Sunday, August 15, 2010


Wild Old Days #1:

Wild Old Days #2:

Come and get it: (...lives at Jenny's house...)

Saturday, June 05, 2010

More Smear Campaigns...

...Oswald gives himself willingly to a covert double life...

~The Fair Play for Cuba Committee was an activist group set up in New York in 1960 as a forum for intellectuals to lend support to the Cuban revolution. They became an inevitable target for the CIA/FBI after openly opposing the Bay of Pigs invasion.

From Civil Rights attorney Bill Simpich
"The work of the FPCC and its allies made any successful invasion of Cuba impossible. They blew the whistle on the Bay of Pigs loudly and clearly for months before the invasion. They mounted resistance to the war plans of US military and intelligence advisors in the Bay of Pigs aftermath. The agencies retaliated by infiltrating the FPCC and demonizing its leadership. When JFK was allegedly killed by the FPCC activist Lee Harvey Oswald, the agencies had to hide their war plans from the Warren Commission in order to avoid punishment for public exposure of their illegal plans to assassinate Castro, violate the Neutrality Act by creating shadow armies and navies, and engage in dirty tricks on American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights."

The FPCC was more powerful than I'd realized, organizing marches of up to 8000 in major cities and garnering more press against the agenda of the CIA's aggression towards Cuba than any other single entity. It's sadly transparent now that the CIA assigned Oswald to infiltrate the FPCC during their smear campaign operation 'AMSPELL' to pose as a fake member and misrepresent the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. The problem historians face is that it's clear Oswald was the ultimate option for a scapegoat as the murderer of JFK (who disabled the CIA's baby, the Bay of Pigs) because Oswald accomplished the simultaneous smearing of the FPCC and was linked perfectly to both the Soviets and Cubans... but the tangible link from Oswald's involvement from 'AMSPELL' to 'AMLASH' (the attempt to murder Castro) to JFK's murder has been historically erased.

The FBI broke into the FPCC offices at least 2-8 times and had an agent named Victor Vicente working inside the committee while the CIA worked simultaneously to smear their reputation and ultimately destroy them. Vicente supplied the copies of FPCC pamphlets that would eventually be duplicated for Oswald and supplied membership lists to track their supporters. Because the FPCC already had offices in many major cities, Phillips chose New Orleans for Oswald's PR project knowing that there wouldn't be any actual FPCC members there to interrupt the smear campaign. This is why Oswald suddenly moved to New Orleans in the first place and is the crux of the strongest and most often denied bond between Oswald and the CIA.

David Atlee Phillips rose up to be one of the CIA's most powerful agents on a new wave of counter-intelligence propaganda in the 50's. While the British had largely perfected this skill much earlier in the century, Phillips would help to spearhead a new breed of dirtier tricks to suit the burgeoning frontier of Anti-Communism that was being defined by a certain crafty amorality. Phillips was largely behind the orchestration of overthrowing Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala in 1954, using a fake radio station and an imaginary army in an unprecedented display of modern psychological warfare. He quickly became a legend in US espionage and, after a promotion to "Chief of Cuban Operations", his job required getting rid of Castro... but, after JFK's assassination, this evolved into trying to tie Kennedy's murder to Castro to provoke Fidel's ousting.

Our current era is still permeated by the atmosphere of total distrust created by the CIA/FBI when it's dabblings began to achieve immense press... especially unraveling during the Watergate scandal. On either side of JFK's short run, were presidencies characterized by a cynical and paranoid militarism that has come to define our harsh modern political reality and only points back to another reason why the most publicly well-loved US president wasn't allowed to finish his term.

The new horizon of counter-intelligence that David Phillips and James Angleton (CIA Chief of Counter-Intelligence) were the poster boys for would entail a regular practice of duping their own agency in the process of mole-hunting and heading up undocumented covert missions that implemented agents outside the CIA's official payroll. Many have argued that these practices, along with an inter-agency paranoia, caused the fall of the CIA and FBI's dominance over large aspects of the US government's world-view.

From Phillips and Angleton's perspective, the only way to operate in an era where the public's awareness and general sense of moralism was growing day by day, was to act off-record completely in operations that drew in the ignorance of their fellow and superior officers to their vest pocket operations (using them as witnesses to secretly planned displays to create political reactions in their favor)... this created false records of the CIA's actions/relationships and a safe barrier of plausible deniability to shroud their fervid Anti-Communist intentions.

James Hosty

There was an element of the FBI slowly tracking Oswald in Dallas which was out of the loop by design. Agent James Hosty, assigned to observe Oswald, was only picking up on the surface of Oswald's maneuvers and the aspects of his 'personality' that his handlers wanted to be documented blindly. He reported his simple observations such as Oswald's subscribing to communist magazines like 'The Worker' and 'The Militant'; with which he would be seen holding in the crude backyard photos with a rifle in hand.

And then Oswald 'disappeared' to New Orleans where Hosty and his element lose track of him for a short time as he operated undercover using his 'Alek Hidell' alias (even though he apparently forwarded his own address at the post office to keep receiving the magazines). Meanwhile a covert element of the FBI and CIA are watching Oswald closer and are aware his activities in New Orleans... at some point during his stay, a switch is flipped and he immediately begins to exist in New Orleans as the Pro-Castro 'Lee Harvey Oswald' permanently.

After being arrested under this Pro-Castro guise he casually requests to speak to the FBI from his cell and an agent (John Quigley) promptly appears that has been following Oswald's file from at least 3 years before, but denied any knowledge of Oswald's existence officially. What was exactly said in that interview in his jail cell will never be known, but there is a crucial anomaly here. Throughout his life he appeared to run from the FBI, was massively arrogant and dismissive when interrogated by them and repeatedly told them to stop harassing his family... but in this one instance he exposed his relationship with the FBI himself by calling on them and expecting their help.

After his release, Oswald quickly ended up in a television debate over Cuba and claimed he'd originally become interested in the FPCC in Dallas, where he says he also met and married his wife. After claiming he is only a Marxist and NOT a Communist on the program, the tone of the interview changes and, the host, Ed Butler springs a surprise on Oswald, putting him "on the hot seat" by revealing that he already knows a lot about him and his years in Russia, catching Oswald in a lie about where he met his wife etc.
Oswald back-pedals and appears stunned, claiming this is not relevant to the debate at hand. But like most CIA operations, it's easy to hypothesize that his surprise was manufactured to purposely arouse suspicion and further increase his profile. Note Oswald's wooden recitation of his 'opinions' in the video below while the other 3 gang up on him suddenly and turn the tide to convince the listener that Cuba is under Russian control (the CIA's exact agenda circa the Bay of Pigs). Directly after this debate, as Oswald appears to be 'outed' as a real communist defector, he plans to make an escape to Cuba.

Pieces of this situation occur in this video:

Ed Butler was a friend of Clay Shaw and Guy Banister, was an obvious CIA cardboard cut-out and was "a very cooperative contact and has always welcomed an opportunity to assist the CIA." (a quote about Butler directly from a CIA contact sheet)

Read more at this link about Ed Butler in this essay by the great researcher/writer Jim DiEugenio.

V.T. Lee, founder of the FPCC, exchanged a hilarious series of letters with Oswald telling him NOT to open a chapter of the FPCC in New Orleans because it would only create confrontation in the South and create bad press for the committee. Unfortunately for V.T. Lee, Oswald's assignment to proceed with opening this chapter and create bad press would be the beginning of the end for the FPCC as, after the assassination, the FPCC would not be able to function because of it's association with Oswald. In the end, David Phillips had immense success in ruining the FPCC.

Oswald wrote back that, in direct contradiction to V.T Lee's wishes, he was planning to rent out an office in New Orleans with his own money and then (without any income in reality) pay to duplicate stacks of FPCC pamphlets and hire several men to help distribute them directly in front of the International Trade Mart. The International Trade Mart was managed by Clay Shaw, a CIA asset rumored to be able to create trades for the release of spies who's cover had been blown... and coincidentally, the same man who was caught calling to get Oswald a lawyer after the assassination... eventually being put on trial by Jim Garrison.

So simultaneously we have Oswald arriving with a budget in hand to open up an office for a New Orleans chapter of the FPCC against V.T Lee's will; able to support a non-profit political venture while having no job of his own... and, at the same moment, we have the CIA embarking on a media project to infiltrate the FPCC in New Orleans as David Phillips had been seen in a meeting with Guy Banister describing the agenda's plan.

This exposes the painfully obvious bond between Oswald and the CIA... under the umbrella of the penetration project 'AMSPELL' that David Phillips was running. This is where we start to view the heart of the Bermuda Triangle in Oswald's mysterious trajectory...

As we can see now in hindsight Oswald was following a well-designed media operation to discredit the FPCC while simultaneously being announced/documented as a Communist on TV in New Orleans. This is part of the brilliance and audacity of the CIA and the exact area where Phillips and Angleton really excelled. With this edge of perpetually being 10 steps ahead of the public they can now send Oswald to do various unsavory things to ruin the reputation of the FPCC as he is now their most visible chapter spokesman (while not being a spokesman at all!). You have to make up your own mind as to how far this plan extended towards JFK's assassination after they got Oswald on record as a communist.

As they entered this more visible and dangerous situation together, Phillips would've had to have developed a potential plan to get rid of Oswald if he began to stray from following his exact orders. Phillips had Oswald where he wanted him because Oswald now symbolized the FPCC in the media...
So what was the worst thing David Phillips could get him to do to ruin their image?
Inconveniently for Phillips, shooting JFK makes a lot of sense in this equation...
But if you can take Phillips' abandoned novel "The AMLASH Legacy" seriously then the plan was to get Oswald close enough to fire on Castro (read more here).
This follows a certain logical thread because it destroys the FPCC's integrity by making Oswald an example when captured as an wingnut/extremist. It could also help to explain why Oswald may have been running scared, caught in indecision between applying for passports between the consulates in Mexico City... perhaps Oswald saw then that he was caught in an end game where by playing a potential assassin of Castro, it would wash Phillips hands of him cleanly and accomplish a larger political end. Oswald would inevitably die at the hands of Castro's secret service and Phillips would control the media's spin on the FPCC.

An agent to Phillips caught in a dangerous doubled situation is just a conceptual arrow towards an end... as Oswald had joined them (at least in AMSPELL) he had eliminated the part of his life that made him a normal human being with basic freedoms and rights. He had ultimately become an expendable piece of their larger agenda and had, to some degree, knowingly plunged himself into this life. It appears that his marriage to Marina was largely a forced aspect of a larger mission from the beginning; hence the constant fighting and his rapid relocation with no regard for the family... his being fired from countless job suggests that he had no real reason for their income, and besides their temporary cover as an ordinary citizen, he generally saw no practical reason to show up.

I think that Oswald had largely played a game with his life, fantasizing about the life of a spy for most of his youth... but now the reality of his compromises in working with the CIA are beginning to hit hard as he enters Mexico. In the attempt to enter Cuba, he is realizing there really isn't a safe end for him in the long run as his personage is an expendable piece of the attempt to hurt Cuba's image.
Would his actual entry into Cuba be the end of the line?... Is this the secret behind the oblique gauze of contradictions in Mexico City?

We don't know to what extent he was already worried about his fate when deciding to leave for Mexico... whether telling Marina that he might hi-jack a plane to get into Cuba is more of a desperate plan to complete his assignment or to potentially run away from another fate that Phillips has dealt him... As far as we can assume, he is getting in line for his tourist pass to enter Mexico by his own will. But why exactly is William Gaudet, a CIA agent associated with covert journalism/propaganda (and United Fruit), the man standing directly in front of him in line?
This moment, when adding the fact that William Gaudet denied having ever met Oswald, seems like a major flash point. Gaudet's hypocrisy is painfully transparent as he was a New Orleans CIA contact himself that, on one hand, claimed to not have seen Oswald on the way to Mexico, but to have known who he was by coincidentally having seen him handing out leaflets and talking with Guy Banister... something he was obviously cleared to reveal on cue to strengthen the official backstory of Oswald as a simple lone malcontent Pro-Castro pamphleting obsessive.

This all points to the end of the Mexico City drama... and particularly Oswald's exit. Oleg Nechiporenko's book about the Russians' perspective of Oswald's visit to their consul says that Oswald pulled a pistol out of his pocket, saying he needed it for protection because the FBI was following him in Mexico. Nechiporenko says that when Oswald was refused an immediate passport to leave for either Cuba or Russia he screamed "This won't do for me! This is not my case! For me, it's all going to end in tragedy."

Oswald never actually returned to the Soviet consul to finish the paperwork for his passport... possibly realizing that there was no guarantee of his return to the US if he actually did enter Cuba. Oswald had crossed borders repeatedly and was certainly not stupid enough to think his visa would be expedited for no reason. It seems clear that he expected some covert co-ordination to expedite the visa and something went wrong. What went wrong exactly is what we are forced to induce...

After the assassination a top secret memo (in Dec. of '63) to Richard Helms from a chief of the Western Hemisphere (using an alias) said this:

"It looks like the FBI report may even be released to the public. This would compromise our [13 spaces redacted] operations in Mexico, because the Soviets would see that the FBI had advance information on the reason for Oswald's visit to the Soviet Embassy."

Was Oswald being guided down or chased down into Mexico? Or most interestingly, what is the true meaning of his return to the US and was Phillips behind Oswald's intention at this moment?... Surely Oswald would not be left to roam free upon leaving Mexico in this vulnerable moment after he has either been following direction very well or running from his commitments...

Was Mexico City just another performance of Oswald's as a dangle for Phillips?...
It's a crucial moment when Oswald leaves the Soviet consulate and doesn't submit the application to leave because it means he has either given up and decided to go back to the US for some hidden reason... or he was performing and was never sincere in trying to leave. The vortex around his true intention here is virtually impossible to unfold and would likely solve his ultimate mystery if decoded. If he was truly scared of being offed by the FBI/CIA like Nechiporenko says... then perhaps, on coming home to the US, he could've had some sort of drastic and final revenge on his mind. Unfortunately it seems that most any theory is always too simple...

If you were David Phillips and had set up the entire New Orleans FPCC infiltration with Oswald and then controlled the Mexico City drama, would you then let Oswald roam freely back up to Dallas to do whatever he wanted with no instruction?
If something had gone wrong in Mexico City or if Oswald was really trying to escape from his grasp, wouldn't Phillips have considered getting rid of Oswald? The Russians say that Oswald was scared for his life ...and if he follows an AMLASH sponsored script down to Cuba it could end in his death ...if he abandons any specific script it could get him eliminated.
This is where Phillips' abandoned novel "The AMLASH Legacy" suggests that his responsibility as Oswald's handler evaporated... that Phillips handled him up to this point, trying to get him into Cuba... and then Oswald mysteriously reversed the plan and killed Kennedy instead of Castro.
But, upon leaving Mexico, Oswald was allowed to stroll back to work at a new job right above where the President's car's path would soon pass under. It seems like he was abandoned to that particular reality by design as every movement often looks before it.
How much longer would he be allowed to exist?...
History would play that out in the first death on live television.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Jack Ruby pleaded to Earl Warren that if he could be transferred out of the Dallas prison he would be safe and able to tell the story of his true motivations.
"My life is in danger here".
"I want to tell the truth, and I can't tell it here."
He decided to plead insanity but was sent to death row... eventually his murder conviction was overturned. But the Warren Commission refused to move him out of Dallas and he died of cancer in jail waiting for his re-trial in 1967.
Probably like most people, I'd always assumed he'd meant that the mob would silence him with their contacts in the Dallas prison if he talked. But because of Ruby's schizophrenic-like behavior in prison and it being the era of CIA MKULTRA research (their experimental study into the control of human behavior), I've always had a gut feeling that they could have been feeding him LSD or something like it while he was in confinement. This could've turned him into the paranoid, mumbling freak that he apparently became and provided a diagnosis of insanity before he could unleash an enormous amount of secrets at his re-trial...

Dick Russell, an excellent writer that's given a large part of his life to tireless assassination research, found out that both Dr. Louis West and Dr. Robert Stubblefield visited Jack Ruby in jail in turns for private psychological evaluations. Russell also discovered that Dr.West was a trained hypnotist, specialized in interrogation research and was a longtime participant in the CIA's MKULTRA program,... while Dr. Stubblefield "had also been associated with LSD research and the CIA's MK/ULTRA program".

When capturing a spy or briefing your own in the field, the skills of handling them, controlling secret information and/or unlocking what they know are the most delicate arts reserved for trained professionals. It appears that these two doctors were part of team that coached Ruby, guiding him towards the CIA's creation of Ruby's own lone nut myth.
After he shot Oswald and was taken to his cell he'd apparently asked the police "What happened?"
Here's what Don Archer said, the detective who put Ruby in custody:

I recently got a copy of the world famous Oswald issue of LIFE magazine when I got interested in Henry and Claire Luce and Operation Mockingbird.

...But something different struck me about a string of the major articles in the issue. Rather than being largely focused on Oswald, it's major agenda seemed hell-bent on selling the idea that Jack Ruby was totally mentally unstable and no insight could be gained from analyzing his motives. It seemed to me to be an organized attempt to spoonfeed an illustration of Ruby as an ultimately insignificant wing nut for the public.

Three other things that have always struck me as strange... Oswald's suicide attempt in Moscow. Did it really happen and why exactly? Why did the Soviet government allow Oswald to stay after initially telling him his visa was up and he needed to return to the US? And why did Oswald always appear, in my opinion, to be much older than he was?

Dick Russell was told this by Frank Camper (Ex-CIA), who had spoken to an ex-KGB agent himself:
"When Oswald slit his wrist and was in the psychiatric hospital, he showed signs of resistance to questioning or interrogation while under sedation. There was a sub-branch of MKULTRA where people were trained to resist interrogation. The doctors told the [secret police].. that Oswald's psychological responses were unusual. He fit a KGB profile for psychologically conditioned agents. They knew US intelligence was running people like this. So they said, let's keep this guy and see what the Americans have run in on us."


"What gives away his highly probable induction in MKULTRA project experiments is the fact that he was frequently in the brig or base hospital, was recalled from a unit movement to Formosa to return to the Atsugi hospital, and ended up being assigned to the hospital on a layover or casual basis. [This] would have given the MKULTRA doctors an opportunity to review Oswald's conditioning..."
From Dick Russell: "It was shortly after Oswald's last release from the Atsugi hospital... that he began referring to the Marines as 'you Americans' and denouncing 'American imperialism' and 'exploitation'."

And concerning his age/appearance:
Robert Oswald, his brother, said once "Due to the nature of the change in his hair, in the baldness that appeared, I reached the opinion that perhaps something in the nature of shock treatments or something along that line had been given him in Russia."

Around the time that Oswald ordered the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle, Marina noticed Lee repeating the same words over and over in his sleep. "He started having nose-bleeds... and one night he had four anxiety attacks during which he shook head to toe at intervals of half an hour and never once woke up."
A hypnosis expert told Dick Russell that this was likely to occur 'on the basis of hypnotically induced experiences'... perhaps someone had been regularly coaching him under hypnosis...

Ed Butler, who was involved in the infamous radio debates with Oswald and Carlos Bringuier during his New Orleans stay said: "[Oswald] talked like a man with a piano roll in his head. Posthypnotic suggestion and post-drug suggestion is obviously something to be considered. At one point, LSD for example was called a psychotomimetic, which means 'mimicking psychosis'."

Dick Russell put together that "Tulane University was where Oswald told Cuban exile Carlos Quiroga he'd learned to speak Russian and where he told Charles Hall Steele his Fair Play For Cuba leaflets had originated. Tulane was also a source of MKULTRA experiments..."
Link Here> The CIA and Tulane

Another disturbing Tulane connection:
David Ferrie, Oswald's superior officer from his first days in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) when he was fifteen, later became known as probably the most notorious figure in JFK assassination history. Ferrie was a practicing hypnotist, an anti-Kennedy fanatic and a private pilot for both the mob and covert CIA-sponsored missions into Cuba.
From two of his former CAP cadets, about David Ferrie:
"He fancied himself as a self-made doctor or psychologist." "[Ferrie] wanted the kids to participate in some kind of experiment for Tulane University."
"[Ferrie was] constantly at Tulane."
From an Army General before the Senate committee in '75:
"We have learned of a 1955 contract with Tulane University which involved the adminstration of LSD, mescaline and other drugs to mental patients theretofore who'd had electrodes implanted in their brains as a part of their medical treatment..."

The naval air base at Atsugi, Japan, where Oswald had been stationed before his defection to Russia, was also discovered to be "one of the locations where the CIA's use of LSD on unsuspecting service personnel occurred."
Richard Nagell (a former intelligence agent) also told Russell that "hypnosis was used in intelligence for 'compartmentalization of information' and sometimes a 'courier' might be targeted for hypnosis. He added.. that he'd discovered Oswald 'undergoing hypnotherapy' from David Ferrie in New Orleans in 1963."

David Ferrie was found dead days before he was to be called by Jim Garrison to the stand. A vague note was left near his body implying he had some suicidal ideas, yet he was said to have died of a brain aneurysm... and his door was locked from the outside.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

The End.

Cross-referencing the ultimate lies.

The ultimate eulogy for the JFK assassination was given by David Phillips in 1988 just before his death. No one's ever proven that he was a player in the assassination itself but evidence has piled up that he was a crucial player involved in the CIA's delicate cover-up. It's important to remember that some of the most rabid conspiracy theorists were government agents themselves.

After years of complete denial, lawsuits and helping to form the "Association of Former Intelligence Officers" to combat the accumulating bad press against the CIA, Phillips offered his "final take" to an investigator with the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
"My final take on the assassination is there was a conspiracy, likely including American intelligence officers." odd thing to say concerning his life-long loyalty to the CIA. Knowing what we know about him, Phillips would never implicate or tarnish the name of the CIA without considerable reason. His 'final take' seems to suggest that he knew something was going to be uncovered posthumously in his direction and he was trying to dodge the bullet in advance and implicate/acknowledge the guilt of others directly around him.

As a point of reference, the other ultimate final take on the assassination was given by the most notorious figurehead of US counterespionage, James Jesus Angleton, when he was forced to leave the CIA in '75... saying:
"A mansion has many rooms ... I was not privy to who struck John."
Angleton continually claimed Oswald was a Soviet Agent and deterred investigations into his background concerning Cuba. Although it seems crude, Angleton is the kind of man that one could assume most of the opposite of what he says is true.

For a third take on the assassination, E. Howard Hunt claimed before his death in 2007 that the assassination was most likely done by CIA members on freelance and that he was a "benchwarmer".

There's something to these 3 opinions if their mirrors can be arranged correctly. their level of dedication and security clearance, that 2 of these 3 master liers have accepted some CIA responsibility in JFK's death is pretty stunning. We can probably safely reverse Angleton's mirror and let it reflect the opposite...

Angleton knew more than most anyone about Oswald and was best positioned to be controlling Oswald through Phillips through a back channel of communication, outside the knowledge of other agents directly surrounding them. Angleton was a complete pro at the very top of the CIA, approaching his job from a decidedly amoral position with highly secretive means; tapping everyone in Washington and recording virtually none of what he was doing on paper.
Consider that Angleton took over the CIA's entire investigation of JFK's murder to tie up all loose ends and control the events' historical understanding from the top down, becoming the sole CIA liaison to the Warren Commission. For Angleton, this positioning could not have been more vital...
That he was working directly with Allen Dulles on the Warren Commission (his former boss, who JFK had fired after the Bay of Pigs) to coordinate the presentation of every aspect of the killing, secured that the public would have to "ask the fox who killed the hens".

A major part of Angleton's job was to investigate agents that may have become doubled by the USSR...
He would have inevitably been observing Oswald back in Japan before he even arrived in Russia. Angleton, obsessed with controlling the CIA's secrets and security, would've had a close eye on Oswald because Lee Harvey was tracking top secret flights of the U2 plane and was a potential trader of knowledge with Japanese spies as he floated through their social underworld. Angleton would've been the destination for any knowledge Oswald would learn and report back, whether Oswald knew it or not.

Oswald was likely to have been trained in one of a few false defector programs by ONI (the Office of Naval Intelligence) considering how many times he was used on enemy borders as a dangle. This could be implied purely by both ONI and the CIA maintaining multiple files on him in their Counter-Intelligence sections. His role was to paint himself as a malcontent marine with intense communist beliefs, veering on the most vulnerable edge of defection (a cliche baiting tactic)... with press agents showing up in perfect time to document his every overt rebellious move. Not only did the CIA probably create the scene where he offered secrets to the Russians upon his 'defection' when he arrived in Russia, but they also claimed he'd offered information for money to the Russians in Mexico later on (brandishing a pistol inside their consulate and appearing to be an emotional wreck). It's as though the CIA was obsessed with OSWALD to the smallest detail, but simultaneously forgetting about him constantly, saying he wasn't a concern. With what we know now, it seems the CIA was forgetting about him on cue only when he was participating in covert missions for them.

The research done by military analyst John Newman (one of the pioneers of decoding released CIA memos) showed that Angleton was consistently using Oswald as a 'Marked Card' in a baiting operation to see who from his own agents would repeat any of the erroneous information he would hide in false files.

One slight of Angleton's hand that's still waiting to be decoded entirely is that his office opened up a "201 file" on Oswald a year after he first offered secrets to the Russians (implying this offer was planned and not considered dangerous at the time). A 201 file is a military personality file that attempts to determine one's true loyalty and/or track any possibility of a spy's defection.

Another instance of file tampering was when Angleton and his assistant Ann Egerter created at least two other Oswald files listing him as "Lee Henry Oswald" and "Harvey Lee Oswald" when they knew well what his true name was. The "Lee Henry Oswald" file was handled carefully for at least 3 years by Angleton's assistant who, with great discipline, continually misspelled his name and sometimes sent out two different descriptions of him within the same hour to see who would replicate the bogus material. Essentially, Oswald's entire life was lived as a dangle... leaving him hanging in Russia was, in itself, a simple way to watch the enemy watch him, sending him alongside a couple other relatively obvious false defectors while manipulating and disseminating his file for Angleton's passionate Mole Hunting pursuits.
Not only was the idea of two heights/weights/ages/descriptions of Oswald disseminated by a small element in the CIA over to the FBI and the Navy in a deliberate attempt to confuse and hide information in secondary files under different names, but the phone caller received in Mexico at the Soviet Embassy was also identified as "Lee Henry Oswald" in their own files.

Ann Egerter once described her job as "spying on our own spies". Deepening her relationship with Oswald, a SECRET EYES ONLY CIA memorandum was sent on June 22, 1962 from the illegal mail intercept program about the opening of a letter from Oswald's mother saying "This item will be of interest to Mrs Egerter, Counter Intelligence/SIG, and also to the FBI."
For there to have been a sizable CIA operation to collect Oswald's mail in the years leading up to the assassination conducted by the highest echelon of counter intelligence shows that Oswald had always been of great interest to Angleton. To run a top secret operation using a pawn like Oswald to provoke false situations and observe their effect on your surrounding officers without their knowing, is known as a "vest-pocket" operation. Since his days on radar command with the U2 in Japan, his travels across the globe play out like a string of various shock tests to view how the CIA and it's enemy operated from a god's eye view.

I think that, if dissected and understood, the majority of the erroneous information about Oswald throughout his life came straight from Angleton's disinformation trickling down.
This 'Marked file' with the "Lee Henry Oswald" name shows that Angleton had a relationship with Oswald whether Lee knew it or not. And again it shows that the CIA was most likely using Oswald to make a show at the Embassies in Mexico to view their enemies surveillance capabilities. Knowing Oswald's temper, it may have been that they lured him there with a mission to enter Cuba and let him bounce around like a pinball while they watched. Because their official party line was that they had no relationship with him, David Phillips was inevitably caught up in the lie that their cameras weren't working at all the exact times Oswald walked by while they observed him and listened in from their wire taps (then the tapes were destroyed and their existence concealed to protect the CIA's surveillance methods for viewing the enemies consulates). If the CIA used both Oswald and an imposter in Mexico City to call and/or visit the consulates in turn while listening in on their dialogue, perhaps it was all just a test to hear their enemies describe their own monitoring system. This way the CIA could overhear their rival embassies comparing their own pictures and phone call tapes to understand exactly what they were able to see and hear.

The 201 file and the alternate files of erroneous Oswald names are just two of several areas that have opened up whole new fields in the culture of Oswald analysis. This web of deliberate confusion suggests Oswald's involvement in multiple operations that overlap throughout various agencies files and reveal deception that would seem to inevitably trail straight back up to Angleton, as he would not let this kind of military man roam freely through Russia and back under erroneous names/physical descriptions without considerable care.

Consider this logical game:
You are in a conversation with Angleton, who you know is a master lier/manipulator and who's top priority is to obscure/protect the CIA's true motivations/secrets.
He tells you that he's sure that Oswald was a Russian Spy (as was his 'best theory'). Then:

Why would the KGB send a spy back into the US and choose his cover to be a... militant communist?... in what way would he avoid CIA speculation with this strategy?
But... he did avoid CIA speculation after returning to the US with the niece of a Russian Secret Service agent in tow. Whereas, while he was in Minsk, Russia, Oswald was under a massive surveillance campaign... the Russians were extremely concerned as to what he was doing there. But the US had no interest in his highly suspicious activity...
The only logical deduction that can come from this is that the US was fully informed on his motivations and the USSR was not.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009


Summing up:
(early '63)
After Oswald tried to infiltrate the 'DRE' (an Anti-Castro group funded by the CIA) and had a public showdown on the streets of New Orleans with them (that lead to a television broadcast and a radio debate about his Pro-Castro stance/Marxist beliefs), he did not pursue any further pamphleting or continue his developing notoriety in New Orleans.
Instead, with a sort of 'my work is done here' air about him, he mentioned an idea about 'hi-jacking a plane' to get inside Cuba to his wife... around this time he'd often sit and mess with his rifle assembly while meditating on something. About a month after his radio debate, he'd already gotten a visa to get into Mexico, got on a bus and left his wife to pursue this obtuse mission.

His leaving so soon after quickly establishing a persona in New Orleans seems suspect. Who would he know in Cuba?... why would he know them? ...and why has he suddenly left his family for this vague purpose with no regard for their income?

Modern researchers focus on this trip through Mexico towards Cuba in an attempt to truly understand what was behind Oswald's motivations and how that relates to the assassination occurring only weeks afterward. Probably the biggest area of speculation is a group of lies that the CIA were caught in about whether or not Oswald was really in Mexico at all. The most casual observer sees this red flag and simply wants to understand what is so important about Oswald during this period and how this trip relates to the assassination.

Jefferson Morley's new book "Our Man in Mexico" about the CIA station chief in Mexico, Win Scott, helps clear up some things about Oswald's trip. In short, Scott was the sole employee of the CIA that insisted Oswald was definitely in Mexico and that he was tracked on every occasion Scott's office came into contact with him. Scott's claim conflicted with other CIA testimony {David Phillips} and suggests to leading researchers that OSWALD was being protected/obscured as part of a high-level operation being run outside of Win Scott's awareness.

Win Scott came from the days before the CIA when the US intelligence agency was called the OSS and largely studied under the British Secret Service, who taught the Americans everything they knew about espionage strategy.
Win Scott was a perfectionist concerning the detail of his customized filing system and oversaw mostly high-level, behind-the-scenes information dissection rather than doing any covert spy ops himself. Therefore, when the Assassinations Review Board re-opened the JFK case briefly in the late 70's, the CIA was very unhappy that Win's manuscripts stated that every single interaction OSWALD had with the Russian and Cuban consulates down in Mexico were documented by his station. This documentation was a point of pride for Scott... and evidence of his intense dedication to understand exactly who was coming in and out of Cuba and Russia on this well-traveled route for spies and walking right by his office. When the Warren Report stated there was no record of Oswald having visited the Cuban consulate before the assassination and no pictures taken by such a well-thought out and maintained surveillance operation, this was a personal insult to the work Win Scott had been doing for his entire career. So perhaps his ego drove him to leave a true account of how hard his staff had worked to track Oswald and relay every speck of information to their superior offices. This contradiction of facts is part of why a chapter in Win Scott's memoirs on Oswald's Mexican trip is still classified to this day.

Why is this subtle contradiction important?
The CIA fumbled in trying to obscure Oswald's purpose in Mexico and their relationship to it... which points guilty fingers back at them...
Why cover up this simple appearance in Mexico?
There is evidence that Oswald's profile was being controlled at the highest levels of counterintelligence... evidence that his file's contents were being altered by a selective strain of members in the CIA that wished to tamper with the record of Oswald's involvement in their operations concerning Cuba... In the late 70's, researchers began to use the CIA's contradictions as a foothold for their suspicions and form what is now the modern school of thought on who Oswald really was.

{CIA counter espionage specialist, David Phillips lied on the stand on 3 different points to explain why his cameras did not capture Oswald entering the Cuban Embassy. Instead of the surveillance camera malfunctioning as Phillips claimed, Win Scott's manuscript explains that the automatic camera was oversensitive if anything, taking more pictures than necessary because of it's over-sensitive trigger. Scott also explains that the camera was taken out for maintainence 4 days after Phillips claimed it was... and while Phillips claimed the camera was turned off on the weekends, Oswald walked by it on a Friday.}

Why would Phillips commit perjury on such small points? The implication is that Oswald was part of an operation that needed covering up... ...Meanwhile, during that very period, the missions the CIA were running that involved getting mercenaries or 'soldiers of fortune' into Cuba largely concerned the assassination of Castro.

...Attempts to Assassinate Castro:
New information exposing the details behind the power struggles between Bobby Kennedy and the CIA over how to deal with Castro's encroaching Communist presence on the Western hemisphere has helped to illustrate the haste, sloppiness and confusion surrounding the attempts to assassinate Castro. One of the more famous anecdotes is of the CIA agent who was discovered supplying a Mob connection with a poison pen/syringe intended for Castro at the very moment JFK was killed. Multiple attempts to physically harm Castro had already failed, including some ambitious attempts that involved firing a rocket launcher into his hotel room or getting a sea shell rigged with explosives to blow him up while scuba-diving... but the closest anyone got was one of his lovers, who had hidden poison pills intended for his drink in a jar of cold cream where they melted. As far as modern research has revealed, Bobby Kennedy may never have specifically asked for the death of Castro, but for virtually any way to unseat him or kill off his movement... and apparently Kennedy was such an unpleasant person to be an enemy of, the CIA took what he meant, in so many words, to mean 'executive action' or death in any possible way.

The attempts to oust Castro grew more and more outrageous, from the plan to inspire a Christian uprising by shooting fireworks from outlying islands into the shape of a crucifix, to releasing a gas that would cause Castro's beard to fall out during a televised speech. It's not impossible to formulate a theory that OSWALD could have been one of the many people trained to shoot, somewhat haphazardly, at Castro. His profile was right: boy from a broken home/ early troubles with authority/ joins Marines and is trained in intelligence/ prone to violence/ reads books about spies constantly/ is allowed to guard and understand the flying routes of the CIA's greatest secret: the U2 plane/ trusted with high-security clearance/ possibly involved in one of the Navy's 'false defector' programs/ tries to become a double-agent in the USSR and appears to be rehearsed in how to go about it/ has cash to travel that magically appears and was never earned or in his bank account/ ...and, most importantly, he developed a profile as a possible Soviet Agent. After his Communist backstory was created, another sub-plot in New Orleans developed his Pro-Castro profile. This persona can be used for various sides' future gain... but the CIA could try use him to enter Cuba as a communist, in an attempt to get close enough to shoot at Castro... (unfortunately this could amount to making more political sense than killing JFK in a multitude of ways).
Read the section taken from David Phillips' manuscript in a blog entry below to hear his own words on the idea that Oswald was trained to kill Castro and the plan backfired.

It has often been asserted that Oswald life's pattern constantly bore what is called "the fingerprints of intelligence". There are many situations he was in that appear to be contradictory on the surface but unfold to show a well-planned outcome. One major circumstance that makes his relationship with military intelligence seem apparent was his initial "renunciation of US citizenship" on his sudden move to Russia. Most everything surrounding this situation suggests that it was an operation.

Beforehand, while serving in Japan, as others in his platoon socialized, he quietly studied Russian until he accomplished a relatively expert level of the dialect... (hence the reason Marina mistook his accent for a specific province when they met). On his arrival to Russia, he didn't actually "renounce" his citizenship... instead, he made a big show of an attempt to lend military secrets to the Russians in the US embassy and never followed thru with any of the paperwork... (it could have actually caused him problems if his gesture was genuine)- ...probably knowing he'd be returning to the US for other reasons, like most scenes he made, this was just another performance.
FBI agent James Hosty (who was surveilling Oswald throughout his Dallas period) said that handwriting experts analyzed Oswald's diary of his 3 years in Russia, what he called his "historic life's journal" oddly enough, and discerned that the entire diary was written in 2 days. ...just another performance... a careful development of his backstory.

How did this backstory aid his future deeds?
Later on in New Orleans, after scoring the proof he needed there, he took his newspaper clippings showing his arrest and FPCC membership card to prove his Communist leanings and seemed to believe he would be able to glide into Cuba. Who brings pictures of themselves getting arrested to get into another country?
His confidence was indicated by how angry he became when he was told he'd have to wait up to 4 months to get his travel visa while the Russian Embassy contacted Washington and checked out his background. He seemed to assume things were set up for him... this could explain why he marched back and forth between the embassies in confusion, calling the other, giving his name and claiming he'd been cleared. He'd have good reason to expect an expedited treatment if only for how fast he'd been shuttled through all of his other border entries, sometimes getting his visas the next day. These parallels are important.

When Oswald had flitted into the Soviet Union he was funded by unknown sources... but the KGB also assisted him and observed him under the cover of the Red Cross... he was set up in Minsk in an electronics factory where he was immediately paid the same amount as the head director (the US had great curiosity in observing Russian electronic production ability). He met Marina at a dance and they married only 6 weeks later (her uncle was KGB). I've read that if a woman wanted to marry an American and leave the USSR during the height of the Cold War, that she had to agree to work with the KGB by relaying information back to them... and this sounds like what you would expect of that era. It's the only way, with both sides observing each other through these two peoples' flimsy union, that they could have left the USSR together and entered the USA with ease and with supposedly no surveillance/interest in them. The only reason that there would be no official or recorded information on this surveillance is simply because they were informing on themselves.

So when we understand Oswald's history as having had an odd sort of military intelligence sponsorship that allowed him to travel places and do things that others could not do without inside help... It doesn't look quite as strange in Mexico when he attempts to glide thru to Cuba...
Back when Oswald had guarded U2 planes in Japan he'd gotten a discharge from the marines because "his mom was sick". But instead of going to take care of her, he bee-lined to Russia through a special route in Helsinki, Finland taken by those well-informed and decided he was ready to give up US military secrets. A matter of days later the first U2 plane was shot down over Russia and the pilot, Gary Powers, himself said that it was only Oswald's information that could of located the plane and helped take it down. Knowing this, the Warren Report would have us believe that the CIA/FBI had no interest in this character... and would let him slip back into the country after living in the USSR, bringing his newly acquired wife and getting a job in a photo lab that developed military plane's overhead surviellance?...

This is a parallel to New Orleans when he'd accomplished his pamphleting task to then pick up to move on to his next objective. But in the instance of Russia, he seems to have be assigned to find the wife... and their relationship never seems to have had much more than the discomfort of an arranged marriage. One of the more interesting theories is that this was an early step towards trying to get her KGB uncle to travel to the American side.

After Oswald's return he began to leave Marina at random intervals to live in other areas on his own, as if the marriage was not central to his lifestyle at all. It's sad to think that Oswald's mother, who has been painted thoughout every single piece of media coverage she's ever had as an completely unstable lunatic who bore another lunatic, constantly said "my son was an agent for the CIA".

In Mexico there was an actual picture of Oswald attached to his application for a Visa to Cuba when he arrived.
Win Scott and 2 other agents have admitted to having seen the actual pictures of Oswald entering the consulate to corroborate his presence there... so it looks as if he really was determined to get to Cuba... maybe to establish a further backstory as a Cuban supporter or agent... perhaps that would develop the ultimate political identity of the killer of JFK for anti-communist political purposes... or perhaps Oswald was part of the plan to kill Castro. A lot of researchers have had to speculate that he was part of 2 different plans and one of them won out over the other. It is still their project to find out why.


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Embassy Overview

:::Mexico City was the Casablanca of the Cold War:::
...the spy capital of the world.
It was the closest city to the US where Russian spies could congregate; a massive KGB operation placed multitudes of spies in positions of hotel clerks and bartenders etc.
There they mingled with other spies from virtually all continents... German, Canadian, Cuban, US, Japanese and various Latin American spies met at locations known within the underworld to be frequenting spots for trading or dangling information. This was a community of single, double and triple agents employed by various entities that sometimes shared agendas; each agent tossing out a script to see what others would bite, to guess at why and report back. To find OSWALD in this world, floating through parties and sleeping with other spies fits like a glove. It's a virtual carbon copy of his earlier military period in Atsugi, Japan where he guarded the U2 plane (a CIA project) but often wandered over into restricted sectors and frequented the most commonly known 'spy bar'. He's been said to have dated both men and women who were likely Japanese/Russian spies in situations that resembled missions, using OSWALD as a 'dangle'... hence the fact he was famously given a written excusal from his superiors after contracting gonorrhea "in the line of duty".

LIERODE was the codename for the CIA's operation that spied on the neighboring Cuban and Russian Embassies in Mexico City to keep track of who was most likely working for the competitor's interests. The CIA used offices in the American Embassy as their cover and was especially interested in any Americans who wanted to leave the country on a path frequented by undercover agents. Headed by David Phillips, LIERODE's daily operation photographed anyone entering the foreign Embassies, researched all the Embassy employees and tapped the phones. During Oswald's visits to the Cuban Embassy alone he would have walked by the LIERODE cameras a total of 6 times, but (as discussed in an earlier post below) pictures of another man were taken instead and no pictures of the real Oswald have ever been seen.

To this day, the facts surrounding the 2 most well-known witnesses of Oswald's trip to Mexico directly before the assassination remain confused and the CIA is still protecting what 'went wrong' with it's surveillance operation.

Silvia Duran

Silvia Duran just happened to be the person working at the desk when Oswald was said to have entered the Cuban Consulate in Mexico City to obtain a visa for travel into Cuba. She'd only gotten the position 1 month beforehand.

Oswald showed Duran his passport and displayed a relatively elaborate Pro-Cuban backstory by providing his correspondence with the American Communist Party, his membership card for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, a newspaper clipping about his activities in New Orleans and a photograph of himself in custody, accompanied by two police officers after his showdown with anti-Castro refugees (also mentioned in an earlier entry).

After JFK's death and Oswald's arrest Duran would become a source of major interest for LBJ and Hoover as they tried to understand the significance of Oswald's trip to Mexico just before the assassination.

One of the central enigmas of the Mexico dilemma is this:
The CIA depended greatly on Silvia Duran as their main witness of Oswald's presence in Mexico, but was simultaneously suspicious of who she really was... and extremely concerned with controlling her interpretation of her interaction with OSWALD. On the request of the CIA she was arrested by the Mexican Secret Police and underwent interrogation and torture concerning her relationship to Oswald... and then was later re-arrested for trying to escape to Cuba herself!

After being terrorized she began to be less sure that it was Oswald that she'd seen... AND! She was never interviewed nor called as a witness by the Warren Commission. Why wouldn't they want her on the record? The Commission "never learned of either of her arrests" and relegated her to being more of an Communist enemy in their report.

From the Warren Commission report:
"[Duran and her husband] were active in far left, political affairs in Mexico, believe in Marxist ideology, and sympathize with the government of Fidel Castro, and Senor Duran has written articles for El Dia, a pro-Communist newspaper in Mexico City."

The CIA were able to control the Mexican Secret Police and all subsequent public discovery of Duran's existence, stating in an agency cable that "we want to insure that Silvia Duran gets no impression that Americans are behind her re-arrest. In other words we want Mexican authorities to take responsibility for the whole affair."

From writer Peter Dale Scott:
"One of the most crime-ridden CIA assets we know of is the DFS [Mexican Secret Police], which the US helped to create. Such alliances [as the CIA-DFS alliance] were often first formed in order to deny drug assets to the enemy."

"As late as 1967 Durán reportedly told a CIA agent, LIRING-3, that in her November 23 interrogation she had been "interviewed thoroughly and beaten until she admitted that she had an affair with Oswald."

And from researcher John Simkin:
"When Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested in Dallas shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Duran immediately recognized him as the man who visited the Cuban consul's office on 27th September. This was reinforced by the discovery of Duran's name and phone number in Oswald's address book."

...but when interviewed in '79 by Anthony Summers she described Oswald as being half a foot shorter than he was... so Summers showed her a film of Oswald and Duran said: "The man on the film is not like the man I saw here in Mexico City." I go back and forth on this but for some reason, and I'd love to know what, Duran seemed to have been throwing a curve ball here... (relatively late in the game too, perhaps because so many people were dying and she felt she was in danger...)

How do we explain CIA Station Chief Win Scott's assertion that "Silvia Durán had sexual intercourse with Lee Harvey Oswald on several occasions when the latter was in Mexico City" if she doesn't recognize him? Several people have put forward that Duran and Oswald did date, if only for a brief time.

There are residual traces that a theory was bandied about by the CIA of an international Communist assassination conspiracy, using the Oswald-Durán relationship as it's centerpiece.
I sometimes meditate on the fact that a man in the ambulance (after Oswald was shot) said that Oswald made a distinct fist-in-air gesture as he was dying... one must wonder if Oswald had been led to believe that he was part of this theorized Communist conspiracy.
But all theorizing of his true background was officially ceased when LBJ and Hoover brought down the hammer, shutting down all inquiries into who OSWALD really was after the lone nut theory was posited (punishing agents who would deliver contradicting evidence).

The heat was obviously very heavy upon Duran... in a sense, all pressure that JFK had possibly been murdered by a Soviet/Cuban agent was being lowered down on her by the US government by way of Mexican authorities. It is still rumored that 'Duran later admitted to a close friend that she had dated Oswald while he was in Mexico City.' (from this excellent bio of Duran by John Simkin)

Gilberto Alvarado

After the assassination Gilberto Alvarado stepped forward to say that he saw Oswald approached by 'a Negro with reddish hair' who gave him $6500 in cash inside the Cuban Embassy for the mission of killing the president. Alvarado then changed the date of the sighting by 10 days after being told by the CIA that Oswald wasn't in Mexico on that date... then the Mexican Secret Service informed the CIA "that Alvarado has signed a statement saying that his story of seeing Oswald inside the Cuban Embassy is completely false." Then Alvarado retracted his retraction a few days later, explaining that his retraction was a result of being threatened to be hung by his testicles by the DFS. Then he underwent a lie detector test and failed.
Alvarado's story is interesting because it was obtained by David Phillips in a safe-house. Phillips reported that "Alvarado had admitted he was a member of the Nicaraguan Secret Service (another agency under the tutelage of the CIA), but saw that as no reason to question his story." The ultimate use of Alvarado's script came to pass when LBJ used it as evidence of a Soviet-backed assassination and the inevitability of a coming world war to convince Earl Warren to form the Warren Commission against his will. If only for this result, David Phillips' scheme did end up pulling some massive strings.

from writer Peter Dale Scott:

"Given the known ambiguities about Alvarado's double identity as an intelligence agent, one can easily fault the leaders of the US Embassy in Mexico for claiming that "there appears to be a strong possibility that a down payment was made to Oswald in the Cuban Embassy here." But it is not clear that the management of the Alvarado story was integral to the Kennedy assassination plot. It is clear that the CIA was and is hiding something about Oswald and the Cuban Embassy. The Alvarado story might have been no more than a convenient diversion: a chance to focus attention on a different (and false) narrative."

J.Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson and James Angleton all remained suspicious of a Soviet plot behind the president's murder but worked to shut down the public's inquiry into the subject of their own fears. But eliminating fears of a Cuban/Communist plot was the exact opposite effect that David Phillips had been shooting for by inventing the Alvarado and the Garro stories. His purpose was to nudge Washington with scenarios that could re-awake aggressive tactics toward Cuba. CIA disinformation specialists had gotten comfortable using the media to put pressure on JFK... Directly after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy awoke to read a front page headline that stated there were still Russian missiles hidden away in island caves that he hadn't gotten the Russians to remove. Knowing it was disinformation and perceiving it's purpose, he asked his assistants to look into where the writer got the false story... they definitely could have pushed a lot harder to discover his exact sources... but that didn't matter so much as Kennedy already knew that there was only 1 organization in Washington who had the power to create false frontpage headlines.

Who developed these news stories? David Phillips was a PR specialist, a writer of several books and an ex-actor/undercover agent... Here's another story it appears he may have come up with:

An internal CIA cable said that their phone-tapping operation intercepted an American male calling the Cuban Consulate from the Russian Consulate that spoke in broken Russian and said his name was 'Lee Oswald'. He mentioned that he'd just met with a man working at the Soviet Consulate named Kostikov. Not only do experts believe that this phone call was probably invented, but Kostikov was known only by agents with top CIA clearance to be a KGB agent working in 'Department Thirteen', the section specialized in assassination. The implications of this are worse than they sound...
The central issue to me is either that:

A: Oswald supposedly had this very high-level knowledge of who Kostikov was...
which is to admit that he is an agent of one of the sides... either way is bad for the CIA because if they knew he was either a Soviet agent or meeting with a Soviet assassination specialist, how could the FBI men that were routinely keeping tabs on his whereabouts and activities avoid supervising him on the day JFK passed underneath the window he worked in?

B: If the phone call is faked, it also only indicates the CIA... who else would know to drop Kostikov's name and what it meant, with the foreknowledge to document it in the CIA's own records?... It's terrifying that they do not want to clear this issue up because it suggests that someone in extremely high levels knew exactly what was going to happen in Dallas only weeks later. And who was responsible for explaining the mysterious phone call, why the tape's of it were erased so quickly and why the camera's couldn't manage to take a picture of Oswald?... Again!: David Phillips. How could one man appear and re-appear so many times within Oswald's path?

Disturbingly, there was also a suspicious letter sent from 'Oswald' to the Soviet Embassy in Washington that was 'intercepted' and mentioned "my meetings with comrade Kostin (sic)", saying "had I been able to reach the Soviet Embassy in Havana as planned, the embassy there would have had time to complete our business."
...Who writes this kind of shit to an Embassy in Washington?... not to mention it's illegal interception... but who would've known what this meant enough to document it before the assassination?

David Phillips, Howard Hunt and Win Scott wrote a lot about themselves... the former 2 publishing many books about spying and the latter having had his last manuscript confiscated and classified by the CIA. This characteristic of being a writer is of great importance. In espionage your central talent is developing an alternate script to reality, controlling the perception of the false story and selling your version to the public or whoever you might currently be trying to manipulate.
David Phillips was placed at the forefront of the attempt overthrow Cuba, unseat Castro's control and/or kill him, and cover the operation up because of the swift success he'd experienced in the overthrow of the Guatemala a few years before. By demonstrating that you can end a regime without spending much money, losing American lives and convincing the public on both sides that it was for the greater good, he had climbed to the very top of the CIA.

Former CIA chief Win Scott's writing attempts didn't bring him as much success. To this day the manuscript of his lifestory lies in a CIA vault unpublished... with 1 entire chapter dedicated to Oswald that his son Michael Scott and author Jefferson Morley are still fighting to get unclassified.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Domino Theory

The basic myth of Sherlock Holmes is that by looking at the overview of a crime he could infer the guilty party by uncovering their psychology and motivation. Because 'JFK/OSWALD' was never brought to a legitimate trial and so many of the crucial witnesses died of "heart attacks", we can't use hard evidence so much as look for the strongest thread of logic, understand motivations and work backwards.

Oswald's participation in the 'Fair Play for Cuba Committee' has always seemed multi-layered and bizarre. Essentially his life in his New Orleans period preceding the assassination can be characterized as a hired acting job ...a seemingly pointless one-man performance,, but for who?
Oswald tried very hard to get arrested in public to display his Pro-Castro stance to the widest possible audience and, conveniently, live news cameras showed up to capture his fight with Carlos Bringuier before it had occurred. Bringuier was in charge of publicity and propaganda for the anti-Castro group the "DRE"... Oswald was overheard whispering "hit me Carlos" after the media arrived. To further emphasize the planned out nature of their street fight, researcher Jefferson Morley has shown that Oswald actually reported it occuring to the FPCC in New York 9 days before it had even happened. Oswald had skillfully baited Bringuier, having strolled into his storefront and offered his ex-marine abilities to train Anti-Castro commandos, after obviously being educated on exactly who Bringuier was and rehearsed by someone most likely involved with these training camps. This exposes the CIA project to infiltrate all Pro- and Anti-Castro groups, manipulate the public and the press on the Cuban issue, and points an arrow back towards a relational nexus between the David Phillips, Guy Banister and Jack Ruby's crowd involved the backdoor gun-running that supplied the camps with weapons that couldn't be traced to the government.

In a 1978 deposition given to the House Select Committee on Assassinations, E. Howard Hunt said "The DRE. Dave Phillips ran that for us." (read about who David Phillips was in the blog entry below)...
And who, along with David Phillips, ran an operation to infiltrate the FPCC?: future Watergate burglar, James McCord. Apparently the operation was designed by McCord and implemented by Phillips in the field. As you follow this New Orleans scenario, a relationship between Phillips and Oswald begins to seem inevitable... and Anthony Venciana's claim of seeing David Phillips talking with Oswald in Dallas grows more and more believable.

Declassified documents discovered by military analyst John Newman say that Phillips and McCord were conducting surveillance in New Orleans on a young american male who had "returned from Cuba under the sponsorship of the FPCC".

In '92 it was discovered that, in the New Orleans photos, Oswald is handing out a rare, sold out 1st printing of the FPCC pamphlets... when, at that time, they were already on their 4th pressing. The CIA had ordered copies of this first pressing back in '61 when Oswald was still living in Russia. So where else would he have gotten these pamphlets stamped with the address of fanatical right wing "ex"-FBI agent Guy Banister?... A sworn deposition from a witness in an unconnected court case stated that they were in a meeting with both Banister and a "Mr.Phillips" who was "from Washington" and "seemed to be running the show" where they were working on "a televised anti-Castro propaganda program".

After the assassination several shady people, with seemingly arranged media co-ordination, came out of the woodwork to suggest that Oswald was sent as an agent of Castro to kill JFK (in an attempt to rip open the unresolved scab of the Bay of Pigs). Again, there was a Watergate connection... In 1976 Frank Sturgis, one of the plumbers, gave a series of interviews where he claimed the assassination had been organized by Fidel Castro and that Lee Harvey Oswald had been working in America as a Cuban agent. When disinformation like this is usually issued from the mouths of paid informants you can probably safely suspect the opposite could be true... but in this case a lot of researchers believe that Oswald was lead to believe he was acting on the part of Castro's interests by anti-Castro agents/refugees posing as Castro agents, attempting to bring on the inevitable ejection of Castro if he was found to be behind JFK's murder.

The press pointing towards Castro or Russia being behind Oswald's moves and the various stages of his public role as a red-leaning fanatic that took pictures of himself with a rifle with issues of 'The Militant' and 'The Worker' in his hands, all include "the fingerprints of intelligence" and occur in the patterns of co-ordination indicative of people like Phillips who's very job it was to provide disinformation to the public in these areas.
I've read that during JFK's term there were over 400 CIA-employed writers positioned throughout the US media, churning out disinformation in ways that Chomsky is still called a conspiracy theorist for pointing out.

Oswald succeeded by catapulting his new persona into televised debates over Cuba and Marxism with Bringuier when their media purposes momentarily coalesced. But his attempt to form a "committee" in New Orleans never really began, as he remained the sole member of the FPCC (along with the chapter president, "Alek Hidell", his alias) and never converted anyone. How many everyday citizens do you know that use an alias and run false political/media-coordinated operations?

To understand the teleology of this crime's motivation, you'd want to line up all of the odd sub-plots and scenarios so that, when aligned as a series of dominoes with the end result in a logical sequence, you'd have a clear path, one of no resistance, where the reasoning for the risks undertaken by the guilty party would be self-evident.
Why would Oswald go to the trouble of these public performances? in an obtuse and lateral way, with barely any money to support his family... he appeared to be on a mission to develop a backstory for himself. If you skip down in this blog to David Atlee Phillips 'theory' below, you can begin to formulate a clearer line of logic for the domino that concerns Oswald's New Orleans period. Meaning that, the people most interested in developing the backstory of Oswald as a Pro-Castro extremist and most able to co-ordinate news coverage, hiring others to hand out pamphlets with him and establishing the office address etc.,,, would logically be the same people trying to prep his appearance for being able to enter Cuba as a Castro supporter and position him up above Fidel's daily jeep rides.

When you keep sliding these puzzle pieces around they must eventually lock up into one formation. The famous quote from an agent describing the mood inside the offices of the CIA in reaction to OSWALD's arrest was "the effect was electric".
For over 3 decades this phrase was concealed from the public. It implies a sense of guilt or foreknowing,, but in what direction exactly? If you slide the puzzle pieces one way, the shock inside the CIA offices corresponds best with David Phillips' manuscript. Obviously the 'electric effect' tells us that they know well who Oswald is... it could also give the effect that an operation they had their hands deep in had back-fired, literally. Which is what brings a lot of the best research to focus on the Mexico City incident and understanding why Oswald was down there right before the assassination.
(thanks to the excellent author/researchers Jefferson Morley, John Newman, Dick Russell and Gaeton Fonzi)

Do the pulse cameras at the Mexico City Consulate matter in the way it's often assumed they do?... The common assumption is that Oswald was impersonated in Mexico and that David Phillips claimed the pulse cameras were dysfunctional in the exact period of time that Oswald walked by them 6 times to avoid the uncovering of this impersonation. But what if David Phillips was concealing that Oswald actually was there to gain access to Cuba for a different top secret mission? This could iron out in a straighter fashion and follow the logic of what we know of Phillips' skill at disinformation.

No one can deny the compelling evidence that there was an Oswald impostor in Mexico, including that many people have said they met another very similar man named Oswald that was not Lee Harvey. But like most things that people often consider unresolvable contradictions,... why can't they just co-exist? The riddle of why pictures of a fake Oswald were sent from the CIA to Washington has confused researchers into proposing that Oswald was never in Mexico... but considering that it would be more damaging for the CIA if Oswald had actually been trying to get into Cuba while involved in one of many top secret Castro assassination plots,, it would make more sense that he was there in Mexico ...and that the impersonation occured simultaneously to serve as a cover to say that he wasn't. This would be the kind of work David Phillips was known for and was his job to do.
...or,, is it what everyone would expect.. that Phillips left behind one last piece of disinformation to point the blame away from himself,, back to Cuba, where they'd begun pointing it towards well before the assassination.. looking backwards now it almost looks too organized,, as if they knew they could get away with anything... it was, after all, Phillips design from the beginning wasn't it?... Oswald's pro-Cuban stance would put the blame on Castro and bring jets screaming and bombs falling. Maybe this is the kind of simplicity a theory needs.

Indeed, the fact that Oswald was or wasn't in Mexico was so important to the CIA/FBI that less than 24 hours after the assassination, in J. Edgar Hoover's first phone call to LBJ, this was said:

LBJ: "Have you established any more about the visit to the Soviet embassy in Mexico in September?"

Hoover: "No, that’s one angle that’s very confusing, for this reason: we have up here the tape and the photograph of the man who was at the Soviet embassy, using Oswald’s name. That picture and the tape do not correspond to this man’s voice, nor to his appearance. In other words, it appears that there is a second person who was at the Soviet embassy down there."
(...taken from a transcript that survived from audio tapes that contain a 14 minute gap where this area was destroyed)

Why would James Angleton (chief of the CIA's counter-intelligence) swoop in the day after Winston Scott's death (CIA chief of Mexico who'd suffered a fatal 'heart attack' with no autopsy performed) to confiscate the materials in his private safe?:

Scott is said to have had pictures and tapes of the real Oswald in Mexico... and since the false picture of Oswald had already been exposed what would be so sensitive that Angleton would need to protect it immediately (like he had Mary Pinchot Meyer's diary after her still unsolved murder)?... What would be so damaging about having audio tapes of the real Oswald's voice?:
Simply that it would've indicated that he had been there... possibly participating in one of the many illegal attempts to kill Castro.

The most powerful theory will be the one that holds the strongest logic. Because people do these killing things for concrete reasons and you must uncover what those reasons are without getting lost in the endless details. Why destroy tapes?: because they will either indicate that you created a false appearance or that Oswald actually was present and involved in a task you must deny. The CIA claimed they were confused as to how they could have sent an erroneous picture after being forced to play dumb... and then, backed into a corner of rationalizations, they claimed the cameras weren't working... which doesn't explain how a picture of a different man on that date and position existed.

This is a photo of Oswald's application for entrance into Cuba...

How could a man holding this page with Oswald's picture on it, but not having his appearance, apply to enter the USSR or Cuba?:
...the domino falls straighter if this situation at the Consulate was invented as a cover to conceal a different design.
You just have to keep ironing it out and lining up the dominoes.

Sunday, August 02, 2009


David Atlee Phillips, former head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere Division (counter-espionage division), described himself as a Kennedy supporter and a moderate democrat. His wife once described him as a man who "lied in his sleep."
On the day of the Bay of Pigs invasion, after helping to organize the attack, he came home from work and sat under a tree in his yard and sobbed for hours when Kennedy refused to help back the unprovoked assault and it ended in failure... whereas on the day Kennedy was killed his wife said that he walked in the house in a good mood, went straight to the refrigerator and asked how her day had been.
His own brother refused to speak to him for 6 years and then called him when Phillips was in the hospital dying of cancer to find out if he was in Dallas on 'that day'. Phillips began crying and said "Yes" when his brother hung up on him.

When he died on 7th July, 1988, Phillips left behind an unpublished manuscript. The novel is about a CIA officer who lived in Mexico City. In the novel the character states:
"I was one of the two case officers who handled Lee Harvey Oswald. After working to establish his Marxist bona fides, we gave him the mission of killing Fidel Castro in Cuba. I helped him when he came to Mexico City to obtain a visa, and when he returned to Dallas to wait for it I saw him twice there. We rehearsed the plan many times: In Havana Oswald was to assassinate Castro with a sniper's rifle from the upper floor window of a building on the route where Castro often drove in an open jeep. Whether Oswald was a double-agent or a psycho I'm not sure, and I don't know why he killed Kennedy. But I do know he used precisely the plan we had devised against Castro. Thus the CIA did not anticipate the President's assassination but it was responsible for it. I share that guilt."

Whether or not Phillips was involved the Kennedy assassination plot doesn't really detract from how fascinating he was. It's too easy to make him a one-stop solution to the cover-up and wager that he was "Maurice Bishop", the man who was well positioned to,, and was allegedly seen handling Oswald. Without any hard evidence and just by using logical deduction it's clear that Phillips lied constantly about what he knew from just looking at where he was, when he was and what his job was. As a rule, no one would ever trust any books written by CIA agents after they've retired (especially a disinformation specialist), but there could be more truth to his unfinished manuscript than one might believe.

Since viewing the entire trajectory of Oswald's life is basically a game of 'what-if?'... it's worthwhile to ask if Phillips semi-confession fits a potentially valid scenario. And it does in several ways... Maybe the entire Mexico City puzzle could be simpler than researchers make it out to be...

Saturday, August 01, 2009

unfocusing yr eyes

...I was never that interested in Nixon. ...If there's one aspect that's been consistently profiled about his personality it was his paranoia concerning his enemies, coupled with the over-protection of his post... so in the back of my head it's always bothered me that he stepped down from the position he coveted more than anything in the world because some underlings were caught searching for some files. Watergate seems intrinsically misunderstood from it's outset... by design. read this commonly repeated text from an article about watergate:

"The first attempted break-in failed because the conspirators got locked in a closet off the main dining room of the Watergate complex. The next one didn't work because the burglars -- most of them Cubans and veterans of President Kennedy's failed invasion of the Bay of Pigs -- couldn't figure out how to pick the lock on the committee's door. After that, one of the burglars returned home to Miami to collect better equipment."

It seems immediately significant that the burglars were Cuban, involved in the Bay of Pigs, and returning to Miami ..but generally the printed surface material you'll read won't dwell on this.. it will only re-hash more of the same cut and paste periphery.. ..that they were called the "plumbers" because they protected Nixon from leaks.. ..that it was part of one of the many smear campaigns Nixon would run against his various enemies.. but the question that remains is 'was there a more central fear that specific information he was protecting could come out if the investigations continued... something heavy enough to cost him the entire presidency,.. creating the need for him to 'launder a slush fund in Mexico' to buy everyone's silence?' The 18 1/2-minute tape gap in his private recordings is another obvious obstacle in the puzzle.

From Nixon's tapes: "Hunt will uncover a lot of things. You open that scab, there's a hell of a lot of things... This involves those Cubans... this will open up that whole Bay of Pigs thing... It's going to make the CIA look bad, it's going to make Hunt look bad and is likely to blow the whole Bay of Pigs thing..."

(H.R. Haldeman, his assistant, wrote in his memoir, "The Ends of Power",
that when Nixon referred to "the Bay of Pigs thing",
it was his spoken code for 'the Kennedy assassination'.)

..with this quote of Nixon's in mind look at this picture, sold on Ebay recently, of people running in Dealey Plaza after the shots were fired...

this man, strangely caught whistling, walking away from the scene in a trenchcoat and low-brim hat looks oddly like E.Howard Hunt...

E.Howard Hunt denied that he was in Dallas on that day. It seems Nixon largely stepped down out of fears related to his being blackmailed by Hunt (who's been documented to have received well over $100,000 from Nixon to keep quiet). The lasting impression this left on me was that Nixon got away before the real inquiry began... so what information did Hunt have that he was specifically scared of?...

...of all people, Hunt was using Eugenio Martinez in the Watergate break-ins... someone who'd been deeply involved in the Bay of Pigs and positioned high up inside the anti-Castro movement that Oswald had been penetrating ...or that was penetrating him.

Hunt also couldn't have chosen a more insidious 'plumber' than Frank Sturgis,... for years he was one of the most consistently used pilots for the C.I.A., dropping guns to the refugees in Cuba who were tirelessly working to assassinate Castro,, a mini-industry that Jack Ruby, David Ferrie, Guy Bannister and a lot of the people positioned around Oswald in New Orleans were involved in.

...One of Jack Ruby's, now-famous, last quotes:
"They're going to find out about Cuba.
They're going to find out about the guns,
find out about New Orleans,
find out about everything."

...the Pentagon Papers were leaked by Ellsberg... and that alone was sufficient cause for Nixon to find out 'what else he knew' (Gordon Liddy has said this was the plumbers' mission)... my implication that Martinez and Sturgis might have any personal reasons of their own to be digging around looking for leaks could be seen as a long shot... but Hunt, Sturgis and Martinez were joined at the hip by an agenda deeply important to them, an allegiance that would look obscure to people now,, but they had largely dedicated their lives to. For Hunt and Sturgis, their motives were based in an intense, almost-jihad level, anti-communist/patriotism... and for Martinez a rabid desire to unseat Castro. As the 'plumbers' they were part of the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP),, in a mission to keep the conservative president in office and defending their interests.
To believe that people involved in killing a president wouldn't be on damage control 9 years later is totally naive... Nixon stepped down before people could notice a boatload of disturbing parallels. Why would these 3 guys who were running guns into Cuba, trying to assassinate Castro and associated with the insidious New Orleans groups (Bannister/Ferrie/Ruby etc.) that were running training camps for anti-Castro refugees just happen to also end up right in the middle of Watergate... caught trying to stop 'leaks' that lead back to something they didn't want uncovered?

Sturgis later claimed that the Watergate burglars had been instructed to find a particular document in the Democratic Party offices. This was a "secret memorandum from the Castro government" that included details of CIA covert actions.