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Offline Bill Brown

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Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:15:28 AM »
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Some (John Armstrong) claim that Oswald, when arrested, had two torn halves of dollar bills on him.  They claim this was so that he could identify himself to his handler at the theater, Oswald has one half of a torn dollar bill and the handler has the other half (why was Oswald waiting for a northbound bus if the prearranged meeting with the handler was inside the theater directly south, anyway?).

Oswald did not have torn pieces of dollar bills on him. Oswald had eight $1 bills in his wallet when he was arrested. None of the eight were torn in half. These eight bills were inventoried (according to serial number, see CE-1149).

Armstrong has even backed off from that claim and now believes that the two halves were found at the rooming house on Saturday the 23rd.

If there were two halves of torn dollar bills among Oswald's possessions at the rooming house, below is a reasonable explanation (at least, it should be considered):

J. Edgar Hoover, Masters of Deceit,1958:

To join the Communist Party does not automatically mean life tenure. Memberships must be renewed every year or, in communist language, members are "reregistered. This represents another means of control. If a member is delinquent in dues or donations, he'll have to pay a penalty, perhaps contribute ten dollars, or be disciplined. These annual registration drives are important events in Party life. Each member is personally contacted. Clubs and sections compete for speed and percentage of successful registration. The drives usually start in October and often extend well past the December 31 deadline.

A member moves. His district organization will send details concerning him to his new area: name, Party history, whether dues are paid, along with any other remarks. A member may be given half of a dollar bill and the other half forwarded to the new district. When the member arrives, the halves are matched. Identity is thus established.
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Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
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Offline Gerry Down

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Re: Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2020, 02:56:14 PM »
To join the Communist Party
Oswald wasn't a member of the communist party.

J. Edgar Hoover, Masters of Deceit,1958:

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A member moves. His district organization will send details concerning him to his new area: name, Party history, whether dues are paid, along with any other remarks. A member may be given half of a dollar bill and the other half forwarded to the new district. When the member arrives, the halves are matched. Identity is thus established.

Hoover really said that about the half dollar bills? What page is that on? Why not just use ID rather than a dollar bill. It wasn't illegal to be a member of the communist party.
« Last Edit: November 21, 2020, 03:08:05 PM by Gerry Down »

Online Jon Banks

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Re: Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2020, 05:35:29 PM »
Oswald identified himself as a Marxist.

One can be a Marxist without being a Communist but one can't be a Communist without being a Marxist.

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Offline John Tonkovich

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Re: Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2020, 10:14:21 PM »
Hoover is not much of a source.
Neither is Armstrong.

Offline Jerry Freeman

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Re: Spies, Lies & Wannabe Commies in Disguise
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2020, 07:56:08 AM »
... why was Oswald waiting for a northbound bus if the prearranged meeting with the handler was inside the theater directly south...
  Who says that Oswald was waiting for a northbound bus? He may have been seen by the housekeeper standing near that bus stop but this does not mandate him to board any bus.

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2020, 07:56:08 AM »