What did Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty mean?
Would you agree that Col. Prouty most likely knew a heck of a lot more than he would or could tell?
In his exposing of the inner workings behind the case Pete and I feel that he has left out information on purpose – perhaps for security reasons, perhaps for the pure survival of his family?
Anyway, we would like you to read the passage on page 345 in his book “JFK The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F Kennedy” and tell us what you think:
“An elderly member, who used to visit the Dulles family in their summer home on Henderson Bay, leaned over toward the center of that small group and almost in a whisper said that his boys had just completed a study of how many helicopters were going to be needed for a ten-year war in Vietnam. The total was in the thousands, and the cost ran into the billions of dollars. ‘That goddamn Kennedy bastard has been working all summer with some of Old Joe’s Irish Mafia and his favorite generals and they are planning every which way to get us out of Vietnam. This can’t happen. He’s got to go. Right now he’s a sure thing for reelection and then there is Bobby and after him Teddy. I tell you that Kennedy has got to go.’
On the perimeter of that intense group sat a younger man quietly attentive to every word and watching every move. Just then, as the speaker finished his words, he saw a wink in the eye of a senior member. He rose quietly and walked to a position behind his chair. That member turned and whispered a few words. They were all that he needed to hear, “In the fall, somewhere in the south. Find a way to get as many key people out of the city as possible. It’s all up to you.’
There was the decision. It had been the result of a consensus of not that one meeting, but many. This meeting was the climax. This man was a skilled professional. He know the codes, how to use them and who to call. He knew exactly how to set the train of events into operation. He knew then that his biggest job would be to put a small cadre of the best men in the world at work right away on the cover story and on the deception plan.”
One thing is clear; if Prouty didn’t think that Allen Dulles had anything to do with the murder of the President, then we hardly think Prouty would have mentioned him – or Dulles summer home for that matter. No, the Colonel is telling us straight up - it’s the crowd surrounding Dulles that ordered Kennedy dead, and Dulles was one of them. And another thought arrives: Was Prouty present when this meeting took place? If he wasn’t, he sure had been to similar meetings at Dulles summer home (if that was were it happened?) or he had heard about the meeting through colleagues at the Pentagon. One thing is certain, Prouty was in the loop and he understood the workings of the men above him.
But why was Prouty phrasing the man who got the “job” the way he does? Why didn’t he just say “a man” - instead of a “younger man”?
He must have had a reason to phrase it like that. We suspect that there were not many younger men with access to the power elite. And somehow Prouty must have felt that this description was enough. As we feel, Fletcher is trying to tell us something, leave a clue.
So, what men within the Agency could fit this rather scarce profile?
Of course we do not claim to know who Prouty had in mind, but we don’t believe this was a description of:
Ed Lansdale, 55, was not young in 1963.
Nor was it Tracy Barnes, 52, because he wasn’t all that young, and there is little evidence he was “in” with the power elite.
Prouty would certainly not under any circumstances call Dick Helms, 50, (the Chief of Directorate for Plans) “a younger man”.
Nor would Bill Harvey, 48, be called young or for that matter a visitor to Dulles summer home.
James Angleton, 46, was the spymaster and had the wrong profile, also he was never-ever considered young.
David Atlee Phillips, 41, was into propaganda and deception, hardly a person that planned murders.
David Sanches Morales, 37, was a Black Op field operator, not a planning-guy.
So who did Prouty had in mind?
We could be wrong of course - as Charles most certainly will tell you - but the only name that naturally comes to our mind is George Bush, 39. We believe that Averell Harriman and Prescott Bush were present at that meeting in Dulles summer home.
And if Poppy Bush was the man that Prouty thought of, then in the presence of his father Prescott and his friends Dulles and Harriman, Poppy would perhaps be called “a younger man”. Further more, we could think of no other young man with access to a group that had the ability to order the killing of a president.