Nov 1963 to 1965 The Johnson Years and the CIA Part one
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Nov 1963 to 1965 The Johnson Years and the CIA
National Security Council
National Security Advisor: McGeorge Bundy and member of the Council on Foreign Relations
Michael V. Forrestal senior White House aide
Lt. Colonel William Corson, U.S. Marine Corps
Secretary of Defense: Robert McNamara
Secretary of the Army Cyrus Vance
Secretary of State: Dean Rusk
Assistant Secretary of State and Ambassador at large: Averell Harriman
++ Michael V. Forrestal They took orders from Harriman vs. JFK
++ McGeorge Bundy
Under Secretary of State: George W. Ball
Director of CI and DCIA John McCone
FBI Director: J Edgar Hoover
In 1956 he started the Counterintelligence Program (CO-INTELL-PRO)
Federal Bureau of Narcotics: Harry J. Anslinger - (1930-09 to 1962)
Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission: UNKNOWN ( 1961 to ??)
National Security Agency; aka Armed Forces Security Agency (AFSA) Unknown
Secretary of the Treasury:
Secret Service Chief: James Rowley
Immigration and Customs Chief: UNKNOWN
Chief US Customs Agent for Texas region: Nathan Durham
Secretive NSC subcommittees: unknown
Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM)
Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) (aka Presidential Science Advisor): Dr. James Rhyne Killian, Jr. (19561963)
Attorney General Robert Kennedy (Chairman) (Chief of Opns Mongoose/ Special Affairs Staff)
John McCone (CIA Director),
McGeorge Bundy (National Security Adviser),
Alexis Johnson (State Department),
Roswell Gilpatric (Defence Department),
General Maxwell Taylor (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) (1962-09 to 1964-07)
---- sometime members:
Dean Rusk (Secretary of State)
Robert S. McNamara (Secretary of Defense)
The list of CIA players:
CIA Director and Director of Central Intelligence: John A. McCone (1961-11 to 1965-04)
Admiral William Raborn (1965-04 to 06)
Richard Helms (1965 -06 to ??
Deputy Director of CIA Lieutenant General Marshall Carter, US Army (196204 to 1965-05) and Director, National Security Agency, 1965-69
(The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, p. 27)
Executive assistant: Victor Marchetti ?? to ??
Deputy Director for Counterintelligence: (CI/SIG) James Angleton (1955 to ????)
Liaison to the mafia/contract agent ?? : Mario Brod former Army CIC officer
CIA officers: Jane Roman Liaison officer with FBI, etc.
Raymond G. "The Rock" Rocca
Assassination guy: Col. Boris Pash ??
Deputy Director of the Technical Services Division (MK/ULTRA): Col. Sheffield Edwards, USA (1950-04) to ? may have been renamed
Howard Osborne ( ?? 1964 to ??
FBN San Francisco supervisor: George H. White 1953 to 1965 retired
/ ran three MK/ULTRA safe-houses
FBN field supervisor: Charlie Siragusa
FBN officer: Ike Feldman
CIA officer Cal Salerno
Chief of the Chemical Division/ LSD-testing program: Dr. Sidney Gottlieb 1953- to May 61
CIA officer: Dr. Robert Lashbrook
CIA contractor: Dr. Harold Abramson LSD researcher
CIA inspector General: John S. Earman Jr.
General Counsel: Lawrence Houston ?????
CIA Budget Victor Marchetti 1950 to 1969
Deputy Director of Intelligence Directorate: Robert Amory unknown dates
CIA psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Cameron psychological profiler of foreign leaders
Deputy Director for Domestic (inside the US) operations/ Division: Tracy Barnes 1962 to ??
Domestic Contacts Division: J. Walter Moore
Attorney General Robert Kennedy given overall control of operation Mongoose or Task Force W
Chief of Task Force W: Major General Edward Lansdale and he was a Staff Member of the President's Committee on Military Assistance (1961-11 to ??)
Deputy Director for Plans (DDP) (aka Clandestine services) Richard C. Helms (1962-02 to 1966) than became CIA director
Assistant to the Deputy Director of Plans: Tom Karamessines
Covert operations money laundering/Shadow CIA: Paul L.E. Helliwell CIA front banks
CIA officer Victor Marchetti (1950 to 1969)
Chief of clandestine activities in the Western Hemisphere: Joseph Caldwell King ( ?? to 1964) // CIA code names: Oliver G. Galbond and Colonel J.C. King//
Desmond FitzGerald 1964 to ?? (died 1967-07)
Senior staffer John Moss Whitten (aka John Scelso)
David Atlee Phillips (GS-15)
CIA Headquarters Mexico City desk: Charlotte Bustos
Chief of Special Affairs Staff: Desmond FitzGerald (1963 -02 to 1964) Task Force W renamed Special Affairs Staff in 1963.
Assistant/executive officer SAD: Sam Halpern
CIA officer Vincent Thill
FBN field supervisor Charlie Siragusa
Chief of the Psychological Warfare George Joannides (codename Howard)
Assistant: Joseph Langosch
CIA case officers: Ross Crozier and William Kent
Chief and Case officer for Alpha 66 terrorist outfit: David Atlee Phillips
Chief of Miami Station JM/WAVE: Ted Shackley and John Demer 1964
Assistant Bradley Ayers, US Army Captain retired
Chief of security Tom Tripoli
CIA pilot Russell Bowen started up several airlines in South America on his orders of William Casey during the 1960s and 1970s.
Chief of Task Force 80 Operation Mongoose John Sherwood
Aassistant: Jim O'Connell worked for Harvey as well in dealing with the mafia
Chief of Station, Mexico City, Winston M. Scott,
Assistant: Anne Goodpasture
Chief of Clandestine activities in Far East Divison: William Colby (1962 to ??)
Chief of station in Saigon: William Colby -- (1959 to 1962) than 40 to 50 CIA career officers and it was supported by several thousand US mercenaries and pilots on contract with the CIA. He started the CIA's secret war in (The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence, p. 205)
Chief- Hmong guerrillas army -Laos: Edgar Buell
John Richardson (1962 to ??)
Peer DeSilva (1963 -12 to ??
Saigon Foreign Intelligence "liaison" branch
Chief of Field Operations /Phoenix Program: Nelson Brickham (1966 to ??)
ICEX( assassination programs): Sam Wilson
CORDS: Robert Komer
Chief of Province Interrogation Center Program: Robert Slater (June 1967 to 1969)
Chief of Counter- terror teams in the Delta: Charles Lemoyne, US Navy ( 1968)
Intelligence liaison officer, Vincent Okamoto, 2LT, US Army
Chief of the Soviet Division, T. H. Bagley
CIA officer: George Kisevalter
Much evidence success that one of the "tramp" who were arrested in the railroad track area near Dealey Plaza minutes after JFK was murdered (and photographed being arrested) was a Texas mafia hitman, Charles V. Harrelson. Harrelson admitted to participating in the JFK assassination. (p. 85) He has been linked to Carlos Marcello.
In April 1981, Harrelson was identified by Florida law enforcement officials as being a member of a shadowy group of hired gunman, mercenaries, and drug smugglers known as "The Company". The Company took its name from the CIA's nick-name, and it involved more than 300 persons, any ex-police and ex-military men. The Company owned more than $30 million in assets, such as planes, ships, and real estate. Federal drug agents said the group imported billions of dollars worth of narcotics from Central and South America as well as conducting gun-running and mercenary operations. Harrelson was (or is) serving a life sentence for a murder conviction. (The Strength of the Wolf, p. 336) and (Crossfire, The Plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs, pgs 267- 274)
Some history of the US's uses opium and the mafia to make war
Since British colonial India supplied these colonial governments in Southeast Asia with limitless, low cost opium, Southeast Asian colonial governments had no reason to encourage local opium production. The sudden growth of the Golden Triangle opium production in the 1950s appears in retrospect a response to two stimuli: prohibition and protection.
Responding to pressures from the UN, Southeast Asia's governments abolished legal opium sales. They closed the legal opium-smoking dens between 1950 and 1961, thereby creating a sudden demand for illicit opium in the cities of Southeast Asia.
When Mao Tse-tung's peasant armies captured Shanghai after World War II, they drove China's heroin traffickers out of the country. The new Communist regime then began a massive detoxification program to combat its addict population, estimated at 40 million, the largest in the world. Communist cadres identified addicts and sent them to local drug clinics; persistent addicts were dispatched to labor camps. Through the process of land reform, extensive poppy fields were reclaimed for food production and further opium cultivation was banned. The People's Liberation Army began patrolling the Chinese border to prevent an expected counter-attack by CIA-supported Nationalist Chinese troops and China's drug trade virtually ceased.
The second factor: protection. An alliance of three intelligence agencies, the Thai, American and the Nationalist Chinese (Taiwanese), played a catalytic role in promoting the production of raw opium on the Shan Plateau of northern Burma. During the early 1950s, the CIA covert operations in northern Burma fostered political alliances that inadvertently linked the poppy fields of northern Burma with the region's urban drug markets. After the collapse of the Nationalist Chinese government in 1949, some of its forces fled across the border into Burma, where the CIA equipped them for several aborted invasions of China in 1950.
To retaliate against Communist China for its intervention into the Korean War, President Truman had ordered the CIA to organize these Nationalist elements inside Burma for an invasion of China. The idea was that the masses of southwestern China would rise up in revolt against communism and China would evidently pull its troops out of Korea, and our troops in Korea would be saved.
After their invasions of 1950 were repulsed with heavy casualties, these Nationalist troops camped along the border for another decade and turned to opium trading to finance their operations. Forcing local hill tribes that produced opium, the Nationalist troops supervised a massive increase of opium production on the Shan Plateau of Burma. After the Burmese army evicted them in 1961, the Nationalist forces established a new base camp just across the Burma border in Thailand and from there dominated the Burma opium trade until the mid-1980s. By the early 1960s, when this CIA operation finally ended, Burma's opium production had risen from fifteen to three hundred tons, thus creating the opium zone that we now call the Golden Triangle.
As in Burma, so in Laos, distance would insulate the CIA from the consequences of its complicity in the drug trade.
During their own Vietnam War, French military integrated opium trafficking with covert operations in a complex of alliances that the CIA would later inherit. After abolition of the opium monopoly in 1950, French military imposed centralized covert controls over an illicit drug traffic that linked the Hmong tribal poppy fields of Laos with the opium dens then operating in Saigon, generating profits that funded French [covert] operations during their Vietnam War from 1950-1954. When America replaced the French in Vietnam after 1954, the CIA became heir to these covert alliances and their involvement in opium trading. In Laos during the 1960s the CIA battled communists with a secret army of 30,000 Hmong highlanders, a secret war that implicated the CIA in that country's opium traffic. The CIA's combat strength and covert action effectiveness of its secret army was integrated with the Laotian opium trade.
The CIA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supplied the region's opium and heroin dealers with arms, ammunition, food, buildings and "humanitarian aid", in exchange for mercenary forces or political leverage. These dealers included the Kuomintang (KMT or Nationalist Chinese (Taiwanese) on the Chinese border, Hmong tribesmen in Laos led by narcotics trafficker Vang Pao, and various political factions in South Vietnam and Burma.
The OSS and Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) also work closely with Chinese gangsters who control vast supplies of opium, morphine and heroin, helping to establish the third pillar of the post-world War II heroin trade in the Golden Triangle, the border region of Thailand, Burma, Laos and China's Yunnan Province.
Over the next decade, Burma's Shan states were transformed into the world's largest opium producer. The CIA's alliance with the opium armies in the Burma-Thai borderlands lasted for a decade. The CIA delivered arms to their forces in Burma and then loaded opium aboard Civil Air Transport planes for the return flight to Bangkok. Infiltration routes for CIA commando teams into Southern China were also used as drug smuggling routes for traffickers in Burma and Thailand. The Agency maintained five secret training camps and two key listening posts in the Shan states, protected by drug smuggling KMT (Nationalist Chinese) troops and local tribesmen.
The CIA, via its Sea Supply Company, threw its full support behind General Phao, making him the strongest man in Thailand. In exchange, Phao allowed the CIA to develop two Thai paramilitary organizations, the Police Aerial Reconnaissance Unit and the Border Patrol Police (BPP). To manage the training and equipping of the BPP, the CIA brought in Paul Helliwell, one of their specialists on forming front companies and laundering funds for "black" operations, to set up a cover organization operating out of Miami.
By 1953, the CIA had supplied General Phao with $35 million of naval vessels, arms, armored vehicles, communications equipment and aircraft, and the CIA had 275 officers and contact agents working with Phao's police. Phao became Thailand's most ardent anti-Communist and it appears that his major task was to support the KMT's political aims in Thailand and its guerrilla units in Burma. Phao protected KMT supply shipments, marketed their opium and helped to generate support for the KMT among Thailand's overseas Chinese community, the richest in Asia.
By 1955, Phao's National Police Department (TNPD) had become the largest opium-trafficking syndicate in the country and was intimately involved in every phase of the narcotics trade. The level of corruption was remarkable, even by Thai standards. Police border guards escorted the KMT opium caravans from the Thai-Burma border to police warehouses in Chiangmai. From there, police guards brought it to Bangkok by train or police aircraft. Then it was loaded onto civilian coastal vessels and escorted by the maritime police to a mid-ocean rendezvous with freighters bound for Hong Kong or Singapore. The military elite that ruled the country grew immensely wealthy from their drug monopoly and from ties to the CIA.
The CIA's airlines Civil Air Transport (later Air America) and Air Asia, along with the CIA's front company, the Pacific Corporation, provided air support for many of the drug operations in the Far East.
In July 1959, Garland Williams, a narcotics specialist for the State Department's Office of Public Safety, stated in a report, "The Narcotics Situation in South Asia and Far East" that the
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