I agree with John Newman, this is significant, especially given what we now know about counterintelligence chief James Angleton’s monitoring of Lee Oswald between 1959 and 1963.
At the time of the assassination, Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell, brother of one-time Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Charles P. Cabell, had been a CIA asset since 1956. It is worth noting that Kennedy dismissed CIA Director Allen Dulles in November 1961, and that Earle Cabell’s brother Charles left the CIA on January 31, 1962, after Kennedy forced him to resign. Thus, both Dulles and Charles Cabell were no longer working for the CIA on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was killed.
Source: Dallas Mayor During JFK Assassination Was CIA Asset – WhoWhatWhy
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Interesting how there is so much nepotism in government and the intelligence agency’s.
You don’t suppose that Earle Cabell had hard feelings against JFK for firing his brother from the CIA do you?
There was no reason that motorcade had to take a right turn on to Houston st
and then slow for a hard left turn on to Elm st other than to put JFK in the middle of a crossfire.
Its also interesting to note the Texas school book depository was owned in 1963 by David Harold “Dry Hole” Byrd a Texas oilman and friend of LBJ.
Byrd also helped to form the civil air patrol which incidentally had as members at one time David Ferrie and Lee Harvey Oswald.
What role if any, would a Mayor have played in discussions about the change in the Presidential parade route?
A question in my mind is just how common was it for business men to be recruited as CIA assets in that period? There seem to be quite a few connected to these events in one way or another (De Morenschildt, Shaw, C D Jackson etc.)
Was this common practice and do we know why Cabell would have been potentially useful to the Agency or what he was actually used for?
It was quite common. Cabell seems to have been tapped for support of International Operations, which was the CIA component charged with advancing US interests in the news media, publishing, academia, and the arts.