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My comments on the JFK and the media panel at the Duquesne "Passing the Torch" conference



The following are my prepared remarks for the special program I spoke on last week during the “Passing the Torch” conference on the JFK assassination at the Senator John Heinz Heinz History Center. The other participants included writers Jeff Morley, David Talbot, Russ Baker and Jerry Policoff and our special guest, film director Oliver Stone.

I skipped the paragraph on Max Holland, below, because he was in the front row and I feared he would use that as an excuse to disrupt the event. But I got him the next day, with a shout-out from the stage re winning the CIA’s “Studies in Intelligence” award, “the first person outside the government” to do so, and said I was glad the love went both ways.

My interest in the JFK case was initially sparked, ironically, by the mainstream media. I had been working on Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign and saw up close how the press completely misrepresented things that happened. I thought, if the media could be that wrong about a presidential campaign, what else might they be wrong about?

Early in my research, it became clear that the notion that Oswald acted alone was simply not supported by the evidence. I read Arlen Specter’s questioning of Parkland doctor Malcolm Perry and was shocked to find Specter leading the witness. Perry clearly thought the wound in Kennedy’s neck indicated a shot from the front. Specter clearly didn’t want Perry saying that.

My first thought was that Specter’s agenda was so obvious no serious journalist could have missed it. My second thought was, no serious journalist ever read this.

But the more I learned, ignorance alone could not excuse the shoddy reporting on this case. The media could talk at length about the theories I call collectively, the “anybody but the CIA did it” theory. But the media has never addressed the myriad and strong evidence that high-level people in the CIA planned the assassination of a president they had come to see as a threat to their very existence. Why couldn’t the media go there?

I found the answer in Mark Lane’s book “Plausible Denial.” He talked about Priscilla Johnson McMillan, who had interviewed Oswald before the assassination and written an inaccurate book about him after. Lane made a strong, if circumstantial, case that she worked for the CIA. We’ve since found out she did - her handler wrote that she could be “encouraged to write” pretty much whatever the CIA wanted, and her file listed her as a “witting collaborator,” which begs the question, what is an “unwitting collaborator?”

I then read that now-famous memo the CIA sent its media assets instructing them how to discredit critics of the Warren Report. I found this stunning. Here was the chief suspect, the CIA, having the power to destroy the credibility of anyone who might factually accuse them.

So I formed a theory. If the CIA really had killed Kennedy, anyone devoting a lot of time and energy to tell me that they hadn’t was likely working for the CIA. The value of any theory is its predictive value. This particular theory has proven remarkably accurate over time.

One journalist in particular, James Phelan, author of a famous book about Howard Hughes, had gone out of his way – to the point of bribing a witness – to sabotage New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s case against Clay Shaw back in the 60s. That was WAY beyond the bounds of professional journalism, so naturally, I figured Phelan was likely connected to the CIA. I started digging and it didn’t take me long to find a significant connection.

I was the first to note the relationship between Phelan and Robert Maheu, the man the CIA had tapped to run its Castro assassination plots. During the Garrison investigation, Phelan had met with Garrison in Las Vegas. Garrison trusted Phelan because he had previously written a favorable article about him. But rather than using the nearest copy machine, Phelan had taken Garrison’s documents to Maheu’s office to be photocopied. Given Maheu’s relationship with the CIA, which was ongoing during the entire period he worked for Howard Hughes, I thought that was pretty stunning. Essentially, Phelan was making Garrison’s key files available to the CIA.

When I posted about Phelan’s relationship with the CIA online, Phelan called me up at home and tried to threaten me with a lawsuit. But I knew I had only told facts, so he’d have no case. I also figured he wouldn’t dare enter into a process where I could legally learn even more about his life. I was right. I never heard from him again.

When Gerald Posner wrote his factually inaccurate “Oswald did it” book “Case Closed” that got a lot of attention on the fortieth anniversary, I figured he probably had connections to the CIA. I found his previous nonfiction books had all been written with help from the intelligence community, and his sole fiction work at that point was a novel about the CIA that lauded the old guard covert operators over the new guard bureaucrats. Indeed, Posner even said he’d been promised CIA cooperation for Case Closed by his editor Bob Loomis (who, by the way, had been James Phelan’s editor).

Edward Epstein, who attacked Garrison and later tried to pin the assassination on the Soviets, turned out to be a protégé of the man who held the most secret files on Oswald – CIA counterintelligence legend James Angleton, one of the top suspects for a direct CIA conspirator!

My theory’s holding up pretty well, isn’t it? Funny what you can find when you ask the right question.

What’s scary is how naïve the press is. They never seem to consider that members in their own ranks could be deliberately misleading them. For example, reporter Hugh Aynesworth holds sway over the JFK case in Dallas, despite the fact that Aynesworth has openly bragged about how he lied to a reporter about a key item regarding Oswald. Why would you take seriously someone who brags he misled other journalists?

Would it surprise you to learn that Aynesworth applied to work for the CIA a month before the assassination? We have his application. Of course, on the record, the CIA rejected him. But as anyone who knows the CIA understands, that’s also standard operating procedure. As Gordon Novel once put it, “no one ever works for the CIA,” even when they do.

Does Max Holland work for the CIA? All I know is that he writes for them. When he couldn’t get an anti-Garrison article published by his former employer, The Nation magazine, he found a ready publisher at CIA in their “Studies in Intelligence” newsletter. He even won their award, claiming to be “the first person outside the US government to do so.” Curiously, his vita shows a lot of fellowships from foundations, which have often been conduits for CIA funding. Maybe he was just an “unwitting collaborator.”

But it’s not just individual journalists who work hand in hand with the CIA. It’s entire media organizations. The president of CBS for decades worked with the CIA directly. The New York Times was the CIA’s most powerful asset. The Washington Post under Katherine Graham and later Ben Bradlee kept the CIA’s secrets. ABC, NBC other major media sources have documented relationships with the CIA.

When the Church and Pike Committees started investigating the CIA’s media operations, that was the one thing the CIA refused to give up. Congress could not pry that information from the Agency.

By 1991, the CIA had become so all-powerful in the media that pretense was no longer necessary. In December of 1991, less than a year before the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination, CIA Director Robert Gates laid out, in a memo titled “Greater CIA Openness,” that its Public Affairs Office:

“has relationships with reporters from every major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has helped us turn some intelligence failure stories into intelligence success stories, and it has contributed to the accuracy of countless others. In many instances, we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold, or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”

It should be clear that any organization that brags about its ability to change “intelligence failures” into “intelligence success stories” is, at its heart, an anti-democratic organization. The public simply cannot make intelligent choices about politics when failures are misrepresented as successes. No business could survive such misrepresentation for long. But intelligence agencies get away with it.

We have to know the truth about our past and present in order to plan adequately for our future. And it’s hard. Sorting good information from bad in this case isn’t easy. It took me years to understand just how solid the scientific evidence is that Oswald never fired a rifle on November 22. And I was actively interested in the case. I can see why journalists would shy away from that. It takes a Herculean effort.

And that’s the unfairness of ridiculing “conspiracy theorists.” Some of them are the ones who have done the heavy lifting, the historical mining that the mainstream media has failed to do. To group the nuttiest with the most informed is labelism at its worst. Imagine reading this in the New York Times: “these Jews should be ridiculed, even shunned. It’s time we marginalized Jews the way we’ve marginalized smokers … make [them] stand in the rain with the other outcasts.” That’s what Bryan Burrough in the New York Times wrote about conspiracy theorists, not Jews. But we hear the problem more clearly when we substitute a different group of people. It’s intolerable. It’s actually hate speech.

Conspiracies happen. I was a juror on a conspiracy trial. Pretending they don’t is not only ahistorical, it’s irresponsible.

And conspiracy theories serve a useful purpose. They ask, essentially, what if we’re being lied to, and that’s a question that, as history has shown, journalists should be asking far more often than they do. WMD, anyone?

If the press had looked seriously into the Kennedy assassination, they would found a conspiracy. Had the press then reported the conspiracy, there could have been prosecutions. Had there been prosecutions, we might not have lost Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. NOT challenging the official story was the same as giving future conspirators a blank check, which was taken and cashed, several times over.

The media has been an accessory to these crimes and more through silence, ignorance and misrepresentation. My hope is that journalists get more diligent and less naïve. My other hope is that the public gets savv

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Average Secret Service Agent Had Just 25 Minutes of Training in 2013
REUTERS/Larry Downing
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
February 13, 2015

An independent panel investigating the recent failures of the Secret Service told Congress on Thursday that agents were trained at “unacceptable” levels, drawing outrage from lawmakers who mostly agreed on the need to overhaul the agency.

The panel, which issued its initial findings in December, told members of the House Oversight and Government

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Judyth Vary Baker will host the 3rd ANNUAL JFK ASSASSINATION CONFERENCE in Dallas, Texas, November 20-21-22, 2015.
Produced by Kris Millegan and TrineDay Books, Lorien Fenton and Conscious Community Events, David Denton and the JFK Historical Society.
2.5 days of presentations by prominent JFK Assassination researchers.


Master of Ceremonies: JOHN B. WELLS


Judyth Vary Baker
Jim Botelho
Hubert Clark
Fernando Faura
Robert Groden
Edward Haslam
Saint John Hunt
James Jenkins
Bill Kelly
Andrew Kreig
William Law
Barr McClellan
Kris Millegan
Phil Nelson
Lawrence P. Schnapf
Peter Dale Scott
Roger Stone
Ed Tatro
Dr. John Delane Williams

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FBI Director Comey head of the organization that assassinated President Kennedy and
Martin Luther King would like your attention.
Ahem.....your attention please.

FBI says public scrutiny impacts policing -

FBI says public scrutiny impacts policing
Posted: Nov 12, 2015 7:44 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2015 7:44 PM EST


The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was in Kansas City on Thursday talking about policing in a pressure cooker.

Since he was in Kansas City, James Comey used baseball to explain a crime trend. What would happen if just one or two pitchers threw balls that hit batters in the face, then Major League Baseball decided to watch those pitchers, then fans pulled out cell phones and started recording?

“I think I know what would happen. Pitchers would move the ball a little closer towards the center of the plate and the consequence would be more hits and more runs,” Comey said.

He then explained how that could be transferred to police officers under a microscope.

“To me my common sense that may be a phenomenon that’s at work here. And like I said, hundreds of police officers and chiefs have told me privately they think that's what’s going on,” Comey said.

Hey explained that officers might start to be afraid to step out of their patrol cars and engage in community policing, concerned things could get misconstrued, get out of hand and then end up on the web.

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I always start by watching the banned History Channel documentary
The Guilty Men

Google the guilty men JFK YouTube

A Memphis Jury concluded in 1999 that FBI agents
assassinated Martin Luther King
Google mlk James Douglass rockwell
This just in....

see link for full story/part 1


Posted Nov 17, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Editors Note: This is the first of a two part series.

This November 22 will be 52 years since the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas. Hundreds of books have been written in addition to interviews, documentaries, and forensic investigations attempting to solve this assassination.

The Warren Commission created by President Johnson after Kennedy’s death concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone as the killer. But, a 1976 Congressional House Select Committee on Assassinations stirred up the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories like a whirlwind, by saying that a second gun could be heard firing at Kennedy, from a recording of the Dallas Police radio communication. This Congressional committee stated that there had to be a conspiracy to kill the President since at least two gun men were shooting at President Kennedy.

But, a recent forensic investigation using sophisticated forensic investigative tools such as a 3D laser to measure distances and angles, concluded that Oswald killed Kennedy, by firing three shots from the book depository, shooting and killing Kennedy from behind. This documentary titled “The Kennedy Assassination,” can be seen at You Tube Broadcast Yourself, at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/cold-case-jfk.htmlKennedy.

However, beginning the day Kennedy was killed, there have been many eyewitness and investigators claiming that if Lee Harvey Oswald was involved, he was not alone. Other researchers have claimed that Oswald didn’t do it! An example of this is at:
, titled, “Former FBI Agent Reveals Who Really Killed JFK.” In this video, former FBI Agent Don Adams discusses who he believes was involved with killing Kennedy. Adams also wrote a book titled “From an Office Building with a High Powered Rifle,” which can be bought at Amazon.com on the Internet. This book has received excellent reviews and I recommend reading this because this book is considered one of the best documented research pieces regarding the government not providing information to the public about the Kennedy assassination.

Adams states that in addition to President Kennedy being shot from behind, he was also shot once from the front, in the throat. Also, there were 11 gun shots within 7.5 seconds which is impossible for the Italian built bolt action rifle that has been claimed to have been owned and used by Lee Harvey Oswald to kill the President. Plus, the first gun found in the sixth floor of the book depository was a German 6.75 Mauser rifle and not Oswald’s Italian rifle.

Page 2 of 3 - Adams also states that eyewitnesses placed Oswald on the fourth floor, where he was calm and peaceful, only a couple of minutes after the President was shot from the sixth floor. Adams emphatically claims that Oswald did not kill the President.

Adams investigated (as a FBI Agent) a man named Joseph Adams Milteer, who talked about assassinating Kennedy before Kennedy was killed. Also, on November 9, 1963, just a couple of weeks before the assassination, Adams indicates that the Miami, Florida Police Department Intelligence Unit recorded Milteer describing plans to kill Kennedy from several stories high, from an office building, with a high powered rifle. Milteer was connected to organized crime and there is significant evidence and documentation that organized crime wanted President Kennedy dead!

There is a You Tube video at:
, titled “James Files Shot JFK from the Grassy Knoll.” This describes that in 1989 a Houston Private Investigator, Joe West, was investigating the Kennedy assassination and he was contacted by a man who told him to interview an Illinois state prison inmate named James E. Files.

On March 22, 1994, James Files confessed to West the he was the shooter from the grassy knoll located ahead and to the right of President Kennedy. Files stated he was hired by organized crime to kill President Kennedy.

The man who contacted West years earlier about Files, later identified himself to West as a former FBI Agent, named Zach Sheldon. Sheldon and several other retired FBI agents investigated James Files’ claim that he shot Kennedy from the grassy knoll. This group of retired FBI agents found Files’ confession credible, and that he was hired by organized crime to kill Kennedy.

There is also a You Tube video titled, “Photo & 1st hand witness of grassy knoll JFK assassin 1 of 2, at
and “Photo & 1st hand witness of grassy knoll JFK assassin 2 of 2, at
This two part video interviews a deaf man who saw a man dressed in a blue uniform stand behind the fence on the grassy knoll in front and to the right of President Kennedy. He saw the man in the blue uniform shoot a rifle at the President and then walk over to another man dressed in a railroad shirt, who was also behind the fence. The man in the railroad shirt broke the rifle down and put the rifle in a bag, described as a train engineer tool bag. A railroad signal man who was working in the railroad yard also saw these two men.

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The CIA and the JFK Assassination, Pt. 1


One month to the day after the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, TX, former President Harry Truman
recommended that the U.S. abolish the Central Intelligence Agency… In
an op-ed column published in the Washington Post on Dec. 22, 1963,
Truman never linked the CIA to President Kennedy’s murder, but the
timing of the explicit and strongly worded column and complaint
implied a connection.
—Joseph Lazzaro

The evidentiary record of the JFK assassination is so contaminated
by pervasive misconduct on the part of the… CIA that the good faith of
senior government officials simply [cannot] be assumed.
—Jefferson Morley

If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us
anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.
—The Godfather Part II

I’m not privy to who struck John.
—James Angleton, head of the CIA’s counterintelligence staff,

The assassination by hidden sniper fire of President Kennedy on Nov.
22, 1963 was a gigantic security failure by the Secret Service. (The
best book on the unbelievable blundering by JFK’s protectors is
Vincent Palamara’s Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the
Failure to Protect President Kennedy [2013].) The assassination was
also a colossal intelligence failure by the Central Intelligence
Agency, then the principal (and lavishly funded) government
intelligence organization. As Jefferson Morley, former Washington Post
reporter and now a leading authority on the assassination, observes:
“[I]t seem[s] indisputable that the killing of a democratically
elected chief of state in broad daylight constituted some kind of
intelligence failure. It wasn’t supposed to happen and lots of people
were paid good money to make sure it didn’t happen. But it did.”

At the time President Kennedy was gunned down, the CIA could not
possibly have been unfamiliar with the alleged assassin, ex-Marine Lee
Harvey Oswald. Unless it was comatose, Oswald must have been a person
of interest to the agency long before the assassination. In 1957–58,
Oswald had been stationed as a radar operator at the Atsugi Naval Air
Base in Japan, where there was a major CIA station and from which the
agency’s U2 spy planes flew high-altitude missions over the Soviet
Union; in 1959, the CIA knew, Oswald had defected to the Soviet Union,
announced he had secrets to turn over to the Soviets, and attempted to
renounce his American citizenship. In late September/early October
1963, six weeks before JFK’s murder, Oswald had been under CIA
surveillance when he visited Soviet and Cuban diplomatic facilities in
Mexico City multiple times, supposedly to arrange a return to the
Soviet Union (or to visit Cuba, or both).

For years, critics have accused the CIA of suppressing information
relevant to the assassination of President Kennedy. The agency, they
allege, even withheld pertinent information from both the Warren
Commission (which investigated the assassination in 1963–64) and the
U.S. House of Representatives Assassinations Committee (which
reinvestigated the assassination in 1976–79).

These critics, we now know, were right.

What for many years seemed unthinkable has turned out to be true after

There was a CIA cover-up. The CIA did suppress information. The CIA
did stonewall both of the official government investigations of the
JFK assassination. And as a consequence of this agency misconduct,
both investigations were compromised in important
respects—particularly in regard to the fundamental issues of whether
the assassination resulted from a conspiracy and whether Lee Harvey
Oswald (alleged to be the sole assassin in the Warren Report and
alleged to be one of multiple assassins in the Report of the House
Assassinations Committee) was affiliated with the CIA.

The CIA’s enormous intelligence failure, combined with the Agency’s
appalling concealment of information from the officials in charge of
investigating the murder of an American president, raises a number of
issues. This Article will address two: (1) whether the CIA was
involved in the assassination, and (2) whether Lee Harvey Oswald
worked for or with the CIA. This Article will then examine two
brand-new, bombshell revelations about CIA suppression of information
on the assassination. The first revelation was on Sept. 16, barely two
months ago. The second occurred last month, on Oct. 6. Finally, the
reasons that the Agency concealed its CIA-Mafia murder plots from the
Warren Commission will be explored.

Possible CIA Involvement in the Assassination

Almost from the moment JFK succumbed to his bullet wounds, there have
been suspicions that, officially or unofficially, directly or
indirectly, employees or operatives of the Central Intelligence Agency
might have been involved in the assassination.

These suspicions are not without foundation. Appalled by various
abuses and excesses committed by the CIA, embittered by CIA endeavors
to deceive and manipulate him, JFK had fired a director of the CIA in
1961 and was struggling to rein in the agency until the day of his
death. After the Bay of Pigs debacle in 1961, Kennedy is reported to
have vowed that he would “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and
scatter it into the winds.” Conversely, top-ranking CIA officials
despised JFK’s policies and politics. That the agency, which
specializes in deception, disinformation and plausible deniability,
and which in those heady days was operating like a secretive criminal
syndicate—covertly carrying out political assassinations (“executive
actions”), successfully scheming to overthrow or destabilize foreign
governments, and even plotting with the Mafia to commit murder—might
have had something to do with the JFK assassination is not an
unreasonable supposition.

Those who suspect the CIA was somehow behind the assassination reject
the lone assassin theory and believe the assassination was the result
of a conspiracy. They disagree as to whether Lee Harvey Oswald was one
of the conspirators. Many think he was the patsy.

The first book by a serious researcher to suggest the likelihood of
CIA connections to the JFK assassination was the late Harold
Weisberg’s Oswald in New Orleans: Case of Conspiracy with the CIA
(1967). Weisberg was one of the most prominent of the first generation
of Warren Commission critics and published nine books on the

The researchers who believe the CIA might have been involved in the
assassination tend to think the involvement was unofficial. The
assassins, they suggest, probably were lower or mid-level CIA
employees (or ex-CIA employees) acting on their own and without the
knowledge or approval of the CIA leadership. This was the view, for
example, of former New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison (now
deceased), who carried out his own official investigation of the
assassination and authored two key books on the JFK assassination.
(Garrison also believed that, to avoid embarrassment to the agency,
upper-level CIA officials not involved in the assassination conspiracy
nevertheless knowingly participated in a cover-up designed to prevent
the CIA-connected murderers from being identified.) Under this view,
the assassins presumably murdered Kennedy because they were right-wing
military hawks who hated JFK’s liberal politics and foreign policy.

Other researchers who suspect CIA involvement are convinced that the
assassination was arranged in the utmost secrecy by an entirely
different set of right-wing, militaristic CIA employees—a small clique
of high-ranking, JFK-hating CIA officials who acted in order to
eliminate a president they firmly believed posed a dangerous threat to
the national security. Mark Lane, author of Last Word: My Indictment
of the CIA in the Murder of JFK (2011), espouses this view.

Under either theory of CIA involvement, it is accepted that the
CIA-affiliated plotters might have permitted a few outsiders,
including organized crime figures and right-wing extremists, to join
the conspiracy.

The fact that the CIA obstructed government investigations of the JFK
murder does not, of course, prove that the agency was involved in the
murder; on the other hand, it hardly tends to exculpate the agency.

Institutionally, the CIA thrives on secrecy and smoke and mirrors; it
masterfully practices deceptiveness, chicanery and mystification; and
it revels in dirty tricks, clandestine devious activities, and
surreptitious surveillance and infiltration. Even if agency officials
or operatives did assassinate JFK, there probably would have been no
CIA documents revealing this; and if such documents did ever exist,
they would have been destroyed long ago. Thus, even if it was true
that the agency was responsible for killing JFK, it would not be
possible to prove this satisfactorily from official CIA records.
Moreover, because of the code of silence among intelligence personnel,
CIA employees having knowledge of agency involvement in the
assassination almost certainly would never reveal it, even under oath.

In overview, the view that the CIA was involved in the JFK
assassination is not proven—and probably is unprovable. On the other
hand, claims of agency involvement are not facially preposterous and
might be true even if incapable of proof.

Was Oswald a CIA Operative?

Regardless of whether Lee Harvey Oswald was a sole assassin, a
conspirator or a patsy, it would be helpful to know if he worked for
or with the CIA. Did he?

The two official investigations of the assassination decided he did

The 1964 Warren Report concluded that “there was nothing to support
the speculation that Oswald was an agent, employee or informant of the
CIA.” It accepted in its entirety the testimony of both the director
and the deputy director of the CIA that “no one connected with the CIA
had ever interviewed Oswald or communicated with him in any way.” It
swallowed whole the director’s sworn affidavit that “Oswald was not an
agent, employee, or informant of the CIA, that the agency never
communicated with him in any manner or furnished him with any
compensation, and that Oswald was never directly or indirectly
associated with the CIA.”

The 1979 Report of the House Assassinations Committee “confirmed the
Warren Commission testimony” of the CIA’s two top officials. “There
was no indication in Oswald’s CIA file that he had ever had contact
with the Agency,” the Report concluded, and “taken in its entirety,
the items of circumstantial evidence that the committee had selected
for investigation as possibly indicative of an intelligence
association did not support the allegation that Oswald had an
intelligence agency relationship.”

The conclusions reached in both the Warren Report and the House
Assassinations Committee Report to the effect that Lee Harvey Oswald
was not in any way affiliated with the CIA, based as they are largely
on denials by the CIA itself, may be wrong. As stated above and as
explained in more detail below, both the Warren Commission and the
House Assassinations Committee were deceived by the agency with
respect to its dealings with Oswald. And, as the late university
professor Philip H. Melanson observed in his invaluable book Spy Saga:
Lee Harvey Oswald and U.S. Intelligence (1990), “there is extensive
circumstantial evidence that Oswald was in fact [a CIA] agent.”

Between 1959 and 1963 Oswald was frequently in the company of persons
with known or suspected CIA ties. During these years Oswald was, in
the words of Melanson, “shadowed by persons with demonstrable or
probable CIA connections.” A few examples:

While living in Texas in 1962–63, Oswald had a bizarre close
friendship with the Russian-born, cultured, aristocratic, enigmatic
George DeMohrenschildt, who was nearly 30 years older than Oswald.
DeMohrenschildt undoubtedly had CIA affiliations and has been aptly
described as one of Oswald’s “spookiest” acquaintances. The
international-traveling DeMohrenschildt spoke several foreign
languages and received a master’s degree from the University of Texas
and a doctorate from the University of Liège in Belgium; his
intelligence cover was that he was a “petroleum geologist.” As Jim
Garrison once scoffingly remarked: “Here you have a wealthy, cultured
White Russian émigré who travels in the highest social circles—he was
a personal friend of Mrs. Hugh Auchincloss, Jackie Kennedy’s
mother—suddenly developing an intimate relationship with an
impoverished ex-Marine like Lee Oswald. What did they discuss—last
year’s season at Biarritz, or how to beat the bank at Monte Carlo?”
The most realistic explanation for DeMohrenschildt’s weird odd-couple
relationship with high school dropout Lee Harvey Oswald is that he was
the CIA’s “babysitter” for Oswald (in intelligence community parlance,
a “babysitter” is an agent assigned to protect or watch over another
agent or a person of interest to an intelligence agency).

DeMohrenschildt’s involvement in espionage went back long before he
met Oswald. In 1941 he was detained in Texas by FBI agents who caught
him photographing or sketching a Coast Guard station and suspected he
was spying for the Axis. In 1957 he was expelled from Yugoslavia based
on suspicions he was engaged in espionage. DeMohrenschildt testified
at length before the Warren Commission. On Mar. 29, 1977, he committed
suicide shortly before he could be interviewed by the House
Assassinations Committee.

In New Orleans in 1963, Oswald associated with CIA assets David Ferrie
(an expert pilot who flew airplanes for both the CIA and the Mafia),
Guy Banister (a former FBI agent, former Naval Intelligence officer,
rabid segregationist and founder of the “Anti-Communist League of the
Caribbean”), and Clay Shaw (a former head of the International Trade
Mart in New Orleans and the only person ever criminally charged with
plotting to murder JFK).

On Sept. 17, 1963, when Oswald applied for a visa at the Mexican
consulate in New Orleans, the visa immediately preceding his in
numerical sequence was issued to William Gaudet, a “former” CIA

Numerous books and articles by reputable scholars or reliable
researchers suggest that Oswald was either an operative or a contract
agent of the CIA. Melanson’s Spy Saga marshals an array of evidence
concerning Oswald’s frequent and unusual interactions with CIA
operatives and operations, and reaches the conclusion that Oswald was
a “U.S. intelligence agent-provocateur.” Melanson’s book not only
demonstrates that Oswald must have been some sort of United States
intelligence operative, but also convincingly argues that “Oswald’s
links to CIA-related persons, projects, and contexts appear far
stronger than do those to any other U.S. intelligence agency…”

Another weighty book is Oswald and the CIA (1995; new ed. 2008), by
university professor and former military intelligence officer John
Newman, which presents a large body of evidence that prior to the
assassination the CIA had a keen operational interest in Oswald.
Newman says that Oswald’s mysterious trip to Mexico City only weeks
before the assassination “may have had some connection to the CIA…”

In his 2008 book, Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden
History of the CIA, as well as in numerous articles, Jefferson Morley
details the agency’s extensive surveillance and monitoring of Lee
Harvey Oswald’s activities.

Based on his extensive research, Morley has concluded that the notion
that in the weeks preceding the assassination high officials in the
CIA’s counterintelligence section were running “a closely held
operation involving Oswald” can no longer be deemed implausible.
Morley believes that a cable sent from CIA headquarters to the CIA’s
Mexico City office on Oct. 10, 1963, six weeks before the
assassination, which deceptively withheld requested information about
Oswald and absurdly claimed Oswald was “maturing,” is suggestive of
the possibility the agency “may have had some kind of relationship
with Oswald that it was trying to protect.” The cable originated from
the special affairs staff of the CIA’s covert operations division and
was signed by four CIA officials involved in counterintelligence or
covert operations, indicating what Morley calls a “a strong CIA
interest in Oswald.” That same day, before the cable was dispatched,
Morley has discovered, “six senior CIA officials in the
Counterintelligence Staff” whose “primary responsibility was running
covert operations” discussed Oswald among themselves. Morley plausibly
suggests that the fact that “six senior operations officers” were
interested in the supposedly “lowly, pathetic… ex-Marine” indicates
that “he was part of a covert [CIA] operation.”

However, neither Newman nor Morley has been able to confirm that
Oswald himself participated in or was even aware of any CIA operation
that might have involved him.

In 1978, in an astonishing break with the code of silence adhered to
in the intelligence community, a former CIA finance officer appeared
before the House Assassinations Committee and testified that he
believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was a “regular employee” of the CIA,
and that he believed Oswald received “a full-time salary for agent
work for doing CIA operational work.” He also testified that he had
been told by another agency employee that CIA money had been disbursed
for “the Oswald project or for Oswald.” Other agency employees
interviewed by the Assassinations Committee, however, disputed his
testimony, which the Assassinations Committee chose not to believe.

It is improbable that any CIA records showing that Oswald worked for
the agency would still exist or, if they do exist, would ever be

That Lee Harvey Oswald ever worked for the

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November 22, 2015 | Peter Dale Scott
The CIA, Mafia, Mexico — and Oswald, Part 1


When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United States lost more than its president. It lost its innocence. The subsequent investigations into the young president’s killing raised more questions than they answered — and caused Americans to lose faith in their government. Indeed, for many people in the US and across the world, the assassination marked the point at which their fundamental perceptions changed.

Just after the Warren Commission released its report on the assassination, the level of public trust in government was at 77 percent. A decade later it had plummeted to less than half that (36 percent).

Kennedy’s death and the circumstances surrounding it gave birth to a movement. This movement, composed of all kinds of people, is dedicated to investigating the story behind the story, to exposing the power networks hidden beneath surface events. These machinations have been dubbed “Deep Politics.” Those who study it believe there is much more to national and world events than what the public is told by government officials and evening newscasters — and, as you will see, Peter Dale Scott proves it.

On the occasion of the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present excerpts from Chapter 2 of Scott’s latest work – Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House by Peter Dale Scott (Open Road Media, September, 2015).
Overview: The Mexican CIA-Mob Nexus

Those who have spent years trying to assess the role of the Kennedy assassination in US history are accustomed to the debate between structuralists and conspiratorialists. In the first camp are those who argue, that the history of a major power is determined by large social forces; thus the accident of an assassination, even if conspiratorial, is not an event altering history.

At the other end of the spectrum are those who talk of an Invisible Government or Secret Team, who believe that surface events and institutions are continuously manipulated by unseen forces. For these people the assassination exemplifies the operation of fundamental historical forces, not a disruption of them.

For years I have attempted to formulate a third or middle position. To do so I have relied on distinctions formulated partly in neologisms or invented terms. Over forty years ago I postulated that our overt political processes were at times seriously contaminated by manipulative covert politics or parapolitics, which I then defined as “a system or practice of politics in which accountability is consciously diminished.”[1]

In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, I moved towards a less conspiratorial middle alternative. I discussed instead the interactions of what I called deep political processes, emanating from plural power sources and all only occasionally visible, all usually repressed rather than recognized. In contrast to parapolitical processes, those of deep politics are open-ended, not securely within anyone’s power or intentions.

“… one of the important sources of covert agencies’ power is their ability to falsify their own records, without fear of outside correction. Does this ability to rewrite their own history empower them to affect, if not control, the history of the rest of society?”

In 1995 I brought out Deep Politics II (since reissued as Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics) [2], which I thought of at the time as a case study in deep politics: how secret US government reports on Oswald in Mexico became a reason to cover up the facts about the assassination of JFK. But it was also a specialized study, since in this case most of the repressed records of events, now declassified, occurred within the workings of the CIA, FBI, military intelligence, or their zones of influence. It was hence largely a study in parapolitics.

It verged into true deep politics only near the end, when it described how a collaborating Mexican agency, the DFS (Dirección Federal de Seguridad) was deeply involved in the international drug traffic. Deep Politics, in contrast, looked continuously at the interaction between government and other social forces, such as the drug traffic. Both books represented an alternative kind of history, or what I call deep history.

Deep history differs from history in two respects. First, it is an account of suppressed events, at odds with the publicly accepted history of this country. (One might say that history is the record of politics; deep history, the record of deep politics.) Second, deep history is often restored from records which were themselves once repressed. In short, deep history is a reconstructed account of events denied by the public records from which history is normally composed.[3]

A key example concerns a tape of someone calling himself “Lee Oswald,” discussing in a phone call to the Soviet Embassy about having met a consul there by the name of Kostikov, a KGB agent. As we shall see, this tape should have been preserved and investigated as a prime piece of evidence to frame Oswald as an assassin.

We have documentary evidence, initially suppressed, that one day after the President’s murder this tape was listened to by FBI agents in Dallas, who determined that the speaker was in fact not Lee Harvey Oswald. Yet almost immediately this event was denied by other reports, including cables claiming — falsely — that the tape had already been destroyed before the assassination.

A brief but important digression here about history. Most people assume that “history” simply refers to what has happened but is now gone. In fact the dictionary reminds us that the first meaning of the word (cognate to the word “story”) is to a narrative or record of events, and only after that to “the events forming the subject matter of history.”[4] What of events whose records are destroyed or falsified? These dictionary definitions seem to assume that what is true is also what is recorded.

There is thus a latent bias in the evolution of the word “history” that is related to the structuralist, rationalist assumptions referred to in my first paragraph. History (or at least what I like to call archival history) has always been the way a culture chooses to record and remember itself; and it tends to treat official records with a respect they do not always deserve.

It is reasonable to talk about the CIA records in this book as suppressed, as so many of them were never allowed to reach even the Warren Commission, let alone the public, until up to three decades later with the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB). Thus neither the Commission nor the American public were allowed to hear about allegations that Oswald had had sexual relations with two employees of the Cuban Embassy in Mexico City, that at least one of these liaisons (with Silvia Durán) had been part of an international Communist plot against Kennedy, and that Durán had admitted this (albeit under torture) in response to questions from the Mexican DFS or secret police.

More importantly, the CIA and FBI suppressed a major clue to the existence of a pre-assassination conspiracy. This was that an unknown person had falsely presented himself as Lee Oswald in a phone call to the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. The FBI initially reported that the person making the recorded call “was not Lee Harvey Oswald.”[5] Later the FBI and CIA conspired, swiftly and clumsily, to conceal both the falsity of the impersonation and the fact that FBI agents had exposed the falsehood by listening to the tape. The Warren Commission learned nothing about these two facts.

There now exists abundant documentation that, at least since World War II, the US government has exploited the drug traffic to finance and staff covert operations abroad. Perhaps the most conspicuous example is the massive paramilitary army organized and equipped by the CIA in Laos in the 1960s, for which drugs were the chief source of support. This alliance between the CIA and drug-financed forces has since been repeated in Afghanistan (1979), Central America (1982-87), and most recently Kosovo (1998).

It is important to understand that this suppression was entirely consistent with intelligence priorities of the period. This important clue had been planted in the midst of one of the most sensitive CIA operations in the 1960s: its largest intercept operation against the telephones of an important Soviet base. One can assume that this clue was planted by conspirators who knew that the CIA response, possibly approved by higher authority, would be to suppress the truth. The CIA was protecting its sources and methods (in accordance with the responsibilities enumerated in its enabling statute). The result was obstruction of justice in a crime of the highest political significance.

As we shall see in the following pages, one of the important sources of covert agencies’ power is their ability to falsify their own records, without fear of outside correction. Does this ability to rewrite their own history empower them to affect, if not control, the history of the rest of society? I believe the evidence in this book will justify a limited answer to this question: covert agencies, and the CIA in particular, were powerful enough to control and defuse a possible crisis in US political legitimacy. They did so by reinforcing an unsustainable claim: Oswald killed the President, and he acted alone.
The CIA and the International Drug Traffic

But the power of the CIA to influence history became even greater when, as we shall see, they acted in concert with forces allied to the powerful international drug traffic. Most people are unaware of the size of this unrecorded drug economy. In 2008 the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated the profits from the global drug trade to be $352 billion; and reported that the funds from laundering illicit drugs, now often estimated to be third largest commodity in international trade, “became an important factor” in preventing a number of major banks from collapsing during the 2008 economic meltdown.[6]

While estimates of the unrecorded drug traffic remain questionable, it is obvious that this traffic is large enough to be a major factor in both the economic and political considerations of government, even while it does not form part of recorded economic statistics. The unrecorded, illicit, but nonetheless important shadow economy is so large, and so powerful, that often governments have no choice but to plan to manage it, even before attempting to suppress it.[7]

There is a third factor contributing to the invisible alliance of the CIA, the independently wealthy, and the banks that cater to them. Informed observers of American politics have more than once commented to me that most of the hundred wealthiest people in the US know each other, and in addition often have connections to both the CIA and to organized crime.

There is no shortage of anecdotal examples: James Angleton of CIA Counterintelligence delivering the sole eulogy at the small private funeral of Howard Hughes, or Joseph Kennedy Sr. being a point-holder in the same casino (the Cal-Neva) as Chicago mob figure Sam Giancana.[8] Perhaps more relevant to the milieu of the JFK assassination is the example of Clint Murchison, Sr. Murchison paid for the horse-racing holidays of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover at the same time as he sold stakes in his investments to mob figures like Jerry Catena, and enjoyed political influence in Mexico.[9]

These connections are no accident. More often than not, as we shall see in examining the career of William Pawley, the extremely wealthy acquired their resources by ignoring or bending the rules of society, not by observing them. In corrupting politicians, or in bypassing them to secure unauthorized foreign intercessions, both the mob and the CIA can be useful allies.

In addition drug profits need to be laundered, and banks can derive a significant percentage of their profits by laundering them, or otherwise bending or breaking the rules of their host countries.[10] Citibank came under Congressional investigation after having secretly moved $80 million to $100 million for Raul Salinas de Gortari, brother of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas.[11]

As a rule the power of the biggest drug traffickers is not autonomous, but depends on their government connections; and the top trafficker in any country is usually the one with the best government connections. This means not just that the government is protecting certain drug traffickers, but also that these drug traffickers will have an interest in protecting the government. I believe that an example of this is the collaboration we shall examine in Mexico, between the CIA and the corrupt DFS, to influence history by presenting false stories about O

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November 23, 2015 | Peter Dale Scott
The CIA, Mafia, Mexico — and Oswald, Part 2
Lee Harvey Oswald and two policemen taken after Oswald's arrest. Photo
credit: ARCHIVES.GOV.        
Lee Harvey Oswald and two policemen taken after Oswald's arrest. Photo

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United
States lost more than its president. It lost its innocence. The
subsequent investigations into the young president’s killing raised
more questions than they answered — and caused Americans to lose faith
in their government. Indeed, for many people in the US and across the
world, the assassination marked the point at which their fundamental
perceptions changed.

Just after the Warren Commission released its report on the
assassination, the level of public trust in government was at 77
percent. A decade later it had plummeted to less than half that (36

Kennedy’s death and the circumstances surrounding it gave birth to a
movement. This movement, composed of all kinds of people, is dedicated
to investigating the story behind the story, to exposing the power
networks hidden beneath surface events. These machinations have been
dubbed “Deep Politics.” Those who study it believe there is much more
to national and world events than what the public is told by
government officials and evening newscasters — and, as you will see,
Peter Dale Scott proves it.

On the occasion of the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination,
WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present excerpts from Chapter 2 of Scott’s
latest work — Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the
White House by Peter Dale Scott (Open Road Media, September, 2015).

For Part 1, please go here.
Oswald, Russia, and Cuba: How the Managed Oswald Stories Led to the
Warren Commission

As noted earlier, the DFS played a central role, along with the CIA,
in the management of conspiratorial stories about Oswald in Mexico,
including the false Oswald-Soviet intercept. The key to this
procedure, as I argued in Deep Politics, was a twofold process. “Phase
One” put forward the phantom of an international plot, linking Oswald
to the USSR, to Cuba, or to both countries together. This phantom was
used to invoke the danger of a possible nuclear confrontation, which
induced Chief Justice Earl Warren and other political notables to
accept “Phase Two,” the equally false (but less dangerous) hypothesis
that Oswald killed the President all by himself.

This book affords a close-up look of the genesis of the Phase-One
story, and how it was first promoted and then defused by the CIA.
Michael Beschloss has revealed that, at 9:20 AM on the morning of
November 23, CIA Director John McCone briefed the new President. In
Beschloss’ words: “The CIA had information on foreign connections to
the alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, which suggested to LBJ that
Kennedy may have been murdered by an international conspiracy.”[1] (It
is not certain whether the conspiracy McCone referred to on November
23 involved Cuba or the Soviet Union.)

“McCone told me he gave the attorney general a routine briefing on
CIA business and swore that Castro’s name never came up…. Sources
would later tell me that McCone anguished with Bobby over the terrible
possibility that the assassination plots sanctioned by the president’s
own brother may have backfired.”

It would be wrong, however, to think that the CIA cover-up was limited
to defusing this “Phase-One” impression of an international
conspiracy. The CIA, by covering up the falsity of the alleged Oswald
phone call to the Soviet Embassy, actually helped strengthen a
spurious supposed link between Oswald and an alleged Soviet
assassination expert, Valeriy Kostikov.

Beschloss’s account implies that McCone’s “information” concerned
Oswald’s alleged visit in September 1963 to the Soviet Embassy in
Mexico City:

“A CIA memo written that day reported that Oswald had visited Mexico
City in September and talked to a Soviet vice consul whom the CIA knew
as a KGB expert in assassination and sabotage. The memo warned that if
Oswald had indeed been part of a foreign conspiracy, he might be
killed before he could reveal it to US authorities.”

An internal CIA memo of November 23, asserting the claim Oswald talked
to Kostikov, bases it on an alleged phone intercept that, I shall
argue, was almost certainly falsified.[2]

President Johnson appears to have had this information in mind when, a
few minutes after the McCone interview, he asked FBI Director J. Edgar
Hoover if the FBI “knew any more about the visit to the Soviet
embassy.” [3]

But widely scattered clues suggest that the US Government was thinking
of a Cuban connection to Oswald even before the Soviet one. Already on
November 22 the FBI was reporting a claim never mentioned in CIA
records: that the false Oswald-Soviet phone call was made by Oswald
while telephoning “from the Cuban Embassy.”[4]

FBI Agent James Hosty, who handled the Oswald file in Dallas, has
written that he learned later from two independent sources that at the
time of Oswald’s arrest, “fully armed warplanes were sent screaming
toward Cuba. Just before they entered Cuban airspace, they were
hastily called back. With the launching of airplanes, the entire US
military went on alert.”[5]

These planes would have been launched from the US Strike Command
(USSTRICOM) at McDill Air Force Base in Florida. We have a cable from
US Army Intelligence in Texas, dated November 22, 1963, transmitting a
false report to the Strike Command that Oswald had defected to Cuba in
1959 and was “a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.”[6]

As discussed below, these allegations are incompatible with the
present “Phase-Two” account of Oswald’s life, but were corroborated at
the time. At 4:00 PM on the afternoon of November 22, Hoover told
Bobby Kennedy that Oswald “went to Cuba on several occasions, but
would not tell us what he went to Cuba for.”[7] (There is nothing in
current FBI files on Oswald, as released to the public, to suggest
either that Oswald had visited Cuba, or that he had been interrogated
about such visits by the FBI.)

We know from other sources that Bobby Kennedy, on the afternoon of
November 22, was fearful of a Cuban involvement in the assassination.
Jack Anderson, the recipient of much secret CIA information, suggests
that this concern may have been planted in Bobby’s head by CIA
Director McCone.

“When CIA chief John McCone learned of the assassination, he rushed to
Robert Kennedy’s home in McLean, Virginia, and stayed with him for
three hours. No one else was admitted. Even Bobby’s priest was turned
away. McCone told me he gave the attorney general a routine briefing
on CIA business and swore that Castro’s name never came up…. Sources
would later tell me that McCone anguished with Bobby over the terrible
possibility that the assassination plots sanctioned by the president’s
own brother may have backfired. Then the following day, McCone briefed
President Lyndon Johnson and his National Security Advisor McGeorge
Bundy. Afterward McCone told subordinates — who later filled me in —
what happened at that meeting. The grim McCone shared with Johnson and
Bundy a dispatch from the US embassy in Mexico City, strongly
suggesting that Castro was behind the assassination.”[8]

Such dispatches did emanate from the Mexico City embassy, although we
know of none as early as November 23. Three days later the Ambassador,
Thomas Mann, the CIA Station Chief, Winston Scott, and the FBI Legal
Attache, Clark Anderson, enthusiastically promoted wild allegations
that Oswald’s act had been plotted and paid for inside the Cuban
Embassy.[9] We know that McCone was wedded to this story, and
continued to share it confidentially even after its narrator, the
Nicaraguan double agent Gilberto Alvarado, recanted it on November 30.
The Early Oswald-Cuba Information Gap

The publicly released CIA record shows no trace of any linkage between
Oswald and Cuba from Mexico until late November 23, long after McCone
saw the President. But as we shall see this absence is itself
suspicious, indeed hard to believe. There are too many loose clues
that CIA Headquarters already had heard more about Oswald and Cuba
than the purportedly complete record of CIA cables would account for.
This would suggest that the record has been smoothed over to efface
any “Phase-One” trace of a credible Cuban implication.

For example, one of the CIA officers in Mexico City who worked on the
pre-assassination Oswald file “was certain that a second cable
reporting Oswald’s contacts with the Cuban Embassy had been sent to
Headquarters prior to the assassination.”[10] But there is no
surviving CIA trace of any reason on November 22 to link Oswald, or
the assassination, to Cuba, or possibly covert action against Cuba.

The FBI, in contrast, has now released a November 22 memo that already
linked Oswald to the Cuban Embassy in Mexico:

“By Secret teletype dated 10/10/63 CIA advised … that a sensitive
source on 10-1-63 had reported that Lee Oswald contacted the Soviet
Embassy … inquiring whether the Embassy had received any news
concerning a telegram…. (The Legal Attache in Mexico advised 11-22-63
that this was a telephone call made from the Cuban Embassy to the
Soviet Embassy and a transcript thereof is being forwarded.)”[11]

There is no known corroboration for the Legal Attache’s claim on
November 22 that the call was made from the Cuban Embassy. However
this early mention of the Cuban Embassy suggests that the FBI in
Mexico City may indeed have had its own sources of information,
including both intercepts and informants. (It is now officially
admitted that the CIA had penetration agents inside the Cuban Embassy,
and the FBI may have as well.)[12]

Perhaps the strongest indication of deeper FBI knowledge is a CIA memo
of December 11; this argued against the public release of the first
FBI report on the case, “because the Soviets would see that the FBI
had advance information on the reason for Oswald’s visit to the Soviet

It is commonplace now to attribute the cover-up to early reports about
Oswald and Cuba. For example, Jack Anderson suggests that a cover-up
was ordered by Johnson himself, on the basis of what McCone told him
on November 23 about Mexico City. According to Anderson, McCone argued
that Nikita Khrushchev was on the ropes inside the Kremlin, humiliated
over backing down … during the Cuban missile crisis. [This was indeed
true, as his ouster in 1964 would show.]

If Castro were to be accused of the Kennedy assassination, Americans
would demand revenge against Cuba, and Khrushchev would face another
Cuban crisis…. This time he might do something reckless and provoke a
nuclear war, which would cost forty million lives. It was a staggering
figure that the new president repeated to others.[14]

Telephone transcripts in the LBJ Library confirm that LBJ used this
argument to coerce Senator Richard Russell into serving on the
Commission.[15] Chief Justice Earl Warren told William Manchester that
Johnson persuaded him to lead the Warren Commission by raising the
same threat of war against Castro and Khrushchev:

“Why, if Khrushchev moved on us, he could kill 39 million in an

For Part 1, please go here.

[1] Beschloss, Taking Charge, 23n, citing the National Archives. To my
knowledge, no other researcher has yet discovered this memo. Cf.
Chapter 3.

[2] CIA Memo of November 23, 1963, from SR/CI Chief [Tennant Bagley]
to ADDP [Thomas Karamessines], NARA #104-10436-10025,

[3] Beschloss, Taking Charge, 23.

[4] FBI Memo of November 22; NARA #124-10027-10395; 62-109060-lst nr

[5] James P. Hosty, Jr., Assignment: Oswald (New York: Arcade
Publishing, 1996), 219.

[6] Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, 275; Oswald,
Mexico, and Deep Politics, 80-85.

[7] Hoover memo of 11/22/63 (4:01 PM) to Tolson, Belmont, Mohr, etc.,

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The CIA, Mafia, Mexico — and Oswald, Part 6

David Atlee Phillips. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from Shane McBryde / YouTube.        

When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the United States lost more than its president. It lost its innocence. The subsequent investigations into the young president’s killing raised more questions than they answered — and caused Americans to lose faith in their government. Indeed, for many people in the US and across the world, the assassination marked the point at which their fundamental perceptions changed.

Just after the Warren Commission released its report on the assassination, the level of public trust in government was at 77 percent. A decade later it had plummeted to less than half that (36 percent).

Kennedy’s death and the circumstances surrounding it gave birth to a movement. This movement, composed of all kinds of people, is dedicated to investigating the story behind the story, to exposing the power networks hidden beneath surface events. These machinations have been dubbed “Deep Politics.” Those who study it believe there is much more to national and world events than what the public is told by government officials and evening newscasters — and, as you will see, Peter Dale Scott proves it.

On the occasion of the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination, WhoWhatWhy is pleased to present excerpts from Chapter 2 of Scott’s latest work – Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House by Peter Dale Scott (Open Road Media, September, 2015).

For Part 1, please go here; Part 2 go here; Part 3 go here; Part 4 go here; Part 5 go here.
The Sources of the Stories and the ZR/RIFLE Assassination Project

In the pages to follow, I shall show how Staff D, the small CIA unit responsible for SIGINT (signals intelligence), and thus for electronic intercept operations, was also the unit which housed the CIA’s ZR/RIFLE assassination project. The Mexican DFS, which supplied the raw intercept data to the CIA in Mexico City, also overlapped in many ways with the Cubans and organized crime personnel picked for the CIA-Mafia anti-Castro assassination plots.[163]

It is possible that the special circumstances in Mexico City explain why the CIA’s generic assassination project, ZR/RIFLE, was housed within the Staff D’s intercept operations. (“ZR” normally prefixed the cryptonym for a intercept program.) In his hunt for killers, ZR/RIFLE chief William Harvey searched for individuals with criminal connections.[164] The Mexico City intercept operation against the Soviet Embassy was by far the largest and most important CIA intercept program anywhere in the world.[165]

And the DFS, the local intelligence service on which the CIA relied to man its listening posts, was probably the intelligence service with the profoundest links to the international drug traffic and to American organized crime.

Morales was a CIA officer and killer who “was well known as the Agency’s top assassin in Latin America.” He also openly described Kennedy’s conduct during the Bay of Pigs operation as “traición (betrayal).” According to a friend, Morales once ended an anti-Kennedy tirade with the words, “Well, we took care of that son of a bitch, didn’t we?”

For example, the brother-in-law of Luis Echeverría Alvarez, in 1963 the main liaison between Win Scott

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geared up
December 2, 2015 Uncategorized active shooter drills, bank spying,
Doomsday readiness, must-read Hilary e-mails, real-world or exercise?,
Russia presents evidence about ISIS/Turkey oil, San Bernadino, SITE
beheads a Russian, Zuckerberg PR stunt        

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‘She said she thought it was a drill:’ Starting last year, center’s
staff began completing active shooter drills | 02 Dec 2015 | Today, we
read: San Bernardino mass shooting leaves multiple dead, authorities
say – At least 14 people were killed and up to three suspects were
being sought in a mass shooting Wednesday on the grounds of a social
services facility in Southern California, authorities said. San
Bernardino County sheriff spokeswoman Coral Castro told Newsday that
San Bernardino police are still searching for the trio of suspects.
Authorities said 14 people were killed and at least 14 more were at
area hospitals, some with “significant injuries.” … A witness told CNN
his daughter was evacuated from the building. “She said she thought it
was a drill,” he said. Starting last year, the staff began completing
active shooter drills. [San Bernardino County participated in an
active shooter exercise YESTERDAY. ‘It looks the three actors have
been caught.’ Wow, blatant. (MSNBC) See also, for historical
perspective: Active shooter drills held in Rancho Cucamonga | 01 Aug
2013 | Various law enforcement agencies in San Bernardino County
worked together Thursday for hands-on drills simulating an active
shooter inside a movie theater. They gathered at the Victoria Gardens
Shopping Center in Rancho Cucamonga. During an early-morning drill,
girls came out screaming for help, and the sheriff’s department went
into the movie theater in full tactical gear and guns drawn as if it
were a real event. Officials have been practicing the drill all week.
The Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department was one of the agencies
participating in the event… Members of the fire department will go in
with a team of armed law enforcement officers before the scene has
been deemed completely safe to treat the seriously wounded. It’s a
technique modeled after what combat soldiers do to treat the wounded
in a war zone. Also, see: Active-shooter drills held in Rancho
Cucamonga by KABC – Los Angeles – Law enforcement agencies in San
Bernardino County worked together for drills simulating an active
shooter inside a theater. (Video)]


Kristin Myricks, IRC employee not at work on 12/2, tells CNN at 3:50PM
EST that mass shooting drills regularly taking place on the IRC campus
since 2014.

“SWAT Team already geared up and in area [before shooting.” -FOX
Business, 4:35PM EST

Much much more at










“… Whether mass shootings are approached as the mainstream reports
them, or as false flags, staged scenarios, or outright hoaxes, there
is a common thread which runs through some of them: official training
exercises held just prior to, or at the same time as, the shootings.”

Eight such events are detailed here:






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no difference

Yes the Dallas cops helped the FBI cops assassinate President Kennedy

Memphis cop Earl Clark assassinated Martin Luther King with the help of the FBI
agents. the Memphis police chief was a former FBI agent.

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December 6 2015

State inmates in solitary confinement surpass 4,000 despite vows to
limit use

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 4:00 AM

In response to a federal lawsuit, state correction officials announced
in February that they would reduce the use of solitary confinement for
pregnant inmates and prisoners under 18.

The number of state prison inmates tossed in solitary confinement has
surpassed 4,000 for the first time in three years, despite vows by
officials to limit its use, the Daily News has learned.

And prison advocates say there’s been an increase since this summer,
due in large part to backlash from correction officers after the June
escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional
Facility upstate.

In response to a federal lawsuit, state correction officials announced
in February that they would reduce the use of solitary confinement for
pregnant inmates and prisoners under 18. The reforms also included
limiting the punishment to 30 days for convicts with developmental

Initially, there was a sharp drop.

The number of inmates in solitary confinement fell to 6.8% of the
total inmate population on June 1, state records show. The 3,621
prisoners in solitary that month marked the lowest total in at least
the last three years.

But it suddenly spiked by almost 300 inmates in July, bringing the
percentage to about 7.4% of the state’s total prison population. By
September, the number of inmates in solitary surpassed 4,000 for the
first time since 2012, records show. On Tuesday, there were 4,029
inmates in solitary, documents show.

“What’s so disturbing is that it has taken years to get some small
change … and that got swept away in three months,” said Jack Beck of
the Correctional Association, one of the nation’s oldest



LAPD misclassified more than 25,000 serious crimes as minor, audit

A report shows LAPD misclassified serious crimes, ommitting them from
the tally of violence over the past seven years.

Poor training, an error-prone records system and widespread confusion
among Los Angeles police led to thousands of serious crimes being
omitted from the city's tally of violence over the past seven years,
an audit by the department's independent watchdog found.

In the report, which was released Friday, Inspector General Alex
Bustamante estimated the LAPD misclassified more than 25,000
aggravated assaults as minor incidents from 2008 to 2014.

The errors meant the number of serious attacks would have been 36%
higher than what the LAPD reported during that time, the audit found.
Aggravated assaults are included in the department's official count of
crime, while the less-serious incidents are not counted.

The number of misclassified crimes was not large enough to alter the
overall crime trends reported by the department from one year to the
next, which included a steady drop in violence until 2014, when the
crime rate began to climb. Bustamante's report echoes the findings of
a Times analysis in October that also concluded the department
misclassified thousands of crimes during an eight-year period ending
in 2012.

However, the inspector general, who had far greater access than The
Times to crime reports and other internal LAPD documents, found
considerably more errors.

The inaccurate statistics "were due to a combination of systemic
issues, procedural deficiencies, department-wide misconceptions about
what constitutes an aggravated assault, and, in a small number of
cases, individual officer error," the audit found.
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In one startling finding, Bustamante wrote that a survey conducted by
department officials in recent years found roughly 70% of LAPD
personnel had received "little or no training" on standardized rules
for reporting crime that are set out by the FBI.

The internal survey also found there was "some confusion" within
department ranks about who was responsible for entering the
information about incidents into the agency's crime database. And
watch commanders, who serve as station supervisors, often wrongly
refer to the state's criminal penal code when making decisions about
how to classify crimes instead of FBI guidelines.
LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years
LAPD underreported serious assaults, skewing crime stats for 8 years

The widespread shortcomings gave rise to a host of problems.

When completing reports on domestic violence cases, for example,
officers and supervisors often failed to specify if the attack was a
serious or minor offense under the FBI rules, Bustamante wrote.
Without knowing which to choose, station clerks "defaulted to the code
indicating simple assault," when documenting incidents into the
department's crime database, Bustamante found. One-fifth of the
misclassified incidents identified by the inspector general fit this
pattern, the report said.

More than a quarter of the errors were due to the LAPD failing to
count cases in which suspects brandished weapons as aggravated

The police commission, a civilian board that oversees the LAPD,
instructed Bustamante to conduct the audit after a 2014 Times
investigation that examined 12 months of LAPD crime data and found
widespread errors in how assaults — including hundreds of stabbings
and beatings — were classified.

In response to that report, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck publicly
acknowledged problems with the department's process for recording
crimes. He launched a series of changes aimed at improving internal
accountability and the training officers receive on how to classify

The reforms implemented last year center around a newly formed team of
detectives responsible for improving the quality of the department's
crime reporting. Known as the Data Integrity Unit, the team has
retrained hundreds of officers who have a role in classifying crimes.
The unit also now conducts spot checks on crime reports from across
the department's regional divisions in search of mistakes.

Bustamante concluded the reforms appear to be showing results as the
LAPD committed errors at about half the rate of previous years in the
first quarter of 2015, the audit found.

Saying the department had worked closely with the inspector general as
he conducted the audit, Assistant Chief Michel Moore acknowledged that
the department had made crime reporting errors. He said the reforms
and increased oversight the department implemented following the Times
investigation have begun to take root and are meant to improve the
accuracy of crime classifications.

The audit, based on a random sample of 3,856 minor crime reports, did
not address the issue of "reclassifications," which happen when a case
is initially documented as serious but later downgraded to a minor
offense. Last year, The Times obtained records on 53 incident reports
and found that one-third were improperly changed.

"Numbers matter, especially when they are reported to the public,"
said Matt Johnson, president of the police commission. "The increase
in aggravated assaults is very troubling and I wish it was identified
sooner, but I'm pleased



FBI agent speaks on JFK 'Assassination Theater'

FBI agent speaks on JFK 'Assassination Theater'
By Eric Shoemaker on December 6, 2015 - 10:44am

The successful Chicago production of “Assassination Theater,” an evidence-inspired recounting of the Chicago mob's involvement in the JFK assassination, sports an Evanston actor and more than a few surprises for the audience member.

The anniversary of the JFK assassination just passed on Nov. 22, and for the occasion, actor Mark Ulrich and real life character-and-FBI-agent Zack Shelton paired up for a panel discussion after the show.

“I was involved with the two initial readings of the play at 16th Street Theater and the Hemingway Museum,” said Ulrich in an interview with Evanston Now. “Zack was in attendance at those readings. The script was new, so we had a lot of questions ready, and what a great resource Zack was. Playing someone like Zack…you feel an extra responsibility trying to get it right. I don’t feel cut from that cloth, so it takes some work on my part.”

“Mark and I got to talk a bit and we got into some of the things in the play that speak a bit more strongly,” said retired FBI agent Shelton. “He does an excellent job. Doesn’t have the New Orleans accent...!” he laughed.

Zack Shelton was in the FBI for 28 years. Much of that time was spent between Chicago and Texas, where he eventually retired and took up private investigation. “It’s mentioned in the play: James Files, a subject of mine in 1980,” said Shelton. “He was an associate of a big mobster in Chicago, selling tractor-trailer loads of goods in Melrose Park, where you had to be in the mob.”

“I gave the information of Files to a private investigator…got together with a producer in California when I retired, and I interviewed Files from there, and the rest is history.” That history is the subject of “Assassination Theater: Chicago's Role in the Crime of the Century,” which reinforces Shelton’s claim that the Chicago mob was responsible for the death of John F. Kennedy.

“I went to Joliet prison and we, Files and I, talked about the case, back in 1980. Basically I threw some names at him, and we talked, he was very pleasant to me, it wasn’t like cop and bad guy, it was like a real personable conversation. He went into how he went down to Dallas, sent there by Nicoletti [mobster], what his role was, and I…he looked me in the eye…” Shelton drifted off.

“I was 50/50 when I left the room; I had more to prove up his story than to disprove the story. Was he there that day? Definitely. Did he take that shot? I’m not 100 percent sure. In my dealings with crooks, they do embellish a lot of their role, and you’ve gotta get through all that…Take what they say with a grain of salt. You get to the point where, why would he say he did it when he didn’t do it?”

Shelton’s further investigation did more to shore up the story than to debunk it. “I talked to a lot of mob people, CIA/FBI agents, and came up with the story,” he said. Then Hillel Levin, the playwright, contacted Shelton about the investigation, they talked about JFK, and Levin began his own research to write the play now staged at the Museum of Broadcast Communications.

“The more I thought about it, the more I liked it, because of what it is- the Museum of Broadcasting,” said Shelton. “Of any place to have it, it’s turned out to be great. In the museum are all of these great people and it fits right in with the tone of the play.”

“We animate all of the characters, but we use their own words,” said Ulrich, when asked about dramatization in the play. “If you hear those guys speaking, it’s what they said. Hillel and Zack [also characters in the play] have opinions, but the others, it’s all what they said.”

“What’s different about this play is, we know what the Warren commission said, what the accepted narrative was in the 60’s, and why it had to be that way, because of the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, the power void that the death of a president creates,” said Ulrich. “There were tremendous pressures that demanded a quick resolution, quick answers, and a quick restoration of power and leadership, and the quelling of anxieties. So we can understand why the Oswald story was necessary."

"But we don’t have those same anxieties, pressures, today. I feel it’s important for us to look at this event knowing that, with fresh eyes, and say ‘we don’t have to accept those things we were told.’ When our children ask us what happened, when we talk about this, what is it we want to say, and what do we know?”

Ulrich believes the play is the perfect conduit for this discussion. “Every American has a responsibility to own our history. In the play, we present a lot of material and it’s in your lap.”

And in terms of Chicago’s blame in the assassination? “We definitely make the case for the mob doing it, but [the play is] even stronger than that because it allows, demands, that the audience be participants,” said Ulrich. The “investigative journalism” style of the play is strongly suited for convincing the audience of a unique perspective, but, being a play, it also leaves room for interpretation.

“People of my age group grew up with this,” said Ulrich. “For me, I don’t remember the event, but I grew up right after it and it was very much- it permeated our awareness of politics and the potential for tragedy. So my connection, and I think everyone who sees the show- has a personal connection with the story even if it's very thin.”

“All my life I’ve never really bought the traditional explanation. While it’s possible, it’s highly improbable,” said Ulrich. “That’s what this play does – Hillel is of my generation, Zack, Hillel, we grew up with the story. I think we all thought there was something fishy about it. I never thought we’d have any satisfying explanation for it. This play attempts to not just add to the noise, when it comes to conspiracy, but to clarify.”

Shelton disagrees somewhat with the interpretation of the play by Levin. “There’s so much to this, I’ve told everybody, it’s a big jigsaw puzzle. If you get a few pieces, it doesn’t mean anything. But if you start putting it together, it starts to make a big picture. To put all that into a two-hour performance, you just can’t do it. There’s so much that I have that’s not in the play."

"In the play, him and I argue- he thinks it was totally the mob, I disagree with him, I think there had to be some government involvement. He doesn’t get into that, he thinks he does, but I disagree with him. But the way he presents it, I don’t think America could accept the fact that our government killed our president, but that the mob did and the government covered it up. I think America can accept that. Of any time in America since that time, today is the time America can accept that truth.”

Shelton skirted around some of the juicier tidbits of the case, leaving it for others to decide for themselves after seeing the play. “There’s a possibility here in the next coupla years that [Files] could get out of jail. There’s some stuff he says he has that may corroborate his story, which I tell him he needs to get to me. There’s one thing he says he has that would prove it; the whole world would believe him then.”

“Assassination Theater: Chicago’s Role in the Crime of the Century” runs through Jan. 31 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago. Tickets are available online or by calling 800-838-3006.

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Can FBI be held liable for targeting Irvine Muslims for surveillance?
Orange County Muslims

Orange County Muslims gather in prayer in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim for Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj on Sept. 23. 2015


Craig Monteilh told the imam that he wanted to embrace his French and Syrian heritage and convert to Islam.

Monteilh adopted an Islamic name, donned Muslim robes and a skull cap, and attended prayers vigilantly. The Islamic Center of Irvine embraced him — until he began talking of violent jihad.

Congregants reported him to the FBI and Irvine police, and then obtained a restraining order against him. Only later did they discover Monteilh was working for the FBI.

A federal appeals court is now considering whether the FBI can be held liable for allegedly indiscriminately targeting Muslims for surveillance. If the court decides the FBI cannot defend itself without revealing state secrets, the court likely would uphold the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by Southern California Muslims.

The review by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes at a time of heightened fear of terrorism and incidents of backlash against innocent Muslims.

Judge Marsha Berzon, in a hearing this month, acknowledged the sensitivity of the matter as she struggled to understand what constituted a state secret. The state secrets doctrine bars litigation of a case if it would expose or threaten to expose matters of national security.

"I just am having real trouble seeing where the line is drawn in this very difficult situation we are in now," Berzon, a Clinton appointee, told a government lawyer.

The government argued it could not defend itself without disclosing state secrets. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney agreed with the government in 2012, dismissing the bulk of the lawsuit on the grounds it would require disclosure of matters vital to national security. Carney reviewed classified information before his decision.

The Southern California Muslim community, represented by the ACLU of Southern California, believes the FBI targeted people solely because of their religion and should be held accountable.

Muslim leaders complained that the spying mission eroded trust in law enforcement at a time when the government needs help from the Muslim community to fight terror.

"The fundamental question is will we be viewed as partners or suspects?" said Edina Likovic, speaking for the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council. "The fear here is that we are being treated publicly as partners and privately as suspects."

About 500,000 Muslims live in Southern California, with more than 120,000 in Orange County, the second-largest population of Muslims in the United States.

Monteilh, who had a falling out with the FBI, has been working with the ACLU.

"I am the principal witness," said the Irvine resident, 53. "All the information they got came from me."

Monteilh said the FBI paid him $177,000 to infiltrate about 12 mosques in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties over the course of 14 months, starting in June 2006. He said his job was to gather as many cellphone numbers and email addresses as possible and to find Muslims who could be compromised because of immigration, sexual or business issues.

Posing as a fitness consultant, Monteilh frequently worked out with Muslims at the gym and secretly recorded them, he said.

"This surveillance was so fruitful that Monteilh's handlers eventually told him they were seeking approval to have him open a Muslim gym," the suit said.

When he agreed to attend prayers at dawn four days a week, he received a pay increase, the suit said. His handlers told him to write down the license plate numbers of the cars in the parking lot, he said.

But at times his devotion raised eyebrows. He attended lessons in Arabic — a language he didn't speak.

He also appeared to be extremely absent-minded. Congregants remembered that he was forever leaving his keys or his cellphone behind. Monteilh later said his phone and a fob on his keys contained recording devices.

During the hearing, a lawyer for the FBI agents said Monteilh had signed a contract saying he would not leave listening devices unattended. Monteilh said he signed no such contract, and the agents knew what he was doing.

Monteilh said he secretly videotaped Muslims through a camera hidden in a button in the front of his shirt.

His identity was revealed during a court hearing. He had a criminal record, and the FBI helped him get off probation early, according to a court transcript.

Monteilh later accused the FBI of breaking promises to him. The FBI has said it does not target people because of their religion and that Monteilh signed a confidentiality agreement.

Monteilh, who unsuccessfully sued the FBI, said he has no regrets about his undercover work. He learned about FBI techniques and methods and policies and now works as a consultant on counterterrorism, he said. His mission unveiled the government's scrutiny of Muslims, he said.

"If I didn't work that case, they would never know they were being spied on 24 hours a day," Monteilh said.

He said his work identified terrorists overseas, although it did not lead to convictions of local Muslims. Monteilh also said he understands why the FBI conducted the surveillance.

"Let's face it, they have to," he said. "That is the only method they can use to be preemptive."

It could take several months before the 9th Circuit rules.

Berzon was the only judge on the panel who asked questions during the hearing. The other two reviewing the case are 9th Circuit Judge Ronald M. Gould and Judge George Caram Steeh III, a district judge from Michigan, both Clinton appointees.

Although she was skeptical of both sides, Berzon told attorneys for the government that their arguments were "circular."

She also observed that another circuit court had found that the government could not invoke the state secret privilege in a lawsuit unless the secrets were an integral part of the government's "meritorious defense," not just a possible defense, an issue a court would have to determine.

"We certainly can't do that if you can't tell us your defense," she said.

Monteilh said he has remained a Muslim, though his conversion initially was a ruse. He said he prays five times a day, studies the Koran and fasts.

But he does not attend a mosque.

"People would freak out if they saw me," he said. "I am a former FBI informant, and that will always be with me."q

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The JFK Assassination: Why CIA’s Richard Helms Lied About Oswald
Not Ancient History — But Preamble to the Present
By Prof Peter Dale Scott
Global Research, December 24, 2015
Who What Why 23 December 2015


[Featured image: DCI Richard Helms, in the White House Cabinet Room. Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from White House / Wikimedia]

The following essay is based on a talk given by Peter Dale Scott at the Third Annual JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas, 2015. (Produced by TrineDay Books, Conscious Community Events, and the JFK Historical Group.)

Why Helms Perjured Himself

I wish in this essay to show how Richard Helms first lied to the Warren Commission about the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald. I argue that his performance, and that of other CIA officials up to the present, constituted significant obstruction of justice with respect to one of this country’s most important unsolved murder cases.

image right: Peter Dale Scott

Furthermore, we can deduce from the carefully contrived wording of Helms’s lies what the CIA most needed to hide: namely, that the CIA had recently launched a covert operation involving the name of Lee Harvey Oswald (and perhaps Oswald himself), only five weeks before President Kennedy was killed.

That operation—either in itself, or because it was somehow exploited by others—would appear to have become a supportive part of the assassination plot. It seems almost certain moreover that the “Oswald operation” became the focal point of the ensuing CIA cover-up, and of Helms’s perjury.

As I relate in my book Dallas ’63: The First Revolt of the Deep State Against the White House, there was culpable lying and cover-up from many others in high places, including individuals in the FBI, the Secret Service, ONI, and probably still more military intelligence agencies.

For example, the FBI first reported truthfully to both LBJ and the Secret Service on November 23 that a recording of someone calling himself “Lee Oswald” in Mexico City had been listened to by FBI agents in Dallas, who were “of the opinion that [the man in Mexico] was not Lee Harvey Oswald”.[1] Two days later Dallas FBI agents, along with the FBI Legat in Mexico City, reported falsely on November 25 that “no tapes were taken to Dallas”.[2] Subsequently the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) used this false report, compounded by false and misleading logic, to conclude that there was no “basis for concluding that there had been an Oswald imposter”.[3]

We should not conclude from the change in the FBI’s story about the tapes that either it, or still less the HSCA, was involved in the Kennedy assassination. It does however seem extremely likely that further investigation of the Oswald imposter in Mexico City would have, one way or another, have led to exposure of the CIA’s Oswald operation exposed in this essay.

The CIA and FBI were not alone in their post-assassination falsification of facts about Oswald. At one point even the Mexican government participated in this high-level cover-up: It supplied when needed a falsified bus manifest and later a falsified version of its statement taken from Cuban Consulate official Silvia Durán.[4]

Without doubt the post-assassination cover-up of what happened was high-level, and widespread.

But the CIA lies differ from those of other agencies in two important respects. First, the CIA was lying about Oswald before the assassination, as well as after. Specifically the CIA lied about Oswald on October 10, 1963, in two important and lengthy outgoing cables, DIR 74673 and 74830, about which I shall say much more.[5] Second, the CIA lies have also continued over time, and can be construed as an on-going obstruction of justice.

One does not need to be a conspiracy theorist to recognize this. Tim Weiner, a New York Times journalist, has written a well-informed book about the CIA, Legacy of Ashes. In that book he, like other mainstream journalists, describes Oswald as a lone assassin. And yet he still acknowledges that the conduct of James Angleton, the CIA’s Chief of Counterintelligence (CI), was “an obstruction of justice.”[6]

Richard Helms Lies to the Warren Commission, March 1964

Let us now look at Helms’s informative lies about the CIA and Oswald. On March 6, 1964, from Richard Helms sent an important memo to J. Lee Rankin of the Warren Commission staff. This memo was the first page of what we know as Warren Commission Document 692, the so-called “CIA’s Official Oswald Dossier.” In this memo, which was declassified in 1973, Helms wrote, “There is attached an exact reproduction of the Agency’s official dossier on Lee Harvey OSWALD beginning with the opening sheet dated 9 December 1960.”[7]

There was a lot concealed by this sentence. To begin with, the CIA did not have just one “official dossier” on Oswald but at least two. Helms was referring to the so-called 201 Counterintelligence file on Oswald. But there was at least one other official Oswald file, in the Office of Security. In addition we know of a so-called “soft file” on Oswald maintained in the Soviet Russia division of the CIA’s Department of Plans, and there may have been more.

Much more importantly, what Helms gave the Commission was far from “an exact reproduction” of the actual Counterintelligence Oswald file. Instead he transmitted a radically curtailed version of it in a new file of March 1964 (XAAZ 22592), which the CIA much later acknowledged was a file “prepared [the CIA’s word] for the Warren Commission.”[8] The word “prepared” is important. Like ONI, and almost certainly the FBI, Helms and the CIA did not deliver “an exact reproduction” of an original Oswald file, but of a file that had been belatedly “prepared” in March for others to see.[9]

CIA Lies about Oswald, October 1963

In the redaction of this 201 file prepared for the Warren Commission the CIA removed the most sensitive and relevant portion of the original: a series of cables in and out of CIA Headquarters concerning Oswald, beginning just six weeks before the assassination.[10] (It is clear from a much later CIA document that the original copies of these cables were located in Oswald’s Counterintelligence file, 201-289248).[11] In their place was a sanitized and in some respects inaccurate description of these messages, supplied earlier as Warren CD 347 of January 31, 1964. In September 1992 a CIA Memo to the National Archives admitted that these cables were only “added [i.e. restored] to the ‘pre-assassination’ [CIA’s quotes] file (XAAZ 22592) after the file was prepared for the Warren Commission.”[12]

(Helms’s memo described the January 1964 memo in the “prepared” file as covering “all substantive developments affecting CIA in the matter of Lee Harvey OSWALD from 9 October to 22 November 1963.” We shall have more to say about this contorted legal language below, when we come to discuss Helms’s perjury.

As most assassinations researchers know, the suppressed materials began with MEXI 6453, a cable from Mexico City on October 9, reporting that “an American male who… said his name [was] Lee Oswald” had spoken of meeting in the Soviet Embassy with the “Consul, whom he believed [to] be Valeriy… Kostikov.”[13] (The source for this cable was LIENVOY, a CIA tap on the Soviet Embassy telephone, which produced the tape listened to on November 23 by FBI agents in Dallas.)

The news in this cable was, if true, important and indeed explosive information. Kostikov was a known KGB agent, and the FBI believed he was also an assassination agent. True or false, the news would become even more sensitive after the Kennedy assassination was blamed on Oswald, setting off what I have called the “Phase One” story that the KGB night have been responsible for the president’s murder. It is now firmly established that this Phase One story (later replaced by the more innocuous Phase Two story that the president was killed by a lone nut) was the story used by Johnson to persuade Chief Justice Ear Warren and others to serve on the Warren Commission.

CIA headquarters, in response to this report, sent out two cables on October 10, which transmitted more information about Oswald that was in places both false and mutually contradictory. The cable to CIA Mexico began with the claim “Lee Oswald who called Sovemb 1 Oct probably identical Lee Henry Oswald… born 18 Oct 1939,” even though the authors of the cable knew very well the real name of the man born in 1939 was Lee Harvey Oswald; “Lee Henry Oswald” was a name invented in 1960 by one of the cable’s authors and used only in some CIA records.[14]

Of the other falsehoods, one will deserve further attention: the claim that “Latest HDQS info was [State] report dated May 1962 saying [State] had determined Oswald is still US citizen and both he and his Soviet wife have exit permits and Dept State had given approval for their travel with their infant child to USA.” [15]


This claim that CIA last heard of Oswald when he was still in Russia was not just absurdly false, it was a lie. The CIA had received many FBI reports since his return, and we know from their CIA Routing Sheets that some of those signing off on the October 10 cable had seen these reports. Just two weeks before the cable, the CIA had received an FBI report of September 24 on Oswald’s arrest in New Orleans; and the Routing Sheet for that report shows that two of the CIA officers who signed off on the cable (John Whitten and Jane Roman) had read it.[16]

(After the two falsified cables were released, CIA Counterintelligence officer Jane Roman was interviewed about them by John Newman and Jefferson Morley. Faced with the clear evidence of falsehood, Roman conceded, “Yeah, I mean I’m signing off on something that I know isn’t true.”[17])

Explanation for CIA October Lies about Oswald: a Counterintelligence LCIMPROVE Operation

One explanation for these pre-assassination falsehoods is relatively clear: the cables were part of a counterintelligence operation. This was confirmed by the release of the MEXI 6453 cable in 1993 with its “action indicator,” LCIMPROVE, no longer redacted.

An LCIMPROVE operation, the CIA later explained to the House Committee on Assassinations, referred to “Counter Espionage involving Soviet intelligence services (worldwide)”,[18] LCIMPROVE operations had targeted Soviet officials in Oswald’s orbit since at least 1959, when one target was the Soviet consul in Finland (Gregory Golub) who issued Oswald a visa to enter the Soviet Union.[19] Another LCIMPROVE target in 1963 was a Soviet Embassy companion of Valeriy Kostikov, who was himself a target of a CIA recruitment operation (“REDCAP”).[20]

Another sign that the cables were part of an operation is that the October 10 reply to Mexico was authenticated by William Hood, the Chief of Operations for the CIA’s Western Hemisphere Division.[21] In other words, a lie on October 10 in a cable about Oswald was not necessarily culpable, merely evidence of a counterintelligence operation.

As I have written in Dallas ’63, falsified copies of documents about Oswald, notably from the State Department, had been used as part of a mole hunt by CI Chief James Angleton from the time of Oswald’s 1959 “defection” to Russia.[22] However the CIA cables about Oswald in October 1963 were unprecedented: the first time that the CIA initiated false information about Oswald and shared it with other agencies.

All of this may have been authorized as part of a counterintelligence operation. But after the assassination Helms’s concealment of the existence of this operation from the Warren Commission was a different matter.


[1] Church Committee Staff memo of March 5, 1976, 1; Miscellaneous Records of the Church Committee, NARA 157-10014-19168 , 3(LBJ); AR 250 (Secret Service). Cf. Memorandum of Belmont to Tolson of 11/23/53: “Dallas agents who listened to the tape allegedly of Oswald…and examined the photographs… were of the opinion that neither the tape nor the recording pertained to Oswald.” Quoted in NARA 157-10014-19168, 5; HSCA, “Oswald, the CIA, and Mexico City” (aka “Lopez Report”), Addendum to Footnote 614, 11 (518). [Throughout these footnotes WR, WH, and WCD refer to the Report, Hearings, and unpublished Documents of the Warren Commission (1964); AR and AH refer to the Report and Hearings of the House Select Committee on Assassinations or HSCA (1979). Legat refers to the FBI representative in Mexico City. NARA #000-00000-00000 refers to a document RIF (reference) number in the National Archives. All those cited in this essay can be seen on line by searching for them by the RIF 13-digit number on the Mary Ferrell Foundation website, http://www.maryferrell.org.]

[2] AR 250 (Dallas FBI agents); Lopez Report, 12 (519) (Legat). The Legat cable is reproduced in NARA 157-10014-19168, 8, but is mostly illegible.

[3] AR 250: “The committee determined that CIA headquarters never received a recording of Oswald’s voice. The Committee concluded, therefore [sic], that the information [that the two voices had been compared and found to be different] was mistaken and did not provide a basis for concluding that there had been an Oswald imposter.” But it was the Dallas FBI, not the CIA, who listened to the recording, which in any case was precisely not “a recording of [Lee Harvey] Oswald’s voice.“ The HSCA Report also said that “at 7:23 p.m. (CST) on November 23, `953, Dallas Special Agent-in-Charge Shanklin advised Director Hoover that only a report of this conversation was available, not an actual tape recording” (AR 250). In fact Shanklin’s cable read, “the actual tape from which this transcript was made has been erased” (Lopez Report, 12 (519). Shanklin’s claim was based on an FBI cable to him from Mexico City saying “CIA has advised that these tapes have been erased” (FBI Cable of November 23 from Eldon Rudd to SAC, Dallas; FBI file MX 105-3702-12, NARA #124-10230-10430). This false claim by the CIA was reversed on November 24; see Scott, Dallas ’63, 25.

[4] Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998), 95-96, citing 24 WH 673, 682; 25 WH 736 (bus manifest); Peter Dale Scott, Oswald, Mexico, and Deep Politics (New York: Skyhorse, 2013), 118-21 (Durán statement).

[5] NARA #104-10015-10052; NARA 3104-10015-10048.

[6] Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (New York: Doubleday, 2007), 230: Angleton’s “conduct was an obstruction of justice.”

[7] Warren CD 692, 1.

[8] Memo of 4 September “1982” [i.e. 1992] for NARA Reviewers, “Oswald 201 File, Pre-Assassination File,” 201-289248, p. 211, http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=95567&search=%22Oswald_201+File%2C+Pre-Assassination+File%22#relPageId=2&tab=page.

[9] For the ONI file prepared for Assistant Secretary of Defense McNaughton, see Peter Dale Scott, Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House, 83-84. The FBI HQ file on Oswald deposited in the National Archive, 105-82555, appears to have been falsified: what is now included as the first recorded serial, 105-82555-1, is apparently a substitute for the original first recorded serial; for the document, a 1959 news story from the Corpus Christ Times about Oswald’s defection, is clearly stamped “NOT RECORDED”.

[10] These cables, together with a CIA Mexico memo of October 16, 1963, are now in the National Archives (and MFF website) as records 104-10015-10047 through 104-10015-10053.

[11] “Russ Holmes Work File,” NARA # 104-10406-10009, 7.

[12] Memo of 4 September “1982” [i.e. 1992] for NARA Reviewers, “Oswald 201 File, Pre-Assassination File,” 201-289248, p. 211. The prepared file that became CD 692 with Helms’s memo of March 1964 was XAAZ 22595 (NARA # 1993.07.20.15:16:21:930270), not “22592” as reported in the 1982 CIA memo. The January 1964 summary (CD 347) was XAAZ 22594 (“A Collection of Cables,” CIA, NARA #104-10422-10021, p, 12/13). XAAZ 22593 concerned the “unidentified individual” who may or may not have been the person who identified himself as “Lee Oswald” in a phone call to the Soviet Embassy (CIA Draft Document, NARA # 104-10213-10022, p. 38). XAAZ 22593 is not on the MFF website.

[13] MEXI 6453 of 9 Nov 1963 to DIR, NARA #104-10015-10047.

[14] DIR 74830 of 10 Oct 1963 to Mexico City, NARA #104-10015-10048.

[15] DIR 74673 of 10 Nov 1963 to State, FBI and Navy, Subject: Lee Henry Oswald, NARA #104-10015-10052.

[16] CIA Routing and Record Sheet for DBA 52355, NARA #104-10015-10046.

[17] Jefferson Morley, “What Jane Roman Said; Part 3: The Interview,” http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/morley3.htm\; John Newman, Oswald and the CIA (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1995), 405.

[18] “LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION,” NARA #104-10061-10115, 23 “Counter Espionage involving Soviet intelligence services (worldwide”), 23; cf. 22. Cf. Bill Simpich, “The JFK Case; the Office that Spied on its Own Spies,” http://www.opednews.com/articles/1/THE-JFK-CASE–THE-OFFICE-by-Bill-Simpich-100310-266.html.

[19] Bill Simpich, The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend, Part Two: An Instant Visa Gets the Marine into Moscow,” http://www.opednews.com/articles/THE-JFK-CASE–THE-TWELVE-by-Bill-Simpich-100830-157.htmll. Cf. e.g. NARA #104-10172-10294, CIA Dispatch of 28 August 1959, REDCAP/LCIMPROVE, “Procuring of Female Companionship for Grigoriy Ye. Golub,”.

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December 28, 2015 | Peter Dale Scott
Why CIA’s Richard Helms Lied About Oswald: Part 3
Not Ancient History -- But Preamble to the Present
Former CIA Director Richard Helms Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from CIA Library

Former CIA Director Richard Helms Photo credit: Adapted by WhoWhatWhy from CIA Library

This is a rumination on lies — layer upon layer of lies — told by US intelligence agencies and other officials about what Lee Harvey Oswald, or someone pretending to be him, was allegedly doing in Mexico City just weeks before the Kennedy assassination. The original goal, it seems, was to associate Oswald, in advance of the events of Dealey Plaza, with the USSR and Cuba.

The essay focuses on tales told by Richard Helms, a top official of the CIA in 1963 who later became its director — and is based on a talk given by Peter Dale Scott.

Scott is the popularizer of the expression, “Deep Politics,” and a virtuoso when it comes to what sometimes seems like grabbing smoke — capturing proof, however elusive, of motives and objectives that could explain the machinations of US intelligence agencies — and then analyzing the residue.

Not all of the chicanery Scott describes is subtle. For example, in an apparent attempt to bring the Russians into the picture, someone delivered to the FBI’s Dallas office a purported audiotape of Oswald calling the Soviet embassy in Mexico City. That failed, though, when FBI agents decided that the voice did not seem to be Oswald’s.

Then, two days later, the FBI joined the subterfuge by falsely reporting that “no tapes were taken to Dallas.” Because of this lie, an investigation more than a decade later by the House Select Committee on Assassinations would erroneously declare that there was no “basis for concluding that there had been an Oswald imposter.” (The existence of an Oswald impersonator in the months before the president’s murder would in and of itself have been prima facie evidence of a conspiracy in Kennedy’s death.)

And then there was the attempt to set up a Soviet agent…

You will probably not be able to keep up with each tall tale, nor does it matter. They have a cumulative effect, one that explains why it is impossible to study these documents without coming away believing in conspiracy.

There is dark humor here — reminiscent of the television sit-com of the 1960’s, “Get Smart” —

about a secret agent who was always telling one lie after another, blissfully unaware that each new lie not only undermined the last one, but any new one that came after:

Smart: I happen to know that at this very minute seven Coast Guard cutters are converging on this boat. Would you believe it? Seven.

Mr.Big: I find that pretty hard to believe.

Smart: Would you believe six?

Mr.Big: I don’t think so.

Smart: Would you believe two cops in a rowboat?

Would you believe that the US intelligence community has been telling us the truth all of these years?

Essay based on talk given by Peter Dale Scott at Third Annual JFK Assassination Conference in Dallas, 2015. (Produced by TrineDay Books, Conscious Community Events, and the JFK Historical Group.)

—WhoWhatWhy Introduction by Milicent Cranor

(This is Part 3 of a three-part series. For Part 1, please go here, and for Part 2, go here.)
The CIA’s Obstruction of Justice in 2015

Now let us compare the CIA’s lying performance in 1964 with its lying performance in 2015. In the wake of the Kennedy assassination, members of many U.S. agencies, including also the FBI, the Office of Naval Intelligence, the U.S. Air Force, and the Secret Service, withheld relevant information from those investigating the murder.[1] But to my knowledge there is in 2015 only one U.S. agency that is still actively maintaining the cover-up – and that is the CIA.

I am referring to the CIA’s declassification and release of a previously classified CIA study by CIA historian David Robarge, “DCI John McCone and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.”[2] The essay is worth reading, and it contains interesting information on such matters as McCone’s relationship with Robert Kennedy. It is also significantly selective: it does not mention for example that McCone only learned late on the night of November 22 that “the CIA had known beforehand of [the alleged] Oswald’s trip to the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City,” nor that as a result McCone “was enraged, ripping into his aides, furious at the way the agency was run.”[3]

Buried within Robarge’s discussion of John McCone and the Commission – a pertinent but hardly central topic – are a more important thesis statement and conclusion about the CIA itself. In the light of what I have just said about Helms, I would charge that both of these statements are false – so false indeed as arguably to constitute, once again, obstruction of justice.

The thesis statement on page 8 is that “Under McCone’s and Helms’s direction, CIA supported the Warren Commission in a way that may best be described as passive, reactive, and selective.” This claims that the CIA’s deception of the Warren Commission was a sin of omission. But no, the CIA was not just passive. Helms perjured himself, just as he lied again in the 1970s.

Worse, the article focuses on the failure of the CIA to tell the Warren Commission about its plots to assassinate Castro, which may very well have been relevant; but in so doing it deflects attention away from the CIA’s suppression of its own LCIMPROVE operation in October involving “Lee Oswald” (or “Lee Henry Oswald”), which unquestionably was of very great relevance.

Worst of all is the article’s conclusion:

Max Holland, one of the most fair-minded scholars of these events, has concluded that “if the word ‘conspiracy’ must be uttered in the same breath as ‘Kennedy assassination,’ the only one that existed was the conspiracy to kill Castro and then keep that effort secret after November 22nd.”
Fidel Castro Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

Fidel Castro Photo credit: Library of Congress / Wikimedia

Of the many things wrong with this sentence, the worst service to truth in my mind is the skillful effort to divert attention away from the Angleton operation involving Oswald, and to focus instead on plots to kill Castro. This is an old ploy dating back to 1965, following in the footsteps of old CIA veterans and friends like Brian Latell and Gus Russo. It allows a writer like Philip Shenon to quote from the Robarge study the old red herring question “Did Castro kill the president because the president had tried to kill Castro?”[4]
Public Attacks in 1963-64 on the CIA’s Operational Capacity

Some people have deduced, from the fact that CIA officials lied, that the CIA killed Kennedy. I myself believe only that some CIA individuals were involved, along with others in other agencies. As I indicated earlier, my working hypothesis is not that the killing was a CIA operation, but that the plot was piggy-backed on an authorized CIA covert operation that was not under secure control and may in part have been outsourced.[5] Some CIA actions before the assassination, notably the protection of Oswald by suppressing the reported allegation that he had been in contact with Kostikov, suggest to me that some members of the CIA CI staff, and in particular CI Chief James Angleton, may have participated to some degree in the piggy-backed plot.

At a minimum, we can say that the CIA, through its Oswald operation, was sufficiently involved in the facts of the assassination to have been embarrassed into a cover-up. We have to recall that in late 1963 the CIA’s covert operations were coming under increasing criticism and attack, initially because of the 1961 Bay of Pigs Operation against Cuba, a total fiasco, but now also because of the developing chaos in Vietnam, particularly after the assassination on November 1, 1963, of Vietnamese president Ngo Dinh Diem and his brother.

We do not know just how aware the CIA was of Kennedy’s expressed vow to friends, first revealed a decade later, “to splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”[6] But objections to the CIA’s covert operations were beginning, to an unprecedented degree, to be voiced in the U.S. media.

On November 20, 1963, the New York Times published a letter, dated November 7, that argued, as did some Congressmen of the period, that “One of the very first steps … should be to strip the CIA immediately of all operational and policy-making powers and confine it to its original function – namely the gathering of information.”[7]

One month earlier, on October 2, Washington News correspondent Richard Starnes had published a blistering attack on the CIA from Saigon (possibly inspired by U.S. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, who was already preparing to be a Republican candidate for president in 1964):

SAIGON, Oct.2 – The story of the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in South Viet Nam is a dismal chronicle of bureaucratic arrogance, obstinate disregard of orders, and unrestrained thirst for power….

Other American agencies here are incredibly bitter about the CIA. “If the United States ever experiences a ‘Seven Days in May’ it will come from the CIA, and not from the Pentagon,” one U.S. official commented caustically. [“Seven Days in May” is a fictional account of an attempted military coup to take over the U.S. Government.][8]

These complaints swelled to a crescendo after November 22. Exactly one month later, President Truman himself wrote in the Washington Post,

“I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency…. For some time, I have been disturbed by the way CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of Government. This has led to trouble and may have compounded our difficulties in several explosive areas. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.”[9]

As David Talbot notes in The Devil’s Chessboard,

“Truman’s explosive piece in The Washington Post, which instantly caught fire and inspired similar anti-CIA editorials in newspapers from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Sacramento, California. Syndicated columnist Richard Starnes, a bête noire of the spy agency, used the Truman op-ed to launch a broadside against the CIA, calling it ‘a cloudy organism of uncertain purpose and appalling power.’ Meanwhile, Senator Eugene McCarthy, another agency critic, weighed in with an essay for The Saturday Evening Post… bluntly titled, ‘The CIA Is Getting Out of Hand.’”[10]

And by the time of Helms’s testimony even McCone, the outside CIA Director appointed by Kennedy, “kept saying that he wanted to get out of the cloak-and-dagger business.”[11]

In other words, Helms’s motives for perjury in 1964, involved far more than the technicality that he had sworn an oath to protect the agency’s secrets. At risk in these crucial months was the preservation of the agency itself, or at a minimum the preservation of its operational capacity. The choice confronting him was not between two conflicting oaths. It was a choice between the survival of the CIA as he knew it, or the survival of America’s justice system and the rule of law as we then knew them.

Helms’s choice was unambiguous, as it was again in 1973, when he “falsely testified [to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] that the CIA had not passed money to the opposition movement in Chile”.[12] He lied, at the expense of justice, to ensure that the CIA would survive. In this he would assuredly have had the support of Angleton. Angleton later testified to the Senate Church Committee that “it is inconceivable that a secret intelligence arm of the government has to comply with all the overt orders of the government.”[13]
The 1960s and 1970s Conflict: Public State versus Deep State

In Dallas ’63 I argue that these two decades, the sixties and seventies, were a crucial period in American history, two decades in which the American constitutional state and its structural deep state (including the CIA) were opposing each other and struggling to see which power would prevail over the other.[14]

It is noteworthy that in 1973, when Helms perjured himself again, not only the agency’s but his own personal career were again at risk.[15] In December 1972, after the Watergate break-in, Nixon believed Helms “was out to get him;” and accordingly he banished Helms to be Ambassador in Iran. He then he gave orders to Helms’s replacement, James Schlesinger, “to turn the place inside out.”[16]

In The American Deep State, I argue that, by banishing Helms to Iran, Nixon had heightened a conflict between the two forms of power (the state and the deep state), a conflict in which he, and not Helms, would become the victim. I believe that Tehran became a new center for Helms’s machinations, in conjunction with the intelligence agencies of Iran, France, and Saudi Arabia.

In 1976, after it became evident the new president Carter would resume the efforts to trim the agency, Helms became part of an organized offshore network (the so-called “Safari Club”) of these foreign intelligence agencies, which resumed the covert operations (notably in Angola) that were being curtailed by the combined efforts of the president and Congress.[17] Then, in 1980 (in the so-called Republican October Surprise), CIA veterans combined with leaders of the Safari Club to defeat Carter’s bid for re-election, and elect instead Ronald Reagan,[18]

Given this evolution of events, I conclude that Helms’s perjuries significantly affected the history of this country. They were a vital part of an on-going process whereby, after the Reagan Revolution of 1980, the constitutional deep state was now subordinated to the needs and priorities of the structural deep state (including, but not limited to, the CIA). One of these needs, ever since 1963, has been to preserve the threadbare fiction that Lee Harvey Oswald by himself killed the president, and no one in the CIA was involved in any way.

How can we make the American people more aware that elements of the CIA lied about the assassination in 1964, and are still lying today? How are we to deal with the widespread climate of denial in our media and academies?

To pursue the truth about these matters is to position oneself outside the mainstream-supported structure of ideas. And we have learned from experience that there are severe limits to the amount of assistance we can expect in that pursuit from either Congress or the courts.

The truth, however, can be a powerful political weapon. So can justice. So I hope we will all continue to dedicate ourselves to this very slow, but undying and rewarding effort, to make truth and justice prevail.


[1] See Scott, Dallas ’63.

[2] David Robarge, “DCI John McCone and the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy,” Studies in Intelligence, Vol .57 No. 3 (September 2013), http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB493/docs/intell_ebb_026.PDF.

[3] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, 224; cf. 239: “McCone kept saying that he wanted to get out of the cloak-and-dagger business.” The response of Thomas Karamessines, Helms’s Assistant Deputy Director of Plans, was to order that no more messages “to DCI [McCone]… too confusing” (Handwritten CIA record, “Document Concerning Name Trace Requests and Results,” NARA #104-10015-10013

[4] Philip Shenon, “Yes, the CIA Director Was Part of the JFK Assassination Cover-Up,” Politico, October 6, 2015, http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/10/jfk-assassination-john-mccone-warren-commission-cia-213197. I have described this suggestion that the assassination was a plot that “backfired” as a “Phase Three” story, following (but not in time) the Phase One Story that Castro (or the KGB) did it, and gthe Phase Two Story that “Oswald acted alone.” See Peter Dale Scott, “William Pawley, the Kennedy Assassination, and Watergate: TILT and the “Phase Three” Story of Clare Boothe Luce,” GlobalReseearch.ca, November 28, 2012, http://www.globalresearch.ca/william-pawley-the-kennedy-assassination-and-watergate-tilt-and-the-phase-three-story-of-clare-boothe-luce/5313486.

[5] For my similar hypothesis that the 9/11 plot was piggy-backed on an authorized operation, see Scott, The American Deep State (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), 133.

[6] Tom Wicker et al., “C.I.A.: Maker of Policy, or Tool?” New York Times, April 25, 1966; quoted in James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2014), 15; cf. Jack Anderson, San Francisco Chronicle, March 3, 1967.

[7] New York Times, November 20, 1963, letter from Harold W. Thatcher, of Forty Fort, Pa,; cf. http://jfkcountercoup.blogspot.com/2012/04/rex-blows-collins-radio-cia-cover.html

[8] Richard Starnes, Washington News, October 2, 1963. As James Douglass points out, the Starnes story was discussed at a National Security Council meeting the same day: “The President then asked what we should say about the news story attacking CIA which appeared in today’s Washington Daily News. He read a draft paragraph for inclusion in the public statement but rejected it as being too fluffy. He felt no one would believe a statement saying that there were no differences of view among the various U.S. agencies represented in Saigon. He thought that we should say that now we had a positive policy endorsed by the National Security Council and that such policy would be carried out by all concerned.”

[9] Harry S. Truman, “Limit CIA Role To Intelligence,” Washington Post, December 22, 1963, http://www.maebrussell.com/Prouty/Harry%20Truman’s%20CIA%20article.html.

[10] David Talbot, The Devil’s Chessboard (New York: Harper, 2015), 569.

[11] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes, 239.

[12] Melvin Allan Goodman, Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), 286.

[13] Mangold, Cold Warrior, 351.

[14] Scott, Dallas ’63, 170-78. Cf. Scott, The American Deep State, 101-08.

[15] President Nixon had long mistrusted both Helms and the CIA, and was looking for ways to be less dependent on them. Meanwhile Helms was very close to former CIA officer Howard Hunt, now working for Nixon; and Hunt may well have been informed Helms of Hunt’s trip to Miami in April 1971, to recruit Cuban exiles for a new operational group, outside the CIA, that would be backed by the Nixon White House. See Stanley Kutler, The Wars of Watergate (New York: Knopf, 1990), 113, 200-03 (“close to Hunt); E. Howard Hunt, Undercover: A Memoir of an American Secret Agent (New York: Berkley, 1974), 144; cited in Lamar Waldron, Watergate, the Hidden History (Berkeley: Counterpoint, 2012), 472 (“operational group”).

[16] Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: 374; Scott, Dallas ’63, 174.

[17] Scott, American Deep State, 26-27.

[18] Scott, American Deep State, 27-29, 103-06.

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Can FBI be held liable for targeting Irvine Muslims for surveillance?
Orange County Muslims

Orange County Muslims gather in prayer in the parking lot of Angel Stadium in Anaheim for Eid al-Adha to mark the end of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj on Sept. 23. 2015


Craig Monteilh told the imam that he wanted to embrace his French and Syrian heritage and convert to Islam.

Monteilh adopted an Islamic name, donned Muslim robes and a skull cap, and attended prayers vigilantly. The Islamic Center of Irvine embraced him — until he began talking of violent jihad.

Congregants reported him to the FBI and Irvine police, and then obtained a restraining order against him. Only later did they discover Monteilh was working for the FBI.

A federal appeals court is now considering whether the FBI can be held liable for allegedly indiscriminately targeting Muslims for surveillance. If the court decides the FBI cannot defend itself without revealing state secrets, the court likely would uphold the dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by Southern California Muslims.

The review by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals comes at a time of heightened fear of terrorism and incidents of backlash against innocent Muslims.

Judge Marsha Berzon, in a hearing this month, acknowledged the sensitivity of the matter as she struggled to understand what constituted a state secret. The state secrets doctrine bars litigation of a case if it would expose or threaten to expose matters of national security.

"I just am having real trouble seeing where the line is drawn in this very difficult situation we are in now," Berzon, a Clinton appointee, told a government lawyer.

The government argued it could not defend itself without disclosing state secrets. U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney agreed with the government in 2012, dismissing the bulk of the lawsuit on the grounds it would require disclosure of matters vital to national security. Carney reviewed classified information before his decision.

The Southern California Muslim community, represented by the ACLU of Southern California, believes the FBI targeted people solely because of their religion and should be held accountable.

Muslim leaders complained that the spying mission eroded trust in law enforcement at a time when the government needs help from the Muslim community to fight terror.

"The fundamental question is will we be viewed as partners or suspects?" said Edina Likovic, speaking for the Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council. "The fear here is that we are being treated publicly as partners and privately as suspects."

About 500,000 Muslims live in Southern California, with more than 120,000 in Orange County, the second-largest population of Muslims in the United States.

Monteilh, who had a falling out with the FBI, has been working with the ACLU.

"I am the principal witness," said the Irvine resident, 53. "All the information they got came from me."

Monteilh said the FBI paid him $177,000 to infiltrate about 12 mosques in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties over the course of 14 months, starting in June 2006. He said his job was to gather as many cellphone numbers and email addresses as possible and to find Muslims who could be compromised because of immigration, sexual or business issues.

Posing as a fitness consultant, Monteilh frequently worked out with Muslims at the gym and secretly recorded them, he said.

"This surveillance was so fruitful that Monteilh's handlers eventually told him they were seeking approval to have him open a Muslim gym," the suit said.

When he agreed to attend prayers at dawn four days a week, he received a pay increase, the suit said. His handlers told him to write down the license plate numbers of the cars in the parking lot, he said.

But at times his devotion raised eyebrows. He attended lessons in Arabic — a language he didn't speak.

He also appeared to be extremely absent-minded. Congregants remembered that he was forever leaving his keys or his cellphone behind. Monteilh later said his phone and a fob on his keys contained recording devices.

During the hearing, a lawyer for the FBI agents said Monteilh had signed a contract saying he would not leave listening devices unattended. Monteilh said he signed no such contract, and the agents knew what he was doing.

Monteilh said he secretly videotaped Muslims through a camera hidden in a button in the front of his shirt.

His identity was revealed during a court hearing. He had a criminal record, and the FBI helped him get off probation early, according to a court transcript.

Monteilh later accused the FBI of breaking promises to him. The FBI has said it does not target people because of their religion and that Monteilh signed a confidentiality agreement.

Monteilh, who unsuccessfully sued the FBI, said he has no regrets about his undercover work. He learned about FBI techniques and methods and policies and now works as a consultant on counterterrorism, he said. His mission unveiled the government's scrutiny of Muslims, he said.

"If I didn't work that case, they would never know they were being spied on 24 hours a day," Monteilh said.

He said his work identified terrorists overseas, although it did not lead to convictions of local Muslims. Monteilh also said he understands why the FBI conducted the surveillance.

"Let's face it, they have to," he said. "That is the only method they can use to be preemptive."

It could take several months before the 9th Circuit rules.

Berzon was the only judge on the panel who asked questions during the hearing. The other two reviewing the case are 9th Circuit Judge Ronald M. Gould and Judge George Caram Steeh III, a district judge from Michigan, both Clinton appointees.

Although she was skeptical of both sides, Berzon told attorneys for the government that their arguments were "circular."

She also observed that another circuit court had found that the government could not invoke the state secret privilege in a lawsuit unless the secrets were an integral part of the government's "meritorious defense," not just a possible defense, an issue a court would have to determine.

"We certainly can't do that if you can't tell us your defense," she said.

Monteilh said he has remained a Muslim, though his conversion initially was a ruse. He said he prays five times a day, studies the Koran and fasts.

But he does not attend a mosque.

"People would freak out if they saw me," he said. "I am a former FBI informant, and that will always be with me."q

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LBJ: The Mastermind of JFK’s Assassination

The 2013 softcover edition of LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination is now available, marking the 50 year anniversary of JFK's assassination. This is an updated version of the original Skyhorse hardcover edition, first published in 2011.

This book is about a man whose long history of criminal behavior has been documented, even in the absence of a court conviction for any of it. His underlying mental issues -- a deadly combination of personality (narcissistic and sociopathic) and psychiatric (bi-polar and paranoia) disorders, all untreated until he left the presidency, formed the manic condition with which he climbed the political ladder. His success in brazenly stealing the 1948 Senate election, followed by a series of murders gave him ever-increasing confidence to go further in his criminal activities. His involvement with the Billie Sol Estes scandals in the mid-1950s, through selling his powerful influence to facilitate the Estes frauds against the government, was widely reported on in 1962, yet he cunningly escaped indictment through sheer willpower, threats against Estes and at least five murders of men who could have connected him to the crimes, all of them still "unsolved cold cases" fifty years later. The murder of his sister Josefa was also directed by Johnson in this same period of time, according to Estes. As soon as that scandal had been swept under the rug in 1962, the Bobby Baker scandals followed in 1963, threatening to end his political career through certain censure by the Senate and Justice Department indictments to follow. The only way out for the vice president was to succeed the president, and that meant "He had to go" (which was exactly how Johnson phrased his orders to kill people who got in his way, according to U.S. Marshal Clint Peoples, who was eventually killed by persons unknown, twenty years after Johnson died).

The premise of the book, and the term "Mastermind", is that there had to have been one key person who was the single most important catalyst behind the JFK assassination who would have provided the "critical mass" required to bring all other elements together and held them together throughout the planning and execution of the 1963 coup d'etat. That person would have necessarily been someone who had the power to assure the others that they would succeed and be protected from discovery and prosecution afterwards; he would have to be someone who recruited and marshaled all the others and he would had to have influence across the federal government bureaucracy as well as the Texas state and local judicial and law enforcement agencies. Lyndon Johnson was uniquely positioned to fulfill all of these requirements and be able to provide the unifying "driving force" required to pull of "The Crime of the 20th Century."

It is an axiom in human relationships and group dynamics that such an audacious, potentially devastating trauma for the country (and the world), that would have meant death sentences for the culprits, had they been caught, would have required a powerful person behind it, who championed the cause from the start. A fundamentally important requirement was that such a singular, manic and obsessive person fill the role of the "driving force" behind would have been essential to ensure success and that person would have to be in a position to offer protection for everyone else involved (except, of course, the "patsy"). It could have therefore only succeed with such a "Mastermind" behind the wheel.

The notion that such a force could have emanated from a number of men working together to effect the murder of the president hinges on its being born and championed forcefully by multiple plotters at the same level of power. All of the men (or women) involved would have had to have been equally obsessed, similarly depraved and consistently sociopathic. Yet such a plot is not something that could have even been openly discussed among officials, certainly not deliberated at committee meetings in boardrooms on Wall Street in New York, or K Street in Washington, with votes taken according to Robert's Rules of Order, by equally responsible individuals. Such a notion falls is demonstrably improbable, at best.

Read LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination, for the complete story of how Lyndon B. Johnson manipulated people throughout his life to perform the most vile and heinous acts, leading up to the murder of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

Book Summary: LBJ: From Mastermind to The Colossus

Another book, a "sequel" of sorts, will be published in 2014, titled LBJ: From Mastermind to The Colossus. The new book will validate and vindicate with new evidence many of the assertions made in the first book. Furthermore, it will reveal even more of his treasonous actions as President.

The new book begins where LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK assassination left off. It reconnects the previous themes and stories begun in the earlier book and reviews how he created a false image of himself as a great leader. The book examines Johnson's actual historical imprint which he then attempted to mitigate through pushing Congress to enact long-dormant legislation, bills that he had previously impeded, always insisting that “the timing wasn't right.” Moreover, it shows that the passage of his

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Was Ted Cruz’s father in on the JFK assassination plot while living in New Orleans in 1963?





“In Defence of Single-Member Plurality” (footnotes removed):

“Parties evolved in our system so that the House of Commons could support a government. The proponents of proportional representation have got it all backwards: parliament does not exist in order to serve parties; instead, it exists in order to support a government that can carry out the Queen’s business. Unlike the horseshoe-shaped consensus parliaments of Continental European, which reformers here exalt, our House of Commons consists of two sides; to the Speaker’s right sits the Ministry and government backbenchers, and to his left sits the opposition, the largest party of which acts as the government-in-waiting. As Peter Hitchens argues:

The electoral system is not there for the good of the parties, but for the good of the country.It has two irreplaceable and unique characteristics. The first is that it provides strong government, constantly challenged by a vigilant and ambitious opposition.The next is that it allows the people, when enraged or otherwise disappointed by a bad government, to turn it out completely.

In short, single-member plurality is for the good of the country; the in contrast, proportional systems serve political parties themselves, particularly small irrelevant parties like the Greens which exist only in the hope of achieving what Pepall calls a grossly disproportionate “imbalance of power” in hung parliaments by suspending itself like the Sword of Damocles over the government’s head and extorting absurd demands from it in order to cater to the narrowest slices of the electorate. Under mixed-member proportional, we could no longer say that we elect members of parliament alone; instead, with one ballot, we would elect some members, and on another we would elect parties instead, but not the lists that determine the order in which parties fill up their quotas or the proportional seats distributed in order to match their share of seats with their seat of the popular vote. Proportional representation — whether pure or mixed-member proportional — springs from the false and presumed premise that the House of Commons exists to support parties, when in fact parties evolved in order to support ministries that could successfully carry out the Queen’s business and sustain their parliamentary majorities. Political parties aggregate interests and exist in order to form government, and being in government is about taking responsibility for acts of the Crown and making decisions. Governing is about making decisions to the exclusive of all others; it is not about making multiple decisions in proportion to the share of votes that different parties and their platforms won in the previous general election. Ultimately, this is why the people as a whole — the constituent body of the realm — will invariably be unhappy or dissatisfied with what the government of the day does. As Pepall says, “to govern is to choose.””

It is nothing short of staggering that this voting reform movement in Canada occurs at exactly the same time that we have before us a spectacular exhibition in Europe of the systematic weaknesses of various alternatives to ‘first past the post’.

“Immigrant Crisis: Facts, Myth or Plot?” Europe will survive the refugees, but can it survive the fascism?

“What US Congress Researchers Reveal About Washington’s Designs on Syria” by Stephen Gowans.

“Trudeau’s ISIS policy gets an assist from Obama—and Harper”:

“One possible interpretation, which I suspect you will find represented in the comment section below this post soon enough, is that the Obama crowd are so thoroughly unable to find their own hindquarters with a map and a flashlight that they don’t even know when they have been hung out to dry by quislings.”

We’re reached Peak Satire, the point where the headlines of the Jew-controlled mainstream media are identical to the headlines of the Jew-controlled satirical media: “Syrian Opposition Groups Sense U.S. Support Fading”

“Routine Proceedings” An excellent blog on the minutiae of Canadian Parliamentary politics, including a detailed description, complete with fashion notes (!), of each Question Period (both main opposition parties in Canada are currently completely incapable of asking useful questions).

“This Is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants”: ‘muscular’. indeed.

“Now we are One…”:

“We take it as an achievement that the Guardian has recently made it clear it will ban people from commenting if they link to OffG, because we make – in their own words – “statements of fact regarding our journalists credibility.””

“Jiantao Culture & Flint Water Crisis: Why Not Use Chinese Methods?” Shoot the politicians and bureaucrats involved and send their families bills for the bullets.

“Sirhan Sirhan, Robert Kennedy’s killer, is denied parole a 15th time” Needless to say, the fact that it was physically and geometrically – I’d like to say trajectorially – impossible for him to have done the crime for which he is in jail does not enter into the deliberations. “RFK Friend to Raise Doubts About Sirhan Guilt at Parole Hearing”. The authorities are sheepish about it: “Why New Ban on Televising Sirhan Parole Hearing?”. “‘The girl in the polka dot dress'”.

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Faster Than Thought: DARPA, Artificial Intelligence, & The Third Offset Strategy


on February 11, 2016 at 4:00 AM

“… if the battle is too fast and too complex for the human brain to handle….”


[Ed.: When it comes to unraveling spaghetti, an effective approach is to cover it with homemade sauce (recipe on request) served with meatballs and garlic toast and then twirl it on a fork. When you make the pasta, don’t rinse it with cold water!]]


“What’s more outrageous than having a police officer shoot an unarmed 12-year-old, failing to provide medical care, keeping his family forcibly from the scene, and then declining to indict the officer for the death? In most cases, little. But the city of Cleveland has found a way: It is suing Tamir Rice’s family for not paying the ambulance bill after a Cleveland cop shot and killed the boy in November 2014…..”


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“… Americans, both left and right, are ill informed when it comes to their leaders. Most Americans would be horrified to learn that many of the neoconservatives behind America’s permanent war culture learned their trade under the tutelage of RAND military analyst Albert Wohlstetter, a follower of Leon Trotsky, the leader of the Red Army and a close compatriot to Vladimir Lenin during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

Wohlstetter was one of the many godfathers of the neoconservative political movement. Over the course of 30 years he moved seamlessly from Communism to Capitalism and between Republicans and Democrats, even secretly misadvising John F. Kennedy’s Presidential campaign about a “bomber gap” that didn’t exist. In the process he helped to shift American political and military thinking toward permanent war by applying the political philosophy of none other than Leon Trotsky.

Americans would have to reexamine every assumption they have about their political system when they realize the core, flag-waving architects of Ronald Reagan’s New Right were Trotskyites. Had it not been for Joseph Stalin, they might have been running the Soviet Union but, instead, they are now running the United States…. ”







Yesterday’s Hemmings newsletter was loaded with goodies: a 1985 Citroen 2CV (deux chevaux), a 1970 Marcos 3 Litre GT, a 1989 Avanti convertible, and a re-assembled-from-original-parts Tucker headed for the auction block in April and expected to be sold for $950,000 to $1,250,000.








February 10-11, 2016 — Why election anomalies are now the standard to be ignored

(in: GENERAL ARCHIVES February 2016)

Feb 10, 2016

Practically impossible election results reported from New Hampshire.

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This is the 1st 6.5 hrs. of the conference. As you might expect the major issue is with the microphone.


Judyth Baker presents JFK Conference Live
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Volkswagen plans big changes, betting on electric cars and other new technology


Cambridge police defend sergeant’s actions in video-recorded encounter
By The Boston Globe November 22, 2016
An internal investigation into a Cambridge police sergeant who detained a Dorchester man for allegedly bumping into him found no wrongdoing, the department said in a statement posted online Tuesday.

Responding to a Globe story published Tuesday morning and to video of the incident in Porter Square, the Cambridge Police Department statement said Detective Sergeant Thomas Ahern’s “actions were consistent with his duty obligations.”

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FBI Presstitutes


Fighting for Civil Rights: FBI in Mississippi
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The FBI has a long history of taking down the bad guys and stopping crime with agents all over the country. But it wasn't always that way. In a special two-part series, Newscenter 11 takes a look at how the FBI in Miss

After assassinating Martin Luther King FBI decides
to diversify.


Houston FBI Looking For Special Agents
From the FBI Houston Field Office: Partner with the FBI to help us diversify our Special Agent workforce. Through the Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) Program 


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Sep 3, 2016 - William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King. ... Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to ...

Montgomery County community calendar, Nov. 24-Dec. 1, 2016
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The late FBI agent Steven Carr, who cracked the case, lived in the Damascus area. 3-4:30 p.m. Damascus Library, 9701 Main St., Damascus. 240-773-9444.


'Model' New Orleans cop had secret life for years as serial sexual predator, police say

NOV 21, 2016 - 10:45 PM (68)

For years, the New Orleans Police Department held Marcellus White out as a model cop. His work mentoring young Iberville housing development residents won him an “Angel Award,” glowing newspaper profiles and the praise of future NOPD Superintendent Eddie Compass.

But lurking beneath the surface, New Orleans police now allege, was a serial sexual predator.

White now stands accused of molesting and assaulting at least four boys over the course of 16 years.

On Monday, he was rebooked on 13 new sex crimes counts, two months after he was first accused of raping a

FBI Octopus

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Walter Lamar, Blackfeet/Wichita, is a former FBI special agent, deputy director of BIA law enforcement, and is currently president of Lamar Associates. He said: ...


The missed opportunities to catch a serial killer: Scotland Yard is under investigation for failing to stop a gay chef who drugged, raped and murdered men he met online
Stephen Port, 41, met young men online before poisoning them
He was today found guilty of murdering four men at his London flat
Scotland Yard admits 'missed opportunities' in catching him
17 officers - including a detective inspector - referred to watchdog
Victim's family said they had to 'force' the police to investigate properly
Police are reviewing 58 other deaths in the capital linked to the drug GHB

PUBLISHED: 05:45 EST, 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:07 EST, 23 November 2016

Stephen Port met his victims on gay hook-up sites before raping or killing them. He was today convicted of four murders, four rapes and four sexual assaults

The Met Police is under investigation for failing to stop the almost identical killings of four young men who were lured to their

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3960026/Stephen-Port-guilty-murder.html#ixzz4QrVpUJp6


Four Texas women known as the "San Antonio 4" were declared innocent Wednesday after they served nearly 15 years for child sex crimes they did not commit.

The majority opinion issued by Texas Court of Criminal Appeals states that Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez did not sexually assault two young girls, and as a result the four women could become eligible for millions of dollars in state compensation.

"We can't believe it!" Vasquez said, reacting to the ruling on Wednesday, according to News 4 San Antonio.

"It's going to be a very good Thanksgiving for all four of them," said lawyer Mike Ware of the the Innocence Project. "The court has issued a very well-reasoned and excellent opinion. Really a courageous opinion."

Woman could be freed from prison after 16 years as niece recants sexual assault claim
Ware said he will ask the court to quickly issue a formal mandate, after which the women would be able to file a claim that could pay each of them $80,000 for each year spent in prison.

The "San Antonio 4" were convicted in 1998 after two of Ramirez's nieces, ages 7 and 9, accused them of sexually assaulting and threatening to kill them four years earlier. Ramirez was sentenced to at least 37 years in prison, and the other three received 15 years.

Three of


Massachusetts trooper convicted of punching girlfriend gets probation

November 23, 2016
SALEM, Mass. — A suspended Massachusetts state trooper who was convicted of punching his former girlfriend in the head has received probation.

A Salem Superior Court jury convicted Thomas Downs of assault and battery Tuesday after a five-day trial.

Prosecutors said the victim was attempting to leave the Salisbury home she shared with Downs on Feb. 22, 2015, when he blocked her car from leaving and punched her in the head several times. She suffered multiple contusions.

Downs was acquitted of a suffocation


Federal prosecutors form new unit aimed at reducing violent crime

Sanford Police Chief Cecil Smith speaks before a Black Lives Matter march and rally in Sanford on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)
Stephanie Allen, Orlando Sentinel
2:05 pm, November 23, 2016
When several investigators approached Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith earlier this year about violent activity they were seeing in the city, the veteran law enforcement officer had an idea about who might be able to help stop it: The feds.

He couldn't have predicted, though, that his idea would eventually prompt the U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando to create a special prosecution unit aimed at ridding Central Florida of violent criminals.

Or that it would lead to partnerships for other local law enforcement agencies throughout the area.

Smith said his investigators had noticed there were a few small groups of people involved in the majority of violent crimes in Sanford. Some had been arrested before, but they rarely stayed off the streets for long.

"One of the big problems we were having was getting the prosecutions done and getting the longer jail sentences," Smith said.

Smith needed help getting the most dangerous suspects out of the community.

So, he reached out to Roger Handberg, chief assistant U.S. Attorney in Orlando, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about working together on some of the cases that might involve a federal crime. He then contacted Seminole-Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer's office and everyone decided it'd be in their best interests to start working together.

Several months and 65 arrests later, Sanford officers had recovered 56 guns and the U.S. Attorney's Office had charged four people with federal gun crimes. The other 61 suspects faced various state charges and as of earlier this month, more than 20 have already been sentenced.

Handberg said the partnership was working so well it only seemed logical to keep it going, and to open it up to other agencies in Central Florida. He assigned four prosecutors — unofficially dubbed the "gun unit" — to focus on crimes involving firearms and especially dangerous criminals.

In May, the unit reached out the Orange County Sheriff's Office and Orlando Police Department about partnering, and during the past few months have been working on cases with Volusia County officials. Handberg said the number of gun-crime prosecutions his office has done this year is already up more than 50 percent over last year.

'Long-term problem' arrested

Jesse Ingram has been arrested more than 40 times in Florida on charges ranging from aggravated assault with a weapon to shooting into a vehicle, but has spent no more than three years in state prison after a burglary arrest in the early 2000s, records show.

The 34-year-old Apopka resident is a registered felon and accused street gang leader who has several times been accused of illegally carrying a weapon, Orange County court records show. More than once, though, including after an arrest in January 2015 when he was accused of threatening and trying to bribe a witness into not testifying against him, prosecutors ended up dropping the charges.

"Over 40 times, he had been in-and-out of the state system and every time he would be back," FBI Supervisory Special Agent Justin Crenshaw said. "...He was a real long-term problem for Apopka PD."

And, he's the exact type of person Crenshaw said officials are hoping the gun unit will remove from the community.

Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested Ingram in August


KING: Black teen James Means killed by remorseless white man

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 12:05 PM

James Means, A 15-Year-Old Teen Shot And Killed At A Dollar General Store
NY Daily News

James Means.

You will know this name. Tragically, it now belongs in the ever-increasing roll call of unarmed black victims of racial violence.

On this past Monday evening, outside of a Dollar General Store in Charleston, West Virginia, 15-year-old James Means, was shot and killed by William Ronald Pulliam, 62, police said.

Means, like Emmett Till and Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin before him, did nothing to ever even warrant a confrontation from Pulliam. Witnesses claim that what set Pulliam off was that Means accidentally bumped into him while entering the store.

KING: Oregon white supremacist chases down, kills black teen

James Means, 15, was shot and killed on Monday. (HANDOUT)
After Pulliam left the store, the two exchanged words a second time, and Pulliam shot the teen twice in the abdomen, leaving him to die, then proceeded to go home, eat dinner, then go hang out at a friend's house, according to a criminal complaint.

In 2012, when Michael Dunn shot and killed teenager Jordan Davis because the music in his friend's car was too loud, he did virtually the same thing. Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, after firing 10 rounds into the car full of teenagers, went back to his hotel room, watched television, ordere


White supremist runs down, kills black teen

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‘Not lawful’: Sharyl Attkisson wants to know why FBI won’t let her see her file
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— Mark Overby (@Mark_Overby) November 24, 2016
Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is claiming that the FBI won’t give her access to the file they’ve apparently got on her — and she’s


A judge tossed a lawsuit Thursday brought by an Upper West Side high school teacher who said she was fired for teaching her class about the Central Park Five.

English teacher Jeena Lee-Walker had said in her suit that administrators at High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry railroaded her after she talked to students about the controversial case.

Her bosses asked the lessons on the Central Park Five should be more “balanced” and worried they could “rile up” black students” and cause “riots,” she alleged in her suit.

But Manhattan Federal Judge John Koeltl ruled that Lee-Walker’s suit failed on legal grounds because her speech in the classroom was not protected by the First Amendment.

“The plaintiff’s speech was the speech of a public employee pursuant to her official duties,” Koeltl wrote.

“Although the plaintif


La. politician in sexting scandal with teen says he is not gay

Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 3:31 PM

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The Louisiana politician who refused to step down following a sexting scandal with a 17-year-old boy admits he made a "stupid" mistake, but insists that there was no sexual contact and that he is not gay.

Jefferson Parish President Michael Yenni, who is married, told WVUE in an extensive interview that texting with the teen was "one of the stupidest decisions that I've ever made."

"This is a mistake that I made that I shouldn't have done, being a married man, being a father and being an elected official," he told reporter Lee Zurik.

Yenni, a Republican, was mayor of Kenner when the improper behavior took place. The FBI is investigating the texts, and officials in the area have called for Yenni to resign.

La. politician refuses to resign despite teen sexting scandal

Michael Yenni admits texting with 17-year-old boy was "stupid." (ELECTMIKEYENNI.COM)
The teen told WWL that he met Yenni at a school function, and then the pol began visiting him where he worked and gave him designer underwear. The teen said that Yenni kissed him.

When asked by Zurik if he meant what he wrote to the teen, Yenni answered "probably not, because nothing was acted upon."

"You know, there was ... there was no sex, you know?" Yenni told Zurik. "Everybody thinks, oh, something sexual happened. But


FBI coverup of
JFK assassination

DAILY NEWS CONTRIBUTOR Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 PM

A very wise man once wrote, "The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie— deliberate, contrived, and dishonest — but the myth-persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

This "wise man" was none other than John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. And though he wasn't talking about his own death, he could have been, based on the mythical dialogue that was perpetuated to the American public within a few short days after he died on Nov. 22, 1963.

Distortions of what truly happened permeated instantly after FBI director J. Edgar Hoover first advocated the "Oswald Alone" theory when he called White House aide Walter Jenkins and told him, "The thing I am most concerned about and so is (Assistant Attorney General) Mr. Katzenbach is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin."

Hoover then instructed aide Clyde Tolson to "prepare a memorandum to the attorney general setting out the evidence that Oswald was responsible for the shooting that killed the president."

President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in 1963
Soon Hoover's edict was conveyed to the American people and the myth spread far and wide despite the presence of a viable motive: Lee Harvey Oswald had singlehandedly shot and killed JFK.

And, yes, the American people bought that garble and thus began decades of belief/denial that any other potential existed for not one



The FBI Hacked Over 8,000 Computers In 120 Countries Based on One Warrant

November 22, 2016 // 06:18 PM EST
In January, Motherboard reported on the FBI's “unprecedented” hacking operation, in which the agency, using a single warrant, deployed malware to over one thousand alleged visitors of a dark web child pornography site. Now, it has emerged that the campaign was actually an order of magnitude larger.

In all, the FBI obtained over 8,000 IP addresses, and hacked computers in 120 different countries, according to a transcript from a recent evidentiary hearing in a related case.

The figures illustrate the largest ever known law enforcement hacking campaign to date, and starkly demonstrate what the future of policing crime on the dark web may look like. This news comes as the US is preparing to usher in changes that would allow magistrate judges to authorize the mass hacking of computers, wherever in the world they may be located.

“We have never, in our nation's history as far as I can tell, seen a warrant so utterly sweeping,” federal public defender Colin Fieman said in a hearing at the end of October, according to the transcript. Fieman is representing several defendants in affected cases.

Those cases revolve around the FBI's investigation into dark web child pornography site Playpen. In February 2015, the FBI seized the site, but instead of shutting it down, the agency ran Playpen from a government server for 13 days. However, even though they had administrative control of the site, investigators were unable to see the real IP address of Playpen's visitors, because users typically connected to it through the Tor network.

In order to circumvent that anonymity, the FBI deployed what it calls a network investigative technique (NIT), or a piece of malware. That malware, which included a Tor Browser exploit, broke into the computer of anyone who visited certain child pornography threads on Playpen. It then sent the suspect's real IP address back to the FBI.

According to court filings, the FBI obtained over 1,000 IP addresses of alleged US-based users. Over the past year, Motherboard has also found that the FBI hacked computers in Australia, Austria, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Greece, and likely the UK, Turkey, and Norway too.

But, those are only a tiny handful of countries in which the FBI was hacking computers. According to the newly published transcript, the FBI hacked computers in at least 120 countries.

“The fact that a single ma

Here are some reasons why taxpayer funded FBI agents ran child porn sites
FBI supervisor Edward Rodgers ran the Child Abuse program at the

He started having sex with his 3 daughters
when they were 2 years old.

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CNN exclusive: FBI misconduct reveals sex, lies and videotape

By Scott Zamost and Kyra Phillips, CNN Special Investigations Unit
January 27, 2011

Washington (CNN) -- An FBI employee shared confidential information with his girlfriend, who was a news reporter, then later threatened to release a sex tape the two had made.

A supervisor watched pornographic videos in his office during work hours while "satisfying himself."

And an employee in a "leadership position" misused a government database to check on two friends who were exotic dancers and allowed them into an FBI office after hours.

These are among confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports obtained by CNN, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/siu.fb ... index.html

Read the FBI documents obtained by CNN

-- An employee had "a sexual relationship with a source" over seven months. The punishment was a 40-day suspension.
-- The supervisor who viewed "pornographic movies in the office while sexually satisfying himself" during work hours received a 35-day suspension.
-- The employee in a "leadership position" who misused a "government database to conduct name checks on two friends who were foreign nationals employed as exotic dancers" and "brought the two friends into FBI space after-hours without proper authorization" received a 23-day suspension. The same employee had been previously suspended for misusing a government database.
-- An employee who was drunk "exploited his FBI employment at a strip club," falsely claiming he was "conducting an official investigation." His punishment was a 30-day suspension.
-- And an employee conducted "unauthorized searches on FBI databases" for "information on public celebrities the employee thought were 'hot'" received a 30-day suspension.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... alers.html

February 22, 2013
FBI agents caught sexting and dating drug dealers
Dating drug dealers, harassing ex-boyfriends with naked pictures, and pointing guns at pet dogs: these were just a few of the offences committed recently by serving FBI agents, according to internal documents.
The US provided officers from the Egyptian secret police with training at the FBI, despite allegations that they routinely tortured detainees and suppressed political opposition.

Disciplinary files from the Bureau's Office of Professional Responsibility record an extraordinary range of transgressions that reveal the chaotic personal lives of some of America's top law enforcers.

One male agent was sacked after police were called to his mistress's house following reports of domestic incident. When officers arrived they found the agent "drunk and uncooperative" and eventually had to physically subdue him and wrestle away his loaded gun.

A woman e-mailed a "nude photograph of herself to her ex-boyfriend's wife" and then continued to harass the couple despite two warnings from senior officials. The Bureau concluded she was suffering from depression related to the break-up and allowed her to return to work after 10 days.

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http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/192104 ... ent-Busted

Buffalo FBI Agent Busted
Dec 10, 2012

BUFFALO, NY - A Special Agent working in the Buffalo office of the FBI is due in Eden Town Court later this month, after being arrested by New York State Police last Friday night, charged with exposing himself to a fellow motorist on the New York State Thruway.

State Police Lt. David Denz confirmed for WGRZ-TV that John A. Yervelli Jr., 48, of Lakeview, was charged with Public Lewdness, a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

According to Denz, a truck driver from central New York was traveling in the right lane while east bound on the Thruway near mile marker 442, between Exits 57 and 57A, when he noticed a grey minivan pull alongside him in the passing lane.

The trucker told police that when he looked down, he noticed the driver of the other vehicle (who had turned his dome light on) was not wearing pants.

"At that point the complainant stated that the driver of the minivan was exposing himself and making lewd gestures," Denz told 2 On Your Side.

Denz says the trucker called police, who then intercepted the minivan at the Hamburg toll plaza, where the trucker also went to identify Yervelli. Denz said it appeared Yervelli was wearing pants when he was pulled over.

"He denied exposing himself," Denz told Channel 2, but added that "inconsistencies" in the account given by Agent Yervelli lead State Police to file charges.

A source says Yervelli insisted to the trooper who pulled him over that he was attempting to relieve himself into a bottle while he was driving. However, the location where he said that occurred was within a few miles (or minutes) of the exit he was headed to, and even closer to a Thruway rest stop.

"I don't want to give you too many specifics as far as what he stated, but he made statements that would lead you to believe that the truck driver's story was credible," Denz said.

Child Porn Probe Leads To FBI Headquarters
Target claims inquiry is just a “misunderstanding”
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/ ... adquarters
JANUARY 5 2011--The government’s pursuit of suspects trafficking in child pornography recently led federal agents to a familiar address--the FBI’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where a bureau official is the subject of an ongoing criminal probe, The Smoking Gun has learned.

The investigation by the Department of Justice’s inspector general is focusing on FBI employee Joseph Bonsuk’s receipt of nearly 80 illicit images that were e-mailed to him by an Illinois sex offender whose rap sheet includes felony convictions for bank robbery and solicitation of a minor.

Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leader

January 3, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.

William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Form ... -86217.php

Former Scout leader, FBI agent indicted on child sex charges
News-Times, The (Danbury, CT)
Saturday, February 4, 2006

NEW HAVEN (AP) - A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.
William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.

"It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said.

"The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."

Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.

Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims.

"In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."

If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.

Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.

http://www.headwatersproductions.com/pr ... icle5.html
Edward Rodgers was in charge of investigating cases of Child Abuse at the FBI

THE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain Empire
May 17, 1990
Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuse
By Howard Prankratz
Denver Post Legal Affairs Writer

Two daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.

The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.

Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/FormerL ... ntArrested
Local attorney arrested
On child indecency accusations

Updated: Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009, 1:33 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 20 Apr 2009,
MOBILE, Ala. - Mobile Police arrested 52-year-old Phillip Kent Baxley on child indecency charges. Baxley is a local attorney in Mobile, but he's also a former coach and acting president for the Mobile Soccer Club.

"I'm surprised to hear it," said Mobile Soccer Club Director, Mohammed Elzare. "He's a former FBI agent and attorney. So we're definitely saddened to hear this."

Baxley was arrested at his Dauphin Street office on a fugitive felony warrant out of Harris County, Texas.

Texas police officers say Baxley was involved in an incident with a nine-year-old girl in 2004.
Investigators say it happened at a family member's house in a Houston suburb, but the girl waited some time before saying anything.

"When the victim, the nine-year-old made the outcry she was interviewed in another county and all of the information was forwarded to us and the investigation went from there," said Lt. Wade Conner with the Deer Park, Texas Police Department.

Mobile Soccer Club Board Members say they were blind-sided by the news on Monday. For now, the board likely plans to distance itself from Baxley.

"Stopping ties until this situation is resolved and hopefully it comes out to a good outcome," said Elzare.

But Texas investigators are confident the charges will stick, despite Baxley's background. "If they're a pedophile then we deal with them all the same," said Wade. "It doesn't matter what they do for a living."

Baxley is locked up in the Mobile County Jail. That's where he'll stay until he's extradited to Texas.

FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child Abuse

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/was ... hief_x.htm

Tuesday February 17, 2004 11:46 PM


Associated Press Writer
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for what became a two-decade career.

John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last week to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before he began his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.

Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn count

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BOISE, Idaho- A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest infamous outlaw Claude Dallas has been sentenced to a year in prison for possessing child pornography.

William Buie, 64, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in March. Buie told authorities that he learned to access child pornography Web sites while attending a seminar on preventing child exploitation in 2000 or 2001.

February 22, 2007
http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2007 ... 007/262383
Ex-FBI man gets 7 years for child sex
Former FBI analyst sentenced in child sex case

A 17-year veteran of the FBI will serve seven years in prison for having sexual relations with a young girl in Spotsylvania County, a judge ruled yesterday.

Anthony John Lesko, 44, entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child.

Lesko, who later moved to Jacksonville, Fla., worked as an intelligence analyst at the FBI for 17 years, according to his attorney, James A. Carter II. He is a major in the U.S. Army Reserves and has received numerous military awards.

An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction. Under the terms of the plea, he was sentenced to seven years in prison with another 15 years suspended.

Lesko engaged in a sex act with a girl, 9 and 10 at the time, at least nine times in 2003-2004, according to evidence put forth by Spotsylvania Commonwealth's Attorney William Neely.

The girl told a member of the Spotsylvania Department of Social Services about the activity in February 2004, according to the evidence. Lesko at first denied the allegations, but later spoke with a U.S. Navy counselor about them.

Lesko told the counselor that he was the victim of the sexual assault; he said the girl initiated the contact, according to the plea. Lesko entered the plea partly to spare the girl the pain of a trial, his attorney said.
on for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.

William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.

FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index. ... _pris.html
May 25, 2007
FBI Agent Accused Of Masturbating In Public

Posted by, Marissa Pasquet KOLD News 13 News Editor

FBI Special Agent Ryan Seese, 34, is facing sex offense charges after a cleaning woman said she found him masturbating in a women's lavatory on campus, according to a University of Arizona police spokesman.

FBI Workers Suspected of Secretly Taping Teens in Dressing Room

April 20, 2009


Two FBI workers are accused of using surveillance equipment to spy on teenage girls as they undressed and tried on prom gowns at a charity event at a West Virginia mall.

The FBI employees have been charged with conspiracy and committing criminal invasion of privacy. They were working in an FBI satellite control room at the mall when they positioned a camera on temporary changing rooms and zoomed in for at least 90 minutes on girls dressing for the Cinderella Project fashion show, Marion County Prosecutor Pat Wilson said Monday.

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http://fox59.com/2013/04/10/former-fbi- ... y-charges/

April 9, 2013
Former FBI agent files petition to enter guilty plea for child pornography charges

A local former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent arrested on child pornography charges filed a petition to enter a guilty plea.

Donald Sachtleben was arrested in May 2012, following an investigation into the distribution of child pornography. Authorities said they were able to trace online activity back to Sachtleben’s Carmel home.

According to court documents, Sachtleben hid behind the email ‘pedodave69@yahoo.com’ and openly traded child porn. In one email he attached nine images of child pornography and child erotica and wrote:

“Saw your profile… Hope you like these and can send me some of (y)ours. I have even better ones if you like.”

Police obtained a search warrant on May 3. During an initial forensic examination of Sachtleben’s laptop computer, approximately 30 images and video files containing child pornography were reportedly discovered.

Former top FBI agent charged with child porn distribution
By Bill Mears, CNN
May 15, 2012
http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/15/justice/e ... index.html

(CNN) -- A former supervisory FBI agent has been arrested and jailed on child pornography charges.

Donald Sachtleben was taken into custody and charged Monday after a nationwide undercover investigation of illegal child porn images traded over the Internet.

A federal complaint alleges 30 graphic images and video were found on Sachtleben's laptop computer late last week when FBI agents searched his home, about 23 miles north of Indianapolis.

Sachtleben is currently an Oklahoma State University visiting professor, according to his online resume. He is director of training at the school's Center for Improvised Explosives, but all references to his work have now been removed from the university's website. There was no indication from the school as to whether it had suspended him. Calls to the university and his Indianapolis attorneys were not immediately returned.

He had been an FBI special agent from 1983 to 2008, serving as a bomb technician. He worked on the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber investigations, according to his university biography.

A separate LinkedIn profile filled out by Sachtleben says he is an "accomplished investigator with more than 25 years of experience in FBI major case management, counter terrorism investigations, bombing prevention, post blast investigations and public speaking."

FBI agent arrested on child sexual assault charge

Associated Press - January 15, 2008 6:14 PM ET
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - An FBI agent is under arrest in Pueblo for investigation of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust.

Authorities say 53-year-old David Allan Johnson is being held in the Pueblo County jail today on a $100,000 bail.

Former Great Falls FBI agent sentenced on child sex charges

Jan 23, 2008

A man from Great Falls who's accused of sexually assaulting five underage girls will be spending the next 10 years behind bars.

Stanley Perkins, 64, changed his plea to guilty after police began investigating him for child molestation in August 2006.

The former educator, who also served two years as an FBI agent, was sentenced on one count of felony sexual assault.

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http://voices.washingtonpost.com/crime- ... ormer.html
Jail for former FBI worker from Va.
Washington Post Editors

A 65-year-old former FBI employee from Prince William County was sentenced to nearly four years in prison Friday for possessing child pornography.

Samuel I. Kaplan, of Gainesville, who pleaded guilty June 2 in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, was sentenced to 46 months behind bars.

Kaplan was an information technology program manager at an FBI facility in Chantilly when authorities discovered that he had used the FBI's computer network to "facilitate sexually explict communications," the Justice Department said.

Investigators said they later found 10 to 20 images on Kaplan's home computer showing juveniles involved in sex acts.

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Ex-FBI agent gets 2 1/2 years for assault on marshal
A federal judge today sentenced retired FBI special agent Gary L. John
to 2 ½ years in prison for assaulting a U.S. marshal trying to place him
under arrest.
John, formerly of 110 Post Rd., Westerly, had been on the lam for two
months, when U.S. marshals working with Rhode Island Sheriffs
Department, tracked him to Stratford, Conn., in December 2005. He was
wanted in Rhode Island at the time for allegedly violating orders
barring him from contacting his ex-wife and for failing to appear in

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http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1993-0 ... -fbi-agent
FBI agent convicted of daughters' abuse
July 11, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

An FBI agent who lives in Carroll County has been convicted of sexually abusing his daughters over a 14-year period.

The agent, as part of an agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty Friday before Circuit Judge Francis M. Arnold to two counts of second-degree sexual offense and two counts of child abuse.

The agent's name is being withheld to protect the privacy of the victims.

In exchange for the agent's plea, the state dropped 18 other counts against him, ordered a presentence investigation and agreed to let him remain free on $125,000 bond pending sentencing Sept. 10.

The agent was suspended from the FBI's Baltimore field office when he was arrested in December.

The original indictment also charged the man with fondling his oldest daughter's friend several years ago when the girl had slept over at the agent's home.

An investigation began after one of the man's daughters told a county child-abuse investigator of at least five incidents of molestation from 1980 to 1987, court documents said.

The victims said their father performed sexual acts ranging from fondling to intercourse beginning when each was preschool age. The abuse lasted until the girls were in their early teens, said Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill in a statement of facts presented in court.

In February, defense attorney John E. Harris Sr. tried unsuccessfully to have the case moved out of Carroll on the grounds that pretrial publicity had damaged the defendant's chance for a fair trial.

Ms. Hill said the state will recommend a sentence of 35 years in state prison, with 15 years suspended.

Although Ms. Hill said she once argued that the agent should be incarcerated until his trial, she said Friday she was not worried about whether he will return for his sentencing.

"Even if he'd take a walk, when he eventually comes back he wouldn't have to be tried again. He'd just be sentenced," Ms. Hill said. "There's not so much fear on our part, because we don't have to prove the case again."

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What is a black professor in America allowed to say?

Thursday 3 August 2017 01.00 EDT

One Thursday morning in May, Tommy J Curry walked through the offices of the philosophy department at Texas A&M University with a police officer at his side and violence on his mind. The threats had started a few days earlier. “Since you said white people need to be killed I’m in fear of my life,” one person had written via email. “The next time I see you on campus I might just have to pre-emptively defend myself you dumb fat nigger. You are done.” Curry didn’t know if that person was lurking on the university grounds. But Texas is a gun-friendly state, and Texas A&M is a gun-friendly campus, and he took the threat seriously.

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Curry supports the right to bear arms. It was part of how he ended up in this situation. In 2012 he had appeared on a satellite radio show and delivered a five-minute talk on how uneasy white people are with the idea of black people talking about owning guns and using them to combat racist forces. When a recording of the talk resurfaced in May, people thought the tenured professor was telling black people to kill white people. This idea swept through conservative media and into the fever swamps of Reddit forums and racist message boards. The threats followed.

Anonymous bigots weren’t the only ones making Curry feel unwanted. Michael K Young, the president of Texas A&M, had called the professor’s comments “disturbing” and contrary to the values of the university. Curry was taken aback. His remarks on the radio were not a regrettable slip of the tongue. They were part of why the university had hired him.

A police officer met Curry inside his academic building and rode with him in the elevator to the philosophy department, on the third floor. In a hallway, the professor pointed to photos of his graduate students so the police officer would know who was supposed to be there. The officer told him to keep an eye out for unfamiliar faces. Curry picked up his mail. There were a few angry letters, and also an envelope marked with a Texas A&M logo. He put the hate mail into a folder and carried the whole bundle downstairs. Back in the car with his wife, he opened the university envelope. Inside was a copy of a letter from a campus official that he had received a few days earlier by email – before his inbox was flooded with racist messages.




JFK Assassination Plot Author Jim Marrs Dead At 73


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Study finds human influence in the Amazon's third 1-in-100 year drought since 2005

Posted on 3 August 2017 by John Abraham
If you are like me, you picture the Amazon region as an ever lush, wet, tropical region filled with numerous plant and animal species. Who would imagine the Amazon experiencing drought? I mean sure, if we think of drought as “less water than usual,” then any place could have a drought. But what I tend to envision with respect to drought is truly dry.

People who work in this field have a more advanced understanding than I do about drought, how and why it occurs, its frequency and severity, and the impact on natural and human worlds. This recognition brings us to a very interesting paper recently published in Scientific Reports, entitled Unprecedented drought over tropical South America in 2016: significantly under-predicted by tropical SST[sea surface temperature]. So, what did this paper show?

Well, the Amazon region does encounter periodic droughts. There was one in 2005, another in 2010, both of which were 100-year events, and the most recent one in 2015-2016. The authors of this study, Amir Erfanian, Guiling Wang, and Lori Fomenko, all from the University of Connecticut, measured drought in three ways. They quantified the precipitation deficits and water storage on the ground. They also used two different vegetation measures of drought. The results showed that the most recent drought was unprecedented in severity. The video below shows a brief visual overview of the findings of this paper:

But the authors really wanted to know why the drought occurred in the first place and why it was so severe. Droughts in the Amazon region are mainly driven by surface water temperatures in the neighboring oceans, particularly in the El Niño/La Niña region. So, the authors looked at the relationship between changes in precipitation and sea surface temperatures in tropical oceans. They found that warmer than usual water in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans was the main driver for the reduced rainfall during the three extreme droughts in the past decade.

The authors also found that the water temperatures alone could not adequately explain the size and severity of the 2015-2016 drought. This suggests that there are other factors involved as well. To be clear, the authors found that the relationship between water temperatures and drought worked well for prior droughts (the 2005 and 2010 droughts as well as 1983 and 1998 droughts, also El Niño years) but fell apart in 2015-2016. That is, using the relationship, the predicted 2015-2016 drought should not have been nearly as severe or as large as it was. The paper also reports that the 2015-2016 drought clearly exceeded that of the 100-year events in 2005 and 2010. So, in approximately one decade, this zone has had three 100-year events. Quite astonishing.

So why was SST unable to explain the 2015-2016 drought, like it had for past events? Part of it has to do with land-use changes. That is, human changes to the land surface such as deforestation. Another part is related to warming from greenhouse gases. It is clear that land-use changes can affect drought. As farmers deforest, for instance, they convert woodlands and forests into agricultural land. This changes not only the darkness (reflectivity) of the land, but it also impacts the transfer of water to and from the atmosphere (evapotranspiration).

One might ask how warming affects droughts. As air temperatures increase, air is able to evaporate water more rapidly and dry out surfaces. At the same time, air can contain more water vapor so that when rain does occur, it is more often in heavy downpours. These two changes underlie what is referred to as an accelerated hydrological cycle. Simply put, man-made warming is accelerating the movement of water through the ecosystem, which can cause drought even if precipitation does not decrease. Warming also causes changes in the large-scale patterns of air motion (atmospheric circulation) that reduces rainfall in this region.




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Secret Service to Test Drone to Protect Trump at His Golf Course

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As the Secret Service looks for new ways to protect President Trump while he is vacationing at his New Jersey golf club, the agency will test a security drone.

Reuters reports that the Secret Service plans to test a small tethered unmanned aircraft system this month while the president is visiting the Trump National Golf Club in




Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin goes over notes while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. Mnuchin built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor but critics charge that he profited from thousands of home foreclosures as the chief of a sub-prime mortgage lender during the housing


David Dayen
August 2 2017, 2:56 p.m.

A WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION has asked the Justice Department to investigate Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for allegedly making repeated false statements to Congress about the conduct of OneWest Bank, where he served as CEO and later chair between 2009 and 2015.

In the letter, the Campaign for Accountability writes, “Even today, Americans have a right to expect that those who seek and hold top government positions will not lie to their elected representatives and that if they do, the consequences will be swift and severe.”

On three separate occasions, both in written testimony and in live hearings, Mnuchin has denied that OneWest engaged in robosigning of foreclosure documents, when copious evidence exists to the contrary. Most recently, Mnuchin appears to have lied about robosigning while under oath last week in testimony before the House Financial Services Committee.

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., confronted Mnuchin with the 2009 deposition of Erica Johnson-Seck, a OneWest vice president who admitted that her team of eight employees robosigned 6,000 affidavits a week attesting to verifying mortgage files while spending “not more than 30 seconds” reviewing the underlying material. Mnuchin replied defiantly, “I don’t think you know what robosigning is,” insisting there is no legal definition, and denied that there was any robosigning at OneWest, “for the record.”

Previously, in written answers for the record to Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., in January, in conjunction with his confirmation hearings, Mnuchin stated “OneWest did not ‘robo-sign’ documents,” and then when given a chance to clean up his answer, he maintained his denial. In fact, despite his claim last week that “robosigning is not a legal term,” Mnuchin provided such a definition to Casey, saying it referred to “(a) a signer of a foreclosure affidavit attested to facts that were not verified to be accurate; or (b) a signer of a foreclosure affidavit represented himself or herself to be someone else.”

Johnson-Seck admitted to both things. She attested to facts in foreclosure cases without verifying them in any way; in response to the question “Is it true that you don’t read each document before signing it,” she replied “That’s true.” She also represented herself as having the authority to sign documents for at least seven different financial institutions. In fact, the late Brooklyn judge Arthur Schack once threw out a OneWest foreclosure because Johnson-Seck had both assigned a mortgage to Deutsche Bank and executed an affidavit on behalf of Deutsche Bank, appearing as multiple officers in the same case.

In addition, the Columbus Dispatch found frequent instances of robosigning in Franklin County, Ohio, including three cases in 2010 where “a judge dismissed OneWest foreclosure proceedings specifically based on inaccurate robosignings.” A Reuters investigation in 2011 also alleged that OneWest issued “foreclosure documents of questionable validity.”

And a report assembled by the Florida attorney general’s office in 2010 includes a mortgage assignment signed by a representative of “IndyMac Bank,” OneWest’s predecessor, and dated July 2010, well after IndyMac closed down. The assignment was clearly “robosigned” by an employee claiming to work for IndyMac when it would have been impossible for them to do so.

None of this is surprising because it was the standard practice of every bank engaged in foreclosure operations at that time. For some reason, the campaign claims, Mnuchin doesn’t want to admit to a practice that most banks have acknowledged and paid billions of dollars in fines for.

“Sec. Mnuchin’s dissembling was shameful enough when he served as a CEO,” the Campaign for Accountability writes, “but once he began repeating this obvious untruth to Congress, Sec. Mnuchin crossed the line into potentially criminal conduct.” Indeed, it is a federal crime to commit perjury or make a “false or misleading statement” to Congress.

The Justice Department is, of course, highly unlikely to investigate Mnuchin’s statements. This is especially the case given the questionable assertions made to Congress by its leader, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, that he had not met with any representatives of Russia during the Trump campaign.

Nevertheless, the Campaign for Accountability raised the complaint because of the principle of the rule of law. In the letter they cite federal Judge Barrington Parker, who in 1977 fined CIA Director Richard Helms and gave him a suspended prison term for lying to Congress about CIA operations in Chile. “Public officials at every level, whatever their



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Comey’s Speech at Howard Prompts Protests

September 23, 2017 | :

Washington — A small but boisterous contingent of student protesters disrupted what might have otherwise been an unremarkable convocation speech by former FBI director James Comey Friday at Howard University.

A Diverse writer had a front row seat for the convocation chaos — and its aftermath — which marked the historically Black university’s 150th year. The convocation ceremonies began smoothly enough with the traditional formalities, prayers and banter from university president Dr. Wayne A.I Frederick, who jokingly lamented how the Twitter-sphere slept on so many of the university’s recent accomplishments, from moving up 14 spots to No. 110 in the US News college rankings to a historic, record-breaking upset against UNLV during week one of college football.

Frederick heaped praise upon Comey for his professional career in criminal justice and for deferring his $100,000 in compensation for his position as 2017-2018 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy at Howard to support seven students who were in foster care.

After the accolades ended and once Comey stepped to the lectern, before he could utter a single word from the microphone, a group of about two dozen students in the balcony seats in the Cramton Auditorium broke out and started singing “We Shall Not Be Moved” and then transitioned to “I love Being Black.” They shouted “No James Comey / Not our homey,” then “No Justice, No Peace,” and accused Comey of representing white supremacy.
At one point they shouted obscenities but that prompted the audience to turn against the protesters and shout “Let him speak.” As Comey waited for the commotion to subside, campus police moved in closer to the student protesters but were largely restrained.

Comey tried to humor the situation away by saying he only planned to speak 12 minutes and that the protesters were “getting in the way of lunch.” When it appeared as though the police might be about to forcibly remove the student protesters, Dr. Bernard L. Richardson, dean of the Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, stepped to the microphone and called the officers off.

“Hold up, officers, hold up,” Richardson pleaded. “Hold up for a second. If you want to know the Howard way, that’s not the Howard University way,” he said to loud applause. “You made your point,” Richardson said. “Now let us debate and discuss the issue.”
His appeal, however, was to no avail. “White supremacy is not a debate!” one of the protesters shouted back.

Richardson asked how many wanted to hear Comey speak and virtually everyone in the auditorium stood up.
Nevertheless, the protesters continued their disruptions, saying they were there to “reclaim this space.”
With that, Comey decided to give his speech regardless. Some of the speech seemed applicable to the protesters except for the fact that Comey was reading prepared remarks. He criticized those who seek a platform before they seek a purpose and of taking a particular side rather than trying to understand if they are on the right side.

“They are mostly about their side,” Comey said. He praised Howard University for producing graduates who have gone out and reshaped the world. He extolled the university as a “safe place” for students who face the “opportunity and challenge of being Black in America.” He said Howard was designed and remains to be a place where bright and young people can be tested and challenged.

“It’s a place where the people will insist that you actually listen and understand those with whom you are speaking,” Comey said to applause. He said the United States had been through some “very tough times” but that Howard University “reminds us that every single person can make a contribution and a difference. “Be that kind of person,” Comey said.

The remarks that seemed most pointed at the protesters but which were evidently part of his prepared remarks came at the end, when Comey said: “Welcome to Howard. I’m honored to be here with you and I look forward to adult conversations about what is right and what is true.”

Later, in impromptu speeches outside the auditorium and later at the nearby Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Administration building, student protesters — who declined to be identified and refused to grant interviews to the media — said Comey represents a system of white supremacy and an agency that has been complicit in the murder of Black leaders.

They flat out rejected Comey’s broad invitation to have a discussion and debate, and criticized the “bourgeoisie” who gave him a standing ovation for making that statement and dismissed it as being disingenuous given what they believe is the agency’s complicity in the murder of Black leaders.
“Let me ask Comey: Did the FBI let Martin Luther King participate in the conversation?” one male student protester asked. “No!” the crowd shouted back.

“Did the FBI let Malcolm X participate in the conversation? Did the FBI let Fred Hampton participate in the conversation?
Jordan Jean, who identified himself as senior and political science major and aspiring law school student, is an outspoken critic of the student protesters at Howard.

“I think they have a point but the way they go about it is not conducive to any real … we won’t have any real solutions the way they go about it,” Jean said in an interview outside the auditorium. “It’s all emotionalism,” Jean said. “They can’t expect the world to change by acting like this.”


Two Capitol Hill Republicans Seeking Full Disclosure Of JFK Assassination Records
"The American people are sick and tired of not being given the truth."

Two Republicans on Capitol Hill plan to introduce a congressional resolution insisting on full disclosure of U.S. government records related to the 1963 assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., and Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, will propose the JFK resolution before the end of September.

“I want to make sure that the information that is owed the American people is made available,” Jones told AlterNet. “The American people are sick and tired of not being given the truth.”

Language for the resolution has been drafted, an aide to Jones told the Washington Examiner.

Although approximately four million pages of assassination-related records were released in the late 1990s and early 2000s, additional information was withheld.

A dozen government agencies have kept secret another 100,000 pages of information about the assassination that must be made public by the statutory deadline of Oct. 26, 2017, by mandate of the JFK Records Act of 1992. The Act requires full disclosure within 25 years of all government records related to the assassination, according to AlterNet.


Syrian-American Journalist and Her Mother Murdered in Turkey

A young Syrian-American journalist and her mother, both well-known activists opposing the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, were found brutally murdered in their apartment in Istanbul on Thursday. Twenty-three-year-old Halla Barakat, who was born in America, worked as the English editor for the opposition site Orient News and also freelanced for ABC. Her mother, Dr. Orouba Barakat, was an active member of the Syrian National Coalition, a prominent expatriate opposition group, and had been exiled by the Syrian regime in the 1980s. Both women also did charity work for Syrian refugees living in Turkey and came from a large family that is well-known for its long history of challenging both Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, according to the New York Times. Indeed, family members are already accusing the Assad regime of having assassinated the women on foreign soil.

ABC News reports that the Barakats were strangled and stabbed to death sometime last week and that their bodies were covered in some kind of chemical meant to delay decomposition. An investigation is underway by Turkish police, but no arrests had been made or suspects identified as of Friday. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that, according to one of Halla’s colleagues, both women had received death threats via email and social media from supporters of the Assad regime, but didn’t pay much attention to them as such threats were common for anti-regime activists.

The U.S. State Department condemned the murders in a statement and says it will “closely follow the investigation” into the crime. The FBI has the legal right to investigate the killing or kidnapping of any American abroad, but declined to comment on whether it would do so when reached by ABC News on Friday.

Both women were also friends and colleagues of American aid worker Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who was abducted by ISIS while working in Aleppo, Syria, in 2013, then killed 18 months later. The Barakats were very active in trying to secure Mueller’s release, lobbying the U.S. embassy in Turkey and working with Kayla’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller. Ultimately, Mueller died while in ISIS custody after American officials were unable to secure her release, in part because official U.S. policy forbade the making of ransom payments to the group. ISIS blamed Mueller’s death on a U.S. coalition air strike.

Kayla’s parents released a statement mourning the Barakats on Friday:

We don’t know what to say, we are numb and do not understand how anyone could do this to our gracious and beautiful friends. Orouba and Halla were like a mother and sister to Kayla. They never gave up on saving her. Kayla loved them, and stood with them in doing what they could to help their beloved people.
The Barakats had been working to establish a charity in Mueller’s honor that would help Syrian women in Turkey’s refugee camps earn a living.

A funeral for the Barakats was held on Saturday in Istanbul, and plenty of Syrian activists were on hand to mourn and celebrate the women:

Four other Syrian journalists have been killed in Turkey since 2015, according to the CPJ, and the group is once again calling on the Turkish government to do a better job protecting Syrian journalists who have taken refuge in the country.


A Digital World: Why Law Enforcement Needs to Obey the Fourth Amendment
Saturday 23 September 2017 at 11:25 AM ET edited by Ben Cohen


W/R: Officers come and go, but pensions are forever

Sept. 23 , 2017

The subject was pensions: Pensions for good cops. Pensions for bad cops.

The recent arrest of Jerry Parks, a Delaware County sheriff's deputy accused of helping nephew Danny Dewayne Terry II in his drug operations, prompted some pension questions.

Parks had barely been arrested when people contacted W/R to ask if the veteran deputy would receive his pension. After all, he had resigned from the sheriff's office before any final legal action could be taken against him.

In support of that supposition were a couple of earlier examples: In 2015, a deputy targeted by the FBI for selling county ammunition retired before he could be fired and disciplined.

And in 2002, a Muncie firefighter was sentenced to six years in prison after an ugly domestic incident that brought out the police.

In both cases, by all accounts, the two public safety officers got to keep their pensions.

It's not a matter of public safety officers being rewarded for being quick to retire or resign, veteran insiders say: Both the county officer and Muncie firefighter had enough years vested in their pensions to be able to draw the post-retirement income and no legal considerations, apparently, stood in the way.

Muncie Police Chief Joe Winkle cited the firefighter's status as a pensioner in an interview last week with W/R. And Winkle's county government counterpart, Sheriff Ray Dudley, had a connection to the firefighter's case, having been the arresting officer.

But despite those two examples, does that mean a public safety officer who gets in trouble with the law will always get his or her pension?

Winkle said he couldn't think of any other instances in which that happened. Winkle said it was the case that an officer with less than 20 years of service would be entitled to some post-retirement income, however.

Dudley said that Parks, with less than 20 years on the county department, would not be entitled to a full pension. He might get some compensation, but that would be up to the sheriff merit board, which meets in early October.

Pensions of another sort

And speaking of pensions: Dudley and his most immediate predecessors as sheriff, along with the aforementioned sheriff's merit board, have struggled with keeping solvent the pension fund for retired deputies.

At a couple of points over the past few years, the pension fund lagged in available funds, usually because Delaware County Council funded it at less than the amount that sheriffs had requested. Council members, for their part, raised concerns about the private company that managed the pension fund.

In Delaware County's proposed budget for 2018, which will be given final approval on Oct. 24, the county fiscal body has set aside about $1.1 million for sheriff's deputies' pensions for next year.

The amount earmarked is less than the $1.3 million that Dudley requested.

Longtime county budget watchers know, however, that any number of things could change between now and the final budget adoption on Oct. 24.

And speaking of budgets


New stake presidents
Published: Sept. 23, 2017 12:25 a.m.

VERNAL UTAH GLINES STAKE: (Aug. 20, 2017) President — Jeremy Brian "J. Brian" Abrams, 45, dentist; succeeding Keith B. Caldwell; wife, Mary Kathleen "Katie" O'Brien Abrams. Counselors — Scott Orden Ruppe, 58, chief financial officer, Brady Trucking; wife, Carrie Jill Armitage Ruppe. Davis LeRoy Ryan, 46, FBI special agent; wife, Jodi Sartori Ryan.


FBI agent receives probation for sharing confidential information

ROME, Ga. — Former FBI Special Agent Kenneth W. Hillman III looked at the federal judge Friday and said he was a broken man, his mind warped by a life undercover, deep in "hell's basement," forced to make impossible choices.

For about five years, Hillman ran a task force in Rossville aimed at catching child predators on the internet. He and local officers chatted undercover with suspects, pretending to pimp out sons and daughters and nephews. They arrested more than 100 people, said his lawyer, Todd Alley.

But in the process, Hillman said, he saw videos of teenagers being raped. He couldn't shake those scenes. In 2009, he said, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He said he asked the FBI for help but his bosses did nothing. He asked other agents to take over the task force. They refused.

So Hillman stayed. He feared nobody else would track down the rapists.

This, Alley and Hillman told U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy, helps explains why the FBI agent broke the law.

In 2012, he began an affair with Angela Russell. He let her chat undercover with the task force's targets, ride along on stings and put handcuffs on a defendant. Russell is not a law enforcement officer, and she was not listed as one of Hillman's informants.

The task force disbanded in early 2013. Russell's then-husband, businessman Emerson Russell, told defense attorney McCracken Poston about his wife's affair and her participation in the federal investigations.

In July, Hillman, who served in the FBI from 1999 to 2016, pleaded guilty to disclosure of confidential information, a misdemeanor. His sentencing hearing was Friday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney William Witherspoon told the judge that he and Alley had agreed to four months' probation for Hill.

Murphy, however, increased the sentence to six months. Hillman also will pay a $1,000 fine.

"I don't think the FBI really understood the PTSD issue," Hillman said during the hearing.

"The FBI knew of his diagnosis and did nothing to pull him out," Alley said. "No one in the FBI was willing to step up and take his place. The FBI kept him in his job, in this dark world, for far too long."

Witherspoon said Hillman's damaged psyche was not an excuse for a crime. He could have left after the diagnosis, Witherspoon said. And if the images of these investigations were damaging, why introduce them to Russell?

"This wasn't a failure of the FBI," Witherspoon said. "This was a failure of Mr. Hillman to follow the rules."

A spokesman for the bureau declined to comment after the hearing.

Murphy acknowledged that the work Hillman did was difficult. Hillman testified in front of him many times, with the judge wondering how he could monitor "trash" for so long. Hillman's targets were "the real villains," Murphy said. Still, the special agent committed a crime.

"It's an embarrassment to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and law enforcement in the area," Murphy said.

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The Silent Terrorism on Our Doorsteps
Why aren't mass killings related to domestic violence given the same media attention as Islamic terrorism?

Law enforcement officers and investigators gather outside the scene of a mass shooting in Plano, Texas where eight people were murdered by an outraged ex-husband earlier this year. (LM Otero/AP)
Let’s begin with two questions.

Can you name the location of the two most deadly US mass shootings of 2017? And, can you identify what the two events had in common?

The answers?

The Sept. 10 killing of eight in Plano, Texas, and the May 27 killing of eight in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi. The link? Both were acts of domestic violence.

Were the mass murders covered by portions of the US media? Yes. Were they given the same level and intensity of coverage as instances of national and international ”terrorism” with far fewer, or even no, fatalities? No. Not even close. In fact, many people in the US could be forgiven for not having heard of what happened in Plano or Bogue Chitto, let alone that these were instances of domestic violence.

It is for this reason that I reacted on Twitter to heavy US media coverage of the Sept. 15 Parsons Green tube bomb in London. Within hours, it was the lead story in virtually every major US media outlet. And, once the story hit the homepages, it remained there for a significant amount of time. This intense coverage of Parsons Green begged the question: Why would a nonlethal attack in London garner so much more attention and coverage than not one, but two domestic mass murders in which a total of 16 innocent people were killed?

Nine out of 10 victims knew their offenders. And of the victims who knew their offenders, 64 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers.
A study released this week by the Violence Policy Center (using data from the FBI) found that in 2015 there were 1,686 women murdered by men in “single victim/single offender” incidents. Nine out of 10 victims knew their offenders. And of the victims who knew their offenders, 64 percent were wives or other intimate acquaintances of their killers. It is estimated that in the United States three women are murdered every 24 hours by a current or former intimate partner. That adds up to around 1,000 deaths per year.

“Women killed by men are most often killed by someone they know and more than half were killed by an intimate partner,” says the Violence Policy Center’s Legislative Director Kristen Rand. “Much more must be done to identify and implement strategies to prevent these tragedies. More resources are needed at the federal, state and local levels to help keep women safe.”

News editors are always quick to point out that news consumers are more interested in local and national issues than international, primarily because these stories are understood to be more “relevant.” In other words, people want to know about things that impact their daily lives. This “relevance” rationale strains credulity, however, when we think about the massive coverage of terrorism (including incidents outside the US) versus other forms of violence in the United States, such as those committed on a daily basis against women.

The truth is that “closeness” and “relevance” are not the driving force for story selection for a great deal of our news. The London bombing got heavy coverage in the US because it fit into a post-9/11 media narrative about “Islamic terror” and violence that has been promoted for 15 years. It drives clicks. In other words, news organizations have pushed the importance of terrorism in the US (and elsewhere) when, in fact, there are far more pressing and deadly issues about which to be concerned.

Secondly, both Plano and Bogue Chitto raise deep and uncomfortable questions about the entrenched nature of sexism and misogyny in US society, as well as the relationship between constructions of masculinity and deadly violence. Throw easy and widespread access to deadly firearms into the mix, and the problem becomes all the more acute. The relative lack of coverage in the US of the terrorism of domestic violence and sexual assault is both a byproduct of, and contributor to, an environment in which violence against women is downplayed as a serious issue, and even normalized. Consider, for example, how Colin Kaepernick’s protests during the national anthem generated a firestorm of criticism, while players with convictions for domestic abuse continued to play without similar media coverage or fan protest.

Finally, a constant focus on the violence of “others” — be they foreigners, ethnic or religious minorities — allows dominant social groups to not only take the moral high ground, but to also engage in collective denial about deep-rooted social problems. Was the bomb attack in London newsworthy? Of course. But when we overemphasize the violence of “others” and de-emphasize the violence of “us” we generate both a skewed sense of superiority and an indifference to, and lack of knowledge of, those suffering on our own doorsteps.

Journalism is all about choices. What to cover. What not to cover. Tone. Emphasis. Angle. Sources. Pictures. These choices can shape the form and direction of public debate. The terrorist mass murder in San Bernardino in 2015 (where 14 were killed) was covered 24/7 for weeks, and rightly so. But if the rationale was “relevance” and public interest, then there is no possible justification for the comparatively miniscule coverage afforded daily, deadly domestic violence. Even when including the deaths on Sept. 11, 2001, the likelihood of a woman being the victim of deadly domestic violence dwarfs the likelihood of being the victim of a terrorist attack. When the media cover certain events and not others, it is crucial to ask why it is covered in this way, and who stands to benefit.

It is an old cliché that journalism simply reflects reality. Cases such as Parsons Green, Plano and Bogue Chitto suggest this reflection is dangerously warped.


Sheriff Howard airs attack ads against challenger FBI agent Bernie Tolbert
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What Mueller Might Have on Manafort
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Two FBI surveillance orders suggest that the special counsel sees Trump's ... intelligence activities,” rather than merely being “an agent of a foreign power.


Two prison guards both KKK members, sentenced in murder plot of black inmate


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Showdown looms over Trump dossier; FBI misses third deadline
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Hitler may have escaped Germany for South America, say CIA memos from the JFK files

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OCTOBER 31, 2017 12:09 PM

It’s regarded as a historical fact that Adolf Hitler killed himself on April 30, 1945, when it became increasingly clear that Nazi Germany would fall to Allied forces.

But a handful of recently-declassified CIA documents, unveiled with the highly anticipated JFK files last week, show that the Central Intelligence Agency was investigating whether Hitler escaped from Europe and was hiding in Colombia in 1954.

The first document, dated Oct. 3, 1955, says that an unnamed CIA agent referred to as “CIMELODY-3” was contacted by “a trusted friend who served under his command in Europe and who is presently residing in Maracaibo
That friend, who also remained anonymous, told the CIA agent that a former German SS trooper named Phillip Citroen told him that Hitler was actually still alive — and that the former dictator could no longer be prosecuted as a criminal of war because it had been over 10 years since the end of World War II.

Citroen, according to the document, said he had been talking to Hitler “about once a month” during a business trip that took him to Colombia, where he said Hitler was hiding.

The former German SS trooper also told CIMELODY-3’s friend that he posed with the alleged Hitler for a photograph, which was included in the CIA memo.

Citroen said he is on the left side of the image, while the man he claims to be Hitler is on the right. The back of the image said “Adolf Shrittelmayor, Tunga, Colombia, 1954.”

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This photo was alleged to show Adolf Hitler as he was hiding in South America after World War II.
Screenshot from CIA documents
Citroen also told CIMELODY-3’s friend that Hitler moved to Argentina around Jan. 1955, the memo details.

Another document, this one dated Oct. 17, 1955, provided more information, citing “an undated memorandum, believed to have been written in about mid February 1954.”

According to that CIA memo, Citroen told a former member of the CIA base in Maricaibo that he met a person “who strongly resembled and claimed to be” Hitler in “Residencias Coloniales,” which was located in Tunja, Colombia. The document says that Citroen claimed many former Nazis were living in that area — and that they held the alleged Hitler in high esteem, “addressing him as ‘der Fuhrer’ and affording him the Nazi salute and storm-trooper adulation.”

But the CIA remained skeptical — in a letter dated Nov. 4, 1955, higher-ups casted doubt on the reports.

“It is felt that enormous efforts (spent trying to confirm the rumors) could be expanded on this matter with remote possibilities of establishing anything concrete,” the letter said. “Therefore, we suggest that this matter be dropped.”

That appears to be the final document released with the JFK files about Hitler potentially hiding in South America.

Even though seemingly nothing came from the reports, a source at the Department of Defense told NationalInterest.org that it’s still interesting someone at the CIA spent any time on the case at all.

“The source thought it worthy of sending up to HQ which is notable,” the source said. “Even at the time, those guys had to do a lot of separating the wheat from the chaff.”

Others have claimed that Hitler found refuge in South America after he was defeated in World War II.

Abel Basti, an Argentine journalist, wrote a book titled “Tras los pasos de Hitler” that tracked the alleged movements of Hitler throughout South America and, more specifically, Colombia, according to Colombia Reports.

“I have a CIA document that says that Hitler was in Colombia, also a CIA photo of Hitler in the town of Tunja where he met with another Nazi named Phillipe Citroën in 1954,” he said, according to Colombia Reports.

There was additional controversy surrounding Hitler’s death in 2009, when U.S. researchers say they conducted a DNA test for an hour on what the Russian government claimed was a skull fragment from the German dictator.

The researchers found it belonged to “a woman between the ages of 20 and 40,” Nick Bellantoni, from the University of Connecticut, told ABC News.


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Rick Perry believes fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault
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Predicted 94 Degree (F) November Temperatures for Dallas as Globe Warms Despite Trend Toward La Nina
by robertscribbler
The globe should be cooling relative to recent and near record warm summer temperatures. But it isn't. La Nina like conditions, the Pacific Ocean pattern that generally precipitates globally cooler weather, is again spreading across the Equatorial Pacific. Yet if you're living in Dallas, Texas, or many other places across the globe, you wouldn't know it.

For this week, temperatures in Dallas are expected to exceed all previous records since monitoring began back in 1898.

(Record warm temperatures predicted for Dallas later this week. Image source: Euro Model.)

According to meteorologist Ryan Maue, and to reanalysis of Euro weather model data, Dallas is expected to see temperatures between 90 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit by Friday of this week. Readings that would be considered pretty hot for a normal summer day occurring on November 3rd. That's really odd. Especially when you consider the fact that Dallas has never experienced a 90+ degree high temperature from October 31 through December 29 in all of the past 119 years.

If Dallas does hit 94 on Friday, that will be 21 degrees (F) above typical high temperatures there for this time of year.

(According to GFS Model Reanalysis, the globe has warmed through Northern Hemisphere Fall despite a trend toward La Nina. Image source: Global and Regional Climate Anomalies.)

Drawing back from focus on the Dallas region, we find that the world overall is also warming relative to June through September temperature departures. A climate change associated warming that appears to have been kicked off, primarily, by warmer than normal temperatures at the poles (see previous article). This despite cooling Equatorial Pacific Ocean surface waters associated with a 55 to 65 percent of La Nina formation by winter.

In a normal climate system, we would expect a trend toward La Nina to produce relative cooling. But this does not appear to be happening as June warm temperature departures were lower than those during August through October. Preliminary GFS reanalysis indicates that October warm temperature departures were higher than those occurring in September -- likely hitting around 1.1 C above 1880s averages (see image above).

So despite a weak La Nina forming, it again appears that polar warming is a major driver for global temperatures as fall moves into winter. Climatologists take note.


Euro Model

Global and Regional Climate Anomalies

Ryan Maue



White German woman tells ‘Maury’ of her 'transition' to becoming a black woman
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, September 22, 2017, 12:48 PM


The guy Trump picked to run NASA pals around with hate groups

By Alex Lubben Nov 1, 2017


Firefighters fired for placing noose over photo of black colleague, drawing penis on picture of his wife

NOVEMBER 01, 2017 4:28 PM

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Black man suffered 'horrible, torturous death' in 1983 after 'socializing with a white female': prosecutor

 Thursday, November 2, 2017, 9:25 AM

Two white men were charged with the murder of 23-year-old Timothy Coggins last month after authorities reopened the cold case in Spalding County. Three others, including two law enforcement officers, were charged with obstruction.

Coggins died from being dragged behind a pickup truck through the woods. His body was found near a road in the city of Sunny Side on Oct. 9, 1983.

Prosecutor Ben Coker revealed new details of the case as he asked a judge to deny bond for accused killers Frankie Gebhardt, now 59, and 58-year-old Bill Moore Sr.

Two police officers, three others arrested in 1983 murder
"The murder of Timothy Coggins was due to Coggins socializing with a white female and that Coggins had been stabbed multiple times and drug behind a truck by Franklin Gebhardt and William Moore Sr.," Coker said, according to WSB.

Spalding County Sheriff Darrell Dix said that if the murder took place today, "it would without a doubt be classified as a hate crime," according to CNN affiliate WGCL.

Dix called the slaying "just a horrible, torturous death," according to CNN.

Police officer Lamar Bunn, his mother Sandra Bunn and detention officer Gregory Huffman were also charged. Huffman was recently fired from the Spalding County Sheriff's Office, according to CNN. Lamar Bunn, now a part-time officer, was suspended without pay, according to CNN.

Local and state investigators had reopened the case earlier this year after getting new information.

"The worst is over," Heather Coggins said, according to CNN. "Although it's been 34 years, we have always wanted justice, held out for justice and knew that one day we would have justice. ... We are eternally grateful you guys didn't give up."

Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article182031196.html#storylink=cpy

NOVEMBER 01, 2017 9:50 AM

The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Air Force Col. Vance Spath also declared “null and void” a decision by Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, 50, to release three civilian defense attorneys from the capital terror case. The lawyers resigned last month over a covert breach of attorney-client privilege involving something so secretive at the terror prison that the public cannot know.

Wednesday evening, with Baker confined to his quarters in a trailer park behind the courthouse, Judge Spath issued another order: Directing the three lawyers — Rick Kammen, Rosa Eliades and Mary Spears — to litigate Friday in the death-penalty case against Abd al Rahim al Nashiri remotely from the Washington D.C., area by video feed to Guantánamo.

Baker is the chief defense counsel for military commissions, and the second highest-ranking lawyer in the Marine Corps. He had excused Kammen, Eliades and Spears from the case on ethical grounds, and refused to rescind the order —prompting the judge to find him in contempt of court. Baker also invoked a privilege stemming from his oversight role and refused Spath’s order to swear an oath and testify in his court.

 BGen Baker
Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker
The judge’s dizzying pace of events— sentencing the Marine general in a 35-minute hearing, then ordering three civilian lawyers to defend the Saudi in his capital case by video link — came as the colonel sought to force the civilian, Pentagon-paid attorneys back on the case.

RELATED: Guantánamo’s USS Cole death-penalty case in limbo after key defense lawyer quits

Spath, who has declared they had no good cause to quit, had ordered Kammen, Eliades and Spears to come to Guantánamo on Sunday with other war court staff for a pretrial hearing. They refused. Kammen, a veteran capital defense attorney who had represented Nashiri for a decade, said Spath’s order to travel was an “illegal” effort to have three U.S. citizens “provide unethical legal services to keep the façade of justice that is the military commissions running.”

Nashiri is accused of orchestrating al Qaida’s Oct. 12, 2000 suicide bombing of the U.S. warship off Yemen. Seventeen sailors died, and dozens more were injured. He has been in U.S. custody for 15 years, and was arraigned in 2011.

Miami Herald USS Cole case hearing trial guide

Saudi Abd al Rahim al Nashiri during his Nov. 9, 2011 military commissions arraignment at the U.S. Navy base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in a sketch by artist Janet Hamlin approved for release by a court security officer.
Janet Hamlin
No trial date has been set in part because the sides were still haggling over what Top Secret evidence the defense can see as it prepares for trial. Also, Nashiri needs to have a court-ordered MRI to see if he suffered brain damage during his four years in secret CIA custody. He was waterboarded, kept in a coffin-sized box and subjected to other cruel treatment detailed in the Senate’s “Torture Report.”

In his latest order, Spath threatened the three civilian lawyers with a contempt of court finding too.

He told them to appear at 8 a.m. Friday at Military Commissions headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The Pentagon would provide a link with the Top Secret courthouse in Cuba on Friday for a hearing — expected to take testimony from an unnamed witness — and would also set up “secure terminal equipment” for the accused terrorist, Nashiri, if they wanted to consult, the order said.

Spath issued the order to the three civilians more than six hours after he sentenced the general to 21 days confinement in his quarters, which happen to be in a trailer behind the war court compound called Camp Justice. On Thursday, a federal judge holds a hearing on whether to halt the war court hearings because Nashiri lacks a learned counsel.

Rick Kammen, defense attorney

In Spath’s court Wednesday, Baker attempted to protest that the war court meant to try alleged foreign terrorists had no jurisdiction over him, a U.S. citizen. Spath refused to let him speak and ordered him to sit down.

“There’s things that I want to say, and you are telling me that I cannot say them,” Baker said.

Spath replied, “This is really not a pleasant decision,” calling the proceedings neither “fun” nor “lighthearted.”

Spath said Baker was out of line in invoking a privilege. Privilege, the Air Force judge declared, is a judge’s domain and a judge has the authority to weigh and review privilege.

Without that, Spath said, there would be “havoc in every system of justice.”

He added that, if left unchecked, a chief defense counsel would have the power to essentially dismiss a war court case.

The judge said in court that a senior official at the Pentagon, Convening Authority Harvey Rishikof, would review Baker’s sentence. Defense Department spokesman Maj. Ben Sakrisson said Rishikof “will determine whether to affirm, defer, suspend or disapprove the sentence in the next few days.”

Wednesday’s was the first contempt conviction in the post- 9/11 military commissions. In fact, no other war court judge has held a contempt proceeding.

The challenge of defending accused terrorists at Gitmo

Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, the chief defense counsel for military commissions, describes the challenge of defending accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at an Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act in Philadelphia on April 11, 2016.

Courtesy of Criminal Justice Act Review
Baker, the second-highest ranking lawyer in the Marine Corps, is a 28-year career officer who got his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997. Baker applied for the job two years ago, which came with a promotion, as a colonel at the Marine Corps Military Justice and Community Development unit. He has served as both a defense attorney and prosecutor on traditional military court-martial cases.

And he has emerged as an outspoken critic of the hybrid military-federal justice system set up by President George W. Bush after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and subsequently reformed by President Barack Obama.

“Put simply, the military commissions in their current state are a farce,” Baker said in a talk last year in a national security program. “Instead of being a beacon for the rule of law, the Guantánamo Bay military commissions have been characterized by delay, government misconduct and incompetence, and even more delay.”

In Washington D.C., Wednesday, a defense lawyer who works for Baker asked a federal judge to halt this week’s USS Cole case hearings because Kammen’s resignation left Nashiri without a criminal defense attorney with capital experience.

The law governing military commissions says a defendant is required to have a capital defense attorney. Spath said Wednesday he intended to proceed with pretrial hearings with Nashiri represented at Guantánamo by a junior Navy lawyer with no death-penalty experience. He ruled from the bench a day earlier that “learned counsel are not practicable in the near term, if ever, by the actions of General Baker.”

U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth scheduled a hearing at the federal court on 333 Constitution Ave., in Washington, D.C., for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, when no session is scheduled for the war court at Guantánamo.

Lamberth is the judge of record in Nashiri’s mostly dormant habeas corpus petition. His courthouse also is the judicial branch’s keeper of a copy of the so-called Senate Torture Report that investigated the CIA’s post- 9/11 secret prison network.

The federal court petition argued for delay. “No evidence is imminently likely to disappear or degrade in value. Indeed, this case has already entered its ninth year of pretrial proceedings and [Nashiri] has been in U.S. custody, without any meaningful judicial review, for 15 years.”

Nashiri was captured in 2002 and disappeared into the CIA’s network of secret prisons known as the Black Sites until his September 2006 transfer to this Navy base in southeast Cuba. He was arraigned in 2011.

Brig. Gen. Baker was escorted from the Expeditionary Legal Complex this afternoon by Naval Station Masters at Arms to serve the ordered confinement in his quarters at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay. He wore his duty uniform. Once General Baker returns to his quarters he will report telephonically every 2 hours (other than 8 hours for sleep) to verify that he has remained in quarters. There will not be a guard posted outside General Baker's quarters as it is expected that as a senior officer he will comply with the conditions of confinement.

As in any U.S. State, Federal, or Military Court, the judge has the obligation and power to enforce decorum in the courtroom. Rule for Military Commission 801 outlines this responsibility. “The military judge is responsible for ensuring that military commission proceedings are conducted in a fair and orderly manner, without
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