Much attention has turned to this year’s final release of JFK related documents from the National Archives – and certainly that is warranted. If nothing else the releases have the potential to clear up the status of certain individuals as to their relationship with the CIA, primarily those individuals who used as domestic and foreign security/intelligence sources (a very common practice) or as sometime assets for various activities, in particular operations against Castro’s Cuba. Indications are that the releases will also resolve a number of crypts for operations and pseudonyms for individuals and allow us to read CIA operational documents more meaningfully.
It’s equally important to note that decades of research have already revealed a large amount of information about individuals who show up in the JFK assassination dialog, material obtained not just from NARA (in the old days by hand), but by FOIA to agencies and sometimes by direct primary research outside government documents entirely. Surprisingly much of that research, originally published in print journals or surfaced in conference presentations, has slipped by the wayside. I continue to see online discussions about persons of interest which are really quite superficial in terms of the context of information developed years ago.
I won’t blame it all on YouTube – since I’m on YouTube in interviews myself…grin – but even knowing the remarks I make there and answers I give, that’s just not enough. Background and context is vital to deal with anything you find there. So, in regard to that concern I’m posting some background and contextual references that I researched and prepared over the last couple of decades.
Perhaps the most important is a CD containing documents (some of which are available nowhere else, as a Board member of the Mary Ferrell Foundation I have to echo Rex Bradford’s caution that not all known documents are online at MFF or listed in the NARA archives index) relating to several individuals of interest. I provided those to JFK Lancer to put on CD years ago, long before I wrote Some Would Have Talked, they were part of the background research for that work and in some instances there was no room to discuss them in the book nor to put them online as reference documents for the book. More importantly, to the extent I could I provided an analysis of each collection and situational remarks where an individual’s documents extended over a long period of time – extremely important for individuals like John Martino, Richard Case Nagell, Frank Sturgis and Gerry Hemming.
In other instances, I was able to present documents which offered point-counterpoint, such as those relating to the 112th Military Intelligence Group and the work of the ARRB in investigating the widely discussed issue of a security stand down in Dallas. In that regard, a through reading of their extensive interview with Fletcher Prouty (voluntary on his part) and related internal ARRB staff communications is vital to understand that subject.
That work is available on the CD offered by JFK Lancer titled Research of Larry Hancock; Keys to the Conspiracy.
Other individuals whom I have researched and discussed can be found in my various conference presentations (just looking at that list sort of tires me out).
In the coming months Lancer will also be making available the extensive document collection which I provided to them relating to Fred Crisman and Thomas Beckham, much of it totally original and found in no other archives on line or in paper. That collection covers the appearance of their names in the Garrison investigation. Lancer has the collection, it’s just a matter of getting it all scanned and available. Those who follow this blog know that we also managed to get a key video interview with Gene Wheaton posted on the internet earlier this year.
About all I can say is that if you find any of these individuals’ persons of interest, I strongly recommend you dig more deeply into the resources listed above. In many instances you will find material and analysis which simply does not show up in the online discussions of them.