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William Ramsey Clark was born in Dallas, Texas, on 18th December, 1927. His father, Tom C. Clark, was a local district attorney who went on to become the Attorney General of the United States (1945-49).

In 1961 Clark was appointed as the Assistant Attorney General of the Lands Division. After the assassination of JFK he worked in a liaison capacity with the Warren Commission. In 1965 Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him as his Deputy Attorney General.

In 1967, President Johnson nominated him to be Attorney General of the United States, he was confirmed by congress and took the oath of office on 2nd March. Later that day District Attorney Jim Garrison announced the arrest of businessman Clay Shaw on charges of conspiring to assassinate President Kennedy. The new Attorney General stated that the FBI had already investigated and cleared Shaw "in November and December of 1963" of "any part in the assassination". Within a few days of this statement Clark had to admit that he had published inaccurate information and that no investigation of Shaw had taken place.

In an interview on Face the Nation on 12th March, 1967, CBS correspondent, George Herman, asked Clark about the death of David Ferrie. Herman asked Clark why documents concerning Ferrie had been classified by the FBI and the Justice Department. Clark replied: "No, those documents are under the general jurisdiction of the General Services Administration." According to Bernard Fensterwald, this was untrue as the Ferrie documents had specifically been classified under orders from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

In 1968 Attorney General Ramsey Clark appointed a panel of four medical experts to examine various photographs, X-ray films, documents, and other evidence pertaining to the death of President Kennedy. The Clark Panel argued that Kennedy was struck by two bullets fired from above and behind him, one of which traversed the base of the neck on the right side without striking bone and the other of which entered the skull from behind and destroyed its upper right side.

Ramsey Clark was also the subject of criticism a year later when he announced that there was "no sign of conspiracy" in the assassination of Martin Luther King, several weeks before James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin, had been arrested. Ramsey Clark later admitted he suspended Cartha DeLoach from his position as FBI liaison, as a result of his behaviour over the arrest of James Earl Ray.

On 25th January, 1969, Ramsey Clark's final day as Attorney General, he ordered the Justice Department to withhold from Jim Garrison, the X-Rays and photographs from the autopsy of John F. Kennedy.

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKclarkRamsay.htm

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Interesting article here about Ramsay Clark and his father:

http://extra.shadowpress.org/sin001/clark.htm

THE MYSTERIOUS RAMSEY CLARK: STALINIST DUPE OR RULING-CLASS SPOOK?

By Manny Goldstein

Ramsey Clark was born to power. In 1945, the Clark family made its leap from Dallas to DC when Ramsey's dad Tom Clark, a lobbyist for Texas oil interests, was appointed Attorney General by President Harry Truman. In his Texas days, the politically ambitious elder Clark was cultivated as a useful connection by New Orleans mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello, and many feared Clark's new job would afford organized crime access to higher levels of power.

AG Clark was repeatedly mired in corruption scandals. In 1945, he was accused of taking a bribe to fix a war profiteering case. In 1947, after he had four convicted Chicago mob bosses sprung from prison before their terms were complete, Congress appointed a committee to investigate--and was effectively roadblocked by Tom's refusal to hand over parole records.

Truman admitted to a biographer that "Tom Clark was my biggest mistake." But he insisted: "It isn't so much that he's a bad man. It's just that he's such a dumb son of a bitch."

AG Tom Clark played along with the post-war anti-communist hysteria, approving federal wiretaps on Alger Hiss, the State Department official accused being a Soviet mole. In 1949, he moved over to the Supreme Court. Carlos Marcello biographer John Davis asserts that the kingpin continued to funnel money to Clark when he sat on the high court.

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James DiEugenio is very good on Ramsey Clark in Destiny Betrayed (1992):

One point man for the Johnson Administration in damaging Garrison's case was Ramsey Clark. In March of 1967, right after his confirmation as Attorney General by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Clark made an extraordinary intervention into the case: he told a group of reporters Garrison's case was baseless. The FBI, he said, had already investigated Shaw in 1963 and found no connection between him and the events in Dallas. When pressed on this, Clark insisted that Shaw had been checked out and cleared.

But in his haste to discredit Garrison, Clark had slipped. The obvious question, though not pursued by the Washington press corps, was why back in 1963 the upstanding citizen Shaw had been investigated concerning the assassination at all. Shaw and his lawyers realized the implication of Clark's gaffe even if the Attorney General did not. When one of Shaw's attorneys, Edward F. Wegmann, requested a clarifi¬cation of Clark's statement, a Clark subordinate tried to control the damage by asserting that the original statement was without foundation: "The Attorney General has since determined that this was erroneous. Nothing arose indicating a need to investigate Mr. Shaw."

Things got even worse for Clark. The same day he made his original announcement, a New York Times reporter, Robert Semple, wrote that the Justice Department was convinced that "Mr. Bertrand and Mr. Shaw were the same man." Semple had gone to the National Archives seeking Warren Commission references to Clay Shaw. Finding zero, he was told that the Justice Department believed that Bertrand and Shaw were actually the same man, and that this belief was the basis for the Attorney General's assertion.

Clark had come to praise Shaw but instead had implicated him. However, Clark was not through trying to aid Shaw and sandbag Garrison. The AG would have a surprise for the DA at the upcoming trial...

In July of 1967, Garrison had tried to expedite matters by filing for an early trial date. For one thing, he wanted to stop Phelan and Sheridan from tampering with, intimidating, and making offers to witnesses. But when he saw that the defense was determined to drag out the pre-trial phase, he decided to use the interval to secure more evidence from the government. Here, Ramsey Clark, his nemesis, blocked his path.

After the Attorney General had bungled his first attempt to discredit Garrison's case, he secretly tried another method. Garrison had been trying to secure the original JFK autopsy photos and x-rays to exhibit at the trial. They would form an important part of his case, since, to prove a conspiracy, he had to present evidence against the Warren Report, which maintained there was no conspiracy and that Oswald had acted alone. In 1968, Clark convened a panel of experts - which did not include any of the doctors who had performed the original examinations - to review what was extant of the photos and x-rays. In early 1969, just a few days before he left office and on the eve of the trial, Clark announced that this panel had endorsed the findings of the Warren Report. The panel released its findings, but none of the original evidence on which it was based. And when Garrison again requested the autopsy materials, he was turned down by Clark's Justice Department.

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Interesting article here about Ramsay Clark and his father:

http://extra.shadowpress.org/sin001/clark.htm

THE MYSTERIOUS RAMSEY CLARK: STALINIST DUPE OR RULING-CLASS SPOOK?

By Manny Goldstein

Ramsey Clark was born to power. In 1945, the Clark family made its leap from Dallas to DC when Ramsey's dad Tom Clark, a lobbyist for Texas oil interests, was appointed Attorney General by President Harry Truman. In his Texas days, the politically ambitious elder Clark was cultivated as a useful connection by New Orleans mafia kingpin Carlos Marcello, and many feared Clark's new job would afford organized crime access to higher levels of power.

AG Clark was repeatedly mired in corruption scandals. In 1945, he was accused of taking a bribe to fix a war profiteering case. In 1947, after he had four convicted Chicago mob bosses sprung from prison before their terms were complete, Congress appointed a committee to investigate--and was effectively roadblocked by Tom's refusal to hand over parole records.

Truman admitted to a biographer that "Tom Clark was my biggest mistake." But he insisted: "It isn't so much that he's a bad man. It's just that he's such a dumb son of a bitch."

AG Tom Clark played along with the post-war anti-communist hysteria, approving federal wiretaps on Alger Hiss, the State Department official accused being a Soviet mole. In 1949, he moved over to the Supreme Court. Carlos Marcello biographer John Davis asserts that the kingpin continued to funnel money to Clark when he sat on the high court.

Even more intriguing is that one of the "Chicago mob bosses" sprung by Clark was Johnny Rosselli...

I mean, what are the odds? JFK is killed in Dallas on the very day New Orleans mob boss Carlos Marcello wins his lawsuit against Robert F. Kennedy. At Marcello's side is David Ferrie, who knew Oswald, JFK's supposed assassin. Lyndon Johnson is also rumored to have once been associated with Marcello. Another of Marcello's rumored connections is Tom Clark, a Supreme Court Justice. For a time the public is convinced Oswald acted alone, and then, JUST WHEN the public is starting to ask questions and doubt the official story, Johnson appoints Ramsey Clark, Tom Clark's son, to run the Justice Department. Clark arranges for the autopsy doctors to re-examine the medical evidence; their supposed report is instead written by the Justice Department. Around this same time, Johnny Rosselli, a Chicago mobster who'd once been released under then-attorney general Tom Clark's orders, starts maneuvering to get excused from his most recent run-in with the law. His lawyer leaks to columnist Drew Pearson that the CIA had hired him to kill Castro, and that someway somehow this had backfired and that Castro had killed Kennedy instead. Pearson then meets with Johnson and discusses how they can best use this information. Shortly thereafter, Clark tells Johnson that New Orleans DA Jim Garrison has a key witness, Ferrie, and that Garrison now suspects Johnson's involvement. Literally days later, Ferrie dies unexpectedly, and mysteriously. Shortly after that, Robert F. Kennedy breaks with Johnson over Vietnam, and the next day Drew Pearson's column reports that JFK had been killed after Robert Kennedy's plans to kill Castro had backfired. Weeks later, the Justice Department provides Dr. Humes with "talking points" for an interview on CBS; these talking points amount to an order that Humes lie about the location of Kennedy's back wound so that the single-bullet theory and single-assassin conclusion can be preserved. Over the next year or so, the Justice Department under Clark continues to interfere with Garrison's investigation. Then, in early 1968, within weeks of Johnson's deciding not to run for re-election, and his presumed acceptance that Robert Kennedy might become the next President, he has Clark create a secret panel to re-examine the medical evidence. Aware that the entrance wound on the back of JFK's head does not connect to the large defect presumed to have been an exit, this panel either convinces itself or flat-out lies and determines that the entrance wound was actually 4 inches higher on Kennedy's skull. They then refuse to be interviewed about their findings, and destroy all their notes. Their report is not released for almost a year. It is finally released on the first day of Garrison's trial of Clay Shaw, just a few days before Johnson was to step down from office. Not surprisingly, NONE of the national media even reads the report; they report that the new report refutes Garrison's belief in a conspiracy and supports the Warren Commission. NOT ONE paper notes that Clark's secret panel moved the head wound 4 inches, etc...

From this, it certainly seems likely that Clark was brought on board to help with the cover-up. Was he too dumb to see what was going on? Maybe.

Edited by Pat Speer

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Guest Tom Scully

Tom Clark's press record indicates that he and J. Edgar Hoover knew the details perhaps better than anyone else in law enforcement in 1946 about Henry Crown's mob ties.

http://books.google.com/books?cd=2&q=%...nG=Search+Books

Deep Politics and the Death of JFK‎ - Page 155

Peter Dale Scott - History - 1996 - 424 pages

Tom Clark told me afterward that it led to very high places. ... Henry Crown,

the big Jewish financier in Chicago [involved in Cook Country real estate ...

Limited preview - About this book - Add to my library - More editions

Official and confidential: the secret life of J. Edgar Hoover

Official and confidential: the secret life of J. Edgar Hoover‎ - Page 227

Anthony Summers - Biography & Autobiography - 1993 - 528f John Croe pages

According to the then Attorney General, Ragen's revelations led to "very high

places," including Henry Crown, the Chicago financier, and the Annenberg ...

This inside knowledge of Hnery Crown's background did not deter Clark from choosing Henry Crown's son, John, to serve as one of by then Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark's two law clerks for the 1956 to 1957 Supreme Court term.

Nor did Clark's almost certain knowledge in 1963 that Crown's son John was then a law associate at the firm of Albert E Jenner, Jr., and that Jenner himself was Henry Crown's personal attorney deter Tom Clark from providing one of two named references to Earl Warren for the purpose of appointing Albert Jenner Jr.

as a senior assistan WC counselor, investigating, among many other things, mob involvement and the possible motives of anyone to shoot JFK.

Tom Clark had worked in 1942 with WC's John McCloy and Earl Warren on the "mission" to forcibly intern west coast Japanese citizens for the duration of the war.

Clark had to know that Henry Crown's close associate and business partner, Conrad Hilton, was a close friend of Earl Warrern, his wife, and his daughter, Virginia, and that Conrad Hilton was at least as "mobbed up" as Henry Crown was. J. Edgar Hoover had the same knowledge about Crown and Hilton but did nothing in response.

Albert Jenner accepted the appointment to the WC without regard or disclosure of the facts that Crown's son John was a associate at Jenner's law firm and that this conflict should disqualify Jenner from serving in an investigatory related capacity on the WC legal staff.

http://www2.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi...=009&sc=442

ON ECONOMICS: -- How Kennedy Assassination Affected Some Stock Prices

JONATHAN MARSHALL

Monday, November 18, 1996

....But the facts speak tellingly about how accidents of history can affect great fortunes.

A postscript for assassination buffs: No individual stood to lose more from the TFX scandal than Chicago investor Henry Crown, who owned 20 percent of General Dynamics. His personal attorney, Albert Jenner, became a senior staff attorney on the Warren Commission, in charge of investigating the possibility of a conspiracy.

In later years, Jenner also represented Chicago labor racketeer Allen Dorfman. Dorfman's stepfather Paul, a leading figure in the Chicago mob, ran the Waste Handlers Union in Chicago in 1939 with Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald's future killer.

Both Dorfmans hated the Kennedy family. Robert Kennedy had hauled them before a Senate crime panel in the late 1950s, where they took the Fifth Amendment.

Allen Dorfman was murdered, gangland-style, in 1983 in the company of another friend of Ruby, Irwin Weiner. Attorney Jenner obtained Weiner's acquittal in a 1975 federal labor racketeering case after the government's leading witness was shotgunned to death.

Weiner was called to testify in 1978 before the House Select Committee on Assassinations about his relationship with Ruby, including a phone conversation with Ruby shortly before the assassination. He said the call was innocent.

The committee was investigating the theory -- which it never proved -- that organized crime had Ruby silence Oswald to disguise its own role in the Kennedy assassination.

Henry Crown fell into both categories, "cui bono" suspect in the assassination of JFk and top Chicago mob affiliated person. Tom Clark had to know this, but, as he had with his 1956 appointment of Crown's son to clerk in his own Supreme Court office, Clark again in December, 1963, ignored the potential conflicts of interests in the appointment of Jenner to such a sensitve position on the WC investigatory team.

http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=jud...391724319249464

Ex-farmer, judge Crown remembered as 'wise, fair'

- Daily Herald - NewsBank - Mar 8, 1997

Crown clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark from 1956 to 1959 and ... law at the Chicago firm of Jenner and Block, where he became a partner. ...

John J. Crown, judge, philanthropist

- Chicago Sun-Times - NewsBank - Mar 6, 1997

John J. Crown, 67, a former Cook County Circuit Court judge and youngest son of ... In 1959, he joined the law firm of Jenner & Block. ...

http://books.google.com/books?id=7bl3AAAAM...BJWg&edge=1

http://books.google.com/books?cd=1&q=t...nG=Search+Books

The Kennedy assassination cover-up‎ - Page 96

Donald Gibson - History - 2000 - 306 pages+

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http://www.google.com/archivesearch?q=crow...347803983675553

Ex- Yankees owner linked to mobsters .

Eugene Register-Guard - Google News Archive - Mar 19, 1977

A few years later, Webb sold the hotel to Lansky's neighbor. ... and the Hilton Hotel chain He became a close adviser to Webb and one of the aian allowed . ...

All 9 related - Related web pages

Arizona Probe Links Del Webb, Mobsters .

Modesto Bee - Google News Archive - Mar 20, 1977

Ill 1966 Crown and Webb sold the ranch to a partnership of Robert W. Goldwater... A few years later, Webb sold the hotel to Lansky's neighbor. ...

More recently it has been reported that J. Edgar Hoover prohibited the FBI from bugging the telephones of Del Webb when he owned the Sands Casino in Las Vegas.

Edited by Tom Scully

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Less than a month after this Drew Pearson column appeared in newspapers all over the US, JFK was shot dead in Dallas. Three weeks after that, the record of one of the first WC executive sessions shows Earl Warren, close friend of Henry Crown's real estate partner, Conrad Hilton, telling his fellow commissioners that Tom Clark is providing one of two named references, vouching for the appointment as senior WC counsel, of Albert E. Jenner Jr. , Henry Crown's personal attorney and law firm associate of Crown's son, John, who is also a former law clerk of Tom Clark's.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=A8sqA...clark&hl=en

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...the article continued, (see the paragraph I've highlighted with the red vertical line...) Drew Pearson was referring to the businessmen whose names were "household words" in Chicago, who James Ragen told the FBI were the men who controlled organized crime.

Tom Clark and Drew Pearson knew that one of those names was Henry Crown. Drew Pearson did not dare to publish Crown's name, it was revealed in his diary only in 1974, after Pearson's death. But...Tom Clark knew....he knew when he failed to provide Ragen with proper protection as a key material witness, he knew in 1956, when he appointed Crown's son to be one of his two law clerks at the US Supreme Court, and he knew and vouched for the integrity of Crown's lawyer to serve on the WC, and Clark and Earl Warren had to know that appointing Albert Jenner, especially since Jack Ruby was tied to organized crime in Chicago, was a gamestopping conflict of interests.

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Edited by Tom Scully

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Isn't it odd, that Gordon Novel, (a Garrison-suspect. Some CTers believe he is the Umbrella man), is Ramsey Clarks factotum for years?

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Edited by Karl Kinaski

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....In 1968 Attorney General Ramsey Clark appointed a panel of four medical experts to examine various photographs, X-ray films, documents, and other evidence pertaining to the death of President Kennedy. The Clark Panel argued that Kennedy was struck by two bullets fired from above and behind him, one of which traversed the base of the neck on the right side without striking bone and the other of which entered the skull from behind and destroyed its upper right side.

This may be old news: http://thesop.org/story/opinion/2010/07/05/jfk-assassination-news-john-canal-exposes-fabrications-in-official-autopsy-reports.php

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