The Real History of Gerald Ford, Watergate, and the CIA

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The Real History of Gerald Ford, Watergate, and the CIA

Postby Hugh Manatee Wins » Sun Jan 07, 2007 7:17 pm

(This is from Lisa Pease's RealHistoryArchives blog. She's a must-read investigative journalist with a database on The Assassinations plus book of the same name.-HMW)


January 2, 2007

The Real History of Gerald Ford, Watergate, and the CIA
Gerald Ford is dead. And for the last week, we’ve heard how he “healed” the nation in the wake of the Watergate crisis. Seriously, if I hear him called “healer” one more time I think I’ll scream, because Gerald Ford put a stake in the heart of America not once, but twice. He was a thief who stole our Real History from us at a time when it couldn’t possibly have been more important. Curiously, both times, he was prodded to do this, indirectly, by the man whose life is only very loosely portrayed in the film “The Good Shepherd:” James Jesus Angleton.

To frame this in the appropriate context, we have to return, temporarily, to 1947.

World War II had just ended, successfully. In fact, it was the last successful (large-scale) war the United States has ever waged, and no small portion of that was due to the actions of the officers of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), led by William “Wild Bill” Donovan. The US’s first formally-constituted covert action unit was staffed by so many sons and daughters of the establishment that OSS was said to stand for “Oh So Social.”

When the war ended, OSS operatives found themselves faced with an unexciting prospect: returning to normal lives. Having lived as spies, with large amounts of discretionary cash at their disposal, many were loathe to return to more boring peacetime careers. So several, including James Angleton, opted to stay behind in Europe, away from wives and children, to see if they could keep the covert operations, called—significantly—“fun and games,” going.

The Army took the former OSS operatives into its Strategic Services Unit (SSU). From that, two branches of intelligence were formed: the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), which focused on running covert operations, and the Office of Special Operations (OSO), which, while ostensibly focused on intelligence gathering, ran a lot of operations as well. OPC officers, dubbed by journalist and CIA asset Stewart Alsop “the Bold Easterners,” included media guru Frank Wisner, future CIA Director Richard Bissell, future Operation Mongoose head Edward Lansdale, future CIA Deputy Director of Plans Desmond Fitzgerald, and more. The OSO included such luminaries as Richard Helms, Angleton, and Angleton’s career-long associate Raymond “the Rock” Rocca (pronounced “ROCK-ah”).

How the OSO and OPC were merged into the Central Intelligence Group (CIG), which was quickly reorganized as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is a little known story. In 1947, Donovan and others were pressing for the creation of a fulltime, peacetime intelligence agency. The two big opponents to this effort were some prominent members of Congress, and J. Edgar Hoover, who felt his Federal Bureau of Investigation was the only intelligence agency the country would ever need. So, in an apparent conquer-and-divide strategy, Congress and Hoover were neutralized separately.

According to lifelong CIA operative Miles Copeland:

The CIA almost got under way without having an espionage section at all. The idea of an espionageless intelligence service was attractive not only to three secretaries of state (James F. Byrnes, George C. Marshall, Dean Acheson), but to a great many intelligence experts, including many who had stayed in the Government after serving throughout the war in key positions in the OSS. The State Department people were leery of espionage partly on moral grounds, but more because of a fear that some of our spies were bound to get caught; they felt the resulting embarrassment would case more harm to international goodwill than the information they could produce would be worth. . . .

There are several stories in the CIA's secret annals to explain how the dispute was settled, but although they "make better history," as Allen Dulles used to say, they are only half-truths and much less consistent with the ways of government than the true one. Old-timers at the Agency swear that the anti-espionage people would almost certainly have won out had it not been for the fact that an Army colonel who had been assigned to the management group charged with the job of organizing the new Agency suborned secretaries in the FBI, the State Department, and the Defense Department and organized them into an espionage network which proved not only the superiority of espionage over other forms of acquiring "humint" (i.e. intelligence on what specific human beings think and do in privacy), but the necessity for its being systematized and tightly controlled. The colonel was fired, as were the secretaries, but by that time General John Magruder, then head of the group that was organizing the CIA, had in his hands a strong argument for creating a professional espionage service and putting it under a single organization.

If you read between the lines, he was suggesting the CIA blackmailed itself into existence by collecting material on our leaders and then taking it to them saying, this is what other intelligence services might find on you. Let us protect you. Blackmail is a part of all governments, including ours, and sometimes that blackmail has unintended consequences. One of those unintended consequences made Ford president, as we shall see.

J. Edgar Hoover, who vehemently opposed the creation of a new espionage service, had to be silenced as well. According to Copeland in the same source:

[General Magruder] had enough material to silence enemies of the new Agency - including even J. Edgar Hoover, since Magruder was among the very few bureaucrats in Washington on whom Mr. Hoover didn't have material for retaliation.

And this is where Angleton enters the picture. In his book Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, Tony Summers wrote about a photo James Angleton used to blackmail Hoover. OSS officer John Weitz claimed he had been shown the picture by the host of a dinner party in the fifties:

It was not a good picture and was clearly taken from some distance away, but it showed two men apparently engaged in homosexual activity. The host said the men were Hoover and Tolson….

Summers added in the 1994 version:

Since first publication of this book, Weitz has revealed that his host was James Angleton.

Gordon Novel also claims to have been shown this photo by Angleton. During New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s investigation of the Kennedy assassination, he gave an interview to Playboy, and mentioned that the man he had hired to do his security, Gordon Novel, had turned out to be CIA. Novel sued Playboy for defamation, insisting he was not working for the CIA, but during his deposition, he claimed (hilariously) that he did not have to answer questions because he was protected under the National Security Act of 1947, the act that created the CIA. Hoover wanted Novel to drop the suit but Angleton wanted Novel to pursue it. Novel says Angleton showed him the photo, and then sent him to talk to Hoover. When Novel caught up with Hoover in a New Orleans restaurant and told Hoover he had seen “the photo.” Hoover nearly choked on his food.

Gerald Ford was a trusted associate of J. Edgar Hoover’s. So when Gerald Ford was appointed to serve with former CIA chief Allen Dulles on the Warren Commission, Hoover was happy, because now he had an informant on the commission. According to FBI files I read years ago, Ford did not disappoint, and kept Hoover informed of significant developments.

Hoover insisted that all FBI information about the Kennedy assassination come directly to him from his staff. I can’t help but wonder if Hoover’s intense curiosity about the case stemmed from a desire to get counterblackmail material on the CIA that he could use to win his independence.

So how honestly did Ford serve us, the America People, on the Warren Commission, the “blue ribbon commission” set up to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy?

He was worse than Arlen Specter, who concocted the ridiculous “magic bullet” scenario that said seven wounds in two people were caused by a single (and nearly pristine) bullet.

Ford went even further. He personally falsified the record. His act was exposed in files released by the Assassination Records Review Board, a body constituted under the JFK Act, passed in the wake of public outcry from people who had seen Oliver Stone’s powerful film JFK. Here’s a snippet from the original AP story of 7-2-97:

Thirty-three years ago, Gerald R. Ford took pen in hand and changed - ever so slightly - the Warren Commission's key sentence on the place where a bullet entered John F. Kennedy's body when he was killed in Dallas.

The effect of Ford's change was to strengthen the commission's conclusion that a single bullet passed through Kennedy and severely wounded Texas Gov. John Connally - a crucial element in its finding that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole gunman.

A small change, said Ford on Wednesday when it came to light, one intended to clarify meaning, not alter history.

''My changes had nothing to do with a conspiracy theory,'' he said in a telephone interview from Beaver Creek, Colo. ''My changes were only an attempt to be more precise.''

Here is the critical passage, from the altered document itself. Ford’s inserts are in bold:

A bullet had entered his the back of his neck....

Ford’s change clearly distorted where the bullet had entered. The obvious purpose, Ford’s protestations to the otherwise, is clear: this change was necessary to support the “single bullet theory.” Oswald was supposed to have shot Kennedy in the back from a height. A bullet in Kennedy’s back could not exit the neck except at an upward angle, which would rule out anyone shooting from Oswald’s alleged position.

Here are the clothes Kennedy was wearing, taken from the Warren Commission’s exhibits. The bullet holes are clearly visible in the first, and clearly indicated in the second. See for yourself how dishonest Ford’s change was:




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Postby dbeach » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:50 pm

0K My crystal mud ball says :

Ford needs to be recast for the TRUE scoundrel TRAITOR and servant of the Plutocarts that he is

The designated fed on the Warren CONmission..
I was callin him Jerry the Gerry way back...and the MM annointed him as some geru gandhi from Michigan who was justa good ole rich guy golfer..

"“Ford himself was reputedly one of the most exalted Freemasons ever to occupy the presidency. Preponderant power during the last years of Nixon and during the Ford years was in any case exercised by Henry Kissinger, the de facto president, about whose pedigree and strategy something has been said above. The preserving of constitutional form and ritual as a hollow facade behind which to realize practices more and more dictatorial in their substance was a typical pragmatic adaptation made possible by the ability of the financiers to engineer the slow and gradual decline of the economy, avoiding upheavals of popular protest.” (1991)

“By the beginning of the 1990's, it has become something of a commonplace to refer to the complex of events surrounding the fall of Nixon as a coup d'etat. It was to be sure a coup d'etat, but one whose organizers and beneficiaries most commentators and historians are reluctant to name, much less to confront. Broadly speaking, Watergate was a coup d'etat which was instrumental in laying the basis for the specific new type of authoritarian-totalitarian regime which now rules the United States. The purpose of the coup was to rearrange the dominant institutions of the US government so as to enhance their ability to carry out policies agreeable to the increasingly urgent dictates of the British-dominated Morgan- Rockefeller-Mellon-Harriman financier faction. It is obvious that George Bush himself is one of the most prominent of such beneficiaries. As the Roman playwright Seneca warns us, "Cui prodest scelus, is fecit" - the one who derives advantage from the crime is the one most likely to have committed it. The policies of the Wall Street investment banking interests named are those of usury and Malthusianism, stressing the decline of a productive industrial economy in favor of savage Third World looting and anti-population measures. The changes subsumed by Watergate included the abolition of government's function as a means to distribute the rewards and benefits of economic progress among the principal constituency groups upon whose support the shifting political coalitions depended for their success. Henceforth, government would appear as the means by which the sacrifices and penalties of austerity and declining standards of living would be imposed on a passive and stupefied population.” (1991)

“Two important witnesses, each of whom represented a threat to reopen the most basic questions of Watergate, dead in little more than a week! Bush is likely to have known of the import of Russell's testimony, and he is proven to have known of the content of Leon's. Jerris Leonard later told Hougan that the death of John Leon "came as a complete shock. It was... well, to be honest with you, it was frightening. It was only a week after Russell's death, or something like that, and it happened on the very eve of the press conference. We didn't know what was going on. We were scared." Hougan comments: "With the principal witness against Bellino no longer available, and with Russell dead as well, Nixon's last hope of diverting attention from Watergate-slim from the beginning-was laid to rest forever."

by Webster G. Tarpley & Anton Chaitkin

George Bush: The Unauthorised Biography
Chapter -XII- Chairman George in Watergate

The entire book is available to read online and to buy via Amazon:

“The apologists of the status quo, particularly the Bushies and the corporate establishment to which they are beholden, seek to ridicule books like this and say they are all part of an absurd conspiracy syndrome. What they fervently hope is that you will not dare read them.” ... 0852923/...


Since the death of President Gerald Ford last week we have had a relentless media onslaught to convince us that Gerald Ford was a ‘wonderful’ person and a ‘healer’ after the Watergate affair of 1974. The words of Karl Rove to Ron Suskind as reported in the NYT of October 17th 2004 came to mind:

“…guys like me were '’in what we call the reality-based community,'’ which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality - judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

In short, it doesn’t matter that Gerald Ford was about as far from a ‘wonderful’ man or a ‘healer’ as it is possible. The reality is almost completely irrelevant. The media will simply create the reality that is judicious for the agenda of their masters.

Of course, anybody who was aware that Gerald Ford was one of the eight members of the infamous Warren Commission will, dependent on their knowledge of the JFK assassination, be given serious pause for thought with regard to such labels. It is worth restating what the Warren Commission concluded then:

“The commission's determination was that it was likely that all injuries inside the limousine were caused by only two bullets, and thus one shot likely missed the motorcade, but it could not determine which of the three. The first shot to hit anyone struck President Kennedy in the upper back, exited at his throat, and likely continued on to cause ALL of Governor Connolly’s injuries.”

“Rather than admit to a conspiracy or investigate further, the Commissioners chose to endorse the theory put forth by an ambitious junior counselor, Arlen Specter. One of the grossest lies ever forced on the American people, we’ve come to know it as the “magic bullet” theory.” Oliver Stone’s JFK

Thus, not alone was Gerald Ford none of things described as in the past few days, he was at least an accessory after the fact to one of the great crimes of the last century. If ever brought to justice, he would have been sentenced to death for treason.

Readers may recall that Ford became President after the Watergate affair of 1974. Until last Saturday I, having been brought up on a diet of ‘All the Presidents Men’ and the story of the legendary exploits of Woodward and Bernstein, had bought the official line regarding Watergate hook, line and sinker. It is worth restating the official story via Wikipedia briefly here:

“The term Watergate scandal refers to a 1972 break-in of the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. by members of the Richard Nixon administration. The burglars' aim was to plant listening devices, while disguised as common criminals to provide cover. They were informally called the "plumbers unit" to "plug leaks," and included former members of the CIA. Though then-President Nixon had endured two years of mounting political embarrassments, the court-ordered release in August, 1974, of a "smoking gun tape" about the burglaries brought with it the prospect of certain impeachment for Nixon; he resigned only four days later on August 9, making him the only U.S. President to have resigned from office.”


That was, until last Saturdays broadcast of World Crisis Radio by Webster Tarpley. The entire broadcast can be downloaded here:

The 15 minute excerpt (15 mb .mp3) where Tarpley summarises Gerald Ford and his role in the events of 1970’s and right up to the election of Reagan in 1980 can be downloaded here: ... d-WorldC...

This is an excerpt. Fascinating is NOT the word:

“What is the Washington Post? The flagship newspaper of Watergate. Well it is certainly not the house organ of democratic participatory democracy. Eugene Meyer who founded the Washington Post in its modern form was a Roosevelt hater, and when Roosevelt rightly ditched the Gold Standard in 1933 Eugene Meyer and other finance oligarchs decided that that was the end of the world and what Meyer did was to quit the Federal Reserve, go to Washington D.C. and buy the Washington Post and make it the house organ of a faction that wants to weaken the Presidency always in the name what - greater power for the Federal Reserve and the finance oligarchs. The general ideas of Watergate were known in advance, you can look at Jim Hawkins book ‘Body of Secrets’ and you’ll see there’s a British agent by the name of Wolfstan Smith who knows in early June 1972 the entire scenario. And of course, the scenario is more or less this:

A group of controlled agents including I’m afraid Daniel Ellsberg and others leak the Pentagon Papers – these contained nothing that readers of Le Monde or any other European newspapers would not be aware of. But this notion of leaks was used by Kissinger to convince Nixon to organize the ‘plumbers,’ so Kissinger is the one that creates the ‘plumbers’ with Howard Hunt of the CIA and Gordon Liddy of the FBI and these people go out and act as loose cannons or agent provocateurs making not one, not two, not three but four attempts I believe to break into the Watergate building in order to get caught so that Nixon could be implicated."
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Cutting to the quick here.......

Postby slimmouse » Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:38 pm

Thanks for the link Hugh,

But Cutting to the quick here.

I can appreciate all the efforts to lace all this together in an intricately woven pattern involving the OSS, CIA and all the rest of that stuff. It all makes for fascinating subtext.

quick question.

Was Ford a freemason ?

Was Nixon ?

How about George Washington , with his ten skeletons buried beneath his home.

Was JFK ritually assassinated ? How about Princess Di ?

If you wish to see how all this neatly fits into place read the posts of John Cleary ( Anti aristo).

See how 'people of the people' like kennedy and Princess Di met their maker. Read about the circumstances. This isnt "weird science" or (supposedly) ' mad mudballs' or anything else.

This is how "they" do things.

All the rest is , relatively speaking, subtext.
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