UPDATE: Re: “China Threatens the World” (11/18/13)
This section of the 11/18 SNS Global Report (SNS: “MALT: A New Killer Category”) has been selected as a critical article for others to read, beyond our membership. – mra
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We are all familiar with the threats China has made against its neighbors, as it works to exclude them from their own islands in the South China Sea.
We have now moved from China threatening foreign corporations with expulsion, if they don’t turn over their most prized inventions, to China threatening media companies with expulsion, if they write critical stories. In real terms, the world has moved from a period of global theft of commercial intellectual property, enforced by such threats, to a period of media intimidation, enforced by such threats.
In the latter case, these have taken the form of a refusal of new visas, and visa renewals, for reporters writing unfavorably about China. Worse, according to the New York Times, Bloomberg has now begun self-censoring, out of fear that it will be ejected from the country entirely or that the government will stop buying its expensive financial terminals – which, of course, require a government permit to be sold.
In 2007, SNS members may recall, we broke the story of China’s organized, government-supported global theft of crown jewel IP, on Bloomberg TV in New York. Later, the story moved to the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, with the bold header: “Stop Stealing Our Stuff!”
But that was while Michael Bloomberg was mayor of NYC, and Norm Pearlstine was the magazine’s content editor. Now Norm has moved back to Time Inc., and Michael is back running the company and planning a fun-filled Adulation Tour to China in the next few weeks.
Make that, Norm: 50; Michael: -100
Here is part of the New York Times’ coverage on Bloomberg spiking a story following more than one year of ‘efforts by several reporters, after the work had been approved at numerous levels and stages.
“They were adamant that the reasons for killing the story were editorial reasons, not political reasons,” an employee added. When Ms. Hays was asked who had made the decision to shelve the article, she said she and four other editors had, including Tim Quinson, who in September was assigned to the new position of standards editor after an internal review of the May reporting scandal. Ms. Hays said Mr. Doctoroff, the chief executive, had not seen the article.
Mr. Winkler, the top editor, then spoke to four reporters and editors in Hong Kong on a final conference call, which was held on the night of Oct. 29.
The strongest reason he presented was the possibility of Bloomberg’s being evicted from China, employees said.
“He was speaking from a news perspective, not a sales perspective,” an employee said. Mr. Winkler also said he had read a lot about foreign journalists working under the Third Reich and wanted to formulate a strategy for staying in China as long as possible. “He said he was looking at the example of how news organizations worked in Nazi Germany, how they were able to stay there, how they were able to write in that environment,” the employee said.
The message was clear to those in Hong Kong: There was no chance of publication for no.
Since then, Bloomberg has suspended one reporter on the grounds of leaking this information, and several other China reporters have quit the organization, apparently in protest over similar editorial weakness.
At INVNT/IP, we cover all of the global news, every night, gathering stories on nation- sponsored theft of IP. Strangely, since the Snowden Affair, the media stories have shifted from China stealing the world’s commercial IP to the NSA listening to everyone. At first, we thought this was just media Attention Deficit Disorder. But now we’re starting to think that China has done such a good job threatening the world’s media that it is doing exactly what media inside China do daily: self-censoring.
For example: lawyers at the most respected business newspaper in the world recently refused to run a piece until the names of Chinese companies already proven guilty of IP theft were removed. The paper’s editors admitted that they had been “cowed” by China’s threats. They knew, and agreed, that the original story was true and accurate. But, they said, the cost of legal discovery alone – the first step in any claim – was just too high.
Wow. So much for our members getting the real story from that newspaper.
We have now decided that there is a second, perhaps larger, reason for the apparent decline in stories on China stealing IP – even as firms such as FireEye report an increase in this theft: the global media are afraid to write stories that would make Chinese Communist Party leaders unhappy.
China is now working to extend this censorship/self-censorship beyond commerce and journalism and into film, legislation, and every other sphere of influence that affects its interests.
Try to imagine Britain evicting the Wall Street Journal because of a story critical of the UK – or America canceling journalists’ visas because a Chinese reporter wrote a critical story. It’s bizarre. More important, it’s dangerous to free people around the world, as they assume they are getting all the information about China, but are not.
How can we assess China and its actions if our own media are afraid to describe them?
Finally, we know of one major global accounting/consulting firm that made the egregious mistake of telling the truth about China stealing IP in global meetings, with the result that the Chinese delegation (including Huawei) walked out – even as other participants voted the session to be the best of the event. While we have no way of knowing what happened behind closed doors, all of the principals involved were subsequently fired or demoted, and all IP theft programs were halted.
To make some fun in all this, I am tempted to create a Neville Chamberlain Award, to go to people or companies who show their cowardice through policies of appeasement. There are many companies that qualify, including some of the world’s top professional services firms. But there is nothing funny about putting profits ahead of truth, ethically compromising one’s own team and work, and knowingly endangering the welfare of one’s clients in favor of one’s own.
I find it fascinating that the editor from the New York Times, a strongly pro-Israel organ, compared Bloomberg’s actions in pulling a critical China story with how the AP had to behave in pre-war Nazi Germany, in order to be allowed to write anything at all.
Is that where the world is today? Watching and negotiating with a new pre-Nazi Germany? If so, we should all be aware of the fact.
At the moment, it seems the global list of media willing to tell the truth about China has been narrowed to the New York Times and SNS.
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JFK Plot Confirmed
UPDATE: On the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination:
This piece, written in 2007, continues to include all of the most relevant information regarding the assassination, and appears not to have anything within it which has been disproven. This is not to say that there are not more actors or pieces in this obvious conspiracy, but rather that those described here continue to be the most likely to have been involved.
Originally published June 2007
“I’m forty-three years old, I’m
not going to die in office. So the vice presidency doesn’t mean anything.”
– John F. Kennedy, to his aide Kenneth O’Donnell, on being forced to take LBJ
as his VP running mate.
Special Letter: JFK
John F. Kennedy, July 11, 1963, in the Oval Office
35th President of the United States
In office: January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson
It is time for the U.S. to come to terms with the
near-certainty that the CIA killed John F. Kennedy.
While there have been many political assassinations
conducted around the world – including that of Caesar himself – it is easy to
make the argument that the killing of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22nd,
1963, may have been the most pivotal in terms of global political outcomes.
Most Americans have gone through a period of interest in the
question of Who Killed JFK, moving quickly beyond the embarrassingly-flawed
Warren Report, through other private and public investigations, bringing us to
a time today when a recent survey showed about 80% of Americans believing a
conspiracy was involved.
Even after all that work, there is no conclusive proof
today, in the literature, of who was responsible.
While not a proof per se, it is my hope that this
publication will, perhaps for the first time, provide the two independent
confirmations generally held by professional journalists as the minimum
requirement for publishing a story. By this journalistic standard, at least, I
believe we can now say that the CIA killed Jack Kennedy; furthermore, we can
identify the exact group within the CIA which appears to have been responsible.
I first took an interest in this question in about 1972, and
decided to see if the pattern recognition work (that later applied so well in
technology at SNS) would be useful in this study. After about a year of
research, I decided then what will today seem to most to be not surprising:
that the CIA had killed our president, perhaps aided by Mafia and anti-Castro
This was at once satisfying, and not: after all, I still
didn’t know “who did it,” even if the rest were true. John McCone was in
charge of the CIA when Kennedy was killed, although it was Allen Dulles whom
Kennedy fired for blowing the Bay of Pigs invasion – and for lying about
invasion plans and readiness.
You did know that Allen Dulles was a member of the Warren
Commission, didn’t you?
One of the more bizarre moments of my life occurred years
and a marriage later, going to a family wedding ceremony, and being told as we
arrived that John McCone was a relative by marriage, and that he would be
attending. I’ll never forget watching this white-haired old gentleman, eating
wedding cake on the grass by the sea, and wondering: Are you the one? Did you
I should add here that, according to my own research and E.
Howard Hunt’s materials, McCone was not involved. How one could be in charge
of the CIA while a “CIA splinter group” killed the President is a bit hard to
imagine, so I’ll leave that to someone else to cipher.
Beginning just about the time that Ronald Reagan left
office, it seems as though scads of history books were turned out, generally
deifying Reagan and adding new clay feet to Kennedy. At the time, it felt like
propaganda to me, as though some hidden faceless had decided to rewrite
history. Suddenly the Vietnam War was glorious, Reagan (who had performed an
unusually large number of illegal activities while in office, not to mention
falling to Alzheimer’s disease on the job) was our best president ever, and JFK
(one of the smartest and best educated men to hold the office) was a worthless
scoundrel who personally caused the War, and Camelot was a joke.
Despite claims in the above-such books, it has become clear
to me that Kennedy’s continuation would have directly resulted in a huge
reduction in the power of (or perhaps even the existence of) the CIA, retrieval
of the U.S. training squads in Vietnam originally begun by Eisenhower,
continued prosecution of and destruction of the U.S. Mafia, and a vastly
different American history going forward. It is as though he was personally
taking Eisenhower’s warning about the new military industrial complex to heart,
and making sure it didn’t get control of our country.
Did you know that John McCone spent all of his early years
working with the Bechtel family (starting with McCone-Bechtel, Inc.) to build a
major part of that complex, subsisting on military contracts for boats, planes
and facilities during and after WWII?
Some authors think that Kennedy’s direct threat to Dulles
after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, promising “to splinter the CIA in a thousand
pieces and scatter it to the winds,” led directly to his death.
Some years after my research into this subject, I had the
chance to meet with an ex-CIA officer who had been quite high in the
organization during the Vietnam War (see below), but who had since left and was
actively fighting CIA tactics in the world. After a nerve-wracking dinner,
during which I wondered whether I should, I asked him who killed JFK. “Alpha
66,” a renegade anti-Castro CIA outfit, was his response.
Add in the Mafia’s well-documented recruitment by the CIA (
apparently by William Harvey and others) in attempting to assassinate Castro
(under code name ZR/Rifle, etc.), and you have the triple play I had concluded
from my own work was responsible – but now I also had at least the name of the
renegade CIA group.
Keep in mind, as you read on, that a) I had never heard this
group name before, although there will doubtless be those who have; and b) my
source had nothing to do with E. Howard Hunt or his family, to the best of my
knowledge. I first shared it with SNS members in 1999.
Here, for whatever use you might make of it, is a firm, if
partial, answer to Who Killed JFK, based in part on my own research, and on the
personal materials of E. Howard Hunt.
For those new to this discussion, we should begin with a
review of our discussions at SNS:
Here is what I told you, starting eight years ago:
“In between times, [Anderson will] be wondering what
happened to John Kennedy Jr.’s plane that would make it fall out of the sky
like a rock (at a mile a minute) as it approached Martha’s Vineyard, and
whether, if you believe – as I do – that a wing of the CIA (the “Alpha
66″ Group) killed his father, what this Kennedy Curse thing is really all
about.” (***SNS*** Breaking Laws, 7.21.1999)
“The problem with knowing there was a conspiracy – as
was also concluded 22 years ago by the House Assassination Committee: you just
kind of want to know who did it. (At this stage, the tables are turned, and it
is only those who do Not believe there was a conspiracy, who look like the
fabled “fruitcakes.” Even USAToday ran an editorial today.) SNSers
already have had an idea, for several years: for some of us, CIA splinter group
“Alpha 66″ (***SNS*** Breaking Laws, 7/21/99) just kind of leaps to
mind. Perhaps a new SNS T-shirt is in order, along the theme of: “Pogo
Did It.” ***SNS*** The Other Side, 3.27.2001)
In January, with 88-year-old Hunt’s passing, I added this
for SNS Members:
“E. Howard Hunt, one of the famous Nixon Watergate ‘plumbers,’
who was ostensibly borrowed from the CIA to break into the Democratic Central
Campaign headquarters, among other felony crimes, died this week, in Florida,
of pneumonia. After forty-plus years, his is also the name which perhaps crops
up most consistently when examining the murder of President John F. Kennedy, so
I thought he deserved a special slot in our Quotes Section this week:
“In his book, The Ends of Power, [H.R.] Haldeman cites
several conversations where Nixon expressed concern about the Watergate affair
becoming public knowledge and where this exposure might lead. Haldeman writes:
“In fact, I was puzzled when he [Nixon] told me, ‘Tell
Ehrlichman this whole group of Cubans [Watergate burglars] is tied to the Bay
of Pigs.” After a pause I said, “The Bay of Pigs? What does that have to do
with this [the Watergate burglary]?” But Nixon merely said, “Ehrlichman will
know what I mean,” and dropped the subject.’ — Dirty Politics –Nixon,
Watergate, and the JFK Assassination by Mark Tracy
“Later in his book, Haldeman appears to answer his own
question when he says, ‘It seems that in all of those Nixon references to the
Bay of Pigs, he was actually referring to the Kennedy assassination.’ -ibid.
“If Haldeman’s interpretation is correct, then Nixon’s
instructions for him to, ‘Tell Ehrlichman this whole group of [anti-Castro]
Cubans is tied to the Bay of Pigs,’ was Nixon’s way of telling him to inform
Ehrlichman that the Watergate burglars were tied to Kennedy’s murder.” -ibid.
” ‘A.J. Weberman and Michael Canfield, authors of Coup
d’Etat in America, published pictures of three apparent bums who were arrested
at Dealy Plaza just after President Kennedy’s murder, but who were strangely
released without any record of the arrest having been made by the Dallas
police. One of the tramps the authors identified as Hunt. Another was Frank
Sturgis, a long time agent of Hunt’s.’ — The Spotlight, 1978, quoted in
” ‘Having Kennedy liquidated, thus elevating himself
to the presidency without having to work for it himself, could have been a very
tempting and logical move on Johnson’s part. — LBJ had the money and the
connections to manipulate the scenario in Dallas and is on record as having
convinced JFK to make the appearance in the first place. He further tried
unsuccessfully to engineer the passengers of each vehicle, trying to get his
good buddy, Gov. [John] Connolly, to ride with him instead of in JFK’s car -
where . . . he would have been out of danger.’ — Howard Hunt, in a new memoir,
‘American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate & Beyond,’ due out
in April; quoted last week in the NYPost.
“Was E. Howard Hunt involved? I expect he was. Does it
matter whether the CIA killed JFK? Remember that Bush Sr. was CIA Director
before becoming President, and ask yourself, Who Governs Now? (***SNS***
In my Blog that week, I added some more material, mostly
from Wikipedia, which I noted might be a singularly good place to outflank a
cover-up. However, due to their sometime-errant fact-checking, it’s worth
noting that none of the material used in my investigation came from Wikipedia.
“E. Howard Hunt, one of the famous Nixon Watergate
“plumbers,” who was ostensibly borrowed from the CIA to break into the
Democratic Central Campaign headquarters, among other felony crimes, died this
week, in Florida, of pneumonia. After forty-plus years, his is also the name
which perhaps crops up most consistently when examining the murder of President
John F. Kennedy, so I thought he deserved a special slot in our Quotes Section
” ‘In 1981, [E. Howard] Hunt was awarded $650,000 in a libel
lawsuit against Liberty Lobby, after it published an article by Victor
Marchetti in its newspaper The Spotlight accusing Hunt of involvement in the
conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy. However, this decision was overturned on
appeal, with Mark Lane successfully defending Liberty Lobby. Lane outlined his
theory about Hunt’s and the CIA’s role in Kennedy’s murder in a 1991 book,
Plausible Denial.’ — Wikipedia, at the time of Hunt’s death this week.
” ‘The three-judge panel agreed and the case was retried.
This time Mark Lane defended the Liberty Lobby against Hunt’s action. Lane
eventually discovered Marchetti’s sources. The main source was William Corson.
It also emerged that Marchetti had also consulted James Angleton and Alan J.
Weberman before publishing the article. As a result of obtaining depositions
from David Atlee Phillips, Richard Helms, G. Gordon Liddy, Stansfield Turner
and Marita Lorenz, plus a skillful cross-examination by Lane of E. Howard Hunt,
the jury decided in January, 1995, that Marchetti had not been guilty of libel
when he suggested that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated by people working
for the CIA.’ — Wikipedia.
“As SNS Members know, my best informed guess is that
Alpha 66, a CIA unit composed of anti-Castro exiles, was involved in killing
JFK. I have this from a past CIA officer, who at one time (before leaving the
agency) was in charge of all Vietnam operation during the Vietnam War.
” ‘E. Howard Hunt was assigned to create a provisional
government to take over after the Bay of Pigs Invasion. The failure of that
project damaged his career.
” ‘Hunt was undeniably bitter about what he saw as President
Kennedy’s lack of spine in overturning the Castro regime. In his semi-fictional
autobiography, Give Us this Day, he wrote: “The Kennedy administration yielded
Castro all the excuse he needed to gain a tighter grip on the island of Jose Marti,
then moved shamefacedly into the shadows and hoped the Cuban issue would simply
melt away.” ‘ — Wikipedia.
” ‘Several reports over the years have placed Hunt in
Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination. In 1974, the Rockefeller
Commission concluded that Hunt used eleven hours of sick leave from the CIA in
the two-week period preceding the JFK assassination. Later, eyewitness Marita
Lorenz testified under oath that she saw Hunt pay off an assassination team in
Dallas the night before Kennedy’s murder. (Hunt v. Liberty Lobby; U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of Florida; 1985)
‘Click to read transcript‘ — Wikipedia.
” ‘A.J. Weberman and Michael Canfield, authors of Coup
d’Etat in America, published pictures of three apparent bums who were arrested
at Dealey Plaza just after President Kennedy’s murder, but who were strangely
released without any record of the arrest having been made by the Dallas
police. One of the tramps the authors identified as Hunt. Another was Frank
Sturgis, a long time agent of Hunt’s.’ — The Spotlight, 1978, quoted in
“Hunt immediately sued for millions of dollars in
damages, claiming he could prove that he had been in Washington D.C. that
day-on duty at CIA. It turned out, however, that this was not true. So, he said
that he had been on leave and doing household errands, including a shopping
trip to a grocery store in Chinatown.
” ‘Weberman and Canfield investigated the new alibi and
found that the grocery store where Hunt claimed to be shopping never existed.
At this point, Hunt offered to drop his suit for a token payment of one dollar.
But the authors were determined to vindicate themselves, and they continued to
attack Hunt’s alibi, ultimately completely shattering it.’ — ibid.
“While Wikipedia is not a great place for fact checking,
I have spent enough time reading background sources to have quoted for you
those things which I expect to be true. And, strangely enough, a Wiki is
probably the perfect place to reassemble the truth about an event seen and
studied by many, but suppressed by parts of the government. And, finally, we
have Hunt in his own words, from his posthumous book. Here is the New York Post
last week; never a place to look for facts, but here, providing teasers on the
” ‘But in a new memoir, “American Spy: My Secret History
in the CIA, Watergate & Beyond,” due out in April, Hunt, 88, writes: ‘Having
Kennedy liquidated, thus elevating himself to the presidency without having to
work for it himself, could have been a very tempting and logical move on
” ‘LBJ had the money and the connections to manipulate
the scenario in Dallas and is on record as having convinced JFK to make the appearance
in the first place. He further tried unsuccessfully to engineer the passengers
of each vehicle, trying to get his good buddy, Gov. [John] Connolly, to ride
with him instead of in JFK’s car – where . . . he would have been out of
“While LBJ may well have been capable of, and culpable
of, pulling the strings, I don’t believe it takes any pressure off Hunt. It’s
more likely just his final chance to deceive.
“Remember that photo of Oswald in Mexico with the machine
gun, and those supposed trips to the Russian and US consulates in Mexico City?
Want to guess what Hunt’s first real job was for the CIA? Running the Mexico
“Was E. Howard Hunt involved? I expect he was.
“Does it matter whether the CIA killed JFK? Remember that Bush Sr. was CIA
Director before becoming President, and ask yourself, Who Governs Now? (SNS
Which brings us up to date.
Since that time, Hunt’s son St. John stepped forward and
provided materials written in Hunt’s hand, and tape recorded by Hunt, to
Rolling Stone magazine, for an article that appeared in its April 5th
issue, “The Last Confession of E. Howard Hunt.” In these notes, delivered to
St. John four years ago from what his father thought then was his deathbed,
Hunt laid out the players in the JFK assassination.
This material did not appear in his posthumously-published
ghost-written autobiography, nor, to the best of my knowledge, has it appeared
Here is the URL of the St. John material in Rolling Stone,
The article makes great reading, just what you’d expect from
the deathbed of a top US spy. Here are a few key takeaways:
“Once, when the old spymaster thought he was dying,
his eldest son came to visit him at his home in Miami.
“But now, in August 2003, propped up in his sickbed,
paper on his lap, pen in hand and son sitting next to him, he began to write
down the names of men who had indeed participated in a plot to kill the
president. He had lied during those two federal investigations. He knew
something after all. He told St. John about his own involvement, too. It was
explosive stuff, with the potential to reconfigure the JFK-assassination-theory
landscape. And then he got better and went on to live for four more years.”
Much has been made of the picture of three tramps taken into
custody on Dealey Plaza, arrested yet never charged and subsequently released,
immediately after the assassination. Here is one of the more jarring bits from
the RS piece:
“One evening in Eureka, over a barbecue meal, St. John
explains how he first came to suspect that his father might somehow be involved
in the Kennedy assassination. ‘Around 1975, I was in a phone booth in Maryland
somewhere, when I saw a poster on a telephone pole about who killed JFK, and it
had a picture of the three tramps. I saw that picture and I fucking — like a
cartoon character, my jaw dropped, my eyes popped out of my head, and smoke
came out of my ears. It looks like my dad. There’s nobody that has all those
same facial features. People say it’s not him. He’s said it’s not him. But I’m
his son, and I’ve got a gut feeling.’
“He chews his sandwich. ‘And then, like an epiphany, I
remember ’63, and my dad being gone, and my mom telling me that he was on a
business trip to Dallas. I’ve tried to convince myself that’s some kind of
false memory, that I’m just nuts, that it’s something I heard years later. But,
I mean, his alibi for that day is that he was at home with his family. I
remember I was in the fifth grade. We were at recess. I was playing on the
merry-go-round. We were called in and told to go home, because the president
had been killed. And I remember going home. But I don’t remember my dad being
there. I have no recollection of him being there. And then he has this whole
thing about shopping for Chinese food with my mother that day, so that they
could cook a meal together.’ His father testified to this, in court, on more
than one occasion, saying that he and his wife often cooked meals together.
“St. John pauses and leans forward. ‘Well,’ he says, ‘I
can tell you that’s just the biggest load of crap in the fucking world. He was
always looking at things like he was writing a novel; everything had to be just
so glamorous and so exciting. He couldn’t even be bothered with his children.
That’s not glamorous. James Bond doesn’t have children. So my dad in the
kitchen? Chopping vegetables with his wife? I’m so sorry, but that would never
happen. Ever. That fucker never did jack-squat like that. Ever.’
“Howard scribbled the initials ‘LBJ,’ standing for
Kennedy’s ambitious vice president, Lyndon Johnson. Under ‘LBJ,’ connected by a
line, he wrote the name Cord Meyer. Meyer was a CIA agent whose wife had an
affair with JFK; later she was murdered, a case that’s never been solved. Next
his father connected to Meyer’s name the name Bill Harvey, another CIA agent;
also connected to Meyer’s name was the name David Morales, yet another CIA man
and a well-known, particularly vicious black-op specialist. And then his father
connected to Morales’ name, with a line, the framed words ‘French Gunman Grassy
“So there it was, according to E. Howard Hunt. LBJ had
Kennedy killed. It had long been speculated upon. But now E. Howard was saying
that’s the way it was. And that Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t the only shooter in
Dallas. There was also, on the grassy knoll, a French gunman, presumably the
Corsican Mafia assassin Lucien Sarti, who has figured prominently in other
“‘By the time he handed me the paper, I was in a
state of shock,’ Saint says. ‘His whole life, to me and everybody else, he’d
always professed to not know anything about any of it. But I knew this had to
be the truth. If my dad was going to make anything up, he would have made
something up about the Mafia, or Castro, or Khrushchev. He didn’t like Johnson.
But you don’t falsely implicate your own country, for Christ’s sake. My father
is old-school, a dyed-in-the-wool patriot, and that’s the last thing he would
“Later that week, E. Howard also gave Saint two sheets of
paper that contained a fuller narrative. It starts out with LBJ again,
connecting him to Cord Meyer, then goes on: ‘Cord Meyer discusses a plot with
[David Atlee] Phillips who brings in Wm. Harvey and Antonio Veciana. He meets
with Oswald in Mexico City. . . . Then Veciana meets w/ Frank Sturgis in Miami
and enlists David Morales in anticipation of killing JFK there. But LBJ changes
itinerary to Dallas, citing personal reasons.’
“David Atlee Phillips, the CIA’s Cuban operations chief
in Miami at the time of JFK’s death, knew E. Howard from the Guatemala-coup
days. Veciana is a member of the Cuban exile community. Sturgis, like Saint’s
father, is supposed to have been one of the three tramps photographed in Dealey
Plaza. Sturgis was also one of the Watergate plotters, and he is a man whom E.
Howard, under oath, has repeatedly sworn to have not met until Watergate, so to
Saint the mention of his name was big news.
“In the next few paragraphs, E. Howard goes on to
describe the extent of his own involvement. It revolves around a meeting he
claims he attended, in 1963, with Morales and Sturgis. It takes place in a
Miami hotel room. Here’s what happens:
“Morales leaves the room, at which point Sturgis makes
reference to a ‘Big Event’ and asks E. Howard, ‘Are you with us?’
“E. Howard asks Sturgis what he’s talking about.
“Sturgis says, ‘Killing JFK.’
“E. Howard, ‘incredulous,’ says to Sturgis, ‘You seem to
have everything you need. Why do you need me?’ In the handwritten narrative,
Sturgis’ response is unclear, though what E. Howard says to Sturgis next isn’t:
He says he won’t ‘get involved in anything involving Bill Harvey, who is an
alcoholic psycho.’” — Rolling Stone
In other words, we have LBJ (picking the site and probably
the timing of the killing), to Cord Meyer (CIA; whose wife Mary was reported to
be JFK’s “girlfriend”); to David Attlee Phillips (CIA; in Dallas the day of the
killing, according to his nephew); to William Harvey (CIA; who recruited the
Mafia into Castro assassination squad ZR/Rifle); to Antonio Veciana (founder of
CIA splinter group Alpha 66, paid for by the CIA), to Frank Sturgis (worked for
both the CIA and the Mafia; a Watergate burglar like Hunt); to David Morales (a
CIA “thug,” who worked for Hunt in Guatemala during overthrow of its
government; placed by some at the RFK assassination site); to a “French
Gunman,” perhaps Lucien Sarti, the long-rumored shooter behind the grassy
Fired as CIA chief by JFK;
Later on the Warren Commission
CIA chief at the time of the assassination
Below, with the exception of Fleites and the indirect
connection to Sarti, are the collected photographs of the players named by E.
Howard Hunt in the conspiracy to murder JFK, according to his son St. John
Hunt, in RS:
Lyndon B. Johnson
36th President of the United States
In office: November 22, 1963 – January 20, 1969
Hubert Humphrey (1965–1969)
Preceded by: John F. Kennedy
Succeeded by: Richard Nixon
David Attlee Phillips
And, for what it’s worth, here is a picture of Antonio Veciana
with Armando Fleites. Although they once wrote a letter together to a
newspaper, Veciana in his later days “forgot” or denied his connection with
Fleites. This photo documents the connection of the CIA and the anti-Castro
community – hardly necessary at this point.
“Fleites was once an ally of Castro in the earliest days
of the Cuban revolution–until Castro declared himself a Communist. After
leaving Cuba in 1961, ‘with just one suit and a pair of worn-out shoes,’
Fleites arrived in Miami.
“For a decade, the revolution against Castro was his only vocation.” — The Los
Angeles Times, September 14, 1999, “An Era of Exiles Slips Away.”
Who, today, is “Alpha 66″?
Alpha 66 has long ago gone “public,” although its goal of
armed revolution against Castro remains unchanged. There is no reference to
the CIA starting Alpha 66 around 1961, in any part of its own website.
href=”http://www.alpha66.org/”>http://www.alpha66.org/ (You will also note
that both Duncan Hunter and Randy “Duke” Cunningham have since been tied to
bribery schemes, in events not related to this story.)
This is typical public language for today’s members:
“Two things in particular made us very happy to have
participated. One was that as we paraded in front of the reviewing
stands, where dignitaries and members of Congress, Duncan Hunter and ‘Duke’
Cunningham were sitting, over the loud speaker we heard the following: ‘Here
come the heroes of Alpha 66. Very soon we shall return.’ This
brought to us the memory of all our heroes and martyrs, that have sacrificed
their lives wearing the uniform of Alpha 66 and who have given us the name of
freedom fighters for Cuba’s liberty. Here we were, in their names,
receiving the public recognition that our organization merits.
“The second thing that brought us satisfaction was the admiration and
fondness with which we were received throughout the three miles of the
parade. We were showered with applause and smiles the entire parade
route. We did not witness one instance of protest to our participation,
only support and solidarity with our cause, which caused us great pride.” —
style=’font-style:normal’>A description from the Alpha 66 website, of
participation in the Veteran’s Day Parade in San Diego in 2001.
Here is the Wikipedia entry on the group:
“Alpha 66 is a paramilitary group funded by the US
government, formed by Cuban exiles in Puerto Rico opposed to the Cuban
government led by Fidel Castro. The group trained during the 1960s and 1970s in
the Everglades for an eventual armed invasion of Cuba. The Cuban government,
among others, has long considered the group to be a terrorist organization.
“Though an invasion never materialized after the
failed Bay of Pigs invasion, the group continued its violent efforts against the
Cuban government. In 1976 Miami Police Lieutenant Thomas Lyons and Detective
Raul J. Diaz testified that groups including Alpha 66 had international
terrorist ties and had sold $100 “bonds” in Miami to help finance
their causes. The group were linked to a spate of bombings and assassinations
in Miami during the 1970s, directed at moderate community leaders intolerant of
the terrorist methods of certain anti-Castro groups. A week before Lyons and
Diaz’s testimony, broadcaster Emilio Milian had both his legs blown off in a
car bomb outside his workplace.
And this, from poptel.org.uk:
” Alpha 66 says it carried out bomb attacks [in
“The Cuban exile terrorist group, Alpha 66, has claimed
responsibility for the bomb attacks which hit three Cuban hotels and a tour
agency offices this summer.
“The daily Granma said declarations by the radical Miami
based Alpha 66 ‘put in ridicule’ US demands that Cuba prove its claims that
U.S. based groups were behind the bombings.
” ‘Our cells in Cuba’ were responsible, said Nazario
Sargen, secretary general of Alpha 66. ‘All the violence that’s happening in
Cuba has something to do with our contacts.’
Is there any reason to believe that this combination of
names and supposed facts is any more conclusive than the information (and
serious disinformation) you’ve been exposed to for the last forty years?
I’d suggest the answer is Yes, for two basic reasons:
One: after an intensive year of my own research, including
reading essentially all of the research done by others up through the 1970s, I
was able to deduce the characteristics of the assassination conspiracy, and
finally, in the 1980s, to obtain a name for the CIA group from an important CIA
Two: because E. Howard Hunt, then reconciled with his oldest
son, thought he was on his deathbed when making these notes and the affirming
notes sent a few days later, and the later tape recording containing the same
Many independent researchers into this question have been
waiting for the release by the National Archives of various documents and
materials, sequestered for up to 75 years (why would that be, again?), in order
to assist in the investigation. But even more likely as a hoped-for source,
despite the statistically-unlikely “accidental” deaths of most direct witnesses
and participants, would be the chance that one of the ring of conspirators, or
someone they talked to, would yield a deathbed confession.
This is what I alluded to in January, when Hunt died, and
this is what has brought this case to a new level of completion. The next
steps are obvious: release ALL government-sequestered materials in the case,
and start looking much more carefully into the names listed in Hunt’s
And, if it turns out that David Morales was indeed at the
Ambassador Hotel where and when Robert Kennedy was shot, then the second lone
assassin theory has to also be dropped, and we all have a lot more work to do.
The apparent fact that two of the assassination conspirators
(Sturgis and Hunt) were also involved in the Watergate break-in (Nixon to Hunt
to Sturgis), not only explains Nixon’s fear that we’d discover this connection;
but also demonstrates that this connection is so durable across time and
administrations, and therefore so chilling.
Does this matter? If you tell someone on the street that
the CIA killed the President, the likely response (particularly from the young)
is: I thought so.
Does it really matter, forty years later, who killed JFK?
As someone who prefers serious patriotism to sly cynicism, I
have to say I believe it does. What would it have been worth to avoid the
Vietnam War? By any metric you choose, the answer is an almost infinite amount.
When Andropov took over the Soviet Union, we chided them for
allowing their Intelligence Chief to assume a political role; it confirmed our
worst feelings about Communism. But when CIA Director George H.W. Bush became
first VP, and then President, no one made a whimper. And when the U.S. got the
Bush Dynasty treatment, complete with Poppy’s military/industrial stand-in
Cheney (and yes, the VP is still being paid by Halliburton, even today), most
voters thought they were electing a Frat Brat.
What do you think the Russians – and others outside the U.S.
propaganda system – see?
It matters, because this is supposed to be a democracy, not
susceptible to coups, aided by vote-stealing in Son/Brother Jeb’s Florida and
at the Supreme Court, just recently stocked by Poppy’s picks.
It matters, because, in this democracy, it should be the
people, and not the military industrial complex, who govern. A failure in this
system is not some small thing to be cynically shrugged off; it can cause
horrible human and economic dislocations here and abroad, as we’re again
Longtime SNS members have learned a good deal about future
happenings over the years: the comings and goings of technology CEOs, global
currency collapses, sales figures for PCs, chips and phones, Q4 sales, currency
None of these have as great an effect on future technology
markets than past and current wars instigated by illegal governments,
governments not elected by the people, for the people, and of the people, but
rather acquired through conspiracy and assassination. And that is why I have
chosen this unlikely venue to burden you with this new awareness of “Who
Governs” today in America.
Perhaps next time Americans vote for a President, they’ll
ask for his or her connections to the CIA first. As for me, I’ll take
Eisenhower any day. Maybe I’ll start wearing one of those cute little “I Like
Ike” buttons, like the one my Dad got for me when I shook Ike’s hand in the
receiving line at the Blackstone Hotel on the south side of Chicago in 1956, at
the age of five.
I just want my country back.