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Cryptonym: JMFIG

Definition:
The Opa-locka air station, where Cuban immigrants were screened at the Caribbean Admissions Center prior to entry into the United States.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Security was an issue, as well as their potential as intelligence assets.
Sources:

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961 Current Section: C. JMADD: Air Training Base, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

"JMFIG was a cryptonym for the Opalocka airfield."

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

HSCA staffer Leslie Wizelman's notes re her questions to the CIA for identification of crypts: JMFIG is defined as the "Opa-locka Naval Base." It should be added that references indicate a distinction between JMFIG (the Opa-locka airfield) http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?mode=searchResult&absPageId=1608401 and JMFIG Opa-locka (the naval base) http://www.maryferrell.org/mffweb/archive/viewer/showDoc.do?absPageId=423737

198-10004-10157: MOVEMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN ADMISSION CENTER (CAC)

"Refugees will be taken to Opa-locka only when they have indicated an intelligence potential requiring interrogation in depth...a more productive operation will result if the Opa-locka CAC (note: Caribbean Admissions Center) is re-established)...it is proposed that a counter-intelligence interrogation facility be established at Opa-locka at a property adjacent to the proposed CAC facility. This unit would handle all suspect CI cases referred to it by the CAC...the overall operation would be conducted under cover of the INS as was CAC prior to 24 October 1962."

198-10004-10157 MOVEMENT OF THE CARIBBEAN ADMISSION CENTER (CAC) 1

Background on the use of the Opa-locka facility. "The Caribbean Admission Center was established in March 1962 as a joint DOD/CIA operation under CIA operational control and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) cover..." See https://www.maryferrell.org/showDoc.html?docId=19773#relPageId=10&tab=page - it shows that "CIA's Domestic Contact Division (DCD) had primary responsibility for obtaining positive intelligence interest from refugees." DCD officers conducted interviews with refugees at the CAC.

124-90019-10155: No Title

Deputy Chief of the CAC is Colonel Sam Kail.

198-10004-10153: TRIP REPORT

Colonel Sam Kail and Lt. Col. Trudencio Ulibarri are described as "the two top men" at CAC.

104-10069-10185: OPERATIO.NAL: AGREED ACTIVITIES W/ACSI

See this document for further details on Kail and Ulibarri and the relationship between CIA and DOD.

104-10171-10044: OPERATIONAL - TRANSMITTAL OF CAC REPORTS

5/1/62 memo from JMWAVE chief Ted Shackley to Task Force W chief Bill Harvey shows a list of 14 CAC reports and illustrates that the file numbers throughout MFF that begin with the letter "A" and are followed by eight digits are CAC reports.

104-10227-10036: Cable: Rev Council Now in Seclusion at JMFIG, Extremely

4/17/61 Cable from JMBELL to Guatemala City: The CRC heads were cooped up in Opa-locka and "anxious (to) reach a zone of activity at earliest moment."

Contributors:
Bill Simpich

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