A Cessna 310C (FAA Registration – N1812H), built in 1959, and carrying two high-ranking members of Congress: House Majority Leader Hale Boggs (D-Louisiana) and Rep. Nick Begich (D-Alaska) among its four passengers, disappeared on a flight from Anchorage to Juneau, Alaska as it was approaching the Chugach mountain range in southeast Alaska. Also onboard was Begich’s aide Russell Brown, and pilot Don Jonz.
At the time, this was the biggest search in the history of the country, involving 40 military and 20 civilian aircraft. Everything from Coast Guard helicopters and cutters, to Air Force spy aircraft, as well as numerous private aircraft. After thirty-nine days the air search was abandoned.
The Washington-based newspaper, Roll Call, which reports on Capitol Hill, found information through the Freedom of Information Act that two FBI telexes had come in from the FBI office in Los Angeles, indicating that someone had contacted the FBI and that they had knowledge of the whereabouts of the plane and that two people were still living at the site and they gave the coordinates. This was followed up by another telex two days later in which the FBI said that they had verified the authenticity of the source and established their credibility. The source was working in surveillance technologies for an undisclosed firm and they had located the plane.
See the FBI Telex below:
Some of the other interesting points surrounding the disappearance include; Boggs was taken to the airport for the first leg of the trip by a young democrat (with links to the CIA) named Bill Clinton who later, as President, appointed Congressman Boggs’ wife, Lindy, to the position of US Ambassador to the Vatican after she served eighteen years in the Congress after her husband’s disappearance.
Boggs also served on the Warren Commission that investigated the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Some web sites and conspiracy theorists have reported that Boggs wasn’t happy with the commission’s findings and was pushing for the investigation to be reopened at the time of his death.
However, according to his daughter Cokie Roberts, the nationally known television journalist, she told listeners to a talk radio show in April 2004 that her father had no problems with the commission’s finding that he was not pushing for the investigation into the Kennedy assassination to be reopened. She said, “I just don’t know where people get these ideas from.”
The host replied, “The Internet.”
In Oct 1971, Majority Leader Boggs had said the following:
“Over the postwar years, we have granted to the elite and secret police within our system vast new powers over the lives and liberties of the people. At the request of the trusted and respected heads of those forces, and their appeal to the necessities of national security, we have exempted those grants of power from due accounting and strict surveillance. And history has run its inexhorable course.
“Liberty has yielded. The power of government has gained commanding ground. Mr. Speaker, I submit that 1984 is closer than we think.”
Seventeen days earlier(4/5) Boggs had shaken Congress with this statement (CR):
“What I am going to say I say in sorrow, because it is always tragic when a great man who has given his life to his country comes to the twilight of his life and fails to understand it is time to leave the service and enjoy retirement.
“Mr. Speaker, I am talking about J. Edgar Hoover, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The time has come for the Attorney general of the United States to ask for the resignation of Mr. Hoover. “When the FBI taps the phones of members of this body and of Members of the Senate; when the FBI stations agents on college campuses to infiltrate college organizations, when the FBI adopts the tactics of the Soviet Union and Hitler’s Gestapo, then it is time –it is way past time, Mr. Speaker–that the present Director no longer be the Director. …”
According to Curt Gentry in his book J. Edgar Hoover; The Man and His Secrets (New York: The Penguin Group, 1991):
- A few weeks earlier a tap was found in Boggs home by a telephone repair man;
- By strong FBI denials and by the physical evidence of the tap Boggs was probably mistaken about the tap being the work of the FBI;
- Representative Mario Biaggi (Dem, NY) brought Boggs a recording which Biaggi claimed was made by the FBI; the recording were authentic unauthorized monitorings of various members of Congress. Boggs prepared a second speech for Congress, but at the last minute Biaggi withdrew his offer stating that he wanted to protect the identify of the person from whom he obtained it. (Clearly Biaggi wanted to reinforce Boggs’s notion that the FBI was responsible–without giving the FBI evidence for refutation.
From his days on the Warren Commission “investigating” the death of John Kennedy, Boggs remembered how the authors of seven books critical of the Warren Report had been investigated by the FBI and their military discharges, “unnatural acts,” and associations with “leftist organizations” were paraded before Commission members, LBJ and FBI-favored press contacts. Boggs feared a Hoover smear job on himself and so refused an FBI request to investigate the phone-tap matter.) As Boggs remarked to his son: :“If they have all this on some little guy who wrote a book, what about me?”
It was Senator Russell Long (son of the assassinated populist Depression-era figure, Sen. Huey P. Long) and Hale Boggs who persuaded Jim Garrison (of “Oliver Stone fame”) to launch an investigation of the Kennedy assassination. It was Boggs who voiced suspicions (according to John H. Davis in his 1989 book, Mafia Kingfish, about Carlos Marcello) that either the CIA or the Cuban government was involved, based on his conviction that the CIA had withheld critical information from the Commission.
Interestingly, Commission Member Allen Dulles, whom John Kennedy fired as head of the CIA after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, never shared with the Committee his knowledge of the CIA’s attempt to assassinate Castro. Years later it was discovered that Dulles briefed the CIA chief of counterintelligence, James J. Angleton, on the Commission’s secret deliberations.
As Ron Grossman, my old history professor, used to say the Mafia was upset with Castro “because he closed down their cat houses.” Since then I have found another reason. At this time Zhou Enlai through Castro-hosted Chinese “advisors” was attempting to establish, through some–but not all!-U.S.-based mob families a distribution system for narcotics that would eat away the social fabric of the United States. (see Candlin, A. H. Stanton’s 1973 book: Psycho-chemical Warfare; The Chinese Communist Drug Offensive Against the West) A war for control of the U.S. drug territory had begun and continues today (Janet Reno only goes after non-Beijing-backed crime families.) Boggs (like Huey P. Long of bygone days) had the support of the non-Beijing-affiliated Godfather, Carlos Marcello.
John Davis: “Again, in fairness to Boggs, it should be noted that by the end of the commission’s investigation he had become sceptical of the conclusions of the FBI investigation and the man who conducted it. Years later, a former aid to the Louisiana congressman recalled: “Hale always returned to one thing: Hoover lied his eyes out to the commission–on Oswald, on Ruby, on their friends, the bullets, the guns, you name it …'”
Kurt Gentry shares this bit of dialog from the Warren Commission’s deliberations:
BOGGS: “…reading the FBI report leaves a million questions.”
McCLOY: “Why did the FBI report come out with something that was inconsistent with the autopsy? …The bullet business has me confused.”
WARREN: “It is totally inconclusive.”
BOGGS: “Well, the FBI report doesn’t clear it up.”
WARREN: It doesn’t do anything.”
BOGGS: “It raised a lot of new questions in my mind. …There is still little on this fellow Ruby, including his movements … what was he doing, how he got in the Dallas jail, it’s fantastic.'”
Most interesting in light of the suppressed Cuba-China linkages (see my footnote below for more on this) was the excuse Lyndon Johnson used to twist Earl Warren’s arm to chair the Commission. Gentry (n.p.549): “Warren first declined the appointment, but LBJ, using his legendary powers of persuasion, argued that if rumors of a foreign conspiracy were not quelled, they could conceivably lead the country into a nuclear war which could cost forty million lives, and Warren reluctantly accepted.” Was LBJ basing that threat on CIA briefings?
Two months before that fateful flight, in June of 1972 Majority Leader Hale Boggs traveled to China with Minority Leader Gerald Ford, the guests of Zhou Enlai. This visit occurred immediately following Nixon’s mining of Haiphong Harbor and the bombing of Hanoi. Henry Kissinger, Zhou Enlai’s great admirer and our Secretary of State at the time, notes in his autobiography, White House Years, “That evening the Chinese gave us another lesson in indirection. Their Embassy in Paris–the point of contact for routine business–matter-of-factly inquired about technical arrangements for the trip to China of House leaders Hale Boggs and Gerald Ford, which was to take place at the end of June, nearly two months away. We knew well enough by now that nothing the Chinese do is accidental. Peking was telling us that the trips were still on…”
Why the high priority for Zhou to look over Boggs and Ford at the expense of an apparently very cheap and effective way of showing communist solidarity with hurting North Viet Nam? What did Boggs and Zhou talk about?
At any rate, within two months of his return to the US, Boggs was driven to Dulles airport by Bill Clinton where he boarded a plane which disappeared somewhere over Alaska. Not a few books on Clinton have asserted that he had CIA ties at this time.
- FROM THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, March,20, 1962. Inserted by Rep. William C. Cramer (R;Fla.)
Check-Six.com uncovered additional records regarding the FBI telexes and the search efforts for Hale Boggs and Nick Begich! These documents below summarized the search efforts performed by the U.S. Coast Guard, and detail information received from various “tips” regarding the case.
These papers chronicle the Coast Guard’s knowledge of the information the telexes contained, and that they searched the area the telexes suggested (after the FBI established the identification of the source). The search of the prescribed area yielded negative results, and the source was deemed to be erroneous and unreliable.
Hale Boggs, Nick Begich, Don Jonz, and Russ Brown have yet to be found.