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Berkeley Molecular Biology Laboratory and the JFK Assassination

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In his book “Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, author Donald H. Carpenter discussed the Jim Garrison witness Thomas Breitner:


  1. Breitner Is a little-known witness produced by the Jim Garrison investigation. He was an employee in the U of Cal-Berkeley Molecular Biology Lab, (hereinafter BMBL). Breitner told Garrison that on the day of the JFK assassination, Clay Shaw was in the above lab and was conspiring with “anti-Semites” there who dominated the BMBL according to Breitner.
  2. That one of the employees of the BMBL flew round-trip by public airlines to Dallas during the day on 11-22-63, presumably to assist in the assassination in some way, or to represent Shaw (on an errand for Shaw, maybe with money).
  3. According to Brietner, Clay Shaw identified himself as “Clay Bertrand” in the BMBL.
  4. Gunther Stent was an early professor at Berkeley involved in the BMBL, sometimes called the “Stanley Lab” after its actual founder, Nobel Laureate Wendell Stanley.
  5. Stent had worked for the US Government in a secret synthetic fuel project during WWII while at the University of Illinois at Champaign where he was working toward his PhD.
  6. Stent hired on with the US government in 1946 in “Operation FIAT” in which Stent went to Germany to photograph secret German scientific documents.
  7. Stent photographed documents in 1946 primarily at the I G Farben facilities at Hoechst, Germany and at Leverkusen, Germany.
  8. In the book From Hitler’s Doorstep: The Wartime Intelligence Reports of Allen Dulles, 1942-1945, editor Neal Petersen includes a memorandum claiming that the Nazis were doing biological weapons research at Leverkusen and Hoechst, Germany and possibly two other location, including in Berlin.
  9. Professor Gunther Stent, although technically Jewish, had been a member of pro-Hitler German youth groups up until 1938. Stent had fled Germany after Kristallnacht in 1938 and moved to Chicago, IL.
  10. Professor Gunther Stent did his post-doctoral work at Caltech with Professor Max Delbruck who had also fled Nazi Germany. Although Delbruck’s brother was executed for being part of the anti-Nazi resistance, Delbruck himself was not politically active either before or after the War on the Nazi issue.
  11. Garrison witness Thomas Breitner names a person named Gerhard Burde as being one of the suspect lab workers. Burde was in a 1940’s picture in Germany of a group of Hitler Youth.
  12. In January, 1965, a Berkeley “biochemist”, professor David Hackett was murdered for no known reason while driving from work. The murder weapon was a German-manufactured pistol of World War II vintage. A student from Luxembourg had recently purchased this model of pistol around Berkeley, but he could not be legally connected to the crime.
  13. Some persons associated with the BMBL were heavily involved in the “AIDS denial” movement, either for or against. That issue was against the backdrop whereby AIDS was alleged to be a biological weapon which accidentally escaped from a government biological weapons laboratory. This fact shows concern on the part of lab personnel surrounding this issue.
  14. Operation Paperclip was the US program to recruit Nazi scientists after WWII. The books written about Operation Paperclip include one each by authors Annie Jacobsen and Tom Bower. These books focus on “rocket scientists” but do not focus very greatly on the chemical and biological scientists who we know were also recruited from post-war Germany by the US.
  15. Probably the most respected of JFK assassination and “conspiracy theory” authors is Peter Dale Scott. Scott is a professor emeritus on the Berkeley faculty. Was Scott originally inspired by something he overheard in the faculty lounge at Berkeley? One can only puzzle over that possibility.
  16. Authors Ed Haslem and Judyth Vary Baker have reported lurid accounts of a project sponsored by the US government in New Orleans in 1963 to produce a weaponized form of cancer. According to author Baker, Clay Shaw was the paymaster for that project.
  17. Although there is no known linkage of I G Farben to biological weapons (other than the above memo written by Allen Dulles during WWII), according to Mr. Thomas Purvis, a JFK researcher, some files relating to Clay Shaw were found in the U S Archives in the boxes of materials in the I G Farben lawsuit. The US government was the other party to that lawsuit and it traced back to Trading With The Enemy Act violations in the WWII era and involved (in its inception) persons heavily involved with Hitler and the WWII Nazis.
  18. Operation Mongoose was a project intended to enable the murder of Fidel Castro and it involved chemical and biological weapons. RFK and JFK might (or might not) have been actively participating in that program which also involved the CIA and the Mafia.
  19. Quite a lot of Berkeley biological research has been funded by the Robert Welch Foundation. Of course, Welch was the founder of the John Birch Society and was notoriously involved in right-wing extremism. What could have been hidden behind the veil of this foundation?


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