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Cryptonym: AMHINT

Definition:
A branch of the DRE that conducted paramilitary and infiltration operations in Cuba. Their case officer was JMWAVE chief of operations David Morales.
Status:
Probable
Sources:

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961 Current Section: Part VII: Assassination

"One of the principals of WH/4 (Richard Drain) recorded that on 24 February 1961 he 'asked Ed (Stanulis), David (Phillips), Ed (Hinkle), Bob (Moore) and Jake (Esterline) why not proceed with Operation AMHINT to set up a program of assassination?'...the author of that remark was Chief of Operations for Project JMATE...(there was) an AMHINT request of 14 January 1961 for 'Silenciadores Rifles de marilla telescopica' (a request for rifles with telescopic sights). This might have had to do with a DRE plan to assassinate the Soviet Ambassador to Cuba rather than a plan to kill Castro. When the FOB in Miami heard about the plan against the Soviet official they 'immediately sent...word to AMHINT-1 forbidding planned "atentado" (assassination).'"

104-10181-10337 CABLE: JOSE LUIS MACHADO, FORMER ASST TO GENERAL FATJO MIYARES

5/17/61 cable from JMWAVE to BELL: Zamka contact Jose Maria Lasa obtains political asylum in Havana; AMHINT-2/Salvat, AMHINT-5/Isidro Borja AMHINT-53/Fernandez Rocha are all seeking asylum - there were more than 700 asylees languishing in Havana. Meanwhile, Guantanamo intel chief Hal Feeney's contact Enrique Casuso - identified by his Bay of Pigs number 2507, right after the first number 2506 - has been arrested. On Casuso and Feeney, Ramon Machado (2508) wrote "In late January 1961, Enrique Casuso (2507), Jorge Giraud (2524), Manuel Reyes (Little King) and I were in a CIA safe house in Falls Church, Virginia awaiting our trip to Cuba. Early one morning, Guy, the CIA agent who was in the house with us to take care of me out of the house and was introduced to an officer of the Navy would be my contact from that time. Said officer, who spoke Spanish impeccably, was introduced and immediately there was a good report as mutual respect, trust and affection between us. His name was Harold Feeney, the vintage and at that time Chief of Intelligence at Guantanamo. Feeney was the one I was going to take to Cuba...my mission was to join a group in the hills that were in the mountains of Baracoa, relatively near the base...Once we landed, Don Quixote took me to his office, where I met Jack Modessett (Pecos) and Wallace (Wally), the other members of the "unholy trio" (of naval officers)...(at my return to the base) I had a very pleasant surprise: at the base they were at that time Ernesto Estevan (butterfly), and Rodolfo Hernandez (Sea Fury)...With the help of Sea Fury, my mission would be to train a group of 6 or 8 individuals in the use of explosives, and later, we were going to be the Committee's receipt of Nino Diaz, which landed just east of the base in a diversionary coordinated effort with the main landing at the Bay of Pigs." For further details, see http://educationforum.ipbhost.com/index.php?/topic/8572-harold-hal-feeney/&page=2

104-10171-10041: Amspell Progress Report for August 1962

9/14/62 dispatch from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, Task Force W: Zamka (David Morales) as "Dr. Meza" represented the AMHINTs. This group engaged in paramilitary activity. The Miramar attack of 8/24/62 was an AMHINT raid. Zamka regularly met with AMHINT-2; Bernabe Pena was his alternate; also met occasionally with Jose Maria Lara U, who had a direct liaison with Fletcher Knight (Richard Helms).

104-10170-10012: AMSPELL STATUS

12/10/62 memo from Chief of Station, JMAVE to Chief, TFW: "At meeting with JMWAVE 16 November 1962...AMSPELL-53...(said) although AMSPELL had paramilitary operations in readiness, it would not undertake them until the outcome of Headquarters discussions was known..." At next page, memo adds that "JMWAVE-2164 reports information received from AMPALM-4 on possible issuance of a manifesto by AMSPELL to President KENNEDY demanding that he fulfill his "promises" on Cuba. This ultimatum is reportedly coupled with a threat that AMSPELL will "act" if its terms are not complied with."

Peter Dale Scott, Dallas 63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House

There is an "allegation of Pawley’s close friend and political ally Clare Boothe Luce, about a story from her 'young friend,' the skipper of one of the anti-Castro DRE raider boats she and Pawley were sponsoring. Luce claimed that her friend (to whom she gave the pseudonym 'Julio Fernandez'), told her the night of Kennedy’s assassination that he 'had these tape recordings of Oswald' in New Orleans, tapes which included Oswald’s 'bragging that he could shoot anyone, even the Secretary of the Navy.' Luce phoned CIA Director William Colby about the story on October 25, 1975, telling him chiefly about the tapes...by the end of the day of the second phone call, October 31, 1975, Colby had been dismissed as CIA Director by Ford’s White House Chief of Staff Donald Rumsfeld and his assistant Dick Cheney. This was part of the notorious 'Halloween Massacre' that also ended Henry Kissinger’s career as National Security Adviser."

Deadly Secrets, Warren Hinckle and William Turner (Thunder's Mouth Press, New York: 1992), pp. 147-148

"The former ambassador (William Pawley) envisioned the DRE as a sort of waterborne Flying Tigers, speeding in and out of Cuba on intelligence-gathering missions. He and a friend, Justin H. McCarthy, vice-president of the St. Regis Paper company in Jacksonville, persuaded some of their well-heeled acquaintances each to sponsor a boat and crew, much the way Catholic schoolchildren used to sponsor foreign orphans whom they called 'pagan babies'. One of those who signed up enthusiastically was Clare Boothe Luce, the wife of Time-Life publisher Henry Luce and an ambassador to Italy under Eisenhower. The anticommunist blonde took a maternal interest in the three-man crew she 'adopted', referring to them as 'my young Cubans'. She brought them to New York three times to mother them."

Alan Weberman, "The Oswald Code"

"Dr. Guillermo Belt, the former Cuban Ambassador to the United States from 1945 to 1947 advised the Washington Field Office of the FBI on November 26, 1963, that he had received a call from Jose Antonio Lanusa November 25, 1963 last, in connection Subject. Lanusa advised Subject appeared in Miami one or two months ago and attempted to infiltrate anti-Castro organization DRE. Subject stated he could train DRE members in guerrilla warfare to be used against Castro. Subject later observed in New Orleans passing out Communist literature and therefore labeled Communist and Castro supporter. DRE had nothing further to do with Subject. [FBI DL 89-43-699 NARA FBI 124-10159-10416] Dr. Guillermo Belt, the former Cuban Ambassador to the United States from 1945 to 1947 advised the Washington Field Office of the FBI on November 26, 1963, that he had received a call from Jose Antonio Lanusa November 25, 1963 last, in connection Subject. Lanusa advised Subject appeared in Miami one or two months ago and attempted to infiltrate anti-Castro organization DRE. Subject stated he could train DRE members in guerrilla warfare to be used against Castro. Subject later observed in New Orleans passing out Communist literature and therefore labeled Communist and Castro supporter. DRE had nothing further to do with Subject." [FBI DL 89-43-699 NARA FBI 124-10159-10416] Jose Antonio Lanusa later retracted his statement that linked Oswald to Castro." Also see Betty Beale, “Clare Boothe Luce Weaves a Fascinating Tale,” San Francisco Examiner, November 15, 1975. Cf. 10 AH 83; NARA #104-10310-10080, p. 7, http://www.maryferrell.org//mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?absPageId=388203.

104-10422-10355: BOOK: COMMENTS ON BOOK V, SSC FINAL REPORT: THE INVESTIGATIION OF THE ASSASSINATION OF PRESIDENT KENNEDY: PERFORMANCE OF THE INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

A CIA summary on "Jose Antonio Lanuza" states that during Nov. 1963 he was providing info (to someone unstated) on Commandos L. For "Jose Antonio Lanusa, 201-339258" it states that he was in the Inter-Source Registry since at least 1962, and that the Army terminated him without prejudice as of 11/1/68. There is also a statement saying "no traces Justin MacCarthy". MFF has no info for "Justin Maccarthy", but 208 hits for "Justin McCarthy".

104-10310-10080: COLLECTION OF DOCUMENTS CONCERNING OSWALD, FAIR PLAY FOR CUBA COMMITTEE AND CLARE BOOTHE LUCE TALE RE CUBAN BOAT CAPTAIN

Betty Beale, “Clare Boothe Luce Weaves a Fascinating Tale,” San Francisco Examiner, November 15, 1975: "It was the captain of my motorboat. A young man not more than 25, a young student lawyer. He said, 'Mrs. Luce, I want to tell you about Oswald.' He said that immediately after the 1961 missile shutdown, FBI men had come to Miami and told the Cubans to break up all resistance groups and disperse. He and the other two members of his crew had moved to New Orleans where they formed another 'Free Cuba' group. They had been there a year and a half when who made contact with them but Oswald! The Cubans all thought he was a kook. Oswald bragged about having been in Russia and said he was an ex-Marine. He said he could shoot anybody and he would be happy to shoot Castro...they followed him and found he was in a Fair Play for Cuba Communist cell to whose members he was giving the same line...Oswald was telling the cell he could shoot anyone, including the secretary of the Navy...they made tape recordings of some of Oswald's meetings and they had taken photographs of him distributing handbills for the Fair Play unit. The young Cuban who called me...said that there was a Cuban Communist assassination team working somewhere - in Dallas, New Orleans, or wherever - I don't remember, and that Oswald was their hired gun. Oswald, he said, had tried to report the Communist plans to the FBI some time before the assassination. But because he was out for the dough they didn't believe him...I said go to the FBI and tell them everything you know...When Sen. Schweiker made his request of Clare Luce less than three weeks ago (in 1975), she telephoned another Cuban friend (Justin McCarthy) to see if he could locate and persuade the young man to testify behind closed doors. Replied the older Cuban, if the testimony was behind 13 closed doors it would still be made public..."No, I won't tell you where he can be found."

180-10142-10247: No Title

"McCarthy identified three of the Cubans with whom he had been associated as Luis Fernandez Rocha (AMHINT-53), Jose Antonio Lanusa (201-339258) and one with the code name 'Chilo' (Isidro Borja, AMHINT-5)." (Note: Luce described the "boatman" she was familiar with as "Julio Fernandez" - this man was almost certainly the boatman Isidro Borja.) Also see 180-10141-10387, which states: "Staff notes indicate that when Clare Boothe Luce was talking to Justin McCarthy about the man referred to in other documents as "Julio Fernandez", she was told by McCarthy that "Julio Fernandez's" code name was "Chilo" - that was the nickname for Isidro Borja/AMHINT-5. Starting on the previous page: "I knew a number of these leaders well; they were going in and out of Cuba, I paid for one of the motor boats, Bill Pawley did too...the night of the assassination, right after Oswald was caught, one of my boys telephoned me from New Orleans - he was captain of "her" boat- the Cubans were told to leave Miami - he had opened a call in New Orleans - he telephoned to tell me that Oswald was a hired gun; Oswald had tried to penetrate their little cell; that they turned around and did a counter penetration job on Oswald; all of this was done several months before the assassination..."she spoke to him again during Garrison era, and he said, "I am making my way in Miami, and I never want to hear a damn word about the assassination of Kennedy because you Americans really do not want to hear the truth."

104-10181-10333: CABLE: AMHINT COURIER ALBOR RUIZ SALAZAR INFORMS DRE MIAMI:

8/10/61, cable from JMWAVE to Director, slugline JMZIP PSYCH: "Main purpose trip to USA (of AMHINT courier Albor Ruiz Salazar) was to learn (CIA) plans for AMHINT clandestine organization in Cuba which reorganized now (in) all provinces except Pinar del Rio. When WAVE could not provide this, Salvat/AMHINT-2 stated that Miro Cardona/AMBUD-1 has informed the DRE he will have the plan and full materiel support within ten days; that all guidance and control of DRE will be through AMBUD/CRC; that the DRE should designate their rep to sit in AMBUD."

104-10215-10145: Dispatch: Termination of AMHINT-56

Stanley Zamka/David Morales was known to small boat operator AMHINT-56 as "Dr. Miranda". Also see 4/23/64 dispatch from Chief, JMWAVE to Chief, WH/SA: "A four man team from the AMLILAC Group will emplace a 250 lb cache of weapons and ammunition in the vicinity of Playa el Morrillo, Pinar del Rio Province...this cache is for AMLASH-1." AMHINT-19 was one of the AMLILACs, one of the leaders was "Stanley Zamka as Dr. Miranda" (page 8 of 16 pages). See 104-10234-10312.

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