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Abraham Bolden & Thomas Vallee are keys to the JFK assassination

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Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 11.56.40 AMTwenty-three days before the assassination of JFK in Dallas, Lee Harvey Oswald walked into the FBI offices in Dallas and delivered a handwritten note for agent James Hosty. After JFK’s murder, Hosty was ordered to destroy this note and it took many years to uncover what that note might have said and why it had to be destroyed immediately after the assassination. The official story given by Hosty was it contained “some sort of threat,” but that later changed to the more ludicrous: “stay away from my wife.”

In fact, the note most likely claimed that a four-man assassination team had assembled in Chicago for the purpose of assassinating JFK on his way to Soldier Field for the annual Army-Air Force football game, an assassination scheduled to take place on November 2. We only know all this because a Chicago-based secret service agent named Abraham Bolden was asked to investigate the allegation and two men were placed under surveillance and soon picked up later that day and brought to the Secret Service offices in Chicago, and then mysteriously released without being conclusively identified for the record. These two suspects may have been John Roselli and Bill Harvey, or maybe those were the guys not picked up, but it’s clear the two suspects were spooks just from the way the investigation unfolded without arrest or noticeable investigative paperwork. Bolden only knew that the tip had come from an FBI informant named “Lee.” And he later turned whistleblower and paid the price. More on that later.

By strange coincidence, another chance encounter had put the assassination mission in jeopardy, as the patsy had inadvertently prematurely come under investigation. And that patsy bore an amazing resemblance to Lee Harvey Oswald. His name was Thomas Arthur Vallee and he’d been overheard making threats against JFK at a diner, where he was confronted by an undercover officer who reported the incident to Chicago Secret Service.

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 11.52.17 AMTwo Chicago police officers were sent to investigate Vallee, and they both ended up rising rapidly through the ranks: Daniel Groth and Peter Schurla. Right around the time JFK cancelled his Chicago trip (just an hour before he was due to take off), Groth and Schurla went to see Vallee.

He told them he’d been assigned to a U2 base in Japan (just like Oswald) and had a small arsenal and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He was a devoted member of the John Birch Society, which means he likely believed JFK was a communist agent bent on destruction of the United States.

Photos of his vehicle revealed that Vallee had a license plate that was protected by national security. He was also a certified mental patient with a metal plate in his head and a history of emotional breakdowns.

Since there was also another plot based in Miami one wonders if an ex-Marine from a U2 base in Japan was also being moved into a tall office building overlooking a parade route because that’s what happened to both Oswald and Vallee during the month of November. More likely, however, the Miami plot would have involved a Cuban patsy and there were so many to choose from. But the locations of Chicago, Miami and Dallas are telling because that’s where Dulles and Angelton felt they had the most control over the situation.

Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 12.46.32 PMAnd what about Bolden? Well, he tried to testify before the Warren Commission. But before that happened, he was set up on a bribery and attempted murder charge.  Bolden served 39 months in jail and two and a half years probation. Afterwards he would write a book asserting the assassination was a conspiracy and the Secret Service was a racist and corrupt organization that overlooked boozing and broads on duty for the elite insiders. And it also later emerged the key figure in setting Bolden up to prevent his Warren Commission testimony was none other than John Roselli, one of the three assassins of JFK. Roselli’s stool pigeon, who testified against Bolden, later recanted and claimed all accusations had been coerced in exchange for a lenient sentence on an unrelated gambling charge.

Some day Bolden’s name will be added to the rolls of great African-American patriots who suffered greatly in the name of righteousness.

Written by Steven Hager

March 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm

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  1. I am former U.S. Secret Service and I too have suffered retaliation for exposing corruption within the Treasury Department and I know and support Mr. Abraham Bolden. It is obvious his case was a set up and entrapment and should never have made it to a judge or trail. The DOJ is corrupt. It is a shame we can still have the best of the best especially inside the Secret Service, but even they have corrupt officials who may have been involved in the assassination in 1963.
    Please contact or write Trump and ask for protection and Pardons of law enforcement whistle-blowers like Mr. Bolden and myself(John Carman) See my website:

    John A. Carman

    March 9, 2016 at 6:03 pm

  2. I never heard Rosselli had anything to do with setting up Bolden. The mob figure associated with that was Sam DeStefano

    Ted Rubinstein

    March 10, 2016 at 5:20 am

    • From Wikipedia: “Bolden was interviewed for Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann’s 2005 book Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK and details of his account appear in throughout the book.[38][39] In 2006, he was interviewed for the television documentary Conspiracy Files: The JFK Assassination based on information in Ultimate Sacrifice.[40] The program asserted that mobster John Roselli was responsible for framing Bolden.[40] James W. Douglass interviewed Bolden seven times between 1998 and 2004, and devoted an entire chapter to the alleged plot in his 2008 book JFK and the Unspeakable.[41] Douglass stated that the Secret Service “deliberately destroyed” documents related to the plot in January 1995 after they were requested by the Assassination Records Review Board.[42]”

      Steven Hager

      March 10, 2016 at 5:28 am

  3. I watched that program Conspiracy Files and remember no such allegation. However DeStefano was close to Richard Cain who did work with Roselli according to Waldron.

    Ted Rubinstein

    March 10, 2016 at 6:01 am

  4. very interesting. i didn’t know about the special license plates except in ca. . many years ago, when citizens could go to any police station, give a license number,and get the address of the owner,cops complained that people who got tickets might want revenge and target their families. so they got special plates for anyone in the family, that can’t be traced , for at least a month,by law. tickets must be delivered within a 3 week time period so no cop, or anyone in the family,ever has to pay for a ticket. years ago, the state changed the rules and nobody can find the address for any plate number, yet this protection still all the red lights you want,speed, fail to pay tolls, park in the handicapped zone, litter at will. the firemen, cps workers,etc. all were added to the system when they demanded equal benefits with the police. over a million have these special plates here. is this a nationwide thing ? only read about it once, in the orange county register.

    mahatma jeeves

    March 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

    • If you poke around you’ll find the story of the cop who ran his plate from a news photo. It came up shielded by FBI, which meant only FBI were allowed assess to the information. I don’t know if this story is real, or just another one of the many rabbit holes, this story has more of those than Alice in Wonderland.

      Steven Hager

      March 10, 2016 at 10:33 am

      • Why was it reported that Vallee’s car was linked to Lee Harvey Oswald who owned no car? I have to assume that report was inaccurate

        Ted Rubinstein

        March 10, 2016 at 12:36 pm

        • Not familiar with any link between Vallee’s plate and Oswald. The links I detail are: U2 in Japan, placement in an office building overlooking a parade route in November. But since Vallee was a Bircher, we can also assume Oswald’s Hunt letter referred to a possible penetration he’d made of the Bircher movement, which might explain his awareness of the Chicago plot.

          Steven Hager

          March 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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