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Cryptonym: IUSTEER

Definition:
A friend of Frank Sturgis that served as a pilot in the Congo in the mid-60s. Possibly 201-283488, which may be Fausto Gomez Gomez.
Status:
Speculative
Discussion:
This is difficult because it appears that his identity is 201-283488, but it can only be deduced, not 100% proven. It would make sense for Fausto Gomez Gomez to be the identity of IUSTEER, because we know that IUSTEER was a pilot in the Congo in the mid-1960s, and that he was the boss to Roberto de Cardenas during that time. Both IUSTEER and Cardenas were friends of Frank Sturgis back at least far as 1960. IUSTEER is used as a slugline. The person is often referred to as IUSTEER-1.
Sources:

104-10221-10020: CONTACT REPORT-WESTWARD HO RESTAURANT TO DISCUSS ROBERTO DE CARDENAS.

1960-72: ...The names of Barker and Fiorini are written down, as well as possibly "SNAP“ (Martinez's crypt) and "HARBOR" (?). The document is marked 201-283488 - it is probably IUSTEER's 201 number. In 1960, IUSTEER was visiting the home of Frank Fiorini aka Frank Sturgis when Roberto de Cardenas dropped in. Pedro Diaz Lanz was also there that day. At this meeting, Cardenas told IUSTEER to visit a home on Brickell Avenue. IUSTEER did so and met Manuel Artime for the first time. In 1965, the Agency sent Cardenas to serve under IUSTEER in the Congo. 1972: Roberto de Cardenas is suddenly affluent. IUSTEER-1 believes he may be dealing drugs.

104-10220-10088: WITHHELD

Circa 1964-65. This list of WITHRUSH members shows that 201-283488 may be Fausto Gomez Gomez. It is difficult to read, it could be 201-283486 for Gomez, which would mean that it is incorrect. There is another neighboring number: One of the Ginebra Groero Perez brothers is 201-283485.

http://bayofpigs2506.com/THE%20MAKASIS.pdf

Circa 1964-65. Many photos. Fausto Gomez Gomez is identified here; one photo gives the alternate name of "Felo Bemba". Photo of Roberto de Cardenas and Jorge Navarro together. Also identified are Mario (and Francisco) Ginebra Groero Perez and Fausto Gomez Gomez. 124-90150-10172: Gomez may be identical with the 1959 Cuban hijacker Antulio Ramirez Ortiz!

104-10163-10087: CABLE: CIA FILE ON BUESA, MANUEL ARTIME

02/10/69, Cable: Slugline IUSTEER: "1. Station files show ERYTHROID-1 (C-72970), requested traces 16 December 1964 on Rafael Garcia born 4 February 1932, Habana, Cuba. Was engineer employed by Motorola, being cleared for installation FM radio equipment for ERYTHROID. No other traces Garcia. 2. Business partner is re selected in Station files as AMTABBY-27 (C-87513), on whom presume Headquarters and WH/Miami have extensive material. Station files show him as executive pilot...." Biographic file number probably 201-287180. 3. FYI ERLOOP-1 (781872) is closely involved as business partner and protector of Cuban crop dusting pilots in Nicaragua..."

104-10163-10130: CIA FILE ON MANUEL ARTIME BUESA.

7/25/69 cable, slugline RYBAT IUSTEER AMBIDDY: "Like ghostly Caribbean legion of yore? AMWORLD arms keep turning up in tales but not in material form..."

104-10182-10007: CIA FILE ON EDUARDO JULIUS WHITEHOUSE INSUA.

7/23/69 cable from WH/2/HD&ES to WH/Miami, slugline IUSTEER: "...IUSTEER phoned HQS case officer and stated (Eduardo Whitehouse) (201-300614) and an unidentified American attempting hire Cuban pilots Miami area to fly T-51 aircraft to El Salvador. IUSTEER sources, who were four Cuban pilots who refused offer, said (Whitehouse) and associate began recruitment effort circa 14 July 1969...File: 201-283488 and 201-300614."

104-10215-10006: SOURCE ADVISED HE SPOKE WITH JOSE PELLON WHO MAKES HIS LIVING AS A PILOT

1972, slugline TYPIC AKULE IUSTEER: Pilot Jose Pellon told IUSTEER he was approached by pilot Jose Manuel Hernandez and asked if he needed work. The bio file number 201-283488 doesn't belong to any of the named parties, by default it must belong to IUSTEER.

104-10163-10087 CIA FILE ON BUESA, MANUEL ARTIME.

2/10/69 memo: AMTABBY-27 identified as an "executive pilot" with the IRD (Interrogation Research Division) number of C-87513. The 201 number for AMTABBY-27 is probably 201-287180, but possibly 201-323565 or even something else entirely. 104-10220-10088: 201-287180 is identified as "Garcia Pujol", but his C-number is something like C-86568. It is possible that IUSTEER is the "business partner" of AMTABBY-27, in one possible interpretation of the document. It also indicates that ERLOOP-1 may be another business partner of IUSTEER.

104-10221-10021: MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD: IUSTEER-1 - ANTHONY ABRAHAM CHEVROLET, MIAMI

06/30/72: MFR from Peter S. Jasutis: ..."IUSTEER-1 noted that the Chief of Latin American Sales (?) of this firm, Manuel Villamanan, is very much up-to-date on Cuban exile matters. IUSTEER-1 commented that he ran into Villamanan/AMFAUNA-13 recently and they engaged in a conversation about the Washington Break-In Scandal. IUSTEER-1 found Villamanan very sympathetic to Barker (one of the individuals involved) and IUSTEER-1 felt he hurt Villamanan's feelings when he (IUSTEER-1) was critical of the affair). 06/30/72, memo for the record from Peter J. Jasutis ..."Also employed as a salesman at this firm is Alberto Beguiristain (AMANCHOR-1) who was at one time associated with Eugenio Martinez (of the Washington Break-in affair) in the capacity of a frogman for the Agency under the cover firm (REDACTION). Chief of Security for Anthony Abraham Chevrolet is Tony Iglesias, identified by IUSTEER-1 as the military chief for the Torriente Group."

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