«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, ...»
GRODIN: The later Apollos were a smoke-screen... to cover up what’s really going on out there... and the bastards didn’t even tell us... not a damned thing!
BENSON: Bob, you’ve got to tell me... what did you see?
GRODIN: We came down in the wrong place... it was crawling... made what we were on look like a milk run...
BENSON: Are you talking about men... from Earth?
GRODIN: You think they need all that crap down in Florida just to put two guys up there on a... on a bicycle? The hell they do!... You know why they need us? So they’ve got a P.R. story for all that hardware they’ve been firing into space... We’re nothing, man! Nothing! We’re just there to keep you bums happy... to keep you from asking dumb questions about what’s really going on!... O.K., that’s it, end of story. Finish. Lots o’luck, kid.
July 28, 1977 Jackie Kennedy Onassis is 49 years old today.
August 1, 1977 Francis Gary Powers dies in a mysterious helicopter crash. He is 47 yrs. old. Powers was the U-2 n pilot shot down by a Russian missile over Sverdlovsk, USSR in 1960 -- within 180 days of LHO’s defection to Russia. President Carter approves having Powers buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Joseph C. Ayres dies in a shooting accident this month. Ayres was the Chief Steward on JFK’s Air Force One.
n Alan Belmont, FBI agent, also dies this month. Belmont was J. Edgar Hoover’s special assistant to the Warren commission.
n FBI document expert, James Cadigan, who testified before the Warren Commission -- dies from “a fall in his home.” n August 27, 1977 William Lowther, Washington correspondent of the Daily Mail, writes and article which is headlined THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE BATHROOM. It says: Morgan Hall was a spy. He always kept a jug of martinis in the refrigerator.
He had a two-way mirror in the bathroom. But Morgan’s life was full of woe. His masters were slow in sending money. His assignment was awful sleazy. The code name for his project was “Operation Midnight Climax”. It was meant to be a perpetual secret And no wonder. For two full years Morgan spent his working hours sitting on a portable toilet watching through his mirror drinking his martinis while a prostitute entertained men in the adjoining bedroom. Her job was to persuade clients to drink cocktails. What they didn’t know was that the drinks had been mixed by the mysterious Morgan. They were more chemical than alcohol. Morgan had to record the results. We still don’t know just what they were or how they worked. But some of the drinks gave instant headaches, others made you silly or drunk or forgetful or just plain frantic. The effects were only temporary and nobody was harmed, much. Morgan was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency and it was America’s top spy bosses who sent him out from headquarters near Washington to set up the “laboratory” in a luxury apartment overlooking San Francisco Bay. Now, 1,647 pages of financial records dealing with the operation have been made public as part of a Congressional investigation. It was all part of the agency’s MK-ULTRA mind control experimental program... it was reasoned that a prostitute’s clients wouldn’t complain. The financial records released yesterday show that Morgan was always writing to headquarters. Says a typical letter - “Money urgently needed to pay September rent.” His bills for the flat include
Toulouse -Lautrec posters, a picture of a French can - can dancer and one marked: “Portable toilet for observation post.” Says the CIA:
“Morgan Hall died two years ago. We have no idea where he is buried.” August 28, 1977 Britain’s Sunday Telegraph carries an article which reads: Hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped have been instructed by the Health Department to collect statistics on operations being carried out to change personality. For the first time, ministers have acknowledged that there is growing concern. The operations, known as psycho surgery, are carried out to remove or destroy portions of brain tissue to change the behavior of severely depressed or exceptionally aggressive patients who do not respond to drugs or electric shock treatment. The Sunday Telegraph goes on to say that “the change was irreversible” and quotes a prominent consultant psychiatrist as saying: “My hospital is littered with the wrecks of humanity who have undergone psycho surgery.”
Dr. Randolph Crepson-White, talking with an independent television team reveals:
“I performed five of these operations on people - four young men and one young woman - who appeared to be completely sane.
There were two objects. The patients had to be completely de-sexed, to have their natural biological urges taken away, and they also had to have their individuality removed. They would, after being discharged, obey any order without question. In fact, they would virtually be thinking robots. I recognized that what I was doing was most unethical, and I did protest that very strongly, but I was told that the operations were vital to the security of the country. Nobody actually told me that those patients had been involved in espionage but that was the impression I was given. I was ordered to sign the Official Secrets form and that is why you must not mention my name - apart from the fact that I’m frightened, there’d be repercussions of a violent nature if certain people realized I’d been talking to you.” September 2, 1977 The Times gives front-page prominence to a report supplied from Honolulu by Reuter and UPI. It is headlined “PSYCHIATRISTS CONDEMN SOVIET UNION” and it says: “The general assembly of the World Psychiatric Association, meeting behind closed doors, has adopted a resolution condemning the Soviet Union for abusing psychiatry for “political purposes” in the Soviet Union...” The international code of ethics, called the “Declaration of Hawaii”, adopted by the congress, follows years of criticism against the WPA for not taking action on ethical standards.
This month, Robert Blakey sponsors a two-day “critics’ conference.” People like Paul Hoch, Peter Dale Scott, Mary Ferrell, Sylvia Meagher, and Gary Shaw are invited to speak to Blakey and other members of the staff.
September 9, 1977 Kenneth O’Donnell, JFK’s Appointments Secretary, dies today at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston n after a brief “serious illness.” The illness is never explained. [One biographical sketch suggests his death is alcohol related.] He is 53 yrs. old.
October, 1977 J. M. English dies. Former head of FBI Forensic Sciences Laboratory. Headed the FBI laboratory where n Oswald’s rifle and pistol were tested. Heart attack.
Also, Donald Kaylor, FBI fingerprint chemist who examined prints found at the assassination scene. Heart attack.
n November, 1977 William Sullivan, former number-three man in the FBI, dies in a hunting accident. A young neighn bor, son of a state trooper, mistakes Sullivan for a deer. Sullivan headed the FBI’s Division 5 (counterespionage and domestic intelligence) and is scheduled to testify before the HSCA one week from now. Only a month earlier (Oct.), Sullivan had placed a telephone call to Bill Walter, a former file clerk in the FBI, to discuss the Kennedy assassination. They had agreed on two things: that LHO was an informant for the FBI and that they believed he was probably a lone nut assassin. Sullivan knew that Walter had seen LHO’s informant file and was willing to talk to him about it.
November 18, 1977 Cuban exile leader Manuel Artime dies, at forty-five, of “inoperable cancer.” n December 7, 1977 D. H. Byrd sells the Texas School Book Depository to the county for $40, 000.00.
During the Fall of this year, an experimental hepatitis-B vaccine program is initiated at the New York Blood Center in Manhattan using homosexuals as volunteer test subjects. One year from now, the first few cases of AIDS (all young gays from Manhattan) will be reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A new herpes virus is also introduced exclusively into gays along with a new microbe - Mycoplasma penetrans. Twenty percent of the gay men who volunteer for the hepatitis-B experiment will be discovered to be HIV-positive in 1980, one year before the AIDS epidemic becomes “official.” By 1980, Manhattan gays will have the highest incidence of HIV anywhere in the world, including Africa (the supposed birthplace of HIV and AIDS.) Epidemic cases of AIDS will not appear in Africa until 1982.
Michael Baden, M.D., who chairs the Medical Panel for the HSCA during its reinvestigation in 1977–78, will observe that, if the “magic bullet” theory is false, then there must have been at least six shots from three directions.
January 4, 1978 Columnist Jack Anderson reports in his Washington Post column that the CIA has recruited “Mafia hit men” for “international murder missions.” The agency, Anderson asserts, has sought to “create its own branch of ‘Murder, Inc.’ -- a killer squad that would assassinate undesirable foreign leaders for $1 million each.” During this year, Regis Kennedy, the FBI agent who interviewed David Ferrie after he was arrested in 1963, dies. Kennedy has n just been interviewed by the House Assassinations Committee. Beverly Oliver had identified Kennedy as being the FBI agent who took her movie camera and film away from her the day after the assassination of JFK.
Also this month, Bob Grodin - former Apollo astronaut who landed on the moon - dies. Suicide. According to news reports, n Grodin, who has been confined to a mental hospital on the outskirts of Philadelphia and allowed no visitors, knotted pajama trousers around his neck and hanged himself from a hot-water pipe fixed high on the wall of his room.
January 11, 1978 Carlos Marcello, in a secret executive session, appears as a witness before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He is called as a witness, not as a suspect. His sworn testimony is given under grant of immunity.
March 2, 1978 The House Select Committee on Assassinations officially asks the CIA to check all its files and index references for a Maurice Bishop. (TLI) March 31, 1978 The CIA informs the HSCA that its Office of the Inspector General, its Office of the General Counsel, its Office of Personnel and the Deputy Directorate of Operations have no records of a Maurice Bishop - and that a search of David Atlee Phillip’s files does not indicate he had ever registered the alias of Maurice Bishop. (TLI) April 25, 1978 David Atlee Phillips testifies under oath before the Assassinations Committee that he never used the name of Maurice Bishop. He also says he was never introduced to Antionio Veciana by name. Committee staff members urge Chief Counsel Blakey to bring perjury charges against Phillips. He declines. (TLI) May 7, 1978 David Sanchez Morales, although officially retired from the CIA, returns from a regular trip to n Washington to his home near Phoenix, Arizona. He tells friends he began feeling ill shortly before leaving Washington and tonight has a sudden heart attack. The ambulance is late in arriving and reportedly has equipment problems. Morales dies tomorrow morning at the Tucson Medical Center. He had told a friend he feared for his life “from his own people” because he “knows too much.” (TLI) (BT) This summer, after scouring Cape Cod and the offshore Massachusetts islands, Jackie Kennedy Onassis pays $1.15 million for 375 acres on the southeastern tip of Martha’s Vineyard in order to have a summer residence. The estate will eventually cost an additional $3.1 million.
July 29, 1978 Jackie Onassis celebrates her fiftieth birthday (which was yesterday) by going sailing in Nantucket Sound.
August 9, 1978 The House Select Committee on Assassinations deposes Marina Oswald and questions her about two Minox cameras, not one. Marina can not identify either camera. Of the two Minox cameras presented to her for identification, one has been
stored at the National Archives and the other comes from an unidentified location. From the HSCA record, the two cameras are described as follows:
Camera #1 Minox I: 3.5 F–15 mm, Serial #2339303 which was not part of the material at the NARA and is 1.5 inches longer than the other Minox. (Note the 7 digit serial number).
Camera #2 Minox D–80 in the NARA which is 1.5 inches shorter than the other, no serial number. [Comment: note that this camera must be the camera marked by FBI Agent Bardwell Odum as a Minox III, Exhibit D–80 and hence it would have or should have serial #27259].