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Was Guy Banister a CIA/FBI Mastermind?

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

If you believe the conspiracy books, Guy Banister was some sort of CIA/FBI mastermind whose detective agency was up to all sorts of no-good government business.

For instance, Joan Mellen writes in her book A Farewell to Justice: (page 68)

Virtually everyone connected with Banister worked for one intelligence agency or another, so that Garrison finally said, "It's almost semantics to discuss whether Banister was ONI or CIA. What difference does it make?"

The truth is that by 1963 Banister was a violent drunk who could not even pay his rent:

New Orleans Times-Picayune June 18, 1964

And that wasn't all -- Banister had troubles with the IRS. Here is an excerpt from a Garrison memo, dated January 18, 1967, on an interview with Sam Newman:

You would have thought that the FBI and the CIA could have straightened out Banister's issues with the IRS and at least sent enough business his way to pay the rent.

The rest of the document has additional information on Guy Banister and his business.

Here is an article from the October 1, 1960 edition of the New Orleans Times-Picayune about the jeeps:

Garrison might have believed that Banister "had intimate ties with the CIA and the Office of Naval Intelligence," yet he also knew that Banister was evicted for not paying his rent. You'd think he might have thought that was a clue to the real relationship between Banister and the intelligence agencies.

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Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Guy Banister

Some pictures of Camp and Lafayette streets.

Oliver Stone's so-called documentary, JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, makes the claim that Guy Banister gave Lee Harvey Oswald an office at 544 Camp Street in New Orleans.

Roberts was interviewed by Garrison's office in 1967 and she said nothing about seeing Oswald in Banister's office.

Mary Brengel worked for Banister for a few months, and she also did not see Oswald in the office.

Jack Martin loved to tell stories. He said nothing about Oswald being in Banister's office when he blabbing to the FBI and the Secret Service in 1963 and 1964.

Jim Garrison interviewed Jack Martin in his office on December 14, 1966. Here is a link to a tape recording of that interview and a transcript. Martin talks about seeing Oswald in Banister's office with Sergio Arcacha Smith. But there are problems with his story.

Over the past several months, I have shown in multiple blog posts how Oliver Stone's documentary series, JFK Revisited and JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers. In fact, despite months of work, there are still many more misleading segments that need to be addressed. It's no wonder that the fact checkers of Netflix nixed the airing of the films.

There is a choice between four hours of tendentious nonsense (JFK: Destiny Betrayed) and two hours (JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass). As a handy guide for viewers, here are all those posts in order of their appearance in JFK: Destiny Betrayed and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, preceded by some general critiques.

The Viewer's Guide has now been updated to include the sources from my new book, Oliver Stone's Film-Flam: The Demagogue of Dealey Plaza.


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