assassins in the United States are typically “crazed individuals” and are “real lunatics.” On November 25, the Wall Street Journal asserted that assassins are “idiots” and suffering with “hysteria.” Also, in Dallas, Mayor Earle Cabell was quoted in the November 23 Dallas Morning News describing the assassination as the work of a maniac, as an “irrational act” of a “deranged mind.” As documented earlier, this was not the view of the police officials or the district attorney.

(Allen) Dulles was the former head of the Central Intelligence Agency. He had the experience in intelligence work and in international affairs. He was one of the most sophisticated men in the world. Later, we will discuss the relationship between Dulles and the other early sources of the lone-nut theory. This man probably was not just repeating what he had seen in the newspapers, unless what was appearing in the media immediately after the assassination and what he tried to impose on the Commission had a common source.

On December 5, (Earl) Warren briefly mentioned the mental illness issue. He then also brought this up and he began but did not get to finish a description of a book he had been reading which focused on “the psychiatric angle.”

On December 16, Dulles was far more aggressive in his promotion of this “angle.” Dulles was handing out copies of a book which analyzed seven previous attempts on the lives of U.S. Presidents. Dulles was giving this book to members of the Commission and to the Commission’s lawyers. As indicated by Dulles, the theme of the book was that such attempts were typically the acts of lone individuals, usually individuals with mental disorders. The book that Dulles was pushing was The Assassins by Robert J. Donovan. Although Dulles did not identify it, the Donovan book was published in the year mentioned by Dulles as the publication year and Donovan’s book contains a statement that is almost identical to something said by Dulles.

In response to a comment from McCloy that there was a plot in the Lincoln assassination, Dulles noted that that was true “but one man was so dominant it almost wasn’t a plot.” In his book, Donovan, who was in 1963 the New York Herald Tribune’s Washington bureau chief, argued that in the U.S., assassinations were the work of individuals and he went on to say:

This was true even in the Lincoln assassination, in which, though other conspirators were involved, Booth was the moving spirit and dominated his accomplices to such an extent that the plot was the product of one man’s will.”

The implication of this is that if conspiracies have leaders, they aren’t conspiracies! Donovan’s analysis contained another ingredient that was important in Dulles’s proffered conclusions about the assassination, i.e., that the assassins were usually crazy. Donovan’s conclusion: By and large the true story behind the assassination and attempted assassinations of American presidents is that the assassins not only were lone operators, but were, most of them, men suffering from mental disease, who pulled the trigger in the grip of delusion…

When Donovan later wrote the introduction of the Popular Library Edition of The Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President Kennedy, he applied his generalization to the Kennedy assassination:

“For the murder of President Kennedy was so horrifying, so senseless, so heart-rending that the act was difficult to comprehend in terms of the average person’s experience. To anyone who happened to know the history of assassinations of American Presidents, Lee Harvey Oswald conformed remarkably to the pattern of obscure misfits, loners, fanatics, cranks and mentally deranged and deluded men who committed these historic crimes. Indeed he even bore a vague physical resemblance to them.”

“To millions everywhere, however, the crime in Dallas was too momentous in all its implications to be accepted as the pitifully simple thing it was, the solitary act of a deranged and deteriorating wanderer, taking his revenge on the world by destroying one of its finest living figures. Surely, it seemed to many – especially to many abroad – there MUST be a further explanation, a more complex cause, a plot, a conspiracy.”

Donovan uses about eight different terms to suggest that Oswald was a lone nut. The official line that developed during the hours immediately following the assassination had not changed; it was restated with even greater emphasis by Donovan.

Donovan was not your everyday journalist. Although he never graduated from college, he was the Washington correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, and later the LA Times, and had written the best seller “PT 109,” that was made into a movie. 6.

Donovan’s Assassins was published in 1955 (Harper, NY), and after Dulles’ genuflection, he also wrote the introduction to A Concise Compendium of the Warren Commission Report (Popular Library, NY, 1964), which continued promoting the lone-nut thesis. 7.

The attempt to attribute psychological motives to the accused assassin continues, and many millions of words have been written on the subject, with Donovan’s original seven case studies being expanded to over eighty subjects included in the Secret Service Exceptional Case Study. 8.

One of the problems with all of these official academic psychological studies of assassins is they accept the false premise that Oswald was the assassin of President Kennedy, when in fact it can be reasonably demonstrated that he was what he claimed to be – a Patsy. So these authorative studies are of one animal – the Patsy, when they wrongfully assumed they were studying another animal – the Assassin. 9.

Whether assassin or fall-guy, Oswald was a covert intelligence operative, and in fact he sets the mold for what I call the Covert Operative Profile that can be used in the analysis of political assassins, just as the academic studies profile psychotics. 10.

Rather than use Donovan’s The Assassins as a primer on political assassinations for the Warren Commissioners, Dulles should have handed out copies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, which he recommends highly in The Craft of Intelligence for anyone who wants to try to understand the arcane world of clandestine espionage and covert intelligence operations.

Just as psychotic assassins are described by armchair psychoanalists as various types of paranoid skidso maniacs, covert operators can also be defined more precisely by the type of secret agents they are.

In his book The Craft of Intelligence Dulles elaborates on this theme when he writes, “In a chapter of The Art of War called the ‘Employment of Secret Agents,’ Sun Tzu gives the basics of espionage as it was practiced in 400 B.C. by the Chinese – much as it is practiced today. He says there are five kinds of agents: native, inside, double, expendable and living. ‘Native’ and ‘inside’ agents are similar to what we shall later call ‘agents in place.’ ‘Double,’ a term still used today, is an enemy agent who has been captured, turned around and sent back where he came from as an agent of his captors. 
‘Expendable agents’ are a Chinese subtlety which we later touch upon in considering deception techniques. They are agents through whom false information is leaked to the enemy. Sun Tzu says they are expendable because the enemy will probably kill them when he finds out their information was faulty. ‘Living’ agents to Sun Tzu are later-day ‘penetration agents.’ They reach the enemy, get information and manage to get back alive.”

There are many different English translations of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War but Dulles notes, “For my remarks on Sun Tzu I am indebted to the recent excellent translation of the Art of War with commentaries by General Sam Griffith (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1963).” 11.

Dulles continues: “To Sun Tzu belongs the credit not only for this remarkable analysis of the ways of espionage but also for the first written recommendations regarding an organized intelligence service. He points out that the master of intelligence will employ all five kinds of agents simultaneously; he calls this the ‘Divine Skein.’ The analogy is to a fish nest consisting of many strands all joined to a single cord. And this by no means exhausts Sun Tzu’s contribution. He comments on counter-intelligence, on psychological warfare, on deception, on security, on fabricators, in short, on the whole craft of intelligence. It is no wonder that Sun Tzu’s book is a favorite of Mao Tse-tung and is required reading for Chinese Communist tacticians. In their conduct of military campaigns and of intelligence collection, they clearly put into practice the teachings of Sun Tzu.”

“Espionage of the sort recommended by Sun Tzu,” writes Dulles, “which did not depend upon spirits or gods, was, of course, practiced in the West in ancient times also, but not with the same degree of sophistication as in the East; nor was there in the West the same sense of craft or code of rules so that one generation could build on the experiences of another.”

Today, the same crafts and techniques are used, just as they were used centuries ago by Sun Tzu. There have been advances however, not only in the crafts and techniques of espionage, but also in the technique of criminal profiling, a new tool in which criminal behavior is categorized in a similar way.

The category Oswald belongs to, since he should not be among the psychotics studied by the academics, is the Covert Operative Personality, which also includes other rogues of similar persuasion – Feliz Rodriguez, Frank Forini Sturgis, Gerry Patrick Hemming, Richard Case Nagel, Michael Townley, Frank Terpel, El Nosair Sayyid, Ali Mohammad, et. al.

The Covert Operational Profile fits those who are military trained, usually USMC, and from a military family, fluent in a foreign language, can travel extensively, maintains safe house and dead drops, is familiar with codes, ciphers and covert communication techniques, works on an operational need-to-know basis and does not talk about any clandestine affairs.

Of course Allen Dulles recognized these traits in Oswald, the primary suspect, but instead of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War, as Dulles recommends in the very beginning of The Craft of Intelligence, he promotes Donovan’s psychotic assassins.

In The Craft of Intelligence Dulles wrote: “But in the craft of intelligence the East was ahead of the West in 400 B.C. Rejecting the oracles and the seers, who may well have played an important role in still earlier epochs of Chinese history, Sun Tzu takes a more practical view.”

“What is called ‘foreknowledge’ cannot be elicited from spirits, nor from gods, nor by analogy with past events, nor from calculations,” he wrote. “It must be obtained from men who know the situation.” [See: Note 16]

In “The Art of War,” Sun Tzu wrote about The Employment of Secret Agents. “Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy wherever they move, and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.”

Sun Tzu: “Now there are five sorts of secret agents to be employed. These are native, inside, double, expendable and living. A native agent is one of the nationality of the enemy. An inside agent is one who lives and works in the enemy camp. A double agent is an enemy agent who works for both sides. An expendable agent is one that can be cut loose after achieving his goal. A living agent is one that can get into the enemy camp and return with information. When these five types of agents are all working simultaneously and none knows their method of operation, they are called ‘The Divine Skein,’ and are the treasure of the sovereign.”

Although satellite and communication intelligence have become more significant in today’s world of espionage, the nature of the clandestine network in action – the “Divine Skein” is still the most reliable means of learning the intentions of other people and governments and acting covertly against them.

In this regard, little has changed since the days of Sun Tzu. The same type of agents are classified and utilized today, as they were in the ancient Chinese dynasties as well as on November 22, 1963 at Dealey Plaza. Now their means and method is known as “covert intelligence operations,” and are “compartmentalized” on a “need to know” basis, so each member of the network team only knows his job and role, and may not even know who he is actually working for.

The gunmen who killed JFK were well trained and competent professional marksmen and killers, operating on a need-to-know basis as part of a covert intelligence operation. The shooters were the easy part, mere technicians. It is the covert operational managers at the top of the clandestine pyramid who are actually responsible for the crime, and the subject of this pursuit.

The accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was an agent trained in what Dulles called “the crafts of intelligence,” but he wasn’t a very good marksman, and undependable for that part of the operation. Rather than the assassin, as the evidence suggests, Oswald was what he claimed to be, an archetypical patsy, the fall guy set up and framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Oswald was, at various times in his short, 22 year old career, an inside agent, a living agent, possibly a double agent, and in the end, an expendable one.

It is not the pawns in the Great Game we are after, but rather, the Knights, Bishops and Rooks, the middle managers and who they work for – the intelligence officers who pull the chains of the puppets and pawns like Oswald, and Rodriguez, Sturgis and Townley.

Sun Tzu calls the men at the top “wise generals” and the “sovereign,” and the operations of the network “The Devine Skein,” giving it a sort of deity or godlike association, since only the patriarch at the top knows all that is going on during the game. To the little man on the street it appears to be divine intervention, or the work of God, when actually it is mere man-made magic.

Professor Paul Linebarger, who wrote the textbook on psychological warfare, trained three generations of American spies in the techniques of psychological clandestine operations – the “black arts,” including E. Howard Hunt, Ed Lansdale and David Atlee Phillips. 12. (Psychological Warfare, Paul Linbarger)

Besides his own textbook on propaganda, Linebarger had his students read The American Confidence Man by David W. Maurer. 13. (The American Confidence Man, Pocket Books, N.Y. 1949).

A professor of linguistics at the University of Louisville (KY), Maurer’s book started out as a study of the slang used by swindlers and crooks in the big time confidence games prevalent in the first half of the last century. Using a unique social science technique – Maurer introduced himself to the crooks, told them what he was doing and after obtaining their confidence, learned their lingo as well as how they pulled off such complicated operations as the Big Con or “The Big Store,” which was used as the basis of the popular movie, “The Sting.”

– Setting up a Big Store in a city where there are lots of transients – Marks, the store operators pay off the Dicks with the understanding only transients will be marked by Ropers for a Sting and no locals will be taken advantage of. The Roper meets a Mark casually, or what appears to be coincidental circumstances, though he’s actually been selected out of a crowd because of his profile – class, money, out of his home element, etc. and is brought to the Big Store where the Roper passes the Mark off to the Inside Man, who sets up the Sting. The Wire is the operation used in the movie “The Sting,” though there were other similar, totally theatrical productions like The Ring and The Stock, which also end with the money being given to the thieves without the Mark even knowing he was robbed.

“The big time confidence games are in reality, only carefully rehearsed plays in which every member of the cast – Except the Mark, knows his part perfectly.” – David Maurer.

In the Big Store that is Dealey Plaza, JFK was the Mark, John Connally roped him and Lyndon Johnson played the Inside Man and greased the official Dicks. And it was the American people who were swindled of their democracy, without even knowing how they did it. Well now we know how they did it and can illustrate it quite clearly for anyone who wants to know.

As with The Sting, the behind the scene network of operators that makes up the Devine Skein is compromised of many different types of people, from street-wise con artists to suave, Ivy League corporate executives and bankers in business suits.

Now ordinary people can look into the glass onion and see The Big Picture, like a moving picture that leaves Dealey Plaza into the cool, dark tunnel and then emerges into the light of day on the trail of the assassins, the picture moves wherever the evidence leads, to places on the board and individuals who are players in the Great Game, whether they want to be or not.

The names of the real assassins of President Kennedy may never become as famous as Lee Harvey Oswald, but I am convinced that we will come to know them, even if they are now dead. We look into the Glass Onion, enter the ‘wilderness of mirrors,” not to name the guilty, but for the adventure of answering the questions, figuring out the riddles, to learn the how and the why, and to view today’s circumstances with the proper perspective.

If Oswald was just crazy, nothing else would make sense, but when you look at the Devine Skein through the “Glass Onion” of covert operations, it all makes sense, and you learn to understand what happened at Dealey Plaza.

As William Manchester wrote, “…If you put the murdered President of the United States on one side of the scale and that wretched waif Oswald on the other side, it doesn’t balance. You want to add something weightier to Oswald. It would invest the President’s death with meaning, endowing him with martyrdom. He would have died for something. A conspiracy would, of course, do the job nicely. Unfortunately, there is no evidence whatever that there was one.” 14. (The Death of the President, William Manchester, 1967).

But the evidence is there, if you know what to look for and where to look for it. People ask all the time, “Who killed JFK?” Well, anyone can know the answer, but you just can’t say a name, you have to take the inquisitive journey and learn for yourself, not just who killed JFK, but how and why they did it.

While we don’t have all the pieces to the big picture and mural puzzle, especially the one with the “smoking gun,” and there probably are no still secret document that gives the names to the men who pulled the triggers, the overwhelming circumstantial evidence fits in very nicely with the covert history of current events.

The psychological makeup of that “wretched waif Oswald” is of little consequence, and all the academic studies of the Patsy are wrong because they are based on the false premise that he was the assassin.

On the other hand, an understanding of the Cold War history and the rules of the Divine Skein puts things in a proper perspective and balances out the scales of history, if not justice. The tools of the social scientist are limited. We can read and interview, and in the end we must judge for ourselves what is real and what is not. A homicide detective once told me that even if you know who murdered someone, you still need to develop the evidence to convict them in a court of law. But the counter-intelligence investigator, the journalist and historian do not have to meet those same standards to know the truth.

Most of the American people have always known, in fact most assumed or have come to believe there was a conspiracy at Dealey Plaza. Even if they couldn’t see through the Glass Onion clearly, they knew in their hearts that something was wrong, not only with the official version of events, but with our constitutional democracy.

It has only been since Watergate in 1972 that the general public became familiar with the covert operational terms such as “black bag operation” and “executive action.”

Philadelphia attorney Vincent Salandria calls it the “Transparent Conspiracy,” where it is prearranged for anyone who takes up the trail of the assassins to be led into a labyrinth of never ending false trails, dead ends and Machiavellian intrigues. “The material we already have demonstrates conclusively that only the only candidate behind the assassination is the American government,” says Salandria, “so to go into a microanalysis only gets oneself into a hopeless maze, and we fail to address the real issues. You can try to develop a model of explanation of what was going on, what happened and why, but to rehash this is useless.” 15. (The Transparent Conspiracy, Vincent Salandria, COPA Conference, Dallas, 1998, John Kelin, ed.).

With an understanding of the crafts and history of covert intelligence operations, and applying standard homicide investigative techniques, the network responsible for the assassination can be identified. The Divine Skein provides a model of the labyrinth, a map of the maze from those who have been there to those who are just taking up the trail and want to take it even further. To understand the truth of what happened at Dealey Plaza you can’t get caught up in all of the ballistics, trajectories, acoustics, autopsies and caskets. Forget the “single-bullet-theory,” suspend judgment on any theories you may have developed. Take up the trail cold and follow it wherever it leads.

At the last meeting of the Warren Commission Allen Dulles tried to have all of the testimony, reports and exhibits classified, but was over ruled by the other commissioners. “Go ahead and publish the stuff,” Dulles said, “people won’t read it anyway.”

John Judge said, “What they are telling us is that ‘We killed the son-of-a-bitch, and you can’t do anything about it’.”

Well, Dulles was wrong, and many thousands of people have read it, and I believe we can do something about it.

My personal approach is to adapt the style David Maurer developed when he researched and wrote about the “Big Con,” and get to know the players, the lingo and the lexicon of the clandestine warriors, learn their history, get to know their biographies, and where they live, and then slip up next to them and ask them why they did it.

[Billkelly3@gmail.com]
RESEARCH NOTES:



3. The Warren Commission Report (1964) http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/warren-commission-report/ / http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/warren-commission-report/chapter-7.html – conclusions “…Many factors were undoubtedly involved in Oswald’s motivation for the assassination, and the Commission does not believe that it can ascribe to him any one motive or group of motives. It is apparent, however, that Oswald was moved by an overriding hostility to his environment. He does not appear to have been able to establish meaningful relationships with other people. He was perpetually discontented with the world around him. Long before the assassination he expressed his hatred for American society and acted in protest against it. Oswald’s search for what he conceived to be the perfect society was doomed from the start. He sought for himself a place in history–a role as the “great man” who would be recognized as having been in advance of his times. His commitment to Marxism and communism appears to have been another important factor in his motivation….”

4. Donovan, Robert; The Assassins (Harpers, 1955, Elek Books, London, 1956)
See: Time review, June 20, 1955. 
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,861574,00.html


6.Donovan, Robert J., 90, NYT Obit, Saturday, August 10, 2003.
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/08/10/us/robert-j-donovan-90-the-author-of-pt-109.html

7. Donovan, R.; Introduction to A Concise Compendium to the Warren Report. (Popular Library, N.Y.,1964) See: #66 http://www.tomfolio.com/bookssub.asp?subid=1884
Warren Commission. Donovan, Robert J. [Kennedy, John Fitzgerald, 1917-1963]
A Concise Compendium of the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Publisher: NY, Popular Library [1964]. Introduction by Robert J. Donovan. 637 p.; “Since the tragic death of President John F. Kennedy, a great controversy, both here and in Europe, has raged over the true facts of the assassination. To end this debate once and for all, President Johnson set up the Commission, headed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren. Now, with the publication of the Warren Commission Report, the public for the first time can find the answers to such troubling questions as: Was Lee Harvey Oswald really the killer? Was he alone, or a member of a conspiracy? Just what were his relations with the far Left, the radical Right, the CIA, and Jack Ruby? What was the true sequence of events of the terrible crime and its extraordinary aftermath?” “The conclusive findings of the Official Investigation into the most shocking crime of our century.”

8. Exceptional Secret Service Study. http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac.shtml
Assassination in the United States: An Operational Study of Recent Assassins, Attackers, and Near Lethal Approaches; Journal of Forensic Sciences, Volume 44, Number 2, March 1999. 
http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac/ntac_jfs.pdf

9. More Recent Study – Presidential Stalkers and Assassins.
http://www.jaapl.org/cgi/content/full/34/2/154 By codifying their actions based on motive, presence or absence of delusions, active psychosis, and intent to do harm, the author presents five descriptive categories that he suggests capture the various motivations of presidential stalkers and assassins and characterize the clinical context in which the behavior occurs…

11. Sam Griffith; Obit; Sun Tzu (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1964)
http://www.tecom.usmc.mil/HD/Whos_Who/Griffith_SB.htm
Retired Brigadier General Samuel B. Griffith II, a noted author, lecturer, and Sinologue, died unexpectedly 27 Mar. 1983 in Newport, RI. He was born 31 May 1906, Lewiston, Penn.,U.S. Naval Academy 1929, 2nd Lt. USMC,. Second Nicaraguan Campaign, China, Cuba, and England. In China, language officer at the US Embassy Peiping. WW II British commando training, England and Scotland; 1st Marine Div, 1st Raider Bat., Guadalcanal, and 1st Raider Reg. in New Georgia, Navy Cross, Sept. 1942 for “extreme heroism and courageous devotion to duty” at Matanikau River, Purple Heart, Army Distinguished Service Cross. U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., Chief of Staff, Fleet Marine Force, staff of the U.S. Commander in Chief, Europe, retired from the Marine Corps 1956, after more than 25 years service. Following retirement, Gen. Griffith awarded D.Phil. in Chinese Military History, Oxford University (New College) 1961, translated Sun Tzu’s The Art of War,1963 and Mao Tse-tung’s On Guerrilla War, 1978, wrote The Battle for Guadalcanal, The Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and In Defense of the Public Liberty. Research Fellow Council on Foreign Relations and Institute for Defense Studies in London. 

Also see: Samuel Griffith Society Annual Conference – Adelaide
http://www.samuelgriffith.org.au/pages/Conf21/conf21generalinfo.html

12. Linebarger, Paul; Psychological Warfare – International Propaganda and Communications by Paul M. A. Linebarger (1948, U.S. Army; Duell, Sloan and Pearce, N.Y. 1954; Arno Press, 1972),

13. Mauer, David W.; The American Confidence Man (The Big Con; Pocket Books, 1949)
The American Confidence Man – (Charles C. Thomas, Springfield, Illinois, USA, 1974)

14. Manchester, William; The Death of the President (1967, Harper & Row, NY )

15. Salandria, Vincent; The Transparent Conspiracy COPA Conference Vincent Salandria speech to the Coalition on Political Assassinations, Dallas, Texas, Nov. 20, 1998.
http://spot.acorn.net/jfkplace/09/fp.back_issues/35th_Issue/vs_text.html