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Ramsey Clark: Godfather of CIA’s CHAOS and FBI’s COINTELPRO Programs

For decades, we have point­ed out the doc­u­ment­ed fact that much of the so-called pro­gres­sive sec­tor drools and slob­bers over a great many obvi­ous, heinous wolves-in-sheep­’s cloth­ing. One of those is for­mer Attor­ney Gen­er­al of the Unit­ed States Ram­sey Clark, who con­tin­ues to enjoy a rep­u­ta­tion as a liberal/progressive icon. Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. In addi­tion to cov­er­ing up the assas­si­na­tions of both Mar­tin Luther King and Robert Kennedy–whose mur­ders occurred dur­ing his tenure as A.G.–Clark frus­trat­ed New Orleans Dis­trict Attor­ney Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion of the JFK assas­si­na­tion. He also mid-wived the evo­lu­tion of our present-day counter-ter­ror­ism insti­tu­tions. ” . . . . Ram­sey Clark, formed the Inter­de­part­men­tal Intel­li­gence Unit (IDIU) with­in the Depart­ment of Jus­tice. The IDI­U’s job was to coor­di­nate the ele­ments of the CIA, FBI and mil­i­tary that were inves­ti­gat­ing dis­senters. . . . The Phoenix pro­gram was cre­at­ed simul­ta­ne­ous­ly in 1967 and did the same thing in Viet­nam; it brought togeth­er 25 agen­cies and aimed them at civil­ians in the insur­gency. . . . Start­ing in 1967, White House polit­i­cal cadres, through the IDIU in the Jus­tice Depart­ment, coor­di­nat­ed the CIA’s Chaos pro­gram, the FBI’s COINTELPRO Pro­gram, and the mil­i­tary’s domes­tic spy­ing pro­grams. . . .”


FTR #977 Operation Mind Control, Part 4: Subverting the Political Will, Part 2

Con­tin­u­ing our exam­i­na­tion of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty’s mind con­trol pro­grams, this broad­cast recaps research into Jon­estown. Specif­i­cal­ly, we exam­ine Jon­estown as a prob­a­ble intel­li­gence front and exten­sion of the CIA’s mind con­trol efforts.

This, in turn, is against the back­ground of indi­ca­tions that Julian Assange’s roots are in the San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion, as well as Bernie Sanders’ asso­ciate Tul­si Gab­bard, who is deeply involved with an off­shoot of the Hare Krish­na cult.

The pro­gram begins with a talk giv­en by Joe Holsinger, a leg­isla­tive aide to the late Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Leo Ryan.

Mr. Holsinger made a num­ber of points about appar­ent intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty links to Jon­estown, indi­cat­ing that Jon­estown may well have been an “op,” with a num­ber of facets.

Holsinger made a num­ber of points in his pre­sen­ta­tion, includ­ing:

1.-Richard Dwyer, alleged to be CIA sta­tion chief in Guyana by cred­i­ble sources was very close to Jones, who could be heard shout­ing “Get Dwyer out of here” in a record­ing made in the imme­di­ate run-up to the Jon­estown mas­sacre.
2.-George Philip Blakey, a CIA oper­a­tive pre­vi­ous­ly involved with UNITA in Ango­la, made the ini­tial down pay­ment on the Guyana prop­er­ty that became Jon­estown.
3.-Blakey is the hus­band of Deb­bie Lay­ton Blakey, whose broth­er Lar­ry Lay­ton, Jr. led the shoot­er squad at the Port Kai­tu­ma air strip. Lawrence Lay­ton Sr., the father of Deb­bie and Lar­ry Jr., had been chief of the Chem­i­cal War­fare  Research pro­gram at Dug­way Prov­ing Grounds in Utah. Lay­ton, Sr. and his wife Lisa were also mem­bers of the Peo­ple’s Tem­ple.
4.-There were cred­i­ble accounts of the Jon­estown pop­u­la­tion being used to prop up the Guyanese gov­ern­ment.
5.-Representative Leo Ryan was co-author of the Hugh­es-Ryan amend­ment that oblig­ed the CIA to give Con­gress pri­or notice of covert oper­a­tions. If Jon­estown was a CIA oper­a­tion, it would have vio­lat­ed the Hugh­es-Ryan amend­ment. Ryan’s assas­si­na­tion at the Port Kai­tu­ma airstrip sent an unam­bigu­ous mes­sage agency crit­ics.
6.-Members of the Peo­ple’s Tem­ple at Jon­estown had med­ical checks every day, indi­cat­ing that some form of exper­i­men­ta­tion may have been going on.
7.-Comparatively few of the vic­tims actu­al­ly drank the poi­soned Kool Aid. Many were shot to death and oth­ers had been killed by lethal injec­tions admin­is­tered in their arms.
8.-After sev­er­al days of offi­cial­dom say­ing that sev­er­al hun­dred vic­tims had been found and hun­dreds of oth­ers were miss­ing, the “miss­ing” Jon­estown pop­u­la­tion were said to have been found under the first group of vic­tims, a high­ly unlike­ly sce­nario.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: 

1.-People’s Tem­ple attor­ney Mark Lane’s attempts to get Grace Stephens–a key wit­ness in the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King–to Jon­estown, where she would have died in the mas­sacre.
2.-Mark Lane’s dual roles as attor­ney for Peo­ple’s Tem­ple (which he main­tained was a “par­adise on earth”) and the attor­ney for James Earl Ray, the pat­sy for the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King. Lane’s [cor­rect] asser­tion that Ray was inno­cent was bad­ly taint­ed after the Jon­estown mas­sacre took place.
3.-Lawrence Lay­ton’s mar­riage into the Philip fam­i­ly, whose Ger­man roots extend­ed back to I.G. Far­ben and Siemens.
4.-Lawrence Lay­ton’s work on the Man­hat­tan Project.
5.-Orders from “high up” that all polit­i­cal­ly sen­si­tive papers and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion were removed from the bod­ies at Jon­estown.
6.-The fact that many of the bod­ies had iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tags on them.
7.-Zbigniew Brezin­s­ki aide Robert Pas­tor’s giv­ing of the order to strip the bod­ies of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.
8.-The sus­pi­cious sui­cide of Ani­ta Philip, the wife of I.G. Far­ben lawyer Hugo Philip.


FTR #975 Operation Mind Control, Part 2: Creating the Perfect Killer, Part 2

The pro­gram begins by set­ting forth pos­si­ble mind con­trol con­nec­tions to some of the “per­sons of inter­est” in Amer­i­ca’s major assas­si­na­tions.

Focus­ing ini­tial­ly on Oswald han­dler George De Mohren­schildt, the broad­cast notes that:

1.-De Mohren­schildt had appar­ent­ly been a Nazi spy in World War II, work­ing with North Amer­i­can Abwehr chief Baron Hugo May­del dur­ing the war. De Mohren­schildt had been one of Oswald’s han­dlers.
2.-De Mohren­schildt had appar­ent­ly come to have regrets about the killing, and had been writ­ing a book about the con­spir­a­cy, accord­ing to Dutch author Olt­mans.
3.-After giv­ing voice to his regrets and reser­va­tions and appar­ent­ly nam­ing CIA and FBI per­son­nel alleged­ly involved in the con­spir­a­cy, De Mohren­schildt was interned in a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal, where he appears to have been sub­ject­ed to var­i­ous forms of mind con­trol.
4.-His daugh­ter Alexan­dra opined that De Mohren­schildt shot him­self to death after receiv­ing a phone call, which she believes con­tained a hid­den cue that trig­gered his con­di­tioned sui­cide.

Next, the broad­cast high­lights some of the aspects of Sirhan Sirhan’s appar­ent pro­gram­ming at the hands of the intel­li­gence oper­a­tives who mas­ter­mind­ed the assas­si­na­tion of RFK. As dis­cussed in AFA #9, the foren­sic evi­dence dis­proves the pre­vail­ing the­o­ry of Sirhan as the killer of Robert Kennedy. In dis­cussing the appar­ent mind con­trol to which Sirhan was sub­ject­ed, we note that:

1.-There were fun­da­men­tal­ly dif­fer­ent analy­ses of Sirhan from Dr. Bernard Dia­mond and Dr. Edward Simp­son.
2.-Diamond not­ed that Sirhan was a very easy sub­ject to hyp­no­tize and that he was also a “para­noid schiz­o­phrenic.”
3.-Simpson not­ed that para­noid schiz­o­phren­ics are vir­tu­al­ly impos­si­ble to hyp­no­tize.
4.-The avail­able evi­dence sug­gests that Sirhan was under mind con­trol and that the focus of that con­di­tion­ing was to pro­pel him into self-incrim­i­na­tion.
5.-Continuing explo­ration of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty’s mind con­trol pro­grams, the broad­cast fea­tures an inter­view with a U.S. gov­ern­ment assas­sin, termed by author Wal­ter Bowart “The Patri­ot­ic Assas­sin.”

Hav­ing been involved with the lab­o­ra­to­ry work that spawned the cre­ation of mind con­trolled assas­sins, the oper­a­tive inter­viewed by Bowart:

1.-Confirmed that the killings of the Kennedy broth­ers and Mar­tin Luther King were acts of state. He opined that the assas­sins would have received medals.
2.-Confirmed that the coun­try had expe­ri­enced a fas­cist coup, with the coun­try being run by a rel­a­tive hand­ful of inter­ests, with the mil­i­tary in charge.
3.-Asserted that many oper­a­tives in the mil­i­tary and intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty worked both for the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment and for pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions, help­ing to steer pol­i­cy in the direc­tions pre­ferred by the cor­po­ra­tions and, ulti­mate­ly, retir­ing with both fed­er­al and cor­po­rate retire­ment ben­e­fits.
4.-Confirmed the oper­a­tional use of mind con­trol in covert oper­a­tions, as well as aspects of larg­er mil­i­tary oper­a­tions.
5.-Maintained that assas­sins did not need to be sub­ject­ed to mind con­trol to direct them to per­form their mis­sions, but that mind con­trol was nec­es­sary to keep them from remem­ber­ing what they had done.
6.-Asserted that, because crit­i­cal func­tions in the high-tech, nuclear state were per­formed by enlist­ed per­son­nel, mind con­trol was nec­es­sary to keep them from remem­ber­ing what they had done. The Patri­ot­ic Assas­sin assert­ed that com­mis­sioned offi­cers were depen­dent on the ben­e­fits atten­dant on that lev­el of ser­vice after retire­ment and main­tained that this was suf­fi­cient moti­va­tion to main­tain silence.
7.-Commented that the oft-repeat­ed claim by intel­li­gence agen­cies that mind con­trol “research” had been dis­con­tin­ued was a veil for the fact that it was ful­ly oper­a­tional.
8.-Foreshadowed a large­ly-over­looked and pos­si­bly abortive assas­si­na­tion attempt on Jim­my Carter in 1979. Carter had stat­ed that he thought the assas­si­na­tions of Pres­i­dent Kennedy and Mar­tin Luther King had been the result of con­spir­a­cies. Short­ly after­ward, two men were arrest­ed in Los Ange­les, after cross­ing into the coun­try from Mex­i­co to mur­der Carter. The names of the con­spir­a­tors were “Ray Lee Har­vey” and “Oswal­do Ortiz”–reminiscent of the names of James Earl Ray and Lee Har­vey Oswald, the pat­sies for the mur­ders of JFK and Mar­tin Luther King.


FTR #963 Watergate and the Assassination of President Kennedy, Part 3

As com­par­isons between the Water­gate scan­dal and “Rus­sia-gate” sat­u­rate the media (in the sum­mer of 2017), the pro­gram reviews infor­ma­tion about con­nec­tions between the Water­gate scan­dal and the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. Nixon told aides that he did­n’t want to release the White House tape record­ings because he was afraid “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” might come out. Nixon aide H.R. Halde­man said in his book “The Ends of Pow­er” that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” was a code word in the Nixon White House for the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. (It should be remem­bered that Nixon was in Dal­las on 11/22/63, yet he told the FBI in Feb­ru­ary of 1964 that he had left Dal­las two days pri­or to Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion.)

When inter­viewed by the War­ren Com­mis­sion, Jack Ruby indi­cat­ed that he had been part of a con­spir­a­cy to kill Kennedy and that he feared for his life. The War­ren Com­mis­sion turned a deaf ear to his desire to go to Wash­ing­ton and “spill the beans.” Ger­ald Ford (who suc­ceed­ed Nixon as Pres­i­dent and par­doned him of all crimes com­mit­ted), Leon Jawors­ki (a War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel who was a direc­tor of a CIA domes­tic fund­ing con­duit and who was select­ed by Nixon to be Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor) and Arlen Specter (anoth­er War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel who was Nixon’s first choice as his per­son­al defense attor­ney in the Water­gate affair) were present at Ruby’s de fac­to con­fes­sion.

War­ren Com­mis­sion Coun­sel J. Lee Rankin is also present at this inter­view. Nixon first select­ed J. Lee Rankin to serve as Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor. Rankin was sub­se­quent­ly tabbed to review the Water­gate tapes and deter­mine which would be released. Rankin was the War­ren Com­mis­sion’s liai­son between the com­mis­sion and both the CIA and the FBI. Rankin was a key pro­po­nent of the so-called “Mag­ic Bul­let The­o­ry.”

It is inter­est­ing to con­tem­plate the text of a let­ter that Jack Ruby smug­gled out of prison. In the let­ter, Ruby hints that Nazis and Japan­ese fas­cists par­tic­i­pat­ed in the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. Cer­tain­ly, ele­ments of what were to become the World Anti-Com­mu­nist League (includ­ing the Asian Peo­ples Anti-Com­mu­nist League) were involved.

” . . . Don’t believe the War­ren [Com­mis­sion] Report, that was only put out to make me look inno­cent. . . . I’m going to die a hor­ri­ble death any­way, so what would I have to gain by writ­ing all this. So you must believe me. . . . that [sic] is only one kind of peo­ple that would do such a thing, that would have to be the Naz­i’s [sic], and that is who is in pow­er in this coun­try right now. . . . Japan is also in on the deal, but the old war lords are going to come back. South Amer­i­ca is also full of these Naz­i’s [sic]. . . . if those peo­ple were so deter­mined to frame me then you must be con­vinced that they had an ulte­ri­or motive for doing same. There is only one kind of peo­ple that would go to such extremes, and that would be the Mas­ter Race. . . .”

The late inves­tiga­tive reporter and “What’s My Line” pan­elist Dorothy Kil­gallen pub­lished Ruby’s War­ren Com­mis­sion Tes­ti­mo­ny and had told asso­ciates she would “break this case wide open.” Short­ly after­ward, she was found dead of alco­hol and bar­bi­tu­rate poisoning–suicide and acci­den­tal death have both been put for­ward as rea­sons for her demise. Her wid­ow­er refused pub­lic com­men­tary on her death and even­tu­al­ly “com­mit­ted sui­cide” him­self.

We excerpt The Guns of Novem­ber, Part 2, high­light­ing Kil­gal­len’s death. Inter­est­ing­ly and sig­nif­i­cant­ly, “What’s My Line” host and mod­er­a­tor John Charles Daly was Earl War­ren’s son-in-law, as dis­cussed in FTR #190. Did Daly pur­pose­ful­ly or inad­ver­tent­ly con­vey infor­ma­tion to War­ren about Kil­gal­len’s inves­ti­ga­tion? Was that in any way con­nect­ed with her death?

On the Daly/Warren in-law relationship–note that Daly worked as a White House cor­re­spon­dent and globe-trav­el­ing reporter for CBS radio news, a vice-pres­i­den­cy at ABC in charge of news and also head­ed the Voice of Amer­i­ca, which had strong links to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. Those jour­nal­is­tic posi­tions, as well as his role as direc­tor of VOA may well have brought him into the fold of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty.

The late inves­tiga­tive reporter and “What’s My Line” pan­elist Dorothy Kil­gallen pub­lished Ruby’s War­ren Com­mis­sion Tes­ti­mo­ny and had told asso­ciates she would “break this case wide open.” Short­ly after­ward, she was found dead of alco­hol and bar­bi­tu­rate poisoning–suicide and acci­den­tal death have both been put for­ward as rea­sons for her demise. Her wid­ow­er refused pub­lic com­men­tary on her death and even­tu­al­ly “com­mit­ted sui­cide” him­self.

Next, the pro­gram excerpts FTR #253, fea­tur­ing an intrigu­ing com­men­tary by the late, vet­er­an CIA offi­cer Gor­don Nov­el. High­lights of that pro­gram include:

1. The broad­cast high­lights the con­tro­ver­sy sur­round­ing Richard Nixon’s White House tapes. These tape record­ings were, ulti­mate­ly, the vehi­cle for forc­ing his exit from the White House. That event was the cul­mi­na­tion of the Water­gate affair. There was dis­cus­sion in the fall of 2000 among elec­tron­ics experts con­cern­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of uti­liz­ing advanced, high-tech equip­ment to recov­er mate­r­i­al from a famous 18 ½ minute era­sure on one of the tapes.
(The San Fran­cis­co Exam­in­er; 9/22/2000; p. A2.)
2. The sub­ject of whether or not the era­sure had been delib­er­ate was a sig­nif­i­cant ele­ment of con­tro­ver­sy dur­ing the Water­gate affair. (Nixon’s sec­re­tary, Rose Mary Woods, claimed that she “acci­den­tal­ly” erased the tape. Most experts reject­ed her ver­sion of events. Inter­est­ing­ly, the tape that was erased was a record­ing of a con­ver­sa­tion between White House aide H.R. Halde­man and Nixon. In an auto­bi­og­ra­phy about the Water­gate affair, Halde­man wrote that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” was a code word with­in the Nixon White House for the JFK assas­si­na­tion. Nixon refused to release the Water­gate tapes for fear that release would lead to expo­sure of “the whole Bay of Pigs thing.”
3. Much of the pro­gram con­sists of excerpts from oth­er broad­casts. In an excerpt from G‑3, the broad­cast high­lights a vet­er­an covert intel­li­gence oper­a­tive and pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tor named Gor­don Nov­el. Among Novel’s many tal­ents is elec­tron­ic coun­ter­in­tel­li­gence. His name crops up in the con­text of both the JFK case and the Water­gate scan­dal. Nov­el was the source for an impor­tant piece of infor­ma­tion that fig­ured in the Jim Gar­ri­son inves­ti­ga­tion. That report con­cerned a raid on a muni­tions cache to obtain arms for anti-Cas­tro activ­i­ties, the CIA’s Bay of Pigs inva­sion, in par­tic­u­lar.
(“Coin­ci­dence or Con­spir­a­cy?”; Bernard Fen­ster­wald and the Com­mit­tee to Inves­ti­gate Assas­si­na­tions; copy­right 1976 by Zebra Books, a divi­sion of Kens­ing­ton Pub­lish­ers.)
4. This oper­a­tion alleged­ly involved David Fer­rie and Guy Ban­nis­ter, two of the key fig­ures in Garrison’s inves­ti­ga­tion. Nov­el was lat­er con­sult­ed by White House aide Charles Col­son con­cern­ing the fea­si­bil­i­ty of elec­tron­i­cal­ly eras­ing the tapes. (Coin­ci­dence or Con­spir­a­cy?)
5. Novel’s tan­gen­tial involve­ment in the Water­gate inves­ti­ga­tion sur­faced in a mag­a­zine called Tech­nol­o­gy Illus­trat­ed. In 1983, the mag­a­zine ran an arti­cle about Novel’s pres­ence at a gath­er­ing of vet­er­an covert intel­li­gence oper­a­tives, includ­ing con­vict­ed Water­gate bur­glar G. Gor­don Lid­dy.
(“Tech­nol­o­gy Illus­trat­ed”; 4/83.)
6. In a let­ter to the edi­tor, Mr. Nov­el took issue to some of the com­ments about him in the April issue.
(Tech­nol­o­gy Illus­trat­ed; 7/83.)
7. In that let­ter, Nov­el made ref­er­ence to his ultra high tech­nol­o­gy role “to erase the Water­gate tapes.” (Idem.)
In 1984, Mr. Emory was a guest on a late-night com­mer­cial talk show and Mr. Nov­el phoned in, tak­ing issue with Mr. Emory’s descrip­tion of his posi­tion in Garrison’s inves­ti­ga­tion.
(The Express Way show with Lar­ry John­son on KOME-FM in San Jose, Cal­i­for­nia; 10/29/1984.)
8. Most of the sec­ond side of this pro­gram con­sists of an excerpt­ing of the con­ver­sa­tion with the late, for­mi­da­ble Nov­el. In his con­ver­sa­tion with Mr. Emory, Nov­el denied any involve­ment in Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion and crit­i­cized Garrison’s inves­ti­ga­tion. (Idem.)
9. When the sub­ject of Water­gate came up, Mr. Emory asked Mr. Nov­el if he denied actu­al­ly hav­ing erased the Water­gate tapes. Nov­el replied “only because they didn’t pay me.” (Idem.)
When pressed fur­ther, Nov­el clar­i­fied his state­ment, say­ing he didn’t erase any por­tions of the Water­gate tapes. He did state that he was one of a pan­el of experts who ana­lyzed the 18 ½‑minute gap and stat­ed that it could have been made acci­den­tal­ly. (Idem.)
10. Intrigu­ing­ly, Nov­el added that he was also on the pan­el of elec­tron­ics experts that tes­ti­fied that the Dic­ta­phone record­ing from a Dal­las police motor­cy­cle was accu­rate in its reveal­ing of a fourth shot–which neu­tral­ized the sin­gle bul­let the­o­ry.
11. In FTR #190, Nov­el con­firmed his role in the bur­glary of the Schlum­berg­er facil­i­ty and main­tained that he was involved with a plan to give anti-Cas­tro Cubans [Cas­tro] army uni­forms to wear while attack­ing the U.S. Marines at Guan­tanamo, there­by trig­ger­ing a U.S. inva­sion of Cuba.
12. After Mr. Nov­el­’s death, it emerged that he was serv­ing as a mole in Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion, fun­nel­ing infor­ma­tion to Allen Dulles.


FTR #962 Watergate and the Assassination of President Kennedy, Part 2

This broad­cast con­tin­ues our review of the pro­found con­nec­tions between the Water­gate scan­dal and the assas­si­na­tion of Pres­i­dent Kennedy. For pur­pos­es of con­ve­nience and con­ti­nu­ity, we recap an overview of some of these links from the descrip­tion of FTR #961:

With Water­gate being bruit­ed about by our media in con­junc­tion with the “inves­ti­ga­tions” into Trump and “Rus­sia-gate,” we are tak­ing time to dig into the archives and recap infor­ma­tion about one of the fac­tors that under­lay the Water­gate scandal–the Assas­si­na­tion of JFK.

The first of these pro­grams excerpts The Guns of Novem­ber, Part 3 (record­ed on 11/15/1983) at length. From the descrip­tion for that pro­gram:

Richard Nixon’s polit­i­cal demise came through the Water­gate scan­dal. Nixon ini­ti­at­ed the Water­gate cov­er-up because he feared that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” would come out. In his polit­i­cal mem­oir The Ends of Pow­er, Nixon aide H.R. Halde­man wrote that the phrase “Bay of Pigs” was a code-word with­in the Nixon White House for the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion.

The pro­gram doc­u­ments many of the areas of over­lap between the Water­gate and Kennedy inves­ti­ga­tions.

Nixon him­self was in Dal­las on Novem­ber 22, 1963, as a lawyer for Pep­si­co (the par­ent com­pa­ny of Pep­si Cola.) Fly­ing out of Dal­las rough­ly two hours before Kennedy was slain, Nixon told the FBI in Feb­ru­ary of 1964 that the only time he had been in Dal­las in 1963 had been “two days pri­or to the assas­si­na­tion.” This bla­tant lie is negat­ed by a wire ser­vice inter­view Nixon gave in Dal­las on Novem­ber 21. Text of the inter­view ran in the New York Times and oth­er major news­pa­pers.

(A Pep­si Cola exec­u­tive said that Nixon was present in Dal­las at a com­pa­ny meet­ing when the announce­ment came that Pres­i­dent Kennedy had been killed.)

Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor Leon Jawors­ki was select­ed by Nixon to replace the ille­gal­ly fired Archibald Cox. Jawors­ki had pre­vi­ous­ly served as a War­ren Com­mis­sion Coun­sel, while at the same time serv­ing as direc­tor of a CIA domes­tic fund­ing con­duit.

Nixon named for­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion mem­ber Ger­ald Ford to replace Vice Pres­i­dent Agnew. Ford then replaced Nixon as Pres­i­dent and par­doned him of all crimes he may have com­mit­ted. . . .

. . . . The pro­gram dis­cuss­es evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing numer­ous oth­er fig­ures to the both inves­ti­ga­tions, includ­ing Water­gate Judge John Sir­i­ca and Water­gate bur­glar Frank Stur­gis.

To attempt selec­tive era­sure of the all-impor­tant Water­gate tapes, Nixon sought the assis­tance of Gor­don Nov­el, a vet­er­an intel­li­gence agent, elec­tron­ics expert, anti-Cas­tro vet­er­an and a fig­ure in Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion in New Orleans. At least one key tape was par­tial­ly erased (the famous 18 1/2 minute gap), though no cul­prit was ever iden­ti­fied.

In this sec­ond broad­cast of the series, we draw on Mis­cel­la­neous Archive Show M59–Richard Nixon’s Great­est Hits: High­lights of Richard Nixon’s Polit­i­cal Career. In that pro­gram (record­ed on 5/1/1994), we reviewed an adden­dum to the orig­i­nal The Guns of Novem­ber, Part 3. That addendum–recorded in June of 1972 (the 20th anniver­sary of the orig­i­nal Water­gate break-in)–builds on the infor­ma­tion from FTR #961.

After review­ing infor­ma­tion about Nixon’s pres­ence in Dal­las, Texas on 11/22/1963, the pro­gram presents research by the late Penn Jones that main­tains that Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover, among oth­ers, were present at a gath­er­ing at oil­man Clint Muchison’s home the evening before the assassination–a meet­ing Jones felt was a plan­ning ses­sion for the JFK assas­si­na­tion.

The bulk of this pro­gram is gleaned from Bernard J. Fen­ster­wald’s Coin­ci­dence or Con­spir­a­cy. (Fen­ster­wald was Water­gate Bur­glar James McCord’s chief defense attor­ney.)

Among the many links between Water­gate and the JFK assas­si­na­tion are the War­ren Com­mis­sion mem­bers and coun­sels who were tabbed by Nixon and/or oth­er fig­ures in the inves­ti­ga­tion to serve in var­i­ous capac­i­ties:

a) Nixon first select­ed J. Lee Rankin to serve as Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor. Rankin was sub­se­quent­ly tabbed to review the Water­gate tapes and deter­mine which would be released. Rankin was the War­ren Com­mis­sion’s liai­son between the com­mis­sion and both the CIA and the FBI. Rankin was a key pro­po­nent of the so-called “Mag­ic Bul­let The­o­ry.”
b) War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel Arlen Specter, the author of the “Mag­ic Bul­let Theory”–was Nixon’s first choice as his per­son­al defense attor­ney in the Water­gate case.
c) Nixon also attempt­ed to req­ui­si­tion War­ren Com­mis­sion mem­ber John J. McCloy as Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor.
d) For­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel Albert Jen­ner was Nixon’s first choice to serve as the GOP’s minor­i­ty coun­sel before the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry Com­mit­tee. Jen­ner lat­er with­drew from that posi­tion.
e) John Dean select­ed for­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel Charles Shaf­fer as his attor­ney.
f) White House aide John Ehrlich­mann tabbed for­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel Joseph Ball to rep­re­sent him.
g) Nixon’s sec­re­tary Rose Marie Woods select­ed for­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion coun­sel Charles Rhyne to rep­re­sent her in a pos­si­ble inves­ti­ga­tion of the famous 18 1/2 minute gap in one of the tapes.
h) Nixon Trea­sury Sec­re­tary John Con­nal­ly’s obstruc­tion of Jim Gar­rison’s extra­di­tion request for Ser­gio Archacha Smith.

Pro­gram High­lights Include:

1.The Nixon White House­’s inter­est in the assas­si­na­tion attempt on George Wal­lace, which elim­i­nat­ed the Alaba­ma Gov­er­nor as a pos­si­ble third-par­ty threat to Nixon’s so-called “South­ern Strat­e­gy.” Exact­ly who shot Wal­lace remains a mys­tery, but it was most assured­ly NOT Arthur Bre­mer.
2. Two long-time Nixon friends and polit­i­cal asso­ciates’ spon­sor­ship of the fam­i­ly of Sirhan Sirhan into the Unit­ed States. Sirhan did NOT kill Robert F. Kennedy, how­ev­er the cre­ation of the false cov­er sto­ry to set up the pat­sy is impor­tant. Nixon, of course, won the 1968 elec­tion, after Robert Kennedy’s mur­der elim­i­nat­ed him as a front run­ner.
3. The role of for­mer Lock­heed direc­tor of secu­ri­ty James Gold­en as chief of secu­ri­ty for Nixon’s 1968 cam­paign. Many researchers of the RFK assas­si­na­tion believe that the actu­al shoot­er of Robert Kennedy was Amer­i­can Nazi Thane Eugene Cae­sar, who was employed at Lock­heed’s Bur­bank facil­i­ty, in an area involved with the U‑2 spy plane project. (Oswald was also involved with the U‑2.)
4. A ver­i­ta­ble trove of War­ren Com­mis­sion let­ter and mem­o­ran­da per­tain­ing to the above fig­ures involved in the War­ren Com­mis­sion and tabbed by the Nixon team for roles in Water­gate that were miss­ing from the Nation­al Archives.


FTR #961 Watergate and the Assassination of President Kennedy, Part 1

With Water­gate being bruit­ed about by our media in con­junc­tion with the “inves­ti­ga­tions” into Trump and “Rus­sia-gate,” we are tak­ing time to dig into the archives and recap infor­ma­tion about one of the fac­tors that under­lay the Water­gate scandal–the Assas­si­na­tion of JFK.

The first of the pro­grams excerpts The Guns of Novem­ber, Part 3 (record­ed on 11/15/1983) at length. From the descrip­tion for the pro­gram:

“Richard Nixon’s polit­i­cal demise came through the Water­gate scan­dal. Nixon ini­ti­at­ed the Water­gate cov­er-up because he feared that “the whole Bay of Pigs thing” would come out. In his polit­i­cal mem­oir “The Ends of Pow­er,” Nixon aide H.R. Halde­man wrote that the phrase “Bay of Pigs” was a code-word with­in the Nixon White House for the Kennedy assas­si­na­tion.

The pro­gram doc­u­ments many of the areas of over­lap between the Water­gate and Kennedy inves­ti­ga­tions.

Nixon him­self was in Dal­las on Novem­ber 22, 1963, as a lawyer for Pep­si­co (the par­ent com­pa­ny of Pep­si Cola.) Fly­ing out of Dal­las rough­ly two hours before Kennedy was slain, Nixon told the FBI in Feb­ru­ary of 1964 that the only time he had been in Dal­las in 1963 had been “two days pri­or to the assas­si­na­tion.” This bla­tant lie is negat­ed by a wire ser­vice inter­view Nixon gave in Dal­las on Novem­ber 21. Text of the inter­view ran in the New York Times and oth­er major news­pa­pers.

Water­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor Leon Jawors­ki was select­ed by Nixon to replace the ille­gal­ly fired Archibald Cox. Jawors­ki had pre­vi­ous­ly served as a War­ren Com­mis­sion Coun­sel, while at the same time serv­ing as direc­tor of a CIA domes­tic fund­ing con­duit.

Nixon named for­mer War­ren Com­mis­sion mem­ber Ger­ald Ford to replace Vice Pres­i­dent Agnew. Ford then replaced Nixon as Pres­i­dent and par­doned him of all crimes he may have com­mit­ted. . . .

. . . . The pro­gram dis­cuss­es evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries con­nect­ing numer­ous oth­er fig­ures to the both inves­ti­ga­tions, includ­ing Water­gate Judge John Sir­i­ca and Water­gate bur­glar Frank Stur­gis (aka Frank Fior­i­ni).

To attempt selec­tive era­sure of the all-impor­tant Water­gate tapes, Nixon sought the assis­tance of Gor­don Nov­el, a vet­er­an intel­li­gencer, elec­tron­ics expert, anti-Cas­tro vet­er­an and a fig­ure in Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion in New Orleans. At least one key tape was par­tial­ly erased (the famous 18 1/2 minute gap), though no cul­prit was ever iden­ti­fied.

Pro­gram High­lights Include: Leon Jaworski’s role as Kore­a­gate Spe­cial Pros­e­cu­tor, which per­mit­ted the eclips­ing of the Moon orga­ni­za­tion’s links to the CIA; the role of the Uni­fi­ca­tion Church–the Moon organization–in gen­er­at­ing sup­port for Nixon dur­ing Water­gate; Jude Sarah Hugh­es’s involve­ment with a CIA domes­tic fund­ing con­duit; Hugh­es’s admin­is­tra­tion of the oath of office to LBJ on the plane fly­ing back to Wash­ing­ton DC; Judge Sir­i­ca’s elec­toral sup­port for Richard Nixon (“Max­i­mum John” Sir­i­ca was the Judge in the Water­gate case); the fact that the suit by JFK researcher Harold Weis­berg and attor­ney James Lesar sought infor­ma­tion from the War­ren Com­mis­sion, part of the exec­u­tive branch of gov­ern­ment; that body was a Pres­i­den­tial fact-find­ing com­mis­sion with no legal sta­tus what­so­ev­er; Sir­i­ca’s rul­ing against the plain­tiffs was a con­tra­ven­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion; Jaworski’s role as one of two heads of the Texas Court of Inquiry, the body formed by the state of Texas in order to inves­ti­gate the assassination;“ex” CIA offi­cer James McCord’s deci­sive role in both betray­ing the Water­gate bur­glars and in see­ing to it that the inves­ti­ga­tion would go for­ward; Frank Stur­gis and his role (as Frank Fior­i­ni) in run­ning the Mob’s casi­nos in Cuba pre-Cas­tro; Stur­gis’s role in gen­er­at­ing dis­in­for­ma­tion point­ing toward Cas­tro as the archi­tect of the assas­si­na­tion; an arti­cle from a 1983 tech­nol­o­gy pub­li­ca­tion in which Gor­don Nov­el dis­cuss­es his ultra high-tech­nol­o­gy role “to erase the Water­gate tapes” (this will be dis­cussed at greater length in future pro­grams.)


Nazis in New Orleans (#3)

In FTR #188, we dis­cussed the “Hate Bus,” put togeth­er by Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty chief George Lin­coln Rock­well to protest the Free­dom Rid­ers and the Civ­il Rights move­ment of the 1960’s. New Orleans Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty mem­ber Ray Lea­hart was arrest­ed in the Hate Bus inci­dent. Lea­hart was report­ed­ly seen with Lee Har­vey Oswald–neither the FBI nor the War­ren Com­mis­sion accessed Lea­hart’s arrest record in the inci­dent. This may have been due to the fact that New Orleans Spe­cial Agent in Charge Reg­is Kennedy was very close to Oswald han­dler Guy Ban­nis­ter. Lea­hart was also close to Dal­las Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty mem­ber Robert Sur­rey (Edwin Walk­er’s per­son­al sec­re­tary), who print­ed up the infa­mous “Want­ed for Trea­son” poster of JFK. Lea­hart was also best man at David Duke’s 1972 wed­ding. All of the con­tents of this web­site as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 37+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of video­taped lec­tures are avail­able on a 32GB flash dri­ve. Dave offers his pro­grams and arti­cles for free–your sup­port is very much appre­ci­at­ed.


Nazis in New Orleans (#2)

In the most recent Food For Thought post, we began excerpt­ing a recent, mas­sive vol­ume “Gen­er­al Walk­er and the Mur­der of Pres­i­dent Kennedy” by Jef­frey H. Cau­field M.D. In this post, we excerpt text dis­cussing David Fer­rie’s Nazi mus­ings and asso­ci­a­tions. “. . . . Barag­o­na was a Nazi from Fort Sill. . . .Gar­ri­son also obtained a tran­script of a let­ter writ­ten by David Fer­rie to Barag­o­na. Next to Barag­o­na’s name, Gar­ri­son wrote: ‘Note Barag­o­na is impor­tant.’ The let­ter had been sent to Gar­ri­son by Glenn Pinch­back, and a car­bon copy was sent to Mendel Rivers, a con­gress­man from Geor­gia. (Pinch­back worked in the Oper­a­tions Com­mand at Fort Sill, where he inter­cept­ed mail.) In the let­ter, Fer­rie shared his dream of the re-uni­fi­ca­tion of Ger­many and liv­ing in a world where all the cur­ren­cy was in Deutschmarks. Pinch­back­’s sum­ma­tion of the let­ter described a ‘Neo-Nazi plot to enslave Amer­i­ca in the name of anti-Com­mu­nism,’ and ‘a neo-Nazi plot gar­gan­tu­an in scope.’ The Fer­rie let­ter spoke of the need to kill all the Kennedys and Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. . . .”


Reflections on the Film “Selma” and the Recent Martin Luther King Holiday

The film “Sel­ma” depicts the 16th Street Bap­tist Church bomb­ing in Sel­ma, Alaba­ma. In AFA #8, we note pro­found evi­den­tiary trib­u­taries between that event and the assas­si­na­tion of Dr. Mar­tin Luther King. Links between King’s mur­der and those of Robert F. Kennedy and his broth­er are dis­cussed in AFA #9. Oth­ers are cov­ered in The Guns of Novem­ber, Part IV. Even as peo­ple cel­e­brate the remark­able Dr. King’s life, our soci­ety man­i­fests what the late play­wright Arthur Miller warned against in “The Death of a Sales­man”, speak­ing through Willie Loman’s wid­ow: “You can’t just eat the orange and throw away the peel.” Nei­ther his friends, nor those who pro­fess to hon­or him, will break their silence about the cir­cum­stances of his death, despite the exten­sive body of infor­ma­tion on the pub­lic record doc­u­ment­ing a con­spir­a­cy behind his mur­der. All of the con­tents of this web­site as of 12/19/2014–Dave Emory’s 35+ years of research and broadcasting–as well as hours of video­taped lec­tures are avail­able on a 32GB flash dri­ve. Dave offers his pro­grams and arti­cles for free–your sup­port is very much appre­ci­at­ed.


FTR #809 Days of Future Passed: All in the [Manson] Family?

It has been dis­closed that phone taps on con­vict­ed Man­son Fam­i­ly killer Tex Wat­son have infor­ma­tion that may relate to 12 addi­tion­al mur­ders. Por­trayed by the media as a bunch of way­ward hip­pies, the Man­son group, in fact, had par­tic­i­pa­tion by neo-Nazi ele­ments, as well as links to the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty. One won­ders who the oth­er vic­tims might have been? Might one of them have been Mari­na Habe, daugh­ter of Hans Habe, an anti-fas­cist activist and jour­nal­ist who worked for U.S. intel­li­gence dur­ing World War II and afterward–something that would not have sat well with the Under­ground Reich. One case that has more to it than reach­es the eye is the mur­der of Sharon Tate. Deeply involved with Robert F. Kennedy’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in the Los Ange­les area, Tate had been present at a din­ner short­ly before Kennedy’s assas­si­na­tion at which he report­ed­ly said that he would re-open the inves­ti­ga­tion into his broth­er’s mur­der after get­ting into the White House.