John Simkin Posted December 22, 2004 Share Posted December 22, 2004 There have been several minor debates over the last couple of weeks on a variety of threads about the involvement of the Mafia in the assassination of JFK. I thought it might be a good idea to start a new thread on the subject. Trafficante, Giancana and Roselli plotted against Castro with the CIA and who knows what more (f.e. Guatemala) It is of course true that the CIA did recruit members of the Mafia via Robert Maheu to assassinate Fidel Castro. Some researchers use evidence of this plot to suggest that the same people were involved in the assassination of JFK. I have never seen the logic of this argument. Why could they not have been two different operations? Anyway, I do not believe there was a serious CIA/Mafia plot to kill Fidel Castro. Johnny Roselli, the Mafia link man in the plot, admitted soon after the contract was taken out, that the killing of Castro would not cause the Cuban government to be overthrown. It was generally accepted that Fidel’s brother Raul would become the new leader if the assassination plot succeeded. Raul was more left-wing than Fidel and would have not invited the Mafia back to run their gambling and prostitution industries. This is why organized crime was so upset with Castro. He had cut them off from a vast source of profitable revenues. Castro had done what Hoover and the FBI had been unwilling to do in the United States. It was one of the main reasons that Castro was popular in Cuba (especially over the issue of prostitution). Santo Trafficante, Carlos Marcello and Sam Giancana knew that the only way of getting back into Cuba was by persuading the American government to overthrow the Castro government. Rosselli admitted in 1961 that organized crime realised that the Cuban revolution could not be reversed by simply removing its leader. However, they continued to play along with this CIA plot in order to prevent them being prosecuted for criminal offences committed in the United States. The CIA also knew that the assassination it itself would now bring down the Castro government. The objective of the CIA was a combined plot of assassination and invasion. They realised that an assassination on its own would backfire and turn Castro into a martyr. This what happened with the Bay of Pigs invasion. This failed attempt to overthrow Castro resulted in his power being strengthened. As David Atlee Phillips pointed out in his autobiography. The assassination of Castro “couldn’t change anything in Cuba, except put power in the hands of people even more pro-Soviet and less predictable” (The Night Watch, page 178) Yet the CIA in the form of William Harvey and Desmond FitzGerald continued to try and organize the assassination of Castro. This apparently happened right up until the day JFK was assassinated. What were they up to? Isn’t possible that the whole thing was part of setting up Castro as the man behind the killing of JFK? They already had Castro on record as threatening JFK if these plots continued. Plan A was to blame the communists. Plan B was to blame organized crime. It is only by grasping this can you understand what people like Phillips, Morales and Harvey were up to in 1963. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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