Comment of the week

Photon – February 1

Tom S, please refer to the Washington Post article of Jan 31, 2016: “‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations”
Please note the following statements from the article: ” …eyewashing was a standard practice that had been in existence for decades.”

” The practice of sending false internal memos originated in a Cold War era marked by frequent ” mole hunts” for Soviet spies in the CIA workforce.”
If you accept the Washington Post as a credible source( and you already accept as a reliable source for information not concerning birth certificates, death certificates or census records) it becomes apparent that your blind acceptance of CIA memos without any written association with other CIA records may not be justified.
As such, any claim that you make that the CIA records support your interpretations (such as the claim that Baldwin was a covert agent) must be taken with a large dose of skepticism.


  1. Jordan says:

    Anyone else see the irony of the article regarding Spiro Agnew being investigated on the same page…?

  2. Abu Zubaida….. the new Hathaway Mullah?

  3. Ronnie Wayne says:

    “I think they’ll doctor anything they send to us”. Dulles knew immediately when Russell said this, if not before, that he wasn’t going along with the official story. Which is why he had to deceive Russell into signing the Warren Omission with a fake stenographer and promise publication of his dissent. Which did not happen. Dulles was a conniving SOB. Well documented elsewhere.

    • That is correct Ronnie, Dulles convince Russell that there would be an addendum to the report with his dissent in it, if Russell would only sign off on the report so they could get publishing underway.
      Like you noted it was a set up with a fake stenographer, and Russell’s dissent wasn’t even transcribed. Warren was in on this as well, because he provided the so-called stenographer and place and time for this staged event.

  4. Ronnie Wayne says:

    I’m surprised the Washington Post would tackle this subject when they won’t even review David Talbot’s Devil’s Chessboard.
    If Dulles told other Warren Omission members he would expect agents to lie under oath, should they not wonder if they are being lied to at times by associates or superiors? If operations are at times done on a need to know basis does that not necessitate lying to those without the need to know? Oh what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive.

  5. Anthony Martin says:

    To add fuel to the fire. Currently reading: “The Secret Team”, by Fletcher Prouty (1973). He more or less
    states that internal deception is part and parcel of the CIA and reflective of the charcter of Allen Dulles, who basically wrote and implemented the Agency’s charter. Prouty refers to the 1949 Dulles-Jackson-Correa Report submitted to Truman and to “The Craft of Intelligence by A. Dulles (1963). In short,”the fun and games” continue!

    • Tom S. says:

      From the Warren Commission executive sessions.;
      16 Dec., 1963……
      Dulles: I would like to get that material into the hands of the CIA as soon as possible to explain the Russian parts.
      Sen. Russell: I think you’ve got more faith in them than I have. I think they’ll doctor anything they hand to us.
      22 Jan., 1964 ……….
      After more such discussion, Dulles said the transcript of the meeting itself “ought to be destroyed.” (see: )
      This was indeed done, but an original court reporter’s tape was later recovered and the transcript re-made
      from it after a long legal battle brought by Harold Weisberg. ….
      27 Jan., 1964 …….
      Commissioners discussed putting FBI agents under oath and questioning them, since according to Dulles “The record might not be on paper.” Boggs: “The man who recruited him would know, wouldn’t he?” Dulles: “Yes, but he wouldn’t tell.” After much discussion, in which the fear of J. Edgar Hoover is readily apparent, the consensus was that the allegation had to be investigated independently by the Commission. It never did.

      • John McAdams says:

        Are you even aware that what you posted shows the Warren Commissioners to be engaged in an honest search for the truth?

        • “Are you even aware that what you posted shows the Warren Commissioners to be engaged in an honest search for the truth?”~McAdams

          Oh that’s good “professor”! That is rich!

          Surely Jeff can come up with a prize of some sort for the funniest remark made on JFKfacts.

          Let me “translate” for you dear sir, what you just read was the Commissioners expressing the knowledge of their dilemma, that they were their to rubber stamp a forgone conclusion, and it was too late for them to squirm out of it by that time.

          Of course they were “so proud” of this session that they decided to try to destroy the record of it completely. That is how “honorable” your heroes are Mister McAdams.

          • John McAdams says:

            Oh that’s good “professor”! That is rich!

            Eloquent reply.

            Do I need to spell it out for you?

            The Commissioners, according to the buffs, were engaged in a cover up, trying to conceal the misdeeds of the CIA, FBI and everybody else in Washington officialdom.

            And yet you have Russell and Dulles expressing skepticism about what they might hear from the agencies.

          • “And yet you have Russell and Dulles expressing skepticism about what they might hear from the agencies.”~McAdams

            Obviously, but also acknowledging that they were in the position of simply rubber-stamping what these untrustworthy agencies would provide as the official story. That is the part you don’t seem to grasp.
            It is even more explicit in the January 27 meeting.

        • Bogman says:

          I agree with the Sylvan Fox, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, on the WC:

          o with lack of an adversarial cross-examination of witnesses and evidence, any conclusions will be unreliable

          o the WC makes assertions regarding Oswald’s psychological health throughout the report without ever asking for the input of mental health experts (yes, we know about his evaluation at age 13 as a truant)

          o the lack of any real follow-up on intriguing leads, from the police car honking in front of Oswald’s rooming house to 544 Camp Street to making a police sketch of the “Secret Service” man behind the knoll, is also an insurmountable issue of credibility

          If you include FBI destruction of evidence and CIA obstruction, then the WR falls completely apart as a document worthy of anyone’s trust.

          • Tom S. says:


            Are there any bearings, any foundation to form the basis of any argument? Curiously, Photon and John Armstrong are taking similar approaches, as in these examples of Armstrong’s approach in reaction to evidence
            supporting the validity of the $21.45 postal money order received by Klein’s Sporting Goods of Chicago, independent of government sources, and in his longstanding, “two Landesbergs,” claim.

            MAIL ORDER RIFLE – by John Armstrong
            NOTE: The author believes that FBI reports relating to bank records, the money order, the Klein’s order coupon, and certain statements allegedly made by Waldman and Wimouth relating to the purchase of C2766, were fabricated several days after the assassination. FBI reports were then written and backdated to November 23.

            Bogman, doubts can be narrowed by comparing details provided by witnesses or details presented in CIA or in FBI reports, with information from sources independent of a witness or of a document.

            This process is also useful to maintaining a POV dissimilar to the audience’s of Fox News.

            As Photon must minimize or ignore all of the presented details supporting what CIA documents claim about
            David Baldwin and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Core, and Garrison files claim about Baldwin’s subsequent employment at the ITM, John Armstrong must run from the details presented here,

            06-23-2015, JA’s (John Armstrong’s) latest research:
            “….In the 1970s Stephen Richard Landesberg gained notoriety as an actor on the TV show, Barney Miller. The actor’s relationship with Oswald motivated a number of JFK researchers, including author Carleton W. Sterling, Professor Stan Weeber (UNT, Denton, TX), attorney Carol Hewitt, author/researcher Joachim Joesten, and myself to investigate the two “Steve Landesbergs.”

            June 25, 2015…

            This is ground breaking research, made all the more believable by the FBI’s scandalous actions to bury the story as it was unfolding way back in 1963…..

            Barry Gray, L’Eandes and Rizzuto

            In the first version of his article, Armstrong constructed an elaborate but false scenario concerning the talk show host Barry Gray of WMCA and his involvement with the L’Eandes/Rizzuto story. Armstrong postulated the following chronology:

            November 17, 1961: Gray interviews L’Eandes on WMCA radio
            November 22, 1963, 8:30 PM: Rizzuto calls Gray who schedules an on-air interview
            November 23, 1963, 1:30 AM: Gray calls the FBI and tells them about Rizzuto
            November 23, 1963, 3:00 AM: Gray interviews Rizzuto as the FBI listens
            November 23, 1963: The FBI interviews Rizzuto
            …….UPDATE: Armstrong has removed all references to the “3 am Interview.”

            However, because of a new FBI document ( ) located by researcher Tom Scully, we now have a detailed chronology of the facts in this matter. The document shows that not only did the FBI agents who interviewed Rizzuto say that he and L’Eandes were the same person, but Roger Turner of WMCA radio did as well. Gray also saw the photo of L’Eandes and fingered him as the man he had originally interviewed in person in 1961….

          • I think the mystery of the pistol and rifle has to do with the receiving end of the deliveries, not the ordering and sending of the merchandise.

            I think Holmes was involved in getting those items into the hands of the DPD in Dallas. I don’t think Oswald ever had possession of either of those weapons.

            Harry Holmes was inexplicably present during the last interrogation of Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, just before Oswald was led downstairs to his murder by Ruby.

            According to CSI Fiester’s trajectory analysis the sniper who fired the head shot was just below the Dallas Post Office, on the S.W. corner of Dealey Plaza, giving Holmes and his compatriots a birds eye view of their handiwork.
            However, I don’t think this sniper used the Carcano. He was using a high powered rifle with frangible bullets. The Carcano and S&W .38 were just props for the set-up of the patsy, Lee Harvey Oswald.

          • Bogman says:

            “Bogman, doubts can be narrowed by comparing details provided by witnesses or details presented in CIA or in FBI reports, with information from sources independent of a witness or of a document.”

            I get your point, Tom, and I’m not you have to throw out any and all evidence included in the WR or from federal sources. In fact, I think they’re key to help piece together the real story of the assassination.

            I just agree with Fox’s central tenet that the WR is a flawed document because of its lack of traditional evidentiary procedures and adversarial witness cross examinations. The fact that it held no public hearings doesn’t help either.

            It’s clear from the historical record now that LBJ formed the commission, at least in his statements, to avoid nuclear confrontation. And that concern or excuse, whatever your POV, was based on a highly suspect transcript of Oswald confirming he met with Kostikov. I believe the tapes existed, confirmed by several reliable sources, and the CIA destroyed them.

            But this also doesn’t mean I think the entire federal govt was in on the conspiracy. I think you just need about a dozen people in the know, maybe 3-4 who know the plot and then compartmentalized operatives on the ground to make it happen.

            I do think the conspirators gave the authorities enough circumstantial evidence to lynch Oswald with and Hoover’s FBI ran with it while Helms and Angleton, either suspecting treason in their own ranks, vaguely aware of the plot or intimately involved, stifled every investigation.

        • Gerry Simone says:

          It was not an honest search for truth. despite perhaps the honest efforts and intentions of underlings following orders, because:

          i) it was constrained by the threat of WWIII;

          ii) the FBI and CIA did not share all information;

          iii) Hoover (or the FBI) promoted the L.A.T.;

          iv) there seems to have been planted, altered or destruction of evidence.

          As just one example, the HSCA determined, in contrast with the WC, that Jack Ruby had SIGNIFICANT underworld connections.

      • Bill Clarke says:
        27 Jan., 1964 …….

        “Commissioners discussed putting FBI agents under oath and questioning them, since according to Dulles “The record might not be on paper.”

        Interesting that Dulles and Helms both state that “you won’t find it on paper” or words similar. What the old boys did is simply using their own computer server.

        • Tom S. says:

          What the old boys did is simply using their own computer server.

          ….or maybe on the subway walls.
          And tenement halls? …..circa 1963 – 64….

  6. Paulf says:

    So photon argues that the CIA is an honorable organization whose employees would never, ever do anything untoward when it comes to aiding or covering up the assassination of JFK.

    However, if CIA records contradict his own personal views they are not credible because the CIA is routinely dishonest.

    Consistency is the hobgoblin of ….. oh, never mind.

  7. “As such, any claim that you make that the CIA records support your interpretations (such as the claim that Baldwin was a covert agent) must be taken with a large dose of skepticism.”~Photon

    Concerning ‘Eyewash’; this assertion cuts all ways. ANY internal CIA record must be read with a large dose of skepticism. As I have always maintained, there is NOTHING derived from CIA that is trustworthy. The Agency’s whole mission is one of deceit.

    The only other source available is now the huge library of information found on the Internet. We must put the puzzle together ourselves while standing on the shoulders of other researchers that came before us.

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