Interesting that he mentions Forrestal, secretary of state under Truman and original member of MJ12 (aliens and all that) who was "insaneified" and then "suicided" out of the 16th floor window of the Bethesda Naval hosptial where he had been taken in 1949. Lots of allegations were made about his state of mental health, including that he claimed that "Jews or Zionist agents" were following him:
From Dolan's 'UFOs and the National Security State':
Throughout 1948, Forrestal locked horns with Air Force Secretary
Stuart Symington over defense spending. Truman demanded an
impossibly balanced budget, and Forrestal's job was to keep the
services in line. He could not do this and, to some degree, would
not. The result was the erosion of Truman's confidence. It may not
have mattered to Forrestal: like most of the country, he assumed
Truman's political career was over and that by the end of the year a
Republican, probably Thomas Dewey, would be in the White House.
But Forrestal, not Truman, was the doomed man. His relationship with
Symington went from bad to worse. For reasons still unclear,
Symington embarked upon a kind of personal guerrilla warfare"
against the Secretary of Defense. Throughout the fall and winter of
1948, Forrestal's mental health, physical condition, and authority
as Secretary of Defense deteriorated.
When Truman shocked the world in November by winning the
presidential election, Forrestal had still not obtained a budget
consensus from the Joint Chiefs. Friends commented on his growing
paranoia. He was convinced that "foreign looking men" were following
him and that Symington was spying on him. Forrestal's belief
eventually came to the attention of Truman and Secret Service Chief
U. E. Baughman, who decided that Forrestal was suffering from "a
total psychotic breakdown."
On January 11, 1949, Truman informed Forrestal that Louis Johnson
would soon be replacing him as Secretary of Defense. By now,
Symington and Attorney General Tom Clark were feeding stories to
journalist Drew Pearson, in particular that Forrestal complained of
"being followed by Jews or Zionist agents." Forrestal accused Clark
of having the FBI shadow him, which Clark denied, but which could
well have been true. Forrestal finally left office in a formal
ceremony on March 28, his last public appearance.
What followed after the ceremony remains mysterious. "There is
something I would like to talk to you about," Symington told
Forrestal, and accompanied him privately during the ride back to the
Pentagon. What Symington said is not known, but Forrestal emerged
from the ride deeply set, even traumatized, upon arrival at his
office. Friends of Forrestal
lied that Symington said something that "shattered Forrestal's last
remaining defenses." When someone entered Forrestal's office several
hours later, former Secretary of Defense did not notice. Instead, he
sat rigidly at his desk, staring at the bare wall, incoherent,
repeating the sentence, "you are a loyal fellow," for several hours.
Forrestal was taken home, but within a day the air force flew him to
Hobe id, Florida, home of Bob Lovett (a future Secretary of
Defense). Forrestal's first words were "Bob, they're after me." He
met with Dr. William Menninger, of the Menninger Foundation, and a
consultant to the surgeon general of the army. Capt. George N.
Raines, chief psychologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Bethesda,
It is not exactly clear what transpired during Forrestal's brief
stay in Florida. One story from Pearson was that Forrestal had
several hysterical episodes and made at least one suicide attempt,
certain that the Communists were planning an imminent invasion.
Menninger, however, explicitly denied that Forrestal had attempted
suicide while in Florida. Forrestal did tell him that on the day
before Menninger' arrival, he had "placed a belt around his neck
with the intention of hangin himself, but the belt broke."
Menninger, however, saw no marks on Forrestal's neck or body. Nor
did anyone find broken belts of any kind. Menninge considered it all
On April 2, 1949, for security reasons," Forrestal's coterie flew
him to Bethesda. During the trip from the air field to the hospital,
Forrestal made several attempts to leave the moving vehicle and was
forcibly restrained. He talked of suicide, of being a bad Catholic,
and several times of those "who at trying to get me." He was
admitted to Bethesda under care of Raines, who diagnosed Forrestal's
illness as involutional melancholia, a depressive condition
sometimes seen in people reaching middle age, often who saw their
life as a failure. Upon arrival at Bethesda, Forrestal declared that
he did not expect to leave the place alive.
In a highly unusual decision for a possibly suicidal patient,
Forrestal's doctor was instructed by "the people downtown" (e.g.,
national security) to place him in the VIP sixteenth-floor suite.
Mean while, Forrestal's personal diaries, consisting of fifteen
loose-leaf bindings totalling three thousand pages, were removed
from his former office and brought to the White House, where they
remained for the next year. T White House later claimed that
Forrestal had requested Truman to take custody of the diaries. Such
a claim, frankly, is preposterous. Throughout 1949 Forrestal had
become increasingly alienated from Truman. Prior to the election, he
had even met privately with leading Republicans to help insure
future with the Dewey administration. Truman then abruptly fired him
replaced him with a man not even remotely qualified for the job.
Forrest diaries contained very sensitive information that Truman's
people wanted to know about. Presumably they had ample time to
review them during seven weeks of Forrestal's hospitalization.
During Forrestal's first week in Bethesda, he received a treatment
narcosis, essentially sedatives and tranquilizers. Throughout
Forrestal's at the hospital, access to him was severely restricted.
His wife (with who was not close), his two sons, Sidney Souers,
Louis Johnson, Truman, Congressman Lyndon Johnson each visited him
once. Menninger visited twice. However, Forrestal was not permitted
to see the several people repeatedly called for: his brother, a
friend, and two priests. Henry Forrestal for example, had repeatedly
tried to see his brother but was refused until he threatened to tell
the newspapers and sue the hospital. He then visited his brother
four times. Henry told Raines and the hospital's commandant, B. W
Hogan, that James wanted to talk with a close friend, Monsignor
Maurice Sheehy. Hogan acknowledged that the patient had requested
this several times but said he still would not allow it. Indeed,
Sheehy had tried seven times to see Forrestal, each time told his
timing was "not opportune." Sheehan, a former navy chaplain, argued
several times with Raines and received the impression that Raines
was acting under orders. Another priest, Father Paul McNally of
Georgetown University, was also barred from seeing Forrestal, as was
at least one other friend of the former Secretary.
By mid-May, observers and visitors agreed that Forrestal was
improving. Henry said that his brother was "acting and talking as
sanely and intelligently as any man I've ever known." On May 14,
1949, Raines decided that he would leave Washington in four days to
attend a meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. After
their last meeting on the morning of the eighteenth, Raines wrote
that Forrestal was "somewhat better than on the corresponding day of
the preceding week." Forrestal continued in good spirits throughout
all of the twentieth and twenty-first. He showed no signs of
depression, was well dressed, shaved, and in good appetite.
The official account of Forrestal's death runs as follows. During
the night of May 21-22, Forrestal was awake at 1:45 A.M., copying a
chorus from Sophocles's Ajax from a book of world literature. A navy
corpsman guarding Forrestal's room checked in, as was his job every
fifteen minutes. Forrestal told the corpsman that he did not want a
sedative, as he intended to stay up late and read. (A variation of
this story appeared in the New York Times, which reported that
Forrestal had been asleep at 1:30, then awake at 1:45.) The corpsman
reported Forrestal's refusal to the psychiatrist-Raines's
assistant-sleeping next door. They returned five minutes later to an
empty room. The assistant later claimed that Forrestal had sent the
corpsman out on a "brief errand."
During this time, Forrestal walked to the diet kitchen across the
hall, tied one end of his bathrobe cord to the radiator, the other
end around his neck, removed a flimsy screen, and jumped from the
sixteenth floor. The cord came untied, and he fell to his death
after hitting part of the building on the way down. Forrestal's most
recent biographers discounted the possibility of murder, calling the
Secretary's death "a series of chance events." Yet, the
discrepancies in the official suicide story were never clearly
resolved, and several people close to Forrestal did not believe it.
An early biographer of Forrestal, writing the 1960s, noted that
"even now ... certain details have not been made public," and that
some believed Forrestal's death to be "very much desired by
groups who, in 1949, held great power in the United States." others
went further and maintained that Forrestal was murdered. Henry
Forrestal, for one, believed strongly that "they" murdered his
brother- they being either Communists or Jews within the government.
(Forrestal's geo politics gave him a pro-Arab disposition.) Indeed,
Henry later said that the more he thought about his brother being
shut up at Bethesda and denied the right to see Father Sheehy, the
more it bothered him. He decided he was going to take his brother to
the country to complete his recovery, and made train reservations to
return to Washington on May 22. He also reserved a room at the
Mayflower Hotel for that day, then phoned the hospital to announce
that he would arrive on May 22 to take custody of his brother.
Father Sheehy had reason to suspect murder. When he arrived at
Bethesda Naval Hospital after learning of Forrestal's death, an
experienced looking hospital corpsman approached him through the
crowd. In a low, tense voice he said, "Father, you know Mr.
Forrestal didn't kill himself, don't you?" Before Sheehy could
respond or ask his name, others in the crowd pressed close, and the
man quickly departed.
There are several odd elements concerning Forrestal's final moments.
First, the corpsman guarding Forrestal was a new man, a young man
named Robert Wayne Harrison, Jr., someone Forrestal had never seen
before. The regular guard during the midnight shift was absent
without leave and, the story goes, had gotten drunk the night
before. Harrison was the only person to have had direct contact with
Forrestal in the moments before his death, and it was on his word
only that the official account rested.
Also, Forrestal never finished writing the chorus from Sophocles,
and in fact stopped in the middle of a word. Quite possibly,
Forrestal had not eve written the fragment that evening, especially
if he had been asleep at 1:3 A.m. How reasonable is it to suppose
that, sometime between 1:30 A.M. at 1:45 A.M., he woke up, got out
some writing material, located a gloomy poe within a huge anthology,
copied out seventeen lines, put on his robe, cross the hall to the
diet kitchen, where he tightly wrapped and knotted bathrobe cord
around his neck and presumably tied the loose end to the radiator
under the window; then climbed up on the window sill and jumped
There is also an odd juxtaposition of a tightly knotted bathrobe
around Forrestal's neck and the assumption that he tied the other
end loosely to a radiator that it immediately came untied and
allowed him to fall to his death.
This radiator was a rather improbable gallows: it was about feet
long, the top was six inches below the sill, and it was attached to
the with its base a good fifteen inches above the floor. But there
was no evidence that the bathrobe cord had ever been tied to the
small radiator in the, place. If the cord had snapped under
Forrestal's weight, one end would, been found still fastened to the
radiator. The -cord did not break, ho and there was not a mark on
the radiator to indicate it had ever bee there. Moreover, if
Forrestal wanted to hang himself, why choose a tiny window by
anchoring himself to a radiator when he much more easily could done
the job from a door or sturdy fixture, such as the shower curtain
his own bathroom?
On the other hand, if Forrestal wanted to go out the window, why
bother with a cord? Why not simply jump, a far easier proposition?
In sum, we do not know that the cord was ever tied to the radiator,
but we do know is it was tied tied tightly to Forrestal's neck,
Later inspection found heavy scuff marks outside the window sill and
cement work. Proponents of the suicide theory claim these were made
by Forrestal's feet while he was hanging by the neck from the
radiator, and perhaps that he belatedly changed his mind and tried
to climb back in. But the scuff marks could just as easily have been
made by his struggle with someone pushing him out the window.
There are many other suspicious elements to this story, such as the
decision to place Forrestal on the sixteenth floor, which was
exactly opposite what medical opinion desired (the bottom floor of a
nearby annex had been the first choice of his caretakers), but was
pressed by unnamed individuals in Washington. Also, the official
investigation of Forrestal's death was as much of a sham as that of
President Kennedy would be fourteen years later. The hospital
labeled his death a suicide before any investigation; the county
coroner hurried over to confirm the hospital statements. In cases
where there is even a slight possibility of murder, it is normal for
a coroner to delay signing
a death certificate until a thorough investigation, an autopsy, and
an inquest have been made. This did not happen. Since the death
occurred on a U.S. naval
reservation, local police did not investigate. Instead, the head of
the naval board of inquiry immediately announced he was "absolutely
Forrestal's death "could be nothing else than suicide.
When we add this from Forrestal's personal diaries:
"Played golf with Joe Kennedy (U.S. Ambassador to Britain). He says
that Chamberlain stated that America and world Jewry forced England
into World War II." - James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy (later
Secretary of Defense), Diary, December 27, 1945 entry.
we get the impression that Forrestal knew a little too much at the wrong time in history and had the dangerous idea that he would tell people about it.
I find it really interesting that all of this was happening at the end of the 40's when the "cold war" was being kick started amid allegation of "Jews" entrenched in the halls of power in the US. Put this together with the evidence for Jews being behind communism and throw in a little UFO coverup and you get the idea that this particular group possesses some awesome power in terms of directing pretty much everything of importance here on the BBM.