C.I.A. Secrets: JFK

By Christopher R Rice

I’m totally baffled by how many things Americans don’t understand. I was talking to someone and they asked me what the whole “Bay of Pigs” thing was about.

The Bay of Pigs, wow, what a mind fuck. People have come up with various ways to understand what exactly happened to this country. How’d we go from being Superman to the Super Villain? I’ve had to grow up in a country that’s been torturing people all over the world. From Nam to El Salvador to Guatemala to Bosnia to Iraq, Afghanistan and 50 other countries where we render them to be tortured.

Some folks have come up with some real colorful ways to understand this, like the illuminati, the free masons, but it was just another CIA coup. The CIA over threw the United States of America and set up their own puppet government in Washington DC and they have been running the show ever since.

Where to begin, let’s start with the Cuban missile crisis. No one understands why the Russians wanted to put nukes in Cuba and aim them at Washington DC, because no one in America knows that right before that happened we pushed Turkey into NATO and put nukes in Turkey and pointed them right at Moscow.

Something similar to what we are doing in the Ukraine right now. Turn the tables around for a second and imagine if Russia had supported protesters in say Mexico city and they overthrew the government there. And just like the Vice Prez (Joe Biden) and his son showed up welcoming the new government, promising to make them a part of NATO and jam our nukes right up Russia’s ass, parking them on Russia’s door steps.

Just say-in, Americans would freak if Russia turned Mexico into a puppet government of Moscow’s and started talking about arming them with nukes. I don’t think that I’m exaggerating when I say most people in this country would crap themselves if that were to happen. But that’s exactly what we are doing.

But more importantly, how did we come to this point? How did the CIA overthrow the US and get away with it? Can you prove it? And if it is true, what the hell are we suppose to do about it?

The proof is all around us, we live in it. But I’m going to provide enough evidence for a jury to reach a decision and then provide us a way out. A way that individual Americans can take America back from the fascist CIA who are currently in control of all three branches of our government.


At the start of the 1920s, marijuana use in America was concentrated in New Orleans and its intoxicating vapors were mainly inhaled by migrant workers from Mexico, by blacks, and by a growing number of “low-class” whites. Sailors and immigrants from the Caribbean brought this “new” (Its known uses go back to 7,000 B.C.) drug into major southern U.S. ports – above all into the Crescent City.

Along with jazz, pot traveled north to Chicago, and then east to Harlem – where it soon became an indispensable part of the music scene, even entering the language of the black hits of the day (Louis Armstrong’s “Muggles,” Cab Calloway’s “That Funny Reefer Man” and Fats Waller’s “Viper’s Drag”).

A squat, muscular fireplug of a man, rising New Orleans mobster Carlos Marcello was perfectly placed to make boatloads of money from illegal marijuana shipped into his territory. In 1938, though, Marcello sold 23 pounds of pot to an undercover agent.

Convicted and sentenced to one year in the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary, Marcello was also fined more than $75,000. Using his political influence, that particular “Reefer Man” was able to get the fine reduced to just $400 – and he was out of prison in nine months. With Louisiana Mafia boss Sam Carolla pulling the strings, Gov. O.K. Allen – a former stooge of assassinated Sen. Huey Long – provided the leniency.

Marcello’s first dealings with Vice President Dick Nixon involved Jimmy Hoffa, the mobbed-up Teamsters Union leader. Because Jimmy shared a common enemy with Nixon, Hoffa and his two million-member union backed Nixon against Sen. John Kennedy in the 1960 presidential election. A Louisiana Teamster official who later became a government informant has revealed that Hoffa met with Marcello to secretly fund the Nixon campaign with stacks of cold Mob cash. Edward Partin told Mob expert Dan Moldea, “I was right there, listening to the conversation. Marcello had a suitcase filled with $500,000 cash which was going to Nixon … (Another $500,000 contribution) was coming from Mob boys in New Jersey and Florida.’” Hoffa himself served as Nixon’s bagman. Within a few weeks of that payoff, Vice President Nixon managed to stop a Florida land fraud indictment against Hoffa.

The Hoffa-Marcello meeting took place in New Orleans on September 26, 1960, and has been verified by William Sullivan, a former top FBI official.

Sen. John Kennedy edged out Vice President Nixon in the 1960 presidential election, and Hoffa – thanks to Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy – was soon sitting in a prison cell for jury tampering and looting his own union’s pension funds of nearly $2 million. Yet the Nixon-Hoffa link remained solid, at least until December 23, 1971, when, as president, Nixon gave Jimmy an executive grant of clemency and opened the prison’s gates for him. Hoffa served only five years of a 13-year sentence.

In 1961, Marcello was “deported” to Guatemala by Atty. Gen. Bobby Kennedy but the Louisiana godfather quietly returned in a small plane piloted by an associate named David Ferrie – later considered a prime JFK assassination suspect by New Orleans District Attorney, Jim Garrison.

In 1967, just as Garrison prepared to indict him, Ferrie was found dead in his apartment. He was lying on a sofa with a sheet pulled over his head. Two typed “suicide” notes were found. Ferrie’s name was typed, not signed, on each note.

New Orleans was a hotbed of illegal, covert paramilitary operations where corruption, disguise and deception had produced an intelligence cottage industry. In the 1960s, it was the city where the Mafia, anti-Castro exiles and self-styled intelligence spooks joined hands to celebrate what they called their patriotic bonds and to condemn their common enemies – Castro, Communists, Liberals.

It is now known that Ruby was not only a police-protected pot dealer – but also a government informant. In 1947, he was a secret Syndicate source for a young congressman from California named Richard Nixon. In 1950, he covertly cooperated with a Senate committee probing organized crime. In 1956 – according to newly released memos – the FBI fingered him as a liaison between the Dallas police department and local drug dealers.

Identified by the Warren Commission as the lone killer of President Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald had his own ties to Carlos Marcello. In New Orleans, where Oswald spent significant portions of his life, Oswald’s uncle and substitute father was Charles “Dutz” Murret, an important bookie in Marcello’s gambling operations. Oswald’s mom, Marguerite, dated some of Marcello’s employees.

Jack Ruby stalked Oswald after his arrest – finally killing him with a pistol shot to the stomach two days after Kennedy’s murder, as the alleged presidential assassin was being transferred from one Dallas jail to another.

Shortly after entering the White House in 1969, Richard Nixon moved to solidify his close favor-trading friendship with Carlos Marcello – known in the underworld as “the Big Daddy in the Big Easy.” Their main go-between was old Nixon loyalist and Mob lawyer Murray Chotiner. The pinky-ring wearing Chotiner and his brother were responsible for defending 221 organized crime figures in California.

Chotiner had a White House office and an official government job from which to trade on his powerful behind-the-scenes influence. He had served Nixon since the Navy vet’s very first campaign for Congress in 1946. In fact, Chotiner had introduced Nixon to L.A.’s top hoodlum, Mickey Cohen – and pressured Cohen to contribute to the Nixon campaign. Chotiner was associated with scores of other leading gangsters, including Meyer Lansky and Ben “Bugsy” Seigel.

Chotiner, on behalf of President Nixon, sought to aid Marcello. The gangster was facing a two-year prison term for his 1968 conviction of assaulting a federal official.

Throughout Nixon’s first two years in office, Marcello and his lawyers used all the clout they could muster with the administration to get Marcello’s sentence cut. Nixon’s crooked attorney general, John Mitchell, finally put the squeeze on a federal judge to slice Marcello’s prison term to six months and arranged for him to spend that time at the medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield, MO.

(Mitchell was the first person since the FBI was established in 1908 to hold the office of attorney general without undergoing an FBI investigation, thanks to a special request made by Nixon to his ever-loyal crony J. Edgar Hoover. In 1975, Mitchell himself was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half to eight years in prison for his role in the Watergate break-in and cover-up.) Marcello emerged from his stay at Springfield in March 1971 – just in time to aid Chotiner’s efforts to spring Jimmy Hoffa from prison.

At about the same time, President Nixon – perhaps, in part, to aid Marcello’s illegal drug trafficking business – ignored a call by a blue-ribbon presidential commission to decriminalize marijuana. That decision has had startling repercussions- by criminalizing an estimated 15 million Americans arrested on pot charges.

Nixon, himself, knew what his Mafia and CIA friends were up to. Speaking with Haldeman on one of the newly released White House tapes, the 37th president dismissed the Warren Commission’s lone-killer finding as “the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated.”

J. Edgar Hoover was in the hip pocket of America’s godfathers, reputedly because they had pictorial proof of his homosexuality.

Gangster Meyer Lansky had obtained compromising photos of Hoover and Tolson. In Official and Confidential, Summers quotes former Lansky associate, Seymour Pollock, as saying in 1990, Hoover’s homosexuality was “common knowledge” and he had seen evidence of it for himself.

“What I saw was a picture of J. Edgar Hoover giving Clyde Tolson a blow job. There was more than one shot, but the startling one was a close shot of Hoover’s head. He was totally recognizable.”

In September 1972, according to Hoover biographer, Mark North, in Act of Treason, America’s top cop had already learned through electronic surveillance that Marcello “had put out a contract on the life of President Kennedy … Hoover did not inform his superiors within the Justice Department or warn the Secret Service.”

Oswald had become a paid FBI informant on his return from Russia.

Apart from the claim by former FBI Security Clerk, William Walter, who processed documents to that effect, there was the revelation to top Warren Commission officials in chambers by Texas Attorney General, Waggoner Carr, and Henry Wade, the Dallas District Attorney that Oswald had been on the FBI payroll for $200-a-month since September 1962 with the informant number S-172.

FBI “counterintelligence veterans have since confirmed Oswald’s FBI employment.” The author also notes when Oswald was arrested for disturbing the peace in New Orleans in the summer of 1963, he demanded and was granted the right to see an FBI agent. Oswald spent only one night in jail in New Orleans. A representative of none-other-than crime boss Carlos Marcello bailed him out.

CIA Director Allen Dulles, was fired by President Kennedy after the ill-fated 1961 CIA-backed invasion of Cuba. Lyndon Johnson appointed Dulles to the presidential commission that rubber-stamped Hoover’s fishy finding that President Kennedy was slain by a lone Communist nut with a cheap rifle and the assassin of the presidential assassin was just another wacko acting on his own.

Who Killed JFK?  The evidence points to a right-wing faction of the CIA with some help from its friends.  In CIA lingo, friends are referred to as “assets.”  CIA assets, including media assets, were employed to help cover-up the crime.  This CIA faction was angry at JFK for his refusal to commit to a full-scale invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, and for his efforts to seek an accommodation with the Soviet Union and Fidel Castro.  High-level CIA officers are implicated.  They include:  Richard Helms, James Angleton, David Phillips, E. Howard Hunt, Theodore Shackley, William Harvey, David Morales, Edward Lansdale, and George Joannides.  Type any of these CIA officer’s names into any Internet search engine, along with the words “JFK assassination,”.

Following Truman and drawing on his own experience as Allied commander for Europe during World War II, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower proceeded to wage the Cold War from the White House with the National Security Council as his staff and the CIA as his secret army. Among the 170 CIA covert operations in 48 countries that Eisenhower authorized, two must rank as major debacles, inflicting especially lasting damage on America’s global standing.

In 1953, after Iran’s populist Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq challenged Britain’s imperial monopoly over his country’s oil industry, Eisenhower authorized a covert regime change operation to be engineered by the CIA and British intelligence. Though the Agency came perilously close to failure, it did finally succeed in installing the young, untested Shah in power and then helped him consolidate his autocratic rule by training a secret police, the notorious Savak, in torture and surveillance. While Washingtonians toasted the delicious brilliance of this secret-agent-style derring-do, Iranians seethed until 1979 when demonstrators ousted the Shah and students stormed the U.S. embassy, producing a 35-year breach in relations that weakened Washington’s position in the Middle East.

Related article:  CIA formally admits role in 1953 Iranian coup

During his last months in office in 1960, President Eisenhower also infamously authorized a CIA invasion of Cuba, confident that 1,000 ragtag Cuban exiles backed by U.S. airpower could somehow overthrow Fidel Castro’s entrenched revolutionary regime. Inheriting this operation and sensing disaster, President John F. Kennedy forced the CIA to scale back its plans without stopping the Agency from proceeding. So it dumped those exiles on a remote beach 50 impassable miles of trackless, tangled swamp from their planned mountain refuge and sat back as Castro’s air force bombed them into surrender.

“Military and intelligence officers did not take kindly to Kennedy’s attempts to restrain this powerful conglomeration.  Kennedy angered these men by refusing to use U.S. military power to salvage the Bay of Pigs Invasion.  Then he added fuel to the fire by rejecting recommendations by the joint chiefs to bomb the missile emplacements in Cuba and to refrain from signing a nuclear test ban treaty with the Russians….  Some generals — including Dallas mayor Earle Cabell’s brother, Gen. Charles P. Cabel — even went so far as to brand Kennedy a ‘traitor.’  Cabell, after being fired by Kennedy as deputy director of the CIA, resumed responsibilities in the Pentagon.”
–Jim Marrs, Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy

Bobby Kennedy came up talking to John Kennedy and saying, “You know, if you go too far in negotiations with Kruschev and with the Communists, you’re going to get assassinated.  People in this country don’t want the President of the United States to make deals with the Communists.”
–Pierre Salinger (JFK’s press secretary), video interview

“The ancient imperial capital [of Rome] … was full of dark intrigue, treachery and gruesomely memorable characters.  But it had nothing on Washington, our Rome on the Potomac….  JFK — who was increasingly isolated from his top national security advisers in the Pentagon, CIA, and even the White House — clearly sensed the mutinous mood in some corners of Washington.  In conversations with friends, Kennedy raised the specter of an assassination or coup with disturbing frequency during his brief presidency.”
–David Talbot, “Rome on the Potomac,” Salon, 3 May 2007

“In a remarkable passage in ‘One Hell of a Gamble,’ a widely praised 1997 history of the Cuban missile crisis based on declassified Soviet and U.S. government documents, historians Alexksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali wrote that on November 29, one week after the [JFK] assassination, Bobby Kennedy dispatched a close family friend named William Walton to Moscow with a remarkable message for Georgi Bolshakov, the KGB agent he had come to trust during the nerve-wracking back-channel discussions sparked by the missile crisis.  According to the historians, Walton told Bolshakov that Bobby and Jacqueline Kennedy believed ‘there was a large political conspiracy behind Oswald’s rifle’ and ‘that Dallas was the ideal location for such a crime.'”
–David Talbot, “The Mother of All Cover-Ups,” Salon, 15 September 2004

“By Thursday, November 21, [Wayne] January and the Cuban had become close enough to talk somewhat freely.  During their lunch break and after a period of silence, the Cuban looked at January and said:  ‘They are going to kill your President.’  January could tell the man was not joking.  He had shown no sign of being less than serious before this in any conversation.  When January asked him why he was saying this, the Cuban talked about being involved in the Bay of Pigs and about being told how his friends had died because Robert Kennedy had talked John Kennedy out of sending the air support they had been promised for the invasion.  He talked about the pain and the embarrassment of those involved.  ‘They are not only going to kill the President, they are going to kill Robert Kennedy and any other Kennedy who gets in that position.’  January knew the man was serious, but it was too much for him to believe and he said so.  The Cuban closed the conversation with, ‘You will see.'”
–Someone Would Have Talked, Larry Hancock

“Goddamn the Kennedys.  First there was Jack, now there’s Bobby, and then Teddy.  We’ll have them on our necks until the year 2000.”
–Clyde Tolson (J. Edgar Hoover’s associate director, confidant, and roommate) quoted by William Sullivan, The Bureau: My Thirty Years in Hoover’s FBI.  (Upon hearing Tolson’s comment, Hoover reportedly nodded in agreement.  Note: Sullivan’s book about the FBI was published posthumously after Sullivan was shot dead near his New Hampshire home by a man who mistook him for a deer.)

“The thing I am concerned about, and so is [Deputy Attorney General Nicholas] Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin.”
–FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, speaking on the telephone to Johnson aide Walter Jenkins two hours after Oswald was murdered by Jack Ruby, HSCA Report, vol. III, pp. 471-73.  (The Warren Commission — charged with determining the truth in the JFK assassination — relied upon Hoover’s FBI as its primary investigative arm.)
The RFK Assassination — June 1968

“I hope that someone shoots and kills the son of a bitch.”
–Clyde Tolson (J. Edgar Hoover’s personal assistant), quoted by William Sullivan, The Bureau: My Thirty Years in Hoover’s FBI.  (Tolson made this remark to colleagues at an executive meeting, in the summer of 1968, when it began to look as though Bobby Kennedy might win the presidency.)

“Do you know what I think will happen to Bobby? … The same thing that happened to Jack.”
–Jacqueline Kennedy’s comment to Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., after hearing of Robert Kennedy’s decision to run for the presidency, Robert Kennedy and His Times

“I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch [JFK] and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard [RFK].”
–David Sanchez Morales, former Chief of Operations at the CIA station in Miami (JM/WAVE) and a consultant to the Deputy Director of the Joint Chiefs, quoted by Shane O’Sullivan in The Guardian, 20 November 2006

“They’re killing all the Kennedys.”
–Pierre Salinger (JFK’s press secretary).  Salinger made this comment to his wife after Robert Kennedy was killed.

“Subject to me getting elected [President], I would like to reopen the Warren Commission.”
–Senator Robert Kennedy, talking to campaign worker Richard Lubic in San Francisco, David Talbot, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years

According to Robert Kennedy’s former press spokesman Frank Mankiewicz, when Robert Kennedy was asked at a campaign appearance, days before his assassination, whether he would reopen the investigation into the death of his brother JFK, he uttered a simple, one-word answer:  “Yes.”
–David Talbot, “The Mother of All Cover-Ups,” Salon, 15 September 2004

Senator Edward Kennedy — Two Near Fatal “Accidents”

John Dean:  …if they get those bank records between the start of July of 1969 through June of 1971 … there comes Chappaquiddick with a vengeance….
Richard Nixon:  (unintelligible)
John Dean:  …if they get to it — that is going to come out and this whole thing can turn around on that.  If Kennedy knew the bear trap he was walking into….
–Watergate tape, 3/13/73
In July 1969, a year after Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated, Senator Edward Kennedy’s car went off a bridge at Chappaquiddick, killing his woman passenger.  The following is a brief account:

“On 18 July 1969, [Mary Jo] Kopechne attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island, a short ferry ride off the island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  Edward Kennedy and Kopechne left the party together; a short time later, their car plunged off the Dike Bridge into a pond, where it overturned.  Kopechne died in the car.  Kennedy swam ashore but didn’t report the accident until the next morning, later claiming he had been dazed by the crash.  Though the details of the incident are not entirely clear, Kennedy’s critics suggested he had been driving drunk, had panicked after the accident, or even had tried to arrange a cover-up of his involvement.  Nothing was ever proved.  Kennedy had been considered a likely candidate for president in 1972; instead he pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident and had his driver’s license revoked for a year.”
–from the Internet site, Who2?
This is a typical chronicle of the Chappaquiddick tragedy.  However, given the likelihood of conspiracies in the assassinations of JFK and RFK — and the right-wing’s hatred of the Kennedys in general — it is conceivable that Edward Kennedy was also the target of conspirators.

In fact, Senator Edward Kennedy was involved in a near fatal “accident” before Chappaquiddick.  On June 19, 1964, Kennedy’s plane was en route to the State Democratic Convention in Springfield, Massachusetts.  However, the plane never reached its destination; it crashed on final approach.  Kennedy’s aide, Edward Moss was killed in the crash, along with the pilot, Edwin Zimny.  Kennedy would spend weeks in a hospital recovering from a severe back injury, a punctured lung, broken ribs, and internal bleeding.

It should be noted that during this period, one bitter rival of the Kennedy brothers was the Republican Richard Nixon.  Nixon was a favorite of America’s right-wing, having taken a lead role in the Alger Hiss case and the Red Scare congressional hearings that preceded McCarthy.  Later, Nixon would endear himself to right-wing Cuban exiles and their CIA sponsors for his hard-line position against Fidel Castro.

Nixon had lost the presidential election to John Kennedy in 1960 and, for a time, it looked as if his political career might be over.  However, by 1968, Nixon’s fortunes had changed.  He managed to win the Republican nomination and, in November 1968, he was elected President.  Nixon’s road to the White House was paved by the assassination of Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in June, five months earlier.

Once in office, Nixon would use his position to wage a clandestine smear campaign against the Kennedys.  The top field operatives in the White House campaign of dirty tricks were Watergate burglars E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy.

Before joining the Nixon administration, E. Howard Hunt was a political officer in the CIA, helping to stage coups in several foreign countries.  Hunt also helped plan the Bay of Pigs invasion against Fidel Castro, developing close ties to many CIA-trained Cubans.  On a more ominous note, Hunt has been accused of involvement in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a charge which he denied for years, but finally acknowledged in a deathbed statement released in 2007.

G. Gordon Liddy was an FBI agent from 1957 to 1962 and was part of COINTELPRO, a program of surveillance and sabotage against domestic political dissidents.

One of Nixon’s first attempts to tarnish the Kennedy family was aimed at the deceased President, John F. Kennedy.  In 1971, the White House requested that E. Howard Hunt forge “…some [diplomatic] cables in order to blame John F. Kennedy for the death of the leader of South Vietnam [Ngo Dinh Diem] … for the purpose of publishing them in Time and Life.”  (Source:  New York Times, David Rosenbaum, 25 September 1973)

However, most of Nixon’s smear attempts were aimed at Senator Edward Kennedy.  Edward Kennedy had survived the ordeal of Chappaquiddick and Nixon wanted to make sure that he was not left unscathed.  The White House asked “retired” CIA officer E. Howard Hunt to obtain “…cartoons that had been prepared in the Central Intelligence Agency, political cartoons attacking Senator Kennedy, for use should Senator Kennedy at that time run for president of the United States.”  (Source:  Plausible Denial, Mark Lane)  Also, on a White House tape, Nixon can be heard telling his aides to place spies among a Secret Service detail assigned to protect Senator Kennedy in the hope of uncovering damaging information on Kennedy.  Nixon says, “we might just get lucky and catch this son of a bitch — ruining him.”  Nixon also directed two of his most ruthless aides, H. R. Haldeman and Charles Colson, to plant a false news story linking Arthur Bremer — the man who tried to assassinate George Wallace — to Edward Kennedy.

Along with the Kennedys, the Nixon administration targeted other individuals it didn’t like — “enemies” as the White House called them.  Among these were Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press; newspaper columnist Jack Anderson who Hunt and Liddy, at one point, marked for death; and the Brookings Institution, scheduled for a firebombing and break-in.

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