The following article is reprinted from Kennedy Family Friend and columnist, Arthur Krock. Two paragraphs are 'enlarged' to show the CIA's involvement into U.S. Policy six weeks before President Kennedy was assassinated. It is my belief that this information about the CIA was leaked by John or Robert Kennedy to Arthur Krock in order to try to control the actions of the CIA.
The New York Times
October 3, 1963 p. 34
War in Vietnam
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2—The Central Intelligence Agency is getting a very bad press in dispatches from Vietnam to American newspapers and in articles originating in Washington. Like the Supreme Court when under fire, the C.I.A. cannot defend itself in public retorts to criticisms of its activities as they occur. But, unlike the the Supreme Court, the C.I.A. has no open record of its activities on which the public can base a judgment of the validity of the criticisms. Also, the agency is precluded from using the indirect defensive tactic which is constantly employed by all other Government units under critical file.
This tactic is to give information to the press, under a seal of confidence, that challenges or refutes the critics. But the C.I.A. cannot father such inspired articles, because to do so would require some disclosure of its activities. And not only does the effectiveness of the agency depend on the secrecy of its operations. Every President since the C.I.A. was created has protected this secrecy from claimants—Congress or the public through the press, for examples—of the right to share any part of it.
With High Frequency
This Presidential policy has not, however, always restrained other executive units from going confidentially to the press with attacks on C.I.A. operations in their common field of responsibility. And usually it has been possible to deduce these operational details from the nature o the attacks. But the peak of the practice has recently been reached in Vietnam and in Washington. This is revealed almost every day now in dispatches from reporters—in close touch with intra-Administration critics of the C.I.A.—with excellent reputations for reliability.
One reporter in this category is Richard Starnes of the Scripps-Howard newspapers. Today, under a Saigon dateline, he related that,
"according to a high United States source here, twice the C.I.A. flatly refused to carry out instructions from Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge . . . [and] in one instance frustrated a plan of action Mr. Lodge brought from Washington because the agency disagreed with it."
Among the views attributed to United States officials on the scene, including one described as a "very high American official . . . who has spent much of his life in the service of democracy . . . are the following:
The C.I.A.'s growth was "likened to a malignancy" which the "very high official was not sure even the White House could control . . . any longer." "If the United States ever experiences [an attempt at a coup to overthrow the Government] it will come from the C.I.A. and not the Pentagon." The agency "represents a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone."
Whatever else these passages disclose, they most certainly establish that representatives of other Executive branches have expanded their war against the C.I.A. from the inner government councils to the American people via the press. And published simultaneously are details of the agency's operations in Vietnam that can come only from the same critical official sources. This is disorderly government. And the longer the President tolerates it—the period already is considerable—the greater will grow its potentials of hampering the real war against the Vietcong and the impression of a very indecisive Administration in Washington.
The C.I.A. may be guilty as charged. Since it cannot, or at any rate will not, openly defend its record in Vietnam, or defend it by the same confidential press "briefings" employed by its critics, the public is not in a position to judge. Nor is this department, which sought and failed to get even the outlines of the agency's case in rebuttal. But Mr. Kennedy will have to make a judgment if the spectacle of war within the Executive branch is to be ended and the effective functioning of the C.I.A. preserved. And when he makes this judgment, hopefully he also will make it public, as well as the appraisal of fault on which it is based.
Doubtless recommendations as to what his judgment should be were made to him today by Secretary of Defense McNamara and General Taylor on their return from their fact-finding expedition into the embattled official jungle in Saigon.
FBI Report Dated 11/23/63
To: Jesse E. Curry,
Chief of Police, Dallas, TX
From: J. Edgar Hoover,
Page 1 of a 5 page FBI document the day after JFK was assassinated in Dallas.
The FBI requested on the evening of 11/22/63 for all evidence to be forwarded to them for analysis (although it was not a Federal Crime in 1963 to assassinate the President).
Q1. Bullet from stretcher. This is the infamous 'Magic Bullet.'
Q2. Bullet fragment from front seat cushion.
Q3. Bullet fragment from beside front seat.
If Q1 is the 'Magic Bullet' and one bullet missed and hit James Tague, Q2 & 3 fragments have to be from the fatal head shot that struck JFK since the Warren Commission
determined there were only three shots.
Page 2 of the FBI Report.
Q4/5 Metal fragments from the President's head.
Q6/7 Cartridge case from (TSBD) building.
Q8 Cartridge from Mannlicher-Carcano rifle.
Q9 Metal fragment from arm of Gov. John Connally
Q13 Bullet from Officer Tippit
Q14 Three metal fragments recovered from rear floor board carpet.
Q15 Scraping from inside surface of windshield.
With Q2/3/4/5&14 we now have 7 fragments that have to be from the fatal head shot but were not tested to determine if this was one (or more) bullet(s).
Q15 Proves the fragmentation of the windshield from the front to the rear. A shot the Warren Commission would later deny having been fired at JFK. (Proves Oswald couldn't have been only shooter if you have a proof of a frontal shot).
Page 3 of FBI Report
This page does not specifically add any value to the report. It primarily states the fibers and fragments were tested but does not prove guilt or innocence of Oswald.
I displayed this page so there would be no discrepancies in not printing a page of the 5 page report.
Page 4 of FBI Report.
This page is full of information leading to Oswald's innocence. There are several areas where the fibers don't match the blanket, the rifle, the shape of the rifle doesn't match the brown paper parcel it is supposedly carried in the TSBD, etc.
The most damaging information showing Oswald's innocence is the last chapter.
The latent prints appearing in the photograph taken of the rifle, K1, by the DPD, are too fragmentary and indistinct to be of any value for identification purposes. Photographs of this weapon taken by this Bureau (FBI) also failed to produce prints of sufficient legibility for comparison purposes.
The FBI is admitting the day after the assassination they have no prints of value on the weapon !!!
Page 5 of the FBI Report.
The second paragraph is all the proof Oswald would have needed to be found innocent at trial.
No latent prints of value were developed on Oswald's revolver, the cartridge cases, the unfired cartridge, the clip in the rifle or the inner parts of the rifle.
The FBI is admitting they have no prints available on the revolver, the rifle, the cartridge cases or ammunition, the clip in the rifle or inner parts of the rifle.
Lee Oswald has less than 24 hours to live and the FBI and Dallas Police Department have no physical evidence he committed either crime against President Kennedy or Officer Tippit, however, Oswald would be killed the next day by Jack Ruby.
Memorandum Dated 3/3/64.
To: James Rowley, Chief,
U.S. Secret Service
From: John McCone,
The Director of the CIA is notifying the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service that unless the Warren Commission makes a 'specific' request for 'specific' information, the information should not be volunteered.
This document proves that Lee Oswald was an Agent of the CIA (trained at Camp Peary) and an informant to the FBI.
This document also proves that Oswald worked for the CIA and was under cover of Naval Intelligence. This document also reveals that Oswald had a security clearance of "Confidential."
The Warren Commission knew as early as January 1964 that Oswald was connected to the Intelligence Community and was possibly a CIA Agent and FBI Informant. This document proves both.
This is a letter which recently sold at auction for $2,900. It was a response to a request of Mrs. Lincoln to describe her actions on Nov. 22, 1963.
Mrs. Lincoln on Air Force One on the returning trip to Washington D.C. wrote a list of who she believed was responsible for the assassination of President Kennedy. According to her list, the most likely candidates were:
Lyndon B. Johnson (had the most to gain)
J. Edgar Hoover,
This letter (in last paragraph) shows in Evelyn Lincoln's opinion, there was no doubt a conspiracy. This letter dated November 19, 1994 confirms her original hand written notes of 11/22/63 aboard Air Force One and suggests Oliver Stone's movie "JFK" was on the right track.
Seymour Weitzman Affidavit
In Weitzman's affidavit he states the shots were thought to come from the Texas School Book Depository Building.
Weitzman also states the gun found was a 7.65 German Mauser, not a Mannlicher-Carcano that would be linked to Lee Harvey Oswald.
This document also states the gun was found at 1:22pm and the rifle had one unspent round left in the gun that Capt. Fritz would eject.
Once the DPD and FBI could not trace the Mauser to Oswald, the gun suddenly morphed into a 6.5 Italian Mannlicher-Carcano.
Walter Cronkite (and most media) would report the original finding of a German Mauser was 'a rumor or mistake.'
Why would Weitzman (who was an avid gun collector and owned a sporting goods store at one time) sign an affidavit saying the rifle was a Mauser?Because it was and Weitzman was speaking the truth in his affidavit. It was the media and U.S. Government that lied about his testimony.
Helen Markham Affidavit--Dated 11/22/63
The key Warren Commission witness in the killing of Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippit, Helen Markham, states in her affidavit that she was standing on the street corner waiting on her scheduled 1:15pm bus to go to work.
The opening sentence in her affidavit states the time was 1:06pm. This is extremely important because the Warren Commission claimed that Officer Tippit was killed at 1:15pm. If Oswald was standing on the corner of Beckley & Zang at 1:04pm (as his landlady, Earlene Roberts stated), this only allows Oswald 2 minutes to walk 9/10 of a mile and kill Officer Tippit.
Texas Theater employee, Butch Burroughs, also admitted that Oswald arrived at the Texas Theater between 1:00-1:07pm.
Clearly Lee Oswald couldn't be in two different places at the same time (10th & Patton and Texas Theater). The Warren Commission changed the time of Tippit's killing to 1:15pm to allow him ample time to walk the 9/10 of a mile and to arrive at the Texas Theater before his arrest at 1:40pm.
Authorized Permit For Autopsy for J.D. Tippit.
This document is how the Warren Commission changed the time of Officer J.D. Tippit's death from 1:06pm to 1:15pm. As stated above, Helen Markham's affidavit said she was standing on the bus corner at 1:06pm when the suspect shot and killed Tippit.
The Warren Commission used the time on Tippit's Autopsy Permit of 1:15pm. 1:15pm is the time Tippit arrived at Methodist Hospital DOA (Dead on Arrival). Methodist Hospital is only 1-2 miles from Tenth & Patton. This form was used to officially pronounce Tippit dead and to transfer his body to Parkland Hospital for Dr. Earl Rose (Coroner of Dallas County) to perform the autopsy.
In the Pertinent Facts Regarding Death there is a typographical error. This form states he was shot at 503 East Tenth Street. He was shot in the 400 block of East Tenth Street, more precisely in front of 404 E. Tenth St.
When Dr. Earl Rose performed the autopsy, he discovered that Officer Tippit had BOTH .38 revolver and .38 automatic bullets in his body. Oswald only owned a revolver. Oswald's gun would not accept automatic bullets! Either Oswald owned another automatic weapon, had an accomplice, or more than likely, NEVER shot Tippit at all.
W.F. Dyson, Lt. of Police, wrote this memorandum to Chief of Police Jesse Curry on November 25, 1963 regarding the actions of Jack Ruby on November 21, 1963.
Dyson states that Ruby walked into the Asst. District Attorneys office the day before the assassination of JFK and told Asst. D.A., Ben Ellis, "You probably don't know me now, but you will."
One of two documents (card below) which shows that Ruby had prior knowledge of the JFK assassination and his role in it.
C.E. 'Nicky' Nichols, Jr., was a Bell Captain at the Adolphus Hotel. Jack Ruby's Carousel Club was directly across the street. Nicky told his grandson, Chris Gallop, in 1988 that Jack Ruby would always come into The Adolphus and pass out his business cards to attract business. Jack would always offer one to Nicky, who would always refuse and say, "Now Jack, you know my wife Evelyn would skin me alive if she caught me in your club."
On the evening of November 21, 1963, Jack offered the card to Nicky again and after declining to accept the card, Ruby took the card back and wrote on the back, "Admit Party, Except Saturday" and signed the card. Ruby shoved the card into Nicky's hand and said, "God Damn it Nicky, keep this card, it's going to be worth something one day."
This card and the Dyson letter of November 25, 1963 are proof that Jack Ruby had prior knowledge of the assassination plans of JFK.