«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
The report also confirmed that Lopez entered Mexico via. Laredo, Tex., by automobile on November 23, and he departed for Havana on November 27, the only passenger on a Cubana flight. He was carrying a Cuban courtesy visa. Lopez’ FBI file contained a memorandum from the Tampa office. Dated October 26, 1964, it read: It is felt that information developed regarding the subject is not sufficient to merit consideration for the Security Index. In its 1977 Task Force Report, the CIA responded to the charges of the Senate committee.
It claimed that the agency had carried its investigation of Lopez as far as it could, having questioned a Cuban defector about him. The committee found that the absence of access to additional sources of information was not an adequate explanation for the agency’s failure to consider more seriously the suspicions of its sources or to report what information it did have to the Warren Commission. Attempts in the Task Force Report to denigrate the information that was provided on Lopez were not an adequate substitute for enabling the Warren Commission itself to pursue the leads more aggressively. (HSCA) Based on information in State Security files, and certain evidence pertaining to the event and its antecedents, General Fabian Escalante, one of Cuban investigators in the JFK assassination case, has stated that he has reached certain conclusions similar to those of other analysts on the guilty parties: the CIA, the Mafia and Cuban terrorists planned and executed the assassination. He maintains that expert sharpshooters of Cuban origin Eladio del Valle and Herminio Díaz, with or without Oswald, were responsible for the shooting, escaping afterwards in a Nash Rambler van. The conspiracy was executed by two groups, he stated, “One controlled by Jack Ruby and he other by Frank Sturgis, subsequently the Watergate ‘plumber.’ Escalante went on to reveal the Mafia participants as Santos Trafficante, Sam Giancana, John Roselli and, to a lesser degree, Carlos Marcello and Jimmy Hoffa. Among the CIA plotters he mentioned David Atlee Philips who became chief of the Western Hemispheric Division in the 70s; Richard Helms, supervisor of the anti-Cuban operations and later director of the Company; and General Cabell, ex-deputy chief of the CIA; Gerry Hemmings and other senior officials.
December 17, 1963 Howard L. Brennan, assassination eyewitness, states he is sure that the person firing the rifle from the Book Depository Building window was Oswald. It is noted that Brennan, with poor eyesight, was NOT wearing his glasses in Dealey Plaza during the shooting of JFK. By January 7, he will say he is unable to make a positive identification.
The New York Times states today that the FBI Report of December 9th reveals that one bullet struck Kennedy where the right shoulder joins the neck and another struck his right temple. AATF December 18, 1963 More news of JFK autopsy conclusions leaked to press. The NY Times publishes another report, from a “source fully acquainted with the results of the autopsy.” This article describes a small neat wound in JFK’s back which had penetrated two or three inches, and according to “the pathologists at Bethesda,” the wound at the Adam’s apple had been caused by a metal or bone fragment from the fatal head shot. The Washington Post also reports that the autopsy has found that the bullet did not exit from the President’s neck, and that the throat wound was caused by a fragment from a third shot which had hit the President’s head.
Richard Dudman, correspondent for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will report that on this date, two Secret Service agents visit the Parkland surgeons with a copy of the autopsy report from Bethesda Naval Hospital. Following this visit, the Dallas doctors change their opinion of the wound to “conform” to the Bethesda autopsy report.
Within twenty-four hours, The New York Times will publish another report in which the pathologists are said to have found that the bullet in the back had lodged in Kennedy’s body and that a second bullet had hit the right rear of his head. The story adds that a fragment of the head bullet had passed out the front of the neck. (More than a month from now, the Times is STILL reporting that a bullet had lodged in JFK’s right shoulder.) Silvia Odio is visited at work by the FBI regarding her statements to her friend, Lucille Connell on November 28 regarding LHO. Odio tells the agents her story of a single encounter in her apartment hallways with an American named “Leon” who was in the company of two JURE Cubans.
On this date, all FBI investigative work in New Orleans ceases completely. A team of agents has been in New Orleans since five days after the assassination. No mention of David Ferrie or Carlos Marcello is made in the FBI’s supplemental report of January 13, 1964.
UPI reports: “The car in which President Kennedy was assassinated is being refitted with bulletproof glass and armor plate for use by President Johnson. The work on the famous ‘bubble top’ Presidential Continental is being done at a Ford Motor Co. Experimental Garage in suburban Dearborn, but Ford officials and the Secret Service declined to comment.” The article goes on to state that “A new windshield has been installed - lending credence to reports the old one was damaged in the shooting.” December 19, 1963 LBj holds his first big National Security Council meeting today. RFK is not present. LBJ makes it clear that he will tread cautiously when it comes to Cuba.
December 20, 1963 Secret Service sends autopsy report to Warren Commission The Warren Commission officially releases the presidential limousine as evidence, and work on “Project -2” or “Quick Fix,” as it came to be referred to, begins.
J. Edgar Hoover sends a teletype today to SACS in Dallas, Phoenix and Minneapolis. In the communication Hoover states, “For information newspaper articles in one nine five nine  when subject defected to Russia quoted him as saying he lived in North Dakota.” A note at the end of the letter indicates the December 11, 1963 letter of Alma Cole was turned over to the FBI on December 19, 1963.
December 21, 1963 Former President Harry Truman writes: “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak-and-dagger operations. Some of the complications and embarrassment that I think we have experienced are in part attributable to the fact that this quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue and a subject for Cold War enemy propaganda.” Report from Secretary of Defense McNamara to President LBJ RE-evaluating the previous negative assessment, by McNamara and Gen. Maxwell Taylor, of the war in Viet Nam. Countering pessimistic assertions in the earlier report to JFK, McNamara now recommends stepped-up involvement in the war. (This report comes to LBJ less than 30 days after the assassination of JFK.) Richard Dudman, a reporter for The St. Louis Post Dispatch, writes in an article entitled “Commentary of an Eyewitness” that appears in The New Republic today: “A few of us noticed a hole in the windshield when the limousine was standing at the emergency entrance after the President had been carried inside. I could not approach close enough to see which side was the cup-shaped spot that indicates a bullet had pierced the glass from the opposite side.” Dallas Police Officer H. R. Freeman, who rode in the motorcade, will note eight years from now that “I was right beside it. I could have touched it. It was a bullet hole. You could tell what it was.” Dallas Police Officer Stavis Ellis, who was in charge of the motrocade escort through Dallas, remarks in later interviews to reporters and on radio programs, “You could put a pencil through it.” Ellis also remembers that while he was observing the hole - while the limo was parked at Parkland Hospital - a Secret Service agent came up to him and tried to persuade him that he was seeing a “fragment” and not a hole. Mr. Ellis notes: “It wasn’t a damn fragment. It was a hole.” MIDP Also on this day, Jack Ruby is interviewed for the second time by the FBI.
December 23, 1963 The FBI and the Warren Commission each receive a copy of the official JFK autopsy report on this day.
December 26, 1963 In an article in today’s issue of Life magazine, writer Paul Mandel seeks to put an “End to Nagging Rumors.” In this article, Mandel explains that the 8-mm Zapruder film “shows the President turning his body far around to the right as he waves to someone in the crowd. His throat is exposed -- toward the sniper’s nest just before he clutches it.” This supposedly explains how JFK could have been shot by LHO from behind and still been hit in the throat from the front.
December 26, 1963 Che Guevara appears on TV in Cuba as if there is nothing wrong with his political relationship with Fidel Castro. Reports are that Che has been under house arrest for planning to overthrow Castro.
December 31, 1963 Mrs. Earle Cabell, wife of the Mayor of Dallas testifies: “ It was New Year’s Eve. Of necessity, the security had asked us not to be out, that so many people had come in for the New Year’s Day game, that they were uneasy. There was the possibility that Chief Justice Warren might come. There was the rumor that he might come. There was the rumor that the President himself might come. We knew that the President’s daughters were here, so they asked us not to wander around that night. We have spent New Year’s night for many years with a very close group of friends, so we invited them to our home that night, but we explained to them that early in the evening and under rather heavy security, we went downtown to the Sheraton Hotel into a private suite to greet the Under Secretary of Navy and his wife. We stayed in this group possibly 30 or 40 minutes and then we went back to our home. At that time security had been lessened in our home. There were only two men with us at all times then. It had been much heavier earlier. The men had been in our home so long that they were like members of the family almost. They knew most of our guests because they had accompanied us on the Christmas parties and festivities that we went to. We were never without them. We did not drive our own cars for 2 months. So most of these guests were known to the security officers that were in our home that night. But I am again hazy on the time. It must have been about 11 o’clock. I walked back into our bedroom for something, and the phone rang back there. I picked it up.
This man’s voice--it was not a kid, it was not a drunk--said, “Mrs. Cabell?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “We are coming to kill that God damn mayor now.” And hung up the phone.” This year, the SVCP (Special Virus Cancer Program) begins as a government-funded program of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Bethesda, Maryland. The program studies all forms of cancer. Research includes collecting various human and animal cancers from around the world and growing large amounts of cancer-causing viruses. Thousands of liters of man-made viruses are eventually adapted to human cells and subsequently shipped around the world to various laboratories.