Saturday, March 17, 2018

Fan Mail and Feedback

From: duane davis
Subject: CAPA Purpose?

Duane Davis writes:
My opinion is that CAPA simply lacks the resources and power necessary to develop and use ANY new JFK-case-solving evidence to an extent sufficient to dislodge the American government and high-level American corporate- financial-control, and political structure from their necessary-to-maintain Warren Commission support position.  Hence, I don't see that CAPA is accomplishing anything but representing token, yet impotent, resistance to pressures that no longer even have to be exerted.  Do you have any argument and actual evidence that my opinion is incorrect?

Lawrence Schnapf responds: -  CAPA plants and water seeds. We are an organizing *platform which allows researchers and other interested individuals to mobilize. Several projects have been started as a result of the connections and information presented at the mock trial. They are not yet publicly obvious because they are works in progress. No single organization has the power the writer seeks but CAPA is a vehicle around which those seeking the truth can combine forces, build coalitions and communicate in an organized way.

Glenda: I also believe people want to see some serious action - I know I do! The time to do something really meaningful is getting short. I'm thinking that if we told the members (and others) about our long-range plans (last living witnesses, court of inquiry, clemency petition, etc.) they would be excited and have more confidence that we are in this to make a difference. These are real actions that could move the needle. That's why I'm so anxious to send out an email to the members/interested parties laying out our future efforts before too much time goes by.

Bill Kelly: Yes, Duane, there is actual evidence your opinion is incorrect. The idea that we have no power to determine and learn the truth is untrue, as we now have the three things that give us that power – 1) The JFK Act of 1992 requires the government to release all records on the assassination to the public this year; 2) the computer and internet give us the ability to answer questions and obtain the records and knowledge immediately; 3) the small group of serious independent researchers who are actively working on the case – including Peter Dale Scott, John Newman, Paul Hoch, Bill Simpich, Rex Bradford, Larry Hancock, Jefferson Morley, Jim Lesar, Dr. Cyril Wecht, Larry Haapanen, and a dozen others whose combined work compliments each other, giving us a good overall and detailed knowledge of what really happened at Dealey Plaza.

CAPA is an extension of efforts begun decades ago and offshoot of the Committee for an Open Archives (COA), the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) and other independent research organizations such as the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC), and the CTKA Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassinations, and works closely with other groups like ROKA the Australian Reopen Kennedy Case, JFK Lancer, the Mary Ferrell Foundation and JFKFacts. COA and COPA founders were instrumental in getting the JFK Act of 1992 passed by Congress and COPA is mentioned for its work in the Final Report of the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB). AARB Chairman Judge John Tunheim spoke at a number of COPA press conferences and he was the featured speaker at a CAPA sponsored press conference at the National Press Club during Sunshine Week 2017, calling for the release of all of the government’s assassination by October 2017, as the law prescribes.

While that didn’t happen, CAPA’s research committee is reviewing the released records and compiling a report, and the CAPA legal committee presented a mock trial and re-evaluation of the evidence in the assassination. This was done in cooperation of a major Texas law school and featured a real judge and prosecutors as well as expert legal testimony that will be used in future legal initiatives, including a Texas Court of Inquiry that could exonerate the accused assassin and officially reopen the case. CAPA is also planning on conducting a drone video map of Dealey Plaza, conducting 3D computer graphics of x-rays, bullet fragments and shells and using the latest forensic science to test the evidence in the case, including the audio and visual graphics. CAPA is also planning on presenting a panel of the last living witnesses in Dallas this November. 

We are also intensely lobbying Congress to hold oversight hearings on the JFK Act and why it isn’t being enforced. CAPA is trying to finish the work and the fight started by serious assassination researchers many years ago when the assassination records were first locked away, and while many of them are no longer with us today, we are continuing their fight. You can mock us, or join the fray.

“Bill Kelly’s blog JFKCOUNTERCOUP provides running commentary on new evidence related to the assassination with an emphasis on what can be done about it.” – Jeff Morley

“I can validate the work of Bill Kelly, although anyone remotely familiar with him knows he is one of those few researchers who has interviewed Arthur Young, stepfather of Michael Paine, Henry Pleasants interrogator of Reinhard Gehlen and Volkmar Schmidt who knew Lee Harvey Oswald and was connected to those associated with the group which led the failed assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler during World War II. Bill is one of those persons who has proved his mettle in the wars and is now leading the effort to do what has never been done, which is to bring about a real investigation into the assassination of JFK. While some sceptics will say that is simply ‘pie in the sky;’ my response is ‘some people see things as they are and say why, I dream things that never were and say why not?’”   - Kubark12

From: Ernesto Chavez

I have a suggestion to make it EASIER for more of the public to know the facts on the assassination. Also, to help draw logical conclusions given supportive evidence/information from current and past conspiracy researchers like Jim Garrison and Mark Lane. In countering endless lies and disinformation on the subject, I ask that you please head a group of the top 10 researchers to inform us, in writing, of the most plausible case scenario regarding the murder plot from beginning to end. It may be less confusing if the public learns the combined opinions of several credible researchers who are in general agreement. To lessen bruised egos in the research community, your book or report would obviously include footnotes and endnotes allowing the public access to many books exposing the conspiracy. A united front is necessary so that the public is not distracted by infighting over peripheral research opinions. 

I decided to write this after noting that many of the public and researchers still believe that the fatal head shot came from the grassy knoll. Sherry Fiester, Senior Crime Scene Investigator, Blood Splatter Analyst, and Court Certified Forensic Investigator established it was a shot from the FRONT that struck the president's right temple and exited the low rear right of his head. Shots were fired from the grassy knoll, but they missed. Much respect for your hard work, integrity, and courage.


Friday, March 16, 2018

The Status of JFK Assassination Records on Sunshine Week 2018

The Status of JFK Assassination Records on Sunshine Week 2018

Stacks of government records

Founded by newspaper editors and publishers in March 2005 Sunshine Week is a week in March that is annually dedicated to promoting an open and transparent government, something that was considered imperative by the Founding Fathers, as Thomas Jefferson once said that if given the choice of having “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

John F. Kennedy himself said: “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it….Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.”

So it is quite ironic that this Sunshine Week 2018 began on Monday with the agencies of government informing the Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) what documents and records on the assassination of President Kennedy that they want President Trump to continue withholding from the public, over riding the law of the land – the JFK Act of 1992, that was unanimously passed by Congress and required all of the government records on the assassination be released in full to the public by October 2017.

That never happened, and Congress has failed to exercise its oversight responsibility by holding hearings and finding out why.

Now does Congress ever do anything unanimously? 

Well they passed that law that was reluctantly signed by President George Herbert Walker Bush, with his stipulation that only the President can retain the power to release or withhold records. Although the agencies of government had 25 years to meet the October 2017 sunset deadline imposed by the JFK Act, they failed to act on it. President Trump tweeted and repeatedly bragged that he was to release all of the records, but then, at the very last minute, Chief of Staff, former General John Kelly, USMCR, convinced the president to continue withholding many thousands of records for another six months, until the agencies could review them. 

Then new deadlines were set for agencies to report to the AOTUS exactly what specific documents they want to continually withhold by March 12 – the first Monday of Sunshine Week 2018.

So here we are, the agencies got their reprieve and have submitted their requests for continued postponement to the AOTUS, and there aren’t a few, as a spokesman for the Archives said that: “NARA is working in the next couple weeks to process what the agencies are forwarding to us so that the Archivist can send his recommendation to the White House by March 26th as outlined in the President's memorandum. We have no additional information at this time.”

Which I tend to translate as meaning that they got so many requests it will take a team of a dozen or more archivist to review them so AOTU David Ferriero can make a clear determination as to what should be kept secret and make his recommendation to the president by March 24, as required in the Presidential directive.

Then President Trump will have a month – until April 24, 2018, to decide if he will live up to his promise and release all of the records, or cow tow to the agencies of government, and continue to withhold JFK assassination records that are deemed a threat to our national security.

As Presidential party pal Roger Stone has called for full disclosure, and the sister of his closest advisor Jared Kushner is married to former Warren Commission attorney Murray J. Laulicht, there should be some discussions on the matter within the inner circle, with the forces of truth and the law accounting for the release of all of the records without redactions, or those who know the full truth but want to continue concealing it from the citizens, because our national security is at stake.

As Judge Tunheim said at one time the truth may have threatened our national security, but not today, over a half century since the assassination took place and twenty-five years after Congress ordered the release of all of the files by this time.

Sure some people will be embarrassed by the revelations of the secrets, some agencies may be threatened, certainly some departments of government will be dissolved and some minor administrators could be censored and chastised, but as former New Orleans District Attorney and judge Jim Garrison put it: “Is a government worth preserving when it lies to the people? It's become a dangerous country when you cannot trust anyone. When you cannot tell the truth. I say ‘let justice be done, though the heavens fall’!"

“Fiat justitia et pereat mundus,” or "Let justice be done, though the world perish" was the motto of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor (1558-1564), and while those responsible for the murder of President Kennedy are dead and have escaped justice, the government will not dissolve, the heavens will not fall and the world will not perish when the full truth about the assassination is known.

For the full Jefferson quote. Writing from Paris to Edward Carrington, a delegate to the Continental Congress, Jefferson wrote:

“The people are the only censors of their governors: and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty. The way to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people is to give them full information of their affairs thro’ the channel of the public papers, & to contrive that those papers should penetrate the whole mass of the people. The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers & be capable of reading them.”

Quote carved on statute outside the National Archives

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Parallax View and The Odessa File


Any Assassination film festival should include the Parallax View and The Odessa File, two major feature films developed from popular fictional novels, though they come more close to actual reality than government reports, especially as they reflect on the assassination of President Kennedy.

Both of these films were recently aired together, back to back on a movie channel, and both feature movie stars who portray third rate reporters (like me), who take on stories that are bigger than themselves.

In The Odessa File John Voight plays a German journalist who made his mark by reporting on the Beatles in Hamburg, before they were famous, and on the early evening of November 22, 1963, pulls his sports car to the side of the road to hear the news reports of President Kennedy’s assassination. He credits that to fate, as he then chases an ambulance to the scene of the suicide of a concentration camp survivor who killed himself after seeing his former Nazi camp commandant living the high life.

In a manuscript he left behind he describes the horrors of the holocaust, and Voight takes on the challenge of locating the Nazi officer who avoided capture and the trials of Nuremberg thanks to a shadowy secret society known as ODESSA, and the story has a surprising twist at the end.
While ODESSA was real, so was Project PAPERCLIP, the code name for the American intelligence operation that brought hundreds of captured Nazi intelligence officers and scientists to the United States.

Among them were Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen, the head of German army intelligence on the Eastern Front, who initiated Operation Wringer to obtain intelligence from refugees fleeing communist countries in Europe, and later became head of the East German intelligence agency, though it was compromised by the Soviets.

Then there was W. Von Braun, the Nazi rocket scientist who developed the Saturn V for NASA and increased the capability of the Air Force ICBMs, and his assistant General Dornberger, who went to work for Bell Helicopter with Michael Paine, the chief benefactor of the family of the accused assassin of the president Lee Harvey Oswald.

The Nazi scientist who invented the jet engine came to America to work for Collins Radio, the company that controlled the Air Force One and Strategic Air Command air plane radios.
Most significant is Hans Bernd Gisivious, one of German agents Allen Dulles controlled among those who plotted the unsuccessful attempt on the life of Hilter, who Dulles and his assistant Mary Bancroft helped escape from Germany, and who came to America to work for LTV, one of the companies that can name among its founders as D. H. Byrd, the owner of the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the assassination.

The Parallax View on the other hand, is a movie that features Warren Beatty as an intrepid reporter recruited by the Parallax Corporation, a human engineering company that provides security personnel to major industrial manufacturers, as well as assassins and stool pigeons who serve as patsies.

Beaty is given a test in strapped on chair in which he is forced to watch a collage of a film that incorporates family values with extreme violence, much like that described by Lt. Commander Narut to the London Sunday Times reporter at a NATO conference in Norway.

Narut: According to Narut, “...combat readiness units…include men for commando-type operations and...for insertion into U.S. embassies under cover,…ready to kill in those countries should the need arise….U.S. Navy psychologists specially selected men for these commando tasks, from submarine crews, paratroops, and some were convicted murderers from military prisons...Research on those given awards for valor in battle [ie. Audie Murphy] has shown….that the best killers are men with ‘passive-aggressive’ personalities...Among the tests used is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. This consists of hundreds of questions, and rates personality on many traits including such things as hostility, depression, psychopathy...” The Times reported that, “The men selected were brought either to the Navy’s neuropsychiatric laboratory in San Diego, California (which also trains spies in techniques to counter interrogation), or to the laboratory where Narut works in the U.S. Naval Medical Center in Naples.” 

“The method, according to Dr Narut, was to show films specially designed to show people being killed and injured in violent ways. By being acclimatised through these films, the men eventually became able to dissociate any feelings from such a situation.”

Narut also said that the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory test they used looked for candidates with a very specific “Passive-Aggressive” behavioral pattern, as exhibited by Oswald according to Dr. Herzog, who gave the test to Oswald as a delinquent in New York City.

The novel The Parallax View was written by Loren Singer – a former OSS intelligence officer during World War II who was interviewed by Len Osanic for Black Op Radio, during which he acknowledged not being pleased with the Hollywood version of his book. But Singer also said that the test sequence in the story was based on the tests he was given in the course of his OSS training.

One of the major differences between the novel and the Hollywood movie is the end, where in the film the Warren Beaty character is set up as the patsy in the assassination of a Senator at Dallas Trade Mart luncheon situation similar to the one that President Kennedy was on his way to before being killed at Dealey Plaza.

In the book the protagonist is run off the road by a professional Parallax killer in a car that is especially built as a demolition derby type vehicle, at a very peculiar place – the salt marsh area between the New Jersey shore resort town of Wildwood and Cape May.

When I read the book I just happened to be living in Cape May and got in my car and went for a drive to that spot where I discovered there was a high barbed wire fence surrounding a very large but secluded are with a sign: US Navy Electronic Engineering Test Center. So I drove a mile to the nearby Wildwood Crest Tavern where I talked to the bartender and a few guys who worked on the base, who explained that it was a Top Secret and high priority nuclear target because of its mission was to communicate with nuclear submarines throughout the world.

Now I had already had a list of such submarine connections to the assassination of President Kennedy, and just added it to the list, that included the facts that Clay Shaw, accused of conspiracy in the assassination by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, had written a play about a submarine crew that was stuck under the sea, and the accused assassin’s good friend George deMornschildts had lived with a submarine commander in Washington during World War II.

Then there’s the peculiar story of how deMohrenschildts tried to get a Oswald a job at Collins Radio over lunch with Collins executive and former Navy Admiral Chester Brouton, whose job at Collins was to develop radio communications with Navy submarines.

Can you imagine the world we would be living in if Oswald, the accused assassin of the President, got a job with Collins Radio rather than at the Texas School Book Depository, where he was put in a position to have the opportunity to kill the President, though he still lacked a means and motive? 

Then, in the course of reading the yearly Collins Radio reports to stock holders for 1962-64 I read where Collins was asked by the military to study the “parallax” phenomena, which is described as “the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions,” and considered responsible for many pilot error plane crashes, including that of John F. Kennedy, Jr. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Leonard Bernstein and JFK - "We don't dare confront the implications."

LEONARD BERNSTEIN AND JFK - "We don't dare confront the implications." 

Just as JFK’s 100 birthday was celebrated in 2017, Leonard Bernstein’s 2018 centennial is being recognized and celebrated, and should reflect his feelings on JFK and his assassination.

As one of America’s premier composers and conductors, Bernstein was not only a contemporary of JFK at Harvard, but a New York City neighbor, acquaintance and personal friend who dined often together.

Among other things, Bernstein composed the music for the hit Broadway play and movie West Side Story, that featured Natalie Wood and actor Richard Beymer. Beymer figures prominently in the recently released records under the JFK Act as someone who associated with Syliva Duran, the Mexican national who worked at the Cuban embassy in Mexico City and dealt with both Beymer and the accused assassin of President Kennedy, both of whom wanted visas to Cuba.

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Wood and Beymer played a contemporary Romeo and Julet in the movie, and while Wood’s suspicious death is being reinvestigated today, Beymer was a subject of CIA records recently released under the JFK Act - CIA phone taps of the Cuban embassy, where he called after the assassination seeking information on Syliva Duran.

Beymer was one of the two American Gringos who reportedly attended a Twist Party hosted by Duran where Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of the President, was said to have been encouraged to kill JFK by those from the Cuban embassy.

While Duran knew the name of the American film actor, when she was interviewed by reporters she suspected he was still alive and refused to identify him to protect him.

From the government records recently released under the JFK act, CIA wiretap documents identify Beymer. When contacted recently Beymer acknowledged being in Mexico for a film festival, and visiting the Cuban embassy in an attempt to get a visa to Cuba, but he said he doesn’t recall attending a Twist Party or meeting Oswald, though attending a Twist Party is something they would have done, being two footloose Americans below the border.

Who was Beymer’s companion? The other Gringo, Beymer said, was Bradley Pierce, then a New York City bar owner who is now a Catholic priest.

Father Bradley Pierce recalls being in Mexico City on the day of the assassination, exiting the elevator in a hotel lobby to learn that the president had been killed, but he doesn’t recall a Twist Party or meeting the accused assassin. Since they were only in Mexico a few weeks, and were there at the time of the assassination, they weren’t there when Oswald was there in late September and early October.

While Beymer said he didn’t remember Sylvia Duran, a CIA wiretap report indicates he knew her well enough to call the Cuban embassy and ask for her by name, and inquire as to how she was, indicating he knew she had been violently interrogated by Mexican police after the assassination.
There are reports that under interrogation Duran confessed to meeting Oswald outside the Cuban embassy and having an intimate relation with him. A friend of Duran said that she met Oswald at Sanborn’s restaurant, near the American embassy, where others said they saw Oswald leave the restaurant on the back of a motorcycle on the way to the Cuban embassy to try to get a visa to Cuba.

Another unsubstantiated report has Duran taking Oswald to a more fancy restaurant where they met the Cuban ambassador to Mexico, a story repeated by a doctor who treated the CIA backed Cuban refugees in Florida for Catholic Welfare, an organization supported by the CIA’s Catherwood Foundation.

While it is unlikely Duran had a sexual affair with Oswald, she most certainly did have an affair with Carlos Lechuga, the Cuban ambassador at the UN who was the key intermediary in the back channel negotiations between JFK and Castro at the time of the assassination. It is possible she also had an intimate affair with Richard Beymer, the American film actor who she tried to protect, and who may be trying to protect her.

But what are they protecting? Their infidelities? Or something more?

Beymer was the on screen lover of Natalie Wood in the contemporary adaption of Romeo and Juliet, that had a music scored by Leonard Bernstein, a personal friend and associate of President Kennedy.
In 1962 Leonard Bernstein introduced seven year old Yo-Yo Ma, Chinese Cellist in a concert attended by President Kennedy.

As explained by the official New York Philharmonic history: the Death of the President The Philharmonic and Leonard Bernstein Respond: News of President John F. Kennedy's assassination reached the New York Philharmonic during an afternoon subscription concert led by George Szell. Following Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, the Orchestra's manager Carlos Moseley broke the news to the audience and canceled the rest of the program. The remaining concerts that weekend replaced the overture with the funeral march from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, Eroica, performed without applause.

On November 24, Leonard Bernstein conducted Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, in a televised tribute to President Kennedy. Not only was it the first time the complete symphony was televised, but performing Mahler for an event of this nature was unprecedented. At the United Jewish Appeal Benefit the next day, Bernstein explained his novel decision to program this work rather than the expected Eroica or a requiem....

Since the tribute to JFK, Mahler symphonies have become part of the standard repertoire for national mourning. Bernstein led the Philharmonic in the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5 at Robert Kennedy's funeral in St. Patrick's Cathedral on June 8, 1968, and Pierre Boulez conducted the same movement in recognition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's death in 1969. On September 10, 2011, the Philharmonic recognized the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with Mahler's Second Symphony conducted by Alan Gilbert.

In explaining why he chose to play that hopeful music rather than a funeral durge, Bernstein quoted Kennedy as saying, “America’s leadership must be guided by learning and reason.”

“Learning and reason: precisely the two elements that were necessarily missing from the mind of anyone who could have fire that impossible bullet. Learning and reason: the motto we here tonight must continue to uphold with redoubled tenacity, and must continue, at any price, to make the basis of all our actions.”

In 1980, Bernstein was booed and hissed on stage when he said:

"We don't dare confront the implications. I think we've all agreed there was a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy, and we just don't want to know the complete truth. It involves such powerful forces in what we call high places that if we do know, everything might fall apart. We don't dare confront the implications."

Everything fell apart, and now we must confront the implications.


Bernstein upon learning of JFK's murder 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Dealey Plaza Homily - A Spiritual Dimension to the Assassination

A DEALEY PLAZA HOMILY - A Spiritual Dimension to the Assassination 

Father Albert Pereria and the Catholic missal used to swear in LBJ as president 

There is a spiritual dimension to what occurred at Dealey Plaza, as brought out by a number of priests who became entwined in the assassination drama.

The term “propaganda” stems from the department of the Vatican responsible for the propagation of the faith. 

On JFK’s last morning on earth he woke up at the Fort Worth Hotel, and took off his St. Christopher and Miraculous medals while he took a shower, and acidently left them there, where they were retrieved by a Secret Service agent, to be returned to JFK, but not before he was killed.

When Federal Judge Sarah Hughes arrived aboard Air Force One to administer the oath of office for the President, they frantically looked for a bible, and instead found a Catholic prayer missal on the table next to the president’s bed and used that instead – “so help me God.”

Hughes then handed the missal to someone and left the plane, as LBJ said, “Now let’s get airborne.”
The missal disappeared for some years and then turned up in Texas and is now on display at the LBJ Library.

It is believed the missal was a gift to the president from Father Albert Pereira, who administered to the small parish of St. Stephen the Martyr in Millersburg, Virginia, population 1,000, where JFK and his family spent their weekends away from Washington.  Millersburg is considered “horse country,” where Jackie and the kids would ride while the president relaxed or played golf. At first they leased an estate called Glenn Ora, where RFK would also visit, and where Desmond FitzGerald said he often called RFK to discuss covert operations against Castro, including CIA plots to kill Castro. Father Pereira became a spiritual advisor to both JFK and RFK and presided over the baptism of some of RFK’s kids.

With the president in attendance, every Sunday in October and November 1963, the church was renovated to include an area enshrined in bullet proof glass and a direct telephone line to the White House.

When the Kennedys arrived in Millersburg in 1961 the small but wealthy town was segregated, as was most of the South, and when one of the Kennedy’s black servants was refused service at a local lunch counter, word got around and the local NAACP planned a sit in. Father Pereira then went to all of the local business owners and convinced them that it would be best for them to end the segregation and to serve blacks, and they agreed to cooperate, ending the threat of a sit-in.

So it is believed that JFK’s Catholic missal, used to swear in LBJ as president, was a gift to the president from Father Pereira, who died on March 8, 2004 at the age of 88. The son of a carpenter, one of eleven children born on May 12, 1915 in Funchal, Maderia island, a territory of Portugal, he came to the United States as a child in 1920 and attended St. Charles seminary in Baltimore, where my uncle Skip Haynes was also trained as a priest.

[Note: it is not believed that Father Pereira is related to Victor Pereira, Jim Braden’s partner in crime, but he could be.]

A Jesuit priest Father Quintin Walsh instigated my interest in politics by teaching a 1968 political science class at Camden Catholic high school. Walsh chain smoked, drank wine and cursed frequently while making us read the classic Greek and European philosophers and requiring us to write a constitution for a fictional country. I chose a dictator, a benevolent one. 

The Cambridge spy ring was run and controlled for many years by Theodore Maly, a Catholic priest. Cambridge had been a recruiting ground for centuries, as in 1581 Robert Persons, a Catholic cleric and head of the Jesuit order wrote that, "At Cambridge I have insinuated a certain priest into the very university, under the guise of scholar or gentleman commoner," who was a successful recruiter. 

Just as the Russian Orthodox Church inside the Soviet Union was considered a branch of the KGB, the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia was embraced by the CIA, and financed in part by the CIA's Catherwood Foundation. 

The use of refugees for intelligence purposes is older than the CIA as Nazi General Reinhard Gehlen, as head of intelligence for the German Armies on the Eastern Front, he established Operation Wringer, to debrief refugees from Russia and Eastern European countries. It was reported that they sometimes obtained the best intelligence from children. 

Obtaining intelligence from exiled refugees from Communist countries was incorporated into the founding of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), led by Leo Cherne, a close personal friend of Conservative commentator and spy William F. Buckley, Jr..  From Russia former Marine defector wrote to Cherne and the IRC on three occassions seeking aide in returning home. 

In Dallas there were two Orthodox churches, the St. Nicholas parish, which was composed entirely of exiled White Russians who took measures to prevent their infiltration by communists agents, and St. Seraphim, which catered to Russians and Orthodox from other countries, including Mexico. 

And while Lee Harvey Oswald’s family was under the care of exiled White Russians in Dallas, his daughter June Lee was baptized in that Church by Father Dimitri Royster.  Royster joined the Army in 1943 and served as a Japanese interpreter on the staff of General Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines and Japan. 


My late uncle Father Steven “Skip” Haynes, became a Catholic priest late in life, after working at the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper for over 20 years. After I attended his first mass at a Baltimore, Maryland seminary, he sent me a homily he wrote and delivered at a later mass, one that described my work as a JFK assassination researcher.

A homily is “a religious discourse that is intended primarily for spiritual edification rather than doctrinal instruction; a sermon.”

Father Skip, as we called him, said that the work I was doing in trying to get the release of all of the government’s records on the assassination of President Kennedy was very much like the biblical story of the blind men and the elephant, in which each of the blind men described a different part of the elephant in very different terms – but each accurately described a portion of the body.

In a sense what we are doing now in reviewing the most recently released records from the Archives is much like that of the blind men and the elephant, as we feel out and learn more about how JFK was killed, putting together the pieces to the puzzle of the elephant in the archives. Which is very similar to what are doing by reading and reassembling the government’s records on the assassination.
Jim Douglas, author of “JFK-And the Unspeakable – Why He Died and Why it Matters,” was inspired to write his book by his correspondence with a Catholic priest – Thomas Merton, a monk whose correspondence with Douglas led to the idea of the “unspeakable.”

In 1961 Douglas began a correspondence with Merton, then at the monastery of the Abbey of Gehsemani in Kentucky. According to Douglas, "'The Unspeakable,' is a term Thomas Merton coined at the heart of the sixties after JFK's assassination - in the midst of escalating Vietnam War, the nuclear arms race, and the further assassinations of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy. In each of those soul-shaking events Merton sensed an evil whose depth and deceit seemed to go beyond the capacity of words to describe."

In 1965 Merton wrote: Öne of the awful acts of our age is the evidence that the world is stricken indeed, stricken to the very core of its being by the presence of the Unspeakable. Those who are at present so eager to be reconciled with the world at any price must take care not to be reconciled with it under this particular aspect: as the nest of the Unspeakable. This is what too few are willing to see." 

"Ït is the void that contradicts everything that is spoken even before the words are said," Merton wrote, "the void that gets into the language of public and official declarations at the very moment when they are pronounced, and makes them ring dead with the hollowness of the abyss."

As Douglas explain it, "By overlooking the deep changes in Kennedy's life and the forces behind his death, I contributed to a national climate of denial. Our collective denial of the obvious, in the setting up of Oswald and his transparent silencing by Ruby, made possible the Dealey Plaza cover-up. The success of the cover-up was the indispensable foundation for the subsequent murders of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, and Robert Kennedy by the same forces at work in our government - and in ourselves...The cover-up of all four murders, each leading into the next, was based, first of all, on denial - not the government's but our own. The unspeakable is not far away."

Douglas dedicates his book to Vincent Salandria, the Philadelphia attorney who adamantly fought Arlen Spector, and then, before he died, had lunch with and buried the hatchet with a mutual understanding of what really happened, not only at Dealey Plaza, but with the cover up of the true facts of the assassination.

Actor Richard Beymer, best known for his starring roles in The Longest Day and West Side Story, is mentioned in some of the recently released records because he contacted the Cuban embassy in Mexico City, a phone call that was picked up by a CIA listening post. Like Oswald, Beymer wanted to travel to Cuba, contacted Sylvia Duran and was said to have been at the Twist Party that Oswald allegedly attended. Beymer was accompanied by another Yankee Gringo, Bradley Pierce, who at the time owned a New York City bar, but is now Father Bradely, a Catholic priest.

Sylvia Odio and John Martino, both implicated in the assassination, were advised by Father McChann, a Catholic priest assigned to cater to the Cuban refugee community in Dallas and New Orleans.

Odio confessed to McChann that Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin of the President, had visited her with two Cubans, a fact that she also told her father about in a letter she wrote to him in a Cuban prison, where he was incarcerated for harboring an assassin who planned to kill Castro.

After sharing a stage in Dallas with John Martino, who was promoting his book “I Was Castro’s Prisoner,” Father Machann disappeared shortly after the assassination and surfaced at a Catholic school in New Orleans, and cooperated with the Secret Service in questioning Odio about Oswald and the Cubans. 

In New Orleans Machann went to Loyola University and visited Dr. Agustin Guitart, a physics professor and associate of the Cubans arrested with Oswald, who attended the court hearing. 

MacChann then left the priesthood and became a monk in Tibet.

In an Irish Echo (November 2017) article about his survey of the recently released and previously secret files on the assassination, Professor James Kelleher wrote about what he calls “junk” among the recently released records. Kelleher wrote:  “I also found a significant number of documents that left me questioning why the documents were included in a records release dealing with the assassination of President Kennedy, and why it was necessary to have kept them secret for so many years. Some of the documents appear to be totally unrelated to the assassination and deal with matters such as medical care reimbursements for Cuban exiles working with the CIA. Such documents offer little more value than that of wasting the researcher’s time.”

While there are many documents unrelated to the assassination among the recently released records, such as the many records on Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights and anti-war demonstrations and those considered and labeled NBR-Not Believed Relevant by the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), as Judge John Tunheim recently noted, many of these records are indeed relevant to the assassination.

For instance the documents on Collins Radio were labeled NBR by the ARRB but since Collins Radio made the radios and monitored the Air Force One radio communications, the recently released records are relevant in that they reflect the close association Collins Radio shared with other major defense contractors such as LTV and General Dynamics. 

As for the example Professor Keheller gives – the records on the medical expenses of exiled Cubans working for the CIA, they reflect an important part of the intelligence network responsible for what happened at Dealey Plaza.

Although Kim Philby knew about CIA’s use of ostensibly philanthropic foundations to finance covert operations, such as the Catherwood Fund, the American people didn’t know about it until the Ramparts magazine expose. When I first learned about the Catherwood Fund being a CIA conduit I went to the newspaper archives and read all of the news reports about its activities, and was not surprised to see that the CIA, through the Catherwood Fund, established organizations such as the Cuban Aid Relief to assist refugees.

And since most if not all of the Cuban refugees who worked with the CIA were Catholic, it wasn’t surprising to see the CIA’s financial support of Catholic Welfare and the funding of a number of medical clinics to cater to the Cuban refugees in Miami, New Orleans and Dallas.

Just as CIA agents and operatives use CIA connected lawyers, when they need one, they also use CIA dentists and doctors, and hence, the CIA supported medical clinics that catered to the refugees is relevant to the assassination, in that it is a branch of the network that is responsible for the murder of the president.

A Cuban in New Orleans Luis Rebel Nunes, used a laundry truck borrowed from the Catholic Church relief society to remove the arms and ammunition in the Houma Bunker raid shortly before the Bay of Pigs, a truck that was also said to be at Dealey Plaza at the time of the assassination.

In Miami, shortly after the assassination, Dr. Jose Ignorzio, the chief of clinical psychology for the CIA financed Catholic Welfare Service, contacted the White House to inform the new administration that the accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald had met directly with Cuban ambassador Armas when he was in Mexico City, a story also propagated by associates of Sylvia Duran. 

That Oswald was the assassin and Castro was behind the assassination were very detailed and elaborate black propaganda operations, - that failed, but because they failed they give us some insight into the network that was responsible for what happened at Dealey Plaza.

So there is hope, and the belief that the assassination is not an unsolvable crime that can't be understood, but thanks in part to the release of the once secret records, we can put the pieces of the Dealey Plaza puzzle together and figure it out to a legal and moral certainty.

Martin Luther King, Jr., who was inspired to make civil rights a part of his ministry, once gave a speech on non-violent protests to a conference of Quakers in which he quoted an old Baptist minister who didn’t have command of the King’s English, but got his point across when he said: “Let judgement rain down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. Lord, we ain’t what we want to be, we ain’t what we ought to be, we aint’ what we wanna be, but thank God we ain’t what we were.”

In a sense that’s where we are, much more wiser than we were in 1963, but we don’t yet have a clear picture of the elephant in the archives that tells us what really happened at Dealey Plaza that day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jeff Morley's "Ghost"

Bill Kelly’s review of Jefferson Morley’s Ghost – the biography of James Jesus Angleton (St. Martin’s Press, 2017)

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“A house has many rooms. I was not privy to who shot John.” – James J. Angleton

The spy was known as ARTIFICE – a fly fisherman and grower of champion orchids. 

I first took interest in him while reading David Martin’s “Wilderness of Mirrors,” that gave new insight into the secret mechanisms of the espionage game during the Cold War, which I am convinced, is at the heart of the assassination of President Kennedy, a still unresolved mystery. This book makes it less so.

Along with Bill Simpich’s “State Secret” and John Newman’s new series of books on the assassination, there should be great interest in Jeff Morley’s “Ghost – The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton” (St. Martin’s Press, NY, 2017), especially after the official CIA historian’s objections, which make the book so much more glaringly brilliant. It reminds me of the attacks on Oliver Stone’s film “JFK” before it was released and exposes those who still defend those who got away with killing a president.

After working as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post in its glory days, Morley has written a few really good books – Our Man in Mexico – and Snow Storm in August – both of which sufficiently fit their roles in explaining important but previously ignored persons and incidents in American history.

Angleton hasn’t been that ignored, but until now we have not really understood his many roles in the OSS – Office of Strategic Services during World War II, CIA Counter-Intelligence chief during the Cold War, primary liaison to the Isralie’s Mossad, monitoring defectors, especially the accused assassin of President Kennedy, and his contributions to the Warren Commission and the cover-up of the true account of what happened at Dealey Plaza.

What Morley brings out clearly is the fact that Angleton’s primary OSS mentor at British Intelligence in the early days of World War II was Kim Philby, one of the most notorious double-agents of all time, and after the war, it was Angleton’s job as chief of Counter-intelligence to expose those double-agents. But he didn’t.

It was Philby who revealed in his book “My Silent War,” that Frank Wisner explained to him how the infant CIA was going to use ostensibly philanthropic non-profit foundations as cover for the disbursing of funds for covert intelligence operations – like the Catherwood Foundation. That was something the Russians knew from the beginning, but kept secret from the American people for years.

Philby wasn’t alone but was part of a Soviet intelligence network started at Cambridge University where also included Donald MacLean and Guy Burgess, among others, and they all got together again in Washington where Philby was posted as MI6 representative to the CIA. Philby and Angleton had daily three martini lunches, and it was at a party at Philby’s flat where Burgess had moved in, and where William Harvey began to unmask Philby as a double agent.

A notorious homosexual drunk, Burgess was his usual self at the January 1951 party at 5100 Nebraska Ave., when Burgess drew an unforgiving profile of Harvey’s wife, that almost resulted in a fist fight, and like the Twist Party in Mexico City and the other party with an assassin’s twist where Oswald was encouraged to kill General Walker, this party remains a classic as it was the end of Philby’s best role.

As Morley notes, “After the war Harvey had identified a network of supposedly loyal Americans including a handful from OSS – who were actually reporting to Moscow.”

After Harvey set his sights on Philby and his friends, Burgess and MacLean suddenly disappeared and surfaced in Moscow, followed shortly thereafter by Philby, Angleton’s mentor and friend.

Another good friend of Angleton, Cord Meyer, Jr., also fits into the Dealey Plaza story at different times and places, and Angleton’s possession of Mary Meyer’s diary has yet to be fully explained.
According to someone who worked with him, Angleton “had the ability to raise an operation discussion – not only to a higher level, but to another dimension,” and that dimension is something we must come to know before we can really understand what happened at Dealey Plaza and the continuing implications today.

As Angleton himself said, “I don’t think the Oswald case is dead. There are too many leads that were never followed. There’s too much information that has developed.”

Among the too much new information that has developed is the fact that Oswald’s file was kept by Angleton in the CI office at CIA, rather than the Soviet Division section where it rightfully belonged.
Angleton’s office kept close track of Oswald, from Moscow to Minsk, Fort Worth to New Orleans, Mexico City and Dallas, they knew where he was and what he was up to, if they didn’t actually control his movements, as they could if he was an agent, operative or asset, as many believe he was.
As Morley asks: “All of which begs the harder question: was Angleton running Oswald as an agent as part of a plot to assassinate president Kennedy? He certainly had the knowledge and ability to do so.”

Morley’s conclusion is inescapable: “Whether Angleton manipulated Oswald as part of an assassination plot is unknown. He certainly abetted those who did. Whoever killed JFK, Angleton protected them. He masterminded the JFK conspiracy cover-up.”

There are a few key books necessary for understanding what we now know about what happened at Dealey Plaza, and this book is one of them.