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served as the FBI’s informant about what the commission was up to. This was confirmed long afterward, in an FBI memo stating: “Ford indicated he would keep me thoroughly advised as to the activities of the commission. He stated that would have to be done on a confidential basis, however, he thought it had to be done.”20 We also have learned from some handwritten notes of Ford’s, produced by the Assassination Records Review Board, that he changed one of the most significant findings in the Warren Report. A first draft had said that a bullet had “entered his [JFK’s] back at a point slightly below the shoulder to the right of the spine.” Woops! That trajectory meant there was no way for that bullet to emerge from Kennedy’s neck and then somehow hit Governor Connally. No more “magic bullet”! So Ford urged the commission to change the description and put the wound up higher. Ford wanted it to read: “A bullet had entered the back of his neck slightly to the right of the spine.” The commission went with that, except it added two words: “the base of the back of his neck.” So Ford had always been counted on to help out in critical situations. Later, after Spiro Agnew was forced to resign, Nixon named Ford as his vice president and, after Nixon resigned, President Ford proceeded to grant a pardon to Nixon, so he couldn’t be pursued by the courts for obstruction of justice and whatever else. In the fall of 1972, Howard Hunt’s wife, Dorothy, paid a call on Cuban exile leader Manuel Artime. He was Hunt’s friend dating back to Bay of Pigs days. Mrs. Hunt came to assure Artime that the Cubans imprisoned for the breakin would not endure difficulties in Washington, and that money would be delivered to a legal aid fund. Artime, we know today, was directly connected to the Cuban exiles being used in the anti-Castro plots, and also to mobsters like Trafficante. Not long after that meeting, Dorothy Hunt died in the crash of a United Airlines plane as it made a final approach to Chicago’s Midway Airport. More than $10,000 was found on her body; sabotage of the plane was raised, but never proven. A week after the crash, FBI agents combed through Hunt’s residence looking for stashed documents, but apparently found nothing.21 Nixon and Colson met to discuss the possibility of granting clemency to Hunt. During this same time frame, Helms instructed McCord to send a letter to his friend Jack Caulfield, a New York detective who’d been engaged by the Plumbers—and who, in 1964, had looked into Oswald’s possible Cuban connections for the FBI. McCord wrote to Caulfield: “Sorry to have to write you this letter but felt you had to know. If Helms goes, and if the WG [Watergate]

Profile for HAROLD ARROYO, JR.

AMERICAN CONSPIRACIES, LIES AND DECEPTION FROM THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, JESSE VENTURA  

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