Sunday, April 11, 2010



The Bloomfield Archives : Secret gold mine of historical information

Since four years, I have remained silent on this Blog. This absence was partly due to the exigencies of my professional occupations but mainly to the fact that I considered appropriate to refrain from publishing anything while I was taking legal action against Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to have access to the archives of the late Montreal attorney Louis Mortimer Bloomfield. At the time I filed a first review against LAC, I didn’t know that I’ll have to file a total of five different procedures and that this period of legal battle will be five years long.

Today, I consider that this silence can be broken not only for the reason that an important stage in those procedures is completed but also because they have gave results that I’m eager to share.

Claiming the gold mine: Five years of legal battle
I shall expose in more details in future posts the legal actions that took place around the Louis Bloomfield Archives. Some of you may be aware of the result of the first procedure I have introduced in Canada Federal Court in 2005. In this judicial review, Judge Simon Noël ruled that Louis M. Bloomfield clearly expressed his will to have his archives opened 20 years after his death and that this condition should be respected. Consequently, Justice Noël declared invalid LAC’s decision to extend for 25 years the restriction on those documents and ordered the National Archives to make a new decision taking in account the reason of his judgment. (Details of this case were reported in the press and can be read at : )
Following Justice Noël decision, the National Archivist, Ian E. Wilson, didn’t hurry at all to make his new decision. After six months of waiting, I registered a complaint for contempt of court against Mr Wilson and two LAC directors. This new procedure motivated him to move on and in July 2007 he finally announced his decision in which he applied a five years extension on the original restriction finishing in 2004.

This decision had the effect to open most of the archives in July 2009, with an important exception for files that may contain information protected by lawyer-client privilege. Those documents were to be closed for 50 years from the last date in the file where they were located. On this arbitrary procedure, LAC was keeping behind closed doors nearly 40% of the collection and particularly those pertaining to the Sixties, and for durations that may finish only in 2028.

Again, I did contest in Federal Court this decision and, after a first judge declared LAC’s new decision correct, I filed an appeal on this judgement before the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal. The audition on this case has been held in Montreal on March 22, 2010, and, a week later, on March 29, the three judges published their decision rejecting this appeal on some petty peculiar argument that I may expose in a future post.

However, even if I didn’t win this last appeal, all those legal procedures had three interesting results:
1) 60% of the Bloomfield archives were effectively released in July 2009;
2) An additional 15% of the Bloomfield papers, consisting of documents dating from year 1960, were opened on January 2010;
3) The remaining of the documents should be released by parts, in January of every year between 2011 and 2028.

Digging the gold mine

As you can guess, in July 2009 and January 2010, each time some documents were released, I went to Ottawa to consult them. If I had to resume in a single word my impression of what I saw in the reading room of LAC, I would say that those documents are astonishing!

The Bloomfield Archives are really a gold mine of historical information on many international affairs dating from World War II to the 1970’s. But a gold mine isn’t the same as a hidden treasure full of gold bullions. The gold in the Bloomfield Archives have to be extracted out of the dirt and bring out in pieces of ore. After such extraction and accumulation, this ore still have to be refined with the help of other historical material. In other words, the archives are not an Eldorado in which one will find stamped gold coins or documents such as a written contract for JFK assassination. But still, there are in those archives pieces of hard documented information that may complete what was known otherwise. More precisely, the Bloomfield Archives for the first time in 40 years, bring solid, valid new information on Louis M. Bloomfield’s activities particularly in relation with Permindex, the Italian firm that was described as a CIA front used to finance JFK assassination.

Permindex and the Ilalian Connection to the JFK assassinationBecause the main media didn’t report it, very few peoples are aware of the last important information available on the JFK assassination, and even less are conscious of how this information should renew the interest in Permindex.

In 2007, Saint John Hunt, the son of notorious CIA agent E. Howard Hunt, made public a tape of his father deathbed confession.

According to Hunt, the JFK assassination was the product of CIA’s people working on the instigation of Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson. The principal man in charge of what was called “the Big Event” was William Harvey a CIA agent whom President Kennedy has expelled to Rome CIA office after he secretly took unauthorized dangerous initiatives during the Cuban missiles crisis. As Hunt also revealed, Harvey recruited in Europe Corsican shooters. (More info available at: )

Thus, if we give credence to Hunt’s confession, the JFK assassination would have been planned from Rome. Since nearly 40 years, writers and researchers that have studied the Jim Garrison investigation of New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw, suspected exactly the same thing. More precisely, they alleged that Permindex and CMC, two Italians shadowy corporations to which Clay Shaw was related, were used to finance the Dallas crime.

Since 1968, after some researchers found out that Canadian Lawyer Louis M. Bloomfield was acting as Permindex’s majority shareholder for unknown third parties, the rumours’ mill started to grind to the point where Mr Bloomfield was not only associated to Permindex and Clay Shaw but was also described as a CIA agent that may have been the engineer of the JFK assassination.
Mr Bloomfield never made any public comments on those charges and his version of the whole affair never reached the press. In fact, the first echoes of his reaction to those charges were given in 2007 by his nephew Harold Bloomfield to Montreal Gazette journalist Elizabeth Thompson, at the outset of the first legal procedure in this case. "There was this amazing world of conspiracy theories that somehow landed on my poor late uncle who was completely ... horrified that anyone would ever (suspect that), after an amazing, long, highly prestigious, highly proper, fine career as a lawyer in Canada and the world." (Do lawyer's files hide JFK secrets? The Gazette, Saturday, January 27, 2007)

Incidentally, one of the most interesting documents of the Bloomfield Archives is a 1979 letter that Louis Bloomfield wrote to a Washington lawyer in order to complain about being unjustly identify as a CIA agent. In this letter, Bloomfield expressed his belief that he may have been confused with a “Major L. Blumenfield who I was informed was an Attaché to the American Embassy in Rome in 1966 or 1967.” And he further wrote: “I understand that he probably was a CIA man attached to the Embassy in Rome.”

How was Bloomfield informed of the existence of this CIA man? Did Bloomfield receive any answer to this letter? Nobody knows because many of the documents dating from 1978 and 1979 are still kept secret by Library and Archives Canada. And if LAC doesn’t review its position, we won’t have access before 2028 to the other documents that may complete this piece of information.

As it will be exposed in the second part of this expose, many letters in the Bloomfield Archives show that, far from being the head of Permindex, Montreal lawyer Louis Mortimer Bloomfield had sometime very harsh words to address to George Mantello, Permindex’s acting director in Rome, a man that Bloomfield described as a Freemason of the 33rd degree. Those letters were found among the 1960 documents that were released by LAC in January 2010, and, again, the Canadian National Archives are holding secrets the letters of the followings years that may give a better knowledge of the true relation between Louis M. Bloomfield and Permindex. Those documents have the potential to clear Mr Bloomfield’s reputation and, in all likelihood, he donated them to the National Archives in the hope to shed some light on his life.

At least, according to Elizabeth Thompson’s article cited above: “Harry Bloomfield said he has no doubt his uncle's papers would be of interest to scholars. "People lead interesting, fascinating, complicated lives. My uncle was delighted and honoured to leave his papers to the Canadian archives," he said”.

Unfortunately Library and Archives Canada, by betraying their donator’s will to make public his archives 20 years after his death, is not only depriving Louis Bloomfield to see posthumously his reputation redressed, but is hiding from the international public the complete truth about one of the major event of the Twentieth Century: the JFK assassination.

It is truly a shame that a governmental institution like LAC, without any true obligation, take the initiative to hide --from the international public-- historical documents that their donator wanted to make public. LAC’s argument concerning the protection of lawyer-client privilege and its abusive use of this unsubstantiated pretext to hide whole group of hundreds of documents without proper examination, seems to lack sincerity and consideration for both donator Bloomfield and the public. One has to wonder if LAC is not acting like it does on pressure of Bloomfield’s widow or of more important pressure groups.

Doing that, LAC is hiding the truth on one of the most important Canadian international lawyer of the Twentieth Century, a man who played many unknown roles in international politic.
(To be continued.)


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