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Cryptonym: AMEER-1

Definition:
Aureliano Sanchez Arango, head of the AAA, a wing of the Autentico party in Cuba. Sanchez was associated with Gerry Hemming and initially endorsed the anti-Castro activities of Hemming's Interpen group.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Interpen was a short lived alliance - created largely for public relations and fund raising purposes - between the followers of Hemming and Frank Sturgis. Interpen members performed para military training for a limited number of Sanchez Arango's AAA members. The shakiness of the Sanchez Arango-Hemming alliance can be seen in the 1961 memo below where Sanchez Arango says he has heard from the FBI that Hemming is a Cuban G-2 penetration agent, and in 1962 where he is working with him. Whether Hemming knew it or not, the Office of Security gave him a confidential "ad hoc clearance" back in October 1960. A dominant leader, AMEER-1 was sometimes referred to simply as AMEER.
Sources:

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

Aureliano Sanchez Arango is identified as AMEER-1 to the HSCA by the CIA. His bio number is 201-19245.

p.1154: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI: Cuba

The five component groups of the FRD are "Organizacion Authentica (OA) led by Antonio ("Tony") de Varona; Movimiento de Recuperacion Revolucionario (MRR) nominally led by Manuel Artime; Organizacion Triple A led by Aureliano Sanchez Arango; Movemiento Democratico Cristiano (MDC) led by Jose Ignacio Rasco; and Agrupacion Montecristi led by Justo Carrillo." A slightly earlier State Dept. report deletes the AAA and substitutes the Cuban Association of Cane Growers: http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=59594&relPageId=1132

104-10168-10398: CABLE: AURELIANO SANCHEZ ARANGO HAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE FRD

10/7/60, Havana to Director: "Gordon M. Biniaris from AMCALL-1 reports: 1. Aureliano Sanchez Arango has withdrawn from the FRD (AMCIGAR); 2. Justo Carrillo and Felipe Pazos will be integrated into Manuel Ray's...MRP."

180-10141-10365: No Title

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104-10297-10052: CABLE-AMEMBER ADVISES THAT AMEER PLANNING 29 MARCH MIAMI RALLY TO PROTEST AMBANG COMPLEX IN AMBUD

3/27/61, Droller at JMBELL to JMWAVE: With AMEER planning a large protest rally in Miami to protest the participation of Manuel Ray and allies (the AMBANG complex) within AMBUD/CRC, WAVE is asked to block the 3/29 meeting from happening, or at least "minimize pol and prop impact".

104-10168-10054: CABLE: AMWAIL IN APPARENT ACCORD WITH NEW ORGANIZATIONAL PLAN

9/10/60, Memo from Twicker (Howard Hunt) to Director: "AMWAIL...would not support AMHAWK (Tony Varona)for chairmanship and glad to learn that neither would Twicker...AMWAIL characterized AMEER as trouble maker."

104-10061-10115: LIST OF NAMES RE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION INVESTIGATION

1975, Chris Hopkins of LA/COG/CI reports that he assumes AMEER is Aureliano Sanchez Arango, 201-19245.

124-10291-10323: No Title

Oct 1962: Sanchez Arango is identified as a foreign minister under Prio, and has had a falling out with Garceran. After a period of inactivity, he is active again and his men are training with Hemming at No Name Key. Investigator Sam Benton believes Sanchez's funds are coming from President Romulo Betancourt in Venezuela.

104-10273-10002 CABLE: ARANGO TOLD ROQUE YESTERDAY THAT JERRY PATRICK BEEN DESCRIBED TO HIM BY A BUREAU MAN IN MIAMI AS A CASTRO

6/29/61, memo from "Daniels": "Arango told (Alberto) Roque today that Jerry Patrick REDACTED has been described to him by a Bureau man in Miami as a Castro G-2 infiltrator. I trust our people are aware of this. Arango said his people in Miami were afraid to move against Patrick because of his strong personality and influence he has over those under his jurisdiction." Whether Hemming knew it or not, the Office of Security gave him a confidential "ad hoc clearance" back in October 1960: http://maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=2666#relPageId=3&tab=page

198-10005-10014: No Title

8/2/62: Memo from Col. Patchell to General Edward Lansdale: "In follow-up on Jerry Patrick Hemming - CIA has a dossier about an inch thick - as far as they are concerned he is OK - is not their man - but covers thru his actions much of their action. They consider him helpful to their cause, extracts of CIA reports are second attached. Col. Patchell". A note afterwards says, "Thanks. EL." Two pages later is an article by Jerry Buchanan about the camp at Pontchartrain set up by Hemming.

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