«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, ...»
December 5, 1973 President Nixon asks Arlen Specter, former Democrat and Warren Commission Counsel, to head his legal defense. Specter eventually turns him down. [Specter is the protégé of John Mitchell and served as Co-Chairman of the Pennsylvania CREEP in 1972.] Also, during this month Beverly Kay, who works for the Secret Service in the White House, dies of a “massive stroke” at the n age of forty-two. She dies in the White House. Her job, among other things, is to store the tape recordings which the Secret Service has made of President Nixon. She has been telling her friends what she thinks about the culpability of Nixon and his aides from what she has heard on the tapes.
December 8, 1973 Dorothy Hunt, wife of E. Howard Hunt, dies in a mysterious crash of United Airlines - flight # 553 n
- in Chicago. She is reputedly carrying a large amount of money -- in excess of $100,000. The plane takes off from Washington National Airport for Chicago. There are sixty-one people and six crew members on the plane, a Boeing 737. With Dorothy Hunt is Michelle Clark of CBS. Michelle Clark “had learned from her inside sources that the Hunts might be getting ready to blow the White House out of the water, and that before Howard Hunt was hung out to twist slowly in the breeze he would bring down every tree in the forest.” The plane crashes at 2:29 PM, and from that moment on, the FBI is in charge of the crash site for the first time in history. (The FBI office is forty minutes away from the crash site.) Immediately after the crash, even before the fire department arrives, over 200 FBI and DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency) men come in and take over the area. None show credentials when asked by local police or anyone.
The head of the NTSB, John Reed, testifies that he complained to the FBI because FBI agents had taken over their job in the crash and were interviewing people before the NTSB could, and also listened to the tower tapes before anyone else, and then confiscated the tapes.
Independent researcher Sherman Skolnick believes that Dorothy Hunt was also carrying documents that link Nixon to the Kennedy assassination. According to Skolnick these papers, which are being used to blackmail Nixon, are immediately seized by the FBI.
One day after the plane crash, White House aide Egil Krough is appointed Undersecretary of Transportation. This gives him direct control over the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration -- the two agencies that are in charge of investigating the crash. Soon Dwight Chapin, Nixon’s Appointment Secretary, becomes a top executive at United Airlines.
(Dorothy is on a United carrier when she makes her ill-fated journey.) January 11, 1974 Jacqueline Kennedy undertakes an oral-history interview for the LBJ Library today, during which, referring to her previous committee efforts to promote the shabby appearance of Pennsylvania Avenue, she says: “I thought it might come to an end. I asked President Johnson if he’d be nice enough to receive the commission and sort of give approval to the work they were doing, and he did. It was one of the first things he did.” Of William Manchester’s book The Death Of a President, she says: “The worst thing in my life was trying to get all those things of Mr. Manchester’s out of his book. I’ve never read the book. I did my oral history with him in an evening and alone, and it’s rather hard to stop when the floodgates open. I just talked about the private things. I know that afterwards there were so many things, one, about the private things, which were mostly expressions of grief of mine and Caroline’s that I wanted to take out of the book. And whether or not they got out, they were all printed around. Now it doesn’t seem to matter so much, but then I had such a feeling.” January 23, 1974 Murry Chotiner dies one week after his car is struck by a government truck. He has sustained a bron ken leg. Chotiner served as Richard Nixon’s longtime political manager. He and his brother handled the legal defense of 221 mobsters prosecuted during the three years of Nixon’s rise from Congressman to Senator to Vice Presidential nominee.
March 15, 1974 A federal grand jury concludes that President Nixon joined in a conspiracy to cover up White House involvement in the Watergate break-in of Democratic Party offices.
June 24, 1974 The Washington Post quotes Charles Colson as saying that Richard Nixon is a prisoner of the CIA in the White House.
August 5, 1974 Richard Nixon finally releases three tapes to the public which reveal that he has been in on the Watergate cover up from the very beginning.
August 9, 1974 President Richard Nixon resigns. Gerald R. Ford becomes President of the United States of America. The first vice president in American history to succeed to the nation’s highest office because of the resignation of a president.
August 15, 1974 Clay Shaw, implicated in JFK conspiracy by Jim Garrison, his finances depleted after the years of n defending himself and despondent over revelations of his homosexual connections dies of cancer in New Orleans. The circumstances of his death are extremely odd. One of Shaw’s neighbors witnesses unidentified men carrying a stretcher, which holds a sheet-covered body, into Shaw’s carriage house, through the front door. The neighbor, thinking this unusual, calls the coroner. Investigators are immediately dispatched to Shaw’s home. When they arrive, the men and the body have vanished. Inquires a day later will reveal that Shaw has already been buried in his home town of Kentwood.
September 8, 1974 President Gerald Ford grants Richard Nixon an unconditional pardon for any crimes he may have committed as President.
October 13, 1974 The House Civil and Constitutional Rights Subcommittee announces it is launching a limited probe into the FBI’s relationship with both Jack Ruby and LHO.
October 16, 1974 Former intelligence agent and assassination investigator, Joe Cooper, is found dead in his bedroom n
-- a bullet wound in his head. Death is ruled suicide.
November 29, 1974 Texas oil billionaire H.L. Hunt dies at age eighty-five. His fortune is variously estimated at n between $3,000,000,000 and $5,000,000,000, with an income of more than $1,000,000 a week. Hunt is a bigamist with three separate families. He leaves seventy living direct descendants, including ten children, twenty-one grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren, accounting for forty-three members of the family.
December 22, 1974 Seymour Hersh breaks the story in the N.Y. Times of “The Family Jewels” - a secret, internal CIA report on all potential CIA abuses during the CIA’s entire existence. which had been commissioned by CIA Director James Schlesinger.
Headline in the New York Times: “Huge CIA Operation Reported in U.S. Against Anti-War Forces, Other Dissidents in Nixon Years”.
[Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who had revealed the My Lai massacres and the bombing of Cambodia, reported: “The Central Intelligence Agency, directly violating its charter, conducted a massive illegal domestic intelligence operation during the Nixon Administration against the antiwar movement and other dissident groups in the United States, according to well-placed government sources.” The CIA, forbidden to operate within the United States, had opened files on 10,000 American citizens and conducted illegal wiretaps, break-ins and mail openings under its “Operation Chaos”. This was the beginning of a flood of information to the public about the darker doings of the CIA and would result in the establishment of three investigative groups: the Rockefeller Commission, the “Pike Committee” in the House of Representatives and the “Church Committee” in the Senate.] December 23, 1974 James Jesus Angleton is asked to resign by CIA director William Colby. Angleton is thought by some to have been a “mole” for the KGB. Colby confirms to reporter Sy Hersh assertions that the CIA and primarily Angleton’s units, have conducted illegal domestic operations. Colby also summarily fires Ray Rocca, Scotty Miler, and other Angleton loyalists within Counterintelligence. Angleton is quoted as saying: “A mansion has many rooms... I’m not privy to Who Struck John.” Some researchers have asserted that Angleton, having been fired for the first time in his life from a job that to him is his entire world, is in fact sending a warning shot across the bow to Colby of his own knowledge of the CIA’s role in the JFK assassination. TA During this year, Charles Rogers ( alias Richard Montoya ) will be declared legally dead for the purposes of probating his parents’ will, but he will be reported in Guatemala in 1986, working on Iran-contra support activities. The mother of Charles Rogers had told family members that Charles was in Dallas on November 22, 1963, then went into hiding in Central America for five months.
His father (like Lee Oswald’s uncle) had been a bookie in the Mafia family of Carlos Marcello. His uncle’s best friend is the father of professional hit man Charles Harrelson, now in federal prison for the assassination of federal Judge John Wood.
During this year, Joseph Califano, Jr., an LBJ confidant and former director of RFK’s Cuban Coordinating Committee, will recall that “on more than one occasion” LBJ expressed “a very strong opinion, almost a conviction,” that Kennedy’s death was a “response and retaliation” by Fidel Castro. Califano remembers LBJ telling him: “In time, when all the CIA activities are flushed out, then maybe the full story of the assassination will become known.” This year, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers is formed. Clare Boothe Luce is on the Board of Directors. This organization is formed as an “independent” voice to defend the CIA against its critics. Its founder is the retired intelligence officer who, as the Agency’s top psych-warfare expert, was instrumental in the CIA-backed 1954 coup in Guatemala; was the CIA’s propaganda chief for the Bay of Pigs operation; and was eventually promoted to Chief of the Western Hemisphere Division, a post representing the highest rung on the Agency’s career chart: David Atlee Phillips.
This year, John Martino is stricken with cancer. With only two months to live, he confides in his business associate and friend, n Fred Claasen, as well as Newsday reporter, John Cummings, that it was the Cuban refugees who setup the JFK assassination. Anthony Summers reported in Vanity Fair, that Martino told Cummings that two anti-Castro Cubans were involved in the shooting. Author Mary LaFontaine eventually interviews Cummings who also reports that Martino talked about a woman in Dallas, “who knew a lot of things” about the assassination. According to Mary, Cummings believes that Martino was referring to Silvia Odio. Fred Claasen reports that Martino told him, “The anti-Castro people put Oswald together. Oswald didn’t know who he was working for - he was just ignorant of who was really putting him together. Oswald was to meet his contact at the Texas Theater. They were to meet Oswald in the theater, and get him out of the country, then eliminate him. Oswald made a mistake..... There was no way we could get to him. They had Ruby kill him.” After reporting this information to the HSCA, the skittish Claasen makes himself scarce and can not be tracked down for further questioning. It is also noteworthy, that Martino is never quoted as claiming that Oswald was innocent - only that he was ignorant of who he was working for/with. Martino dies shortly after his conversation with Claasen.
Also this year, surveillance of Santo Trafficante and Carlos Marcello by the FBI records Trafficante saying: “Now only two people are alive who know who killed Kennedy.” This year, three years following the death of J. Edgar Hoover, a congressional committee orders a detailed check on the domestic security files of the ten largest FBI offices. This check indicates that no less that 19 percent of the Bureau’s total effort is still devoted to hunting “subversives.” Yet criminal conduct is discovered in only four out of 19,700 investigations - and none of those involve national security, espionage or terrorism. O&C During the mid-seventies, two American multinationals collaborate with the Defense Advanced [Research] Projects Agency (DARPA) on a project designed to facilitate the remote recovery of hijacked American aircraft. [This technology]... allows specialist ground controllers to... take absolute control of [a hijacked plane’s] computerized flight control system by remote means. From that point onwards, regardless of the wishes of the hijackers or flight deck crew, the hijacked aircraft can be recovered and landed automatically at an airport of choice, with no more difficulty than flying a radio-controlled model plane.
Also this year, Edwin Black - a reporter for The Chicago Independent, traces Thomas Arthur Vallee to a trailer park outside Houston, Texas. (Vallee was arrested on Nov. 2, 1963 based on an a tip that he was going to try to assassinate JFK during the President’s visit to Chicago, Illinois.) When asked what happened on Nov. 2nd, Vallee replied: “Soldier Field, the plot against John F. Kennedy, I was arrested.” He denied threatening JFK, saying he had been framed.
January 4, 1975 President Ford meets with his Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, who reports to Ford on a recent conversation with friend and former CIA Director Richard Helms. As he would with no one else, Helms has pulled no punches regarding “The
Family Jewels.” “These stories are just the tip of the iceberg,” he tells Kissinger. “If they come out, blood will flow.” Helms adds:
“Robert Kennedy personally managed the operation on the assassination of Castro.” Kissinger passes this information along to President Ford in a memo of his conversation with Helms. This memo was kept secret for twenty-three years.