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Between late April and late May, Stone had several meetings with de Mohrenschildt, Charles, and Thomas Devine.  Devine was a banker and partner of oilman George H.W. Bush.  At their last meeting, de Mohrenschildt assured Devine that Charles would make an excellent president once they got rid of Duvalier. De Mohrenschildt's colleague Herbert Itkin, another spy that helped out Legend Maker #1 James Angleton in oil intelligence, was now the registered agent for Haiti's "government in exile".  Itkin said that George came to help out.  

Meanwhile, a "Mr. Zagorski" at State reported that the Haitian desk expressed "extreme displeasure that anyone in the United States government should be in official contact with Charles.  The desk man considered Charles to be close to the Duvalier government, to be involved in several shady financial dealings, and, in general, to be an undesirable character".  Charles was referred to in later years as Duvalier's "bagman", even though he saw a little time in prison in 1967 under the Duvalier regime. 

Another memo expresses de Mohrenschildt displaying a "Casimir painting with Duvalier slogans" while talking up the regime to his guests during one of his Haitian house parties.  De Mohrenschildt was playing at least a a double game in Haiti.  It may have even been a triple game.  Czajkowski reported that Matlack thought the US should continue to "play ball with Charles" because if Duvalier could be removed, a cousin of Charles was in position to take over power.

Haiti is just twenty miles away from Cuban shores, and provided an ideal staging area for any invasion of Cuba.  Incidentally, the waters adjacent to Haiti and Cuba have long been considered to be a great spot to drill for oil - for the last fifty years, this region has remained undeveloped.

On May 7, 1963, Matlack and Czajkowski had the opportunity to meet with George de Mohrenschildt, his wife Jeanne, and Charles.  Charles was unexpectedly called away by a "Mr. Green", thanks to some machinations by Czajkowski.   The debriefing specialists Matlack and Czajkowski now had the de Mohrenschildts all to themselves - which provided them an opportunity to finish any small talk about George's time in Texas and their time with a certain family of Soviet defectors.

In Part 9:  In New Orleans, the anti-Castro forces help Oswald create his legend as a Fair Play for Cuba organizer.

A tip of the hat to many people, especially the recent work on de Mohrenschildt by Russ Baker. 

Matlack organized and directed the debriefings of tens of thousands of people during her lifetime, with a particular emphasis on refugees from Hungary and Cuba:  Press Release, U.S. Army Fort Huachuca, "Human Intelligence Training Joint Center for Excellence Dedicates New Training Facility", 5/4/10.

In the sixties, the value of her work had risen even higher, and her section was reorganized into the "Exploitation Section":   William Kelly, report on Peter Dale Scott's presentation on Colonel Frank M. Brandstetter", 11/29/10. 

JMWAVE officer Tony Sforza described a building near an airport where debriefing reports would be typed, processed, and provided to the intelligence agency of Cuban exiles known as the "AMOTs":   Deposition of Alfred Sarno (Tony Sforza), 6/25/75, pp. 18-20, NARA Record Number: 157-10005-10250.  

David Morales was ideally suited to help lead the work of the Caribbean Action Center, as he was the #2 man at JMWAVE:   See Request for Personnel Action, appointment of "Stanley Zamka" (pseudo of David Morales) as "DCOS" (deputy chief of station), 8/11/61, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / NARA Record Number: 104-10121-10249.

After obtaining top secret clearances, Matlack joined the Interagency Defector Committee in the mid-50s and served for many years:    Card with dates of clearances for Dorothe Matlack. HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / NARA Record Number: 104-10121-10013. 

The agencies in the IDC were State, DIA, Army, Navy, Air Force, FBI and the CIA:   Memo from IDC Chairman Thomas Bland to the IDC membership, 1/24/63, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection (microfilm - reel 8: Golitsyn - Hernandez) / NARA Record Number: 1994.04.28.14:31:55:970005    

She had worked with Tony Czajkowski of the CIA's Domestic Contacts Division off and on over the years:   Cards with Matlack's CIA contacts:  HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / NARA Record Number: 1993.07.21.10:09:22:810620.

Czajkowski wrote an article in 1959 entitled "Techniques of Domestic Intelligence Collection." It's a good discussion about how to get information from people such as Oswald or de Mohrenschildt:  Czajkowski's article is chapter 6 in H. Bradford Westerfield's Inside CIA's Private World , p. 51.

A quick summary of the article:   Lara Shohet, "Intelligence, Academia, and Industry".  See footnote 2.

See this internet article based on Czajkowski's work:   Maryann Karinch, "How to Collect Information Like A Spy".

In 1953, Matlack was assigned to be a "liaison on defector matters and aliens of interest":     Memo from Liaison Control Officer to Chief, Alien Division, 3/3/53, HSCA Segregated CIA Collection, Box 44 / NARA Record Number: 1993.07.21.10:09:22:810620.

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Bill Simpich is a civil rights attorney and an antiwar activist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Half this article is endnotes so you can easily cl... by Bill Simpich on Monday, Jun 4, 2012 at 6:41:08 PM
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