Thursday, December 4, 2008
Popular radio host and author Thom Hartmann and historian Lamar Waldron have reviewed newly-discovered evidence, and concluded that the mob killed JFK, with the CIA's help. Even if you don't buy CIA involvement, the mob evidence is compelling, so keep reading.
In their newly-released book Legacy of Secrecy, Hartmann and Waldron spin a story very different from the government's "official" explanation of the lone nut gunman.
Specifically, Hartmann and Waldron argue that:
New evidence with the help of “more than two dozen associates of John and Robert Kennedy” and access to “thousands of recently released documents at the National Archives,” [make the] case that the Kennedy assassination was a contract killing organized by top mob leaders working with the CIA and Cuban exile groups in response to Kennedy's crackdown on the mob and his secret 1963 plan to support a military-led coup in Cuba that promised to assassinate Castro.
Stunningly, Legacy of Secrecy claims that three mob bosses confessed to the murder while their conversations were tapped in prison:
The operation also generated hundreds of hours of heretofore secret prison audio tapes of Marcello discussing his crimes, recorded using the FBI informant's bugged transistor radio. Yet the FBI and Justice Department withheld most of that information from the public and Congress for years, until its revelation in this book.
Carlos Marcello wasn't the only mob boss who confessed his involvement in JFK's murder to a trusted associate. Legacy also uncovers new important new information about Marcello's partners in JFK's assassination, Tampa godfather Santo Trafficante and Johnny Rosselli, the Chicago Mafia's man in Las Vegas and Hollywood. Shortly before their deaths, both mobsters admitted their roles in JFK's murder to their attorneys. Two of their associates, with documented ties to the secret JFK-Almeida coup plan, likewise confessed.
Hartmann and Waldron argue that the reason that the U.S. government went to tremendous lengths to cover-up the multi-person plot against Kennedy, so as to prevent a nuclear confrontation with Russia, since the Cuban missile crisis had pushed the two superpowers to the brink only a year before, and the U.S. feared that exposing Kennedy's plan to assassinate Castro might have pushed the U.S. into war with Cuba's close ally, Russia.
Again, even if you don't buy CIA involvement, the fact that it was a mob hit is important information, and all records must be released.
Contrary theories: I know very little about the JFK assassination, and I am not saying Hartmann is right and everyone else is wrong. For example, key Nixon ally E. Howard Hunt supposedly confessed that he had a role in the assassination, and that he knew for certain that LBJ ordered Kennedy's assassination. And there is some evidence that the Secret Service "stood down" and stopped protecting Kennedy before he was shot.
I am just reporting on Hartmann's evidence.
The only thing I know for sure is that all of the records concerning the Kennedy assassination must be released.