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Old 09-03-2006, 11:09 AM   #46
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Operation 40

Operation 40

This picture of the members of Operation 40 contain some VERY interesting figures.

Anyone recognize Porter Goss...CIA Director
How about Frank Sturgis of Watergate?
How about Barry Seal of Lee Harvey Oswald's Civil Air Patrol Drug Runner for the CIA, and Iran Contra Operative?
How about Felix Rodriguez-Personal Friend of Georege Bush/Oliver North and Iran Contra Operative,Vice Police Officer in Cuba before the revolution, the man who captured and executed Che Guevera, member of Brigade 2506 (Bay of Pigs Invasion), Operation Phoenix (Vietnam Assasination Squad) Pardoned by GHW BUSH in 1992 for Iran Contra?
William Seymour, who many Kennedy Assasination Buffs believes impersonated Lee Harvey Oswald at times?

This was taken 10 months before the Kennedy Assasintation.

[Q]Following the Cuban Revolution, on 11 December 1959, Colonel J. C. King, chief of CIA's Western Hemisphere Division, sent a confidential memorandum to Allen W. Dulles, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. King argued that in Cuba there existed a "far-left dictatorship, which if allowed to remain will encourage similar actions against U.S. holdings in other Latin American countries."

As a result of this memorandum Dulles established a ZR/RIFLE unit named Operation 40, from the "Group of 40" of the National Security Council group that followed Cuba. The group was presided over by then-Vice President Richard M. Nixon and included Admiral Arleigh Burke, Livingston Merchant of the State Department, National Security Adviser Gordon Gray, and Allen Dulles of the CIA. Tracy Barnes functioned as operating office of the Cuban Task Force. He called a meeting on 18 January 1960, in his temporary office near the Lincoln Memorial. Those attending included David Atlee Phillips, Jacob 'Jack' Esterline, E. Howard Hunt, and Frank Bender, all of the CIA. (Fabian Escalante, The Secret War: CIA Covert Operations Against Cuba, 1959-62 [1995], "Alleged Assassination Plots Involving Foreign Leaders," 11/20/75; Furiati pp.14-15; Fonzi chronology p.415). Barnes, Phillips, Esterine, Hunt, David Sanchez Morales and others had previously worked together in the 1954 overthrow of Jacobo Arbenz in Guatemala.

On 17 March 1960, President Eisenhower signed a National Security Council directive on the anti-Cuban covert action program authorizing the CIA to organize, train, and equip Cuban refugees as a guerilla force to overthrow Castro.

The group recruited former Batista-regime intelligence officers and mob henchmen like Eladio del Valle and Rolando Masferrer, soldiers of fortune like Frank Sturgis, and CIA case officers like Col. William Bishop and David Morales, who managed teams of assassins. (Mahoney p 174-175; HSCA staff reports)

[Q]On 4 March 1960, La Coubre, a ship flying a Belgian flag, exploded in Havana Bay. It was loaded with arms and ammunition that had been sent to Cuba's revolutionary Castro regime. The explosion killed 75 people and over 200 were injured. Fabian Escalante, an officer of the Department of State Security (G-2), later claimed that this was the first successful act carried out by Operation 40. Operation 40 was not only involved in sabotage operations. One member, Frank Sturgis, allegedly told author Mike Canfield: "this assassination group (Operation 40) would upon orders, naturally, assassinate either members of the military or the political parties of the foreign country that you were going to infiltrate, and if necessary some of your own members who were suspected of being foreign agents... We were concentrating strictly in Cuba at that particular time." The group sought to incite civil war in Cuba against Castro. "In October 1960, they realize that this project has failed, and that is when Brigade 2506."

The group played a major role in the Bay of Pigs invasion. "The first news that we have of Operation 40 is a statement made by a mercenary of the Bay of Pigs who was the chief of military intelligence of the invading brigade and whose name was Jose Raúl de Varona Gonzalez," writes Escalante. "In his statement this man said the following: in the month of March, 1961, around the seventh, Mr. Vicente Leon arrived at the base in Guatemala at the head of some 53 men saying that he had been sent by the office of Mr. Joaquin Sanjenis, Chief of Civilian Intelligence, with a mission he said was called Operation 40. It was a special group that didn't have anything to do with the brigade and which would go in the rearguard occupying towns and cities. His prime mission was to take over the files of intelligence agencies, public buildings, banks, industries, and capture the heads and leaders in all of the cities and interrogate them. Interrogate them in his own way”.

In a 9 June 1961 memorandum to Richard Goodwin, historian and Kennedy advisor Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. wrote: "Sam Halper, who has been the [NY] Times correspondent in Havana and more recently in Miami, came to see me last week. He has excellent contracts among the Cuban exiles. ... Halper says that CIA set up something called Operation 40 under the direction of a man named (as he recalled) Captain Luis Sanjenis, who was also chief of intelligence. ... But the CIA agent in charge, a man known as Felix, trained the members of the group in methods of third degree interrogation, torture and general terrorism. The liberal Cuban exiles believe that the real purpose of Operation 40 was to 'kill Communists' and, after eliminating hard-core Fidelistas, to go on to eliminate first the followers of Ray, then the followers of Varona and finally to set up a right wing dictatorship, presumably under Artime. ... The exiles believe that all these things had CIA approval. ... Nice fellows."

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Fascinating stuff, dread. Thanks for the quotes and links.

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I just couldn't let this thread sit at 666 viewings. Although with who and what killed JFK it was probably appropriate.
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Didn't one of the people in the JFK car die quite recently?
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Old 09-05-2006, 07:35 PM   #50
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This past weekend Governor Conolly's wife past away.
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Old 09-06-2006, 12:43 AM   #51
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Originally posted by Dreadsox
This past weekend Governor Conolly's wife past away.
This news coupled with the up coming movie "Bobby" is sparking interest in dragging the JFK assasination out into the limelight again.

That Operation 40 photo is extremely interesting, specifically the individuals who are in it.

I believe the truth is yet to be unconvered. I wish the WC reports would be released now and not in 2039!

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