Posts Tagged ‘Watergate’
Tom Forcade came to New York City from Arizona to work for the Underground Press Syndicate (UPS) formed by six of the largest underground newspapers in 1966, a list that included John Wilcock’s East Village Other. When Tom arrived, the UPS offices and archives were located in Jim Fouratt’s apartment, but soon moved into Tom’s after he took over.
Tom was suspicious of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and questioned their qualifications to lead the movement, so rather than join the Yippies, he created his own counter-revolutionary movement, and to make sure everyone knew where he was coming from, he named it the Zippies, implying it was the peppy alternative to last year’s revolutionaries. Tom would have been the public face, except he was also a pot smuggler and dealer, which forced him to stay in the background, which may have contributed to his jealousy concerning Abbie who was always on the mic. Tom eventually built a speakeasy in Manhattan that sold pot by the pound to dealers, a place where suitcases were stacked to the ceiling.
According to a major pot dealer of the period, Tom began working with a Mossad agent on some big projects shortly after arriving in New York. Apparently, this agent eventually committed suicide. Tom used to tell this dealer if the Feds ever came after him, he had information that would embarrass them. But soon Tom committed suicide as well.
A.J. Weberman was one of the biggest weed dealers in New York at the time, and he became Tom’s co-conspirator in creating the Zippies after he discovered Tom had a better, cheaper connection than he did. Weberman also ran a weapons training camp in the Catskills for volunteers wishing to help defend Israel from Arab annihilation. After outing Bob Dylan as a dabbler in heroin, Weberman wrote a book on the JFK assassination stating Watergate burglar Frank Sturgis was one of the tramps and also a shooter, a view he holds to this day.
While Sturgis was up-to-his-neck in the plot, and undoubtedly drove the murder weapons from Florida to Texas, he is neither one of the tramps from the famous photos nor a likely shooter for JFK. However, a new book by Roger Stone claims Stugis was enlisted a few years after the JFK hit to assassinate President Richard Nixon.
According to Stone, the CIA feared Nixon was going dovish on Vietnam, and they also greatly resented his detente move with China. Sturgis was told to procure weapons and make preparations for staging a confrontation between Yippies versus Zippies that would erupt in gunfire, and during this melee, Sturgis was to make sure Nixon got fatally shot.
Sturgis went ahead and got the guns, but when it was finally revealed who the target was, he backed out. Later on the CIA employed the Watergate burglary as a lever with which to unseat Nixon.
Last year, Stone released a book claiming Lyndon Johnson engineered the Kennedy assassination, and while I’m sure Johnson was aware of the plot, it’s unlikely his power extended to the top of the Pentagon and CIA. So even though Stone is a beltway insider once close to Nixon, I don’t fully trust his judgment on some key issues. But he does bring interesting information to the table.
Some say Nixon bought his detente move with China by returning one of hundreds of funds created from black market gold stolen during WWII and then disappeared. Much of that gold originated in China and had been buried in the Philippines for years before being washed by Opus Dei working with some Bonesmen. At least that’s the story I’ve been able to piece together.
But now I’m wondering more about the possible double agents planted inside the Zippies and Yippies who were going to instigate the melee so Nixon might be killed. It seems fascinating the Yippie-Zippie split was well-known at the highest levels of the CIA, almost as if they had a hand in instigating it, but as someone who once had access to Tom’s correspondence and private writings, I have to say I don’t believe he was a spook, although he may have been surrounded by them, some of whom have yet to be identified.
Marita Lorenz was 19 when she first met Fidel Castro, having just arrived in Cuba from her homeland in Germany. She soon became Castro’s lover and met an American named Frank Forini who was working with Castro. Forini’s comrade-in-arms E. Howard Hunt wrote an espionage book detailing Forini’s true life exploits as a spook using “Sturgis” as his cover name. Within a few years, Forini legally changed his name to Sturgis.
Sturgis had an interesting life, having been a Marine and served in Army intelligence, been a policeman, then become a pilot, and he’d also run some bars and nightclubs in his hometown in Virginia. Eventually, Sturgis became a full-time spook working with the CIA and claimed to have helped trained Fidel and Che’s 400 initial troops, but later turned against them after they went Communistic. Pretty soon Sturgis and Lorenz were plotting how to poison or blow up Castro with a cigar filled with TNT.
Sturgis was involved in Operation 40, a CIA assassination squad, and certainly knew some details of the Kennedy assassination, as did Lorenz. However, both were played by the CIA and used as counterintelligence tools to seed rabbit holes and misdirections. Although Sturgis was initially identified as one of the three tramps, along with Hunt, this turned out to me an immense rabbit hole. Decades would pass before researchers began to fathom the truth. Hunt and Sturgis were used as backstops.
But after Sturgis was caught at the Watergate complex and convicted, he sued the Committee to Re-elect President and the case was settled out-of-court. Sturgis believed he was acting on orders from the White House in a matter of deep national security, looking for evidence involving the JFK assassination supposedly held in a safe by the heads of the Democratic Party. According to Sturgis, this evidence had been collected by Cuban spooks investigating the case for Castro.
One of the major misdirections employed with the JFK operation had been to blame the assassination on Castro, which is why the designated patsy was sheep-dipped as a Castro supporter who’d just recently visited the Cuban embassy in Mexico. Sturgis was part of the plan leaking info pointing towards Castro, but he also became a major suspect in the case himself.
Apparently, Sturgis was in Miami that day, or at least he had two family members willing to swear to that alibi. I believe he probably was. Hunt had been brought into Dallas, but I don’t believe he played a major role, and he certainly wasn’t an assassin, as he was only involved in propaganda. On his deathbed, Hunt would finally assert the truth: JFK was killed by the same CIA team initially formed to kill Castro, a team headed by William Harvey. But there were probably several teams put together for this mission, and it was very clever to blame the hit on Sturgis because his team likely wasn’t used. I suspect both Sturgis and Hunt were floated as patsies by James Angleton, who engineered the coverup. Oswald was likely an undercover agent for Angleton, as were many major players in this drama.
Of course, Hunt wants to blame the JFK hit on LBJ, which is ridiculous. Angleton was a Yale grad and very close to Allen Dulles and the Rockefellers, and this Eastern Establishment does not take orders from a corrupt Texas politician like LBJ, who had enough secrets he could easily be blackmailed or paid off in cash.
In 1949, after ten Hollywood screenwriters collectively declined to answer questions about their political sympathies to a Congressional Committee, they were fired and blacklisted. Thus began the sordid campaign to purge the film business of socialist influence.
Back then although many writers suffered, they retained their dignity, if not their salaries and today some are even celebrated as martyrs. The blacklist back then was very simple: if you were red, you were dead, at least as far as Hollywood was concerned.
In my lifetime, I’ve seen a complete reversal in the state of journalism. When I was in high school, becoming an investigative reporter was considered a noble calling. During Watergate nobody questioned the realities of government conspiracies. They were on the front page every day. Many newspapers spent a lot of money investigating stories of government misconduct.
Today, the media is almost exclusively focused on the minor trials and tribulations of film and sports celebrities. Newspapers no longer invest fortunes in investigative reporting, and, in fact, if they discover prospective young employees hold unconventional political views, those prospective employees likely won’t be getting hired. There’s a dividing line and once you cross it, you won’t be invited to the party, unless, of course, you’re part of the controlled opposition, like David Icke or Alex Jones, and even then, you’re just there to provoke ridicule and brand conspiracy theory as crazy.
Right after Watergate it was revealed the CIA was producing hundreds of books every year. Today, they’re probably producing hundreds of websites, including most of the so-called conspiracy sites. The purpose of these sites is to take real conspiracies (9/11) and mix them up with crazy conspiracies (we never landed on the moon). This campaign has been going on for decades and it’s obviously a success because conspiracy theory is now practically synonymous with insanity.
We have some websites, like the Huffington Post, Alternet, and Counterpunch, all of which purport to be providing an alternative to the official government line, but on none of these sites will you ever find a serious investigation into the anomalies of the official narrative of 9/11. Such talk is banned from polite society, in fact, and any writer who espouses such views will not be allowed to attend the party. It’s another blacklist, but this time in a much more insidious form.
My feeling is most people entering the news business today understand these realities and take a “don’t look, don’t see” approach to protect their futures. They suspect there’s some dirty business going on under the covers, but as long as they keep their attention focused elsewhere and don’t discuss such doubts with their editors, their future will remain bright. But just start talking about Saudi, Pakistani and Mossad connections to 9/11 in the news room and pretty soon you might be looking for a new line of work. See, it’s pretty obvious when none of the so-called oppositional sites will accept certain views that those views are actually taboo and anyone holding them isn’t going to be securing a bright economic future any time soon.