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Cryptonym: LIFIRE

Definition:
A joint program with the Mexican security forces. LIFIRE obtained passenger manifests of all commercial flights, passport photographs of travelers to Cuba, and could sometimes even follow a passenger to the hotel with their surveillance truck.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

104-10414-10124: MEXICO CITY STATION HISTORY

This Mexico City program "obtained a copy of the passenger manifest of every ingoing and outgoing commercial flight", and sometimes follow a passenger to the hotel.

Jefferson Morley, Our Man in Mexico (2008), p. 121

"From the Mexico City airport, Anne Goodpasture regularly retrieved the product of a joint program with the Mexican security forces known as LIFIRE: passenger manifests and photographs of the passports of Castro sympathizers traveling to the island."

104-10246-10022: OPERATIONAL/MONTHLY REPORT -- 1-31 AUGUST 1963

During August 1963,t the "LIFIRE/photographic truck" was used as a "mobile listening post" in a test exercise involving hidden microphones at a local hotel.

104-10404-10433: LIFIRE SURVEILLANCE TEAM

The LIFIRE Surveillance Team Members up to 1961 included Robert Melberg, Harry Mahoney, and Thomas Hazlitt. (Note: Also spelled as Hazlett). Name of team member for 1962-67 remains redacted., but was probably Gregory Parmuth (see below).

104-10211-10445: DISPATCH: OPERATIONAL MONTHLY REPORT - - 1-30 SEPTEMBER 1963

"One photographic operational assignment was completed by Parmuth using the LIFIRE photographic truck during the month of September."

Contributors:
Carmine Savastano • Bill Simpich

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