- The New Yorker Magazine
- Kudos to Mr. Hersh for writing this article: http://www.newyorker.com/printable/?fact/050124fa_fact
- And thanks to the Newyorker for having the courage to
- There is one item barely addressed by Mr. Hersh. It is
almost totally overlooked by the talking heads of the White House, the
DOD, DIA, CIA and State Department and those broadcasting on CNN from Iraq.
You will NEVER see the NSC nor the NSA broach the following subject which
is the essence of the dilemma we face in the Middle East. You will never
hear the Generals from Iraq discussing the fact that the guerrilla warfare
there is alive and well, only that the acts of "insurgents" (sounds
like folks from out of town, eh?) who take their toll on whomever is in
the way. NOT ONE spokesman from State or the Pentagon or DOD will acknowledge
that we are very much involved in a classic Guerrilla War.
- The subject is Terror. Not terrorism, banditry, insurrectionist
activity, but plain old fashioned unadulterated Terror.
- Mao Tse Tung's teachings on and about Guerrilla Warfare,
sometimes used in the hushed tones of "Unconventional Warfare",
or UW, are in the lesson plans used by the Special Warfare School at Ft.
Bragg, NC, and elsewhere.
- The First Phase of Guerrilla Warfare is Terror.
- It is used to convince the population that the government
in power cannot and will not protect the population from terrorist type
actions: Bombings, Assassination, Kidnapping, rape pillage and burn, severing
lines of communication, destroying the infrastructure of oil and gas services,
blowing up bridges, rail yards, churches and mosques. Shooting policemen
and blowing up their district stations, assassinating judges, lawyers,
school teachers, media representatives, clergy, and indiscriminant targeting
of any and all military personnel from all countries involved in the aggressive
war against their nation with the use of IED, indiscriminent exploding
- There is nothing 'indiscriminent" about a command
detonated explosive. It is designed to detonate for maximum effect at
the appropriate time. An 'indiscriminent' device might very well be detonated
by the use of a "time pencil" which allows those who place the
explosive to be long gone by the time of detonation; another CIA taught
- That,s a relatively new term for "field expedient
demolitions" which are those weapons manufactured and employed by
guerrilla forces in Phase One of UW. All these techniques were taught
to virtually thousands of mid east citizens in virtually every country,
except Israel. These teachings, obviously, have not been forgotten.
- During the Sixties and Seventies Special Forces personnel,
at the direction of the CIA, traveled from Norway to Pakistan, including
most countries in between, and taught the disciplines of UW to the military
forces of those nations. These forces were based in Bad Toelz, Germany.
- When one officer returning from Lebanon in 1962 wrote
to his father, then the Army Chief of Staff at the Pentagon, the good General
took his sons' letter, which referenced all the countries visited by fellow
Special Forces A-Teams, and gave copies to all members at the next meeting
of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The only comment from General Goodpaster
was; "I didn't know we had American Forces in all these countries!"
- Two days later, SOTFE, Special Operations Task Force
Europe, CIA Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, sent a letter to the Commanding
Officer of the 10th Special Forces Group directing him to order Billy Goodpaster
NOT to write to has father of any other Special Forces missions in Europe,
North Africa and the Middle East.
- Unfortunately, this same blatant use of Special Forces
by CIA had continued during the war in Vietnam and other countries around
the world, without the knowledge or approval of the Pentagon. They were
simply not in the loop, an unnecessary burden on the goals of CIA, with
and without the knowledge of the Presidents along the way. Some call this
Treason in Wartime. Then we also have instances of Rogue CIA activity in
blatant violation of Presidential Directives issued during National Security
Council meetings that were never to see the light of day.
- Those students who were taught UW tactics and the theory
of Mao Tse Tung in all the Middle East countries, save Israel, now have
the mind set for taking action as Guerrilla Warfare warriors. They learned
their lessons well. Is there the distinct possibility that these efforts
of decades ago was designed to have a significant cadre of UW oriented
forces who would use these tactics to justify the counter-insurgency operations
we see today in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world? Perhaps
we are giving too much credit to pre-planning that is far beyond the planning
of those responsible for directing these efforts of UW orientation of years
gone by. If so, then what was the actual purpose for these activites?
- Phase One is alive and well in Iraq. Phase One was used
by 20,000 Ukrainian Partisans to halt the entire German Army on the Eastern
Front from advancing on Moscow. How many assets exist in Iraq to do the
- It is safe to say that at least 10 million are willing
and able. There are 25 million more Muslims in neighboring countries to
assist their brother Muslims as demanded by the Koran.
- It should also be noted that Phase One of Guerrilla Warfare,
TERROR, continues throughout the other Phases until the time comes for
the tanks to roll through the palace gates as they did in Saigon in April,
- There is absolutely nothing that can be done militarily
to stop Phase One of Guerrilla Warfare. The only exception to this rule,
and it is not military in essence, is to incarcerate the entire population,
the guerrilla's life source. This was successful one time, in Indonesia,
when all Chinese, the support of the movement, were interred. That is the
only instance where a Guerrilla War was not successful, in all of history.
- And it will be many, many years of Phase One activities
eventually resulting in our withdrawal as happened in Vietnam.
- We taught these tactics to Osama bin Laden, Castro, Noriega,
Pinochet, Diem, Marcos and Magsaysay before him, and countless others around
the world. We sure know how to pick them, don't we?
- My thanks to Seymour Hersh for including me in his book
"The Price of Power" and to then Prince, now King Norodom Sihanouk,
for including me in his book "My War With The CIA", and thanks
to Mr. Charles Morgan, Jr. the author of "One Man-One Voice"
whose Chapter 12 of his book is included in the Bio below. Thanks to Mike
Ruppert for acknowledging me in his latest, "Crossing The Rubicon".
- John McCarthy
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- John McCarthy
- Captain U.S. Army Special Forces
- To whom it may concern:
- Military Assignments.
- I joined Special Forces in June, 1960, 77th SFG at Ft.
Bragg. On July 1, 1960, the 77th SFG became the 7th SFG, I was assigned
to the 10th SFG in December, 1960 due to a shortage of my MOS.
- I was trained as an SF radio operator. I qualified for
my "3" in April, 1961.
- I was then assigned as an Intel Analyst and worked for
Sully Fontaine, the 10th SFG S-2, Dan Schubert, EC White and Ed White.
- In 1962 I graduated with honors from the 7th Army NCO
Academy across the quadrangle of Flint Kaserne and was promoted to E-5.
- I attended the 10th SFG Training School in Lengries,
Germany and was assigned as an instructor in D Company, working for Ralph
- My mentors in these early years were Llarkyn Winfred
(Rock) Nesom, Pop Grant and DJ Smith.
- I assisted in the training of East Germans who came into
West Berlin via the tunnel system for reinsertion back into East Germany
as agents directed by SOTFE, Special Operations Task Force Europe, CIA
Hq in Frankfurt, Germany.
- I was then assigned to an A team in B Company of the
10th as the junior radio operator with assignments in France, Greece, and
submarine training on the USS Tirante and Tigerone off the island of Crete.
- I was on the European Underwater Recovery Team, the nuclear
weapons team, and the Mountain Climbing Detachment.
- I worked with Displaced Persons such as Jon Novy and
others who were the initial cadre in 1953 when the 10th Special Forces
Group was moved from Ft. Bragg, NC to Bad Toelz, Germany. Many of our DP's
were OSS Veterans and carried cover names. Jon Novy used his real name.
He was from Hungary.
- I qualified quarterly to maintain my "3", which
requires a proficiency in all of the disciplines of Special Forces.
- I attended OCS and Ranger School at Ft. Benning in 1964
and was then assigned to the 3rd SFG at Ft. Bragg where I attended the
Officers Special Forces Course in 1965. I was then assigned to the 1st
SFG in Okinawa and immediately sent TDY to the 5th SFG in Nha Trang, Vietnam
and further assigned as the XO of an A Team 415 opening a new SF Camp at
Ap Bac and Kinh Quan Hai in 4th Corps, sixty miles West of Saigon in the
middle of the Plain of Reeds. Outside artillery range, we were bait.
- After returning to Okinawa I completed the UDT School
and Submarine training on the USS Tunny, SS 241, where I trained Chinese
Nationalists in the art of night infiltration from submarines while submerged
and underway. They were later sent into mainland China as agent provocateurs
directed by the CIA.
- I then trained Nationalist Chinese in the art of High
Altitude Low Opening (HALO) night parachuting from 21,500 feet for infiltration
into mainland China, as directed by the CIA. I was assigned to Taiwan for
- In June 1967 I on my second voluntary tour in Vietnam
and was assigned as the S-3 for Project Omega working for Pappy Lamar in
Plei Djereng, Vietnam.
- In September of 1967, I was assigned as the Case Officer
for Project Cherry of B-57 (Gamma) running black terror and assassination
teams. This was a CIA operation run out of the US Embassy in Saigon.
- All of these URL's are operable as of this posting.
- A two hour interview can be accessed at
- http://www.blackopradio.com archived in 2002, show #76
- I was carried on the books of the 5th SFG until murder
charges were dismissed in Jan 1971, where I was assigned as the S-3 of
the Combat Surveillance School at Ft. Huachuca, AZ. I resigned and left
the service after 11 years six months and two days of active duty with
an Honorable discharge.
- I then became a police officer in Miami, Florida.
- The Writings Of And About John McCarthy
- The Crimes: 1) Treason in Wartime 2) Conspiracy To Obstruct
Justice In A Capital Murder Case to Cover Up the Treason
- "ONE MAN-ONE VOICE"
- Charles Morgan, Jr. lawyer, retired and living in Northern
Florida, wrote a book in 1979 titled "ONE MAN-ONE VOICE".
- No longer in print and only available in the reference
sections of some major libraries, Chuck Morgan writes about his various
challenges while successfully defending the likes of Muhamed Ali, myself
- Chapter 12, below, is an example of Chuck's wit and humor.
If you have the opportunity to locate this book, I can promise an entertaining
experience and wonderment of just how troubled our judicial system is in
- One Man, One Voice Chapter 12
- The following chapter is from a book written by Charles
Morgan, Jr., my attorney during the appellate process. This book; One Man,
One Voice is a compilation of events surrounding various clients of Mr.
Morgan. He successfully represented Muhammad Ali, Howard Levy and others
whose Civil Liberties were trashed by the US Government. The book, published
in 1979, is out of print, unfortunately. It is not available in the San
Francisco Library System, the Phoenix Library System, and there is one
copy, sometimes, in the entire Los Angeles Library System in the Reference
Section of the Main Library in Beverly Hills. Of note is the quote from
Washington Post Reporter Murray Marder. It would take another 21 years
to locate National Security Documents showing Treason in War (see below).
The publisher was Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
- Chapter 12
- Captain John J. McCarthy of Special Forces had been tried
in secret and sentenced to life for the murder of a "peasant."
At Fort Leavenworth he and Howard Levy were subjected to unusual punishment:
The army made them cellmates. I could understand the kind of army reasoning
which put them together, thinking back to the time I had run away from
military school and they had brought me back just to kick me out.
- I could also understand the logic in Levy's request that
I represent McCarthy. I had been denied access to Levy's low-classified
G-2 dossier which held no "national security" secrets. Access
to the highly secret transcript in McCarthy's case would undercut any "security
risk" argument which the army might make to justify its denial to
me of Levy's dossier. If the army refused me "Top Secret" clearance,
neither Levy nor McCarthy would be worse off that they already were, and
McCarthy would be able to assign that refusal as a deprivation of his right
to select counsel of his own choosing.
- The prison conference room in which McCarthy and I met
was so small that it turned whispers into shouts. We sized each other up.
He had pale blue eyes. He was wiry, neat even in fatigues, and of medium
height. He talked freely, but he knew more about the charge than the transcript
disclosed. If he had killed that "peasant"---and he didn't believe
he had---he had done so accidentally, and somewhere that peasant had a
service record which would show him to be every bit as skilled and "special"
- In January 1960, on his seventeenth birthday, John McCarthy
had enlisted in the army. After he qualified as a paratrooper and finished
Special Forces training, he was stationed in Germany. Extraordinarily competent,
his expertise included jumping from airplanes at 30,000 feet and opening
his parachute 500 feet above ground or water, and, if water, swimming under
- In October 1964, he completed officer training and was
assigned to a Special Forces organization in Okinawa. Next came Vietnam.
He returned to Okinawa and from there had a number of short-term assignments.
On Taiwan he served on a joint United States---Republic of China team.
Later he worked with a group of military men from the Republic of the Philippines.
In June 1967, when the army sent Levy to prison, it sent McCarthy to Vietnam
as an operations officer. In the early-morning hours after Thanksgiving
night--November 24, 1967--McCarthy, who always operated under civilian
cover, and a Special Forces sergeant, also dressed as a civilian, went
to a "safe house" in Vietnam where "Jimmie," a male
Oriental with whom they worked, was quartered. McCarthy told the sergeant,
"Go outside and bring Jimmie." According to the unclassified
portions of the trial transcript, Jimmie was a Cambodian who belonged to
the highly secret Khmer Serie (Free Cambodia). In the wee hours of that
November morning, McCarthy, Jimmie, and the sergeant left Saigon on the
road to Ho Ngoc Tao in a four-door civilian Datsun. The sergeant drove.
Jimmie had been caught possessing documents which jeopardized the security
of McCarthy's secret unit. Jimmie at in the front seat center. At his right
McCarthy held a 38-caliber Smith and Wesson revolver loosely in his left
hand behind the front seat.
- As they amiable chatted there was a loud "explosion."
The windshield frosted into honeycombed cracks. Jimmie slumped, a hole
through his head, blood pouring from his face, dead.
- They hid the corpse under a tarpaulin in a six-foot ditch
and returned to the detachment compound. McCarthy went to bed. The sergeant
reported the incident. The next morning the detachment commander, a non-Special
Forces "intelligence officer," placed McCarthy under arrest.
After sixty days' confinement at Long Binh jail, known affectionately as
LBJ, McCarthy was secretly tried.
- His counsel, Captain Stewart P. Davis, stipulated that
"Jimmie," known by several other names, including Inchin Hai
Lam, was dead. He also agreed that McCarthy was one of the three men in
the automobile; that his weapon discharged inside that automobile; that
previous to that "Jimmie" was alive, and afterward he was dead.
The question for the court-martial was How had Jimmie been killed? Murder?
Ambush? Shrapnel? A stray shot? A ricochet from the accidental discharge
of McCarthy's.38? Davis said, "[The prosecution] cannot connect Captain
McCarthy's weapon and the wound."
- Davis looks like the movie-star version of a Special
Forces man--solidly built, well tanned, his quiet approach to the law and
life belying an ability to withstand pressure. After becoming a paratrooper,
he graduated from Washington and Lee's law school and served in the Judge
Advocate Generals Corps.
- Davis and McCarthy made an excellent defense team. The
lawyer liked his client, who insisted he had wanted Jimmie questioned,
- Their problem was the pathologist. He had observed no
powder burns on the skin on Jimmie's neck near the wound, and in his expert
opinion any weapon larger than a .25 caliber would have produced both a
star-shaped wound and a burn visible to the naked eye. Since he found gunpowder
within the wound he concluded that the weapon had been held against Jimmie's
body. The .38 would have made a larger hold, and a more pronounced gunpowder
"tattoo." The pathologist said a weapon of .25 caliber or less
had been held against Jimmie's neck. That ruled out an accidental or stray
shot, shrapnel or a ricochet. It also ruled out the possibility that a
bullet had been fired from outside the Datsun. But the window's on the
left side of the automobile had been down, and a motorcycles had pulled
away from the "safe house" and headed up the highway immediately
before them. Inside the Datsun, McCarthy, his .38 **** in anticipation
of hostile fire, had speculated on the mission of the motorcyclist. The
sergeant testified that his elbow had been resting on the window frame
when the "explosion" occurred. It was then that McCarthy's weapon
had fired. Had McCarthy's weapon caused that explosion or had he fired
it as a reflex response to another shot?
- By saying that the wound could not have been caused by
the .38 at close range, the pathologist ruled out answers to these and
other questions. Under normal circumstances his testimony would have meant
McCarthy could not have committed the crime. But Special Forces men were
trained to defy normal circumstances. They were known for their ability
to obtain and use small, secret. 25-caliber single-shot devices. So the
jury believed that McCarthy had killed Jimmie with a secret 25-caliber
weapon, and under that theory, the killing could not have been accidental.
- They sentenced him to life and hard labor and recommended
clemency. That was normal enough. What was unheard of was their refusal
to order a forfeiture of his pay and allowances and his dismissal from
- I entered the case on June 10, 1968. It took the Army
229 days to prove me "nationally secure." After my clearance
on February 25, 1969, I certified in writing that I had read the statutes
which provide for "the willful or negligent divulging of classified
information to unauthorized persons" and a "penalty of death
or imprisonment for any term of years or for life." In a similar situation,
In Muhammad Ali's case, I had refused to accept wiretap logs covered by
a secrecy order. That also was an intuitive judgment and, in law as in
- In Falls Church, Virginia, I was provided a "secure"
secretary for dictation, typing, and clerical work. I couldn't work on
certain aspects of the case in Atlanta, for the transcript and other documents
couldn't leave the Falls Church office building. Later (on February 8,
1970) in an article in the Washington Post entitled TERMINATED AGENT MAY
HAUNT U.S., Murray Marder would write: "[W]hile comparatively obscure,
the McCarthy case carries a larger potential for international complications
than the celebrated Green Berets case." McCarthy was locked up in
the government's prison, but if Marder was right, the secrets McCarthy
knew made the government his prisoner. In court papers I urged McCarthy
be freed, for he had been deprived of his unqualified constitutional rights
to an open and public trial.
- Soon after the August 6, 1969 headline in the Atlanta
Journal---BERET COLONEL, 7 OTHERS CHARGED IN VIET MURDER---I telephoned
the disciplinary barracks. "John, if you haven't told me the truth,
if you lied at the trial, if you've said anything up to now that wasn't
true, it is time to recant."
- I want to know every fact which a client reasonable thinks
may have a bearing upon his case. From the beginning McCarthy maintain
his innocence, and even if his story seemed irrational to some, he stuck
by it---tenaciously. I would cross-examine and attempt to trip him up,
and ask him every question I could think of. He remained unshaken and unshakable.
- I explained that Special Forces Colonel Robert B. Rheault
and the seven other men charged with murder in Vietnam had as much chance
of coming to trial as did the CIA or Richard M. Nixon. The desire to cover
up, to keep secrets---not from the Communists but from Americans---would
guarantee the release of the Special Forces men. If McCarthy had lied at
trial and to me, but now came out with the truth, we could tie his case
to Rheault's, and the odds would be a hundred to one in favor of his release.
- "I'll be *******ed!" came the response. "If
my own lawyer won't believe me. I told the truth! I don't give a damn if
a rot in here. I didn't kill that man!" When a convict serving a life
sentence angers at the sight of a master key to his cell, it's time that
he be believed.
- On September 29, 1969, the army dismissed the charges
against Rheault and company and blamed the cover-up on the CIA's refusal
to allow its agents to testify at any trial. Two days later, in the New
York Times, the lawyer for a Green Beret, Henry B. Rothblatt, said that
Nixon made that decision.
- In Washington, Stewart Davis conferred with Colonel Pierre
A. Finck, chief of the Wound Ballistics Pathology Branch of the Armed Forces
Institute of Pathology, and widely known as the physician who performed
the John F. Kennedy autopsy. Finck told Davis that he was familiar with
the McCarthy file and testimony, but he revealed nothing helpful. Neither
did the army attorney who directed Davis to the right file, which, however,
he could not let Davis see. But he placed the file on the nearby table
and left Davis in the room, saying, "There's a Xerox machine down
the hall and a sergeant in the next office."
- Alone, Davis opened the folder. On top there was a memorandum
from the prosecution's pathologist-witness to "Chief, Forensic Pathology
Division, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology." "Because of the
small size of the wound and the absence of grossly visible powder tattooing
I originally testified....that the murder weapon was probably a .22 or
.25 caliber weapon."The pathologist went on to write that he had been
"mistaken about the weapon." (Date of Memorandum is September
8, 1968---Date of Discovery is March 20, 1970)
- Based upon the trial transcript, McCarthy's testimony
that he had a .38-caliber pistol, and the driver's description of the sound
as deafening, that his ear were ringing, and that he experienced "a
temporary loss of hearing", the pathologist had altered his scientific
judgment. He wrote, "In conclusion I new think the victim was killed
by a single shot from Captain McCarthy's revolver fired several inches
away from the back of the neck."
- So the accidental firing of the .38 could have killed
- Finally, in the secret world of secret cases, we had
begun to win. The report of the pathologist also mentioned correspondence
with "the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding a bullet fragment
removed from the nasal pharynx from the deceased." This metal was
"enclosed in a plastic envelope attached to the FBI report."
- When we obtained the report it read, "A tiny particle
of quartz was stuck to the surface of the fragment." It also said,
"No glass was found." Quartz comes from glass and glass can come
from shattered windshields, so we wanted to examine the metal fragment.
But the FBI and the army had managed to lose it in the registered mail.
- In a Virginia office building, in a hearing open to the
public, I argued for the right of public trial. Then the three officers
on the Court of Military Review, accompanied by their security adviser,
adjourned to a conference room in the bowels of the Pentagon. Outside,
soldiers stood guard which I argued from the secret portion of the record.
- On October 29, 1970, we won. Based upon the pathologist's
altered testimony, the court unanimously ordered the convictions set aside.
One judge went further. To him, McCarthy's "record in intelligence
and intelligence-related operations, as well as the military skills associated
therewith which he has developed," made it in defiance of "logic"
that he would have murdered "the victim in the manner developed by
the Government at trial and urged upon us during appellate argument."
Terming McCarthy a "proven officer, thoroughly trained in intelligence
operations, well-disciplined and sensitive to the ramifications of all
his actions, not only with regard to the United States but to other political
entities whose interests might be affected," that judge said the court
should have forbidden a retrial. But that decision rested with Major General
W.B. Latta of the army's Strategic Communications Command, under whom McCarthy
was then serving.
- On January 6, 1971, I met the general at Fort Huachuca,
Arizona. He concurred in his staff judge advocates recommendation that
a new trial was "not warranted." The charge was dismissed.
- Months after John McCarthy honorably left the service,
I received an urgent telephone call. He had applied for a job. He told
me of the the county personnel officer who had received an FBI report on
- "I'm sitting in this man's office and the report
at which he's looking says I should be locked in prison. Would you tell
him I'm not an escapee or a convicted felon?" I did so, as I marveled
at the efficiency and concern of a government which imprisoned together
one man who termed its heroes killers, and a hero whom the government termed
a killer, then ignored its own pathologists recantation, lost a metal bullet
fragment transmitted in its registered mail, and failed to put into its
computer the record of the one Green Beret it had certified innocent.
- Charles Morgan is retired and living in Northern Florida
Stewart Davis is a Judge in Northern Virginia Pierre Finck is retired and
living in Switzerland
- Just before bedtime I find it appropriate to offer words
of wisdom from an unknown author. Every time a hear a challenge to the
exposure of Crimes Against Humanity, election fraud, vote manipulation,
fabricated evidence to justify an aggressive, preemptive attack on a sovereign
country and the diversionary tactic of calling those who expose such arrogance
as "conspiracy theorists", I look up from my desk to see the
- "THE STRUGGLE TO DISBELIEVE IS ETERNAL
- WE STRUGGLE TO DISBELIEVE THAT WHICH CONTRADICTS OUR
PREDISPOSITION----FACE REALITY----START WHERE YOU ARE"