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Cryptonym: AMDENIM-4

Definition:
Larry Laborde, captain of the Tejana III for many years. The vessel was used for resupply and infiltration operations until Laborde was laid off in 1962.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
The Tejana III was owned by Alberto Fernandez/AMDENIM-1. The third source below illustrates that Laborde's cryptonym is documented.
Sources:

104-10264-10051: CABLE: AMDENIM-4 ADVISES C/BAR THAT TEJANA III BLEW ALL SEALS ON ONE

"AMDENIM-4 advises C/BAR that Tejana III blew all seals on one engine during sea trials on 15 August 1961."

104-10218-10142: CABLE-AMDENIM/4 CONFRONTED C/O DAY TEJANA DEPARTED KEY WEST TO RUN OPN MEGANO SAYING HE HAD CONSIDERABLE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

3/31/61 memo from JMWAVE to BELL: AMDENIM-4 asked if his allowance could be increased. "AMDENIM-4 has mastered TEJANA for past eight years hence most valuable keep ship operational." It was agreed that his allowance would increase to $700.

104-10056-10015: INTERLOCKING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN BROWN/SLAFTER AND GARRISON

"PCSA requested 24 March 1961. Request was withdrawn in April 1962 as Laborde (AMDENIM/4) was considered a safety hazard. However, Laborde was paid with CIA funds and was in charge of the TEJANA III while it was engaged in CIA operations. Laborde was also aware of the location of the warehouses in Key West where operational arms were stored. Laborde was extremely bitter towards the Agency when he was terminated as captain of the boat and was undoubtedly author of an anti-CIA article that appeared in the Denver Post on 3 June 1962...was an INTERPEN member with Gerald Hemming, Leroy Collins and Howard Davis...his son Michael Laborde identified Alberto Fernandez as the leader of his father's group. Fernandez was also the owner of the TEJANA III, and remained friends with Laborde for years after Laborde's termination.

104-10218-10124: MEMORANDUM-LAWRENCE J. LABORDE, SAID HE WAS AN EX-CIA EMPLOYEE AND HE FEARED JIM GARRISON

Unsigned CIA memo (probably Angleton's research and analysis aide Ray Rocca), 5/12/67: "(Laborde) visited the New Orleans office of the DCS (Domestic Contact Service) that day...Subject feared that DA Jim Garrison would subpoena him, that he was willing to leave the US to avoid a subpoena, and that he wanted the office to tell him what to do. A review of Subject's file has led to the hypothesis that this visit was a provocation, probably engineered by Garrison in an attempt to trap CIA into advising Subject to leave Louisiana. Had such advice been given, Garrison would have been able to buttress his charge that CIA (and the FBI) are attempting to obstruct the course of justice in New Orleans...Headquarters dispatch of 23 March 1962 warned Miami that Subject was indiscreet, drank too much, and had an unsavory reputation...(subject was terminated in April 1962 and) had no further relationship with the Agency...CI/R&A proposes to take the following steps...to advise DCS to telephone its New Orleans office and answer the request for direction over the telephone in that office, which we consider probably tapped by Garrison's office."

pdfPDF version: 5822K NARA Record Number: 1994.04.22.16:06:28:970005: Reel 53, Folder E - LAWRENCE LABORDE.

July 1962: Bill Stuckey article about Laborde in 1962 and his efforts with Hemming to start a camp in Louisiana. Describes his bitterness with the CIA. Reveals his bio number as 201-294688.

1993.08.03.08:10:09:060060: GARRISON AND THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION

May 1967: Larry Laborde's son Michael told Garrison that his father was associated with Alberto Fernandez/AMDENIM-1, Gerry Hemming and "Roy" in training Cubans as guerilla fighters.

104-10264-10035: DISPATCH: GYROSE/OPERATIONAL COMMENT ON NEWSPAPER ARTICLE

7/3/62 TFW/Exec Sam Halpern writes a memo to Ted Shackley, asking what can be done to make Laborde's life more difficult. Wants to stop Laborde from being "a source of misinformation".

124-10294-10309: No Title

4/25/62 Teletype from FBI, SAC Miami to Director: LaBorde claims he was told by CIA officer "Max" he would get 5000 dollars if he bombed the SS Williams that is delivering goods to Cuba - however, the owner is anti-Castro and Max LNU claims he told LaBorde not to do it. LaBorde knows where the arms warehouses are in Key West, and may talk if prosecuted. He is capable of committing the act. Earlier pages discuss how Tony Cuesta taught Gerry Hemming and Ed Collins how to use an aqualung for underwater demolitions as part of this plan. (p. 6 of 25).

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