Archive for the American Gestapo category

January 18th, 2010

Gitmo Sgt blows whistle: Prisoner “suicides” were murder

Major piece in February’s Harper’s. Hats off to them.

The center does not hold.

Obama has done nothing but talk on this.

January 12th, 2010

Yoo tries to speak

Wow. Sounds like a little boy.

His bland loyalty to Daddy perhaps explains North Korea.

January 6th, 2010

The Nation:
Blackwater and the Khost bombing

For files.

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It’s just astonishing that given the track record of Blackwater, which is a repeat offender endangering our mission repeatedly, endangering the lives of our military and costing the lives of innocent civilians, that there would be any relationship,” Schakowsky said.

“That we would continue to contract with them or any of Blackwater’s subsidiaries is completely unacceptable.”

November 30th, 2009

Fletcher Prouty’s Introduction to the Assassination Business

Most of Colonel Prouty’s writings are archived by heroic Len Osanic at Prouty.org — but not this one: an article from Gallery magazine and 1975, chatting about the “assassination business.”

Shop talk done, the author then wanders back to the watershed — both his and the Republic’s — of November 1963, when first President Diem of Vietnam and then President Kennedy of the U.S.A. were dispatched.

One bothers to post Prouty’s piece now in support of Roger Craig’s moving last testament — for Prouty’s piece focuses on the technique of suiciding targets in places, like Washington D.C., where moblike drive-by blasts wouldn’t do.

Craig was deemed to have died — months after filming his testament — by a suicidal rifle blast to the chest.

But that was then, surely. Not now …

Well. The Prouty piece emphasizes his conviction that the fix was in at the Secret Service in Dallas.

And one can’t help but note the odd event at the White House last week, when the Secret Service allowed — for no reason yet public — an oddball couple sans invitation to enter the White House grounds, then the building and then the East Room, where a State Dinner was in progress, and shake hands with the President.

Is it merely funny that this happened just days before Obama’s long-awated All Things Considered speech in which his decision as to the future of the National Security Apparat’s venture in Pakghanistan will be revealed?

Might a little slip in security just be a way to remind the young Prez who’s got his back, and why?

Read Prouty here — then place comments below.

November 29th, 2009

JFK: Dallas Deputy Sheriff
Roger Craig speaks again

I was so busy a week ago that I forgot to observe the 46th anniversary of the murder that, to my mind, marks the end of the American republic and the germination of what blossomed so wonderfully under Bush-Cheney. Call it what you will. Likely four years hence it’ll be in our face again.

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It’s always worth remembering what Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig had to say, and how he said it. Among other things, he:

– was on the Grassy Knoll within moments of the murder, and

– was present when the rifle of the Book Depository was found and identified by Seymour Weitzman as a Mauser of a different caliber than the old Italian soldier’s rifle that the Warren Commission reported found and attributed to Oswald.

Pressing these and other conflicts with the official story across the years seemed to cost Mr Craig his life:

In 1973 a car forced Craig’s car off a mountain road. He was badly injured but he survived the accident.

In 1974 he surviving another shooting in Waxahachie, Texas.

The following year he was seriously wounded when his car engine exploded. Craig told friends that the Mafia had decided to kill him.

Roger Craig was found dead on 15th May, 1975. It was later decided he had died as a result of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

(From the Spartacus vault maintained by John Simkin in England. Even better, visit his massive Education Forum, on the web, re these matters.)

Craig’s suiciding prompted the attorney Mark Lane, author of two of the most important books on the first Kennedy murder, to stitch together the documentary linked above, based on a filmed interview Craig gave in 1974.

One supposes one might suppose a causal connection between the interview of 1974 and the faux suicide months later. The gunshots were plural, to the chest, with a rifle.

So lend Mr Craig your eyes and ears. Five parts of nine minutes or so, all there on youtube.

It’s hard, is it not, to always look away?

November 4th, 2009

Italian court convicts 23 CIA goons for kidnapping etc

Forza Italia!

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Must read: Philip Wilan’s Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy.

And then, for elaboration but also pleasure, Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb.

One comes away with a clear picture of not only what we did to Italy in the postwar era, but prudent guesses as to what we are doing to ourselves, having seen the enemy …

October 26th, 2009

Armies destroy everything,
build nothing, neither communities nor nations

The USA: No longer a country for man, woman or beast.

October 16th, 2009

Great documentary:
The New American Century

MUST WATCH, unfortunately …

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9/11, the unwarranted influence of the military-industrial complex, and what 50 years of same has done to American society.

Here’s Part One at youtube.

The other nine are there too. About 100 minutes total.

Can buy a copy here.

The producers include Wim Wenders — a fave.

Most of what the film has to say is familiar. But the last two parts (on youtube) have revived basic despair about not only our owner-operator class but the young soldiers, who seem as alien and rabid as the teen zealots of 1917 did to so many Russians.

It’s only a few baby steps from shooting civilians for fun in Iraq to the same in American cities. I guess we will see this sooner than later, perhaps even before election day 2016 if Romney beats Obama in 2012.

And of course I don’t mean to imply that it’s okay in Iraq. It’s so NOT okay that … words elude.

And thoughts of leaving the country intrude.

I mean only to gauge the degradation of our people — our enemy met that is us — raised on video games and patriotic television. We mirror the owner-operators with gruesome fidelity.

And have deprived ourselves of sound basis for complaint should one day a city of our own go up in smoke.

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October 15th, 2009

Reformed wingnut forecasts domestic terrorism from Christian Right

Must read, unfortunately.

Frank Schaeffer was the son of a famous right-wing Christian preacher-activivist. Became one himself. But then saw the light and went Left.

His simple scorn for the movement is bracing.

But his certainty as to its essential violence — that violence itself, born of long resentment within a civilization that passed it by, is its aim — is ominous.

There has been good solid journalism about this threat throughout the decade, of course. This is a quick, sharp reminder.

And when one considers the black boy who was beaten to death in Chicago weeks ago — that horror that seems to have largely escaped notice …

One realizes how difficult the tightrope this President must walk shall be.

October 1st, 2009

The Generals vs Cheney:
Four Days in September

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You can’t fight in here …!”

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The story of September converges from four corners:

1. Weeks ago — on 9/11 — two top-drawer generals, Charles Krulak and Joseph Hoar, came out of retirement to blast Cheney on torture in the Miami Herald.

The timing and some particulars struck me as odd, portentous and a tiny bit ominous: Why this and why now?

Hoar was the commander of the Pentagon’s Central Command, which oversees the mideast, from 1991 to 1994.

And his co-author is a former Commandant (top dog) of the Marines and — curious — is the son of another General Krulak, Victor, who once was an ally of JFK in his struggle with the Pentagon over Vietnam policy. (See last link above.)

2. Nine days later, September 20, President Obama, during a whirlwind tour of five Sunday talk shows, went off topic (health care) to talk about Pakghanistan — and for the first time publicly cast doubt upon the policy that he had cheerleaded without reservation during the long campaign, and had then inherited:

He said before he decided whether to send more troops, he needed to determine whether the United States was pursuing the proper military strategy.

“The first question is, are we doing the right thing?” Mr. Obama said on CNN’s State of the Union. “Are we pursuing the right strategy?”

The next morning 66 pages from General Stanley McChrystal appeared in the Washington Post, predicting “failure” in Afghanistan unless the Pentagon’s request for tens of thousands of new pairs of boots were soon granted.

3. Five days later, we noted remarks by General Michael Lenhert — who built and for a time ran the Bush-Cheney Gitmo prison — denouncing the prison as a bad idea from Day One. He didn’t name Cheney (in reports I’ve seen) but, simultaneously, Cheney was telling think tanks that Obama is wrong to try to shut the prison down.

Harpers also noticed Lenhert’s remarks and quickly put out a piece that extends them to explicitly target the former vice president: “The Generals vs The Cheneys.”

Krulak & Hoar on torture. Lenhert on Gitmo. Three big guns, trained upon Cheney as he bellows about the speaking circuit. Curious …

It seemed curious that such men would suddenly raise their profiles and such a ruckus, merely to blast a retired, old and disgraced vice president, on issues that the new president had already turned around.

Or … Was Dick speaking for more than himself — for something yet vital in the power scheme?

4. Days later (early this week), NewsMax.com, which feeds Fox News fodder, published an elaborate memo explaining why a military coup to solve the “Obama problem” was “not unrealistic” and not a bad idea.

Chris Matthews jumped in, and appropriately so. See the Hardball clip embedded in the Harpers link in item 3 above.

And note that the clip comes from Human Rights First — and that the two military men Matthews talks with — including Lt General Henry Soyster, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, criticizing Cheney’s fear-mongering and his Gitmo campaign — are explicitly associated with Human Rights First on its webpage.

And note that Generals Krulak and Hoar, too, associate themselves with HRF.

Reading the Krulak-Hoar piece alone, in its oddness, provoked a question: Do these high generals sniff something unpatriotic fermenting within the wide circles of their brassy acquaintance?

However that may be, that a roomful of such men suddenly gathered to speak loudly against Cheney in September is reason to not summarily dismiss the NewsMax blip as lunatic-fringe fantasy signifying nothing.

The Beer Hall Putsch was lunatic fri — HA !

Matthews goes on to mention MacArthur — versus Truman! — in the same breath as McChrystal — and then asks his brassy guests if we’ve seen this movie and it’s Seven Days in May — HA !

A fortiori forsooth: It seems that sometime this summer a bevy of high-brow brass was organized to oppose a right-wing call-it-what-you-will — movement? — the poster children of which are Cheney and, for the moment, McChrystal.

Gathering under a Human Rights banner to grapple with Dick, blow by blow, topic by topic, might be a way for august generals to tell their wide acquaintance the Preakness pool has been closed until further notice.

That President Obama would sooner or later have to face down the Pentagon he inherited with so little complaint (disturbing neither Gates nor Mullen nor their vision for victory in Pakghanistan) — and would then tred paths parallel to those of JFK and LBJ — was apparent and a worry during the interregnum last winter.

Vegas odds remain stacked against deposing any president with an army.

But the bile-laden bullet points in the NewsMax memo itemize real thoughts inspiring right-wingers with rage. JFK’s inner circle initiated the production of the Seven Days in May film, and saw the work through with unprecedented support — evacuating the White House to make way for the film crew — because by 1963 they knew the novel was not fantasy.

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October 1st, 2009

NewsMax Talking Points:
Military coup would
solve the “Obama problem”

Well I’ll be hanged …

Media talking points by a person named Perry at NewsMax, which feeds Fox News — re the bright side of a military coup to solve the “Obama problem” — were published on the NewsMax site this week.

Then taken down Wednesday (two days ago).

Obama Risks a Domestic Military Intervention

There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America’s military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the “Obama problem.” Don’t dismiss it as unrealistic.

America isn’t the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn’t mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes:

# Officers swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Unlike enlisted personnel, they do not swear to “obey the orders of the president of the United States.”

# Top military officers can see the Constitution they are sworn to defend being trampled as American institutions and enterprises are nationalized …

Goes on at some length.

First thought: a hoax.

But the crudeness of the language, screwy thoughts about the Constitution, were reminiscent of totalitarian hoplites that populate literature from behind the Iron Curtain.

And soon a Spokesvolker for Newsmax acknowledged the memo, telling TPM (where the text has been salvaged, linked above) that Perry was an “unpaid blogger.” The NewsMax site itself says he “contributes a regular column.”

What’s most important about the NewsMax piece is that it is not an isolated incident out standing in its field.

Rather, it’s surrounded by a bevy of high-brow generals who came out of retirement or obscurity in September to counter the Rumbling Thunder of the Miserable Media Tour of Dick Cheney, who should be history but apparently isn’t.

The Huffington Post dismisses the NewsMax memo as lunatic fringe. Um-hmm. Beer Hall Putsch … And again — but at least makes clear that, yes, the author is an ass raised on Age of Reagan television. Let’s see …

Ah, here’s Wonkette.

And another silly fellow, this time at CBS, who cares more about the Meme than the substance at hand.

And, aha. The NY Times search engine reports that the Grey Lady so far has ignored the story.

Here’s a native copy of the text, in case it disappears from TPM too.

September 30th, 2009

For What It’s Worth:
Police shoot students in Pittsburgh during G20

Rubber bullets, it seems. Tear gas. No demo or other untoward behavior in sight. Reminiscent of the 80s on the Lower East Side.

Something’s happening here

Not Change We Need.

September 30th, 2009

General Krulak, son of Brute,
blasts Cheney re Torture.
Very interesting! But …

On September 11 (weeks ago), two high-ranking generals came out of retirement to hit Cheney on the head about torture. Interesting but odd.

Their Op Ed was published in The Miami Herald: “Fear was No Excuse to Condone Torture.”

Well and good. But also a bit odd. Is there nothing current behind it? Torture, per se, is no longer an issue. Cheney seems history.

And note that one of the generals — former Marine Commandant Charles Krulak — bears a name that rings in the annals of American postwar history.

In the 1960s (and maybe 50s, under CIA auspices), Marine General Victor “Brute” Krulak was involved in the energetic effort to win in Vietnam. Air Force Colonel Fletcher Prouty worked closely with him, and has written a lot about him.

Relevant bits in a nutshell: Prouty says that Brute, atop the Marine staff in the Pentagon in the early 60s, became a close ally and advisor to JFK in the effort to turn the Vietnam policy around.

The McNamara-Taylor of October 2, 1963 — supposedly the findings of the Secretary of Defense and JFK’s special advisor General Maxwell Taylor on their grand tour of Vietnam — was principally authored by Krulak, Prouty & co, working closely with the White House — and then placed in McNamara & Taylor’s hands, for the sake of the cameras, as they returned from their mission.

That is: The policy change this much publicized report effected was sold using Taylor’s and McNamara’s names, but was actually the thinking and initiative of JFK’s narrow circle, which at this moment included, on the brassy side, Brute and his assistant Fletch. (Thus spake Prouty.)

1. Is Marine Gen. Charles C. Krulak the son of Marine Gen. Victor Krulak? Shouldn’t be hard to find out, I guess.

Uh yes — that’s a roger. Charles is the son of Victor.

2. Why is Charles coming out of retirement to hit the retired Cheney on the head now?

3. Are you playing the Preakness pool?

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September 29th, 2009

Joseph Trento:
Privatizing the CIA

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Check out — at Sibel Edmonds website 123Change — the Boiling Frogs podcasts, probing the National Security Apparat.

For example: An INTERVIEW with Investigative journalist Joseph J. Trento, author of, among others, The Secret History of the CIA and Prelude to Terror: The Rogue CIA and the Legacy of America’s Private Intelligence Network.

From the interview:

On All Hallows Eve, 1977 [President Carter and CIA Director Stansfield Turner] fired 800 people in the clandestine services, which was the old boy club of the CIA.

And after they did that it basically started a revolution against the Carter government. Jimmy Carter never got any intelligence of any value after that as president.

Interview tidbit text continues here.

Or click the Trento link above for the full podcast, which helps explain the decline of the civilian government in D.C. since the war, and goes best with sipped sour mash.

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September 29th, 2009

Sibel Edmonds
Gagged no more (?)

Wow.

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She whom Bush-Cheney repressed for seven years — “the most gagged person in the history of the USA” according to the ACLU — testified in a court case re Turkish and Israeli espionage in August.

And now has a big interview re Marc Grossman — alleged Israeli spy atop the State Dept in the 90s — and other spooks and influence peddlars she’s stumbled across, in the current American Conservative magazine.

( Me? I’m a socialist, or would be if there was a party to speak of stateside. But I like Pat Buchanan (of AmCon mag). He’s got a basic respect for discourse that’s rare among pundits raised on and trained for television. )

See Sibel’s website — 123 Real Change — for more about Grossman and other alleged Israeli spies from John Cole, former FBI Counterintel and Counterterror fellow, who has a book out this fall on the subject.

Edmonds is not yet impressed with Team Obama on these issues. From the AmCon interview:

First of all, Obama’s record as a senator, short as it was, spoke clearly. For all those changes that he was promising, he had done nothing. In fact, he had taken the opposite position, whether it was regarding the NSA’s wiretapping or the issue of national-security whistleblowers. We whistleblowers had written to his Senate office. He never responded, even though he was on the relevant committees.

As soon as Obama became president, he showed us that the State Secrets Privilege was going to continue to be a tool of choice. It’s an arcane executive privilege to cover up wrongdoing—in many cases, criminal activities.

And the Obama administration has not only defended using the State Secrets Privilege, it has been trying to take it even further than the previous terrible administration by maintaining that the U.S. government has sovereign immunity.

This is Obama’s change: his administration seems to think it doesn’t even have to invoke state secrets as our leaders are emperors who possess this sovereign immunity. This is not the kind of language that anybody in a democracy would use.

Also check out — at 123 — the Boiling Frogs podcasts, probing the National Security Apparat.

Eg, an interesting interview with investigative journalist Joe Trento, author of Prelude to Terror: The Rogue CIA and the Legacy of America’s Private Intelligence Network and The Secret History of the CIA. Here’s a tidbit.

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September 29th, 2009

Larry Franklin was not alone

Former FBI Counterterror official John M. Cole confirms there was strong evidence that Marc Grossman (formerly of the State Dept) was spying for Israel, and says that over a hundred espionage investigations of same profile were turned off for no good reason during his time at the tiller.

Cole has a book out on the subject in November: While America Sleeps. (Echo of Churchill’s While England Slept …)

And here’s an extensive podcast interview with him. Very interesting. Robert Mueller at FBI did everything to keep this story from coming out.

See SIBEL EDMONDS’ website — 123 Real Change — for updates through time.

August 30th, 2009

JFK Video: Jim Garrison
New Orleans District Atty

Posted in American Gestapo, JFK by ed

John Simkin, in Britain, runs both Spartacus and the Education Forum, the latter which is perhaps the best tool for thinking about things like JFK’s murder in cyberspace.

Here, his bio of Jim Garrison has been infused with Garrison’s famous TV response to an NBC News smear.

August 17th, 2009

Sickness unto Death: GI Jane

The lack of rational and popular foundation for our current wars — the lack of soldiers — has … broken another Glass Ceiling, as it were.

GI Jane has Progressed to Combat.

Her parents must be so proud.

Also note that General Freakley has been working on the suicide problem: Mental Stress Training to wash the brain clean of bloody-minded guilt. See 4th comment here.

America … If it only had a brain. And a heart. And the courage to Stay Home.

August 13th, 2009

Cheney coming out of the closet: Baby Bush (too) was a wimp

Posted in American Gestapo by ed

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Tidbits from the Washington Post re Cheney’s book.

I have a bottle of champagne in my fridge with Dick’s name on it.

August 3rd, 2009

Did Martians
cause the Cold War?

Posted in American Gestapo, Geopolitics, JFK, UFOs by ed

Ed Note: This old note has been updated with brassy quotes, and (at bottom) with a valuable audio clip from the mellifluous and middlin’ famous Robert Carr, who had a ranch in New Mexico in the late 40s when brothers from other planets were apparently falling to earth with some frequency.

1. FDR was on record against the continuance of the fledgling Office of Strategic Services — our covert ops organ — once the war that gave it birth had ended.

President Truman enacted this intent by abolishing the OSS in September 1945, and by resisting thereafter various attempts by interested parties, led by corporate lawyer and OSS agent Allen Dulles, to reconstitute a standing secret police army.

On July 26, 1947, however, Truman abruptly signed the National Security Act, creating the National Security Council and the Central Intelligence Agency — the latter out of (i) OSS bones which Dulles and Frank Wisner had been keeping warm on the sly in New York and the State Department, and (ii) nazi general Reinhard Gehlen’s eastern european spy network.

(General Gehlen was picked up on waivers from the Wehrmacht by the US Army in 1945, traded to the CIA two years later, then went back to Germany in the expansion draft to head up the Bundesrepublik’s Federal Intelligence Service. That’s him in the War Room, lower right corner.)

Why did Truman change his mind about secret police?  The so-called literature on this is a contradictory mess and inconclusive. The quiz has puzzled me for 20 years.

2. The month before, in June ’47, highly publicized sightings of unidentified flying objects by an Air Force pilot in Oregon had occurred, with regard to which the term flying saucers first appeared in the press.

And on July 7 came the first public word of the crash at Roswell, Arizona — a report by a local Air Force office that debris of a “flying disc” had been recovered.

Soon Air Force General Nathan Farragut Twining was on the case.  He told reporters in July, eighteen days before the NSA became law:

Neither the [Army Air Force] nor any other component of the armed forces has any plane, guided missile or other aerial device under development which could possibly be mistaken for a saucer or formation of flying discs. Some of these witnesses evidently saw something but we don’t know what. We are investigating.

That September, Twining reported to superiors, “the phenomenon is something real and not visionary or fictitious.”   Project Blue Book — the Air Force’s excellent X-Files adventure — was born, and seven years later Twining himself seems to have been sniffing still.

Twining would go on to become a four-star general and the Air Force Chief of Staff, 1953-57, under Eisenhower.  And finally the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (the first Air Forcer ever to command the Pentagon) during the four years before President Kennedy took office.

British Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, a hero of the Battle of Britain, was Twining’s counterpart on the UFO beat in the Royal Air Force.  In 1954 Lord Dowding told the London Sunday Dispatch:

“I am convinced that these objects do exist and that they are not manufactured by any nation on earth…. I think that we must resist the tendency to assume that they all come from the same planet, or that they are actuated by similar motives. It might be that the visitors from one planet wished to help us in our evolution from the basis of a higher level to which they had attained. Another planet might send an expedition to ascertain what have been those terrible explosions which they have observed, and to prevent us from discommoding other people besides ourselves by the new toys with which we are so light-heartedly playing. Other visitors might have come bent solely on scientific discovery and might regard us with the dispassionate aloofness which we might regard insects found beneath an upturned stone.”

Well … Perhaps Lord Dowding was crackers …

Anyone beguiled by UFOs should read Jim Marrs’ book, which bears the unfortunate title Alien Agenda.  The Dowding quote appears there on page 124 (but is cited nowhere in the index), sourced in a biography of 1988.

Marrs also quotes Air Force One steward Bill Holden, who, flying with JFK in summer 1963, asked the Prez what he thought about UFOs in light of a recent conference re same in Bonn. Holden told Marrs (in a 1996 interview) that Kennedy

became quite serious and thought for a moment before replying. “I’d like to tell the public about the alien situation, but my hands are tied.”

The Air Force says it finally closed Blue Book and stopped worrying about UFOs in 1969: the year most people (present company included) believe that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.  By this time the CIA was walking the UFO beat.  Both organs have released a lot of case files since. Couldn’t find a doggone thing.

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3. That’s General Twining on the right, circa 1961, shortly after retiring from active service.

One can’t help but notice he stands in odd company:

(a)   On the left (so to speak): CIA Director Allen Dulles, shortly before getting canned by President Kennedy for, among other things, botching and dissembling about the Bay of Pigs invasion. Three years later President Johnson would appoint him to the Warren Commission, where Dulles led the befuddling effort.

(b) Second from right: Air Force General Charles Cabell, then serving as Deputy Director of the CIA, was fired by JFK the same day as Dulles for the same reasons. Cabell’s brother was the mayor of Dallas when Kennedy came to visit in November 1963.

(c)  And, between Dulles and his deputy: Strange OSS and CIA agent Ed Lansdale, flying Air Force colors at the moment.

In 1954 Lansdale had opened our first official CIA shop in Saigon, and in January 1961 President Kennedy (days on the job) was told that Lansdale should become our next Ambassador to Vietnam.

But after speaking with Lansdale and the State Department, JFK rejected the application, upon which Lansdale re-buttoned the Air Force general’s jacket he’d been given to wear and went back to his chair atop the Air Force staff in the Pentagon. (Perhaps the photo marks this occasion: a marriage of CIA and Air Force potentates, with Lansdale, their baby, in between.)

Air Force Colonel Fletcher Prouty worked directly with Lansdale in the Pentagon from the late 50s until 1964, and repeatedly fingered him across 25 years thereafter as a manager of JFK’s murder.
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ONE CAN’T HELP but wonder, then, if:

A.  Truman’s sudden decision in July 1947 to cave in to the National Security Apparat was the result of pressure brought to bear by waving Roswell et al. in his face.

B.  The involvement of Air Force and CIA in UFO work, combined with Kennedy’s public statement in 1963 that space exploration should be a joint human enterprise, with the US and Soviet Union working as a team,  contributed in a big way to the decision to replace him with Lyndon Johnson.

Here is Robert Carr, from the 50s. Try to ignore the bizzare pictures in the clip, which bear no relation to his words.

Funny stuff.