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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. V - Page 2« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Alan H. Belmont)

Mr. Stern.
And your address, Mr. Belmont?
Mr. Belmont.
2711 North Yucatan Street, Arlington, Va.
Mr. Stern.
Mr. Belmont, what was your education at the college level?
Mr. Belmont.
Graduate of Stanford University in California, with an A.B. degree, majoring in accounting.
Mr. Stern.
What year?
Mr. Belmont.
Mr. Stern.
What was your employment briefly before joining the Federal Bureau of Investigation?
Mr. Belmont.
I joined the Bureau, the FBI, in 1936, and in the interim I worked for public accountants and as a public accountant myself in California.
Mr. Stern.
Would you describe, please, for the Commission briefly your experience in the Federal Bureau of Investigation since 1936?
Mr. Belmont.
I entered the FBI November 30, 1936, and after the period of training, was assigned to Birmingham, Ala., as my first office. I transferred to Chicago in about August 1937, and remained there until the summer of 1938 when I was transferred to Washington, D.C., headquarters.
In January of 1941 I was transferred to New York as supervisor of applicant and criminal investigative matters, remained there until the fall of 1942, when I was made assistant agent in charge of our Chicago office. In January of 1943 I was made agent in charge of our Cincinnati office and remained there until the summer of 1944 when I was transferred to New York as assistant agent in charge of criminal matters in New York.
Subsequently, I was placed in charge of all security work in New York for a number of years and was transferred to Washington in charge of the domestic intelligence division in February 1950. I headed that division until about June of 1961 when I was made assistant to the director in charge of all investigative work of the FBI and that is my present position.
Mr. Stern.
Could you describe the organization of the FBI with two purposes in mind: First, to fix your position in the organization. Second, to provide a framework for describing the investigation of the case of Lee Harvey Oswald.
Mr. Belmont.
The headquarters of the FBI is, of course, or the FBI is headed by Mr. J. Edgar Hoover as Director. Directly under him is Mr. Clyde Tolson, Associate Director. There are 10 divisions broken down in particular types of administration.
Mr. Dulles.
May I say if any of this is classified, highly classified, you had better let us know because then we could go off the record.
Mr. Belmont.
There is nothing classified here.
Mr. Dulles.
Right. I know that you would have that in mind.
Mr. Belmont.
Thank you.
Basically, the division of the 10 divisions at headquarters is between administrative and investigative. The 10th division is the inspection division and reports directly to Mr. Hoover. I am in charge of the investigative divisions which are comprised of the general investigative divisions handling general criminal work, the special investigative division handling special inquiries of applicant nature, and our aggressive approach to organized crime.
The laboratory division handles all examinations of a scientific nature, and the domestic intelligence division handles all types of security work. I am in charge of those four divisions, and thus am in charge and responsible for our investigative work.
Our field offices, numbering 55, are geographically located in accordance with the amount of work in a particular area. Each division in the field is headed by a special agent in charge, assisted by an assistant special agent in charge. They are responsible for the proper conduct of the work within their divisions.
They are answerable to Mr. Hoover. They are also supervised, of course, in the particular area of the work concerned by the division at headquarters. Depending on----
Mr. Dulles.
May I ask is that 55 in the United States?
Mr. Belmont.
United States and its possessions.
Mr. Dulles.
And Puerto Rico?
Mr. Belmont.
Mr. Dulles.
It doesn't include your legal----
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