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When he died on 7th July, 1988, Phillips left behind an unpublished manuscript.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.