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Cryptonym: JMCLIPPER

Definition:
The National Catholic Welfare Conference. Formerly known until 1952 as the National Catholic War Conference. Now known as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Status:
Probable
Discussion:
JMCLIPPER is described as a private organization with some support from grants from the United States. http://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=38730#relPageId=2&tab=page The National Catholic Welfare Conference was a major force in resettling refugees, particularly from Latin America. David U. Groves (pseudonym Douglas Freapane) was a JMCLIPPER agent - for background on his family, see http://www.hiers-baxley.com/obituaries/Nancy-Groves-2/#!/Obituary Photo of Groves: http://www.her rickstamp.com/imgyyt/File/GSN/David%20Groves%20Nov%202009%20Use%20USA%20for%20Postage.pdf John Newman notes that JMCLIPPER provided a Catholic cover for a covert action and propaganda operation, physically based outside of Cuba like all other JM programs. David U. Groves/FREAPANE had ties to New Orleans PR man Scott Wilson, campaign manager for Victor Schiro's mayoral bid in 1961 and Willard Robertson was a major donor. This entry on JMCLIPPER identifies Groves as the CIA employee who used the pseudo "Douglas J. Freapane" and who served in Cuba and Mexico City. A book about Schiro quotes from a letter Wilson wrote to Groves: Mayor Victor H. Schiro: New Orleans in Transition, 1961–1970 By Edward F. Haas https://books.google.com/books?id=vfoaBwAAQBAJ&pg=PT145&lpg=PT145#v=onepage&q&f=false Correspondence with Groves is listed in the catalog of Wilson's papers. http://archives.tulane.edu/repositories/3/archival_objects/28278 http://archives.tulane.edu/repositories/3/archival_objects/28285 http://archives.tulane.edu/repositories/3/archival_objects/28277
Sources:

104-10217-10074: PERSONAL RECORD QUESTIONAIRE PART II - OPERATIONAL INFORMATION

Wilmer R. Aretz prepared this PRQ, 4/14/60: "The Case Officer (Douglas Freapane) meets with Subject (AMCALL-1) as a representative of JMCLIPPER." The questionnaire also says that AMCALL-1 believes he is working for JMCLIPPER. AMOURETTE-9 knows of AMCALL-1's relationship with JMCLIPPER.

104-10217-10397: BIOGRAPHIC DATA: GONZALEZ GONZALEZ, REYNOLD (REINALDO, REINO, REYNOL, REINOL)

+June 1960: AMCALL-1 was paid $200 a month "ostensibly by JMCLIPPER, for providing information on political, labor and Communist matters; and in preparing propaganda." AMCALL-1 was the secretary general of the JOC (Juventud Obrera Catolica, aka Catholic Youth Workers) and the United Christian Workers, the UTC.

104-10100-10334: TRAVEL AUTHORIZED

11/1/63 from Director to Mexico City, slugline KUWOLF LINOODLE JMCLIPPER ()FLUFFER: FREAPANE travel authorized with stopover New Orleans. FREAPANE should make open mail arrangements with JMCLIPPER." Western Hemisphere branch comment: "FREAPANE invited by REDACTED National Catholic Welfare Conference Latin American bureau, to attend as observer first 'Latin American Cooperation Conference'."

104-10093-10200: CABLE RE INVITATION TO BE AN OBSERVER

10/29/63, MEXI 6700: "Freapane invited by Father John Considine, Director, National Catholic Welfare Conference Latin American Bureau" to attend as observer in Catholic Latin America conference to kick off "Catholic Interamerican Cooperation Program aimed at committing all US Catholics to some form of cooperation with church in Latin America. Station requests HQ permission authorize travel Freapane conference with stop over in New Orleans to discuss conference with JMCLIPPER. Believe trip worthwhile from both op/cover standpoints."

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of the General Secretary An Inventory of the Records of the Office of the General Secretary at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives

See the listings for David U. Groves and D.U. Groves within the files for the National Catholic Welfare Conference: http://www.catholicresearch.net/data/ead/html/cua-NCWCOGS2.html

104-10193-10319: AMCALL OPERATIONS

As MRP and AMCALL-1 were receiving considerable financial support from JMCLIPPER, "we informed AMCALL-1 that JMCLIPPER, while a private organization, was supported to some extent by grants from ODYOKE/United States and that consequently ODYOKE/United States was interested in MRP and AMCALL organizations." Note that 9/18/59 memo stated: "No problems have been encountered within the scope of AMOURETTE-B and AMCALL operations since JMCLIPPER cover was granted to FREAPANE..(prior he could not) name clients of JMCLOSET nor talk of non-existent work." He had previously sought cover with an international advertising agency that had made him an offer..."after Guatemalan experiences FREAPANE was considered 'too hot' for legitimate cover." Action has been taken to limit the number of people who know of his relations with AMOURETTE-B and AMCALL. https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=36232#relPageId=4&tab=

104-10093-10200: CABLE:DIVID J. FREAPANE INVITED BY FATHER JOHN CONSIDINE/"LATIN AMERICAN COOPERATION CONFERENCE

10/29/63: Sluglines KUWOLF LINOODLE JMCLIPPER WSFLUFFER: "Station requests HQS permission authorize travel FREAPANE conference with stop over New Orleans to discuss conference with JMCLIPPER. Believe trip worthwhile from both op/cover standpoints."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1958-1960, Volume VI: Cuba Current Section: 257. 2/25/59 - Despatch from Embassy in Cuba to Dept. of State

"(The Catholic Church) has made strong efforts, mainly through Catholic Action, Catholic Youth and the Young Catholic Workers (JOC - Juventud Obrera Catolica) to insure Church influence and an anti-Communist attitude (within the July 26 movement)."

Joan Mellen, The Great Game in Cuba

In her book, the author identifies JMCLIPPER as "the Catholic Church in Mexico", with Douglas Freapane/David Groves as the primary agent. At p. 108, she refers to Freapane as a member in the fifties of the "World Conference of Bishops". Upon review of the above-mentioned documents, it seems more likely that JMCLIPPER is a reference to an institution within the Catholic Church.

Kennedy, Ted Sorensen

At p. 360, he refers to the National Catholic Welfare Conference as representing the hierarchy of Catholicism in America.

NARA Record Number: 124-10296-10046, No Title

Enrique Molina Rivera aka Enrique Garcia was resettled on 3/3/62 by the National Catholic Welfare Conference. He was close to Laureano Batista Falla aka AMPALM-2. The FBI believed he was on the flight with Alexander Rorke and Geoffrey Sullivan that disappeared during Sept 1963: 124-10296-10046. Sullivan's daughter is a private investigator following intriguing leads indicating Molina Rivera aka Molina Garcia was a double agent: http://unsolvedmysteries.wikia.com/wiki/Alexander_Rorke

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

In 1958, it was suggested by the archbishop of Havana to the American consulate that a "person of confidence" be used to speak with Fidel. The CIA's chief of station in Havana suggested "perhaps candidate could be found through National Catholic Welfare organization."

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