"On February 29, 2012, a total of 35,664 people worked for the FBI, including 13,778 special agents and 21,886 professional staff."
I suspect that few agents and staffers communicated directly with J. Edgar Hoover. But, James Bookhout was one of them.
Here is the rank structure within the FBI. James Bookhout was a Special Agent, but that is the second lowest rank, the lowest being Probationary Agent.
- Field Agents
- Probationary Agent
- Special Agent
- Senior Special Agent
- Supervisory Special Agent
- Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC)
- Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC)
- FBI Management
So yes, it is a very big deal that Bookhout was telegramming Hoover.
Joseph Backes, who is the most conspicuous false Oswald defender in the world, whose claim to fame is declaring that Oswald was framed for riding the bus and cab, a groaningly stupid contention, trashed the source book, Farewell America: The Plot to Kill JFK. It is actually, historically speaking, a very important book, coming out of French Intelligence in 1968 and having a huge impact at the time. It has earned an average of 4 1/2 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
So, Bookhout and Hoover were telegramming days before the assassination, then who got assigned to be the FBI's eyes and ears during the processing of Oswald? Bookhout. Not Hosty. Bookhout. Hosty only attended the first interrogation; that's it. Bookhout attended most of them. The only person to attend more was Fritz.
Did Oswald know Bookhout prior to the shooting? I suspect he did, and it's because of this:
Yes, that is Bookhout on the left, the short man in the Fedora hat to whom Oswald was talking, asking him, "What have you got against (something)?" Now, why was Oswald talking to one of his interrogators in the fucking hallway, for Christ's sake???? It was an adversarial situation, was it not? They tell you at the beginning that you don't have to talk if you don't want to, that anything you say, can and will be used against you in a court of law. But, Oswald was not only willing to talk, but was eager to talk to this guy in the hall. How could that degree of comfort and familiarity come about in 27 hours? Look at Oswald's expression. He looks like he's talking to a friend. We know that Oswald knew Hosty. Hosty denied that they had ever met, but Hosty went out to interview his wife, and Oswald went to the Dallas FBI expecting to see Hosty, and when told he wasn't there, he left him a note. He had Hosty's name and number in his address book. Again, Hosty denied that they had ever met, but we never heard from Oswald about it. There is no denying that they had a connection; their paths had crossed; and it would be incredibly stupid to rule out that they had met, that it's just another lie that they didn't. We know that when Oswald returned from Russia that he had more than one debriefing session with FBI agents in Dallas. Did he meet Hosty then? But, the point is that Hosty, who already had a connection with Oswald, was chosen to face him at the DPD. So, was Bookhout chosen for the same reason because he already had an acquaintance with Oswald? This image says that he did.
Look how they zeroed out Bookhout's face. They wiped out all his features. Why? Because he's God-damn Bookhout, that's why. But, this scene isn't normal. The situation isn't normal. Persons who are accused of double-murder don't strike up friendly conversations with their interrogators in the hallway. Or, is it really just a JFK thing? Because, as we all know, the JFK assassination happened in its own world, its own dimension, its own universe, where freaky, weird, wild, wacky stuff happened over and over and over again. This is one of them.