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Cryptonym: KUHOOK

Definition:
CIA Paramilitary Operations Staff.
Status:
Documented
Discussion:
This PBSUCCESS document has "Sabotage Teams; Partisan Forces; Shock Teams; Special Squads; Agent Radio Ops" under the KUHOOK heading: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000913186.pdf
Sources:

104-10061-10115: List of Names re Kennedy Assassination Investigation

HSCA request re KUHOOK; CIA response was "Paramilitary Operations Staff".

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 84. 1/23/54-Memorandum Prepared in the Central Intelligence Agency

01/23/54: Memorandum Prepared in the Central Intelligence Agency: Subject: General Concept of Discussions With (name not declassified) Preparing Him for Forthcoming Calligeris Meeting: "I. This memo is prepared for approval C/P PBSUCCESS prior to subject conference, as being the general basis of planning now being conducted within the project in the KUHOOK field. It is slanted toward setting [name not declassified] in an advantageous position insofar as his forthcoming meeting with Calligeris is concerned and will be followed up in [name not declassified]-Calligeris meeting and Calligeris–Seekford–Cadick discussions to follow..." - - - Page 4: ..."C. [sic] Roughly, pending receipt of intelligence expected as a result of Cadick–Seekford–Calligeris meetings (it should be brought out constantly that all planning at this stage is based on rumor and that total KUHOOK known assets, the reliability of which is unknown, consists of eleven trainees for KUHOOK plus four trainees for KUCLUB) it is felt that inner organization of the Guatemala complex will be the main source for immediate, physical seizure of control. It is estimated that sufficient shock troops could not be assembled outside the country to accomplish the job. If discussion with Calligeris proves that the inner assets in the Guatemala City area are sufficient to attempt (with high percentage of success chance) striking at Guatemala City instantaneously and in concurrence with seizure of Puerto Barrios, Zacapa, Jutiapa and San Jose, the major portion of available forces will be directed at Guatemala City, utilizing the organization of inner assets and surrounding areas at the other sites to obtain control (control here means physical control, without assurance of which, Guatemala City should be put on a secondary basis chronologically speaking and men released in our planning to insure this physical control)..."

https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/docs/DOC_0000923173.pdf

05/26/54: Cable from Withheld to Director: Slugline RYBAT PBSUCCESS: FROM CADICK: "1. Struck out completely on ship. Report follows. 2. Plan remain here as Calligeris needs constant pressure and leading by hand in all matters preparational. Calligeris is enthusiastic but Ontrich, Pivall and Lugton doing his thinking and organization work, and doing fine job, but it is a massive job requiring KUHOOK coordination by Cadick. 3. Position here might become untenable due black status. Request (REDACTION) be prepared replace on approx 29 May. 4. Organizers leaving 26 and 27 May. Can RROS be in TEGU by 31 May? 5. Am turning to arms program. 25 May discussion produced ideas. No reason believe he cannot get major portion in altho up to date negligible movements made due other diversions. Will attempt remove diversions. Report follows.

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 274. 7/8/54-Memorandum From William Robertson of Operation PBSUCCESS to the Chief of the Project

07/08/54: Memorandum from William Robertson of Operation PBSUCCESS to the Chief of the Project: Page 10: ..."VI. Recommendations for all field personnel considered as having performed in an efficient manner are being presented in separate reports. I wish at this time, however, to place in the body of this report my personal opinion that the key man to the success of this project is Vincent C. Pivall. Pivall’s firm adherence to orders enabled LINCOLN to rely on the fact that plans were being carried out within the realm of possibility and that Principal Agent attempts to alter those plans were minimized. The preservation of KUBARK (CIA) interests was considered a solemn duty by Pivall and it showed up in the results of his work. His professional knowledge and direct manner of dealing with the indigenous personnel gained him, and KUBARK, their respect and spirit of camarade necessary to good guidance on operations of this type. In addition, Pivall’s analytical and objective thinking and reporting spotted for LINCOLN many defects in the old Calligeris organization, useful in planning the operation. It is recommended that his services would be valuable in a KUHOOK staff position within WHD if he is to remain in WHD. If released from WHD, it is recommended that KUHOOK staff consider him for training assignments or a field project assignment after completing a KUHOOK training course at [place not declassified]. It would be a serious KUBARK/KUHOOK loss to lose this man through disinterest on the part of KUBARK or through allowing him to become de-motivated."

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