(From the June 1996 Conspiracy Nation Newsletter)
The year is 1946. With the defeat of the Nazis, the USSR is
shaping up as the big enemy of freedom. In Munich, Germany,
ALLEN DULLES of the OSS, the Allies' WWII secret spy network,
begins recruiting Nazis to shelter under the umbrella of the U.S.
government. Among other American agents working to recruit the
presumably dead Hitler's master spies are RICHARD HELMS, JAMES
ANGLETON, THEODORE SHACKLEY and WILLIAM HARVEY. All these would
later become Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) big shots.
The CIA, officially born 1 year later, is supposedly formed just
to be a central clearinghouse of intelligence coming in from
other U.S. government intelligence agencies, such as Naval
Intelligence and Army Intelligence. There is also a minor
provision in the original enacting legislation saying that the
Agency is to "perform such other functions and duties related to
intelligence affecting the national security as the National
Security Council may from time to time direct."
The CIA takes the "minor provision" and, by 1954, has interpreted
it as somehow meaning it has full authority to help topple the
legally elected government of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.
Because of the "success" of the Guatemalan coup d'etat, veterans
of that affair are later selected by CIA "covert plans" Deputy
Director Richard Bissell to help with attempts to overthrow the
government of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Among those chosen by Bissell
is E. HOWARD HUNT.
Just prior to "Bay of Pigs", MARITA LORENZ, then a girlfriend of
Castro, is recruited by Alex Rorke and FRANK STURGIS (a.k.a.
Frank Fiorini) to poison Fidel. She smuggles two poison capsules
in a jar of cold cream. But the cold cream melts the capsules
and the plot fails.
Then comes Bay of Pigs: on board a U.S. Navy vessel that
officially "doesn't exist" at that time and place, the "USS
Essex", is JIMMY ROTHSTEIN. He and others are there to help
support the Bay of Pigs operation.
But the Bay of Pigs operation does not succeed. CIA attempts to
overthrow the Cuban regime, however, still continue. In October
of 1961, a plot to murder Castro by firing a bazooka at him while
he stands on a balcony is thwarted. One of the plotters is
captured by Castro's men; he is found hiding at the estate of
AMADOR ODIO, a wealthy Cuban. Another conspirator, ANTONIO
VECIANA, escapes to Miami.
Secret director of the "bazooka plot" against Castro is "MAURICE
BISHOP", a cover name used by DAVID ATLEE PHILLIPS, the CIA's
Chief of Western Hemisphere. "Bishop" suggests to Veciana that
he form a group called ALPHA 66. It becomes an extremely
militant Cuban exile group.
In spite of the Bay of Pigs disaster, President John Kennedy
remains staunchly anti-Castro. JM/WAVE, the largest CIA
installation anywhere except for CIA headquarters in Langley,
Virginia, is set up and covert actions to overthrow Castro
continue. Head of operations at the JM/WAVE facility (disguised
as "Zenith Technical Enterprises, Inc") is DAVID SANCHEZ MORALES.
Working closely with Morales at JM/WAVE is JOHN ROSSELLI,
originally a gangster with Al Capone's Chicago mob. (Also
connected with Chicago organized crime is JACK RUBY.)
By this time, assassination has long since become part of U.S.
policy and is a sizeable business. Helping develop the weaponry
is MITCHELL LIVINGSTON WERBELL III.
Castro is not feeling too safe, what with plots to kill him and
to invade "his" island and/or overthrow his government going on.
Is that why his Soviet allies begin smuggling missiles to Cuba?
JFK finds out that missiles are being shipped to Cuba. And now,
as we all "know", comes JFK's moment of glory where he boldly
stares down Khruschev until the Soviet leader "blinks" and
withdraws the missiles. This is what we are told. But the real
story is that Khrushchev makes a deal with JFK: "I'll withdraw
the missiles if you'll stop going after Castro and Cuba." We
don't get the whole story because, hey, that's politics;
President Kennedy wants to look "tough" to help him politically.
So at this point -- after the Cuban Missile Crisis -- JFK causes
covert actions against Castro to ease off. This in turn causes
the Cuban exiles to become furious and to believe that JFK has
GEORGE DE MOHRENSCHILDT, the son of a pre-Bolshevik, Czarist
Russian official, migrates to the United States in 1938. During
World War II, he works with French intelligence. He is friends
with Mrs. John V. Bouvier, mother of Jackie Kennedy. De
Mohrenschildt is a "White Russian"; he is firmly anti-communist.
In the early 1960s, he works as a consultant for several Texas
oil companies. For some reason, de Mohrenschildt befriends
"working-class drifter" LEE HARVEY OSWALD and introduces him to
the Dallas White Russian community.
Around April of 1963, de Mohrenschildt moves to Haiti and goes
into business with CLEMARD JOSEPH CHARLES who works in turn with
Haitian President "Papa Doc" Duvalier. Charles most likely works
as Duvalier's "bag man"; i.e. his job apparently involves
bringing bags of money from Duvalier to U.S. politicians. It is
also possible that Charles was a conduit of funds for CIA.
Decades later, one of Clemard Charles' corporate fronts is the
St. Charles Pacific Peace Organization. The Treasurer of the
organization is Frank Sturgis.
In September of 1963, "Maurice Bishop" calls Veciana of Alpha 66
and asks him to come to Dallas, Texas. Veciana meets Bishop,
most probably in the Southland Center, a 42-story office
building. When Veciana enters the lobby, he sees Bishop in a
corner, speaking with a young man -- Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald
leaves without having been introduced to Veciana.
Also in September of 1963, SILVIA ODIO, daughter of Amador Odio,
the wealthy Cuban who hid one of the conspirators involved in the
"bazooka plot", is visited by 3 men. They come to her apartment
in Dallas one evening in the last week of September. One of the
3 men is Lee Harvey Oswald, introduced to her as "Leon Oswald".
In October 1963, Marita Lorenz, the girl whose poison capsules
for Castro had melted in her jar of cold cream, meets with Frank
Sturgis and a man she calls "Ozzie" (Lee Harvey Oswald) in the
home of ORLANDO BOSCH. They discuss "certain streets in Dallas".
In November 1963, Lorenz joins Frank Sturgis and other men in a
drive from Florida to Dallas. They leave after midnight in two
old, beat up cars. They arrive in Dallas and register at a motel
on the outskirts of town. At the motel, "Ozzie" visits. Then
later, they are visited by Jack Ruby. Lorenz later asks Sturgis,
"Where'd you get that Mafia punk [Ruby]?" Sturgis replies that,
"I made a mistake. This is too big. I want you to go back to
Miami." Lorenz agrees to go back to Miami. As she is about to
leave for the airport, E. Howard Hunt arrives.
In the Dallas JFK motorcade on November 22, 1963 is HENRY B.
Filming the tragedy in the JFK Deathmobile, from the "grassy
knoll", is Abraham Zapruder. He sells the film to TIME, INC.
which will not allow it to be shown to the public. (The Zapruder
film was finally resurrected through the heroic efforts of Robert
J. Groden, author, with Harrison Edward Livingstone, of High
Treason, an excellent book which explores the JFK assassination.)
Time-Life and its owner HENRY LUCE had actively supported the
Alpha 66 group. Wife of Henry Luce is CLARE BOOTH LUCE. She is
friends with David Atlee Phillips, i.e. "Maurice Bishop".
(As documented in Carl Bernstein's article, "The CIA and the
Media" [Rolling Stone 10/20/77], America's major news media have
been working hand in glove with the CIA. Journalists who are
secretly paid by the CIA (in addition to the money they are paid
by their nominal employers) are known as CIA "assets". The
Agency invests its money in many places. In the early 1960s,
many so-called "committees" were formed -- for example, Citizens
for a Free Cuba, Citizens Committee to Free Cuba, etc. The CIA
established some of these "committees" for the purpose of
funneling cash and weapons to anti-Castro groups.)
VIRGINIA PREWETT is on the board of directors of the Citizens
Committee to Free Cuba. She is also one of David Atlee Phillip's
("Maurice Bishop") media "assets". She works, around the time of
President Kennedy's murder, as a columnist for the Washington
Daily News. where she writes articles favoring groups such as
Alpha 66. Other members of her "Citizens Committee", who are
also CIA media "assets", write stories designed to point
suspicion at Fidel Castro as being the instigator of the JFK
The founder and executive director of the Citizens Committee to
Free Cuba is PAUL BETHEL. Bethel has recruited Clare Booth Luce
as a founding member of his Citizens Committee to Free Cuba.
Bethel is a very close friend of David Atlee Phillips ("Maurice
Bishop"). In fact, Bethel, Phillips, and WAYNE SMITH, employed
by the State Department at the American Embassy in Havana in
1960, had all been chums in a little theater group there at that
Paul Bethel writes for WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY's National Review.
Buckley is a CIA "asset", takes instruction from Phillips, and is
godfather to one of E. Howard Hunt's children. Phillips
("Bishop") works through JM/WAVE to coordinate propaganda
operations of several Cuban exile groups. David Sanchez Morales,
head of operations at JM/WAVE, later goes on to work with WILLIAM
COLBY and his "Operation Phoenix" in Vietnam.
(Operation Phoenix, according to New Times magazine reporter
Michael Drosnin, "oversaw the creation of mercenary terror teams,
the founding of a vast and brutal secret police force, the
construction of a nationwide network of interrogation centers,
and finally devised Phoenix to coordinate and provide a legal
cover for the growing campaign of mass murder and political
imprisonment [in Vietnam]." Phoenix, writes Gaeton Fonzi in The
Last Investigation, "was a secret war waged by hit men." So
Morales gets a little "hit man" training or he is already an
accomplished "hit man" and was honing his skills. Bottom line:
Morales is a "hit man" for CIA.)
(Recapping is hard to do at this point, but basically we have CIA
--> Veciana --> Alpha 66 --> Cuban Missile Crisis --> JFK
assassination --> media "assets" plant disinformation.)
Moving ahead in time, we encounter the Nixon Administration. The
year is 1969. President Richard Nixon launches what he calls the
"War Against Drugs"; Nixon, nobly, says he wants to save
America's kids from drugs.
Friend of Mitch WerBell, since old OSS days, is LUCIEN CONEIN.
E. Howard Hunt, now working for the Nixon White House, offers
Conein a job running the "War Against Drugs". By 1973, Conein is
chief of Special Operations for the Drug Enforcement Agency
[DEA]. Conein recruits at least a dozen CIA people into his
Special Operations branch of DEA. (That figure is estimated to
be higher by retired Brigadier General Russell S. Bowen in his
book, The Immaculate Deception. According to Bowen, by 1971
there are "more than 100 CIA-trained Cuban exiles, under cover of
narcotics enforcement [functioning] as a White House goon
Was Nixon's antidrug campaign in reality a bid to establish his
own intelligence network?
Was Nixon's "War Against Drugs" really the start of undeclared,
semi- martial law in America? Savvy folks, on the lookout
against declarations of martial law, do not see semi-martial law,
disguised as a "War Against Drugs". Remember: the year is 1969.
There is massive unrest at home as the War in Vietnam has by now
been essentially undermined.
1971: Veciana sets up headquarters in Caracas, Venezuela, with
purpose being to recruit an experienced "team" to assassinate
Fidel Castro. Castro will be visiting Chile, and the plan is to
shoot him at a press conference there. The assassins are then to
be arrested by the Chilean military before Castro's bodyguards
get a chance to kill them. "Maurice Bishop" says that from there
he can arrange their escape from Chile.
Working with Veciana to help organize the assassination attempt
is LUIS POSADA. Posada works for the Venezuelan secret police --
DISIP. He is also working for CIA.
Invited to Caracas at this time by DISIP is Orlando Bosch, he of
the aforementioned house in Florida, Frank Sturgis, "Ozzie", and
the "certain streets in Dallas."
Lucky for Castro, the 1971 Chilean plot fails. So, Chilean
military does not need to lend a hand. President of Chile at
this time is SALVADOR ALLENDE. Allende, democratically elected
and a socialist, is not part of the plot against Castro. Two
years later the Chilean military is again at cross-purposes with
From 1970 thru 1973, CIA pours $13 million of our money into
Chile, hoping to undermine President Allende. Most of this money
is slipped to CIA "assets" in the media, with consequent effect
on the information received by the Chilean people.
HAL "THE SPOOK" HENDRIX works for International Telephone &
Telegraph (ITT) Corporation in Chile. A former "reporter" for
the Miami News, in which capacity he had pumped out
disinformation about Lee H. Oswald immediately after the JFK
murder, Hendrix now (early 1970s) sends a cable to America. The
cable goes to an ITT vice president. It tells him that the Nixon
White House has given the "green light" for operations meant to
overthrow Salvador Allende. Says Henry Kissinger, commenting on
the Allende election, "I don't see why we need to stand by and
watch a country go 'Communist' because of the irresponsibility of
its own people."
In September 1973, Allende is overthrown by a military coup
d'etat. Taking over in Chile is GENERAL AUGUSTO PINOCHET.
Pinochet and friends -- the "junta generals" -- gain power with
help from ITT, CIA and David Atlee Phillips ("Maurice Bishop").
More than 10,000 Chilean dissidents are shot and/or tortured to
death following the coup. Among those arrested, tortured and
sent to a Chilean concentration camp is former Foreign and
Defense Minister of that South American nation, ORLANDO LETELIER.
To quiet mounting international criticism, General Pinochet later
releases Letelier and lets him leave the country.
In December 1974, Orlando Bosch and other anti-Castro terrorists
visit Chile. They meet with the junta generals and work out a
mutual assistance pact: the Cubans will help DINA, the Chilean
secret police, liquidate Pinochet's exiled enemies who have been
bad-mouthing the Generalisimo from abroad. In return, Chile will
supply Bosch and friends arms, explosives, fake passports, and a
safe haven from which to operate.
By the summer of 1976, Bosch has united many of the various
militant Cuban exile groups. In a meeting in the Dominican
Republic attended by representatives of these groups, a coalition
called Commando of United Revolutionary Organizations (CORU) is
born. Within 10 months, CORU takes "credit" for more than 50
acts of violence: bombings, kidnappings, and assassinations.
Among those assassinated is Orlando Letelier: in Washington,
D.C., Letelier is driving down Massachusetts Avenue. A
remote-control bomb attached to the car explodes. CIA media
"asset" Virginia Prewett writes a disinformation piece, in which
she suggests that Letelier had been "sacrificed" by leftists --
in other words, the leftists knew it would appear obvious that
Pinochet et al. was behind the bombing so they, according to
Prewett, took advantage of this obviousity and murdered one of
But, in fact, the orders to kill Letelier had come from Chile,
through their secret police, to CORU. Letelier's briefcase,
recovered at the scene of the bombing by a homicide detective,
somehow finds its way into the hands of David Atlee Phillips.
Phillips, in turn, distributes its contents to "friendly"
"journalists" and legislators.
Around this time too, the body of mobster John Rosselli is found
inside a drum floating in the waters near Miami. Rosselli,
linked to CIA through the JM/WAVE facility, had inside knowledge
about CIA/Organized crime links.
Also around this time, the New York Daily News has headlines of
"Ex-Spy Says She Drove to Dallas With Oswald & Kennedy 'Assassin
Squad.'" Marita Lorenz has decided to go public and disclose part
of what she knows. James Rothstein, now an NYPD detective,
receives information that an infuriated Frank Sturgis is on his
way to Lorenz's home to murder her for talking. Rothstein
intercepts Sturgis and arrests him. Rothstein described to this
editor what happened next:
"I talked to Sturgis when I arrested him. See, I had Frank
Sturgis two hours before anybody knew we had him. And
another thing: see, I had been in the Bay of Pigs invasion
on an aircraft carrier that 'didn't exist'. And so when I
grabbed Sturgis, after we had him under control and
everything, the first thing I did was to congratulate him
for assassinating John F. Kennedy. I purposely did that.
And when I told him that I had been on the Essex and that
we had bombed that place for 3 days and 3 nights, he said,
'The only way you knew that is if you were there.' Because
it was unknown. And after that, he took me in as one of
his [confidants]. We talked for 2 hours."
Chairman of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, formed
in September of 1976, is Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. In
October, Richard Sprague is chosen as the Committee's chief
counsel. Gonzalez feuds with Sprague and eventually resigns from
the Committee. He flies back to Texas and gives an angry
interview to the San Antonio Express-News. "The Committee was
programmed to self-destruct," rages Gonzalez. "I'm aware at last
that the House leadership never had intended for the JFK
investigation to fly, and indeed had prefabricated the whole
thing for the skids."
In late March of 1977, George de Mohrenschildt receives a notice
that he is being sought to testify before the Assassinations
Committee. Hours later, he dies of a shotgun wound to the head,
an apparent suicide.
Years pass. In July of 1988, The Nation magazine reports
discovering a memo written by J. Edgar Hoover of the FBI on
November 29, 1963. The document summarizes oral "briefings"
given on the day after the JFK murder to, among others, "Mr.
George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency." Was Bush with
CIA as far back as 1963!? Bush says the memo must refer to
"another George Bush." CIA then says the "George Bush" referred
to in the memo was a low-level researcher and analyst with the
Agency, whose name is George William Bush. But, this person,
George William Bush, gives a sworn affidavit stating that, "I am
not that Mr. George Bush of the Central Intelligence Agency
referred to in the memorandum." Questioned further, President
Bush has the White House stonewall the matter by refusing to
But Bush has apparently been with CIA since before 1961 and has
worked with, among others, FELIX RODRIGUEZ who is also known as
"Max Gomez". (You remember "Max Gomez": he showed up in the
last issue of Conspiracy Nation. ) George Bush, using his
company, Zapata Oil, as a corporate cover for his Agency
activities, has worked with the anti-Castro groups both before
and after Bay of Pigs.
In 1971, Bush joins up with the "War on Drugs" gang; President
Nixon appoints him to the White House Cabinet Committee on
International Narcotic Control. In the mid-70s, Congress and the
Justice Department try to crack down on rogue elements within the
rogue Central Intelligence Agency, but Bush, now CIA Director,
gums up the works. By 1988, with the increasing militarization
of the "War on Drugs", Bush is riding high on a white horse.
Mid-way into his presidency he appears on national television
holding a big bag of cocaine. Says President Bush: "This bag of
cocaine was purchased right across the street from the White
House !! "
Of course we know that Reagan/Bush, through Oliver North, was
helping fund and supply an illegal war against the Sandinistas in
the 1980s. Part of the illicit scheme involved flying weapons to
Nicaragua's Contras out of an airport near Mena, Arkansas.
Working on the project was TERRY REED, author, with John
Cummings, of the bestseller Compromised. Above Terry Reed in the
chain of command is "Max Gomez", a.k.a. Felix Rodriguez, who
incidentally is the man who killed Che Guevara.
Terry Reed, currently suing certain persons in Arkansas, has
hinted that another book may be forthcoming. On a 1994 shortwave
broadcast of America's Town Forum with then-host Tom Donahue,
Reed mentioned that the sequel to Compromised most likely would
deal in part with Zapata Oil -- George Bush's company.
Which brings us back to Detective James Rothstein (retired).
After the April 1995 OKC bombings, Rothstein was hired and/or
asked by a wealthy Chicago businessman to go down to Oklahoma and
find out exactly what happened. Based on what Rothsteain found
out as well as on other information I have, here is what probably
happened. Note that the following scenario still has gaps and is
subject to change when/if further info becomes available.
McVeigh returns from the Gulf War. He wants to get into Special
Forces but he apparently doesn't make it and "washes out" at Fort
Bragg. Also, subsequent to the Gulf War, some Iraqis are
recruited into U.S. intelligence. It's worth noting that Dr.
Michael Parenti has stated that Saddam Hussein himself was
"owned" by CIA but that something went wrong -- perhaps he, like
Barry Seal and Ron Brown, got too greedy.
So McVeigh becomes a "drifter" -- or possibly a government agent
of some type if his "washing out" from Special Forces is itself
just a cover story. After the Waco Massacre he demonstrates
strong feelings of outrage about what happened. He may have been
duped into a BATF "sting" operation where a BATF agent
provocateur provided him with a Ryder truck filled with
explosives and asked him to drive it to Oklahoma City. Going
along for the ride with McVeigh is the elusive "John Doe #2".
Unbeknownst to McVeigh but known to John Doe #2 is that a
"beeper" -- a remote tracking device -- is attached to the truck.
This allows BATF to maintain a "loose tail" on the truck; they
can follow the truck even though they are miles away. The plan
seems to be to stop McVeigh at the last minute, thereby
(hopefully) giving BATF dramatic, heroic, last-minute-rescue
footage for "news" programs which in turn might help BATF's
After the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein is supposedly angry about
something. Perhaps he feels that his CIA buddies have
double-crossed him. Unbeknownst to BATF and U.S. Intelligence,
John Doe #2, riding with McVeigh, is actually a double-agent with
a mission from Saddam Hussein: possibly revenge of some/any
sort. John Doe #2 secretly removes the "beeper" from the truck.
Now BATF is in a panic. They have lost the truck! All that is
known is that the truck is going to Oklahoma City. There is an
emergency. Every available BATF agent is called out. (That is
why there were no BATF in the Murrah Building when the bombs went
off; they were all out on the street, looking for McVeigh.) In
the early morning hours of April 19, 1995, BATF agents are
spotted by several witnesses all over Oklahoma City. The agents
carry wire hoops with which they desperately hope to pick up some
signal from the "beeper". (They of course still don't know that
the "beeper" has been disabled.)
Meanwhile, other Iraqi agents have entered the Murrah Building
carrying satchels loaded with high-powered explosives. These
satchels are placed against key support columns.
That morning, the truck pulls up in front of the Murrah Building.
Perhaps McVeigh believes that the explosion will not be very
powerful; perhaps he is unaware of the other explosives placed
against certain support columns in the building. Some have
speculated that the real explosives, the ones in the satchels,
were connected to air-pressure detonators and that the truck bomb
only served as a means to set off the detonators on the satchels.
McVeigh and John Doe #2 leave the truck, start the timing device
to explode the truck, then get into an automobile and drive away.
A few blocks from the scene, John Doe #2 gets out of the car,
changes the license plate, and then gives McVeigh the O.K. to
drive off. But, one last little thing John Doe #2 does is to
make sure the new license plate on McVeigh's car is not
well-attached, thus making it likely he will be pulled over.
McVeigh may have believed he was making a relatively harmless
"statement" on the 2-year anniversary of the Waco Massacre.
Little did he know that the waters were deeper than he thought.
Same too with BATF: they perhaps believed that a relatively
harmless "sting" operation -- wherein McVeigh would first be
tempted by an agent provocateur and then arrested by BATF, a "bad
cop" "good cop" routine -- was in the works but, again, the
waters were deeper than they had supposed.
But Rothstein adds that there is more to this than his outline of
events. I would have to agree: the investigation into the OKC
bombings is, according to McVeigh's defense attorney, Stephen
Jones, "the largest criminal investigation in the history of the
U.S., larger than Kennedy's death, larger than Oswald by any
standard." Other elements that somehow tie in are (1)
co-defendant Terry Nichols travels to the Phillipines, then
somehow has bricks of silver stashed away in a storage facility
-- where'd he get all the silver? (2) Andreas Strassmeir, an
ultra-right German, may have been involved in the "sting
operation"; Strassmeir, now back in Germany, denies this.
Views expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of
Conspiracy Nation nor of its editor. Main source for this issue
was The Last Investigation by Gaeton Fonzi (New York: Thunder's
Mouth Press, 1993). Other books consulted were High Treason by
Robert J. Groden and Harrison Edward Livingstone, The Immaculate
Deception by Russell S. Bowen, and Deep Politics and the Death of
JFK by Peter Dale Scott.