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Pseudonym: Nesbitt

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Definition:
Nesbitt was the training alias for Bernard Barker (AMCLATTER-1) in 1964.
Category:
alias
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
Barker received intelligence training in New York in July-August, 1964. In addition, according to a document on July 16, 1964, Ester Davis was Barker's case officer.

Des FitzGerald stated in a memo on July 4, 1964, that "AMCLATTER-1 has been polygraphed successfully. Other investigations made by JMWAVE resulted in no derogatory information being discovered." This was contradicted by Chris Hopkins in a memo on Bernard Barker in June of 1973, which was based on a conversation with former Miami CIA officer, David Morales. According to Hopkins "Dave said we can be sure A-1 tells the authorities everything he knows. He tells all to everyone. Because he was such a loudmouth Dave recommended in 1962 that he be terminated. According to Dave the AMOTs have a lot of info on A-1."
Sources:

104-10163-10102: HERNANDEZ INVITED TO JOIN NEW ORG OF BRIGADE MEMBERS

02/09/63: Cable from JMWAVE to Director (signed by G. Lynch): GYROSE KUWOLF: REF UFG-2351: "1. AMCLATTER-1 (Bernard Barker) reported 9 Feb he informed 8 Feb by Carlos Hernandez that latter invited same day to join new org of brigade members Unidad Militar para la Guerra under Napoleon Vilaboa. Hernandez who declined because he official of Triple A says Vilaboa Nazi sympathizer. 2. Hernandez brother Raul, also brigade member, attended meeting few days earlier between Vilaboa and Prio Socarras in which Prio offered finance this org including funds for radio program and promised deliver $500 for initial costs organization and publicity 8 Feb."

104-10163-10063: PRIOR TO HQS ATTEMPTING ANY TRAINING SCHEDULE FOR AMCLATTER-1.

01/31/64: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: Charles J. Francis, WH/SS): TYPIC KUROAR: REF: WAVE 0896 (IN 03126): "Prior to HQDS attempting any training schedule for AMCLATTER-1 (Bernard Barker), request clarification NIS mention para 3 of UFGA-12869 and resolution WAVE's concern expressed in para 5B. Advise status of investigation, results of same, and conclusions drawn by station. C/S Comment: Re tradecraft of AMCLATTER-1." Releasing Officer: (Signature for) Desmond FitzGerald, C/SAS. Coordinating Officers: SAS/CI: Anita Potocki. SAS/MOB: Paul Maggio. Authenticating Officer: Charles J. Francis, DC/SAS/SUPPORT.

104-10163-10060: REQUEST FOR COVERT TRAINING OF AMCLATTER-1.

07/04/64: Memo from Desmond FitzGerald, Chief, Western Hemisphere Division to Director of Training (Attention: Chief, Covert Training/Operations School): "1. It is requested that full time covert training be provided in the New York City area for a five week period from 20 July to approximately 21 August 1964 for Subject. 2. The training should provide a full tradecraft course including agent acquisition bloc with special emphasis on contact and intelligence reporting, exercises in surveillance, counter-surveillance, dead drop and personal meetings, comprehensive problem in spotting, developing and recruiting agents...3. AMCLATTER-1 (Bernard Barker) has been a full time contract agent since 4 April 1960...4...AMCLATTER-1 has been polygraphed successfully. Other investigations made by JMWAVE resulted in no derogatory information being discovered. AMCLATTER-1 is a JMWAVE Station asset in the area of political action and general contact with Cuban exile groups and individual personalities...8. This memorandum will confirm telephone conversations between Mr. Raleigh Taylor, Mr. Reg Augustine of CC/03/TR and Mr. Charles J. Francis, DC/WH/SS, who is acting as responsible WH Headquarters case officer..."

104-10163-10059: ARRANGEMENTS FOR TRAINING NEW YORK AREA.

07/06/64: Cable from Director to JMWAVE (Orig: Charles J. Francis, WH/SS): TYPIC KUROAR: REF: WAVE 8288 (IN 12220): "1. Re arrangements for AMCLATTER-1 (Bernard Barker) training New York area 20 July to 21 August. KUSODA working on hotel reservation, will advise when confirmed. Reservation being made in his true name so he to pay bill. 2. Contact instructions as follows: AMCLATTER-1 to call New York phone number WA 4-3727 at 0900 hours 20 July and ask for Steve using training alias Nesbitt. Say that he, Nesbitt, has arrived and give Steve his room number. AMCLATTER-1 not to call from hotel or mention name of hotel since Steve will have already been given the name of hotel. A contact identity card for AMCLATTER-1's use being forwarded by separate dispatch. 3. Please advise cover story he will use during training period. C/S Comment: Requested contact plan, type training and arrange billet." Releasing Officer: Charles J. Francis for Desmond FitzGerald, C/WHD. Coordinating Officers: WH/SA/MOB: Paul Maggio (in draft). CC/OS/TR: Mr. Augustine (telecon). WH/SEC: J. J. Mullane. Authenticating Officer: Charles J. Francis, DC/WH/SS.

104-10215-10045: FORM:INSTRUCTION SHEET: FI/CI SUPPORT ASSET - BERNARD L. BARKER.

07/16/64: Request for Approval or Investigative Action form: "SUBJECT: Bernard L. Barker. CRYPTONYM: AMCLATTER-1. FROM: O. A. Williams, WH/SA/IOS...SPECIFIC AREA OF USE: JMWAVE area. FULL DETAILS OF USE: Subject will be utilized as a FI/CI support asset in the JMWAVE area. JMWAVE traces non-derogatory per WAVE 5572, 25 April 1964. SIGNATURE OF CASE OFFICER: Joseph Moughan for Ester Davis. SIGNATURE OF BRANCH CHIEF: Joseph Moughan for Bruce B. Cheever."

104-10163-10108: COMPLETION OF TRAINING REPORT ON AMCLATTER-1.

08/27/64: Memo from Rawleigh Taylor, Jr., OC/CS/TR to Chief, Western Hemisphere Division (Attn: Charles J. Francis, DC/WH/SS): Subject: Completion of Training Report on AMCLATTER-1, Training Alias: NESBITT: "1. AMCLATTER-1 received covert training in New York from 20 July through 21 August 1964. There was no substantial variance in the curriculum as outlined in the original request. 2. Throughout the entire training period AMCLATTER-1 appeared attentive, serious, and anxious to absorb as much as he could of the training material..."

104-10164-10186: BIOGRAPHY ON BERNARD BARKER

06/21/73: Memo for the record from Chris Hopkins, WH/COG/OS: Subject: Conversation 21 June with Dave Morales re AMCLATTER-1: "1. Dave said that Jack Stewart, now retired, recruited A-1 in Havana in 1959, as a support agent. A-1 provided Havana Station information on the police and political matters. He was also used to transport our agents to the harbor(s) for exfiltration. The Agency exfiltrated A-1 to Tampa in 1959, and put him in touch with the FRD in Miami. He had a job in the FRD recruiting candidates for the invasion. He worked with Cardona on propaganda. Howard Hunt became A-1's case officer on CA matters at JMWAVE Station. 2. Dave said we can be sure A-1 tells the authorities everything he knows. He tells all to everyone. Because he was such a loudmouth Dave recommended in 1962 that he be terminated. According to Dave the AMOTs have a lot of info on A-1."

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