...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.
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.
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