Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Response to Max Holland's Assessment of the Release of the JFK Records

IN RESPONSE TO MAX HOLLAND'S ASSESSMENT OF THE RELEASE OF JFK RECORDS

Why Oswald ws not the Sixth Floor Shooter

By William E. Kelly

In response to Max Holland's assessment of the recently released JFK records and the continued withhold of many more, I must comment on a few items and correct the record on others.

For starters, Holland's division of reality into only two conflicting categories - the majority who believe Oswald was part of a conspiracy and had confederates, a clear majority, and those who believe one man alone was responsible for the crime.

Actually there are many more plausible possibilites and scenarios.

For instance, a conspiracy does not have to include Lee Harvey Oswald, especially if he was what he claimed to be - a Patsy, set up to be the fall guy.

Whilie wrapping up his book "Reclaiming History," the late Vincent Bugliosi called on John Judge, the director of COPA - the national Coalition on Political Assassinations, to see if he missed anything.

"I understand you don't believe Oswald acted alone?" Bugliosi asked in phone conversation.

In response Judge said: "Oh, I think Oswald acted alone all right. I just don't think he shot anybody."

One case for conspiracy rests on the exoneratioin of Oswald as the Sixth Floor gunman, something that can and has been done, as the witnessest themselves testified to, and as physics demands.

It can be clearly demonstrated that Oswald was not on the Sixth Floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) at the time of the shooting 12:30 pm, CST, which means that Oswald was not the man in the white shirt (Oswald wore brown) and bald spot, a clearly identifiable physical characteristic, one not shared with Oswald.

The idea that Oswald did not fire the shots that killed JFK is a well founded proposition based primarily on witness reports and testimony and the facts as described in the Warren Report itself.

A number of eye witnesses in TSBD said they saw Oswald on the h first floor at 12 noon and 12;15, when pedestrians on the street saw a man - some a man with a rifle on the Sixth Floor. If that is the case, the man on the sixth floor with a rifle was not Oswald.

Ninety seconds after the last shot, Oswald is seen by Dallas  Police motorcyle patrolman Marrion Baker in the second floor lunchroom. Actually, as Baker testified under questioning from Bugliosi during the London Mock Trial, he saw Oswald through the one-square-foot window of the 2nd floor lunchroom door.

If that was the case then the door had to shut and Oswald had to be on the other side of the closed door. It had to be completely closed becuase if it was open only an inch or two, basic physics requires the dimenstions of the window decrease significantly, reducing the size of the winow enough that it is too small to see anything from the angle Baker was viewing from the top of the stairs.

If Oswald was the sixth floor sniper then he would have had to come down those stairs and go through that door in the ninety seconds after the last shot, but there were four witnesses - two secretaries coming down the stairs from the fourth floor, their supervisor standing on the fourth floor landing, and a TSBD worker on the fifth floor landing - and none of them saw or heard Oswald descend those steps.

In addition, and this is the clincher - Officer Baker was behind TSBD superintendent Roy Truly, who would have had to see Oswald go through that same open door two to three seconds before Baker got to the top of the steps, turned to the left to follow Truly, when he claims to have seen Oswald through the window of the closed door.

So these six witnesses, if they are to be believed, clearly provide the proof that Oswald did not come down those stairs, did not go through that door, was not on the Sixth Floor at the time of the assassination, and did not fire the shots that killed the President.

The testimony of these witness it bustressed by other witnesses, including a court clerk from across the street who saw a man in the sixth floor window moving boxes aound four to five minutes after the last shot, indicating the sniper white shirt with bald spot did not immediatly leave the scene but took his time and stuck around for awhile.

Robert Groden also interviewed a TSBD secretray who stayed behind to answer the phone, and told Groden, believe it or not, she gave Oswald the change for a dollar that he used to buy coke.   

In addition, Brennan, the hard hat worker who saw the sixth floor shooter, and said he would be able to identify him if he saw him again, correctly identified the black guys from the fifth floor as they came out the front door, but didn't identify Oswald as the shooter as he came out the same door a few moments later.

So the contention that Oswald had to have co-conspirators for there to be a conspiracy is a false assumption, as the witness testimony clearly indicate Oswald was not the Sixth Floor shooter, and was what he said he was - a Patsy set up to take the fall for a crime he did not commit.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Robarge vs. Morley - The CIA vs. The Truth

David Robarge v. Jefferson Morley

By William Kelly

In my recent essay in Lobster on the Twist Party in Mexico City, I gave a short list of the responsible journalists who have tried to seriously cover the still developing story on the assassination of President Kennedy, and neglected to mention Jefferson Morley.

Jeff is truly a remarkable and persistent reporter who utilizes journalistic standards, something Tony Summers said was essentially lacking in most media coverage of the assassinatoin story..

In his books "Our Man in Mexico" and "Ghost," a biography of the CIA's chief of Counter-Intelligence James Jesus Angleton, and his web site JFKFacts.org, Jeff has coinually cut the wheat from the chaff.

In reading his book on Angleton, I found it particularly interesting that Angleton's training in the covert "crafts of intelligence," as Allen Dulles puts it, occured in England at Bletchley Park, and his chief mentor was none other than Kim Philby, the most notorious double agent of all time.

After the war, when Angleton was named head of the new CIA CI desk and Philby was assigned to Washington as the MI6 British Intelligence liason to the CIA, the mentor and protege became frequent drinking companinons over three martini lunches.

Some of the knowledge Philby learned and passed on to his Soviet masters is contained in the secret assassination records that are still being withheld from the public, although the Ruskies knew it all from the beginning.

One such item, as related in Philby's autobiography "My Silent War," is how Frank Wisner designed and implimented the scheme whereby CIA covert operations were secretly funded through ostensible charities and philantropic foundation conduits,  like the Catherwood Fund, as it was exposed by David Wise and Thomas Ross in their book "The Invisible Government."

Joe Smith later acknowledged using the Catherood Fund cover in the Phillipines, and I read Philadelphia Inquirer and Bulletin news reports and feature articles on the Catherwood Fund activities, and took particular interest in the Cuban Aid Relief (CAR) and the co-sponsoring of the Columbia-Catherwood award for journalists.

While the Soviets knew about this relationship from its inception, thanks to Philby, the American public didn't learn about it until the article in Ramparts Magazine exposed it, beginning with the CIA's domestic covert financing of the National Student Association (NSA).

In the same light, the Russians knew all along that what happened at Dealey Plaza was the result of actions by the American security agencies, and not that of a deranged lone nut case, as exhibited in the newly released records by Soviet Premier Kruschev's social diner conversation with American investigative journalist Drew Pierson.

So the records they continue insisting on withholding from the American public are not secrets that they are trying to keep from the Ruskies, but rather, national security secrets they are keeping from the citizens - especially "means and methods" they use to conduct their operatiions.

These may be esoteric items for ordinary people to understand, but Jeff Morley's book is written for regular people to digest, unlike David Robarge's biograhpy of former CIA Director John McCone.

David Robarge is a former CIA intelligence officer and now an official CIA Historian who wrote a particulary scathing attack on Morley in a review of "Ghost" posted in Max Holland's blog, as well as a second shotgun barrell blow out after Morley wrote a rebuttle. As Robarge's hatchet job came out even before the book was published, it reminded me of the media attacks on Oliver Stone before his movie "JFK" was released.

It also reminded me of the late, great Mae Brussell, who once said on her radio program that the Warren Report was written by Pentagon hisorians, something I doubted at the time but have since determined to be true. It turns out that Chief Justice Earl Warren wanted his report to be readable to the general public and requested some official military historians write the narrative of the report, including Air Force historian Alfred Goldberg, who also wrote a history of the Pentagon building and the 9/11 attack. I interviewed Goldberg over the phone on the week he retired.

Robarge's attacks on Morley and his book also called my attention to Robarge, and his articles published in the official CIA publications and his biography of former CIA Director John McCone, on whose watch the assassination occured.

If you get pass all of the white outs, redactions and totally blank pages, there's some really intesting chapters on McCone and the Secret Wars, Espionage and Covert Actions, Counter-intelligence and Security and the Death of the President.

McCone, Robarge explains, was part of the "Special Group" of the National Security Council that evaluated and approved covert operations, especially those against Cuba.

"In effect the President and his advisors abandoned the Kennedy objective of ousting Castro," Robarge writes,  "and instead sought to harass and contain him. This was a return to the approach used in the phase one of Operation MONGOOSE two years before: espioinage, economic warfare and independet sabotage operations by exile groups. The Special Affiars Staff, under Desmond FitzGerald, drew up a comprehensive collection program using expatriate sources, infiltration agents, liason contacts, legal travelers, reguges, and port watchers.....[REDACTED - 2-3 paragraphs]."

"Training exiles for sabotage missions continued as well," notes Robarge, "although the likelihood that the administration would approve any such raids steadily diminished."

Early on Robarge gives some deep background on the early history of NPIC - the National Photo Interpetation Center, and its role in the analysis of the Zapruder Film, but Robarge gets it wrong on this count.

Shortly after the assassination McCone went directly to RFK's nearby home Hickory Hill, where he was with the Attorney General in his second floor library when the call from J. E. Hoover came in confirming that the President was dead.

Robarge: "...McCone directed that a specail cable channel be established so that all trafic related to Lee Harvey Oswald - arrested in Dallas soon after the shooting - went to a central repository, and he sent a [One line redacted] to Parkland Hospital, where John Kennedy had been taken for emergency treatment, to coordinate activities with the Secret Service and the FBI. After the Secret Service obtained a graphic film of the assassnation taken by an amateur photograher named Abraham Zapruder, McCone had NPIC officers analyze the footage (particularly the time between shots) and prepare briefing boards for the service."

As related by Robarge, on the morning of November 23, 1963, as the dawn of another day rose, McCone went to the White House to brief the President and found him in McGeorge Bundy's office next to the Situation Room. McCone began to brief the President but LBJ just turned his back and walked away. He had no intention of being briefed by the head of the CIA, and that was just the beginning of their relationship.

The only thing LBJ was interested in was McCone's insider reports on the intentions of RFK.

But what is missing from Robarge's account, though maybe its among the redacted pages, is what the NPIC briefers told McCone on November 23, 1963. As an established fact, there were two sets of breifing boards made up at NPIC over the assassination weekend, one the day after for NPIC director Paul Linebarger to brief McCone. There are no written records of this briefing, but then Linebarger returned to the NPIC offices he thanked those technicians who had worked all night, and said the briefing went well.

Shortly there after, Presidential advisor Arthur Schlesinger wrote in his daily journal that he had met with Robert Kennedy and asked him about the assassination, and RFK told Schlesigner the CIA thought there were two gunman, an analysis that must have come from the NPIC breifing of McCone, and one that McCone did not share with anyone except RFK, since LBJ wasn't interested.

As Robarge reports: "The DCI was complicit in keeping incendiary and diversionary issues off the commission's agenda and focusing it on what the Agency believed at the time was the 'best truth': that Lee Harvey Oswald, for as yet undetermined motives, had acted alone in killing John Kennedy. Max Holland, one of the most firminded scholars of these events, has concluded that 'if the word 'conspiracy' must be uttered in the same breath as 'the Kennedy assassination,' the only one that existed was the conspiracy to kill Castro and then keep that effort sescret after November 22.' In that sense - and that sense alone - McCOne may be regarded as a  'co-conspiractor' in the JFK assassination cover-up."

McCone, says Robarge, believed that aerial recon and photo anaysis were the most reliable sources of intelligence at that time, and NPIC did have a special and significnt role during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the assassination of President Kennedy.

To cut to the heart of the conspiracy that CIA Director McCone was party to, - the conspiracy to cover-up the plots to kill Castro, there were a lot of them, over 600 documented cases, but from among them it is only necessary to focus on one - the Pathfinder plan.

We only know about the Pathfinder plan because four - that's four not one - four NPIC technicians told the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB) about it. These four NPIC technicians had all been stationed at JMWAVE, the CIA base in Miami, and they reported that the Pathfinder files were kept in their section of the headquarters, rather than in the regular file room, indicating its special signifance.

Pathfinder was a CIA plan to kill Castro with a high powered rifle as he rode in an open jeep, as he often did when he visited Xandau, the DuPont estate on the north shore. According to the official reports, Pathfinder was "disaproved" by "higher authority," which means it was probably run past the Special Group of the National Security Council and rejected by RFK and maybe even JFK himself.

The NPCI technicians had made detailed maps of the area, blueprints of the inside of all relevant buildings including Xandau and the nearby home of Rolando Cubella (AMLASH), who was meeeting with CIA case officers at the time of the assassination, including Desmond FitzGerald himself.  Cubela was promised a cache of weapons would be delivered to a beach in Cuba, including a high powered rifle with a scope.

What became of the Pathfinder and NPIC assassination records? When the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) looked for them, a former NPIC secretary told them the NPIC assassination records were boxed and ordered - by RFK, to be taken to the Smithsonian Institute, rather than the National Archives, the normal depository of government records, again an indication of their signifiance.

As Robarge and official historians write their distorted history based on extant records, the Deep political history is best understood by the missing records, that if located, can fill in the missing pieces to the Dealey Plaza puzzle, that Jeff Morley and a few dedicated reporters and a researches are trying to put together.








Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Legal Imperatives of the JFK Assassination

The Legal Imperatives of the JFK Assassination
By William Kelly


Among the long withheld and recently released records on the assassination of President Kennedy is a memo from the head of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover dated November 24, 1963, the day the accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot and killed while in police custody.

"There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead," Hoover wrote. "The thing that I am concerned about...is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.

"Oswald having been killed today after our warnings to the Dallas Police Department is inexcusable. It will allow, I am afraid, a lot of civil rights people to raise a lot of hell because he was handcuffed and had no weapon. There are bound to be some elements of our society who will holler their heads off that his civil rights were violated -- which they were."

In his book, "On the Trail of the JFK Assassins" (Herman Graf/Skyhorse, NY 2008), Dick Russell wrote Chapter 31 on The Reflections of Marina Oswald Porter, the accused assassin's widow, who requested Dick set up a meeting  in 1992 between her and a group of lawyers.

She had one simple question for them: "how do you find a way to (officially) reopen the investigation?"

The meeting, held by a crackling fireplace in Dick's living room, included some local Boston attorneys as well as Jim Lesar and Dan Alcorn of the Assassination Archives and Research Center (AARC) in Washington D.C.

Marina asked them: "Is there a King Solomon nowhere in the  lawyer community to come up with some clever thing?"

"Forget me, this is not a personal vendetta," she said. "I'd like to figure out a more radical approach, from a legal point of view."

While they considered a Texas Grand Jury, and the use of the JFK Act granting the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) the ability to subpoena witnesses and question them under oath, a power they failed to adequately use, Lesar said, "The best evidence on a state prosecutional level revolves around concealment and obstruction of justice."

"And so basically," wrote Russell, "after several hours our discussion ended so much further along than when it began. Some of the finest legal minds in the country had come together, with the widow of the accused assassin, in hopes of finding some way to reopen the case. Thirty years after the fact, it seemed pretty hopeless, short of someone's deathbed confession. That night, a violinist friend played for Marina. One composition he performed was 'Song of the Lark.' More than one of us had tears in our eyes."

And now, a quarter of a century later, we are still crying, as the JFK Act is being violated and trampled on, the records ordered released are still being withheld, and there seems to be no legal recourse.

Where are the lawyers and judges - "is there a King Solomon no where in the lawyer community to come up with some clever thing?" - As Marina put it.

The murder of Oswald in Dallas Police custody was not only a clear cut violation of his civil rights, it halted, stopped the normal legal criminal procedures that would have kicked in for any homicide, let alone the murder of the President in broad daylight on a Texas street.

Other laws have been passed since JFK was killed. Besides the JFK Act, there's the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Federal Grand Juries, RICO - Rackettering Conspiracy statute that is used against organized crime and drug cartels, and Congressmen have recently introduced another JFK Act II.

As the attorneys who met with Marina in Dick Russell's living room concluded: "Texas was realistically the only place something could happen."

An investigative grand jury was suggested, "but the problem is, you have to convince Texas to do it."

Well now that might just happen.

A trial in Texas is scheduled for November 16-17 at the South Texas College of Law in Houston - Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald, in front of a real Judge and presented by a real prosecutor. The evidence will be re-evaluated by the latest 21st Century forensic techniques and expert witnesses, and  Oswald will be posthumously defended by San Francisco defense attorney Bill Simpich, New York City lawyer Larry Schnapf and former NYC prosecutor Robert Tanenbaum, who also served as head of the JFK Task Force with Richard Sprague, the first Chief Counsel to the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA).

Simpich and Schnapf serve as co-chairs of the Legal Committee of CAPA - Citizens Against Political Assassinations, a non-profit org led by renown forensic pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht.

The two-day Thursday and Friday event will be filmed and available for live streaming over the internet and will be interrupted by a formal CAPA diner featuring actor Alec Baldwin, who is know to embrace controversial causes and impersonate Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live, an act appropriate considering the recent furor over the continued withholding of secret government files on the assassination.

When I was in Dallas for a conference I met a professional juror. They explained that insurance companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on such mock trials in order to learn what would happen in a real trial, and determine whether it would be would be worthwhile to go to trial or settle out of court. So it is a valid legal venue.

And it is just the first of a series of events that could lead to a legal resolution of the case, and if not justice, get to the truth of what really happened at Dealey Plaza.

For more see: Http://JFKCountercoup2.blogspot.com/2017/09/list-of-legal-venues-for-jfk.html and CAPA-US.org


Friday, November 3, 2017

JFK Files Withheld

I anticipated the JFK Act would be upheld, all of the records would be released as Congress wrote in the law and the Assassination Records Revicew Board (ARRB) concluded in their final report, there would be a flurry of media activity and then things would slowly die down and go back to normal.

What happened was anticipated by some (Jacob Hornberger for one), and generally derided by everyone, including Warren Commission defenders, and as Dr. Cyril Wecht has challenged, they should be the ones in the forefront of this fight, and it is a fight - between almost everyone and a handful of military-intelligence officer who have Trump's ear and are pulling at it like the nuns in grammar school.

But actually, there are some good aspects of the continued withholding of the records.

For one, it give us some more time to get our acts together, evaluate the situation, determine exactly what was released and what remains withheld, and prepare a plan of action.

In addition, while the relevant oversight committees of Congress - the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (Chaired by Rep. Trey Goudy  - R. S.C), and the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs (Chaired by Sen. Ron Johnson - R. IN), showed no interest in holding JFK Act oversight hearings, so other Congressmen who chair other committees introduced new legislation that will require new hearings on these matters. That may stimulate the responsible committees to do their job and hold hearings too.

So now, there will most likely be Congressional hearings on the JFK Act, - the last one was held in 1998.

Prior to Congressional Hearings, we can hold a Congressional Briefing in Congress that we control, and present the most knowledgeable expert witnesses - Jim Lesar, John Newman, Dan Alcorn, Jeff Morley, Rex Bradford, Malcolm Blunt, Oliver Stone and others.

Besides Congress, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has a big responsibility in adhering to this law, and seeing that it is enforced and carried out according to the intent and spirit that Congress infused it.

The Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) David Ferraro, according to the law, is personally required to see that the Act is carried out and publish an index and guide to the JFK Collection, two things he has not done, and now the President has directed the heads of all agencies of government to notify him - the AOTUS, on what records they want to continually withhold or release with redactions, by mid-March. Then the AOTUS must review them and recommend to the President what records he would consider withhold or releasing with redactionns.

I wrote to the AOTUS David Ferraro over a year ago requesting a meeting between him and the JFK Collection Staff and a handful of the top FOIA lawyers and researchers to go over the issues related to the JFK assassination records, and he never responded.

Now such a meeting is more likely and will include the congressmen who have expressed interest in this issue and have introduced the new bills that requires the release of all the remaining records.

In addition the CAPA - Citizens Against Political Assassinations research and legal committees are reviewing all possible legal actions that can be taken and will report on that soon.

Most frustrating is the Mainstream Media stories on this issue that continauly report that only 300 documents remain withheld when in fact the true figures are astounding, as Russ Baker discovered in a talk with an archivist.

There are still 2,745 records withheld in full, 547 of which are tax and grand jury records that are exempt from the JFK Act - apparently exempt - as the New Orleans Grand Jury records are already released in full. What other grand jury investigated the Kennedy assassination?

In addition there are 31,354 records withheld in part, 1,295 of which are tax and grand jury records that they claim are exempt from the JFK Act. I thought the JFK Act trumped all other laws.
So minus the tax and grand jury records there are 29,512 records withheld in part and 2,745 withheld in full.

What was released in the July and October data dumps consist of a release of only 2% of the records withheld in full and 10% of those withheld in part.

Exclusive: National Archives Reveals Missing Document Count to WhoWhatWhy - WhoWhatWhy

In the past week there have been two more bulk releases of records by NARA, for a total of four data dumps since July.

In addition, the Attorney General of USA has announced (on TV) that the FBI will release the remaining JFK FBI records, possibly within a week or so, through the NARA.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Secret Service Protective Research File

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US Secret Service Protective Research Section Files

By William Kelly

There are many interesting and significant records released in the October 26 batch, and while different documents have been getting mainstream media attention, the release of the Secret Service Protective Research files reviewed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) are especially significant.

As Phil Melanson describes in his book "The Secret Service" (2002, Carrroll and Graff), “The Service’s Protective Research data bank is crammed with files on groups, organizations, people and past event and incidents, all of them indexed and cross indexed. What most Americans don’t know is that a simple call or email from someone with a personal ax to grind can land virtually anyone on the Watch List. Many thousands of citizens – most of them harmless – are on file as having been checked out for one reason or another a potential threat, and each year the file swells with several thousand new names....”

“The system is, as the Service describes it, is ‘primarily directed towards identifying dangerous individuals.’ There are over fifty thousand Americans in the Protective Research files, ostensibly because of some actual threat or some problem or characteristic that makes them potentially dangerous. Cross-checked against lists of employees at the hotels and airports where protectees appear the group is constantly monitored. When the president is on the road, the file is whittled down to identify dangerous people in the specific areas that he will visit. Dubbed the ‘Trip File,’ it may contain as many as a hundred names…In their advance work, agents try to learn whether these individuals are still in the area; whether they are in jail, hospitalized, or at liberty; and what their current condition is, which usually means seeking to interview them. Sometimes, if a red flag of some sort goes up in the interview, a few people will actually be detained for the duration of the president’s visit.”

“A second and more menacing list of names is prepared for each trip: These are the individuals in the area who are considered to be definitely dangerous, as opposed to potentially dangerous…”

Former Secret Service Agent Gerald Blaine, in his book “The Kennedy Detail” (Gallary Books, 2010, p.59) writes: “The first stop before any advance was always the PRS. Located in the Executive Office Building, next door to the White House, the PRS office were the nerve center for tracking threat cases. Any time there was a threat made against the president’s life – whether it was a written letter, a phone call, details gathered from an informant, field investigation, or an unstable person trying to get inside the Northwest Gate of the White House – an investigative report was initiated and a case file number is issued. A PRS agent would type the report on carbon paper so there would be multiple copies, noting the threat maker’s name, last known address, a synopsis of the threats made, a description of the person, and their medical history, if known. Cases are analyzed and categorized according to the seriousness of the threat.”

“The records room of the PRS office contained row and rows of gray metal four-drawer file cabinets that held thousands of threat suspect files, organized by case number. There were smaller file cabinets where index cards of each suspect were organized both geographically and alphabetically. The cards were cross-referenced to the case files. Thus if you knew either the name of the suspect or their last known location you go to the small index drawers, locate the card, which would have a case number on it, then go to the large filing cabinets to get the master file.”


(p.76) “…Win Lawson had checked PRS for threat suspect in Texas, specifically in the Dallas area, and had been pleasantly surprised to find that there weren’t any.”

Melanson: "Dubbed the 'Trip File,' it may contain as many as a hundred names." 

Rather than “pleasantly surprised,” Lawson was more likely incredulous, as everyone knew that UN ambassador Adlai Stevenson was attacked and beaten with posters by demonstrators in Dallas a few weeks before and the President and his staff were repeatedly warned not to come to Dallas because of the fever of hate.

As Melanson wrote, “In the weeks before Kennedy arrived in Dallas, the Service did make a special effort to identify the individuals who had fomented a near-riot by throwing rocks during the Adlai Stevenson incident. Agents worked with the Dallas police, who found an informant willing to identify the ring-leader of the demonstration by viewing television film of the incident; then the Secret Service made still pictures of these ringleader and distributed the images to agents and police who would be stationed at Love Field and at the Trade Mart. None of these troublemaker was ever spotted before or during the Kennedy visit.”

The late Phil Melanson, a good friend and colleague, did not have access to this PRS file, as a number of these troublemakers were identified at the Trade Mart and indeed arrested. They hailed from Grand Prairie, where a local policeman was recruited to go undercover and infiltrate their group, and did so.

Former TV reporter and later Mayor of Dallas Wes Wise told me that he assisted the police and Secret Service in reviewing news film of the Stevenson incident and helped isolate the troublemakers on the film, so they could make still portraits of them that were distributed to police and agents in the security detail at the Trade Mart, photos that are not in the JFK collection at the NARA, as they should be. Now, thanks to the release of this file, we have their names. 

In addition, shortly after the assassination, a Secret Service agent at the Trade Mart identified one of the suspects as John Martin from rural northern Louisiana (not Jack “Scruggs” Martin), but rather a young college student who was considered one of the first suspects in the assassination, and he called the John Rice, Special Agent in Charge of the New Orleans Secret Service office. Rice was contacted at the Special Investigations office at an Air Force Base in northern Louisiana, and instructed to go to John Martin’s hometown to do a background check, which he did. When he was finished he was told it wasn’t relevant as Lee Harvey Oswald was in custody.

This PRS file is important not only for identifying those “troublemakers,” but because it indicates there were some individuals from Texas who were in the files, not shared with Lawson, including James Parrott, who the file indicates, was identified on November 21, the day before George H.W. Bush visited Dallas and dropped a dime on Parrott, identifying him as a potential suspect in the assassination, as detailed in Russ Baker’s “Family of Secrets.”

Another odd aspect of this file, besides listing Cuban and Puerto Rican terrorists, mental cases, gate crashers and drunks, it includes Milteer, Nagell, Hemming, Echevarria, Bosch, Vallee, Oswald, JFK himself, Ruby, Oswald’s mother and family and close friends like Ruth and Michael Paine and George and Jeanne deMohrenschildt.

This is one "Smoking File." 

These records are from the index cards - we should FOIA the main files of key suspects.

docid-32241845.pdf

US Secret Service Protective Research Service File
180-10065-10379
HSCA
USSS
413 Pages

Secret Service Protective Cases established period covering March-December 1963

HSCA comment:  “In reviewing  the 413 computer print out on Protective Research cases set up during the time period between March and December, 1963, it became evident that the Secret Service paid some attention to foreign assassinations. Case #401 on Thelma Estella King was referred to the Service by the CIA on 3/8/63. Ms. King was alleged to be involved in an assassination plot against JFK and the President of Panama during a meeting in that country….However, it is questionable as to why the Diem brothers’ assassination was not given a case number. Review of the files showed no mention, whatsoever, of the assassination occurring in Vietnam prior to the planned Chicago trip of Kennedy on November 2, 1963.”

SAMPLES of 413 Cases listed in this file: 

INDIVIDUALS LISTED BY PROTECTIVE RESEARCH

Name of individual: PEREZ-VEGA, VIRGILIO
Reason for PRS interest: FBI referred subject to USSS in 1963 describing him as a pro-Castro Puerto Rican, in possession of an automatic pistol and a knowledge of how to make bombs. Admits to being Secretary in July 26 movement. Left 1961 since he did not like members.
Degree of threat: 
Organizations to which individual belongs:  Puerto Rican Nationalist PRN; Member of July 26 Movement in Washington D.C.
Nationalist Group: Puerto Rican
Date Called to Secret Service attention: 12-16-63
Referred by other agency: FBI
Action taken: Put under observation. Showed no interest in President during inaugural, 1965. SA interviewed subject during surveillance on 1/19/65 and subject voiced no animosities towards President. Considered not dangerous 2/24/67. Has continued writing letter to political figures.
Location: Silver Springs, Md.

Name of individual: HEMMING, GERALD PATRICK
Reason for PRS interest: Not given – looks like result of JFK assassination and Hemmings association with Cuban elements. 4/61 part in Anti-Catro rev. activity, est. anti-CP legionnaires, set up training camp in Fl. Everglades. 7/61 headed Interpen. In 1963 made derogatory remarks about US govt. and suspected of being a Cuban agent. 7/70 involved in plan to effect warfare between US-Cuba by having defecting Cuban military personnel fire missile at USN Base Guantanamo Bay getting US into military takeover.
Organizations to which individual belongs: mercenary
Date Called to Secret Service attention: 12/5/63
Action taken: It does not look like S.S. has taken any action. Hemming is under investigation by ATF and DEA for weapons and drug violations since 1/77. Information on this subject has probably been obtained from other agencies.
Last location: Opalocka, Fl.

Name of individual: ECHEVARRIA, HOMER S.
Reason for PRS interet: Nov. 1963, informant advised Chicago office that subject was a member of anti-Castro Cuban group. Subject allegedly approached informant to provide machine guns for Cuba rev. 11//21/63 subject allegedly told informant “We now have plenty of money - - our new backers are Jews – as soon as ‘we’ or ‘they’ take care of Kennedy….” Subject expressed favorable attitude toward LBJ.
Action taken: Investigation by Chicago office did not disclose any violations under our jurisdiction and check-ups never initiated. Subject not interviewed.

Name of individual: BOCH-AVILA, ORLANDO
Reason for PRS interest: subject head of MIRR in Miami reportedly planned to picket Pres. 11/18/63 with Cuban fighter widows. Dec. 1963 arrested possession of bombs – planning air raid on Castro. Involved in bombing of homes of wealthy Cubans in Miami area for extortion. Extensive files on this man – most dealing with the 70’s. No mention of his plan to attack AF1. Kissinger plot is mentioned.
Action taken: S.S. kept tabs – considered him dangerous
Last location: Caracas, Venezuela  ’78

Name of individual: ALEX, NICHOLAS H.
Reason for PRS interest: 1963 telegram to Pres. Attempted to visit Pres at hotel 10-30-63
-mild mental case. No diagnosis.
Action taken: Interviewed 5/5/64. Deemed not dangerous
Last location: Haverford, Pa. ‘75

Name of individual: TONE, JOHN
Reason for PRS interet: 5/63 WH visitor who said he had no friends in the world. President was only place he could get help.
Schizophrenic-paranoid type - Black
Date called to Secret Service attention: 5/10/63
Action taken: Committed from WH, 5/63 and confined until 2/64. Had been arrested in past for carrying a pistol and had cut a man up badly.
Location of subject lat: Dallas, Tx. ‘66

Name of Individual: VALLEE, THOMAS ARTHUR
Reason for PRS interest: 10-30-63 subj was reported by confidential source to have made critical remarks re JFK adm. Subj alleges to be a member of JBS and previously hospitalized in VA hosp as schizo Not considered dangerous. Owns rifle and member of a gun club. Interviewed ’63 and ’66 In ’68 interview spoke irrationally
Danger of threat: 3 (out of 3)
Organizations to which individual belongs: John Birch Society
Action taken: SA interviewed him 10-30-63. No mention of danger. Does show that he was arrested 11/2/63 for traffic and CCW. Apparently from reports, Vallee was not dangerous. In 11/26/68 interview, SA did not consider him to be of further protective interest. No interest in protectees was shown. QI’s ’63 to ’68 Attempt to locate him in re to Brezhnev’s visit proved negative.
Last location: Houston ’71

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Name of individual: PARROTT, JAMES MILTON
Reason for PRS interest: 11/21/63 info rec’d that subj stated in ’61 “If I had a chance to kill him, I would” referring to JFK. Since then appeared to various high officials about communism, etc.  Came to S.S. HQ complaining about SS.
Degree of threat: 2 (out of 3)
Organizations to which individual belongs: John Birch Society – Minuteman – Freedom of Action Society
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/21/63
Action taken: Interviewed 1/28/64 and subj denied above statement. QI’s initiated; discont. 5/6/70. Deemed not of protective interest. S.S. kept tabs of doings, however.
Last location: Jacinto City, Tx. ’77

Name of individual: NANCE, ERNEST ROSCOE
Reason for PRS interest:  11-19-63 Austin P.D. reported that suspect had called them and said he’d throw a bomb in LBJ’s face.
Degree of threat: 2   (out of 3)
Alcoholic
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/21/63
Action taken:
Interviewed 11/25/63. Cooperative. Dislikes the Pres. Was drunk when call was made.
Last location: Austin ‘69

Name of individual: OSWALD, LEE HARVEY
Reason for PRS interest: 11/22/63 killed JFK
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/22/63

Name of individual: KENNEDY, JOHN F.
Reason for PRS interest: ASSASSINATED

Name of individual: RUBY, JACK LEON
Reason for PRS interest: 11/24/63 subject killed JFK assassin

Name of individual: OSWALD, MARGUERITE CLEAVERIE
Reason for PRS interest: OSWALD, ROBERT LEE (JR)
PIC, JOHN EDWARD
DEMOHRENSCHILDT, GEORGE
DEMOHRENSCHILDT, JEANNE
PAINE, MICHAEL RALPH
PAINE, RUTH HYDE
LANE MARK

Name of individual: MCLARRY, RUSSELL WENCE
Reason for PRS interest: 11/21/63 prior to visit of JFK to Dallas subj said, “I will be waiting with my high power rifle for the president.”
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/22/63
Action taken: Interviewed 12/17/63; said he probably did make such a statement; that if he did it was a joke. He was not sorry he said it and was glad JFK was dead. Antagonistic. Arreted 12/19/63 under 871. Brought before a Grand Jury. Last interviewed 9/67; expressed no dislike for the Preident. Appeared rational.
Last location: Arlington, Tx ‘67

Name of individual: NAGELL, RICHARD CASE
Reason for PRS interest: 11/21/63 subject wrote the FBI and requested to speak to the S.S. about an urgent matter. Subject confined in jail after attempting to rob a bank and firing shots.
Degree of threat: 3 (of 3) (in jail)
Paranoid.
Action taken: 1/3/64 SA interviewed subject who claims he knew LHO and wife socially and did not want to be associated with Oswald’s crime. 6/9/64 subj sentenced to 10 years for robbery. 11/8/67 SA determined subject no longer of protective interest. Check of file shows no substantiation for his remark that he knew the Oswalds. Marina was shown his photo and claimed to have never seen him. In late 60’s went to Europe and caused scene. Has Oswald fixation but not of protective interest.
Last location: Manhattan Beach, CA ’74

Name of individual: JOINTER, GARY DWAYNE
Reason for PRS interest: Arrested 11/22/63 while picketing Trade Mart in Dallas. After assassination. In company of 4 others
Degree of threat: 3 (of 3)
Organizations: Indignant White Citizen’ Council
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/21/63
#343 JOINTER, RAYMOND LEE
GUINN, GENE AUDRA
JOINTER, ROY EUGENE
Location of subject last: Grand Prairie ’63

#364 Name of individual: MILTEER, JOSEPH ADAMS
Reason for PRS interest: Subject on 11/9/63 is alleged to have said that plans were in the making to kill JFK, and further to kill Martin Luther King. He was reportedly jubilant over the death of the President, but on interview by FBI 11/27/63, he denied all above statement or knowledge of same. Considered to be an outspoken segregationist.
Degree of threat: 2 (of 3)
Organizations: Affiliated with: Constitution party of the US, KKK, The White Citizen’s Council and the Congress of Freedom
Action taken: SA’s conducting background and QI’s do not feel that he is a danger to protectees.


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Name of individual: JOINER, BOBBY SAVELLE
Reason for PRS interest:  Arrested with Gene Audra , Gary Dwayne Joiner, Raymond Lee Joiner and Roy Eugene Joiner immediately after the assassination while picketing the Trade Mart in Dallas. FBI reported that he tried to get Roy Joiner to shoot JFK
Degree of threat: 2 (of 3)
Organizations: Indignant White Citizen’s council
Date called to Secret Service attention: 11/21/63
Action taken: Interviewed by FBI on 6/8/64. Feels strongly against integration. Denied any involvement with assassination. Claimed he held Pres. In high regard. Has been arrested several times, once shot boy with pellet gun.

Location of subject last: Grand Prairie, Tx ‘66

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Summary of Events thus Far

Summary of Events thus Far

On October 26, 1992 President George H. W. Bush signed into law the JFK Act of 1992 that was unanimously passed by Congress requiring all of the government’s records on the assassination of President Kennedy be released to the public at the JFK Collection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).  At the same time the President released a signing statement that maintained the President’s authority to nominate members of the Review Board, receive reports and to continually withhold records after 25 years.

That law is supposed to be enforced by Congressional Oversight Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, who did nothing.

New bill introduced into Congress:

October 4, 2017 - In the 115th Congress 1st Session: Rep. Walter Jones and Sen. Charles Grassley introduced H. Res 556 and S. Res. 281 that calls on President Trump to insist on “full public release” of hundreds of thousands of pages of JFK assassination documents and to “reject any claims for the continued postponement of…those records.”

On October 21, 2017 - President Bush tweeted:  “Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified  JFK FILES to be opened,” which received 213,262 likes and 71,146 retweets.

On October 25, 2017 - while visiting Dallas, Trump tweeted: “The long anticipated release of the JFKFiles will be released tomorrow. So interesting!

On October 26, 2017 - Trump wrote in a memo: “I have no choice – today – but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our nation’s security.”

On October 26, 2017 - President Trump issued a Memorandum:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Temporary Certification for Certain Records Related to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The American public expects -- and deserves -- its Government to provide as much access as possible to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records (records) so that the people may finally be fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event. Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted. At the same time, executive departments and agencies (agencies) have proposed to me that certain information should continue to be redacted because of national security, law enforcement, and foreign affairs concerns. I have no choice --today -- but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation's security.

To further address these concerns, I am also ordering agencies to re-review each and every one of those redactions over the next 180 days. At the end of that period, I will order the public disclosure of any information that the agencies cannot demonstrate meets the statutory standard for continued postponement of disclosure under section 5(g)(2)(D) of the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (44 U.S.C. 2107 note) (the "Act").

Accordingly, by the authority vested in me as President and Commander in Chief by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby certify that all information within records that agencies have proposed for continued postponement under section 5(g)(2)(D) of the Act must be temporarily withheld from full public disclosure until no later than April 26, 2018, to allow sufficient time to determine whether such information warrants continued postponement under the Act. This temporary withholding from full public disclosure is necessary to protect against harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or the conduct of foreign relations that is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in immediate disclosure.

I hereby direct all agencies that have proposed postponement of full disclosure to review the information subject to this certification and identify as much as possible that may be publicly disclosed without harm to the military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations.

Any agency that seeks to request further postponement beyond this temporary certification shall adhere to the findings of the Act, which state, among other things, that "only in the rarest cases is there any legitimate need for continued protection of such records." The need for continued protection can only have grown weaker with the passage of time since the Congress made this finding. Accordingly, each agency head should be extremely circumspect in recommending any further postponement of full disclosure of records. Any agency that seeks further postponement shall, no later than March 12, 2018, report to the Archivist of the United States (Archivist) on the specific information within particular records that meets the standard for continued postponement under section 5(g)(2)(D) of the Act. Thereafter, the Archivist shall recommend to me, no later than March 26, 2018, whether the specific information within particular records identified by agencies warrants continued withholding from public disclosure after April 26, 2018.

The Archivist is hereby authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

DONALD J. TRUMP

On October 26, 2017 - at the very last moment and after extreme pressure from intelligence officials, the NARA issued a Press Release.

Press Release ·Thursday, October 26, 2017 Washington, DC


President Orders Release of All Remaining Section 5 Records and More Precise Review for Remaining Redactions within Six Months.

The National Archives today released 2,891 records related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that are subject to the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 (JFK Act). These records are available for download online.

The President has also ordered that all remaining records governed by section 5 of the JFK Act be released, and thus additional records will be released subject to redactions recommended by the executive offices and agencies.  NARA will process these records for release as soon as possible on a rolling basis.

Based on requests from executive offices and agencies the President has allowed the temporary withholding of certain information that would harm national security, law enforcement, or foreign affairs.  The President also ordered agencies to re-review their proposed redactions and  only redact information in the rarest of circumstances where its withholding “is made necessary by an identifiable harm to military defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations; and the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.”  These instructions will allow the National Archives to release as much information as possible by the end of the temporary certification period on April 26, 2018.

The National Archives previously released 3,810 related records on July 24, 2017, including 441 records previously withheld in their entirety and 3,369 records previously withheld in part. More information about this release is available online. In addition, the National Archives is also releasing to the public the unclassified electronic records of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), including 52,387 emails and 16,627 files from the ARRB drives.

On October 27, 2017 Trump tweeted: “JFK Files are being carefully released. In the end there will be great transparency. It’s my hope to get just about everything to the public!”

Later on October 27, 2017, Trump tweeted: “After strict consultation with General Kelly, the CIA and other Agencies, I will be releasing ALL JFK files other than the names and addresses of any mentioned person who is still living. I am doing this for reasons of full disclosure, transparency and in order to put any and all conspiracy theories to rest.”

On Saturday October 28,, 2017, 7pm, Trump tweeted: "JFK Files are released, long ahead of schedule!" (Sic) 

New JFK Assassination Calendar Dates

Thursday and Friday, November 16-17, 2017 – Texas v. Lee Harvey Oswald – a review of the evidence today. CAPA and Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas.

Friday and Saturday, November 17-18 , 2017 – November in Dallas Conference (JFK Lancer) and Fifth Annual JFK Conference at Crown Plaza Hotel.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - Dealey Plaza ceremony, Dallas, Texas.

Sunday March 11 - Saturday March 17, 2018 – Sunshine Week 

Monday, March 12, 2018 – Agencies must tell Archivist what record they want withheld or redacted and why.

Monday, March 26 - 2018 – Archivist of the United States (AOTUS) recommends to the president what records should remain withheld or released redacted.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 – President of the United States decides if any records will be withheld or released with redactions.

By The Numbers

54 – Years since the Assassination

25 – Years since the passage of the JFK Act of 1992

100 - Year since John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917

6 months – 180 Days – Until Trump decides to release or not

4 million – The number of docs said to be released in full

31,354 – The number of docs said to be withheld in part (according to NARA via WWW) 

2,745 – Reported to be the number of docs withheld in full (according to NARA via WWW)

3,147 – Records withheld in full as reported by the JFK Act

3,603 – The number of docs listed withheld in full (per FOIA request of Michael Ravnitzky)

2,839 – Number of docs released in part on Oct. 26

1,295 - Number of docs to be withheld in part forever (considered exempt as tax and Grand Jury records)

547 - Number of docs to be withheld in full (considered exempt as tax and Grand Jury records) 

425 – The number of docs released in full on July 24, 2017

300 – The number of docs the Mainstream Media falsely reports as still withheld in full

90% - The percentage of documents still withheld in part (redacted)

52 – The number of docs released in full on October 10, 2017

2% - The percentage of the 2839 documents withheld in full that have been released

(Many thanks for Rex Bradford, Ramon Herrera and Russ Baker for assembling these number)

TASKS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED

1-      Review what records have been released, summarize them and prioritize them.

2-      Compare the list of record withheld to records released thus far to isolate and identify what’s still being withheld and their subject matter.

3-      Identify destroyed, missing and JFK Assassination record that should be in the JFK Collection at the NARA but aren’t, as requested by Judge Tunheim.

4-      Prepare and hold a Congressional Briefing in Congress to educate interested Congressmen and their staff about the JFK Act and the issues we present, a Briefing that WE control, so the primary expert witnesses are Jim Lesar, Dan Alcorn, John Newman, Judge Tunheim, and Oliver Stone and not Posner, Holland, Shenon and Sabato. And get it on CSPAN live.

5-      Prepare and hold a mini-conference and press conference at National Press Club in DC during Sunshine Week March 11-17 to educate and promote the media and public.

6-      Prepare a civil suit against Gerald Ferraro (AOTU) and NARA for failure to adhere to the law – the JFK Act in getting the record released by Oct. 26, 2017, for failure to publish an index and guide to the JFK Collection as prescribed by the law, for permitting key records and evidence to be stolen and destroyed (or sold on ebay) and for not seeking out those records that should be included in the JFK Collection that are not (ie. Richard Sprague’s HSCA files).

7-      Edit and Publish the most significant record that have been released, articles and conference presentations by CAPA Advisory Board member and list those records not yet released, their subject matter and significance.

8-      Prepare a book to be assembled of the best of the last of the record to be released in April 2018, and an anthology of articles and conference presentations explaining their significance.