Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Lee H. Oswald is an endlessly interesting person to study. I've never seen anyone with such a maze of conflicts in his life story. These discrepancies involve people who knew him, his personality, his movements, his interests, his looks and even the reams of documents that form a bewildering array of conflicts.
He is an example of a man that is built as a Legend. Once he joined the Marines in 1956 he became a government possession and I don't think they ever let go of him until he got mixed up in the dirty deed and then started the long running, never ending, distancing. He said he was was the patsy and at least circumstantially was groomed to be one. He just never knew when or how though he probably had an inkling towards the end. Perhaps he envisioned for himself a method of escape. If he did, it obviously didn't work.
I think if you dug into my past or even yours, they would find people who could give a consistent view of who you were when they knew you years ago. With Oswald, we have conflicting witness testimony of what his character and interests were and even what he looked like. One group knew a tall Oswald, the one with the bull neck that was the all American Boy of the 1950's. Another group knew the misfit Oswald, the short surly kid that kept to himself and read books and studied Communism. We are told he possibly had dyslexia and learning disabilities yet he learned to speak Russian–no easy feat. People with reading comprehension problems don't enjoy reading. Oswald was an avid reader who maintained a library card. It's like we are dealing with two separate people. From here, comes forth the doppelgänger theories that populate their own weird vista.
At some hazy point the timelines start to intersect. For example, in the fall of 1953 there are two sets of educational records for Lee Oswald. One set has him attending school at PS44 in New York. The other set has him attending school at Beauregard Junior High in New Orleans. At the same time? Either he is being impersonated at the age of 13 or else one set of the records is fabricated. If the government's case is true, and Oswald is the loner in the killing of JFK, then why phony up documents and create this confusion? Or maybe he was being impersonated as part of a long range project.
What does The Establishment do if a president is elected that doesn't play ball with them? He'll have to be guided along by stealth or put in his place. Did they have a plan? I think so as JFK proved to have a backbone.
Fast-forward to 1958 to Taiwan. From his unit dairy they are on operations in Taiwan having left Atsugi, Japan. Oswald's medical records indicate seven minor medical issues were treated in September through early October of that year (Armstrong, pp. 200-201). They were however, all treated at the Atsugi base. Some have suggested that he was flown there for treatment but that seems impractical since there were medical facilities and staff on Taiwan to treat his ailments. Would it be sensible to fly somebody back and forth just to treat hemorrhoids? Once again, he is either being impersonated or else phony documents are being forged. Robert Blakey, chief council to the HSCA was made aware of this during their investigation and chose not to dig too deeply into this morass. I can see why. It's another muddy rabbit trail to get bogged down in.
Things Amp Up In New Orleans
Oswald is in various locations in the New Orleans area handing out the pro-Castro Fair Play For Cuba Committee (FPCC) pamphlets. The most famous incident of this involves the pamphlets marked with the 544 Camp Street address. That is the location of the Guy Banister's office. Banister was the former head of the FBI's field office in Chicago, close friend of J. Edgar Hoover, staunch anti-communist, behind the scenes player and overall general tough guy known to pistol whip people. Anybody sympathetic to Castro showing up at his office would probably leave with a bloody nose.
So it's a very odd thing for Oswald, who under the official story is not supposed to be a known associate of Banister to be directing people there. And if he doesn't know Banister then why do that? Considering Banister's reputation that would be inviting trouble. It appears that he and Banister were in co-hoots with one another. As researcher Bill Simpich has said, "I suggest that Banister was like a Triple A baseball manager training his player for the big leagues." Spot on! That analogy helps explain Oswald's oddball actions during this time. Plus, he needed a coach and Banister makes the perfect guide. Unfortunately, the Big Leagues evolved into a sinister Cold War game, the secrets of which, are yet to unravel.
However, some of these pamphlets didn't have a return address or a phone number printed on them. (At the time of Oswald's arrest some of the handbills on his person featured two false sets of post office box numbers.) So nobody was going to be able to get in contact with Oswald, the lone member of the FPCC branch in New Orleans and hook up. It makes no sense and the only sense that can be derived from it is Oswald is playing the role of a dongle. That's a guy that is sent out to do some things to see how the other side is going to react or, get under their skin. It's a basic form of intelligence gathering. Passing out literature where the USS Wasp was docked is gauging how many communist sympathizers might be onboard.
While Oswald is involved with these activities he is being closely monitored by the FBI.
It all culminates with Oswald's scrum with Cuban DRE member Carlos Bringuier and two other Cubans. This all originates from Oswald's visit to the DRE to offer his military training services and a financial donation to this anti-Castro group. Both offers are rebuffed. As usual, Oswald is not invoking trust in these overtures like he failed to do while sojourning in Russia. Later, when Carlos and his boys (Celso Hernandez and Miguel Marino Cruz) see Oswald handing out the pro-Castro literature they are incensed–what was this pro-Castro, pro-communist guy trying to do offering them help? They exchange words and all are arrested for the scuffle that occurs. (Some have suggested that it was a staged event, evidenced by Oswald mailing a letter to FPCC HQ in New York describing the incident, which is post marked five days before the affair takes place.)
From this incident Oswald will be branded publicly has a communist. This will play big after the assassination as the government builds the case against him. What few people know at the time, is these episodes are loaded with players. The DRE is supported by the CIA. The Cubans Bringuier and Cruz arrested in the scuffle are FBI informants, with Hernandez affiliated with the CIA. After Oswald gets out of jail he will appear on the Carte Blanche radio program to debate issues with Bringuier and Ed Butler. Besides Bringuier being an FBI informant, Ed Butler was the Director of Information Council of the Americas (INCA), a CIA funded propaganda organization. Not to be undone, even the program's host, Bill Stuckey, was an FBI informant. Players surround the whole thing. And the public is totally oblivious to it. Welcome to Psy-Op City.
The US Customs Office Comes In Play
So who is Oswald with? Orestes Pena testified to the Church Committee that Lee Oswald was employed by Customs. Indeed, his 1959 passport has his occupation listed as "shipping export agent" though that was the year he ended his duty in the Marines and would no long after, defect to the Soviet Union. Hardly enough time for a 20 year old to be employed by Customs. FBI informant Joseph Oster said that Customs Agent David Smith was Oswald's handler. Was Oswald conducing fishing expeditions for Customs during the New Orleans Period? It's hard to know what is true here as Oswald had a lot of cover stories and left false information in his wake.
If he was a lone operator then he is really the odd man out. But all of his eccentric actions to this point lead to only one thing–intelligence gathering. He approaches the DRE to see if there are any Castro or communist sympathizers there. Just as he did at the dock handing out pamphlets to passing sailors. We know from released FBI docs that informants saw him regularly at many Cuban anti-Castro gatherings. What was a communist doing at these meetings? Sifting as always. Being a Marxist is the cover. He only plays one on TV after the assassination. The Legend falls into place, piece by piece, just before the final act, the Big Event.
The Psy-Op Oswald?
What we know about Lee Oswald is a mishmash of differing threads, some verifiable and some not. A never ending but fascinating study. There is the teenage Oswald peddling is junky bike in the trailer park in North Dakota; the gung-ho Marine Oswald; the crazy Oswald that slashes his wrist in order to stay in the Soviet Union; the kind and thoughtful Oswald from the account of the Judyth Vary Baker; and finally, the cold calculated killer of a young and charismatic President. There is a lot of Oswald's here. Enough to have a whole roomful of personalities.
There are plenty of books about Lee Oswald probing the mystery of who he was. There are the conventional lone gunman views of Vincent Bugliosi and Norman Mailer. Both have to ignore inconvenient facts to arrived at their conclusions. To be fair, there is a lot here to wade through and determine what is true and what is not. On the other side, John Armstrong has Oswald the secret agent man involved in a complicated doppelgänger scheme, while alleged ex-lover Judyth Baker has her man involved with shadow warfare mixed with patriotic intent.
In truth we really don't know him and he's buried in all of the layers of mythology created for him. The mythology was created no doubt, by skilled hands. But nobody can explain the motive to murder a man that the killer had nothing against.
Armstrong, John, Harvey and Lee; Baker, Judyth, Me and Lee; Mailer, Norman, Oswald's Tale; Bugliosi, Vincent, Reclaiming History
Lee Oswald and Customs