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February 15, 2012

JFK Conspiracy Con V

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four


Surely five posts on a blog should be adequate to making a couple of points, even if the material it represents weighs in at many thousands of pages. Somebody I know picked up on a major theme here and responded with a letter that makes a beautiful illustration of it on five 8-and-a-half-by-11s. (And this after Part Three). Somehow, reduction to a tenth (5 posts at a rate of 50 pages reduced to 5), anticipated halfway, bears something of a Divine Proportion. If there’s a Cosmic meaning to it, the least effect is of offering me encouragement. I’ll have to think twice about making a Part Six and messing around with the Divine.
   And you, still hanging in there, take some encouragement too. Part Five is going to sprint to the Finish.  Real-Timers, you all know it’s not about speed. Everybody else, this is the third month of a little project begun near the 48th anniversary of JFK’s death. Collectively, I’d say we’re maximizing air time –breathing maybe– inhaling the ponderables.
   A year and a half from now, in honor of the 50th, I expect to see a lot of closure-seeking media attention. Our national tolerance for secrets seems to break around 50 years and the whetting of an appetite seems well underway –the “Jackie tapes”, another JFK mistress, etc– and then there’s Judyth and Ed. The SV40-cancer-AIDS story may not be ready for primetime, but their song-and-story is probably the last round of Oswald’s Legend the public will ever know. But it’s also possible that Jim Garrison’s legacy may yet get a hearing and pick up where he left off –somewhere in space, I believe, closing in on NASA. And the mystery will continue…
In a phonecall to Warren Hinckle of Ramparts magazine on November 5, 1968 Garrison told Hinckle, “This is risky [calling], but I have little choice. It is imperative that I get this information to you now… Those Texas oilmen do not appear to be involved in President Kennedy’s murder in the way we first thought. It was the Military-Industrial Complex…but as far as we can tell, the conspiracy was limited to the aerospace wing. I’ve got the names of three companies…” Hinckle wrote them down –Lockheed, Boeing, General Dynamics. Garrison presumably shared the names of executives with those companies and then told Hinckle, “I wanted you to have this, in case something happens.”
   This researcher doesn’t know what, if any, progress Garrison’s investigators might have made in securing solid leads in aerospace, but there’s no shortage of involvement for this industry in nuclear materials, “metamaterials”, particle accelerators and human experimentation. General Dynamics, as the subsidiary General Atomics Company, participated in an experimental nuclear-powered ‘interplanetary’ spacecraft called Project Orion in 1957. Orion never got off the ground but its visionaries had hoped to set a traveling city into space as the largest craft ever conceived. The General Atomics division was founded by Frederic deHoffmann, headquartered on the northern side of coastal San Diego, precisely in a nest of advanced military research that included the Scripps and Salk Institutes, orbiting the campus of the University of California San Diego. DeHoffmann had worked as a special assistant at Los Alamos to Edward Teller contributing the exact calculations needed by Teller to make the first H-bombs. DeHoffmann was a senior VP of General Dynamics and became the administrative president of the Salk Institute in 1970 until sickness from AIDS caused him to retire in 1988.

   In his book, On The Trail Of The Assassins, Garrison detailed how a half-dozen men who worked alongside Oswald at the Reily Coffee Company in New Orleans moved on to jobs with NASA in the days and weeks after the assassination. He wrote, “One name jumped out at me immediately: Dante Marachini. He had begun work at the  Reily Coffee Company on exactly the same day as Oswald. Several weeks after  Oswald’s departure, Marachini also left the coffee company and began life anew  at the Chrysler Aerospace Division at the National Aeronautics and Space  Administration (NASA), on the eastern side of New Orleans. I then noticed  that Alfred Claude, who hired Oswald for Reily, had also gone to work for the  Chrysler Aerospace Division. Then I saw that John Branyon, who had worked with Oswald.. had left for a job at NASA…At just about the same time, Emmett Barbee, Oswald’s immediate boss at Reily,  left the coffee company and also inaugurated a new career with NASA… Perhaps it was mere coincidence that all these men associated with David Ferrie, Clay Shaw, and Lee Oswald ended up working for NASA, but I doubted it. I knew by now that when a group of individuals gravitated toward one another for  no apparent reason, or a group of individuals inexplicably headed in the same direction as if drawn by a magnetic field, or coincidence piled on coincidence  too many times, as often as not the shadowy outlines of a covert intelligence operation were somehow becoming visible.” [pp98-99]
>>NASA’s Michoud facility was coincidently installing a special materials lab in 1963, which looks like an ideal housing for a particle accelerator –was this the type of expertise contributed by Reily employees?
After the April 12, 1961 announcement that the Soviets beat the Americans again by putting Yuri Gagarin in orbit, Richard Reeves describes JFK as asking LBJ “to give him something to do on his own: “Is there any place where we can catch them? What can we do? Are we working twenty-four hours a day? Can we go around the moon before them? Can we put a man on the moon before them?…If somebody can just tell me how to catch up!” [p85, President Kennedy] On May 5, “Unlike the Soviets’ secret ninety-minute orbit of Yuri Gagarin twenty-three days before, Kennedy had decided to let the world watch the launch of Captain Alan Shepard, a Navy pilot. Shepard would be in space only fifteen minutes, if he got there, riding an arc like a cannon shot, 115 miles up and then a drop into the ocean 302 miles from where he blasted off.” [p118] Less than three weeks later on the 25th of May, in a State of the Union address, Kennedy declared, “ ‘I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind.’ …The pledge represented a total reversal in Kennedy’s thinking. As a senator, he had been ready to vote to kill the space program. He had agreed with Eisenhower that it was a waste of money. As President, he had been ready to dismantle the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)… The only thing that had prevented Kennedy from trying to push space off the American agenda early in his term was the enthusiasm of Vice President Johnson –which had something to do with the fact that NASA was headquartered in Houston. On March 22, three weeks before Gagarin’s flight, Kennedy had told James Webb, the director of NASA, that he had decided against giving new funding to Project Apollo. The American moon project was to be put on indefinite hold. But the Gagarin flight, or perhaps world reaction to the flight, had shaken Kennedy badly… he was ready to deal with space as a political contest… Lyndon Johnson sent Kennedy a memo saying:…’other nations..will tend to align themselves with the country which they believe will be the world leader –the winner in the long run. Dramatic accomplishments in space are being increasingly identified as a major indicator of world leadership.’ Kennedy had gotten the message.” [pp138-139, President Kennedy]
   Amazingly, at the opening of this window, with Kennedy less than three months into his presidency, the CIA’s Bay of Pigs invasion jolted to infamous ruin and played no small part in the politicking of space. There is little short of ‘amazing’ to describe the rapid-fire sequence of crises that Kennedy faced in those first few months; set one within another, like wheels within wheels spinning on contact, a distant observer –you, me, Garrison– discerns the operation of an intelligent machine, armed and dangerous. A normal person would Duck and Cover. The Kennedys, on the other hand, threw a saddle on the beast and rode it into the whirlwind.  Whatever their flaws, we admire them for that. “ ‘There is no reason to believe that the President was outclassed in nerve, self-confidence or candor..’ wrote Richard The New Yorker..” [speaking of his stand-off with Khrushchev, page 177, President Kennedy]  “These were the worst of times in the Kennedy White House. Much of the world simply believed that he was not tough enough..” [p182]  “Ordinary Americans began digging holes behind their houses..” [p204] and by the end of August 1961, the nuclear flatlining was over and the Russian Golem rumbled back to life.
   “That weekend, Kennedy invited James Reston of the New York Times to Hyannis Port for an interview, after which they were walking the beach, talking less formally. Reston asked him about his vision of the future, what kind of world he would like to help make. Kennedy looked at Reston for a long moment, seeming a little sad. ‘I haven’t had time to think about that yet,’ he answered.” [p225, President Kennedy, Richard Reeves]
Nuclear annihilation was apparently getting in the way of almost everybody’s ‘vision of the future’. Both Kennedy and Khrushchev had come away from their June summit in Vienna believing that “What they should do now was agree that neither side would try to upset the complicated balances of power around the world. Their responsibility was to find a way… ‘We have a common task,’ said the President, saying that about the only thing they agreed on..was that nuclear war could destroy all civilization.” [p163, President Kennedy]
   In the spring and summer of 1961, Kennedy’s commitment to non-proliferation through diplomatic channels led to his authorization of “special emissaries” for the common task. What we don’t know are how many other channels were enlisting to the cause, but during that summer the young defector who had left the U.S. in September of 1959 for the USSR, swearing never to return, changed his mind. Lee Harvey Oswald, who was living in Minsk and working for a radio-tv factory, petitioned the American embassy with the request to go home.
                                                             * photo, 1959
According to Legend, the Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald (by Edward Jay Epstein, 1978), exactly two weeks after JFK first took a seat in the Oval Office, Oswald, who called himself ‘Alik’ in Minsk, postmarked the first of several letters initiating his redefection back to the States. By April, the embassy was soliciting his physical appearance in Moscow to pick up his passport and submit to questioning. Oswald wrote and demanded assurances from both US and Soviet authorities that he would be cleared of any legal charges and free of persecution, and incidently he was now married (on May Day) and required exit papers for his wife. Finally, in July of ’61, one month after the Kennedy-Khrushchev meeting, Oswald flew to Moscow and the set the basic requisites in motion. He was going to leave a “comfortable Life” with a free stylish apartment and a supplemental salary from the Red Cross but it took most of the coming year to get the Oswalds processed and on their way. On June 13 1962, they arrived by ship in Hoboken New Jersey and boarded a flight for Dallas late the next day.  Lee’s older brother Robert was there to greet them. “Robert had last seen his brother in September 1959, a few days after he had been discharged from the Marine Corps. He had then looked remarkably happy and fit… Now he appeared..gaunt and weary. His fair complexion had turned ruddy and sallow. The most marked change, however, was his hair. Not only had it thinned almost to the point of baldness on top, but the texture had changed from soft to kinky. Struck by this loss of hair, Robert couldn’t help wondering what happened to his brother during the intervening years in the Soviet Union.” [pp157-158, Legend] The FBI in Fort Worth wanted to know too but “No matter how many pointed questions were put to him about his contacts with Soviet authority, he would discuss little more than his job as a metalworker in a television factory..and his trip back to the United States.” [p163] Oswald was 22 years old.
Jim Garrison wrote: “For 25 years the American people have been bombarded by propaganda  pointing insistently to a variety of irrelevant “false sponsors” as the supposed  instigators of the Kennedy assassination. (False sponsor is a term used in  covert intelligence actions which describes the individual or organization to be  publicly blamed after the action, thus diverting attention away from the  intelligence community). Americans have been so thoroughly brainwashed by such  disinformation, paid for by their own taxes, that many of them today are only  able to sigh mournfully to one another that they “probably never will know the  truth.”      
   “Meanwhile, an unending stream of news service releases, newspaper  articles, television “documentaries,” magazine features, and books repetitively  reinforce this bewilderment and continue to point the public’s attention in the  wrong direction. The incredible accumulation of false sponsors laid upon the  American people includes Lee Harvey Oswald, the K.G.B., Howard Hughes, Texas oil  barons, organized crime, and Fidel Castro.      
   “The original false sponsor was  the scapegoat himself, Lee Harvey Oswald. Nominated for the role by the  intelligence community, he was formally endorsed by the Warren Commission and  others at the highest levels of the United States government. However, over time  it became increasingly apparent that the lone assassin fairy tale had fallen  apart, and most of its supporters simply fell silent.”
   Oswald’s physical ‘aging’ in so short a time during the Russia years is strongly suggestive that he had a covert assignment as a nuclear detection specialist, or was otherwise ‘exposed’ in a high-energy environment. Nothing in his Legend conflicts with the idea that this was his personal mission. Television, radio, radar, and photo-optics are all technologies under the nuclear umbrella specifically developed with particle accelerators. The illicit use of potential bomb fuel, in fact, was far less a concern than sophisticated instrumentation and metamaterials, however, the recycling of spent reactor-grade fuel into high-energy product suitable for weapons is one of the many applications for accelerators. During the moratorium which perfectly coincided with Oswald’s time in Russia, reprocessing with accelerators may have been the most attractive option for procuring warhead fuel in budding atomic weapons programs and therefore a legitimate target of espionage.  On the basis of this technological feat, another story besides DMM enters the picture: Final Judgement, by Michael Collins Piper.
   Piper draws the diverse elements of assassination conspirators together and embraces nuclear traffick as the means of Israeli acquisition. It appears as if Haslam constructed the rebranded DMM in order to allude to Piper’s book in a mutually validating way. Haslam’s audio record unquestionably makes an association to the key property in Final Judgement –the Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC) by highlighting an achievement of NUMEC’s founder (Zalman Shapiro) without ever naming the man or the company. (Shapiro could strip the impurities from diamonds with an accelerator)
     “Curiouser and curiouser!” cried Alice.
“Dissemination of disinformation is the last element necessary for a successful coup d’etat, and it also happens to be one of the specialties of the C.I.A.” –Jim Garrison
The “covert-overt” coupling of DMM to Final Judgement, which I must suppose means that the nuclear trafficking subject is ripe-and-ready for general dissemination, can be explained by quoting another guy with a book, Russ Baker and Family of Secrets, who tends to the Bush family participation:  “In the art of propaganda, and in the daily business of public relations, a cardinal rule is that if a problem emerges, it must be managed immediately. The trick is to quickly acknowledge and gain control of the new material, mitigating the damage by redirecting it in a beneficial way. This is known in tradecraft as ‘block and bridge’.” [p52, Family of Secrets]
   I have no special insight into tradecraft with the exception of my experience encountering Ed Haslam and Doctor Mary’s Monkey. The long-range view on nuclear history and medicine has been the one standard put to Ed’s case, followed up with the provision that the story (or any story) present a “rabbit hole” (where there are lots of places to go) or, as the drillers call it, a “rat hole” (which is a dead end, but one soon to be widened in preparation for heavy drilling). DMM is a rat hole and Mary Sherman is the dead end. The heavy drilling –well– when will that start? When they make the movie?
   The insight I gained from DMM came straight from the horse’s mouth. Although professing a personal remembrance of Dr. Mary’s strange death as a boy in New Orleans, Ed Haslam had to “discover” both the timing and details from scurrilous autopsy documents planted in the New Orleans public library. Ed wrote this, to me and to the “jfkmurdersolved” forum: “..I called the NOPD Homocide Unit and got the Item Number on the Mary Sherman murder. (The NOPD item number (G-12994-64) is listed on p. 125 of DR. MARY’S MONKEY.) Once I had the police reports, I discovered that the date was not in March 1967, but was July 21, 1964, on the same day that the Warren Commission summoned Lee Oswald’s attorney Dean Andrews for testimony in New Orleans. Having the correct date, enabled me to locate the newspaper articles, and I got a copy of the autopsy report which indicated that the cause of death was a stab wound to the heart. Comparing the newspaper articles with the autopsy, I noted that the public was never told the most important forensic fact in the case – that Dr. Sherman’s right arm and a portion of her rib cage had been “disintegrated” by heat..”   I responded to the forum by querulously emphasizing “discovered” and pointed out the contradiction of Ed’s memory version and hastily got myself disinvited from discussion by a backdoor threat of “dire consequences”.  About then, Ed’s sincerity passed into permanent doubt.
    Russ Baker (Family of Secrets) had something to say about the library too: “The extended Bush family, which had helped Poppy write history, now was closing ranks to prevent disclosure of what they had done– and were still doing. The term ‘library’ was turned upside down, and became not a way to make information available but rather a way to bury it. It became about disinformation instead of information.” [p468]  But, hey!, turns out there’s a little rabbit hole here.
   Several of the executive governors of the N.O.P.L., at the time (c.1992) when the Mary Sherman documents showed up for Ed’s perusal, have unique ties to the unelaborated elements of Ed’s story –in other words, a vested interest in helping a cover up. And we can choose which cover up that might be; the Mary Sherman death, the fictitious “cancer vaccine project” to counteract monkey viruses, the JFK assassination, or if you like all of the above! Among those library governors was the chief executive of Freeport McMoRan, the former Freeport Sulphur of Texas, still overseen by its chairman Benno Schmidt.
Benno C. Schmidt, one of the architects of the National Cancer Program, Benno helped lay the foundation for the National Cancer Act and the nation’s extraordinary investment in biomedical research. Through nearly four decades of commitment to Memorial Sloan-Kettering –including a lengthy tenure as Chairman– he shaped and strengthened [the] institution.”; Schmidt was Chairman of the President’s Cancer Panel, 1971-1980; Chairman of Memorial Hospital, 1971-1982; Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1982-1990; native Texan, lawyer Schmidt “worked for the general counsel of the War Production Board 1941-1942″, became a partner in J.H. Whitney & Co. and chaired the Ford Foundation’s Fund for the City of New York
   A relationship between Benno Schmidt and Lewis L. Strauss is one of the givens. In fact, Lewis Strauss is only one or two degrees of separation away from any named person in this article-set other than our book authors, of which I have no connecting information. Did Strauss know Ed Haslam’s dad? –odds are good that the men were at least acquaintances and known to each other in their capacity as Naval officers. I doubt there’s a point in speculating whether Admiral Strauss had ‘tips’ for Commander Haslam on how to run a polio hospital… but somebody’s got some explaining to do on why the New Orleans Crippled Childrens’ hospital opened in 1955, the very year the Salk vaccine went public and conquered polio. hmm? Cdr. Haslam was appointed to New Orleans/Tulane in 1952, in synchronous motion with the arrival of Mary Sherman and other events mentioned in Part I.
>>>The tight relationship of Lewis L. Strauss to Harry Byrd of Virginia is another not to be overlooked in JFK assassination events; Strauss ran Byrd’s Virginia political machine. Harry Byrd’s cousin, Texas oilman D.H. Byrd, was the owner of the Texas Schoolbook Depository building and according to Russ Baker’s book, D.H.Byrd had formerly employed Oswald’s handler, George DeMohrenschildt. DeMohrenschildt is noted to have been a dealer in uranium. [Family of Secrets, pp 97-111]  Refer to Eustace Mullins on the Byrd Machine from “The Day Virginia Died”; Even greater significance falls on the fact that DeMohrenschildt’s brother-in-law, Sergei Fomenko, was a Manhattan Project physicist. [ref. last post by Linda Minor]
Freeport McMoRan, (Freeport Sulphur) based in New Orleans in the 1990s (since moved to Phoenix, AZ), had the #3 claim in value for the Moa Bay Mining operation after the revolucion.  According to the author, “Castro’s confiscations –provoked partly by the Kennedy administration’s decision to stop purchasing most of the Cuban sugar crop– is at the root of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba. (Cuban sugar involves the Loeb-Bronfmans, Part Three)
1968Memo from Andrew Sciambra to Jim Garrison: “..the Guy Banister file indicates ..that Dick [Wight], a high official of Freeport Sulphur, and Clay Shaw were flown to Cuba.. in a Freeport Sulphur plane piloted by David Ferrie. The purpose of the trip was to set up import of Cuba’s nickel ore to a Canadian front company… apparently WIGHT [is] Vice President of Freeport… this lead keeps growing stronger… David Ferrie flew Shaw and his two partners to Canada in an attempt to receive the ore from Cuba but through Canada”… “Probe [magazine] is not going to state that Freeport Sulphur was in any way involved in the planning or execution of the Kennedy assassination. But this is a company that connects the CIA, the Rockefellers, Clay Shaw and David Phillips. The company had serious clashes with Castro over an expensive project, and with the Kennedy administration over matters of great monetary significance to Freeport. Allegations of a Canadian connection with New Orleans, and Cuban nickel mining and processing operations fit neatly into Shaw’s reported activities. And this is a company which had at least one director reportedly talking about killing Castro.
Umm, “David Ferrie flew Shaw and his two partners to Canada in an attempt to receive the [nickel] ore from Cuba but through Canada” …during an embargo…with flying wheelbarrows?..nickel… can you believe it?
>>> 30% of the world’s nickel comes from Ontario Canada. In 2007, the global price of refined nickel surged to its highest-ever value at $1.47 per oz. and then fell dramatically.
DMM-related rabbit hole results, like the couple of paragraphs above, are ongoing>>>here and the rest of the space in Part Five will stick to the knitting.
The Deep Vein of Power
“Largely unknown to the public is the many and varied sites that made up the Manhattan Project.  The University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Lab (Met Lab) included a location inside the Museum of Science and Industry [MSI], created at the urging of Rosenwald patriarch, Julius Rosenwald, who proposed the museum project in 1921 and provided $7 million for its development. The MSI took over the standing Fine Arts building in Chicago…  in 1940..the board of directors lured Major Lenox R. Lohr (1891-1968), the head of the National Broadcasting its presidency.” “Lohr earned his stripes in the Army Corps of Engineers, edited the ACE journal ‘The Military Engineer’ until 1929, resigned the Army and joined the Naval Reserves as a Lt. Commander (1929-1941)..[and] was NBC president from 1934 to 1940, under RCA parent David Sarnoff… ‘During his twenty-eight years as head of the Museum, Lohr also organized.. the Military-Industry Conferences in 1955-1957.’  Rosenwald’s museum, and its subsequent use for the Manhattan Project, is one more enterprise that gives evidence of early atomic weapons development.. ”
>>>Lewis Strauss described David Sarnoff as “a steadfast friend” who “invited me to return to the boards of companies on which I had served many years” after Strauss was rejected as Secretary of Commerce. [p399, Men and Decisions] The chief of the Office of Naval Research, Dr. Emanuel Piore (in Part Four) launched his career with RCA… and Meyer Lansky owned some of their stock.
   Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932) was a native to Illinois who was apprenticed to his uncles’ clothier business in New York as a teenager. While there, he made close lifetime friendships with Henry Goldman and Henry Morgenthau Sr. Goldman later handled the IPO for Sears Roebuck &Co. after Rosenwald gained full control of the company (between 1906-1908). Rosenwald’s avid interest in the Jewish settlement of Palestine led to his championing and presidency of the Jewish Agricultural Experiment Station in Athlit at its founding in 1911. Through friendship with Paul J. Sachs and his own “interest in African Americans”, Rosenwald became a major benefactor to the Tuskegee Institute in 1912, and the next year he signed on as a governing director of the new Rockefeller Foundation.
(The Rockefeller nutshell, from Standard Oil, the RIMR,  I.G.Farben, the World Trade Center and more:
>>>During the 1920s, Henry Goldman (Goldman Sachs) personally traveled to Germany and supplied cash to the physicists Max Born and Albert Einstein
>>> Tuskegee Institute, besides its reputation for criminal human experiments, became a HeLa cancer cell “factory” , specifically for use in polio “research” and vaccine “testing”, and of course, the growing of polioviruses for those vaccines.
   The Rosenwald legacy passed to Julius’s five children: Lessing, Adele, Edith, Marion and William who were contemporaries of Lewis Strauss. The two brothers served on the executive of the American Jewish Committee concurrently with Strauss. Lessing took the lead at Sears Roebuck. Adele Rosenwald Deutsch Levy consigned her longtime private secretary, Ann C. Whitman, to Dwight D. Eisenhower as his presidential assistant –Whitman later performed her services for Nelson Rockefeller after Eisenhower. Edith married Edgar Bloom Stern and relocated to New Orleans where the Sterns owned and operated WDSU radio and TV, which provided the media handling of Oswald’s legend. Marion married Max Ascoli, a Jewish-Italian intellectual member of the “Mazzini Society” who became the dean of the New School for Social Research. William Rosenwald took the most active role of his siblings in the relocation of ‘displaced persons’ and the expansion of international Jewish philanthropies.
   During World War Two, Sears Roebuck VP, Donald Marr Nelson, ran the War Production Board as its chairman and Lessing Rosenwald took charge of domestic commodities –both men charged with routing the nation’s materiel for the military.  Lessing and another Sear’s VP, Robert Elkington Wood, co-founded the “America First” committee, the short-lived isolationist group that attracted Charles Lindbergh to its ranks. At the same time, Lessing served his local Selective Service draft board. Again, Lessing Rosenwald would master “leading the opposition” in creating the American Council for Judaism, an anti-Zionist coalition of Reform Jews. Personally and corporately, Rosenwalds were controlling shareholders in the United Fruit Company.
>>>the War Production Board, so-named in 1942, was the central agency overseeing all munitions manufacture, acquisition and control of strategic material…”At the very top of this effort was the War Production Board… Under Chairman Donald Nelson, the board..instituted a Production Requirements Plan through which his board bypassed the armed services and allocated materials directly to producers. In November 1942, this plan was superceded by the Controlled Critical Materials Plan.. [only for]..the three most important industrial materials: steel, copper, and aluminum.” [p17 ]
United Fruit Company, owned by Samuel Zemurray, was an original member of the RCA  “Radio City” consortium (with General Electric, Westinghouse and AT&T) that signed up to occupy the yet unbuilt Rockefeller Center in early 1929. [see Rockefeller Institute page] Common history has it that United Fruit’s potential loss of its banana plantations in Guatemala was the cause of a coup and civil war, staged by the CIA, in 1954. A ‘friendlier’ Guatemala provided staging for the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and much later in 2006 became the first country to arrange a debt-for-nature swap with the U.S.
>>>Tuskegee also ran their syphilis experiments in Guatemala
>>>Zemurrays and Sterns were among the largest landholders on the east side of New Orleans bordering the South Industrial Canal and the NASA Michoud facility (to the east), sandwiching the Lower 9th Ward which flooded out during Hurricane Katrina. The Zemurray tracts were sold to Las Vegas casino operator Joe Brown in 1967  (The Horseshoe, Fremont St.) and resold to Marvin Kratta.
   Judyth Baker says that Lee Oswald frequented the waterfront at the South Industrial Canal, where the Navy maintained military operations, not only passing out his Fair Play for Cuba leaflets but taking pictures. She thinks he may have been working for the ONI (Naval Intelligence)–a guess– she doesn’t know or else we probably never would have heard from Judyth. Her major contribution outside of the secret laboratory information is to confirm Oswald’s contact with Customs agents, the trafficking of small arms in crates of bananas and furniture, and the relationship among Clay Shaw, David Ferrie, and Lee Oswald that Garrison could not confirm.
   Small arms traffick appears to be the main activity outside of lab work for Baker and Oswald, but its illicit nature as a ‘pardonable sin’ had long since evolved into a protected trade. On October 18, 1961, John F. Kennedy used his power of Presidential Pardon to exempt at least one high-profile trafficker who met his match in Joseph McCarthy.  “In late 1947, [Hank] Greenspun was recruited by Haganah… His autobiography describes clandestine expeditions to buy artillery and rifles in Latin America, and airplane engines and machine guns from a surplus yard in Hawaii. Greenspun got caught and in 1950 pleaded guilty..[and] was fined $10,000, but the judge, attributing the crime to noble motives, refused to sentence him to prison.” JFK pardoned the fine.  Harry Milton Greenspunspent most of WWII in the ordnance corps” and afterwards drove out to Las Vegas from New York in 1946 with a buddy who hoped to open a racetrack. But after losing money, Greenspun went to work for Benjamin Siegel as the new publicity agent for the Flamingo. “When Siegel was murdered, Greenspun quit the Flamingo..[and] invested in a rival casino, The Desert Inn… but his substantial interest would be reduced to 1 percent when Cleveland racketeers Morris ‘Moe’ Dalitz, Sam Tucker and Morris Kleinman won control.” Greenspun then bought himself a newspaper in 1950: “The Las Vegas Sun once came within striking distance of becoming the dominant daily  in Las Vegas, but never did. One reason was a fire that destroyed the Sun’s offices and production plant in November 1963… Greenspun suspected arson…” But as his star was rising with the Sun, Greenspun partnered in a new radio station, KRAM “and still later he founded the CBS affiliate station KLAS-TV, channel 8, which he sold to Howard Hughes… When Benny Binion came [to Las Vegas]…Hank helped him get a license. And then he had a friend of his own.” (Binion opened the Eldorado on the streetfront of the Apache Hotel and hired Joe Brown to help run it –and while Binion was away doing prison time, Joe changed the name to the Horseshoe)
   Ya know, it’s a small world out there and those deep veins pull their substance from the millions of capillaries drawing from the surface. It’s nature’s law of return. Sometimes it pays to think small. Microbiology, nanotechnology, upward causation –all small. Let me pitch you an idea: what if “critical” raw metals that could be transformed into fuel isotopes in particle accelerators came packed in bullets and shipped out the same way? They could be smuggled to anywhere.
    nuclear fuel pellets

In 1960, physicist Luis Alvarez patented a particular type of particle accelerator called an “electronuclear produce an artificially produced material in commercial quantities by nuclear transformations.” [patent # US2,933,442] The machine was a version of the giant Materials Testing Accelerator (M.T.A.) that Alvarez built with Ernest Lawrence in Livermore, CA after the war. The new machine was made for the purpose of recycling depleted uranium and converting it to plutonium though most accelerators in use at this time had that capability. It’s merely a convenience in the documents that a dedicated machine shows up in the literature during the 1959-1961 moratorium. It would also be possible with such a machine to make it appear as though one had nuclear weapons even if one did not. The next year, 1961,  Alvarez won the Albert Einstein Award which was created and endowed by the Lewis and Rosa Strauss Memorial Fund –dedicated to Admiral Strauss’s parents on the occasion of Albert Einstein’s 70th birthday in 1949. Throughout his career, Luis Alvarez was a much-lauded scientist. In fact, the “lineac” (or linac) accelerators are alternatively called “Alvarez” accelerators.

   Luis Alvarez finished his graduate work at the University of Chicago under Arthur Compton and then joined the UCBerkeley Rad Lab in 1936, becoming assistant director. During the war, Luis went to MIT’s Rad Lab where his vital genius went into creating Ground Controlled Approach (GCA) and Microwave Early Warning System (MEW) phased-array and transponder-identifying radar. In 1943 Alvarez took a team to England and installed his systems there and returned to the US to join the Manhattan Project. By his invention of special optical lenses, the Fat Man implosion bomb used on Nagasaki acquired a precision firing system, key to its detonation. Optics remained a life-long interest for Alvarez and he contributed a number of inventions for cameras, binoculars and stabilized zoom lenses. One of his most memorable contributions to history, however, was the “Melon” demonstration for the Warren Commission which ‘proved’ how a high-velocity bullet from behind created a back jet (retrorecoil), explaining the rear-exiting brain matter and back-leaning motion of JFK. Alvarez’s relationship to Strauss is also a given, not only as Lawrence’s first officer at Berkeley but for the services he continually rendered to Strauss’s special projects, which includes creating instrumentation for fallout detection and testifying in 1949 for construction of the “Super” bombs against the general tide of opinion that saw no military value in bigger nukes but well-perceived the threat in terms of terror. To stand in the way of Lewis Strauss was to go down, figuratively and perhaps literally.

There is a strange trail of dashed careers and defenestrations (out the window) in the wake of associating with Mr. Strauss.  The best known of these are the suicide deaths of Henry Frauenthal (polio hospital, 1927) and James Forrestal (1949) and the revoked security clearance of Robert Oppenheimer (1954) in which Strauss had a direct role as the Chairman of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study (as well as chief of the AEC!). [See also the comment section of Part Two and the case of Father Drought and Bishop Walsh who sought to prevent war with Japan in 1940]. In all cases, deteriorating mental health of the subject was blamed. In all cases, Strauss knew them well and he knew their families. In all cases, Strauss’s personal involvement ended 2 or 3 years prior.  John Kennedy was no exception. While still a senator on the campaign trail, Arthur Schlesinger recalled a dinner that he arranged for JFK in May of 1959: “What stands out from the evening..was a discussion of the confirmation of Lewis Secretary of Commerce. It was politically essential for Kennedy, as a liberal Democratic presidential aspirant, to vote against Strauss…though..his father, an old friend of Strauss’s, strongly advocated confirmation. My impression was that Kennedy was looking for a respectable reason to oppose Strauss. At this point, Mac Bundy..spoke up for rejecting the nomination. The backing of Harvard’s Dean of the Faculty may have somewhat reassured Kennedy, who voted against Strauss a few days later.” [p16, A Thousand Days, A. Schlesinger] In the game of politics, this is understood as a necessity of business. I should add that in all cases, no personal malice from Strauss appears in his or anyone else’s memoirs or correspondence. They say he was an ‘old school’ Southern gentleman. As he told it himself, “a plain man doing his best”.

* Hawkeye Works, Rochester New York (the modern buildings above the bridge; aerial view

“[Doug] Horne..demonstrates conclusively that the Zapruder film was tampered with, constituting clear obstruction of justice for tampering with evidence. Unlike previous attempts to brand the Z-film a fake by unexplained anomalies, Horne takes a different approach, and utilizing the recollections of honorable and reputable CIA officials whose reputations should not be impeached, he demonstrates how the chain of possession was lost and the film altered. While he doesn’t know exactly who did it, Horne tells you when and where it was done (KODAK’s Hawkeye Works, Rochester, New York) and how and why they did it.”  Hawkeye photo source:

..”The story of Kodachrome..began in 1917 [with] two teenagers, Leopold Godowsky Jr. and Leopold Mannes… on his way to perform [music] in Europe in 1922, Mannes happened to meet a partner in the banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Company.. [who] sent a young associate, Lewis Strauss, to the Mannes apartment to view the progress. Strauss was convinced, and Kuhn, Loeb invested.”  Strauss wrote of it:  “In 1922, Everett Somers, who as an army sargeant had been assigned to our office in France, introduced two young musicians, [Godowsky and Mannes]. They were in their teens when..they conceived a method of making photographs in color with one exposure on a single film..using an ordinary camera..uncomplicated enough for amateur use. I was persuaded to go to the laboratory of Mannes and Godowsky, which was the kitchen in an apartment…  Convinced, I arranged for the necessary money to pay for patent applications and attorney fees and to rent and staff a small laboratory. The Eastman-Kodak Company co-operated by furnishing required sensitizers, dyes, and other material, but brushed the process itself aside as of no practical interest. Some years later the results were so outstanding that I decided to go over the heads of the officers with whom we had been dealing unsuccessfully and traveled to Rochester with Sir William Wiseman, one of my associates, to show examples of the George Eastman himself. The upshot of that and subsequent meetings.. was an agreement which resulted in marketing the product called Kodachrome. Annually it earns many millions for the Kodak Company and until the patents finally expired in 1952 was highly profitable to the young inventors and to all concerned.” [p98, Men and Decisions] Thereafter a Kodak stockholder, Strauss’s long relationship to the company bears an imprint on its participation with his projects; radiation detection (i.e. dosimeter film badges for the troops), special optics for weapons, U2 and satellite surveillance, and not least of all, the manufacture of cigarette filters, pharmaceuticals and ‘vitamins’.

>>>William Wiseman was the head of British Intelligence in the U.S. (New York) during World War One. He gained a full partnership in Kuhn, Loeb & Co. at the same time as Strauss.”[President]Wilson continued to be deeply involved in the Bolshevik Revolution, as were  [Col.Edward] House and [Sir William]Wiseman. Vol. 3, p. 421 of House Intimate Papers records a cable from  Sir William Wiseman to House from London, May 1, 1918, suggesting allied  intervention at the invitation of the Bolsheviki to help organize the Bolshevik forces.”  [see Chart VI, Secrets of the Federal Reserve, E. Mullins;]

Kodak, it should be known, was in the nuclear business early, building its base on sales of X-ray plates. In 1920, George Eastman pledged himself to the medical cabal by partnering with Rockefeller money through the person of Abraham Flexner to co-found the University of Rochester Dental and Medical School. (Flexner, who was running the General Education Board, later founded Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study in 1930). Rochester was to become an important site to the Manhattan Project for secret human experiments with radiation and fluoride.  As early as the mid-1930s, medical research symposiums at Cold Spring Harbor (NY) were teaching that physiological damage from fluorides mimicked damage from radiation.    The bone doctors in our story (Ochsner, Sherman, Haslam) would all have certain knowledge of this phenomenon. On the subject of fluoride, I’ll quote myself from the polioforever site: “Most inquiries into public water fluoridation lead to the year 1945 as the starting point of fluoride promotion, pointing to the infamous “Project F”*, but ‘test’ fluoridation began at least 3 decades earlier and wide national testing was underway by the mid-1930s. The Newburgh-Kingston [NY] Fluorine Caries Trial* (1945-1955) was more likely a ‘combined effects’ study to secretly analyze the synergy of fluoride and radioactive fallout. Dr. Frederick McKay, who began his career as a dentist in Colorado about 1901, later said of the “F” program, “Newburgh has become another ‘biological experiment station’ in which the rationale is applied directly to humans without previous laboratory experiments on animals”. Even so, no laboratory was likely to recreate the real world effects of combined fallout. Fluoride was already, perhaps by WWII, the most caustic of toxic air pollutants.”


JFK: (June 10, 1963) “ the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our childrens’ futures and we are all mortal…”

September 20, 1963:  “…Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world–or to make it the last… The peacekeeping record of the United Nations has been a proud one, though its tasks are always formidable… But what the United Nations has done in the past is less important than the tasks for the future. We cannot take its peacekeeping machinery for granted. That machinery must be soundly financed–which it cannot be if some members are allowed to prevent it from meeting its obligations by failing to meet their own. The United Nations must be supported by all those who exercise their franchise here. And its operations must be backed to the end… But peace does not rest in charters and covenants alone. It lies in the hearts and minds of all people. And if it is cast out there, then no act, no pact, no treaty, no organization can hope to preserve it without the support and the wholehearted commitment of all people. So let us not rest all our hopes on parchment and on paper; let us strive to build peace, a desire for peace, a willingness to work for peace, in the hearts and minds of all our people. I believe that we can. I believe the problems of human destiny are not beyond the reach of human beings.”

Lewis L. Strauss: “Often, as in certain events related in these chapters…destiny seems to have seized the wheel, the decision-makers mere passengers on a vehicle careening too fast to control. Appearing to reinforce this concept is the doctrine that, since the Creator of all things must know the future as well as the past, events which are foreknown are, in effect, foreordained. From this it would follow that action which is foreordained cannot come from free choice… The conflict between the assurance of the independence of human decision and the seemingly incompatible doctrine of predetermination has divided theologians from the earliest days. Flavius Josephus..recorded that the Sadducees denied predestination, regarding good and evil as entirely a matter of man’s decision; the Pharisees, while recognizing free choice, laid greater emphasis on fate; the Essenes insisting on absolute predestiny… The problem of reconciling divine foreknowledge with man’s freedom of decision troubled the Hebrew philosophers of the Middle Ages. Most learned and revered among them was..Maimonides… In his monumental work Guide For The Perplexed.. Maimonides reasoned that, while man cannot know a future event, it is an arrogance of man to assume that God cannot do so, for man’s knowledge and God’s knowledge are not comparable…   Now, we are told, we stand at the threshold of an era when it will be possible for man to abdicate both the right and responsibility of free decision and to delegate it to the machine… They will be decisions for which no man will bear responsibility..” [p429, Men and Decisions]


                Continued reading: Part I; Lewis L. Strauss the Maccabee; Herbert Hoover’s Belgian Relief; Kuhn, Loeb & Co.; other Strauses; relations with Kodak, U.Rochester and Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study; ‘The Strange Career of Hoover’ and the death of Walter Liggett; the Byrd Machine; Radium Trade; Joe Kennedy Sr.; Albert Lasker; Julius Rosenwald, Father Coughlin, Navy Bureau of Ordnance; the death of James V. Forrestal

Part II, Lewis Strauss and JFK; death of Joe Kennedy Jr., the Guns of Japan, Yamashita treasure, the ALSOS Mission, the Pond (secret intelligence),  American Security Council, Atomic Energy Commission, Col. Boris Pash; Congressman JFK; the H-bomb; fallout; timelines 1946-1953

Part III– ;  Israel gets the bomb, Radiation effects, AEC-stacking the Commission, death of Brien McMahon, Prescott Bush, Abraham Feinberg, U-2, fallout and weather control, Dimona

                                                               JFK Conspiracy Con Propositions:

1) The ongoing management of the JFK assassination is covering the secret history of nuclear traffick —not over yet.

2) Early atomic development (e.i. 1920s and ’30s) was promoted through “medical uses” and principally spread by Jewish agencies. The Kennedys (particularly RFK) were favorable to Jewish nationalism and viewed the state of Israel as an asset against Communism.

3) Kennedy was pre-selected for the presidency as early as 1952 for his future anti-Cold War policy and global peacemaking role by the very internationalists who created nuclear weapons to force world unity.

4) The Cold War was a wholly necessary stage in superpower posturing to proliferate nuclear weapons and dependence; both the bombs and the ‘biologicals’ precipitating mass fear.  The brink of annihilation represented by the Cuban Missile Crisis was a psy-op to prepare the general public will for global policing and the surrender of national sovereignty in favor of world peace.

5) ‘Biologicals’ and ‘low-energy’ technologies are better weapons.

6) Admiral Lewis L. Strauss was a major operative for Jewish world power, responsible for building up the U.S. Military-Medical-Industrial Complex and likewise for its oversight, management and control. The JFK presidency and assassination was an unequaled opportunity to  rein in ‘out-of-control’ elements in the military, paramilitary and intelligence sectors and present the appearance of an “inside job”. Oswald and his handlers may have all been working for L.L. Strauss.

>>> Strauss’s late-life obsession, after the JFK murder, became the concept of martyrdom. His biographer, Richard Pfau, chose for his subject the title “No Sacrifice Too Great“. Strauss (1896-1974) died of cancer at his farm near Brandy Rock Station, Virginia.

>>> Chrysler built the Redstone Rockets, the first nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, named for the Redstone Arsenal (the Ordnance Guided Missile Center) near Huntsville AL; the New Orleans Michoud ordnance facility was acquired on the recommendation of Wernher von Braun and opened by NASA in September 1961 with Chrysler and Boeing as prime contracters for the Saturn V. Chrysler also built radar systems during WWII. Von Braun was a “Project Paperclip” import.

>>>General Dynamics, in addition to its General Atomics division, owned Electric Boat, builders of the USS Nautilus nuclear submarine. In 1959, Henry Crown (a.k.a. Krinsky) of Chicago gained a controlling share in General Dynamics. “In December 1963, Chief Justice Earl Warren.. suggested that Henry Crown’s attorney, Albert E. Jenner, Jr., who also, at that time employed Crown’s son, John at Jenner’s Chicago law firm, be appointed as a senior assistant Warren Commission counsel.”   “Every Israeli prime minister, every Israeli president knows the Crown family,” said Steven Nasatir, president of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

AND THEN, more currently, General Dynamics mixed it up with Galaxy Aerospace, the Pritzker Group, Israeli Aerospace Industries and the executive board of American Media Inc., the “ground zero” of the post-September 11 ANTHRAX ATTACK, which involved biomedical investigators from the Salk Institute….

>>> Lockheed won a $22.5 million contract to build the U-2 spyplane after photo-optics inventor Edwin Land “proposed to CIA director Allen Dulles that his agency should fund and operate the aircraft” designed by ‘Kelly’ [Clarence] Johnson. ; “In the 1950s, Edwin Land and his team helped design the optics of the revolutionary Lockheed U-2..” ; Lewis Strauss wrote, “Another decision was to back a young inventor, Edwin H. Land, who was introduced to his camp counselor, Julius Silver. Land had made a radical discovery..[to] incorporate certain crystals of microscopic size in a transparent medium..that would then transmit light waves in one plane only… the true genius of Land impressed me at once, a fact of which I am proud… Land has many inventions to his credit… some of them of a classified character… He is best known, perhaps for the Polaroid Land Camera..” [pp98-100, Men and Decisions] Edwin Land was a noted dinner guest at Strauss’s home on the occasion of welcoming Enrico Fermi and his wife Laura to the U.S. along with “Lawrence, Wigner, Szilard and Brasch” [p239]

February 3, 2012

JFK Conspiracy Con IV

If you’ve read your way here starting from the beginning to part four,  this writer wants to acknowledge a milestone in personal blogging –my first “part four”.  Subjects as large as this one have normally been shunted over to create websites all their own. Even the “polioforever” blog is overburdened by this story. And what a story! The nature of the evidence connecting JFK assassination “regulars” to nuclear history is so rich and deep that I can hardly decide what to write next.  So far, I’ve been angling for an adjustment in the quasi-conventional treatment of John Kennedy’s murder to propose that there are still Big Fish in the pool and maybe even a Man on Top– albeit long dead and floating belly-up. Spawn-after-its-kind, I suspect, are still murkily circulating nearby.
   The centerpiece of this scheme is being teased out of the crafty memoir of Admiral Lewis L. Strauss and the many omissions of his biographers including himself. Since no source that I know of has ever named him directly as a candidate for calling the hit on JFK, I surmise that the effort to “Hide L.L.” has been a raging success. By his own hand, his book is a testament to understated influence, subtle to all but the intrepid students of history. There are a few blatant exceptions in Men and Decisions demonstrating what Ed Haslam calls “the deep vein of power in this country” (ha! –Ed– he does have an Ad Man’s knack for turning a phrase) and those special points that Strauss makes are an ominous ‘correction’ to historical record. Strauss does indeed put the “con” of confidence back into the JFK conspiracy. Those corrective points evade the record still. But, it’s my belief that Strauss intended his memoir to be a message for the Kennedys about who really makes the decisions, and how, the very important how, which is a message to the rest of us.
   For as much as possible, until the seams burst, the Polio Story at  is carrying the details on L.L. Strauss. As a youthful Hoover Man and Kuhn Loeb banker, he was simultaneously the president of a polio hospital back in World War One (until 1925) –a hospital founded by Rothschilds– which established his early credentials in medicine and adds background to this rendition of the Conspiracy Con.
 Mary Lasker
Internet sources for the friendship between Strauss and the Laskers mark the beginning as an episode of matchmaking in which Lewis Strauss and Bill Donovan (OSS chief) conspired to make a new couple of Albert D. Lasker and Mary Woodward Reinhardt who married a year after they met. The Lasker family had been early benefactors to the Rockefellers American Society for the Control of Cancer (the ASCC, est.1911). Not long after their marriage, in 1945, the Laskers took over the ASCC and changed its name to the American Cancer Society, installing their own allies and scientists in top posts. Strauss was to be a Lifetime Trustee.  That year the Sloan Kettering Institute, under the auspices of Memorial Hospital in New York, was chartered with a mandate for cancer research and Strauss became a founding trustee of Sloan Kettering, too, joined by Manhattan Project chiefs like James B. Conant and Arthur Compton on its board. Predictably, Men and Decisions voids all mention of polio, cancer, or Sloan Kettering, but there is a remarkable event described in which Albert Lasker took part during 1939, around the time he met Mary. The reference is to a private diplomatic mission that Strauss performed on behalf of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Executive to petition the British Government to create a new country in Africa to be “called the United States of Africa..[where] there would be a place for tens of millions [of refugees]..anxious to get away from the over-regulated, goose-stepping civilians of Russia, Germany and Italy.” Strauss relates that he “received certain assurances from Bernard Baruch, Henry Ittleson, Albert Lasker, Mr. [Lessing or William] Rosenwald and others..of considerable means..that if the British..could be persuaded to devote a..large area..for settlement by refugees from European countries..these men were willing to tithe their capital to assist it..” [pp113-114, Men and Decisions] The Lasker capital was largely accumulated by Albert’s  ownwership of the Lord & Thomas advertising agency (of Chicago) which grew fat on its promotion of cereal and cigarettes.
   After Albert’s death in 1952, Mary kindled a fast friendship with Lyndon Baines Johnson. Author Michael Beschloss described Mary as the “New York philanthropist who had a flirtatious relationship with LBJ…before campaign finance disclosure laws [were enacted]…[helping to] quietly finance the Johnson campaign..through Walter Jenkins.., LBJ’s liason to the FBI.”  Beschloss called Mary “the lavish Johnson donor” who told the new President Johnson, “There’s nothing we can’t do now..” [p57 footnote and p132, Reaching For Glory]
   Cereal and cigarettes, sure enough, also have a role to play in this amalgamated drama. There can’t be a Boomer anywhere in America who hasn’t heard of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes made by the “cereal king” Will Keith Kellogg. In 1930, Kellogg’s new foundation sponsored the construction of the Radiation Lab at Caltech that graciously gave quarter to Lewis Strauss and the ‘refugees’ Brasch and Szilard.
   It was nearly a century ago when young Florence Sheets (Mrs.Mahoney) enrolled in the Kellogg’s Battle Creek Normal School of Physical Education. She followed her graduation there with a journey to the lawless domain of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and a job teaching dance at the local YWCA. Mahoney’s biographer, Judith Robinson, reports that she had a “girlhood study medicine, but she got side-tracked on ballet,” nevertheless joining “an organization which aimed to establish health centers across the continent.” [p10, Noble Conspirator, Florence S. Mahoney and the Rise of the National Institutes of Health] In time, Mrs. Florence Mahoney and Mrs. Mary Lasker became one of Washington’s most famous pair of friends. Together, they were the Health Lobby on Capitol Hill, a partnership that began evolving in the 1920s over a mutual interest in birth control and mental health.
   In 1942, when the newly formed Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation initiated their coup in the Cancer Society, Noble Conspirator describes how the “Lasker-Bobst cabal –who dubbed themselves ‘benevolent plotters’..were ‘united in one purpose’ revolutionize American medical education, research and health care… [The cabal] included people whose names would come to be well known: Doctor Alton Ochsner, the first physician to establish a link between cancer and smoking in 1954… and Anna Rosenberg Hoffman..[who] was an intimate friend of the Laskers.” [pp51-52, Noble Conspirator, Judith Robinson]
 Anna Lederer (Mrs.) Rosenberg, Asst. Sec.of Defense 1950-1953; “Rosenberg worked hard to bring about the effective implementation of the National Security Act… In 1962, the Rosenbergs divorced and then she married Paul G. Hoffman, the first administrator of the Marshall Plan and a top United Nations official.”

“[Nelson] Rockefeller had never forgotten the debt he owed to Anna Rosenberg…At the end of the war  [he told Bill Benton] ‘..everything I’ve amounted to here in Washington, everything I feel I’ve achieved..I owe to Anna Rosenberg.”
   Rosenberg’s specialty was the military use of Human Resources, but it was her unequaled talent to pick up the phone, call a President and get things done that endeared her to Rockefeller.   Rosenberg’s years at the Pentagon came just as nuclear expansionism instituted testing in Nevada and the DoD was required to relinquish its exclusive control over atomic technology.
 Alton Ochsner
Doctor Mary’s Monkey readers will recognize Dr. Ochsner as a leading character in Haslam’s book. In fact, the who-dun-it “case for a case” into Mary Sherman’s death that DMM purports to be is solved by Ed in audio supplements –Ochsner killed Sherman with a surgically precise stab to the heart. It was an act of mercy, he says, after Mary was flash-fried and partially vaporized in a high-voltage accident, but still alive! eek! Sherman’s unrecognizable remains were then sneaked back to her own apartment and set ablaze to coverup her involvement in the secret cancer vaccine project which was supposed to counteract the monkey virus contaminated polio shots. Okay? –now, this accident could have happened with the secret particle accelerator at the New Orleans Marine Hospital. And this is Ed’s story based on a legally “improper” autopsy report, allegedly on Mary Sherman, that turned up in the special collection files at the New Orleans Public Library around 1992. We’ll go back to Ed’s story soon because Dr. Alton Ochsner knew Lee Oswald and his girlfriend Judyth Vary (Mrs. Baker). They both worked for him, it appears, according to Judyth. Ochsner, Mary Sherman, and USNavy Commander Edward Haslam Sr. were orthopedic surgery colleagues at Tulane University, and a further bond (at least) between Ochsner and Sherman existed at the private Ochsner Clinic, a “hunting cancer center” in the mode of radium dealer Pregel and a shining enterprise in the style of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
   Medical-use particle accelerators have a well known history. The general subject of pioneering work in the field can be found in the archives of the American Radium Society, especially in a 1974 presentation by Milford D. Schulz who left a document for posterity called “The Supervoltage Story.” Schulz kept his focus on the machines that marked the milestones for radiology but is quite clear that “these tools of Radiotherapy..were the spin-off of the tools of the nuclear physicist… [and] the number of radium induced gamma ray beam devices remained few..until 1929 [when] there were only 6 such devices in existence –one in Stockholm; one in Baltimore; one in Brussels; one in New York; and two in Paris…”
   For 1929, it sounds impressive and a good match on the itinerary of the traveling uranium dealers. Ernest Lawrence was still pounding around on his little cyclotrons. But it gets even better. As I said in Part One, all the particle accelerators had the capacity to make atomic bomb fuel. Schulz notes, “these devices were widely used in industry and defense. Production for [dedicated]medical purposes began in 1946 and by 1958 [we] counted 15 one megavolt and 9 two megavolt installations in such use. [1974] standards even these are..unecessarily large and..almost obsolete.” To get to the really impressive development of particle accelerators, one has to side-step the medical uses and follow the technology. In this realm, even as early as the ’40s, high-voltage acceleration was already reaching into the billions of particle volts and the machines in medical research then were most common at one-to-ten million volts (written MeV, for “million electron volts”) and topped at about 70 million. These were the so-called “low-energy” accelerators in “million volt” ranges and the best for both medical and atomic fuel purposes. Evidently, even before the first atomic bombs were built and exploded, the physicists were well beyond the applications of bombs and medicine.
   If the megavolt numbers of the “surge generator” project that Strauss, Brasch and Szilard were setting up at Caltech sound impressive, as if this was the ultimate in high-energy work, it’s because the range of energy was compatible to uses in bombs and medicine and these men were concerned with conforming their activities to the appearance of medical research.
The Office of Naval Research
Preparation for the end of World War II witnessed a flurry of high-level motion devoted to advancing the gains in science. Lewis Strauss wrote, “These days of grace in World War II had provided the time within which the Office of Scientific Research and Development, under Dr. [Vannevar] Bush and Dr. [James] Conant, performed so significantly… It was apparent that research other than the military would not languish for support after the war.  Aeronautical research would be sustained by..the aviation industry. Electronic research would prosper due to..the communication and entertainment industries..” [p145, Men and Decisions] And, as we know, medical research would flourish by way of the Laskers. But to keep a hefty wedge on the pie-chart for the military, Strauss engaged his fellows to lobby for the Office of Naval Research. The ONR was founded to “fill the breach” and inherit the mandate of the OSRD which was decommissioning for peacetime.
   The man selected as Chief Scientist of the ONR was a Russian emigre by the name of Emanuel Piore. The American Institute of Physics collected an oral history from Piore in 1977:  Among the very interesting things that Piore says about physics development in the U.S.  is his wartime role before the creation of ONR. His interviewer asks if the Bureau of Ships was the special weapons group. “No,” said Piore, “I moved from the Bureau of the Chief of Naval Operations. We were a small group..introducing new weapons to the fleet… We arranged for Navy support for the nuclear bombs… [and] We were the group that supervised the operation that killed Joe Kennedy.  The exercise was to load a B-24..with as much explosives as [it] could carry, point it at a target, control it from another plane and let the guys bail out from the big B-24. That thing exploded in the air someplace in France and Joe Kennedy was the pilot.” The interview moves right along: [Question]”How aware was the Navy Office..of the Manhattan Project?” [Piore]”The Navy was very well aware. Since I was in a specialized group and Los Alamos needed some planes,..I told the captain,..told him what it was for. He was shocked that I knew about it. I said, ‘Well, look, all my friends have gone there.’ …All these people are my friends, very close to me… Let me try to go back a little bit. During the war there was something called the Office of Research and Inventions…Run by Admiral Fuhrer..under the Navy… That was the main contact point between the Navy and Bush’s operation…. I had my contacts in Bush’s operation and I would let the admirals know what I was going to do, but they could never stop me or say ‘This is policy’. Now, towards the end of the war you had a few guys moving in there: Admiral Bowen, Captain Robert Conrad, and you had a very intelligent Secretary of the Navy by the name of James Forrestal. He had an aide by the name of Lewis Strauss –the same Lewis Strauss who was a Reserve Rear Admiral– and they had money. Money! First of all, he didn’t need very much money. They said, ‘Why don’t we start supporting universities?’…questions and answers do not provide the real flavor of those days… and all of us knew that the war was going to terminate with the Japanese.
   “..Vannevar Bush was determined to terminate the soon as the armistice with Germany had been signed…[So] this was the real motivation behind the Navy..with ONR…   ONR and the Atomic Energy Commission permitted the reinstitutionalization of graduate instruction and the renewal of research at universities… ONR and AEC provided new accelerators with ever increasing energy and detection equipment for nuclear physics and particle physics…for microwave spectroscopy and helium liquification for superconductivity and cryogenic research… Let me name a few of the laboratories that were established postwar… Nuclear Physics and Engineering at MIT, Electrical Engineering at Stanford and Harvard, ..Electronics at MIT, the Radiation Lab at Columbia, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Scripps Oceanographic Institute received generous support… Thus..assured that the brightest, the most capable, most of the men under 40, returned… Then you’ve got to appreciate that those of us in ONR understood quite apart from physics that these large machines produce instruments that become very important to society…   [ONR] started to support radioastronomy before the country was ready…   now and then we’d get a review by some admirals who’d get nervous…[but] there was a rapport with high command of the Navy. The civilian head was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy. So you had an opportunity to go and see him anytime… I always kept the top admirals involved… I would drop in and sit down and have coffee with them. Never made an appointment… But there was a tremendous confidence. Now.. evaporated as these admirals and captains retired…  One had a lot of contacts. The whole government was small…. I had contacts with Strauss….”
   Piore technically left the ONR in 1955 when the Salk vaccine went public. He appears to have been involved with Avco Manufacturing Corp. between the ONR  and his joining with IBM in 1956 as its Director of Research, responsible for transitioning the company away from an emphasis on hardware and into state-of-the-art information systems.  He had something to say about LBJ: “When Kennedy became president, he gave the responsibility of NASA to his vice president, Johnson. Johnson offered me the job to be director of NASA. This was in the early days of Kennedy’s administration. I turned it down, and they were shocked… Rusk wanted me to go to the State Department. I said, ‘I’ll go if you give me an Assistant Secretaryship.’ He said, ‘Well, you’ll be reporting to me.’ I said, ‘That won’t help me to deal with the CIA.’ ” No further explanation was offered unless one accepts IBMs newfound “interest in the educational business” is related where Piore points out that “all the large companies were buying publishing houses. General Electric started something with Time-Life Inc…RCA bought something…  Xerox got something….” Publishing, broadcasting and general psychological warfare were the CIA’s authorized charter stock-and-trade.
*  Dr. Piore
Biographical information about Emanuel Piore can be found here;query=friedman;brand=default ; Piore’s New York Times obituary names him as “the first civilian to head the Office of Naval Research” where “he basically invented the mold of federal research in the United States by persuading the admirals of the Navy to give direct federal support to scientists..irrespective of the importance of that research to the Navy.”  Piore’s papers at the American Philosophical Society (amphilsoc) to some extent show his important contacts with Sloan Kettering, Benno C. Schmidt (of Freeport McMoRan), Tekhniyon Yisra’el, Tulane, Warren Weaver (of Rockefeller and Salk Institutes), beckoning for closer attention. Piore had no interest in catering to biologists, however he married a “health policy expert”
 As he states in his AIP oral history, the ONR “civilian head” was an appointment from the Secretary of the Navy and he remained close to the Secretaries. Near the end of his ONR years, one of Piore’s Secretaries was Robert B. Anderson of Texas (Sec. of Navy from Feb 1953-May 1954) who served Eisenhower’s cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury from 1957 to 1961, alongside L.L.Strauss as the unconfirmed Secretary of Commerce. Anderson ended his government service in disgrace, caught operating an illegal off-shore bank that “laundered large amounts of cash for drug traffickers”, says wikipedia.
Secretary Anderson and Lyndon Johnson did some business together in telecommunications that led to LBJ’s ownership of the major, and for a time only, TV and radio station in Austin –station KTBC, which launched its TV programming on November 27, 1952. The Johnsons sold off the television property in 1973 but kept the radio. The Secretary of the Navy that followed Anderson was Charles Thomas who served from May 1954 to April 1957  and strangely enough, Judyth Vary Baker declares that one of her important witnesses that can validate her relationship to Lee Oswald was an “anti-Castro Cuban with a thick German accent, who worked for Customs in Buffalo New York” and called himself Charles Thomas.
This stuff is stranger than fiction.
Judyth Vary Baker talks to Jim Fetzer, “Living in Exile II”  March 2010
Judyth was Ed Haslam’s Missing Link until CBS ’60 Minutes’ brought them together in 2000 as a result of Ed’s first version of Doctor Mary’s Monkey. Since her recording with Jim Fetzer in early 2010, Haslam and his publisher, Trine Day, have released Judyth’s story ‘Me and Lee’ about her love affair with Oswald. The book was developed by Haslam while Baker was “living in exile” overseas, afraid for her life –which is still the case. In a plot twist about Ed, occurring early sometime around 1972 as he was finishing college at Tulane, he says that he encountered an imposter ‘Judyth Vary Baker’ at a New Orleans house party –an event that set the stage for his subsequent decades of looking for her.
   In 2010, Judyth tells Fetzer that she and Oswald were involved in something other than ‘bioweapons’ which she knows to be gunrunning through the miles of New Orleans riverfront. Weapons, she says in other interviews, came packaged in crates of bananas and furniture from inbound Venezuelan ships. Traffick of all sorts is a colorful epic in the history of New Orleans but plays no actual part in Doctor Mary’s Monkey. Judyth’s memories and observations over the years, however, strongly suggest that arms traffick was the reason for Oswald’s surreptitious activity in ’63. Her own reason for being there was to work undercover for Dr. Alton Ochsner with the supervision of Dr. Mary Sherman, a project that was intended to create a cancerous biological weapon for the assassination of Fidel Castro. At one time, Baker was a brilliant biology student with an ambition to cure cancer –just the kind of young person that the Atomic Energy Commission was interested in nuturing along. She came to their attention as a Florida highschool kid with the highest-ranking IQ in the state, already a lab performer successfully able to induce cancer in mice. The SV40 cancer virus had no place in Judyth’s earlier recollections as a part of her work but it is part of the story now and right in the heart of Haslam’s DMM.
The Monkey Virus
In a previous article I speculated that the Simian Virus #40 (SV40) was used as a genetic “tag” in the Salk and Sabin vaccines to satisfy a requirement by the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) for a way to track a large population for one hundred years. Polio vaccines were not the only SV40 carriers.
The ABCC was a designated field agency of the [National] Research Council [NRC], its activities supervised by a Committee on Atomic Casualties in the Division of Medical Sciences, headed by Thomas M. Rivers, bacteriologist and Director of the Hospital of the Rockefeller Institute…   A survey of projected studies made a year later suggested a duration of the work of the ABCC on the order of one hundred years…  The Commission originally planned to determine the incidence of new diseases uniquely associated with radiation, altered incidence of known diseases, altered natural histories of particular diseases, and changes in physiological status without overt disease… [i.e.]possible acceleration in the aging process in the exposed.”  [pp490-493]
   The news about SV40 contamination in the mass polio vaccines was a breaking story in several city newpapers between 1961 and 1963. It was not surprising to learn that by 1963 there was already a “scientific opinion” about SV40 as not harmful to humans –a situation that only many years of experiments and testing with humans could provide.
   There is little documentation about SV40 experiments before 1963, mirrored by the same lack of materials about fission before Hahn and Strassman’s “discovery in Germany”. What is accessible about SV40 and the polyoma viruses to which it belongs date from the 1951 findings of Ludwig Gross, polyoma virus discoverer. Two early polyoma/SV40 researchers from Caltech, who were exalted scientists of radiobiology (Dulbecco and Vogt), took positions at the Salk Institute when it opened in 1962. Not by chance, in that year, Jonas Salk announced to the nation through the newswires that cancer could be prevented with vaccines.
But what does it all mean?
   Hopefully, I’ve written enough here to make sense of the proposition that the world in 1962 was being made “safe” for nuclear proliferation of the peaceful kind. Fallout awareness was a necessary condition to bring about arms limitations for the near term, but the will to cease testing among scientific and political circles did not exist. In order to help manifest a will and generate a popular outcry, the suppressed downside of fallout diseases would have to get some overdue publicity. But which fallout diseases to choose? To this day, it’s a virtually unknown concept that the mass polio vaccines were a response to mass fallout and that neurological polio-like illnesses are the kaleidoscopic products of combined radiation and chemical injury. Years of polio investigation have shown me there are worse things than cancer –so they chose cancer, of course. They owned it. Nuclear proliferation was already built-in. They created a vaccine to “channel” cancer and made cancer treatment worse than the progression of the disease so everyone would fear it. A near perfect scheme.
   The timing of Jonas Salk’s very public announcement in 1962, preceding the Cuban Missile Crisis, seems to me a poised “option” for the predictably volatile moments of the Nuclear Brink yet-to-come. Our president had need of considering the actual use of the weapons for which we dearly paid at a time when retaliation was the expected outcome. A cancer vaccine, and even the hope of one issued from the mouth of the greatest can-do medical hero of the age, was certainly an enabling “option” in  atomic showdown. So, there are two vaccines playing a role in the missiles of October.
   Darker propositions attend the purposes of the polio vaccines: They were not merely injecting “tags” for generational surveillance but performing genetic chemotherapy on entire populations, introducing new genetic information during radioactive immune suppression. The plot to assassinate Castro by injecting cancer cells and exposing him to multiple x-rays as a “treatment” in the chance the cancer would take, as Judyth Baker speaks of, is a recipe of the exact design. It was a well studied formula in the “upward causation” of the New Biology eugenics that came to experimental fruition in the 1950s.
Initially, researchers knew little or nothing about the health effects of the basic bomb components, uranium, plutonium, and polonium.  But, as a secret history written in 1946 stated, they knew the tale of the radium dial painters..”
   The mandate of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, as just one of the agencies developing programs in the new field of Health Physics, was spelled out in a 1947 report : …”study of casualty effects. Field study of fission clouds, possible injury to water supply, soil, and the like, human damage by population surveys”……”Feeding experiments using radioactive materials in the foods”……”effects..on blood constituents and blood forming organs as well as on the nervous system”…”Recommendations for Future Research Policy”, section B “human Testing with Special Materials”…[to include] “plutonium, polonium and ‘special oils’.”   …”following is a..list of the substances on which studies of this type are necessary:
(1) Uranium and its compounds…oxides, nitrate, chlorides, bromide, tetra and hexafluoride, sodium and ammonium diurantes…
(2) chain of heavy metals : uranium x1 and x2, radium and polonium…”
   The accompanying challenge for Health Physics was obvious in developing their programs for controlled study conditions. Not only did they need to tag their experiments, but they needed the databases to log, sort, and track them. It should be a signal to us that the ONR’s cilivian head left his post in 1955 to bring an information giant like IBM up to speed. Genetic population tracking today is one of IBM’s great cooperative ventures –cooperating with you, if you will only send them your DNA .
   In a rather humorless and direct fashion, I suppose, the identifying marker in the SV40 gene-string is the “T antigen”, shortened to “Tag”. TragiComedy.
     Dr. Judah Folkman
In 1960, Judah Folkman got drafted “having deferred his service obligation for nine years –through college, medical school, an internship, and halfway through his residency…[he was then] summoned to an interview with the Office of Naval Personnel in Washington. There he learned that it wasn’t just that his number had come up; his conscription had a purpose… the government was specifically targeting draft-age doctors who had serious biomedical research experience, a very elite group…   It was the height of the cold war and a flood of money soon began to accompany the government’s new interest in physics, chemistry, biomedicine, rocketry, electronics and atmospheric science to support America’s quickly developing military and space programs… it was also the dawning of the nuclear submarine age…” [pp45-47, Dr. Folkman’s War, by Robert Cooke, 2001 Random House] …”[He] was noodling in a navy lab in Bethesda..trying to make cells grow under artificial conditions…when he’d first noticed a strange thing about tumors: They wouldn’t grow unless they first recruited their own blood vessels…[p3]…Folkman had descended from an extended clan of rabbis..[that] sent a branch to the United the late 1800s…[p7]…When Judah was nine, [his father] the rabbi spoke about the German campaign to erase the Jews from Europe, raising an interesting question about the meaning of Albert Einstein’s arrival in America as a refugee….’My father said, ‘Maybe [God] has a plan to move us all around in order to balance power… if Einstein comes here, atomic energy is developed here, not there.’” [p11] Einstein came in 1933. This comment was made to the child about 1941.
    Judah Folkman’s career as a famous cancer doctor is a tangent in this tale but Cooke’s biography is instructive to the whole, not least for flagging the point that the Jewish community was openly sharing its insights about atomic energy before the Manhattan Project even had a name. Folkman was adopted into the Lasker Syndicate through the person of Sidney Farber, the first to use chemotherapy on childhood leukemia. “By Farber’s time..the patients who didn’t die during treatment often wished that they had… No one was very pleased with chemotherapy.” [p114, Dr. Folkman’s War]
Mahoney and Lasker..considered themselves representatives of ‘citizens committees’ and in that role they brought allies and ‘citizen’ witnesses to testify before congressional committees… Albert Lasker himself had testified before a Senate committee in 1946 in favor of federal spending on cancer research. When a senator asked, ‘But whom do you represent, Mr. Lasker?,’ he replied, ‘Forty million sufferers.’ ” [pp96-97, Noble Conspirator, Judith Robinson] ..”Albert Lasker, in a sad irony, died of colon cancer. He first complained of stomach trouble in December 1949 and was extensively examined and x-rayed, but no evidence of cancer was found…. After rallying from several major operations, he died May 30, 1952.” [p57]
   “The President’s Commission on Health Needs of the Nation.. was set up in December 1951 [just after the Provo Utah gamma globulin trials during Operation Buster-Jangle] with the backing of Truman’s health adviser and Mahoney friend, Howard Rusk… ‘The commission was to consider the whole picture of health in the United States and make recommendations,’ Mahoney said. The result was a five-volume survey of healthcare in the nation..[that] emphasized opportunities not to be missed..” [p87]  “In 1951, government medical research expenditures amounted to $180 million…” [p90]
   …”With legislation permitting open-ended expansion of the NIH, many of Mahoney’s and Lasker’s dreams were fulfilled..[and they] were obvious candidates to among the first lay people to serve on the NIH advisory panels…. [Mary] Lasker served for eighteen years on Cancer and Heart Institute councils… Laskers sister, Alice Fordyce, also served on councils…” [p104] “What came to be known as the ‘Golden Era of NIH’ was well underway by the 1950s…” [p114] “By the mid-1950s the Mahoney-Lasker team had put together a stable of ‘citizen’ or ‘outside witnesses’..whom they regularly called on to testify before Congress… [Howard] Rusk, [Sidney] Farber and [Michael] DeBakey were regulars…” [p138]
   “By 1961 federal research spending had risen dramatically… a 150-fold increase since 1945…. [It] was growing so rapidly that in 1956 New York Times science editor..William Laurence, predicted that cancer, heart disease and polio would be conquered within a decade… ‘There was no..NIH precedent, nor comparable sequel, for the growth surge that ensued upon passage of the final..1957 appropriation… Within four years the NIH budget ballooned from $98.5 million to $400 million… A worldwide epidemic of the Asian Flu in 1958 furthered the cause of [funding]… And Sidney Farber brought news that the cure rate for cancer had risen from one in four to one in three people…” [pp180-182]
   “[F]ollowing the election of John F. Kennedy, Mahoney and Lasker expected sympathy… Indeed, Kennedy’s first budget request contained the largest increase for NIH ever proposed by a president…. But increasingly [NIH] advocates would be called on to justify their figures… [A]nti-poverty and civil-rights initiatives and an expanding war in Southeast Asia, were laying claim to larger chunks of the federal budget. Expenditures for medical research would be subject to growing scrutiny…” [p184] “Kennedy’s Secretary of HEW, Abraham Ribicoff, soon dropped a bombshell that startled the Mahoney-Lasker forces, who thought they were safe from the kinds of budget cuts they had fought [against]… He impounded $60 million of the $738 million that Congress already had voted for the NIH’s fiscal 1962 budget…” [p190] “In 1963, Congress, for the first time in decades, nevertheless reduced the president’s proposed research budget… More Members of Congress now were beginning to question the high NIH budget…  Questions began to be raised…  The whole pro-NIH operation had to walk on egg shells… The next round of appropriations..saw NIH’s funding reduced again, even below the president’s request. Kennedy..requested a review of the entire federal medical-research program. His role in history was soon to be tragically cut off, however.” [p194, Noble Conspirator]
Adele Edisen met Dr. Jose Rivera in April 1963 “while attending scientific meetings in Atlantic City, NJ…She was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness [the NIH]…Rivera was an administrator in the same institute…  Rivera knew Oswald’s New Orleans phone number..before Oswald himself knew…  [Rivera] asked me to do a favor when I arrived home [to New Orleans]…call Lee Harvey Oswald…[and] ‘Tell him to kill the Chief’… We’re just playing a little joke on him.”…..
Part Five, probably the LAST with a summary (in progress)

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