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Michael's mother was with the Forbes family

Last time, we looked at the backgrounds of Michael and Ruth Paine. Who were the guiding forces in their lives?

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Michael's mother Ruth Forbes was part of the prominent Forbes family. Ruth Forbes was active with the Universal World Federalists during the period right after World War II that legend maker #2 Cord Meyer was the group's leader.

Although he remained an avowed liberal, Meyer hewed towards a hardcore anti-Communist approach after surviving a bruising security investigation conducted by the FBI in the mid-fifties. During the late fifties and the sixties, Meyer served in the CIA as its covert action chief. In 1963, Meyer and Des FitzGerald were Richard Helms' two right-hand men in planning covert actions in Cuba.

Michael's birth father George Lyman Paine had belonged for many years to a Trotskyist socialist splinter group known as the Johnson-Forest Faction. Although Lyman was on the FBI's Security Index, it didn't prevent Michael from getting a security clearance at Bell Helicopter.

Ruth Forbes and Lyman Paine were good friends and drinking buddies with Mary Bancroft, a well-connected spy and the paramour of CIA chief Allen Dulles. If Cord Meyer had not known about Ruth and Michael Paine, it wouldn't have taken Dulles thirty seconds to fill him in.

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Dulles was handed a long memo from a "source" about the Paines shortly after the assassination. The reference to knowing Michael personally "until he was seven years old" fits perfectly with when Ruth and Lyman separated. Other items in the report indicate that the source could have been Dulles' former paramour Mary Bancroft.

After the assassination, Fred and Nancy Osborn went to the FBI to vouch for the Paines' good character. Fred's father, Fred Osborn, Sr., had helped create Radio Free Europe, and later worked with Allen Dulles and Time/Life/Fortune officer C. D. Jackson to form the Crusade for Freedom (CFF), an early CIA project that was modeled after Radio Free Europe. CFF merged with Radio Free Europe in 1962.

Ruth's sister Sylvia, and brother-in-law John

In a heavily redacted document, the FBI was informed that Ruth's sister Sylvia Hyde Hoke was Naval Intelligence and was trying t o obtain a top secret clearance. As we will see, her family's relationship with an attorney allegedly involved with Soviet espionage killed that opportunity in 1958.

Hoke had clearances from AID for many years, and a CIA memorandum indicated that she was a CIA employee in 1961. Hoke had also worked with the Air Force as a personnel research technician in 1956-57 and had a final secret clearance.

Sylvia's husband John Hoke also worked with AID as a "communications resources specialist" . His obituary states that he was fired in 1962 for building a solar-powered boat and attacked by a congressman not yet ready for the notion. Besides working with AID, Hoke provided services to the CIA on a yearly basis with a top secret clearance until at least mid-1963.

Ruth's father William Avery Hyde was AID's Regional Insurance Adviser for all of South America. His job was to provide technical assistance to insurance cooperatives being set up by the State Department. For many years, Bill Hyde was employed by the NationwideInsurance Company, which was part of the Farm Bureau co-operative in Columbus, Ohio.

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As mentioned in Chapter 7, it helps to take a look at two separate but closely linked entities. Bill Hyde's Nationwide Insurance Company was part of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), founded in 1922 and which still exists today. This is easily confused with the International Cooperation Administration (ICA), formed in 1954 and where legend maker #9 George de Mohrenschildt conducted petroleum intelligence in the fifties.

The International Cooperation Administration then merged with the Development Loan Fund and was re-named as the Agency for International Development (AID) as part of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. The thing to remember is that these two organizations calling themselves "ICA" were very closely allied. The similarity of their names is not coincidental.

The Agency for International Development has been cited by Ohio governor and AID director John Gilligan as being filled with CIA agents "from top to bottom". The idea was to plant operatives in every kind of activity we had overseas, government, volunteer, religious, every kind."

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