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The Mafia and the assassination


Wim Dankbaar
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I'm probably in the minority on this one, but the more I learn about the case, the more I'm convinced that the mafia could have been behind the hit. The corruption was much greater than most want to admit--Truman had had ties to Pendergast, LBJ and Tom Clark had ties to Marcello, JFK shared broads with Giancana, Hoover was buddy buddy with Frank Costello, and the CIA had their own still-mysterious agenda, while playing footsie with Trafficante, Rosselli, and Giancana. And hovering in the background at all times was Nixon with his ties to Lansky. When we consider some of the other assassinations of the post-prohibition period, from Anton Cermak to Huey Long to Castillo-Armas in Guatemala, we see possible mob involvement, so maybe JFK was only one of many.

While some try to portray the mob as being a bunch of dumb guineas who couldn't pull off anything as sophisticated as the JFK hit, they fail to understand that the mob of the 1960's had their own intelligence operatives and public-relations specialists, many government-trained, men like Robert Maheu, Joe Shimon, Edward P. Morgan, I. Irving Davidson, Sidney Korshak, and Edward Bennett Williams. When one considers that the OSS operative/murderer Adolpho Icardi, mob leader Frank Costello, union boss Jimmy Hoffa, LBJ bagman Bobby Baker, former Secretary of the Treasury John Connally and former CIA chief Richard Helms all used Williams as their attorney, and that he was on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, and was asked by Gerald Ford to run the CIA before Ford settled on Bush, then one can see how Sam Giancana's boast to this brother that the mob and the CIA were two sides of the same coin may have been closer to the truth than we want to admit.

It also seems apparent that a number of right-wing groups in the early sixties were joining hands with the mob to fund the anti-Castro movement; it's quite possible therefore that a handful of vengeful CIA agents joined forces with the mob and the Birchers to rid themselves of the man they perceived to be Enemy #1 in the war on communism: John F Kennedy. It's also possible that a shrewd-thinking operative figured out a way to take out JFK in such a way that everyone would cover it up. This operative could even be still alive.

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Pat,

I do agree with what you say about the amount of corruption being underestimated but as far as the assassination goes i would have to say that it was mostly a cuba/vietnam agenda in which the cia headed it and used anti castro cubans and to a lesser extent the mob co-operated. If only Jack Ruby could have told us more, he is still a dark horse, perhaps his involvement was to throw some blame at the mafias door. You have some good points though.

john Geraghty

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The mafia was "not behind it", but had part of the executing role.

The mafia could not have pulled off the cover up, flaw the motorcade security, doctor the medical evidence, appoint the Warren Commision, and have the mass media lie about it for 40 years, to name just a few examples.

Wim

I believe LBJ and Hoover pulled off the cover-up (both with mob ties.) The motorcade security question could be a red herring--the Secret Service was ill-equipped in 1963 to prevent a sniper from taking out a President in a motorcade no matter the parade route, a route which, not coincidentally, LBJ, Connally, and Cabell were all in a position to know. The Warren Commission was LBJ's baby, after running his appointees by Hoover and Nixon (all with mob ties.) As for the mass media, I believe they have been institutionalized--they rely so much on Government co-operation that it's impossible for them to see around the fanny they're kissing. The JFK assassination is only one of hundreds of stories they've inadequately reported over the past fifty years. Look at Watergate--which the media holds up as proof of its unbiased reporting. It was only through Judge Sirica's strong-armed manipulation of the court system that McCord decided to talk, and bring the house of cards crashing down. Through Nixon's manipulations and the media's cowardice, the story of the century almost never happened--the story broke in June and was largely ignored up through the November election. While one might claim there was not enough dirt and too many liars, the truth is more likely that the media was scared of hurting Nixon and helping to put the screaming L-word George McGovern in the White House.

There's something similar going on right now. The amount of dirt on the current regime could fill up the front page every day should the media do its job and inform the American people. Instead, they act like they're ashamed to say anything bad.

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