JFK Murder Cover-Up Revelations Provide Citizen Tools For Counter-Terrorism


Recent disclosures exposing the cover-up that protected President John F. Kennedy’s killers can help the public understand today’s oft-mysterious terrorism-related news.  

New books, declassified documents, and whistleblowers like Lee Harvey Oswald’s former Marine Corps bunkmate Jim Botelho bolster the already solid case that the Warren Commission deceived the public about Kennedy’s 1963 assassination and Oswald, the alleged assassin. Botelho, who became a California judge following his Marine service, is shown last month delivering his first speech ever about Oswald, whom he Jim Botelho, Oswald's roommate, speaking in Dallas Nov. 21, 2015 JIP Photo)described as “the best roommate I ever had” and a nice guy who never could have killed the president, as alleged.

The shocking tragedy of Kennedy’s death will remain important so long as the false accusations against Oswald obscure the real killers and their motives.

From study of how official circles implemented and still maintain the Kennedy murder cover-up, we can better understand potentially similar misreported and under-reported situations today. That understanding requires, in turn, appreciation for how government commissions, news organizations, museums, and academic institutions actually work when handling super-sensitive national security matters.

As one example, the late Time-Life Publisher Charles “CD” Jackson reigned in 1963 as the nation’s leading expert on psychological warfare, as a new book underscores, thus was not simply the publisher of the nation’s two most important magazines covering the JFK murder.

After Kennedy's assassination, Jackson, fresh from a stint as national security advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower, used his Time-Life clout to acquire exclusive rights to the Abraham Zapruder film of the killing and to the memoirs of Oswald’s widow, Marina. This control allowed Jackson's Time-Life staffers and successors to suppress publication of both the film and memoirs, except for cherry-picked excerpts that could advance the Warren Commission’s false narrative.

All this was part of the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird program whereby the leaders of 40 major magazines, newspapers, broadcast networks and wire services secretly worked in tandem (unbeknownst to most of their staffers and all consumers) to report the most sensitive Charles Douglas Jacksonnews in a manner approved by the CIA and its Wall Street/private sector controllers.
 
Peter Dale ScottFew, if any, have written more bravely or influentially about this process and the JFK murder cover-up’s long-term implications than retired University of California professor Peter Dale Scott, shown in a file photo. He popularized the terms “Deep Politics” and “Deep State,” including via his pioneering 1993 book “Deep Politics and the Death of JFK.”

Scott delivered a speech last month, “Dallas and the CIA’s On-Going Culpable Obstruction of Justice,” that focused on specific ways the CIA helped orchestrate the JFK murder cover-up to perpetuate empire-building agendas of CIA rogue elements and their outside backers.

 

Scott, speaking at the JFK Historical Group’s conference also featuring the former Oswald roommate Botelho, was careful to note in a scholarly manner several disclaimers that reduce culpability of the CIA as an institution. Scott’s caveats also tend to make what might seem to the uninitiated to be wild charges more credible and relevant to similar situations today.

For one thing, he argues his belief that the Kennedy’s murder was not a CIA-run operation per se, as many researchers now allege, but instead an operation that include rogue personnel at the agency who worked without explicit approval by higher-ups. Additionally, he argues that the agency could not have operated without cooperation by rogue players at other important agencies, such as the FBI and Secret Service, and was motivated in its cover-up (assisted by Warren Commission member Allen Dulles, whom Kennedy had forced to resign from the agency in 1962) by a desire to hide deep operational secrets, not simply protection of murderers.

Whatever those motives, which may be resolved more clearly if the CIA and next president release remaining CIA secret documents in 2017 as required by the 1992 congressional “JFK Act,” Scott credibly argues that the murder and its cover-up set a damning precedent for a “Deep State” of hidden, extra-constitutional government ever since.

Today, we suggest that knowledge about such events and their implications is the first step to prevention and reform.
 
Does this sound implausible? Read on. You’ll learn more about how modern propaganda works.
     
We begin with specifics.  This follows the suggestion this week of the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. David Skorton, a cardiologist by training who recommended in a compelling lecture lecture at the National Press Club that would-be problem solvers-use an evidence-based scientific method. Aside from the logic of his position, its inclusion here serves two other purposes. One is personal gratification that such a useful formula would be provided by the former president of Cornell University, where this editor began studies in both history and investigative reporting long ago. Additionally, the problem of museum complicity in false history is quite serious and hopefully might come to Skorton’s attention, as described further below.      

With that ambitious agenda, we let's start with Botelho, the former Oswald roommate at the El Toro base. Our format is to introduce new information and then describe why it typifies suppressed information in a process frequently repeated regarding sensitive matters, including current self-censorship.

Lee Harvey Oswald militaryBotelho spoke out for the first time last month, aside from a 1964 statement to law enforcers. He told a conference in Dallas that the Oswald, shown in a file photo, was a good Marine and otherwise loyal American who never would have undertaken a traitorous action. Federal authorities took a bland sworn statement from Botelho in 1964 but did not include it in the Warren Report.

Many witnesses, prospective witnesses, law enforcers, and other experts have reported that the commission and its staff focused almost entirely on obtaining evidence that could suggest Oswald’s guilt and repeatedly ignored evidence pointing to other suspects.

Among other speakers at the Dallas conference run by the JFK Historical Group were James  C. Jenkins, one of the two Navy corpsmen who served as autopsy technicians and assisted the Navy pathologists at President Kennedy’s autopsy at Bethesda Naval Hospital on the evening of November 22, 1963. Jenkins said, as reported also in the 2015 edition of the book In the Eye of History, the late president’s head wounds convinced him that he had been shot from two different directions but that he, like other members of the autopsy team, were tightly controlled by high ranking officers for autopsy procedures and reports.

Scott’s focus was on the documented lies of CIA Director Richard Helms to Warren Commission and later congressional investigators.  

I want to talk tonight about how Richard Helms first lied to the Warren Commission and then perjured himself before the Commission. Like everyone else, I have my own beliefs and theories about the assassination. But tonight I think it will be more useful to concentrate on these indisputable facts.

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

What distinguishes the CIA lies from the others is that they can also be construed as obstruction of justice. One does not need to be a conspiracy theorist to recognize this. Tim Weiner, a New York Times journalist, has written what I call a privileged book about the CIA, Legacy of Ashes – I say privileged, because he is able to access sources from government the rest of us cannot. 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, was (and I quote) “an obstruction of justice.”  

Tonight I want to begin with an important Memo of March 6, 1964, from Richard Helms to  J. Lee Rankin of the Warren Commission staff. The 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

This series began in 2013 with neutral treatments of books, films and events regarding the 50th anniversary of the JFK’s killing and the 1964 Warren Report.

The commission chaired by Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren stated that Oswald acted alone to kill Kennedy with three gunshots from rear in Dallas. In one if its most easily disproved findings, the seven commissioners also stated that nightclub owner Jack Ruby had no connections to the mob before he fatally shot Oswald at the Dallas police station.

Conferences and books timed for the fall anniversary of Kennedy’s death provided a wealth of new material, as do the continued courage and civic commitment of ordinary citizens who resist official indifference to the crime of the century.

As one example virtually unreported anywhere, former California judge Jim Botelho told a rapt audience in Dallas last month that he never believed his former Marine Corps roommate Lee Harvey Oswald was either a traitor or a killer based on their two months together at the El Toro base in California.

Botelho, shown in a Justice Integrity Project photo and speaking for the first time publicly, described Oswald as quiet, pleasant, and patriotic bunkmate. He said he and his fellow Marines suspected that Oswald was part of a U.S.-created spy program when they received news in the fall of 1959 that he had “defected” to the Soviet Union shortly after leaving the Marines.
Mainstream media silence about the ongoing parade of JFK assassination whistleblowers, books, and declassified documents reminds Americans of that even the most avid news consumer will have difficulty understanding terrorism without straight talk from sources who earn our trust.

It's not easy to find trusted experts.  

The U.S. government has consistently misled the public about the killing, as indicated by recent disclosures that point to pervasive influence in a cover-up by the CIA and other officials in politics, law enforcement, business and other institutions.

We can extend those lessons to current affairs, particularly the counter-terrorism policies touted by the same government institutions and private sector opinion-leaders complicit in the Kennedy cover-up. Space does not permit this column to address those current events in detail today again, as we have in the past. But a glance at our news round-up indicates the many relevant questions lingering over NATO’s anti-ISIS effort, its covert war against Syria’s government, and the official chronology of several recent terror attacks while Congress stonewalls on releasing its own 2002 joint House-Senate report identifying the funders of the 9/11 attacks.

 
 
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JFK Assassination-related Books in 2015

  • Before History Dies: The stories Surrounding the JFK Assassination That Stripped America of Her Innocence. Jacob Carter
  • Prayer Man: Out of the Shadows and Into the Light. Stan Dane
  • Assassination and Commemoration: JFK, Dallas, and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. Stephen Fagin.
  • John F. Kennedy's Head Wounds: A Final Synthesis and a New Analysis of the Harper Fragment. David W. Mantik, M.D.
  • Where Angels Tread Lightly: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume 1. John M. Newman, Ph.D.
  • Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War: Why the Kennedy Assassination Should Be Reinvestigated, Volume 2. Greg R. Parker
  • Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House. Peter Dale Scott
  • JFK from Parkland to Bethesda: The Ultimate Kennedy Assassination Compendium. Vincent Palamara.
  • In the Eye of History. Disclosures in the JFK Asassination Medical Evidence. William Matson Law.
  • The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government. David Talbot
  • Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. Douglas Waller.  
  • John Courtney Murray, Time/Life, and the American Proposition: How the CIA's Doctrinal Warfare Program Changed the Catholic Church. David A. Wemhoff

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Armed with his persistence, his intellect, and his densitometer, Dr. Mantik has laid siege to some of the most confounding medical evidence in the National Archives, and, as JFK’s Head Wounds: A Final Synthesis and A New Analysis of the Harper Fragment shows, has finally brought order to the chaos there. He has exposed the JFK skull X-rays as the forgeries they are, has shown that a transiting “throat” wound would have inflicted damage to JFK’s vertebral column, has finally oriented the puzzling F8 autopsy photo correctly, and has-hopefully-ended the long debate over the location of the important Harper Fragment, returning it to the place where all medical personnel who ever saw the bone itself, knew it belonged.
 All this in two hundred pages of insight, research and rebuttal, heavy stuff made comprehensible and readable by Dr. Mantik’s style and self-deprecating humor. Clearly, Mantik’s work has cut to the truth, and stands as a fitting tribute to the JFK medical researchers who find here the vindication of much of their earlier work.


The John F. Kennedy Autopsy X-rays: The Saga of the Largest "Metallic Fragment"
By David W. Mantik, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. David W. Mantik has once again demonstrated his keen intellect and analytical skill by combining his educational knowledge in physics with his extensive experience and acquired expertise as a radiologist to meticulously re-examine the 47 year old controversy regarding JFK's skull X-rays.

As a forensic pathologist who has performed approximately 20,000 autopsies and reviewed/supervised approximately 40,000 additional autopsies, it is very difficult for me to comprehend how all the pathologists, radiologists, and technicians involved in the autopsy performed on November 22, 1963 could have failed to observe a 6.5 mm. "metallic" fragment in both the dissection of Kennedy's calvarium and the skull X-rays.

Mantik's detailed review reinforces the long-standing serious doubt about the validity of this Clark Panel finding in 1968 that has been expressed by knowledgeable WCR critic-researchers since it was disclosed. It would be fascinating to see how this incredible radiological-pathological conflict would be dealt with by the two respective (i.e., 1963 and 1968) groups of WCR medical teams in a court of law.

Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D.

President's Counter-Terrorism Address and Reaction

Washington Post, Obama warns of ‘new phase’ in terror threat, vows to destroy ISIS, David Nakamura, Dec. 6, 2015. In a rare prime-time address from the Oval Office, the president sought to reassure an uneasy nation, saying "we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless." Annotated transcript of Obama’s remarks.

Washington Post, Obama’s Oval Office address reflects struggle to be heard, Greg Jaffe, Dec. 6, 2015. In addressing the nation Sunday evening, President Obama turned to a venue he doesn’t like to discuss a subject he would rather avoid. His decision to speak on the terrorist threat from the Oval Office, just days after the deadly attack in San Bernardino, Calif., reflects a broad concern in the White House that the American people, distracted by the overheated cacophony of the campaign season, are not listening to him. Or at least they are not hearing what he has to say.

Related News Coverage

National Press Club, New Smithsonian head urges emphasis on arts and humanities, but not at expense of science, Gwen Flanders, Dec. 8, 2015. Related video above. David Skorton, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, made it clear Tuesday that he sees his organization’s mission in broad terms. In a National Press Club luncheon address, Skorton talked about the need for a community to agree on values in order to solve society’s problems. “One way,” he said, “is to reverse our nation’s seeming disinterest and disinvestment in the arts and humanities, but to do so in a way that does not sacrifice our investment in science. ... The arts and humanities complement science, and together they make us better thinkers, better decision makers and better citizens.”

David Skorton Cornell PhotoSkorton, 66, who took the helm of the Smithsonian on July 1 after a career as a cardiologist and educator led him most recently to the presidency of Cornell University, noted the emphasis by schools and governments on science, technology, engineering and math, an emphasis he said has come at the expense of the humanities. “To understand what it means to be human and to understand the complex problems that the world now faces require us to deploy every technique of understanding at our disposal, including and especially those at the heart of the visual and performing arts, social sciences and cultural studies,” said Skorton, shown in a Cornell photo. Questions from the luncheon audience focused on the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and zoo.

MailOnline US, Granddaughter sues for $10 million over her grandfather's JFK assassination film 'lost' by government investigators, Associated Press and Belinda Robinson, Nov. 23, 2015. A Texas woman said that she's suing a federal agency to force the return of a film shot by her grandfather that shows a portion of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Gayle Nix Jackson, who lives in the Fort Worth area, is seeking $10 million in compensation for the film shot by Orville Nix on November 22, 1963. In the days after the killing, he gave the film to the UPI news agency with the understanding that after 25 years it would be returned to the family. 

Dallas Morning News, On 52nd anniversary, Dealey Plaza visitors reflect on JFK assassination, Adam Schrader, Nov. 22, 2015. Dealey Plaza welcomed a small crowd of conspiracy theorists and tourists Sunday, as usual. Most visitors said they were unaware it was the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. But many said the assassination profoundly affected their lives. North of Elm Street, Beverly Oliver led a group in the national anthem, and a moment of silence marked the 12:30 p.m. shooting. Oliver, a controversial figure in the assassination research community, claims to be “The Babushka Lady” featured in several photos of the incident. Clark Phillips, 60, was one of the conspiracy theorists attending the memorial ceremony. He was in third grade the day of the assassination.

“It made an impression on me,” Phillips said. “I remember the teacher being called out into the hallway. She came back in as white as a sheet and said we had to pray.” Denver residents Katie and Brent Goebel said they coincidentally had a Dallas trip scheduled and wanted to walk the plaza. The Goebels drew comparisons between the assassination and 9/11, the major tragedy of their youth. “Both the Kennedy assassination and 9/11 violated the American spirit,” Katie Goebel said. “They stand starkly against the things we take pride in, like being a welcoming place of equality and protection.”

Kenneth Zediker, 23, flew in from Titusville, Fla., a week ago. He first visited Dealey Plaza five years ago when he came to visit his fiancee. On Sunday, he sat on the south end of Elm Street with about a dozen old cameras — the exact models used by assassination witnesses. “I really hate the ludicrous conspiracy theories that put into question the authenticity of the films and photos,” Zediker said. “If you question the authenticity of the film, then we truly don’t know what occurred.” Also on Sunday, the Sixth Floor Museum held its first event on an anniversary of the assassination. Associate Curator Stephen Fagin presented “Moments & Memories,” walking guests in the packed museum through new additions. “This event touches people of all ages from all over the world,” Fagin said. “Dealey Plaza is a necessary pilgrimage for many people, so it makes sense to have a sampling of our newest films, photos and oral histories available.”

 

Justice Integrity Project Readers Guide To JFK Assassination

* Denotes major articles in this Readers Guide series

Dealey Plaza Panorama (Andrew Kreig Photo)At right is a photo by this editor in Dallas showing Dealey Plaza. The Texas Book Depository Building where Oswald worked is behind the row of trees. The car in the center lane is near the location of President Kennedy's limo at the time of his fatal shooting.

  1. Project Launches JFK Assassination Readers' Guide, Oct. 16, 2013.
  2. Project Provides JFK Readers Guide To New Books, Videos, Oct. 26, 2013. This is a list of new books and films in 2013.
  3. Project Lists JFK Assassination Reports, Archives, Videos, Events, Nov. 2, 2013. Leading video, events and archives from the last 50 years. *
  4. Disputes Erupt Over NY Times, New Yorker, Washington Post Reviews of JFK Murder, Nov. 7, 2013. *
  5. Self-Censorship In JFK TV Treatments Duplicates Corporate Print Media's Apathy, Cowardice, Nov. 7, 2013.
  6. 'Puppetry' Hardback Launched Nov. 19 at DC Author Forum on ‘White House Mysteries & Media,'  Nov. 19, 2013.
  7. Major Media Stick With Oswald 'Lone Gunman' JFK Theory, Nov. 27, 2013.
  8. JFK Murder Scene Trapped Its Victim In Kill Zone, Nov. 30, 2013.
  9. JFK Murder, The CIA, and 8 Things Every American Should Know, Dec. 9, 2013. The CIA implicated itself in the cover-up, according to experts who have spoken out. *
  10. JFK Murder Prompts Expert Reader Reactions, Dec. 19, 2013. Reactions to our Dec. 9 column. 
  11. Have Spy Agencies Co-Opted Presidents and the Press? Dec. 23, 2013. *
  12. Don't Be Fooled By 'Conspiracy Theory' Smears, May 26, 2014. *
  13. Experts To Reveal Secrets of JFK Murder, Cover-up at Sept. 26-28 DC Forum , Sept. 5, 2014. 
  14. Washington Post Still Selling Warren Report 50 Years Later, Sept. 22, 2014. *
  15. JFK Experts To Explode Myths, Sign Books In DC Sept. 26-28, Sept. 24, 2014.
  16. Former Cuban Militant Leader Claims CIA Meeting With Oswald Before JFK Killing, Sept. 27, 2014. *
  17. JFK Readers Guide: Assassination Books, Reports, Oct. 15, 2014. *
  18. Former House JFK Murder Prober Alleges CIA ‘Lied,’ Seeks Hidden Records, Oct. 18, 2014. *
  19. The JFK Murder 'Cover-up' Still Matters -- As Does C-SPAN's Coverage, Nov. 11, 2014. *
  20. JFK, Nov. 22 and the Continuing Cover-Up, Nov. 24, 2014. *
  21. JFK Assassination Readers Guide To 2013-14 Events, Nov. 28, 2014. *
  22. CIA, Empowered by JFK Murder Cover-up, Blocks Senate Torture Report, Dec. 1, 2014. *
  23. Nearly Too Late, Public Learns of Bill Moyers’ Conflicts Over PBS, LBJ, Jan. 2, 2014.
  24. Why Bill O'Reilly's Lie About JFK's Murder Might Matter To You, March 17, 2015.
  25. Free Videos Show Shocking Claims About CIA, JFK Murder Probes, June 29, 2015.
  26. Pioneering Black Secret Service JFK Guard Abraham Bolden Warns Of Current Lessons, July 22, 2015.
  27. Understanding Hollywood-Style Presidential Propaganda From JFK To Trump, Aug. 18, 2015.
  28. Beware Of Wrong Conclusions From New CIA Disclosure On Oswald, Sept. 28, 2015.

JIP Editor's Other Recommended Columns

WhoWhatWhy, The Mystery of the Constant Flow of JFK Disinformation, Russ Baker and Milicent Crano, Nov. 24, 2015. For decades, the mainstream media have been promoting, mostly through TV specials, the government-approved story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. But those who were inclined to believe it before may have become more skeptical, ironically, because of these shows, most of which have been slick infomercials using junk science. And each one just provides more embarrassing evidence of a cover up. Below, we present a small sample of this mind-opening evidence, along with an essay that explores the mystery of why these attempts keep coming.

Peter Dale ScottWhoWhatWhy, The CIA, Mafia, Mexico — and Oswald, Part 1 of a six-part series of Peter Dale Scott book excerpts, Nov. 22-27, 2015. Russ Baker introduction: 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 of this series, please go here; Part 2, go here; Part 3 go here; Part 4 go here; Part 5 go here; Part 6 go here.

Separately, San Francisco attorney and prominent JFK Assassination researcher Bill Simpich (shown in a file photo) has published on OpEd News a series so far in 12 parts on "The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Bill SimpichLegend." The series began in 2010 with: The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part One: Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters)

The most relevant segment to George de Mohrenschildt is Part 7: The hand-off from De Mohrenschildt to the Paines:

OpEdNews, The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 7: The hand-off from De Mohrenschildt to the Paines), Bill Simpich, Oct. 22, 2011. When Oswald and his family returned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area from the Soviet Union, they knew that they had make contacts if they were going to put food on the table. Dallas oilman/spy George de Mohrenschildt became a benefactor to the Oswald family, providing them with money and contacts after their return to the US from the Soviet Union. De Mohrenschildt's lawyer Max Clark was also General Dynamics' industrial security consultant and a leader within the White Russian community. Oswald contacted Max Clark's wife shortly after his return, explaining that the Texas Employment Commission had referred her to him as a Russian-speaker and that his wife would like to spend time with another Russian-speaker. Oswald had legend makers precisely because he and his wife presented a perceived threat to national security. De Mohrenschildt visited and exchanged cards and letters with CIA official J. Walton Moore on a regular basis during the fifties and sixties. Moore wrote a memo in 1977 claiming that he only met de Mohrenschildt twice, in 1958 and in 1961. Moore's hazy memory on the number of visits was exposed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations. De Mohrenschildt revealed a few hours before his death that Moore took him to lunch in late 1961, and described to him an ex-Marine in Minsk in whom the CIA had "interest."  In the summer of 1962, an associate of Moore suggested that de Mohrenschildt might want to meet Oswald. De Mohrenschildt then called Moore, suggesting that suitable payback would be a little help by the State Department with an oil exploration deal in Haiti.

The first part of the series is, with additional segments listed below in reverse chronological order. A photo of the Oswalds is via the National Archives:

Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald National ArchivesOpEd News, The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part One: Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters), Bill Simpich, Aug. 22. 2010. With millions of documents released in the years since the JFK Act was passed in the nineties, the intelligence backgrounds of the twelve who built the Oswald legend have come into focus. A legend maker can range from a "babysitter" who just keeps an eye on the subject to someone handing out unequivocal orders. I count twelve of them, and I'll tell you about them here in this series of essays here.

  1. 08/22/2010     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part I:   Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters)
  2. 09/02/2010     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 2:  An Instant Visa Gets The Marine Into Moscow)
  3. 12/06/2010     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 3:  Counterintelligence goes molehunting with Oswald's file)
  4. 11/16/2010     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 4:  When the U-2 Goes Down, Oswald is Ready to Return)
  5. 12/27/2010     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 5:  The Double Dangle)
  6. 11/22/2011     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 6:  White Russians Keep An Eye On Oswald In Dallas)
  7. 06/03/2012     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 7:  The hand-off from De Mohrenschildt to the Paines)
  8. 06/04/2012     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 8:  The CIA-Army Intelligence Mambo)  
  9. 08/30/2012     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 9:  Oswald Takes Center Stage As An Intelligence Asset
  10. 07/26/2013     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 10: Nightmare in Mexico City)  
  11. 12/21/2014     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 11: The Paines Carry the Weight)
  12. 12/31/2014     The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 12: The Endgame