Friday, May 10, 2013

A December 5, 1978, Memo From the Director of the FBI

Found in RYMUR Vol. 11

The previous day the State Department had provided the FBI with a list that broke down who the bad guys were in the surviving ex-pat Guyanese Peoples Temple membership; or at least those who were, as Rumsfeld once put it, the "worst of the worst. This "heads-up" was meant to "facilitate interview of these individuals upon their return to the United States," and the Director was disseminating the information to a very tight circle of headquarters in New York and San Francisco. The strict informational and actionable boundaries on display, in which the FBI works only within United States's borders, while the CIA works only outside the homeland is, of course, a total fraud, but at least it's being adhered to.

I haven't read yet any of the many books published on Jonestown and the Peoples Temple. There's plenty of derivative material to read online, as well as primary source stuff such as this to sift through. I wanted to avoid being polluted by sources within the strict hierarchy of authorship which establishes factual reality so that I could make up my own mind. I even held off watching any of the video material available online while I was in such a delicate and highly influenceable condition, and I'm glad I did. Watching some of the serious documentaries recently was like watching Saturday morning cartoons---everything is so telegraphed and exaggerated---that it just all falls into place

So I am going to go way out on a limb here, given the comprehensive grasp necessary to make the sort of categorical statement I'm about to make with great assurance:

The terminal Peoples Temple experiment, along with its survivors, who like the Energizer bunny, never seem to die, was an extreme example of the manipulative games of psychic power and cultural control that the elites play on the masses everyday. But seeing this list of names corralled into a little woodshed of a memo is a heightened experience for me, as I realize how much the official record, and by that I mean the official record keepers--people like Tim Reiterman and Charles A. Krause in the early days, and Rebecca Moore and her husband more recently ---has been able to strain out the truth from our pulp-free reality.

For instance, I'm sure there has never been any mention, let alone a proper discussion, of the two-tiered system of membership in dirty-tricks groups called "Angels" and "Hit Squad," as revealed in this memo; or that those happy happenstances of survivorship,at least in the public eye, men like Odell Rhodes who was said to have actually witnessed the story, were in fact, card-carrying members of not only the most elite control network, but also the darkest.

In an unjust time the only place for a just man is in jail, so if the truth sets you free, does that mean this entire social-political-economic system is about to collapse?

Yippee. Even at Masada one man was said to have survived in order to tell the tale.

December 5, 1978,

From: Director FBI

On December 4, 1978, the Department of State provided a list of peoples Temple [PT] members currently in Guyana awaiting repatriation to the United States. This list has been reviewed at FBI headquarters for information indicating which individuals may be potentially dangerous.

The following list contains the names of individuals currently in Guyana who have been identified by one or more individuals as being a member of Jones' personal staff, Planning Commission, Security Force, "Basketball Team" [alleged to be identical with security force] Angels [elite corp of hit men assigned to carry out criminal assignments], or to have other information regarding internal workings and plans of the PT.

Paula Adams, personal staff and Planning Commission;
Edith Bogue, Personal secretary to Reverend Jones
Tiena Bogue, Member of the Security force
Michael Carter, Member of the Security Force and Hit Squad
Tim Carter, Member of Security Force and Hit Squad; Chief enforcer for PT, Reported to have been in San Francisco prior to Ryan's visit attempting to obtain information regarding congressman.
John Raphael Cobb, Basket Ball / Security Force
Harold Cordell, Firearms Training Instructor, Head of Security
Calvin Douglas, Security Force
Lee Ingram, "Coach" of the Basketball / Security Force
James Warren Jones, Jr., Basketball Team / Security Force, Angel
Timothy Glenn Jones, Basketball Team / Security Force
Larry Layton, Member of the Angels
Cleveland Newell, Basketball Team / Security Force
Michael Prokes, Hit Squad
Odell Rhodes, Hit Squad
Debbie Touchette, Planning Commission of the PT, Reported to have traveled throughout the Caribbean with Maria Katsaris regarding financial transactions including secret bank accounts of the PT, Member of Angels
Michael Touchette, Personal Staff of the PT
Preston Lee Wade, Basketball Team / Security Force
Walter Lee Williams, Basketball Team / Security Force
Burrell Dernaro Wilson, Basketball Team / Security Force

The above information is being provided to New York to facilitate interview of these individuals upon their return to the United States


Ha, ha, ha! I quickly checked on Google to see if I was going to make a big fool out of myself for a too-bold statement, and look what came up. I don't know how Reiterman manages to be both a reporter and a featured star in the narrative. Does he wind up giving away all his best material "for free"?

But he does get his wry references in:
The next day, after his rescue, Reiterman dictated his tale to the paper from his hospital bed near Washington, D.C. He soon returned to his native San Francisco to recuperate. But because of fears of a Temple squad of "avenging angels," Reiterman and his wife, Susan, were kept under police guard.
Is "Avenging Angels" the full, proper name for the snuff club, or is it just a coincidence he used the term in a direct quote? And apparently, you don't need actual threats to get police protection, just a fear of threat will  do fine to secure police protection. Keep saying to yourself, over and over, "I am the cult, and I am the eradicator of cults,.

At least I finally found the "at Jonestown, he ordered crates of Gideon Bibles to be used as toilet paper," reference I've been looking for, like, forever. I bet People Magazine stole it out of Tim's book. Although it took him 30 years to first mention cultist were relying on outhouses in the socialist promised land; with leaves and empty cement sacks to wipe their butts---anything, really, after the Gideon's ran out.

November 22, 1982, People, Four Years After Surviving Jonestown's Hell, Tim Reiterman Tries to Explain How It Happened, by Maria Wilhelm,

Tim Reiterman hid in the jungle of Guyana, his left arm ripped by bullets and bandaged with his leather belt. "The fear was raw," he recalls. "I felt the reality of death—unmistakable, irreversible, senseless." Reiterman's friend and colleague at the San Francisco Examiner, photographer Greg Robinson, lay dead beneath a crippled plane 40 yards away, shot down by a Peoples Temple death squad. Four others had been killed, including Rep. Leo Ryan, who had been on a fact-finding trip to Jonestown, the Temple's South American sanctuary. He was investigating reports of beatings and virtual imprisonment there, reports written by Reiterman.

At the same time, about six miles away in Jonestown, the encampment's mad messiah, the Rev. Jim Jones, was leading 912 of his followers to a communion of poisoned Grape Flavor Aid.

All night Reiterman and other ambush survivors guarded the four in Ryan's party who were seriously hurt, shooing flies off their fresh wounds. Then dawn came, bringing help with it, and Reiterman took out one of Robinson's cameras. With his good arm, he shot a picture of the plane and its murdered passengers. "The outside world," he said, "had to see what had happened."

That was four years ago this Nov. 18. "When everybody saw the pictures of the bodies in Guyana, they thought they knew the story of Jim Jones and Jonestown," Reiterman, 35, says today. "They didn't. I didn't know it then."

Reiterman had spent 18 months investigating Jones and the Peoples Temple before the holocaust. Since then he and fellow Examiner reporter John Jacobs have conducted 800 interviews and studied thousands of documents to try to comprehend "the incredibly raveled personality of Jim Jones."

In their epic biography of Jones, Raven (Dutton, $17.95), Reiterman and Jacobs argue that he was not, as many believed, "a good man gone bad": He was mentally disturbed from the start. They found threads of evil even in Jones' childhood in Lynn, Ind. He was sadistic. Teenaged Jim three times shot at one of the few friends he had; the adult Jim sexually abused his parishioners, male and female, and in Jonestown, he suppressed malcontents by drugging them. Yet he was eloquent. By age 16, he was preaching on street corners. With his wizardry at words he mesmerized his flock and impressed the powerful, even former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. But he was sacrilegious; at Jonestown, he ordered crates of Gideon Bibles to be used as toilet paper. He was a con man and a liar; he fostered paranoia by telling his followers of imaginary death threats against him; he staged fake faith healings, pulling chicken entrails from an invalid's body and calling it cancer. But with the evil, it seemed, was good; he fought for minorities and the poor. Jones thought he was God. But, as the massacre proved, he was a devil.

What about those who followed him? "It is so easy to dismiss these people as the great unwashed," says co-author Jacobs, who spent 10 weeks in Guyana after the tragedy. "But it just isn't true. These people were not crazy. They were essentially good people who joined the Temple with the best of intentions...people like you and me."

Reiterman first heard of Jones and his Temple in 1976, while at the Associated Press in San Francisco. Sammy Houston, an AP photographer, confided in Tim about the mysterious death of his son, a Temple member. He showed Tim a letter telling of, among other things, disciplinary beatings.

In 1977, after Reiterman moved to the Examiner, he began investigating the Temple. He met defectors who gave him "a real taste for the positive side of the church, the brotherhood." They also gave him a picture of a cruel, promiscuous, manipulative Jones. Most frightening, they recounted a 1975 loyalty test in which Jones tricked some of his members into drinking wine that he said was poisoned. It was the first of many "white nights," rehearsals for the real thing. "One woman said to me, 'There are people inside the church who would kill for Jim Jones,' " Reiterman recalls. "At the time, I honestly didn't believe it."

In November 1977 Reiterman wrote Sammy Houston's story. He doggedly pursued the Temple, writing about its new Guyanese commune, where Jones later "put people through suicide rehearsals every two or three weeks.... I don't think anyone outside Jonestown could comprehend his madness then." Rep. Leo Ryan, an old friend of Houston's, read Reiterman's first report and heard more horror stories from the frightened families of Temple members. So Ryan decided to go to Jonestown to see for himself. Reiterman invited himself along and, on Nov. 13, 1978, the Congressman's party of journalists and family members left San Francisco.

Reiterman was apprehensive, but he recalls shaking hands with Robinson on their way to Jonestown. "We were as happy as hell," he says. He was impressed with Jonestown but not with Jones. "He seemed to have to steady himself against the table. He came across as very paranoid," Tim recalls. "I felt sorry for him."

Ryan's mission was to give Temple members an escape, if they wanted it. Jones said no one would want to leave. But a day later more than a dozen defected. They were boarding planes for home when the shooting began.

"People were diving and tumbling all around me," Tim recalls. "It was a scramble of feet and bodies and gunfire." He saw a bullet explode in his left forearm and felt another hit his wrist. He ran for the bush. "I thought I might be the only person wounded," he says, "or the only person who survived."

The next day, after his rescue, Reiterman dictated his tale to the paper from his hospital bed near Washington, D.C. He soon returned to his native San Francisco to recuperate. But because of fears of a Temple squad of "avenging angels," Reiterman and his wife, Susan, were kept under police guard. They stayed in the home of his father, then an associate San Francisco schools superintendent. "We didn't know what to expect," Tim says. "The unthinkable had happened once before." But no active remnants of Peoples Temple remained.

Jonestown would not leave him. "I don't think a day passes that I don't think of it," he says. "It has become part of me. People ask, 'If you knew then what you know now about Jones' early life, about the decline of his personality, about the depravity and madness later, would you have gone to Jonestown? If you'd known your visit would trigger the deaths of 900 people, if you'd known Greg Robinson wouldn't come back, would you still have gone?' " Tim answers quietly: "Of course not. I would turn back the clock if I could."

He wrote the book to answer the question the world asked: Why? Ironically, it also serves a rule Jones had on a board in Jonestown. He died near that sign. It read: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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