Fletcher Prouty

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BornLeroy Fletcher Prouty
January 24, 1917
Springfield, Massachusetts
DiedJune 5, 2001 (Age 84)
McLean, Virginia
ExposedJohn F. Kennedy/Assassination/Perpetrators
A US military establishment insider who fingered Edward Lansdale as the orchestrator of the JFK assassination.

L. Fletcher Prouty served as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under US President John F. Kennedy. A former colonel in the United States Air Force, he retired from military service to become a bank executive, and subsequently became a critic of US foreign policy, particularly the covert activities of the CIA about which he had considerable inside knowledge.


Prouty was assigned to coordinate operations between the USAF and the CIA in 1955.[1] As a result of a CIA Commendation for this work he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the US Air Force, and was promoted to Colonel being assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.[citation needed]

With the creation of the Defense Intelligence Agency by Robert McNamara and the abolishment of the OSO, he was transferred to the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to create a similar worldwide office. He was the Chief of Special Operations with the Joint Staff all during 1962–1963. He was ordered[By whom?] to travel as the Military Escort officer for a group of VIPs who were being flown to the South Pole, November 10–28, 1963 at the United States Navy Base at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica - so he was out of the way during the JFK assassination.[2]


CIA "focal point network"

Prouty was an early critic of the CIA who argued that the organisation was a clandestine arm of the secret government from the outset. In his important book The Secret Team, he describes the claim that the CIA exists to provide intelligence information to the president as "the CIA’s most important cover story", a cover story designed to obscure the CIA’s main interest, what he calls "fun and games", i.e. clandestine operations. He states that employees were placed in other US government institutions whose true loyalty was to their CIA commanders, allowing them to silently subvert other government operations. He stated that Allen Dulles commanded this "focal point network" until his firing by John F. Kennedy, until command passed to Richard Helms.[3]

JFK Assassination

“The Kennedy assassination has demonstrated that most of the major events of world significance are masterfully planned and orchestrated by an elite coterie of enormously powerful people who are not of one nation, one ethnic grouping, or one overridingly important business group. They are a power unto themselves for whom those others work. Neither is this power elite of recent origin. Its roots go deep into the past.”
Fletcher Prouty (1992)  [4]

In 1975, Prouty appeared with Richard Sprague at a news conference in New York and presented photographic evidence of a conspiracy.[5] He suggested that the assassination was a coup d'état to stop the President from taking control of the CIA after the Bay of Pigs. Prouty pointed out that the movement of Kennedy after a bullet struck his head was consistent with a shot from the grassy knoll.[5] He also drew attention to the suspicious actions of the "Umbrella Man".[5]

In Oliver Stone's film JFK Fletcher Prouty formed the basis of the insider 'Mr. X'.

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  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Carlson
  2. http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/lfprouty.htm
  3. http://www.unwelcomeguests.net/740
  4. http://www.hermes-press.com/cabal1.htm JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy
  5. a b c "2 Claim Conspiracy Proof in JFK's Death". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. September 4, 1975. p. 3. Retrieved January 18, 2013.Page Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css must have content model "Sanitized CSS" for TemplateStyles (current model is "plain text").