("Quid coniuratio est?")
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
It's worth noting here because, upon leave from Chestnut Lodge, Phil Graham blew his own brains out, in August of 1963.
Reading again from Katherine the Great:
Death preoccupied Phil all that Spring. Three times, with permission to leave Chestnut Lodge, he visited Edward Bennett Williams to re-write his will, each time reducing Katherine's share of his estate. On the second visit, he demanded that Williams burn the first will. On the third, he had him burn the second. These wills rescinded and superseded the carefully thought out document of longstanding, one that provided trust funds for his children and gave the bulk of his estate to his wife. After he died, during probate, Katherine's lawyer challenged the legality of the last will. The probate proceeding enabled Katherine to take control of the [Washington] Post with no significant legal problem. Although with the discredited will not on the public record, it is not known who Phil might have designated in her place.
Manic-depressives frequently plan their deaths on the anniversary of a significant event. Saturday, August 3rd, 1963, was the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Washington Post Company, the umbrella corporation for the Post and other property in which Katherine and Phil Graham were sole partners. On the morning of August 3rd, Phil telephoned Katherine from Chestnut Lodge and said that he was feeling much better. He asked if he could spend the weekend with her on their farm. Katherine called Joe Rowe(sp?) and told him happily, "Phil is better! He's coming home. Why don't you come over and see him on Tuesday?"
On Monday he would spend the day with the children. She picked him up at Chestnut Lodge that morning. They drove to a small Virginia town called Warrenton, in Fochier(sp?) County, 42 miles southwest of Washington, in the Virginia Hunt country. The farm, Glen Welby(sp?), was that of a gentleman and weekend hunter, equipped with television and telephones, books and paintings, shotguns for hunting deer and rifles for quail hunting parties, horses, servants, a large, well-stocked kitchen and bar. Katherine and Phil spent some time together, and then Katherine took a nap. Phil went downstairs, sat on the edge of the bathtub, and shot himself in the head.
Again, he may very well have been disturbed here. However one of the x-factors that's missing here from Debra Davis's ruminations on the death of Phil Graham is his long standing with intelligence and, in turn, the longstanding, ongoing, and highly successful attempts by the CIA to institute mind control, including training mind-control assassins and consequently (as we looked at in our Radio Free America series on mind control) to get some of those assassins (or apparent assassins: they're often used as decoys) to commit suicide. So whether or not the death of Phillip Graham here, who had become disenchanted with the pattern of CIA co-operation with the media, had anything at all to do with CIA mind control, remains to be seen. As we like to say here, "Food for thought, and grounds for further research." It is worth noting, though, that this happened just about 3 months before the assassination of President Kennedy. It's also worth noting that Phillip Graham's discredited wills might have invested the Washington Post (at least to a certain extent) away from the CIA which had been so inextricably involved with it from the very beginning.
And of course, one of the main names to take note of here -- again, by way of noting how the Washington Post really is part of a sort of old intelligence, old boy network here -- is the name of Edward Bennett Williams, the owner of the Washington Redskins for awhile, and now the Baltimore Orioles. Edward Bennett Williams is one of the prime, intelligence-related attorneys in the United States. His clients not only include Richard Helms, whose association with Ben Bradlee we looked at awhile ago (Helms, of course, CIA Director; CIA Director at the time of the overthrow of the Allende government, worked with Henry Kissinger, [Gloria] Steinem's old [boyfriend], among others.) But Edward Bennett Williams has represented John Connally, Jimmy Hoffa, Robert Vesco. And interestingly enough, it was while working as an investigator for Edward Bennett Williams's law firm, that Robert Maheu, formerly of the [Howard] Hughes organization, helped set up the organized crime assassination teams which were allegedly to be used against Castro, but there's some indication that they were used against John Kennedy instead. [CN: See, for example, "Alpha-66," CN 8.43] Again, documentation on that, on "Guns of November," program #1, the first of our 4 programs on the assassination of John Kennedy.
It's worth noting here now too, that surrounding the death of John Kennedy, we have an interesting situation that, not only does Phillip Graham "bow out" in sort of a grisly fashion, but also after John Kennedy was killed, in October of 1964, Mary Meyer, the ex-wife of Cord Meyer, the brother-in-law of Ben Bradlee (who himself had intelligence connections) -- Cord Meyer, a key CIA counter-intelligence official -- Mary Meyer was murdered, her diary then appropriated by CIA counter-intelligence chief James Angleton.
Reading again from Katherine the Great:
Ben Bradlee was considered by some members of the Washington press to be insensitive and ruthless, professionally and socially. He was indiscrete about having been on intimate terms with Kennedy, one aspect of which was that his sister-in-law, Mary Pinchot Meyer, who had lived in Bradlee's renovated garage, had been Kennedy's lover. Mary Meyer had been murdered in October of 1964. She was killed near her house, or by the C&O Canal in Georgetown, shot or stabbed. The location, even the manner of her death, varies with each account. Immediately after she died, James Angleton, the CIA's Chief of Counter-Intelligence, searched her apartment for a diary she had kept about Kennedy and took it to CIA headquarters. Supposedly to burn it, although because of his training he never destroyed any document. A year later, when Bradlee went to the [Washington] Post, the slaying was still unsolved. (It has never been solved. Bradlee was uncharacteristically silent about it.)
So the point here again is, right around the time John Kennedy was leaving this world, a lot of the people within the whole Washington Post axis (and again, I use that term ["axis"] advisedly) were also "bowing out" in grisly fashion: Phil Graham, and the late, unfortunate, Mary Pinchot Meyer, being a couple of them here.
Now the last two details that we're gonna look at here are, in a sense, a sort of an abbreviated look at the Washington Post involvement with CIA in the Watergate case. Now one of the aspects of Watergate that has not received enough publicity is the fact that it appears almost probable that the CIA, as well as other elements of the National Security establishment, wanted Richard Nixon out for a reason or reasons which are debatable. Debra Davis here gives some reasons; we're gonna entertain those. I'm gonna suggest a couple of others here in a couple of minutes.
Now we could go into the indications of CIA involvement in Watergate all day. Unfortunately, due to time limitations here, we're not gonna be able to do it. Suffice it to say that James McCord, who was a very high-ranking intelligence official, head of the security organization for the Committee to Re-Elect the President, led the Watergate burglars into the Watergate Hotel. Now one of the things that McCord did is, after placing a piece of tape on the door to alert him as to whether or not the "Plumbers'" presence had been discovered in the Watergate -- when he discovered that tape missing, he then replaced the tape without notifying the other Plumbers. For a man of McCord's very longstanding and sophisticated involvement with the intelligence community, that is frankly incredible, if one is to accept that James McCord was not a double agent placed within the Plumbers organization to get rid of Richard Nixon on behalf of CIA and others. That is the general view of most researchers, simply because as soon as McCord saw that tape missing he has to have known that their presence in the Watergate Hotel was discovered. There's no other conclusion. He placed the tape to alert him to a discovery. When he saw it was missing -- not just knocked off, but missing -- he has to have known that their presence was discovered. Despite that, he replaced the tape again; didn't alert the other Plumbers. And when the security guard at the Watergate Hotel saw that the tape was replaced again, he notified authorities. Because obviously he knew someone was in there. So again, that's just one of the many indicators that, in fact, Nixon's Plumbers unit was deep-sixed by CIA from the inside. The motives for doing so remain a matter of debate.
[...to be continued...]
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