(image by Walt Cisco, Dallas Morning News Work in public domain; copyright expired in 1991 without renewal. First published on 24 November 1963.)
The Judgment of History; Or Why the Breaking of the Oligarchs Avenges President Kennedy's Assassination--Part Two
By Richard Girard
(Part One of this article is here.)
"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." -- Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, Arthur Conan Doyle, 1887.
One of the things I find most frustrating is when I study information on President Kennedy's assassination, is the alacrity with which information is either accepted or rejected by other members of the Assassination community. The acceptance or rejection of the information is based not on whether or not the information is true, but on whether or not it fits in with their preconceived notion of what happened.
Sherlock Holmes most famous rule, which I quote above, has a less famous corollary to it: Never speculate until you have enough information to form a working hypothesis. As any criminologist or other forensic expert will tell you, it is not only useless, but dangerous to form any sort of opinion when you don't have the facts to support it.
This returns us to the McCone-Rowley Memorandum which I of wrote in Part One of this article.
Let me quickly list the reasons I think it is probably authentic:
Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) John McCone was not an intelligence professional; in fact he was a Republican businessman from California who had been brought in by JFK to act as a figurehead after the Bay of Pigs disaster. (JFK's brother Bobby did most of the actual oversight.) He knew that while President Kennedy had removed many of the snakes in the CIA upper ranks--including Allen Dulles, Richard Bissell, and Air Force Lt. General Charles Cabell--arguably the most dangerous viper of all, paranoid-reactionary James Jesus Angleton, still headed the counterintelligence Directorate at the CIA..
When, after Secret Service Chief Rowley made a request for information concerning Lee Harvey Oswald's relationship to the CIA, and the files came to McCone's desk, showing that Oswald had been trained by the CIA through the Office of Naval Intelligence; McCone did what every businessman--but few intelligence officers--would do in that situation: he wrote a memo to Rowley, giving a very broad overview of what the Oswald file said.
McCone did this for three reasons: first, it showed that he was one of the "good guys;" a patriot who wanted what was best for his country; second, it provided cover for him against James Jesus Angleton, who would have gladly thrown McCone under the bus if the CIA had in any way been implicated in President Kennedy's murder; third, this is what you did to CYA against a powerful subordinate who was also a potential rival in the business world.
I believe original document for this particular copy of the memo came from either McCone's or Rowley's private personal files. Because of the record number "CO-2-34,030," which appears to be a National Archives record number for a number of other Secret Service documents, I believe it probably came from Rowley's personal file. (See the Memorandum signed for by Johanna Smith of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA), dated March 10, 1978, in Part One of this article.) I also believe that the personal file was probably hand-delivered by Rowley himself to the National Archives, and a time limit was placed on their release, which explains the "Confidential" secrecy stamp placed on the document. The document was then microfilmed at the National Archives, and forgotten.
I believe that years later, some clerk happened to come across this document in the National Archives, and made a print from the microfilm of the McCone-Rowley Memorandum, using a machine similar to the Kodak 870, which uses rolls of photo-sensitive paper, rather than plain 8-1/2"x11" plain white copy paper. I am certain of this because as a former microfilm retriever for the Colorado State Division of Motor Vehicles, I have noted that the vertical compression (third line second paragraph) and stretching (fifth line, second paragraph) of some of the lines of text in the document which is common with this type of machine. This, together with the slightly darker shading around the edges, tells that this document is from a microfilm retrieved using a machine with photo-sensitive paper. Barring examination of the original copy of the document in question, and knowing how difficult it would be to forge this document (microfilm, National Archives inter-agency memorandum stamp from the time period, and valid National Archives/Secret Service record number, e.g., CO-2-34,030) I believe that this is a real document, not a fake, recovered by a patriot working in the National Archives.
Lee Harvey Oswald's CIA connection
(image by http://www.archive.org/details/LeeHarveyOswaldsCiaConnections)
So Why do I bring this up yet again?
In part it is a reminder to myself, and to anyone who reads this little missive, to maintain what the Buddhists call "a beginner's mind:" a mind that is open to the possibility of the world being vastly different from how we think it is, a world which does not have simple black and white answers.