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Guy Banister now linked into MissSovComm, Draper, Eastland and Morris
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The article just discovered in the New Orleans Times Picayne from 1956, describing a meeting among Robert J. Morris, Senator James O. "Operation Red Cross" Eastland and private investigator Guy Banister in Greenwood, Mississippi now looms very large in the whole JFK conundrum. It shows just how important the roles of Senator James Eastland, Wickliffe Draper and Robert Morris really were in the entire spectrum of the JFK conundrum including The notorious Mississippi Sovereignty Commission financed almost 100% by Wickliffe Draper. And my re-examination of the infamous event called variously "Operation Red Cross", the "Bayo/Pawley Affair" or "Operation Tilt" or whatever, showed that the primary protagonists of that event had a background in Wickliffe Draper Eugenics (Nathaniel Weyl) and The Draper Genetics Committee (via Senator James O. Eastland, who headed up that committee for Draper), the John Birch Society (via Robert J. Morris through Eastland's SISS or "SISSY" as it was called), and a link back to the Dirty Dozen from Richard Condon's novel, The Manchurian Candidate via Morris, Eastland, Draper and even Dr. Revilo P. Oliver whose close friend John Martino, another Bircher, often traveled the Birch Society Speaker's Tours together, once appearing with Alex Rorke on the same dais together. And Eddie "Bayo" Perez specifically requested ZERO CIA involvement in Operation Red Cross, and Weyl granted that request as far as I can determine. Operation Red Cross was sponsored by William Pawley from Miami and probably Wickliffe Draper, too and their main contacts were both Goldwater and Eastland from the Julius Caesar-styled assassination squad which eventually did in JFK in much the same method as Brutus and his cohorts did in Caeser. Et tu, Brute?

Now some background on Guy Banister and his newly discovered role with Draper's and Eastland's Mississippi Sovereignty Commission and The Draper Genetics Committee. I think this is very big and very important breaking news only 53 years old (ouch!). Anyone else agree? Is there anyone still out there who is so stubborn and obstinate that they still doubt for a second the roles of Draper and Eastland as insidious plotmasters in the JFK plot now? Speak now or forever hold your piece or your peace that is. (LOL)

Banister has almost the perfect "persona", "associations" and background to meld with all my other Top 50 suspects:

1) The Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, part of WACL

2) The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission as one of their chief investigators for Senator James O. Eastland and Robert J. Morris.

3) Shared an ONI background with Robert J. Morris and others, too.

4) Shared an office building with Brig. Gen. Bonner Fellers and his "For America" and "Ten Million Americans Mobilizing for Justice" fascist front org also organized by Maurice B. Gatlin, Banister's long time friend and attorney.

5) He was a member of Draper's "Real Minutemen", The Minutemen, the John Birch Society with Morris, Willoughby, and Walker as well as Oliver, and the Louisiana Un-American Committee, part of HUAC.

6) He died of a "coronary thrombosis" just before being called by the Warren Commission, which is the only possible diagnosis right after a person was snuffed using the "Stashinsky Gun" which was in the possession of the Hunt family including Nelson Bunker Hunt as well as being available to Robert J. Morris "Mr. McCarthyism", who was linked into the Draper and Vonsiatsky nexus very tightly plus Eastland's SISS or "SISSY" and the MissSovComm of Draper, and Morris appeared in ManCand about a half-dozen times. Other than that Morris is as clean as the proverbial whistle and as innocent as a baby. (Oh, yeah, Right!)

7) The office of United Fruit, formerly The Boston Fruit Company owned by the Prestons AND the Drapers since about 1900, was in the same building as the offices of Bonner Fellers, Guy Banister, and Maurice Gatlin plus the Fair Play for Cuba Committee run by Oswald. That building housed the JFK central planning committee.

8) Richard Gill, related to G. Wray Gill, wrote the Strange Ordeal of Otto Otepka and the movie was made starring Robert J. Morris, J. Strom Thurmond, James B. Utt.

William "Guy" Banister

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The neutrality of this article is disputed. Please see the discussion on the talk page. Please do not remove this message until the dispute is resolved. (March 2008) William Guy Banister File:Bannister guy.jpg Born March 7, 1900
Monroe, Louisiana, USA Died June 6, 1964 (aged 64)
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA Cause of death coronary thrombosis Nationality American Occupation Federal Bureau of Investigation
Private Investigator Known for Allegations made by Jim Garrison during his investigation of the John F. Kennedy Assassination This article is part of the
Jim Garrison Investigation
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JFK Assassination series. People Jim Garrison John F. Kennedy Clay Shaw David Ferrie Perry Russo Guy Banister George de Mohrenschildt Dean Andrews Jr. Groups Fair Play for Cuba Committee Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front Related articles Trial of Clay Shaw People involved in the trial of Clay Shaw JFK (film)
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William Guy Banister (March 7, 1900–June 6, 1964) was a career member of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a private investigator. He gained notoriety from the allegations made by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison after Banister's death that he had been involved in the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was an avid anti-communist -- member of the Minutemen, the John Birch Society, Louisiana Committee on Un-American Activities and publisher of the Louisiana Intelligence Digest. He also supported various anti-Castro groups in the New Orleans area: "Cuban Democratic Revolutionary Front"; "Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean"; and "Friends of Democratic Cuba"[1].
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[edit] Early life

Banister was born in Monroe, Louisiana, the oldest of seven children. After studying at the Louisiana State University, he joined the Monroe Police Department[2]. According to his family, Banister served with the Office of Naval Intelligence during World War II and maintained contacts after the war[3].
[edit] Law Enforcement Career

In 1934, Banister joined the FBI. He was present at the death of John Dillinger. Originally based in Indianapolis, he later moved to New York City where he was involved in the investigation of the American Communist Party. J. Edgar Hoover was impressed by Banister's work and in 1938 he was promoted to run the FBI unit in Butte, Montana. He also served in Oklahoma City, Minneapolis and Chicago. In Chicago, he was the Special Agent in Charge for the FBI where one of his associates, Robert Maheu, was liaison between the CIA and the Mafia regarding the various assassination plots against Fidel Castro[4]. He retired from the FBI in 1954.
Banister moved to Louisiana and in January 1955 became Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, where he was given the task of investigating organized crime and corruption within the police force. It later emerged that he was also involved in looking at the role that left-wing political activists were playing in the struggle for civil rights in New Orleans[5]. On the campuses of Tulane University and Louisiana State University he ran a network of informants collecting information on communist activities. He submitted reports on his finding to the FBI through contacts[6].
In March 1957, he was suspended after pulling a gun in public in a bar and threatening a waiter[7]. His suspension ended in June, but when he refused to be transferred to the N.O.P.D.'s Planning Department, he was dismissed from the force.
[edit] Private Investigation, Cuba, Oswald, Marcello

After leaving the New Orleans Police Department he established his own private detective agency, "Guy Banister Associates, Inc." on the ground floor of the "Newman Building" with an address of "531 Lafayette Street". Around the corner but located in the same building, with a different entrance, was the office "544 Camp Street". The building housed militant anti-Castro groups: The Cuban Revolutionary Council from October 1961 to February 1962; as well as Sergio Arcacha Smith's Crusade to Free Cuba Committee. It was within walking distance of the New Orleans offices of the FBI, CIA, Office of Naval Intelligence and even the "Reilly Coffee Company" (former employer of Lee Harvey Oswald and a supporter of anti-Castro Cubans)[8]. Local newspapers reported that Banister served as a munitions supplier for the 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion and continued to deal weapons from his office until 1963[9].
In 1962, Banister dispatched an associate, Maurice Brooks Gaitlin - legal council of Banister's "Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean" to Paris to deliver a suitcase containing $200,000 for the OAS[10]. In 1963, Banister and anti-Castro activist David Ferrie began working for a lawyer named G. Wray Gill and his client, Carlos Marcello. This involved attempts to block Marcello's deportation to Guatemala.
[edit] JFK Assassination

On the afternoon of November 22, 1963, the day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Banister and one of his investigators, Jack Martin, were drinking together at the Katzenjammer Bar, located in New Orleans next door to 544 Camp Street. On their return to Banister's office, the two men got into a dispute. Banister believed that Martin had stolen his files and drew his .357 magnum revolver, striking Martin with it several times. During the argument Martin asked: "What are you going to do, kill me? Like you all did Kennedy?" Martin was badly injured and treated at Charity Hospital.[11][12]
Over the next few days Martin told authorities and reporters that Banister and Ferrie had been involved in the assassination. He claimed that Ferrie knew Oswald from their days in the New Orleans Civil Air Patrol and may have taught Oswald how to use a rifle with a telescopic sight.[13] Martin also claimed that Banister drove Ferrie to Texas so Ferrie could fly the assassins of JFK out of the state.[14] Additionally within hours of the assassination a tip from an employee of Banister was submitted to the New Orleans authorities linking Banister, Ferrie and Oswald with the activities of the Fair Play For Cuba Committee.[15]
The information of the activities surrounding Banister, Ferrie and Oswald reached New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison who, by late 1966, had become very interested in the New Orleans aspects of the assassination. In December 1966, Garrison interviewed Martin about these accusations. Martin claimed that during the summer of 1963, Banister, Ferrie and a group of anti-Castro Cuban exiles were involved in operations against Castro's Cuba that included gun running activities and burglarized armories.[16]
As Garrison continued his investigation, he became convinced that a group of right-wing activists, including Banister, Ferrie, and Clay Shaw, were involved in a conspiracy with elements of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to kill Kennedy. Garrison would later claim that the motive for the assassination was anger over Kennedy's attempts to obtain a peace settlement in both Cuba and Vietnam.[17][18] Garrison also believed that Banister, Shaw, and Ferrie had conspired to set up Oswald as a patsy in the JFK assassination.[19][20]
[edit] Post JFK

Banister's publication, the Louisiana Intelligence Digest, maintained that the civil rights movement was part of an international communist conspiracy and therefore treasonous. A black reporter, Louis E. Lomax, investigating the possible connection of Banister to the assassinations of Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, died in a car accident shortly after signing a contract to help with a movie about the assassination of Malcolm X.[21] [22]
[edit] Death

Banister officially died of coronary thrombosis on June 6, 1964 just prior to the closing of the Warren Commission investigation into the assassination. Investigators had intended to question him regarding the following topics: "CIA", "Ammunition and Arms", "Civil rights program of JFK", "Fair Play For Cuba Committee" and "The International Trade Mart". Banister's files went missing after his death.[23]
[edit] Fictional portrayals

Banister also is a character in Oliver Stone's 1991 movie JFK, in which he is portrayed by Edward Asner. He is also central to the plot of Don DeLillo's novel Libra. Guy Banister appears as a character in James Ellroy's 1995 novel American Tabloid and its sequel The Cold Six Thousand. In American Tabloid, Banister organizes John Kennedy's assassination, which is based on Ward Littell's original plan. Littell is one of the story's main characters. In The Cold Six Thousand, Guy Banister is murdered by Chuck Rogers under orders from Carlos Marcello. Chuck tells Pete Bondurant, a main character, how he used excess digitalis and jokes Carlos gave the job to Chuck instead of Pete because he wanted to give Pete a break.
[edit] References


  1. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 100,236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  2. ^ HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
  3. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  4. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 235,236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  5. ^ Malcolm X: Make It Plain / Full Documentary " Best MCee Ever" - Rap Music - Zimbio
  6. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  7. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  8. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 235-237. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  9. ^ New Orleans States Item, April 25, 1967
  10. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 499. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  11. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 494. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  12. ^ 544 Camp Street and Related Events, House Select Committee on Assassinations - Appendix to Hearings, Volume 10, 13, p. 130.
  13. ^ FBI Interview of Jack S. Martin, 25 November 1963 & 27 November 1963, Warren Commission Document No. 75, pp. 217-18, 309-11.
  14. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 494. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  15. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 100. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  16. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 497. ISBN 0-88184-648-1
  17. ^ Playboy interview
  18. ^ Garrison, Jim. On The Trail of the Assassins, (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1988), p. 12. ISBN 0-446-36277-8
  19. ^ "Shoot Him Down" : NBC, the CIA and Jim Garrison by William Davy
  20. ^ The Patsy - Oswald
  21. ^ Bagwell, Orlando, Malcolm X Make It Plain (1994)
  22. ^ Malcolm X: Make It Plain / Full Documentary " Best MCee Ever" - Rap Music - Zimbio
  23. ^ Marrs, Jim. Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy, (New York: Carroll & Graf, 1989), p. 236. ISBN 0-88184-648-1

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Guy Banister was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on March 7, 1901. After studying at the Louisiana State University he joined the Monroe Police Department.
In 1934, Banister joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Originally based in Indianapolis, he later moved to New York City where he was involved in the investigation of the American Communist Party. J. Edgar Hoover was impressed by Banister's work and in 1938 he was promoted to run the FBI unit in Butte, Montana. He also served in Oklahoma City, Minneapolis and Chicago before he retired from the FBI in 1954.
Banister moved back to Louisiana and in January 1955 became Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department where he was given the task of investigating organized crime and corruption within the police force. It later emerged that he was also involved in looking at the role that left-wing political activists were playing in the struggle for black civil rights in New Orleans.
Banister developed extreme right-wing views and worked as an investigator for the Louisiana Un-American Activities Committee. He also published the racist Louisiana Intelligence Digest. Banister had a deep hatred of the civil rights movement and believed that the policy of racial integration was part of a a plan formulated by Joseph Stalin to create racial conflict in America.
Bannister claimed that members of the American Communist Party were involved in a plot to contaminate crops in the United States. He also told the Special Committee of the Arkansas State Legislature that left-wing activists were behind the race riots in Little Rock.
Banister was suspended by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) for an incident with a gun in a bar. His suspension ended in June 1954, but when he refused to be transferred to the NOPD's Planning Department, he was dismissed from the force. After leaving the police he established his own private detective agency, Guy Banister Associates.
In 1963 Banister and David Ferrie began working for the lawyer G. Wray Gill and his client, Carlos Marcello. This involved attempts to block Marcello's deportation to Guatemala.
Later Banister was linked to the plot to assassinate John F. Kennedy. On 9th August, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald distributed leaflets that supported Fidel Castro and his government in Cuba. On these leaflets was the address 544 Camp Street, New Orleans. This was also the office of Carlos Bringuier, an anti-Castro exile. Around the corner from 544 Camp Street, located in the same building, was 531 Lafayette Street, which housed the detective agency run by Banister. This raised suspicions that Oswald had been involved in a right-wing conspiracy to kill Kennedy.
On the afternoon of 22nd November, 1963, Banister and Jack Martin went drinking together. On their return to Banister's office the two men got involved in a dispute about a missing file. Banister became so angry that he he drew his Magnum revolver and hit Martin with it several times. Martin was so badly injured that he had to be detained in the local Charity Hospital.

Over the next few days Martin told friends that Banister and David Ferrie had been involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. According to Martin, Ferrie was the getaway man whose job it was to fly the assassin out of Texas. He also claimed that Ferrie knew Lee Harvey Oswald from their days in the New Orleans Civil Air Patrol and had given him lessons on how to use a rifle with a telescopic sight.
On 25th November, Martin was contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He told them that he thought Ferrie had hypnotized Oswald into assassinating Kennedy. The FBI considered Martin's evidence unreliable and decided not to investigate Banister and Ferrie.
This information eventually reached Jim Garrison, the district attorney of New Orleans. He interviewed Martin about these accusations. Martin claimed that during the summer of 1963 Banister and David Ferrie were involved in something very sinister with a group of Cuban exiles.
Jim Garrison now became convinced that a group of right-wing activists, including Banister, David Ferrie, Carlos Bringuier and Clay Shaw, were involved in a conspiracy with the CIA to kill John F. Kennedy. Garrison claimed this was in retaliation for his attempts to obtain a peace settlement in both Cuba and Vietnam.
Delphine Roberts worked for Banister and later became his mistress. Roberts told Anthony Summers that during the summer of 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald worked for Banister. She said she was in the office when Banister suggested that Oswald should establish a local Fair Play for Cuba Committee. This story was supported by her daughter who met Oswald during this period.
Guy Banister died of coronary thrombosis on June 6, 1964.





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(1) Jim Garrison, On the Trail of the Assassins (1988)

Martin was seated
across my desk, his anxious gaze fixed on my every move. An on-again, off-again alcoholic, he was a thin man with deeply circled, worried eyes. Although he had been written off as a nonentity by many, I had long regarded him as a quick-witted and highly observant, if slightly disorganized, private detective. I had known him casually as far back as my days as an assistant D.A. and always had gotten along well with him.
"Jack," I said, "why don't you relax a little? You should know by now that you're among friends here."
He nodded nervously. He was seated in the roomy, upholstered chair across from my desk, but he looked most uncomfortable. I offered him some coffee. "You're not under cross-examination. Jack," I said "I just want a little help. Understand?"
"The police report says the reason Banister beat you was you had an argument over telephone bills." I pulled a copy of the police report from my desk drawer and shoved it across to him. "Here, take a look at it." He bent his head over and examined it as if he had never seen it before. I was sure that he had seen it many times, probably even had a copy at home.
After a moment he looked up without saying a word. His eyes told me he was deeply concerned about something.
"Now, does a simple argument over phone bills sound like a believable explanation to you?" I asked.
I waited. Then, dreamily, he shook his head slowly. "No," he admitted. "It involved more than that."
"How much more?"
Again I waited. He breathed deeply, sucking in the air.
"It started like it was going to be nothing at all," he began. "We'd both been drinking at Katzenjammer's - maybe more than usual, because of the assassination and all. Banister especially."
Pausing to chug down another cup of coffee, he made a real effort to collect his thoughts.
"Well, when we came back to the office. Banister started hitching about one thing and then another. He was in a mean mood. Then all of a sudden, he accused me of going through his private files. Now I never went through his private stuff ever - absolutely never. And that really ticked me off."
He hesitated for a long moment.
"Go on. Jack," I said gently.
"I guess I blew up," he continued, his face flushed with memories of injustice. "That's when I told him he'd better not talk to me like that. I told him I remembered the people I had seen around the office that summer. And that's when he hit me. Fast as a flash - pulled out that big Magnum and slammed me on the side of the head with it."
"Just because you remembered the people you'd seen at his office the past summer?" I asked.
"Yeah, that's all it took. He went bananas on that one."
"And just who were the people you'd seen in the office that summer?" I prodded softly.
"There was a bunch of them. It was like a circus. There were all those Cubans - coming in and going out, coming in and going out. They all looked alike to me."
Someone once commenced that whenever you really want to do something unseen, whenever you go to great pains to make sure that you are unobserved, there always turns out to be someone who was sitting under the oak tree. At the strange place that was Banister's office. Jack Martin, unnoticed in the middle of it all, was the one sitting under the oak tree.
He drew a long breath and then went on. "Then there were all these other characters. There was Dave Ferrie - you know about him by now."
"Was he there very often?" I asked.
"Often? He practically lived there."
Then Martin fell silent. I saw by the look in his eyes that he had come to a full stop.
I was not about to let my weekend visit to 544 Camp Street go down the drain that easily, so I gave him a hand. 'And Lee Harvey Oswald'" I added.
Jack swallowed, then nodded. It was almost as if he felt relief in finally having a burden lifted from him. "Yeah, he was there too. Sometimes he'd be meeting with Guy Banister with the door shut. Other times he'd be shooting the bull with Dave Ferrie. But he was there all right."
"What was Guy Banister doing while all this was going on?"
"Hell, he was the one running the circus."
"What about his private detective work?"
"Not much of that came in, but when it did, I handled it. That's why I was there."
"So, Jack," I said. "Just what was going on at Banister's office?"
He held up his hand. "I can't answer that," he said firmly. "I can't go into that stuff at all." Unexpectedly, he stood up. "I think I'd better go," he said.
"Hold on. Jack. What's the problem with our going into what was happening at Banister's office?"
"What's the problem?" he said. "What's the problem?" he repeated, as if in disbelief. "The problem is that we're going to bring the goddamned federal government down on our backs. Do I need to spell it out? I could get killed - and so could you."
He turned around. "I'd better go," he mumbled. He wobbled as he headed for the door.
(2) [B]Anthony Summers, The Kennedy Conspiracy (1980)[/B] According to Delphine Roberts, Lee Oswald walked into her office sometime in 1963 and asked to fill in the forms for accreditation as one of Banister's "agents." Mrs. Roberts told me, "Oswald introduced himself by name and said he was seeking an application form. I did not think that was really why he was there. During the course of the conversation I gained the impression that he and Guy Banister already knew each other. After Oswald filled out the application form Guy Banister called him into the office. The door was closed, and a lengthy conversation took place. Then the young man left. I presumed then, and now am certain, that the reason for Oswald being there was that he was required to act undercover." Mrs. Roberts said she was sure that whatever the nature of Banister's "interest" in Oswald, it concerned anti-Castro schemes, plans which she feels certain had the support and encouragement of government intelligence agencies. As she put it, "Mr. Banister had been a special agent for the FBI and was still working for them. There were quite a number of connections which he kept with the FBI and the CIA, too. I know he and the FBI traded information due to his former association...."
(3) [B][B]Joachim Joesten[B], How Kennedy Was Killed (1968)[/B][/B]
[/B]Guy Banister, a former FBI official and onetime assistant
superintendent of the New Orleans police department, had had a 'stormy' career, according to the New Orleans States-Item of May 5, 1967. After he had left police work officially, if not earlier, Banister was active for years as a top U.S. intelligence agent in the South and in Latin America. His spacious office, at 531 Lafayette Street, in New Orleans, served both as a rallying point for Minutemen, Cuban exiles and assorted right-wing and intelligence operatives and as an arms distribution centre for these elements. This has been brought out with dazzling clarity both by the Garrison investigation and through independent research by the local press.
A close friend and adviser of Banister's told the States-Item the veteran FBI agent was a key liaison man for U.S. government-sponsored anti-Communist activities in Latin America, the New Orleans paper reported and added: "Guy participated in every important anti-Communist South and Central American revolution which came along while he had the office on Lafayette Street," the source reported. The paper also stated that Banister is believed to have worked in cooperation with a U.S. military intelligence office here.
(4) [B][B]William Turner[/B], Rearview Mirror (2001) [/B]
I walked over to 531 Lafayette Place. There was no inscription on the door denoting it as Banister's business, only a realtor's shingle and a sticker of the then-nascent Republican Party of Louisiana. The door opened to stairs leading to a second-floor space that was unoccupied. Diagonally across the space was a second set of stairs, which led down to a door on Camp Street. The number over the door read "594." 594 Camp Street was the return address Lee Harvey Oswald had stamped on the first batch of pro-Castro literature he handed out on the streets of the Crescent City in August 1963- Subsequent batches bore a post office box number, suggesting that the use of the street address had been a lapse. What was Oswald's connection to Banister?
When I reported the Camp Street discovery to Garrison, I recommended that we assign priority to interviewing Banister. Too late, he said, Banister had been found dead in bed in June 1964, his pearlhandled, monogrammed .357 Magnum revolver at his side. Although there was no autopsy, his demise was attributed to a heart attack. But Brooks, who had done some clipping and filing for Banister in 1962, had identified his deputy, Hugh F. Ward, as also belonging to the Minutemen as well as an outfit called the Anti-Communism League of the Caribbean, which was headed by Banister after he came to New Orleans in 1955. Brooks credited the ACLC with helping the CIA overthrow the leftist Arbenz government in Guatemala, opening the way for a succession of rightist strongmen. The ACLC continued to act as an intermediary between the CIA and right-wing insurgency movements in the Caribbean, including Cuba after Castro gained power. There was a chance that Ward would be willing to talk, but it turned out he was gone as well. On May 23, 1965, he was at the controls of a Piper Aztec chartered by former New Orleans mayor DeLessups Morrison when the craft, engines sputtering, crashed on a fog-shrouded hill near Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, killing all on board. That left Maurice Brooks Gatlin, Sr., an attorney associated with Banister, on Brooks's list of key Minutemen in Louisiana. According to Brooks, Gatlin served as legal counsel to the ACLC. In fact, Brooks had been a kind of protege of Gatlin. The attorney's passport was stamped with visas of countries around the world. In Brooks's estimation, he was a "transporter" for the CIA. On one occasion Gatlin bodaciously told Brooks, "I have pretty good connections. Stick with me-I'll give you a license to kill." Brooks became a firm believer in 1962 when Gatlin displayed a thick wad of bills, saying he had $ioo,ooo of CIA money earmarked for a French reactionary clique planning to assassinate General de Gaulle. Shortly thereafter Gatlin flew to Paris, and shortly after that came the Secret Army Organization's abortive ambush of the French president. But Gatlin as well was beyond Garrison's reach. In 1964 he fell or was pushed from the sixth floor of the Panama Hotel in Panama, dying instantly.
As I sat in Garrison's office discussing the fates of Banister, Ward and Gatlin, my mind flashed back to the previous November when Ramparts had run a story on the "mysterious deaths" theory of doughty Texas editor Penn Jones, Jr. With David Welsh, I had gone down to Midlothian, a dusty cotton market town south of Dallas, to meet with Jones on his front porch. He had compiled a list of an unlucky thirteen people who were witnesses to the assassination or somehow touched by it and had died violently or questionably inside of three years, which he saw as a highly excessive actuarial rate. One on the list was Tom Howard, Jack Ruby's initial attorney, who concocted the story that the mobster killed Oswald to spare Jacqueline Kennedy the ordeal of a trial (he died of a supposed heart attack). Another was Lee Bowers, who was sitting in a railroad tower behind the grassy knoll and spotted two strange men behind the picket fence on the knoll just as the presidential limousine passed and a flash and commotion ensued (he was involved in a one-car accident). A third was Earlene Roberts, the boarding house manager who stated that Oswald rushed into his room for a few minutes shortly after the shooting in Dealey Plaza, during which a Dallas police car stopped in front and honked twice as if to signal (she was struck by a presumed heart attack). The mysterious-deaths article so fascinated Walter Cronkite that he sent a film crew to Midlothian for a CBS News series on Jones. Although the theory caught on as "evidence" of a conspiracy, I was bemusedly skeptical.
But the untimely deaths of Banister, Ward and Gatlin gave me pause that there might in fact have been systematic elimination of people who knew too much. Two months earlier there had been a fourth curious mortality in this set: David William Ferric, an investigator for the ex-FBI official's private detective agency, Guy Banister & Associates. Garrison's interest in Ferric dated back to the morning after the assassination, when he summoned his staff to the office for a "brainstorming" session to explore the possibility that Oswald had accomplices in New Orleans.
Although it would not be known until after the Warren Report was published, on that same Saturday morning the Secret Service was checking out the return address of 544 Camp Street that the accused assassin had rubber-stamped on some of his handouts promoting a rump chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. The agents asked the building manager if Oswald "had occupied office space" but learned instead that "Cuban revolutionaries had been tenants until recently." They talked to an exile accountant who revealed that "those Cubans were members of organizations known as `Crusade to Free Cuba Committee' and `Cuban Revolutionary Council,"' which had been headed by Sergio Arcacha Smith, a former Batista diplomat. The agents reported that they had been unable to find any trace of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, evincing no curiosity over why pro-Castro literature would bear the address of anti-Castro groups.
On Monday, the Warren Report later disclosed, the FBI's Ernest C. Wall, Jr., a Spanish-speaking agent who liaisoned with the exile groups, called Guy Banister to inquire about Arcacha Smith. According to Wall's single-paragraph report, Banister responded that Arcacha Smith had been the head of the Cuban Revolutionary Council and "some time ago had told him on one occasion that he, Smith, had an office in the building located at 594 Camp Street." Nothing about Banister and the Cuban Revolutionary Council, created by the CIA as an umbrella group for the Bay of Pigs invasion, being under the same roof. As a limited hangout, it was a classic. The Warren Report dutifully stated that "investigation has indicated that neither the Fair Play for Cuba Committee nor Lee Oswald ever maintained an office at that address."

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It just does not get much better than this:

The Guy Banister Nexus: United Fruit, WACL, Birchers, Minutemen, Draper, Eugenics, Eastland, Mississippi, MissSovComm, Fellers, ManCand, Condon, TMA, For America, HUAC, SISS and a Partridge in a Pear Tree...
All of these guys held each others hands and cheered for each other while they engaged in one of the grandest conspiracy schemes in the history of mancruel. Like this:
Party

And now it appears that Dick Russell had identified Guy Bannister as the person who put Oswald up to the FPCC Leafleting Campaign out of his 544 Camp Street Office
in TMWKTM. And through Banister's links into SISS of Robert Morris and James Eastland they were all involved with implicating Oswald in the Klein's Sporting Goods Manlicher Carcano purchase deal as well as in the Clinton, LA Voter Registration Drive. All of these scams were meant to set up Oswald as either the "perfect patsy" or as the perfect "programmed assassin". Either way, it was guaranteed that the entire US Intel Apparatus would be forced into a mandatory cover-up, if only to hide their previous roles in multiple Banana Dictator assassination plots as well as multiple other European and South American based plots. I could not have designed it beter mah self as a matter of fact. Could you?

How come it took me so long to link Banister back into this Draper, Eastland and Morris inspired circle of dirty, rotten scoundrels... involved with MissSovComm and SISS? Jerry Shinley had it all, but I just never, ever saw it before this. Mea cupla, mea cupla, mea maxima cupla.

And all these guys are the NOT-CIAS, too. Or as Condon sometimes called them... the Notsi's. This JFK thing was just so much bigger than just one little agency like the CIA
that you should expand your focus just a wee bit into about a dozen more alphabet soup agencies like OSJ, OSJL, JBS, SISS, HUAC and the MSSovComm plus The Pioneer Fund.
I am just pleased as punch to know, that without me the roles of The Pioneer Fund, the MissSovComm, SISS, HUAC, The Draper Genetics Committee, The Order of St. John and the Shickshinny Knights of Malta might NEVER have been discovered. NEVER in a million years, everyone was just so focused on the street lamp where the light was the brightest that they NEVER crawled into the deep dark recesses in the alleys BEHIND that street lamp. What a real shame. And now Guy Banister has been dragged, kicking and screaming right into the whirlpool that engulfs the entire Eugenics and Mississippi racist contingents from Eastland through Draper and Company and his Pioneer Fund cohorts like Jesse Helms and company and his Order of St. John of Lazarus and the IAAEE shared sponsorship with the brothers Hunt and Roger "WACL" Pearson from The Pioneer Fund, Robert Gayre of Gayre and Ng, and The Shickshinny Knights of Malta run by Willoughby et al and Pedro del Valle the Draper correspondent plus Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton from The Cliveden Set and OSJL and SKOM plus the American Security Council of Robert Morris, Jim Angleton, Ray S. Cline, Patrick Frawley, Jr. from INCA and SMOM and Charles "My Little Fascist" Willoughby, as well.

Whew! What a parlay that was!



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Now I know that this might be considered "heresy" of the first magnitude to question the word of the lord, Atty. Jim Garrison about Guy Banister or to quote David Reitzes about the "real" Guy Banister, but I only call them as I see them. And Banister was, beyond the shadow of a doubt, tied in much more closely to the SISS, HUAC, WACL, James Eastland, Wickliffe Draper, Bonner Fellers, Robert J. Morris and Leander Perez crowd than anything else by far.

Banister became yet another Draper crony and was on the payroll of the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission as well, Draper's favorite charity. Plus he worked for Eastland's and Morris' SISS as well. Now if that does not qualify you as a Draper inspired and Draper paid intelligence operative then nothing will.

Comments on this Reitzes article to come shortly. Just cool your jets until you read ALL the postings in this thread. Just like with Operation Red Cross which was 100% non-CIA run and managed, the role of Guy Banister in the conundrum will probably be seen to be at least 90% free of CIA intervention at the Ground Zero level.


One of Oliver Stone's key conspirators in JFK is New Orleans private investigator and former FBI agent Guy Banister, portrayed by Ed Asner. According to Stone:


  1. Banister was working for the CIA, manipulating Lee Harvey Oswald for the conspirators,(1) and also had ties to the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).(2)
  2. Banister participated in "Operation Mongoose," one of the CIA's projects targeting the overthrow and elimination of Fidel Castro.(3)
  3. Banister was running a training camp for Cuban exiles, where Stone also places Oswald and David Ferrie.(4) And . . .
  4. Banister was a gunrunner, whose office was part of a CIA-linked "supply line that ran from Dallas, through New Orleans to Miami, stockpiling arms and explosives."(5)

Not a single one of these allegations is true. They are myths created by former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Let's take them one by one.
First of all, as discussed in a separate article, there is no truth to the allegation that Lee Harvey Oswald ever used Guy Banister's office address on his Fair Play for Cuba Committee literature, or the allegation that Oswald worked out of Banister's office. It's doubtful, in fact, that Banister and Oswald ever met.
Was Guy Banister a CIA operative? No, Guy Banister had no connection whatsoever to the Central Intelligence Agency. Jim Garrison simply invented this story, and it was repeated so many times that by the time Garrison wrote his second book on the JFK assassination, he felt secure in declaring, "That Banister was working with the CIA at this time is no longer open to serious dispute."(6) Yet Garrison never produced a shred of evidence for the claim.
Ironically, in August of 1960 the CIA did consider using Banister's detective agency as "a source of foreign intelligence" and as "a cover mechanism" of some kind, presumably due to Banister's FBI background. (One wonders if perhaps Garrison might have picked up a rumor about this from one of Banister's former associates or employees, and misconstrued it as evidence of an actual CIA connection.) However, a background check revealed that Guy Banister Associates was failing financially, and that Banister was personally regarded as unstable and unreliable. The Agency lost interest in him, and a search of CIA files yields no further connection to Banister.(7)
What is Jim Garrison's justification for insisting that Guy Banister was a CIA operative?
In his 1988 memoir, On the Trail of the Assassins, the "evidence" Garrison produces is this: "By the summer of 1963," Big Jim writes, "Banister was deeply involved in anti-Castro activity, ranging from training guerrillas north of Lake Pontchartrain to collecting ammunition for raids on Cuba."(8)
But the anti-Castro activity to which Garrison refers was not a CIA operation, and Guy Banister had no involvement whatsoever with it anyway. Jim Garrison made the whole thing up.


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Despite Jim Garrison's endless font of allegations and innuendo, Guy Banister had nothing whatsoever to do with any anti-Castro CIA activities.
The closest Banister ever came to such a thing was during his brief involvement (in January 1961) with an organization called the Friends of Democratic Cuba, which was intended to raise funds for the local office of an anti-Castro outfit, the Cuban Revolutionary Council, a group which, at the national level, also received some funds from the CIA. Banister's name was one of many listed on the FDC's charter; because of organizational difficulties, the group disbanded within literally a few weeks of its formation. (Banister presumably became involved with the CRC due to the close proximity of their offices, which were both located at that time in the Balter Building on St. Charles Avenue.)(9)
So then how does Jim Garrison link Guy Banister to all these purported CIA operations? With the use of a single alleged eyewitness: Jack S. Martin.
According to Garrison, Jack Martin provided all the details about Banister's involvement with exile training camps off Lake Pontchartrain, as well as information on Banister's purported role as a gunrunner:


The Banister apparatus, as Martin described it, was part of a supply line that ran along the Dallas-New Orleans-Miami corridor. These supplies consisted of arms and explosives for use against Castro's Cuba."(10)
Unfortunately, Big Jim tells us, Jack Martin "would put nothing in writing, nor would he sign his name to anything."(11) "But," Garrison writes, Martin "did tell whatever he could recall about the business at Guy Banister's -- although only to me."(12)
Garrison is lying. Jack Martin put numerous statements in writing, and allowed the NODA to record a number of interviews with him as well. None of these statements or interviews concerns any alleged gunrunning activities of Guy Banister's, nor do any concern the band of exiles that trained near Lake Pontchartrain.(13)
Moreover, Life journalist Richard Billings was working closely with the NODA in the early stages of the JFK probe, and his contemporaneous notes contradict Garrison's 1988 account completely. Garrison told Billings in January 1967 that he had found out about the goings-on near Lake Pontchartrain, not from Jack Martin, as he claims in his memoirs, but from two of the Cubans who had organized and operated the training camp, Ricardo Davis and Angel Vega.(14)
Even if Jack Martin did reveal such things to Garrison -- off the record, of course -- is Jack Martin a reliable witness?
In his 1988 memoirs, Garrison states of Martin, "I had long regarded him as a quick-witted and highly observant, if slightly disorganized, private detective."(15)
This is something of a contrast to remarks Garrison made to Richard Billings in December 1966 -- that Martin was "an undependable drunk,"(16) "a totally unreliable witness,"(17) and "a liar."(18)
More information on Jack Martin's credibility can be found in a separate article of The JFK 100.
The organizers of the exile training camp made it clear that Guy Banister had nothing to do with their organization, and this has been confirmed by investigations of the camp and its organizers.


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There is also no truth to the Oliver Stone/Jim Garrison claim that Guy Banister served in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) prior to joining the FBI; Banister was never in the ONI. He began his career as a police officer in Monroe, Louisiana, and joined the FBI (then called the Justice Department's Division of Investigation) in 1934. He remained with the FBI for twenty years, before moving back to Louisiana.(19)
So who was Guy Banister?
William Guy Banister was born in Monroe, Louisiana, on March 7, 1901, the oldest of seven children. He attended Louisiana State University and Soule College of New Orleans, then joined the Monroe Police Department, where he advanced to the position of Chief of Detectives.(20)
In 1934, he joined the Justice Department's Division of Investigation, which soon was retitled the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served briefly in Indianapolis, then was assigned to New York City. He worked over the northern part of the country on special assignment for approximately three years, and received special training in investigating the Communist Party.(21)
In 1938, after a brief stint at the FBI's Newark, New Jersey office, Banister was promoted to Special Agent in Charge, and transferred to Butte, Montana.(23) Researcher A. J. Weberman notes that Banister told an associate that he was sent to Butte because "at one time he had a visit by an FBI agent who told him that Mr. Hoover had asked for an honest appraisal of the Bureau from some of its top agents. Mr. Banister is alleged to have sent up a memo from Chicago that called the Bureau a prostitute that wanted keep her virginity."(24)
Banister was stationed in Butte until October 1941, when he was transferred to Oklahoma City, but returned to Butte in 1943, where he remained until 1952, when he was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In January 1954 he was transferred to Chicago. He retired from the Bureau at the end of that year.(25)
In an autobiographical sketch, Banister writes, "I have been informed that up to the time of my retirement, I had served longer in the position of SAC [Special Agent in Charge] than any other person, a period of nearly 17 years."(26)
Banister moved home to Louisiana, and in January 1955, New Orleans Mayor DeLesseps "Chip" S. Morrison offered him a position as Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, charged with the specific task of investigating organized crime and corruption within the NOPD. His service with the department was short-lived and controversial; his corruption probe was terminated in June 1956, and Banister was demoted. (27)
Banister was suspended from the force that same month after a public altercation with several police officers. In March 1957 he was suspended again after being accused of public drunkeness and pulling a gun in public in a bar in the French Quarter on March 1, 1957. Days later, he testified before the Joint Legislative Committee on Segregation of the Louisiana State Senate, which was investgating alleged Communist influences behind racial unrest. He was praised by the First District Americanism Committee of the American Legion "for his work against Communism in New Orleans."(28)
A staunch conservative and segregationist, Banister's political activism seems to have been driven by fanatical racism and paranoia. He believed racial integration of the schools to be part of a plan formulated by Stalin and the Communist Party to create "dissension between the races." He testified to the Joint Legislative Committee that all Communists were spies, and that Communists could be responsible for instances of crop contamination in the US and Canada. He later would testify to a Special Committee of the Arkansas State Legislature that the Communists were behind the race riots in Little Rock, Arkansas.(29)
When Banister's suspension ended in June 1954, he was transferred to the NOPD's Planning Department. He refused the position and was fired. He subsequently opened his private detective agency, Guy Banister Associates. His physical and mental health were deteriorating, however, and the agency was unsuccessful.(30)
Banister was evicted from his office in June 1964 after being delinquent in his rent for nearly a year. He was in the process of moving into the basement of his secretary and mistress, Delphine Roberts's home, when he died of coronary thrombosis on June 6, 1964.(31)
"The firing [from the police department] had a great emotional effect on Guy," his sister-in-law told researcher A. J. Weberman. "I think that was sort of the beginning of Guy's end. He started drinking pretty heavy at that time, more so than usual, and he started having family problems. He left his wife, Mary Wortham, and moved out. We didn't see much of him. It was just sort of downhill from there on. Mary had Guy put in the hospital for observation, and some tests, and the doctor called Ross and me down there -- 'cause we were about the only family he had, and showed us a brain wave test that he had done. And the doctor said Guy had had a series of small strokes."(32)
In December 1966, Jim Garrison described Guy Banister to Life editor Richard Billings as a "violent man" and a "heavy drinker,"(33) who was "probably insane before he died,"(34) an assessment borne out by others who knew him.(35) Despite his former standing in the law enforcement community, Garrison noted, Banister "went all the way down before he died."(36)
On November 22, 1963, when Banister's ultraconservative, Kennedy-hating secretary and mistress, Delphine Roberts, "heard the news [about the Kennedy assassination] on the radio,"(37) she "jumped up from her desk, twirled around the office, and said, 'Oh, he's dead, he's dead, he's dead!"(38) She told her boss that "she was glad the President had been shot."(39)
"Don't let anybody hear you talk like that," Guy Banister snapped. "It's a terrible thing that someone could shoot the President."(40) Banister closed his office early and kept it closed for several days out of respect.(41)
"He didn't like the President, but he was a loyal FBI man," Roberts says of her former lover and boss.(42)


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NOTES: 1. Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film (New York: Applause, 1992), pp. 33-41.
2. Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film (New York: Applause, 1992), p. 37.
3. Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film (New York: Applause, 1992), p. 39.
4. Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film (New York: Applause, 1992), pp. 39-40.
5. Oliver Stone and Zachary Sklar, JFK: The Book of the Film (New York: Applause, 1992), pp. 39. All quotations are from the shooting script and may vary slightly from the finished motion picture.
6. Jim Garrison, On the Trail of the Assassins (New York: Warner Books, 1992), p. 326.
7. CIA Memorandum for Chief, Office of Security/SSD/I&S, Attention Mr. Kunke, August 26, 1960, Subject: Request for Special Inquiry -- Guy W. Banister, 434 Balter Building, New Orleans 12, Louisiana; CIA Memorandum for: Special Agent in Charge, David B. Whiteside, August 30, 1960, Subject: Guy W. Banister Associates Inc. #222918 F-SB/2; CIA Memorandum for Chief, Investigative Division, September 13, 1960, Subject: Guy W. Banister Associates Inc. #222918 F-39/2; A. J. Weberman Web site. In the numerous CIA internal memoranda from that era now available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Act and JFK Records Act, Agency personnel often speculate about agents and assets Garrison could conceivably involve in his probe; Guy Banister's name is never mentioned.
One rumor that has made it into numerous books on the assassination, often presented as fact, is that Guy Banister and an organization with which he was reputedly involved, the Anti-Communist League of the Caribbean, played a role in the 1954 CIA-backed overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala. However, the CIA overthrow of Arbenz was launched on June 16, 1954, and completed within five days, while attorney Maurice Gatlin did not found the Anti-Communist League until September of that year. At that time, Guy Banister was still the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago FBI. He did not leave the FBI or Chicago until late December of that year. (Banister reportedly joined the Anti-Communist League when he subsequently became a client of Gatlin's in New Orleans.)
8. Jim Garrison, On the Trail of the Assassins (New York: Warner Books, 1992), p. 326.
9. See for example Jerry Shinley, "Sergio Arcacha Smith and the FRD."

10. Garrison, p. 44.
11. Garrison, p. 43.
12. Garrison, p. 43.
13. See for example NODA interview with Jack Martin, December 13, 1966; NODA interview with Jack Martin, December 14, 1966; NODA statement of Jack Martin, December 26, 1966; "General Statement & Affidavit Regarding Garrison Probe," April 7, 1967; Undated statement of Jack Martin, Fontainbleau Motel (Connick collection, Box 1); Interview of Jack Martin by Jim Garrison (Connick collection, Box 1); Jack Martin, Tape #1 (Connick collection, Box 1); Conversation between Jack Martin and Louis Ivon (Connick collection, Box 2); Affidavit of Jack Martin and David Lewis, February 20, 1968; "JFK Assassination Investigation Report," Jack Martin and David Lewis, March 1, 1968; Undated handwritten statement from Jack Martin to "Jim [Garrison] and Lou [Ivon]"; and nineteen telephone transcripts, recorded with Martin's knowledge, dated from May 25, 1967, to November 22, 1967. Martin also spoke at length with the House Select Committee on Assassinations a decade later.
The Banister-as-gunrunner theory was first prominently advanced in "The Garrison Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy," a January 1968 Ramparts article written by unofficial Garrison investigator William W. Turner. Turner references an article in the New Orleans States-Item of April 25, 1967, reporting "that a reliable source close to Banister said he had seen 50 to 100 boxes marked 'Schlumberger' in Banister's office-storeroom early in 1961 before the Bay of Pigs. The boxes contained rifle grenades, land mines and unique 'little missiles.' Banister explained that 'the stuff would just be there overnight . . . a bunch of fellows connected with the Cuban deal asked to leave it there overnight.'" Of course, this refers to the infamous "Houma heist": arms stolen from the Schlumberger Well corporation by Banister associates David Ferrie, Sergio Arcacha Smith, and others, but not Banister himself.
14. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," January 25, 1966 (pp. 7-8).
15. Garrison, p. 32.
16. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," undated entry from December 1966 (p. 2).
17. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," undated entry from December 1966 (p. 2).
18. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," undated entry from December 1966 (p. 2). The only further "evidence" advanced by the former DA (Garrison, pp. 44-45) that Guy Banister was a gunrunner -- CIA-connected or otherwise -- is a burglary of arms with which Banister himself had no involvement: the incident known as the Houma raid. Some of the items from this burglary were stored overnight in Banister's office, presumably as a favor to one or more of the robbery's participants.
19. HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
20. HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
21. HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
22. A. J. Weberman Web site, citing a House Select Committee interview with Joseph Oster, January 27, 1978.
23. HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
24. HSCA: Material received from files of New Orleans district attorney's office pertaining to investigation and trial of Clay Shaw, 1967-69, attachment D, section 5, regarding Guy Banister, "Biographical Sketch" (JFK Document 007271).
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
25. A. J. Weberman Web site.
33. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," December 29, 1966. Guy Banister's behavior was noted to be violent and erratic on numerous occasions during the late 1950s and early 1960s. In fact, in 1957 he lost his job as Assistant Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department when, while drinking, he pulled a gun on a waiter in a French Quarter bar; and on March 31, 1964, he was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault after allegedly brandishing a pistol at three youths on a city bus.
34. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," December 29, 1966.
35. Cf. House Select Committee Deposition of Aaron Kohn, November 7, 1978, p. 75: "What I didn't know until after his death when I was told this by his widow, was when Guy Banister retired from the FBI and came to New Orleans to accept his job in the police department that it was already known that he had brain damage, that he had undergone some surgery in Chicago and that apparently he was working out the remainder of the time necessary for his pension, a relatively short period of time, but that his wife, Mary, had been told by the doctors to expect his pattern of conduct to change dramatically because of brain damage, and incidentally it was after his death she told me this, that things about Guy Bannister's [sic] conduct for the first time made sense, including this very erratic conduct of his when he was in the police department when he would have moments that I would observe in which he did very irrational things and very hostile things." (Thanks to Jerry P. Shinley.)
36. Richard Billings, "Dick Billings's personal notes on consultations and interviews with Garrison," December 29, 1966.
37. Gus Russo, Live by the Sword (Baltimore: Bancroft, 1988), p. 140, citing his personal interview with Delphine Roberts, February 8, 1994. Banister secretary Mary Brengel confirms both Roberts's reaction and Banister's response, adding that "although I was not a follower of President Kennedy, I respected his office, and I think most conservatives did. We wouldn't get out and want him assassinated." (Russo, 541 p. fn. 26, citing his personal interview with Mary Brengel, June 6, 1993.)
38. Russo, p. 541 fn. 26, citing his personal interview with Mary Brengel, June 6, 1993.
39. Russo, p. 140, citing his personal interview with Delphine Roberts, February 8, 1994.
40. Russo, p. 140, citing his personal interview with Delphine Roberts, February 8, 1994.
41. Russo, p. 140, citing his personal interview with Delphine Roberts, February 8, 1994.
42. Russo, p. 140, citing his personal interview with Delphine Roberts, February 8, 1994.
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This came from the Lancer interview of Gerry Hemming...

The Gerry Patrick Hemming Panel

by John Kelin
Note: I tape recorded this panel on a small microcassette recorder. The audio quality was fair, but there are instances where I am unable to make out exactly what the speaker is saying. Rather than guess, I have inserted [unintelligible]; it is hoped this does not detract too much from the meaning of what is being said.

* * *
One of the panels at the Lancer conference which seemed to have the most promise was, in my opinion, a qualified bust. This was the Gerry Patrick Hemming panel, which as far as I could tell provided little more than a measure of comic relief during a weekend that was mostly given over to the unpleasant subject of JFK's assassination.

Hemming is a murky figure, a soldier-of-fortune type, allegedly involved in many CIA-backed activities during the late fifties, sixties and seventies. His exact tie to the Kennedy case is a little unclear. He says that as a Marine, he was assigned to radar operations in Japan shortly before Lee Oswald arrived. He reports intermittent contact with Oswald, and with other figures long suspected of involvement in the Kennedy hit. As John Newman wrote in Oswald and the CIA,

CIA files show that Hemming's background was remarkably similar to Oswald's. His security file, OS-429-229, appears to have been generated after Oswald's OS-351-164. It is possible that these two numbers reflect the November 1959 and October 1960 time frames, respectively, for Oswald's defection and Hemming's debriefing by the CIA in Los Angeles.
Newman was one of three panelists to question Hemming at the Lancer conference, before a roomful of conference attendees. The other panelists were Dr. Jerry Rose of The Fourth Decade, and author Charles Drago. The moderator was Gordon Winslow.
As the session began, we were told that no question was off-limits. Hemming's replies, however, were another matter. We were also warned that Hemming intended to speak frankly and freely; anyone who might be offended by a little colorful language should leave the room. No one did. As it turned out, the language was not too naughty.


Gerry Patrick Hemming, November 1996
With those preliminaries out of the way, Hemming said hello to the audience in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese. A big, barrel-chested man, Hemming spoke in a measured, almost sleepy voice, but one that is also a basso profundo that can surely shake the rafters, should its owner become enraged.

"I'm not big on public speaking," he said. "I'm big on calories ... Burger King..." This didn't get the big laugh he must have intended, for Hemming gazed about the room for several moments before adding, "Boy, what a bunch of serious faces here."

Serious faces, yes --- appropriate for the subject at hand. We were not, however, treated to many serious answers during the hour or so this panel lasted. In fact, many of his answers were couched in sarcasm, and somewhat condescending irony.

"Everything you've read --- by Weberman ... Marita Lorenz --- could be true. It's entertaining, too. I don't have a book. I don't speak ... I've spent thirty years trying to get things like this [the conference] to happen. I gave stuff to Weisberg ... Bill Turner, and others ... at a time when Turner wasn't even interested, and others weren't even interested in this Kennedy business."

Hemming said one of his favorite TV shows is Jeopardy, a game where contestants provide the questions after being given the answers. He used it to frame this comment: "Yesterday's Jeopardy should have had, 'Who should have been arrested in the immediate aftermath of the Kennedy assassinaton?' And the winning answer would have been, Gerry Patrick Hemming, Mitchell WerBell ... and a long list of other people. When that didn't happen, we knew there was a coverup."

This may have been one of the most substantive comments Hemming made this day. Perhaps somehone should have demanded, immediately, that he explain what he meant by that. But no one did.

"Let's start with an obvious question," Charles Drago said. "Do you have knowledge about this case that, were you to reveal it, would A) either put you in jail, or B) put you in a box?"

"Well, the legal stuff just costs you time, and money, and lawyers, and harrassment, and all that," Hemming replied. "They're declassifying fairly rapidly things that give you clues into these areas, that can cause you to [unintelligible] conclusions as to what was going on..." From here, Hemming's reply moved to a claim that he worked security for JFK during the President's trip to Miami only days before Dallas. But Drago's direct question remained unanswered.

After some more rambling from Hemming, Drago asked, "Let's jump ahead less than a week in time [after Miami] and talk about what most people here are interested in --- what happened in Dealey Plaza, and some directly related issues ... you've talked about the questions that HSCA didn't ask and should have asked ... so let me ask a couple right now, and follow up on them. Who was Lee Harvey Oswald?"

"He was a young Marine that in his career went through boot camp the same place as I did, sixteen months behind me," Hemming said. "Went to airman preparatory school [unintelligible] Jacksonville, sixteen months behind me. Instead of going to Olathe, Kansas for air control school, where I went, he went to Biloxi, Mississippi [unintelligible] to do GCI --- Ground Control Intercept radar."

"What's the significance of this air controller school, and what kind of privileges do air controllers have that might impact on Oswald's Intelligence connections?"

"First," Hemming replied, "[unintelligible] Atsugi, the highest security area on a Marine Corps Naval installation is the ground control intercept radar. Strange people wander around there in khakis with no insignia on them; they're called tech reps ... they're CIA people and they're nuclear weapons specialists. Because it's a high security area, that's where the nukes were stored in Atsugi and [unintelligible] ... that's where the U-2's flew out of. So all the U-2 people, they stayed in the GCI compound too. So you're sitting around --- they got problems getting chow passes; sometimes we'd have to forge chow passes so they could get a meal..."

"Okay, let me jump in, and maybe rephrase the question," Drago cut in. "Thirty three years ago, who did Oswald think he was?"

"Why was he sent to the Soviet Union?" Hemming asked, in an apparent non-sequiter. "Did he ever discover that? No. He was sent there to be the fall guy when they dumped the U-2. So they'd get the financing for the satellites. And the U-2 was coming back with nothing. All those pictures were embarrassing. There was no honor gap. They had contacts --- their big time contact was an MGB General, and a couple of colonels, one of them in Minsk. But as somebody said, How the hell did they get the U-2 profile? Well, let's see. There's this Marine Corps corporal, and we got this Captain in the Navy, and a couple of other suspected people that were hanging around with Japanese communists or something ... and that's where it ends! But he wouldn't have known that."

After several lengthy answers to questions that only peripherally dealt with the JFK assassination, John Newman said: "To keep on task here, we're not talking about 1963, we're talking about the summer of ---"

"This is '62!" Hemming said.

"We're talking about the Lake Pontchartrain training area," Newman continued. "And there, in that locale, you saw Oswald in a hangar. At an airport. Correct?"

"Not to --- the little hairs on the back of my neck stood up," Hemming replied.

"And what happened when you saw him?" Newman asked. "Did you speak to him? What was he doing?"

"I warned [a comrade], he's got a problem with his pilot."

"What was the airfield?"

"It was the old N.A.S. New Orleans, turned into a civilian airport."

"This is what you said earlier," Charles Drago cut in. "You felt Oswald was dogging you, or following you around. Do you mean that as a series of coincidences, or do you mean to tell us that there was some kind of connective tissue between the two of you?"

"One encounter is impolite. Two is rude. Three encounters gets your ass blown away."

"What would you perceive to be the purpose, or function of Oswald being on your tail?"

"They pegged him as a Soviet agent. Who knows what's in these peoples' heads, what they had him doing." Here, Hemming hammed it up in a voice suitable for Mad Magazine's Spy versus Spy: "I want you to penetrate these exile groups, kid, and I'll give you an extra Snickers bar!"

When the general laughter subsided, Drago observed, "I think the Warren Commission established that it was Three Musketeers..."

Ten or fifteen minutes later, after more non-linear questions and answers, Drago asked: "Addressing the concerns of a lot of the people in this audience, about what happened in Dealey Plaza ... when --- what [sic] were you recruited to take part in a plot to kill the president, specifically, in Dallas? When, and where, and by whom?"

"Prior to, probably, March or April, '62, it had always been, Fidel. The money's available," Hemming began. "The first time the conversation shifted, was gonna 'do the guy that has to be done' --- a euphemism for Kennedy --- was at that point in time. But, the conversation was killed, very quick. The first big one, with someone that was persistent, was with Banister, at [unintelligible] house. Frank Bartes was there, Howard Davis was there. And I stepped off to one side. Banister wanted to yak on this JFK business ---"

"When it switched from hitting Castro to hitting JFK, what precipitated the change? Was that timeframe coincident with any change of perceptions on anyone's part, or any event, political or otherwise?" Drago asked.

"Mr. Banister, like his boss, [William] Harvey, was a psychopath. So I took him to one side, over by the fireplace, and I was a little bit perterbed --- and I knocked off one of them Dresden porcelain dolls? Actually I was looking for a place to put his body, for coming up with the subject! I asked him, 'Are you goddam crazy?' Because Bartes ... was connected with Bill Pawley. And I figured this guy is some kind of agent-provocateur. First, we don't like gringos around the Cubans ---"

"Did you say Banister's boss was Harvey?"

"Yeah!" Hemming replied, matter-of-factly.

"The Harvey we know---"

"Yeah! They served together when, FBI had Western hemisphere, kept OSS out. They worked together. Former Bureau. One of the Bureau wanks that played both sides of the fence."

"How long did the relationship continue?" Drago asked. "Did it continue through '63? Between Harvey and Banister?"

"Started in World War Two."

"What kind of contact did Harvey have with Banister in the spring, summer and fall of '63?"

"I wasn't too bright back then," Hemming replied, "and I had Harvey ... pegged as a hood. [unintelligible] kept telling me he was FBI. [But I said] This guy is a thug! Watch your wallet! And I figure Banister, at the same time --- these are Mob guys that have come in with the Batista Cubans, and they've talked about doin' this, and there's money for this --- same thing with Giancanna and the Fontanbleu! They're all picking up the contract to do Fidel, right? No! Wrong! They're setting up so they can burn the team, and gain credits down in Havana!"

"Gerry," Dr. Jerry Rose cut in, "did you ever work for Jim Garrison? And if you did, what did you do?"

"Four weeks. Then I got checks from Truth or Consequences, Incorporated [sic]. But he screwed me out of the twenty-six volumes, so I don't like him anymore." The exact meaning of this is not clear to me.

"Okay. What did you investigate?" Rose asked.

"Everything he wasn't!"

"Well, what wasn't he investigating?" Rose pressed on, adding, "We're going to get you on this one."

"He was hired by Marcello to prove that people associated --- can you imagine --- okay, here's Garrison. Okay? He's District Attorney. And here's this David Ferrie, who's been sitting right alongside Marcello in the courthouse, on a hard wooden bench getting slivers in his ass? And somebody's pointing his finger, to hook up Ferrie? Garrison's gonna hook up Ferrie with the assassination? And automatically hook up Marcello? No! Not at all. The whole deal was to clear Marcello."

"I think in the time we have left," Charles Drago said a short time later, "I want to address the issue of credibility. I think a lot of the people here have mixed emotions, mixed thoughts, about what you're talking about. And I want to get back to something you said at the very begining of this thing --- that you've waited thirty years for this kind of inquiry to start. That allows me to draw the inference that you weren't pleased with what happened on November 22, 1963, and you've wanted someone to step forward and do something about it. Why did you wait for someone else? Why didn't you come forward as early as November 19, '63, to talk about what had almost happened in Miami, to try to put an end to this thing? And, post- 11-22-63, why did you keep your own counsel when you had this information?"

Without a moment of hestitation, Hemming replied, "Well, for about, oh, eight milliseconds I thought about, 'Where's the nearest cop? Maybe I should call J. Edgar Hoover, and tip him off that his boys may be involved in something.' But see, there was no traffic cop around. When the government people have been trying to recruit you to assassinate a president, you really don't go to them and turn yourself in, now, do you?"

"Had you considered, over the years, going to either the public via the press, or---"

"Which ones --- the damage control boys, like Posner?"

"All right --- you mention Posner --- you described him, accurately I think, as damage control boy. And you've also said that within the ostensible research community of Kennedy assassination scholars, that there are damage control boys for the Intelligence community---"

"I've rolled over more than one. They're no longer damage control."

"Want to give us some initials?"

"Well --- these people, uh..." Hemming began. Then he appeared to address the audience in general, his tone shifting to one of ironic sarcasm. "Don't you people realize you're undermining confidence in your government? That we face terrorists today, that could shut this country down with less than two hundred ragheads? And a couple of Molotov cocktails? And that we've got to allow this business to continue?"

By this point, the Gerry Patrick Hemming panel had nearly concluded. A few more questions were asked, and answers --- indirect or otherwise was not plain to grasp --- were provided. The "Angelo" described in the Silvia Odio incident once saved Hemming's life, he said, and later played touch football on Hickory Hill with Bobby Kennedy's kids (!). Silvia Odio was a double agent, working for Castro trying to get her parents out of jail. Oswald was indeed outside of her place in Dallas --- so was Angelo --- but, "I'm not rude enough to ask these people why, even today." He was not in the "Marita Lorenz Caravan." He has taken a human life on more than one occasion --- no details provided.

And on November 22, 1963, he was in Miami according to Hemming
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[quote name='Mark Valenti' date='Apr 16 2007, 03:39 PM' post='99905']
I've been working on a small timeline with data gathered from numerous places. It centers around the growing hatred the segregationists had for JFK and their very open threats.

4.16.61 - General Walker leaves his command in West Germany. “My career has been destroyed. I must find another means of serving my country in time of her great need. To do this I must be free from the power of the little men who, in the name of my country, punish loyal service to it.”

10.61 – Dallas Morning News publisher Ted Dealey speaks to JFK at a White House meeting of newspaper professionals and says, "The general opinion of the grassroots thinking in this country is that you and your administration are weak sisters. If we stand firm, there will be no war. The Russians will back down. We need a man on horseback to lead this nation, and many people in Texas and the Southwest think that you are riding Caroline's tricycle." Dealey received 1700 letters of support from his readers.

11.18.61 – JFK speaks at the Hollywood Palladium about the dangers of right wing extremists. "There have always been those fringes of our society who have sought to escape their own responsibility by finding a simple solution, an appealing slogan or a convenient scapegoat," "They look suspiciously at their neighbors and their leaders," he declared. "They call for a 'man on horseback' because they do not trust the people. They find treason in our finest churches, in our highest court, and even in the treatment of our water. They equate the Democratic Party with the welfare state, the welfare state with socialism, and socialism with communism. They object quite rightly to politics' intruding on the military -- but they are anxious for the military to engage in politics." ... Outside the hall, JFK was picketed by a group of 3000 protesters.

1.2.62 – Roy Wilkins (NAACP) praises JFK for his “personal role" in advancing civil rights.

1.4.62 – Gen. Walker addresses the New Orleans Indignation Committee via closed-circuit TV at Soule Business College, run by George Soule.

9.22.62 - 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. Numerous rallies are held across the U.S. TV and radio specials fill the airwaves.

9.26.62 – Gen. Walker speaks to a Mississippi radio audience: “This time I am out of uniform and I am on the right side and I will be there.” He calls on ten thousand citizens to march on Oxford.

9.27.62 – Gen. Walker is arrested by federal authorities on four counts including insurrection, and flown to the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners at Springfield, Missouri, for psychiatric observation.

10.2.62 - Walker is held for a week and is released on $50,000 bond after agreeing to submit to a psychiatric examination in Dallas. Upon his return to Dallas at Love Field, Walker is greeted by 250 supporters.

1.14.63 – Alabama Governor George Wallace is inaugurated. He says, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever!"

1.21.63 – A federal grand jury in Oxford, Mississippi adjourns without indicting Walker on any of the four counts against him.

2.28.63 - JFK sends a message to Congress saying that racial discrimination must end.

4.2.63 – The Citizens Congressional Committee files a petition with the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting an investigation of the treatment of "America's fearless patriot (General Walker) on the occasion of his incarceration at the instigation of the Department of Justice."

4.7.63 – George Soule chairs the 12th Annual National Congress of Freedom. Gen. Walker’s lawyer, Clyde Watts, is a speaker at this event. Joseph Milteer is also in attendance.

4.10.63 – Shots fired at Walker’s house.

4.12.63 - Birmingham, Alabama – Police Commissioner Bull Connor harasses civil rights marchers with police dogs, and arrests ML King.

4.16.63 – From the Dallas Morning News: "Decals of the black Nazi swastika on a flaming red background and the words 'We Are Back' were found plastered on windows of about a dozen downtown Dallas stores [of Jewish merchants] Monday morning." General Walker suggested to the Dallas police that there might be a connection between the swastika incident and the shot fired at him on April 10.

5.2.63 - Birmingham – Bull Connor arrests 500 black protesters and turns water hoses on others.

5.18.63 - JFK says civil rights protesters are “in the highest tradition of American freedom.”

5.20.63 - Montgomery, Alabama – 1000 whites greet civil rights protesters with beatings. RFK sends 600 deputy federal marshalls to help restore order.

5.21.63 - A federal district judge rules that the University of Alabama must admit two blacks to its summer session in June. Governor George Wallace says he will physically prevent them from registering.

6.12.63 - Georgia Senator Richard Russell says JFK’s policies are destructive of the American system and constitutional rights. “I shall oppose them with every means and resource at my command.” (In six months Russell will sit on the Warren Commission.)

6.13.63 - Alabama Governor George Wallace blocks the doorway at college to two black students. JFK federalizes part of the Alabama National Guard. Wallace moves, the students register.

6.14.63 - JFK speaks on TV to the nation: “…every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated…That night, Medgar Evers is shot and killed. RFK attends his funeral.

6.19.63 - JFK sends the Civil Rights Bill to Congress, asking for equal accommodations in housing and public facilities, hiring and schools.

6.22.63 - JFK meets with black leaders at the White House; he tells MLK Hoover has bugged his phone.

7.4.63 – Army Psychiatrist Dr. Charles E. Smith is cleared by the American Medical Association after being charged by Gen. Walker’s supporters with unethical conduct, that he made an improper diagnosis without a personal examination of Walker. The AMA had received 2500 letters from physicians alleging unethical conduct by Dr. Smith. The AMA Board ruled unanimously in his favor.

7.17.63 - JFK says there’s no evidence to show civil rights leaders are communists.

8.28.63 - A quarter of a million people listen to MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech.

9.12.63 - A VP of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. sends a telegram to the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, saying a wealthy and reclusive New York client named Wickliffe Preston Draper, was "setting aside an anonymous gift" valued at $100,000.on condition of anonymity. Mississippi Gov. Ross Barnett agrees to the terms.

9.15.63 - Birmingham, Ala., a bomb is thrown into the basement of the all-Black Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Three little girls are killed.

9.20.63 – The Interstate Commerce Commission, on RFK’s orders, issues regulations requiring desegretation on all facilities in termains used in interstate travel. Cities that don’t comply will be sued by the Department of Justice.

9.24.63 – JFK attends a function in Pennsylvania at the Pinchot estate. A background check of Forest Service laborers at the estate reveals that Gifford C. Emery is a member of the Neo-Nazi party of George Lincoln Rockwell; that he has two brothers names Bruce and James. The report states that during the past week the three have been working in the immediate vicinity of Grey Towers, where part of the JFK reception will be held. The work was suspended for the day and if they entered with the general public they were to be kept under close observation.

10.1.63 - On October 1, 1963, Hoover approves a combined COMINFIL-COINTELPRO plan against the civil rights movement.

10.1.63 - Larrie Schmidt, from Dallas, writes to Munich, Germany: "I have a lot of contacts, bankers, insurance men, realtors…My brother began working as an aide to General Walker…Paid full time…National Indignation Committee will merge in the Fall of 1963, as soon as Bernie and Norman are in Dallas."

10.23.63 – Gen. Walker speaks to thousands at "U.S. Day" at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium.

10.29.63 - Larrie Schmidt to Munich Germany: " Kennedy is scheduled in Dallas on November 24…All big things are happening now."

11.9.63 – Supremacist Joseph Milteer predicts JFK will be shot by a rifle from a building.

11.20.63 – General Walker is in New Orleans for several days, meeting with racist politican Leander Perez in his office in the National American Bank Building. He also meets with about 35 conservative leaders at the Jung Hotel.

11.21.63 – General Walker holds another meeting with 90 people in New Orleans.

11.23.63 - Gen. Walker calls Munich, Germany, speaking to the newspaper Deutsche National Zeitung un Soldaten-Zeitung. Walker says Oswald is the same person who shot through his window in April, 1963.
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Great piece of work, Mark. Just recently I discovered that Guy Banister attended Soule Business College right after Louisiana State
and remained a close friend of George Soule and that Banister reported to William Harvey when they both worked for the FBI during World War II apparently. And apparently the Soules were made members of Draper's American Coalition of Patriotic Societies started by Major John B. Trevor, Sr.
of Draper's Pioneer Fund as well. Gerry Hemming also said that Banister's boss claimed he was CIA but in fact he was retired FBI like Banister both of whom were considered out of control psychos looking to kill JFK. Dan Smoot and H. L. Hunt also had contacts with George Soule. Banister's contacts newly discovered with the Miss Sov Comm, Senator James Eastland, The World Anti-Communist League and the Jacobo Arbenz coup in Guatamala along with H. L. Hunt firmly cement Banister as one of the Top Ten major players in the entire JFK conundrum and the plot as well.
More later on George Soule who also knew Medford Evans, the Bircher and Boris Pash associate who was with The Citizens Councils in Jackson, MS.

At the meeting of December 18 Mrs. Mary Soule Googins, a member (and Mayflower descendant from
George Soule) read an interesting paper, " The Women of the Mayflower," which is in Register, Vol. XXVI, p. 25.
The " Bay Path " following the Indian trail to Connecticut was also considered.
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Guy Banister is now linked through Medford B. Evans and Facts Forum of H. L. Hunt and Dan Smoot into more of these Ghosts and Ghouls from Mississippi.

The Citizens Councils of Elmore Greaves, yet another Draper Eugenicist and the World Anti-Communist league tenure of Roger Pearson of The Pioneer Fund started by Draper, and Elmore Greaves of The Citizens Councils and Ray S. Cline from MKULTRA have the keys to solve the entire mystery behind the JFK hit.

And Wickliffe Draper and his Pioneer Fund was the glue that held all of these guys together and funded them where necessary.

The murder of JFK is yet another unsolved Civil Rights Murder launched from Mississippi under the aegis of James O. Eastland.

This is yet another great posting from the Jerry Shinley Archives...

The first item in this thread is the candidate profile Guy Banister provided to the Times-Picayune when he ran in a special election to fill a councilman-at-large position. Banister stated the following:

I take a positive stand in favor of segregation of the races. There are 15 active organizations in New Orleans promoting integration of the races. Ten of these organizations are Communist fronts or have submitted to Communist influence and direction.

As council-man-at large, I can be helpful in nullifying the machinations of these Communist agents and help in maintaining peace and harmony in the city. (NOTP; February 26, 1961; s 1, p 25).

Concurrent with the Democratic primary election was a referendum on a city charter change which would have allowed Mayor Morrison to run for a fifth term. Banister opposed the charter change, probably because of personal animosity he held toward Mayor Morrison.

Banister made a statement that he believed that a majority of the registered voters would have to approve the charter change, not just a majority of the votes cast. He made this statement in Baton Rouge, after conferring with Leander Perez, Sr. The NOTP reported that Banister was in Baton Rouge "attending a meeting of the House un-American activities committee." (March 16, 1961; s 1, p 10) This reference is almost certainly to the Louisiana Joint Legislative Committee, not the national body.

Banister's positions attracted the backing of the chairman of the Citizens' Council of Gentilly, Louis Pennington Davis, Jr. (NOTP; March 19, 1961; s 1, p 21) The Gentilly Council was a subunit of the larger Citizens' Council of Greater New Orleans (referred to as GNOCC). Davis had been involved since the inception of GNOCC in 1956 (NOTP; January 27, 1956; p 13) Leander Perez was a member of the board. Other members of the Gentilly section were Robert L. Hickerson and George L. Singelmann, usually identified as an assistant to Perez (NOTP; March 4, 1956; p 28). Perez himself spoke at an early meeting of the Gentilly Council in 1956. His topic was the "menace" of the Supreme Court. (NOTP; March 10, 1956; p 2)

Davis made his position on the NAACP clear: "a small group of Russian Jews with known Communist ties is procuring the vast amounts of money being 'poured into NAACP activities.'" (NOTP; August 5, 1956; p 2)

In 1961, Davis and Singelmann held forth on CORE:

No less than 13 members of its national advisory board belong to numerous organizations that have been cited for their Communist front activities.

The avowed purpose of this organization is to create incidents and excite people to violence. If their objective is successful, the South and the nation will be a seething mass of racial strife and violence. (NOTP; June 3, 1961; S 3, p 20)

During the Ole Miss crisis in 1962, Davis sent the following telegram to General Edwin Walker: "You called for ten thousand volunteers nationwide for Mississippi's fight against Federal tyranny. Will pledge ten thousand from Louisiana alone under your command." (NOTP; September 28, 1962; S 3, p 2)

Davis died September 15, 1971, at the age of 58. (NOTP; September 17, 1971; s 1, p 20)

Banister's next public connection with Perez came with his participation as a speaker in a Fourth of July Rally in 1961 at which Perez was presented a 'patriotism award.' The rally was organized by Delphine Roberts acting on behalf of something called the National Confederation for Conservative Government. Others participating included Festus Brown, of the American Legion's Un-American Activities Committee, and Emile A. Wagner, school board member. Banister and Perez were photographed along with State Supreme Court Justice Walter B. Hamlin and city Judge Oliver P. Schulingkamp. (NOTP; July 2, 1961; s 1, p 14; July 5, 1961; s 1, p 3; unfortunately the photo does not come at all)

In May of 1963, "200 persons from throughout" Louisiana met in Baton Rouge to establish the Louisiana Commitee for Free Electors. State Senator Harold Montgomery of Doyline was elected chairman. Two representatives from each Congressional District were chosen. Guy Banister was selected to represent the First District. (NOTP; May 12, 1963; s 1, p 11) Pages 322 to 327 of Glen Jeansonne's book, "Leander Perez" (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1977) describe the interest of Perez in the Free Elector Campaign. Note the mention of Perez's control of the First District on page 323. Banister probably couldn't have been chosen to represent that district without at least the tacit approval of Perez.

The previous year, Senator Montgomery had introduced a resolution condemning the activities of the FBI in Louisiana. "We are outraged by the prostitution of the once great [FBI], and its present misuse as a political police force, not dissimilar in method and result to the Gestapo or NKVD..." Robert Kennedy was especially singled out for responsibility. (NOTP; July 4, 1962; s 2, p 1)

Jerry Rose, in an article entitled "Nut Country II", (The Third Decade; May, 1990; Volume 6, Number 4; pp 1-5) transcribes a document from the National Archives concerning the activities of Major General Edwin A. Walker in New Orleans on Nov 20, 1963. The Document is a report from the Louisiana State Police. Walker met privately with Perez at his office in the National American Bank Building and also meet with about 35 conservative leaders at the Jung Hotel. On the 21st, Walker held another meeting with 90 people.

It is possible that Walker's meeting was ostensibly connected with the Free Elector movement, which developed into a George Wallace for president campaign. It is certainly conceivable that Banister was one of the "conservative leaders" present at this meeting.

Perhaps this would be the logical point to introduce a mutual cquaintance of Banister and Walker: Medford Bryan Evans. The first item concerning Evans is his entry from "Contemporary Authors" (Volumes 25-28 (revised); Gale Research Co.; 1971-78). Evans was born in 1907 in Lufkin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Chattanooga in 1927 and took a Ph. D. from Yale in 1933. He taught at various colleges. From 1944 to 1952, Evans worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge and Washington, D. C. His last position was as chief of security training. He worked for the H. L. Hunt-created Facts Forum Foundation in Dallas from 1954 to 1955. He lived in Natchitoches, Louisiana from 1955 to 1962, teaching at Northwestern State College from 1955 to 1959, and working as a "consultant" from 1959 to 1962. In 1962, he went to work as managing editor of "The Citizen", official publication of the Citizens' Councils of America in Jackson, Mississippi. Evans was also a member of the John Birch Society and a contributor to its publication, "American Opinion". (see also: McMillen, Neil R. "The Citizens' Council". Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1971) My understanding is that Evans died in the late Eighties. M. (Medford) Stanton Evans, a member of William F. Buckley's circle, is Evans' son.

In 1962, Evans appeared alongside General Walker at the Senate "Military Muzzling" Hearings organized by Strom Thurmond. (Military Cold War Education and Speech Review Policies; Hearings before the Special Preparedness Subcommittee of the Committee on Armed Services, U. S. Senate, 87th Congress, 2nd Session, p 1389)

A review, by Evans, of three books related to the JFK assassination appeared in "American Opinion" for September, 1977. (pp 67-70). In the course of the review, Evans described Banister as "a friend of mine as it happens." (p69, 1st column, 1st paragraph)

An indication that Evans and Banister moved in the same circles in Louisiana is that in 1960 Evans was named as secretary of the Louisiana States Rights Party. Kent Courtney was the party's candidate for governor. David C. Treen, a New Orleans attorney was named chairman, replacing another N. O. lawyer, Felix Lapeyre. (NOTP; January 6, 1960; s1, p11) Kent Courtney was named by the HSCA as a Banister acquaintance. (HSCA; Vol X, 130)

General Walker should be asked about the purpose of his trip to N. O. just before the assassination. Was Banister present at the meetings? Did Walker have direct or indirect contact with Banister before this? Did he ever discuss Banister with Medford Evans? Was Banister interested in the Walker shooting? Did Walker discuss Banister with Evans after the assassination?

Since David C. Treen's name came up, here's a bit more. In 1960, Leander Perez seized the machinery of the Louisiana States' Rights Party in order to field a slate of Presidential electors in opposition to the Democratic Kennedy-Johnson ticket. David C. Treen, Willie Rainach, Emile A. Wagner and Perez himself were on the slate. (NOTP; September 19, 1960; s1, p3) The next year, Treen attacked the National States' Rights Party, after a "secret" meeting of a purported local branch. He insisted that the Louisiana Party was in no way connected to the national group, which was "a disgrace to the term 'states rights.'" (NOTP; June 3, 1961; s2, p3). A year later, after Treen left, the Louisiana States Rights Party would file suit in Federal Court against the NSRP. The suit sought to enjoin the NSRP from using the words "States' Rights Party" in Louisiana. The complaint was made that the NSRP has falsely claimed an affiliation with the Louisiana group. The NSRP newspaper, "The Thunderbolt", was referred to as "a reprehensible, abhorrent and despicable publication." (NOTP; September 12, 1962; s2, p4) Treen would switch to the Republican party and become a congressman, then governor of Louisiana. In 1966, he was a director of INCA. (NOTP; December 13, 1966; s4, p7) I believe Treen is still alive. He spoke out in opposition to David Duke in the last election. I'm not sure if he would be too thrilled to talk about the good old days with the segregationists.

Another Walker-New Orleans link is through George Soule, president of Soule Business College. In 1962, George Soule was "community chairman" of the New Orleans Indignation Committee. (NOTP; February 8, 1962; s2, p4) In January, Walker had addressed this group, via closed-circuit TV, at a meeting held at Soule College. (NOTP; January 4, 1962; s1, p14)

In 1963, Soule was chairman of the 12th Annual National Congress of Freedom. (Who's Who in the South and Southwest 1963 - 1964) General Walker's lawyer, Clyde Watts, was a speaker at this event. (NOTP; April 7, 1963). J. A. Milteer was also in attendance. (Weisberg; Frame-Up; p481)

It seems inevitable that two legendary Louisiana political figures, Leander Perez and Jim Garrison, should have crossed paths at some point. During a debate with incumbent N.O. DA Richard Dowling, long a foe of Perez, Garrison was accused of accepting money from Leander Perez, who Dowling described as "the boss and czar of Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes." Garrison admitted to accepting a "moderate" sum from the junior Perez, also named Leander. The donation came from the Perez family. Garrison insisted that there were no strings attached to the donation. (NOTP; February 20, 1962; s3, p2) To be fair to Garrison, Perez would have supported almost anyone opposing Dowling. On the other hand, Perez did not build his reputation as a political boss by handing out money with "no strings attached."

As the campaign heated up, an incident occurred involving the distribution of a "pornographic campaign circular" which included "a vicious and scurrilous attack involving racial and religious bigotry." The targets were Richard Dowling and State Senator Adrian Duplantier, then a candidate for Mayor opposing the incumbent, Victor Schiro. (NOTP; February 25, 1962; s1, p2) James L. Arthus, 69, was arrested and charged with violation of obscenity and political campaign laws. According to an affidavit from Glenn P. Clasen, Duplantier's campaign manager, "James L. Arthus stated that one George Singelmann, assistant to Judge Leander H. Perez, was in charge of distributing 100,000 copies of the aforesaid obscene and libellous document." An assistant DA requested that Singelmann meet him at the office of the Superintendent of Police, Joseph I. Giarusso. On the advice of his attorney, Singelmann declined. He denied involvement in the distribution of any obscene leaflets, but admitted distributing leaflets documenting an alleged "Negro bloc vote." (NOTP; February 26, 1962; s1, p1)

The next day, Dowling's office issued a subpena for Singelmann's appearance at the DA's office. The Balter Building office of the Citizens' Council of Greater New Orleans was searched for copies of the obscene leaflets. NOPD Captains Presly J. Trosclair and Joseph H. Murray conducted the search. Only the bloc vote leaflet was found. (NOTP; February 27, 1962; s1, p5)

Singelmann continued to refuse to appear for questioning and filed a $50,000 libel against Clasen and Arthus. Singelmann tried to suggest that Arthus was actually a Duplantier supporter. (NOTP; February 28, 1962; s1,p9; March 1, 1962; s1, p4). The story was quickly dropped after Schiro and Garrison won their respective elections.

HSCA Volume X (pp 124-5) identifies a "James Arthus" as the janitor and a resident of the Newman Building at 544 Camp Street. Is this the same Arthus who was arrested? On December 13, 1966, Louis Ivon recorded an interview of Jack Martin conducted by Pershing Gervais. On page 4, reference is made to an individual whose name is rendered by the transcriber variously as "Kenny Arthis", "Jimmy Hodges", and finally, "Jimmy Arthis". Martin identified him as "the old man who put out the monkey picture against Dowling, located at 520 [sic] Camp Street around Lafayette Square. He does nothing. He's retired. He just copies the Nazi newspapers and fights segregation.[sic]" To this Gervais replied, "He sound like a nut!" Martin went on to allege that "Lee Harvey Oswald had offices right door [sic] to" Arthus, and that Arthus had "all of Oswald's parapanelia [sic] up there."

James L. Arthus died October 19, 1967. This is well after the beginning of the Garrison probe. The obituary states that Arthus was a member of the Citizens' Council of Greater New Orleans. Arthus had worked for WJMR radio. (NOTP; October 19, 1967; s1, p3)

After the runoff, GNOCC held a meeting. State Represenative Wellborn Jack commented on the upcoming visit of President Kennedy in May: "If I lived in New Orleans, I would be down there with big placards and picket the place where Kennedy speaks." Leander Perez attacked the desegregation of the parochial schools. George Singelmann announced his plans for a program called "Freedom Bus No. 1 North." Singelmann: "All we need is $968.40 for a special bus to take Negroes who say they are oppresed in the South to Chicago. We want to help them go where they won't be oppressed...We are serious about this. This is no joke." During the summer, this program was actually put into effect. It even spread to other cities. "Introduced from the stage by C. E. Vetter, council vice-chairman, [was] Jim Garrison..." (NOTP; March 31, 1962; S3, p31) It is difficult to see Garrison's appearance at this meeting as anything other than a repayment of a political debt. As far as I know, Garrison never spoke out against the Freedom Bus North insanity, never mentioned in his long probe that even the janitor in his Camp Street menagerie was affiliated with the White Citizens' Council.

In August of 1962, with Garrison's Bourbon Street "Cleanup" in full swing, the Giant got some support from a familiar source: L. P. Davis. Davis took Schiro to task for not supplying the needed police manpower in support of "Jim Garrison in his good work in cleaning up crime in the city of New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter." Of course, Davis complained, there was always enough police to enforce school integration. (NOTP; August 30, 1962; s1, p2) After Garrison was convicted of criminal defamation in his struggle with the criminal judges in N. O., Davis was even more gracious in his praise: "The people of New Orleans wisely chose a man with no alliance as district attorney, who can act freely in the interest of the people and not be suppressed by commitments to a political organization." Davis, wearing his hat as chairman of the Conservative Committee for Constitutional Government, said that the committee was trying to raise $1000 to pay Garrison's fine. (NOTP; March 1, 1963; s3, p20)

Barbara Reid, who participated in Garrison's probe, prepared a report on conversations she had with George Higgenbotham on April 12, 16, and 17, 1968. Higgenbotham worked as an investigator for Guy Banister in 1960 and 1961. He was in "social contact" with Banister in 1962 and 1963. He identfied as associates of Banister the following: "Martin MacAulife [sic]", Kent Courtney, and "Lou Davis".

Higgenbotham also mentioned, as a potential lead to the "camp across the lake", a "RAY LEEHEART", described as "a bus driver out of the Magazine Street depot...very active in the Nazi party. Used to place Party slogans and posters on the wall of the depot. In May of 1961, Nazis from Arlington, Virginia, lead by George Lincoln Rockwell, arrived in New Orleans to picket the movie, "Exodus". Rockwell and nine followers were arrested for disturbing the peace. Also arrested were two local men, Ray L. Leahart, 26, and Joseph R. Oregeron, 32. (NOTP; May 25, 1961; s1, p10) When Rockwell returned to the city a year later, he indicated that he knew he would be welcome in St. Bernard Parish. (NOTP; June 4, 1962; s3, p4)

Another person offering information to the Garrison investigation was "Mr. L. P. Davis, Jr." himself. On March 23, 1967 he called the DA's office with a story of David Ferrie flying Clay Shaw on a fishing expedition. (Charles Ward Memorandum of March 27, 1967). Let's see. A friend of Banister's offers information linking Shaw to Ferrie. Nothing suspicious there.

In the fall of 1962, two GNOCC-backed school board candidates, Rayon A. Stevens and James L. Earhart, made an issue out of an allegation that Clifford Huete, a junior high school teacher, had required his students to purchase a history text written by Max Lerner, who had been "cited several times before [HUAC]." Stevens called for an investigation by the N. O. DA's office, under authority of state anti-subversion laws. First assistant DA Frank Klein said that he had been visited by George Singelmann, who informed him of Stevens' request. A hearing was held the day before the school board election. After a closed, two hour sesssion, Klein announced that the DA's office had no jurisdiction in the case because of Federal primacy in the area of subversion. Klein made the following statement:

Since this matter has been made a political issue, I feel that I must state that the facts indicate no knowledge by the Orleans parish school board of this situation.

Klein indicated that he was providing the hearing information to the State Attorney General for possible action. Klein found Lerner's book to be of a "questionable nature." One witness summoned to the hearing was Mary H. Brengel, a mother of a former student at the school where Huete taught. (NOTP; November 6, 1962; s1, p2)

A Mary Helen Brengel worked as a secretary for Guy Banister from October 15 to December 10, 1963. (Navarre and Simms Memorandum of June 1, 1967) There is nothing in the cited memo to indicate that Garrison's investigators asked Brengel how and why she came to work for Banister. Her involvement in the Huete hearing suggests that she may have been in sympathy with GNOCC. Brengel said she thought Regis Kennedy was one of a group of "ex-FBI men" involved in a bid for the job of guarding the Mississipi Test Site, a NASA facility. However, Kennedy was still working for the FBI in 1963. Another interesting point is her account of the day of the assassination:

... [Brengel] and DELPHINE ROBERTS were in MR. BANNISTER's office. Mr. BANNISTER did not come in at all that day. DELPHINE received a call to inform her that the President was assassinated and to turn on the T. V. When DELPHINE ROBERTS turned on the T. V., she jumped with joy and said "I am glad."

Brengel said that Kent Courtney had purchased "most" of Banister's files.

Out of fairness to Garrison, here's an account of criticism of Garrison by the South Louisiana Citizens' Council, a group which had splintered off from GNOCC earlier. This involves James Baldwin's book and obscentity charges refused by Garrison (NOTP; June 20, 1963; s1, p30)

Lawrence Hennessey, Jr.

When George Singelmann filed his $50,000 libel suit against Glenn Clasen and James Arthus, his lawyer in this action was identified as Lawrence Hennessey, Jr. (NOTP; February 28, 1962; s1, p9) Interestingly, Hennessey had earlier defended Guy Banister in a criminal defamation case filed in 1958. At the time, Banister was the publisher of a weekly paper, The West Bank Herald, based in Gretna. The charge was filed by oilman Louis J. Roussel, who claimed he was defamed by a garbled account of an SEC action against a firm selling stock in Roussel's Universal Drilling Company. Roussel's partner was Louisiana State Supreme Court Supreme Justice, John B. Fournet. (NOTP; December 17, 1958; p36)

Banister, represented by Hennessey, applied to the federal courts for relief. The case was made that Banister's rights were threatened because local prejudice made the outcome of a trial in Gretna a foregone conclusion. The charge was made that Jefferson Parish Judge John C. Boutall was "a member of the political faction which ... received heavy financial contributions from Louis J. Rousell." Herald publisher Banister had published articles "exposing various political figures allied" with this faction. (NOTP; March 5, 1959; p4; March 21;, 1959; p16) The state was represented by special attorneys Clem Sehrt and Edward Boyle, who actually represented Roussel. Judge Skelly Wright ruled against Banister and remanded the case to the local courts. (NOTP; May 14, 1959; s1, p28)

The case came to trial in March of 1960 in the court of Judge L. Julian Samuel. Hennessey was still Banister's lawyer. Despite earlier predictions, Banister was acquitted because he had been out of town when the article, which the court indeed found libelous, was published. (NOTP; February 25, 1960; s4, p9; March 29, 1960; s1, p17)

N. W. Ayer and Sons' Directory of Newspapers and Periodicals lists a R. M. Stewart as publisher and editor of the West Bank Herald, 535 Lafayette Street, Gretna for the years 1957 through 1959. In 1960, Dr. Frederick D. Beck is the publisher and T. A. Fox, Jr. is the editor. In 1961, there is no listing.

The "Martin and Lewis Report", p 13 mentions a "'Doctor' Frederick Doughty-Beck (a chiropractor) residing at 932 Jackson Avenue, who knew Banister, [George Lincoln] Rockell, ... and Kent Courtney..."

Hennessey participated in the defense of another publisher, William L. Donnels of "The Federationist", charged with criminal libel. The complainant in this case was New Orleans Mayor Chep Morrison. Donnels charged that Morrison "associated with Communists and fellow travelers", in part, because Morrison's secretary, Rosalie Brener Grad, had been a member of the Southern Conference on Human Welfare. (The successor to this group was the Southern Conference Educational Fund.) Other members of the defense team were Rudolph Becker, Guy Johnson and William Morgan. "James C. Garrison" was a special counsel for the prosecution. (At this stage Garrison was part of the Morrison political machine.) (NOTP; January 8, 1960; s1, p22)

Banister, Singelmann, Donnels. It is not always fair to judge a lawyer by his clients. However, in this case, Hennessey made his own statement as president of the subtly named White Educational Association. In an announcement for an August 1960 meeting, it was promised that Hennessey would "discuss possible action to be taken to keep the New Orleans Public Schools open and segregated." (NOTP; August 10, 1960; s1, p9) A few days later, the White Educational Association sponsored a meeting which featured GNOCC chairman, Emmett Lee Irwin, as a speaker. (NOTP; August 25, 1960; s1, p26)
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Delphine Roberts said in a statement in January, 1967, that she became Banister's confidential secretary in March, 1962. About a month later, Delphine was the subject of newspaper reports and in at least one newswire photo,
protesting school desegregation, accompanied by either Marion Huff or by Marion's husband, Fred Joseph Huff.: https://deeppoliticsforum.com/forums/sho...post101916
In the same 1967 statement, Delphine claimed she sent Marion Huff to attempt to buy Banister's office files from his estranged widow Mary Banister who told Delphine she was in the process of burning the files.

A man named Fred C. Huff, residing at a different NOLA street address than the 1962 protestor, Fred J. Huff, rented rooms to Marguerite Oswald in 1940 and was likely dead in 1961.
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fun fact: to the extent any real life "X Files" ever existed - the FBI "Special Matter X" files - Guy Banister was the man who handled them during his "exile" within the FBI.
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