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Oliver North in 1984 to work with the National Security Council’s covert program to obtain weapons for the Nicaraguan contras. Only $3.5 million of the $12 million in profits from the sale of arms to Iran found its way to the contras; half of the money was kept by his Iranian business partner, Albert Hakin, and part went to another unidentified secret project. “We believed our conduct was in the furtherance of the President’s policies.... I also understood that this Administration knew of my conduct and approved it.” [Congress and the public were denied the opportunity to examine the plan for martial law, the role of Vice President George Bush or the CIA’s connection with cocaine dealing, thanks to the gavel of Chairman Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI).] May 6, 1987 William Casey dies of pneumonia, never having recovered powers of communication. [Security was n tight for his funeral at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Roslyn, Long Island. Portions of the eulogy made that night’s TV news. Bishop McGann scolded the deceased: “We opposed and continue to oppose the violence wrought in Central America by support of the contras.
These are not light matters on which to disagree. They are matters of life and death. And I cannot conceal or disguise my fundamental disagreement on these matters with a man I knew and respected.” The US Ambassador to the UN Jeane Kirkpatrick countered the bishop, asserting that Casey had secured a “special place in heaven” by the priority he put on “supporting Nicaragua’s freedom fighters”. One of several associates not attending the funeral was retired Air Force General Richard Secord. The day before he had told the congressional investigating committee that Casey was a major instigator of the Iran-Contra operation.]
May 11, 1987 James Jesus Angleton dies.n
May 14, 1987 Some of the most powerful men in Washington, including senators, ambassadors, cabinet officers, generals, and two former directors of Central Intelligence, attend the funeral of James Jesus Angleton which is being held in a small Congregational Church in Arlington, Virginia.
Also this year, Santos Trafficante dies following bypass surgery. Attorney Frank Ragano tells Jack Newfield of the New York n Post that, on his death bed, Trafficante told him he had only one regret: the assassination of the president. Killing JFK had been a mistake, Trafficante tells the lawyer, because it brought too much pain on Jackie and the rest of the Kennedy family -- for that matter, on the entire nation. “We should have killed Bobby,” the dying don said.
July 6, 1987 Cuban television launches an eleven-part series called “The CIA War Against Cuba,” in which no less than twenty-seven double agents who have infiltrated the agency come in from the cold and tell their stories. Most have survived at least one CIA lie detector test, and they average fifteen years of agency “service.” From what the double agents say, it is clear that the campaign against Cuba, which went into remission during the Carter years, resumed full force as soon as Ronald Reagan and George Bush occupied the White House.
July 31, 1987 After fifteen months of effort and pain and ridicule John Connally declares personal bankruptcy. In a meeting with his creditors a month from now, he will put his debts at $93 million and announce that he has petitioned the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to allow him to hire an auctioneer for the purpose of selling off his personal possessions.
August 14, 1987 Gus William Abrams dies today of Bronchial Pneumonia in Neward, Ohio. Arrest records discovn ered by the Dallas Police (after 28 years) reveal that Abrams was one of the three tramps arrested and photographed in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.
This year, PEOPLE magazine names John F. Kennedy, Jr. “the sexiest man alive.” Eugene (“Tom”) Gervasi, author and book publishing editor dies this year. He reportedly has copies of autopsy photographs of n JFK. His house is raided after his death, according to his brother, and the pictures are stolen. Gervasi is a retired officer in counterintelligence. HT January 22, 1988 In Houston, Texas, John and Nellie Connally attend the public auction of their personal possessions. He has filed for bankruptcy. Later tonight, John Connally appears on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel.
March 26, 1988 Thomas Arthur Vallee, a suspect in the possible assassination attempt on JFK in Chicago on Nov. 2, n 1963, dies today at the Veteran’s Hospital in Hines, Illinois. Some researchers believe that had the Chicago assassination attempt been carried off, Vallee would have been Illinois’s version of Lee Harvey Oswald. (JFK’s visit to Chicago was called off at the last minute
- possibly due to the discovery of the plot and subsequent arrest of several suspects.) April 19, 1988 After 20 years of total official secrecy, the Los Angeles Police’s 50,000-page case file of Robert Kennedy’s assassination is released by the California State Archives in Sacramento, following a four-year campaign by journalists, researchers and concerned citizens.
The Defense Intelligence Agency claims that it has released everything it has on the assassination of JFK, but certain Oswald records are said to have been destroyed by Army Intelligence. Indications are that upward of one-half million pages remain locked away.
July 10, 1988 David Atlee Phillips dies after a long fight with cancer at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. He is n
65. Gaeton Fonzi writes in “The Last Investigation:” Phillips was a chameleon of a man whose character and career should have been probed in multiple contexts.” “The Assassinations Committee had blown a pivotal opportunity in not conducting a full and complete investigation into the role of David Phillips in the Kennedy assassination.” This month, JFK Jr. addresses Democratic National Convention in Atlanta to introduce his uncle, Sen. Edward Kennedy.
September 23, 1988 Richard Brenneke testifies (in the sentence hearing in Denver of Heinrich Rupp, who had been convicted of bank fraud) that he and Rupp had worked for the CIA since 1967, that they had flown planes in Vietnam for Air America (a company owned by the CIA), and that Rupp believed his bank activities were something the CIA had asked him to do. He further testifies that Rupp had flown the Reagan-Bush campaign director William Casey clandestinely to Paris on October 18, 1980 for meetings with representatives of the Ayatollah Khomeini to negotiate an arms-for-hostages deal (later known as the “October Surprise”), and that he---Brenneke--- was present at the third of these meetings where he helped work out details of the cash and weapons transactions.
October 10, 1988 James Lesar and Chip Selby file suit against Henry Zapruder, Washington tax attorney, for selling rights to the film. Argue there should be no copyright claim on such an historic film, allowing the copyright holder to dictate its use, hampering use by scholars & writers. Zapruder says the family only charges people who use the film for commercial purposes: “We make the film available free of charge to anyone who is not going to use it for commercial purposes... People who are going to charge, we charge.” The original film is in storage at the National Archives. (Associated Press) Gerald (Chip) Selby Jr., 26, represented by Jim Lesar, sues Henry Zapruder and LMH Co.; LMH charges $30,000 for use of the film; Selby’s documentary, “Reasonable Doubt,” his master’s thesis, was made in collaboration with Harold Weisberg; the Discovery Channel offered $10,000 to show the documentary; the fee is excessive; Zapruder says he offers the film free to those who aren’t going to charge for it; copyright was abandoned by failure to curb unauthorized used of the film.
During the Fall of this year, columnist Jack Anderson submits a secret report to President-elect George Bush in which he provides more details about his initial 1967 disclosure of the anti-Castro plots and RFK’s links to them. Among the items revealed to
President Bush are:
Allen Dulles had proposed that Fidel Castro be assassinated in conjunction with the Bay of Pigs operation, saying that the invaders would stand a better chance of success if Castro was kept from rallying his forces. This suggestion had traditionally been ascribed to E. Howard Hunt.
William Harvey was convinced that LHO operated as Fidel Castro’s agent. He communicated this to his CIA superiors, who had already confirmed this suspicion from “independent sources.” Santos Trafficante was indeed the mole in the assassination plots, reporting back to Fidel Castro. This was confirmed by other participants such as Sam Giancana, Joe Shimon, and Johnny Roselli. Referring to Trafficante, Giancana allegedly said, “Frankly, he’s a rat.” There is no information regarding what, if anything, Bush does about the Anderson report.
November 3, 1988 Settlement reached between Chip Selby and LMH, says Jim Lesar; A&E will show his documentary; the settlement forbids disclosure of the terms; James Silverberg represented LMH; Henry Zapruder is a “Washington tax lawyer;
Mr. Weisberg will see the areas between the sprocket holes.” Robert Knudsen, former White House photographer for JFK, dies this month. He took photographs during the JFK autopsy.
n His family agree that Mr. Knudsen appeared before some type of official government body sometime in 1988, about six months before he died. They all have the impression that this secret inquiry took place “on Capitol Hill,” and that it may have been a congressional inquiry of some kind. They are unanimous that Mr. Knudsen came away from this experience very disturbed, saying that four JFK autopsy photographs were “missing,” and that one was “badly altered.” Gloria Knudsen, Robert’s widow, in recounting her husband’s statements after the inquiry, said that the wounds he saw in the photos shown to him during this inquiry did not represent what he saw or took. He also said that some of the details in the autopsy room in the background of the photos were wrong. He recounted that this experience was a waste of time for him because as soon as he would answer a question consistent with what he remembered, he would immediately be challenged and contradicted by people whom he felt already had their minds made up. Knudsen was clear in his HSCA testimony that he recalled long probes stuck in JFK’s body, which were photographed. “I am certain... there were the probes showing the point of entry and exit.” “One was right near the neck and out the back.” “One was through the chest cavity.” NIYLT January 26, 1989 The National Security Archive releases substantive documentation on OPERATION MONGOOSE, the covert program authorized by President Kennedy to overthrow the Castro government. The documents, declassified for the first time as a result of a FOIA lawsuit filed against the State Department, offer a better understanding of events leading up to the missile crisis. According to the memoranda, CIA covert sabotage operations, combined with punitive economic measures and psychological operations, were intended to result in a popular uprising against Castro, the success of which would “require decisive military intervention” by the United States. The timetable established for MONGOOSE foresaw the revolt, and a U.S. invasion to support it, coming to fruition in October 1962--the month the missile crisis began. The new documentation lends credence to the argument that the Soviets and Cubans, whose agents had infiltrated MONGOOSE, believed a U.S. invasion was being planned and that the Soviet missiles were then deployed for defensive reasons.
January 27-29, 1989 An unprecedented retrospective conference is held in Moscow. The third in a series organized by James G. Blight, the conference brings together the U.S., Soviet, and Cuban sides of the missile crisis for the first time. Besides lengthy
discussion of the revelations in the OPERATION MONGOOSE documents, significant new facts about the crisis are disclosed:
* U.S. intelligence estimates of ten thousand to twelve thousand Soviet troops in Cuba during the crisis were far off, according to the Soviets. The real figure was over forty thousand.
* The Cubans expected the United States to invade and predicted up to 800,000 casualties.
* At least twenty nuclear warheads were actually in Cuba but were never mounted on the rockets, according to General Dmitry Volkogonov, the first confirmation that the Soviets had managed to deploy warheads as well as missiles before the blockade was implemented.
* The U.S. withdrawal of missiles in Turkey was an explicit part of the U.S.-Soviet settlement of the missile crisis, according to Theodore Sorensen, who edited Robert Kennedy ‘s memoir of the crisis, Thirteen Days.
* Some of Soviet Ambassador Dobrynin ‘s cables to Moscow were transmitted via a Western Union office in Washington D.C.
The Moscow conference proceedings were subsequently published in Bruce J. Allyn, James G. Blight and David A. Welch’s book, Back to the Brink: The Moscow Conference on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
February 20, 1989 The sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository opens as a sort of museum of the assassination. Ten years in the making, and costing $2.2 million, the space houses exhibits representing the known facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination of JFK. Photography from the famous sixth floor window is not allowed.