The caution in this cautionary tale is not to rush to judgment of Simpich's work. I too give zero credence to the placement of the individuals cited above within the Sponsor level of the conspiracy. Regardless of how thorough and otherwise insightful Simpich might have been elsewhere in his research (and like Stan, I have not yet read State Secret in its entirety), to accept so clearly sophistic a conclusion based solely on the author's reputation is to fall victim to an argument from authority:
A says P about subject matter S.
A should be trusted about subject matter S.
Therefore, P is correct.
In this, my preliminary judgment, State Secret is just as likely an extraordinarily sophisticated piece of disinformation as it is a brilliant dissection of key elements of the conspiracy. In the face of the disconnect between the seemingly high quality of Simpich's research and the ludicrous Sponsorship conclusion he draws from it, I find myself reminded of the following story:
A brilliant scientist taught a flea to fly. "Fly, flea," ordered the scientist, and the flea flew. "Fly, flea," and the flea flew. Every time. Then the scientist removed the wings from the flea. "Fly, flea," ordered the scientist. But the flea did not fly.
And so the brilliant scientist announced to his peers, "When one removes the wings from a flea, the flea becomes deaf."
I have problems with this. from Bill Simpich's first chapter.:
....Rand president James H. Rand, III. Jim Rand was almost certainly not a CIA officer because he had a "201 number" – this number is the name of a biographical file that is used for persons of interest to the CIA. However, Rand was a well-respected CIA source, as seen in this analysis report cover sheet .....
National Archives Identifier: 2183903
HMS Entry Number: A1 224
Creator(s): Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services. (06/13/1942 - 10/01/1945)
I thank Bill Simpich for drawing renewed attention to Robert E. Webster and his Rand Development employer. This information from Charles influenced me to sign up and post here today.:
But seriously, Jack. Where was "our" Robert Webster?
And are you aware that he claimed -- to at least one care-giver -- to have married Marina?
Bill Simpich described Marina's statement passed along to the FBI by Katherine Ford.: (As have authors Evica and DiEugnenio and probably others.)
Report of the congressional committees investigating the Iran- Contra Affair :....
Washington, D. C. Wednesday, July 22, 1987 Deposition of ROY FURMARK, called for examination at the offices of the Senate Select Committee, Suite 901, the Hart Senate Office Building, at 10:00 a.m.
AFTERNOON SESSION (1:00 p.m.) Whereupon, ROY FURMARK resiimed the stand and, having been previously duly sworn, was examined and testified further as follows: EXAMINATION (Continued) BY MR. KERR:
4 Q Let's shift gears a little bit. In terms of 5 Mr. Shaheen's relationship with William Casey, there was a 6 relationship? A Yes. 8 Q Can you describe what that relationship was? 9 A They were extremely close personal friends.- They 10 were both very much involved in Republican politics. They 11 were very much involved in the William J. Donovan Foundation 12 or the OSS, the Office of Strategic Services, which is an 13 all members who were in that service, and they would meet and I 14 have dinners and present awards out. They presented awards 15 to Thatcher, Willy Mountbatton, the three astronauts that 16 landed on the moon. They presented awards to President 17 Reagan, and so that was a focal point for them to get 18 together, I think, and in addition, they were involved with, 19 you know, doing legal work. He was in his own firm and then 20 he became a counsel to Rogers & Wells, and Jack Wells and 21 John, I think, were great pals as well as Casey, you know, 22 was involved in it, in New York City. Q Was Casey counsel to Shaheen during the time you were employed by Shaheen? A He did special things like when the company got into financial trouble, Newfoundland Refining Company, Casey and Shaheen and I went to Kuwait for about a week or 10 days trying to interest KNPC, Kuwait National Petroleum Company, owned by the government, to become a partner in Newfoundland Refinery, to invest funds to revamp the refinery so that we could use 100 percent Kuwaiti crude. .... He was an advisor when Shaheen had problems, and you know, but that was my longest involvement with Casey on that trip. Q Place that time for me, will you please? A 1975 or 1976, let's say. Q So this would be just before the time that you left? A Yes. Q Coming back, Shaheen had been in OSS at the same time Casey was in OSS and that's how they got to know one another? 2 A Yes . 3 Q Casey thereafter acted as legal counsel for 4 special projects for Shaheen; is that correct? 5 A Basically, yes. 6 Q Did Casey and Shaheen have business relationships 7 together to your knowledge? 8 A To my knowledge, I have never heard of any 9 business relationship. 10 Q So you don't know of any partnerships, joint 11 ventures, joint projects? 12 A No . I don't believe so. Shaheen just never did 13 things like that. 14 Q Shaheen, I believe, from a conversation you and I 15 had sometime ago, you characterized him as being a man who 16 didn't work well with partners?
17 A He wanted to do everything himself, you know, and 18 like, we got shares in the Newfoundland Refining Company, but 19 we had to sign an agreement that he could buy it back at any 20 time, so he wanted to be the -- he didn't want any, like you 21 say, he didn't want somebody to die and have the wife get a 22 lawyer and start poking around in his company. He didn't 1 mind the employees making lots of money, you know, as long as 2 he could control it. 3 Q With regard to the relationship between Shaheen 4 and Casey after you left, you were aware that they continued 5 to maintain a friendship? 6 A Oh, yes. 7 Q You were aware of that because of, among other 8 things, you saw them at the OSS dinners each year; correct? 9 A Sure. 10 Q The reason you were going to the dinners was not 11 because you were a member of the OSS -- 12 A No, I was invited to fill out the table, and it 13 was an a honor, really. I met lots of people because if it 14 was in New York, Shaheen would have a party back at his 15 apartment. I met the astronauts, lots of important people at 16 the apartment, so it was — 17 Q You were aware, though, that the relationship 18 between Casey and Shaheen continued, that they continued to 19 be friends? 20 A Yes. 21 Q Let's move on now to your relationship with 22 Casey. You got to know Casey best, I guess, on the trip to Kuwait; is that correct? A Well, I knew him all these years through Shaheen, you know, and you got to know more and more, and of course I J was- Shaheen 's heir apparent, okay, and so I would see Casey a lot and lots of times I wouldn't see him, you know. Q Let me move you into the period 1984, 1985. To ^ what extent were you in contact with Casey in '84-85? .....
(Roy Furmark's 1987 testimony excerpted above reminds me of the WC testimony of Nancy Perrin Rich, but she was
less vague. Furmark stated that Shaheen spent $16 million on his failed NYC newspaper start up,The New York Press.
IN 1972 Shaheen was quoted in the NY Times saying the purpose of the newspaper was to support president Nixon.)
The President's private eye: the journey of Detective Tony ... - Page 184
Tony Ulasewicz, Stuart A. McKeever - 1990 - Snippet view
if my existence as Nixon's private eye wasn't going to receive any support from the White House if my identity was disclosed.
But as Caulfield explained, Chotiner had files on people which
I had to take a look at so I'd know the type of information the President was looking for when I got the call to go to work.
When I met with Chotiner, the first thing he did was to hand me a file he had been keeping on the Rand Development Corporation and its officers. He made it clear that he kept exhaustive records on everyone who played the political power game. He told me that if, instead of Nixon, I had gone to work for the Democrats, I'd probably be meeting with Larry O'Brien instead of him. "We'll get around to O'Brien," Chotiner said, "don't worry about that." Chotiner said that O'Brien, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 1968, still had some dues to pay from the 1960 election that Nixon had lost to Jack Kennedy......
"...while H James Rand of Cleveland, Ohio was best man."
Other considerations, of many..:
Harold Mark McClelland (November 4, 1893 – November 19, 1965) was a United States Air Force (USAF) major general who is considered the father of Air Force communications. ....
On August 30, 1949, McClelland was appointed director of communications-electronics in the United States Department of Defense for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with station at Washington, D.C.
In 1951, a sharp increase in diplomatic tensions was seen by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as the precursor to war. A greater volume of communications required a stronger system, and CIA Director Walter Bedell Smith hired McClelland as chief of CIA communications, a position known as "Assistant Director, Communications", on September 10, 1951. There, McClelland oversaw the technical development and implementation of a secure global communications system. He served the CIA for 14 years until his death in Washington, D.C. in 1965. ....
Lt. Col. J. Elroy Mccaw : "Elroy served at Army Air Forces Headquarters in the Pentagon as Executive Officer and Special Assistant to General (Harold M.) McClelland, head of USAAF communications. He was also McClelland's liaison to OSS.."
Mccaw became chairman of Rand Development in 1968.
Money From Thin Air April 4, 1993
...World War II disrupted Elroy's expansion plans, but it served to enhance the air of mystery about him. He served in the old Army Air Corps in intelligence, working mainly with radio systems.
Exactly what he did remains murky even to family and close friends. ....
(Continued from text in quote box directly above.)
One story has him making a secret journey to Russia to install a weather station to assist British pilots. Many suspected that Elroy for many years stayed active in intelligence work as an operative for the CIA.
In 1965, Nixon was in Moscow on an unplanned trip, he received a Soviet visa in Helsinki in just three hours. He was accompanied by and representing John M. Shaheen.
Shaheen's sister is married since the 1940's to broadcast journalist Hugh Downs. Shaheen honeymooned at Marathon Key, FL in 1951 with Henry J. Rand and Dan T. Moore. Moore's sister was Luvie Moore Abell Pearson, wife of syndicated columnist Drew Pearson. They all cameto Florida at the invitation of their friend, Dr. George W. Crile, Jr., Skull & Bones, 1928. Crile's son George III worked for Pearson and Anderson and then for 31 years, CBS News and 60 Minutes.
More on George H.Bookbinder,mentioned in the CIA doc image above.:
Ronald Reagan and John M. Shaheen were both born in Tampico, IL, pop. 750.
I would not have put the time in on this if not for this.:
The document revealing White House knowledge of Casey’s Madrid trip was among records released to me by the archivists at the George H.W. Bush library in College Station, Texas. The U.S. Embassy’s confirmation of Casey’s trip was passed along by State Department legal adviser Edwin D. Williamson to Associate White House Counsel Chester Paul Beach Jr. in early November 1991, just as the October Surprise inquiry was taking shape......
by Morgan Strong November 2, 2004
......Longtime Arafat confidant Bassam Abu Sharif said that in mid-1980, he met in Paris with John Shaheen, a friend to both Ronald Reagan and Reagan’s campaign chief, William J. Casey. Abu Sharif told me that Shaheen, a former U.S. intelligence officer of Lebanese origin, extended a Republican offer of improved U.S. relations with the PLO if the Arafat-led organization would assist in persuading the Iranians to delay the hostage release until after the November 1980 elections.
Shaheen, who died in 1985, has long been a central figure in the so-called "October Surprise" case, allegations that Republicans sabotaged Carter’s hostage negotiations as a way to ensure the 1980 election of Reagan as president and George H.W. Bush as vice president. Though Abu Sharif and Arafat have previously discussed the Republican overture, they had refused to identify the Republican intermediary until now.....
Roy Furmark's name is mentioned literally countless times in Robert Gates failed February,1987 Senate, DCI confirmation hearing. Shaheen is never spoken of.:
NOMINATION OF ROBERT M. GATES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 AND WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1987
.....Senator COHEN. Well, when your General Counsel made the investigation, who did the General Counsel talk to? Mr. GATES. I don't know. He simply told me when I got back from being out of the country that he had looked into it and as far as he could determine there were no problems legally from the Agency's standpoint. Let me go back again to make the point that even with the call from Furmark and Allen's analysis—
Mr. ELLIFF. IS Furmark a reliable person?
Mr. GATES. I don't know him. I can't answer that question. We felt we had some fragments. This was the first thing that we had ever seen that suggested there might have been some possibility of a diversion. It was very shaky stuff. What you had was an analytical judgment by Allen with no concrete evidence, and as I point out again in this seven or eight-page memorandum, his concern about this is expressed in one sentence and it doesn t even mention the contras, but simply the possibility of a diversion to other U.S. projects. And we had this call from Furmark, that the Director took from Furmark. It was at that point that we told Allen to lay all this out in a piece of paper that we then passed to Poindexter when we saw it on paper.