Examining the photographs of Dealey Plaza, JFK murder site on November 22, 1963, can be an epistemological exercise. There really are intelligence agents, or their identical twins, there. Among them are Lucein Conein. Conein worked for the CIA in Vietnam in the 1950s and 1960s. He was closely allied with CIA Saigon station chief William Colby. Conein is suspected of playing a part in the CIA overthrow of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem on November 1, 1963, exactly three weeks before the assassination of JFK. Conein was photographed standing at the corner of Main and Houston in Dallas as the motorcade passed. He seemed to have a smile or smirk on his face. He was positiviely identified by Colonel Fletcher Prouty, former Pentagon liaison to the CIA.
Conein worked on covert assignments with a man named Ted Shackley, another CIA asset whom some say was also photographed in Dealey Plaza. Shackley operated JM/WAVE, the CIA’s Miami base which came up with plans to overthrow Castro. Operation Mongoose, as it was called, included Edward Lansdale, an Air Force general and CIA Black Operator.
Lansdale was also photographed in Dealey Plaza. A series of pictures taken shortly after the assassination show a group of tramps being led away by two men dressed as Dallas cops. In one of the photos Lansdale walks right by the tramps, who seem to acknowledge him with nods and smiles. The cops, who dressed and carried weapons like no other Dallas police officers, had no reaction to a “civilian” coming between them and their prisoners. Two of the three tramps were later identified as CIA killers Charles Rogers and Charles V. Harrelson. General Victor Krulak, who knew Lansdale very well, positively identified Lansdale as the “civilian” in the tramp photo. Krulak, in a letter to Prouty, wrote, “That is indeed a picture of Ed Lansdale. The haircut, the stoop, the twisted left hand, the large class ring. It’s Lansdale. What in the world was he doing there?” Yes, what was Lansdale, known to be a mastermind of many nefarious CIA plots, doing in vicinity of the assassination of JFK? There seems to be no innocent explanation.
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