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Pseudonym: Cabal, Bill

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Definition:
Unknown identity. Bill Cabal was an alias used by a desk operations officer when running a trainees course named CIWOOD. CI was the CIA's diagraph for Venezuela.
Category:
alias
Status:
Unknown
Discussion:
The memorandum by Desmond FitzGerald, then Chief, Western Hemisphere Division, on the CIWOOD course may have been written sometime in 1965 instead of 1966. A Mr. Wall is mentioned in this memo, this could well be Robert Wall, a CIA paramilitary officer. The memo was distributed to DDP/TRO, CI/Staff, FI/OPS, TSD/TRNG, SOD/Ground, C/WH/Plans and WH/3/REDACTION (as well as to the office of C/WHD himself).
Sources:

104-10183-10346: SUBJECT: COVERT TRAINING FOR MEMBER OF ORGANIZATION.

CIA Official Routing Slip: From: Hal. To: 1.Jack Flynn. 2. Hal Swenson. Remarks:

104-10183-10346: SUBJECT: COVERT TRAINING FOR MEMBER OF ORGANIZATION.

01/01/66: Memorandum from Desmond FitzGerald, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to Director of Training (Attention: Chief, Covert Training/OS/TR): Subject: Covert Training for member of CIWOOD organization: Reference: Proposed Training Curriculum for CIWOOD Trainees From CC/OS/TW: "1. It is requested that covert training be given to the CIWOOD trainees listed below for the period of 8 March - 30 April 1965. This will be the second group of CIWOOD trainees under this program which was initiated by the (REDACTION) Desk of Branch Three of WH Division through Mr. (REDACTION) Chief, Covert Training, in September 1964. The first group was given an 8 weeks covert course ending on 26 February 1965. The trainees will be in Washington under the notional cover of 'participating in military training courses' or possibly a 'purchasing mission' for their Government. As such, they will not be formal (REDACTION) visitors and will not be expected to enter Headquarters Buildings, except for one day training in the R & S Building, or to meet Agency officials. 2. Project CIWOOD is a (REDACTION) activity which has as the objective the establishment of a (REDACTION) with the (REDACTION) to permit CIA improve the efficiency and capabilities of (REDACTION). Jacob B. Hurschwood, a Staff Agent under non-official cover in (REDACTION) is providing advice and guidance (REDACTION) and is obtaining intelligence information in return. It is believed that covert training can help improve the efficiency and internal security (REDACTION) which will enable this organization to more effectively counter/contain the extremist guerrilla band terrorist activity fomented by the Communist Party of (REDACTION) with aid and encouragement from Cuba..."

104-10183-10346: SUBJECT: COVERT TRAINING FOR MEMBER OF ORGANIZATION.

01/01/66: Memorandum from Desmond FitzGerald, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to Director of Training (Attention: Chief, Covert Training/OS/TR): Subject: Covert Training for member of CIWOOD organization: Page 2: ..."3. The responsible desk operations officer for this course will be Mr. (REDACTION) who will be known to the trainees as 'Bill Cabal', the same identity he used with the first group. An Agency serviced telephone number, 638-3120 has been arranged and will be given to the trainees as a number where 'Bill Cabal' can be reached in an emergency. This number is serviced 24 hours a day and Mr. (REDACTION) is immediately notified to call the persons who asked for him at that number. Mr. (REDACTION) is located in room 3B2613 of Headquarters Building, extension 4521..." - - - Page 5: ..."It is assumed that the trainees are aware of the Agency affiliation of Hurschwood and that the training will be conducted by CIA. The Director of (REDACTION) is aware of Hurschwood's CIA association and was also received by the DCI on 21 July 1964 during a visit to the U.S." Paragraph 6 discusses training requirements: Training to be held in a safehouse, conducted in Spanish, one-day indoctrination in Seals and Flaps and Audio Surveillance. One-day orientation course in Counter Insurgency, and an extensive two-week course in Flaps and Seals for Mayor (REDACTION) at a TSD safehouse. - - - Page 6: Paragraph 8 discussed counter insurgency. One passage reads: "It is proposed that Mr. (REDACTION) who would use the alias of 'Bill Cabal' - take the trainees to the office of (REDACTION) and that (REDACTION) be introduced as a consultant of CIA who is very knowledgeable of counterinsurgency problems. (REDACTION) as a member of the International Police Services Academy..." - - - Page 7: ..."Through Mr. (REDACTION) Chief of the Ground Branch of SOD, and Mr. Wall (Note: Possibly Robert Wall), of the same branch..." Hurschwood and a Mr. Luria also mentioned on this page.

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