Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite Save As Favorite View Article Stats
1 comment, In Series: The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend

Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds

THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 9 - Oswald Takes Center Stage As An Intelligence Asset)

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 1 of 8 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com

Oswald thought that he might land a job at NASA  

When Oswald came to New Orleans, he was hired as an oiler greasing coffee machines at Reily Coffee Company for two months between May-July of 1963.   The two Reily brothers were active in anti-Castro politics.   Eustis Reily supported the right-wing propaganda operation known as INCA (Information Council of the Americas).   William Reily backed the Crusade to Free Cuba Committee, filled with luminaries like Claire Boothe Luce of Time-Life who raised funds for the would-be government-in-exile, the Cuban Revolutionary Committee (CRC). [1]  

The main source of information about Oswald's time at Reily's was VP William Monaghan.  Oswald saw four co-workers head off to work at NASA, including the man that hired him and the man that fired him.  Oswald thought he would also land a NASA job.   What was going on? 

Monaghan was a former FBI agent, and an industrial security specialist.  Reily's may have been a place to screen industrial security applicants prior to hiring. [2]  Another factor to consider is that NASA security had been watching Robert Webster - Webster's defection to the USSR appears to have spurred Oswald's defection in 1959, and then both men returned about the same time in 1962.   See Part 5 of this series.  

Webster's work in plastics and aerospace was of great interest to NASA, and NASA security was monitoring the Webster case even before his defection. [3]   It's logical that NASA security would want to stay apprised of Oswald based on the possibility that there was a relationship between Oswald and Webster.      

The man who hired Oswald, Alfred Claude, left Reily's to work at Chrysler Aerospace Division of the Michoud NASA facility in New Orleans. [4]   Emmett Barbee, Oswald's immediate supervisor, went to a new job at NASA in New Orleans.   Dante Marachini, hired on the same day as Oswald, went off to Chrysler Aerospace at Michoud. [5]   John Branyon, a co-worker of Oswald's, also went to NASA. [6]

Adrian Alba worked at the Crescent City Garage next door to Reily's, where Oswald liked to hang out and read gun magazines.   This habit was noticed by Monaghan and Charles LeBlanc and led to his firing for inefficiency. [7]   Oswald then cited LeBlanc as a reference, but made sure to give the wrong address for him. [8]  

Alba told the Warren Commission that Oswald told him in July 1963 that he had found "where the gold is" and would be hired by NASA to work at the Michoud plant. [9]   Alba wrote his statement promptly after the assassination at the request of the Secret Service.  [10]    NASA, Chrysler, and other contractors in the area were then canvassed, but none of them had any record of any application by Oswald. [11]     

Guy Banister, Legend Maker #10, gave Oswald reason to believe that he would be hired by NASA.   Bill Nitschke, Banister's colleague from the FBI, said that Banister bid on the security contract for NASA's Michoud assembly facility. [12]   By 1967, Nitschke was working for NASA, and was said to have been the man who collected Banister's still-missing files after his death in 1964.  Martin Samuel Abelow, "on special assignment" at NASA Houston, saw Oswald handing Fair Play for Cuba leaflets to sailors and turned a copy over to NASA security. [13]      

Intelligence forces have denied for years that there was any relationship between Guy Banister and Lee Oswald.  It was left to New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, independent researchers and journalists to assemble an impressive array of evidence that ties these two men together.  Banister's secretary Delphine Roberts said that Banister took Oswald under his wing and worked with him on a regular basis.  Other Banister staffers who agreed that the two men worked together include Vernon Gerdes, Tommy Baumler, George Higginbotham, and Allen Campbell.  Roberts and Higginbotham both said that they were specifically told by Banister that Oswald was working for him.  Banister's wife, Bill Nitschke, Banister employee Don Campbell, Louisiana professor Michael Kurtz and several other people also saw the two men together. [14

CIA-FBI informant William Gaudet told journalist Tony Summers in a 1978 interview that he had seen Oswald pass out FPCC leaflets in New Orleans and that he "did see Oswald discussing various things with Banister at the time, and I think Banister knew a whole lot of what was going on".  [15]

Banister, a right-wing racist, was a CIA informant that ran a Southern anti-communist intelligence network

Banister had gone from serving as a valued FBI Special Agent in Charge  to running an anti-communist intelligence network.    He had plenty of experience as a Red-hunter during his sixteen years as chief in Indianapolis, Butte, Minneapolis and Chicago. [16]   He had worked with the White Russians and had relied on Igor and Natalie Voshinin of the anti-Soviet NTS (see Part 6 of this series) as sources back in 1950. [17]

After his retirement from the FBI in 1954, Banister served a stint as deputy police chief of New Orleans.   This ended in scandal when Banister allegedly pulled a gun on a bartender in 1957. [18] Banister then made himself notorious as a dogged anti-communist.   A CIA memo described him as "aligned" with Kent Courtney, the owner of the ultra-right newspaper The Independent American. [19]   He was a member of the segregationist Louisiana State Sovereignty Commission. [20]   His secretary and mistress Delphine Roberts was associated with the racist wing National States Rights Party. [21]  

When asked about the Agency's relationship with Banister, CIA New Orleans field office chief Lloyd Ray responded that Banister asked to work for them but they declined his offer in late 1960. [22] This was literally a half-truth.  A CIA memo states that "CIA headquarters considered contacting him for use as a foreign intelligence source and for possible use of his firm for cover purposes.   However, security investigation revealed derogatory information about his professional conduct". [23]  The CIA decided not to use Banister's firm for cover.  [24]   The Agency did use Banister as an informant for foreign intelligence. [25]  Banister used these connections to build his anti-communist intelligence empire.   

Oswald described himself as a shipping export agent, and had a lingering relationship with Gerard Tujague's import-export business

In January 1961, Banister was providing medical supplies and other aid to the CIA and Cuban exiles in preparation for the Bay of Pigs. [26]   During that month, Banister incorporated his front organization - the "Friends of Democratic Cuba" (FDC). [27]    Gerard Tujague was the treasurer of the FDC. [28]   Oswald had worked for Tujague's import-export business in 1956, told his mother he was going to return to work at Tujague's right before he defected in 1959, and listed himself as a shipping export agent on his passport in 1959.  Oswald named Tujague as a reference and used his proper address when he looked for work in 1963. [29] 

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8

 

Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Content in Series: "The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend"

Article The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend (Part 10: Nightmare in Mexico City)  (View Article Stats) 07/26/2013
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 9 - Oswald Takes Center Stage As An Intelligence Asset)  (View Article Stats) 08/30/2012
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 8: The CIA-Army Intelligence Mambo)  (View Article Stats) 06/04/2012
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 7: The hand-off from De Mohrenschildt to the Paines)  (View Article Stats) 06/03/2012
Article THE JFK CASE: The Twelve Who Built The Oswald Legend (Part 6: White Russians Keep An Eye On Oswald In Dallas)  (View Article Stats) 11/22/2011
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 5: The Double Dangle)  (View Article Stats) 12/27/2010
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 3: Counterintelligence goes molehunting with Oswald's file)  (View Article Stats) 12/06/2010
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 4: When the U-2 Goes Down, Oswald is Ready to Return)  (View Article Stats) 11/16/2010
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE THAT BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 2: An Instant Visa Gets The Marine Into Moscow)  (View Article Stats) 09/02/2010
Article THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part One: Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters)  (View Article Stats) 08/22/2010
View All 10 Articles in this Series
View Series: The JFK Case: The Twelve Who Built the Oswald Legend
The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part One: Mother, Meyer, and the Spotters)

The JFK Case; the Office that Spied on its Own Spies

THE JFK CASE: WHAT INFORMANTS ARE STILL OUT THERE?

THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE WHO BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 5: The Double Dangle)

THE JFK CASE: THE TWELVE THAT BUILT THE OSWALD LEGEND (Part 2: An Instant Visa Gets The Marine Into Moscow)

THE JFK CASE: The Twelve Who Built The Oswald Legend (Part 6: White Russians Keep An Eye On Oswald In Dallas)

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
1 people are discussing this page, with 1 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

A great deal of disinformation surrounds the subje... by Bill Simpich on Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:15:55 PM