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Thursday, November 20, 2003

November 1963

November 1963

On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. In September 1964, the Warren Commission Report declared that Kennedy was killed by a lone-gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald.

Fifteen years later, the House Selection Committee on Assassinations concluded that Kennedy "was probably killed as the result of a conspiracy" but, the committee "was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy." Based on the information detailed in Crossfire by Jim Marrs and First Hand Knowledge by Robert D. Morrow, it seems likely that the conspiracy involved organized crime.

Carlos Marcello was the mob boss of New Orleans. In the spring of 1961, the new U.S. attorney general, Robert Kennedy, had Marcello handcuffed and put onto a plane to Guatemala City with no luggage and very little cash. Marcello was eventually flown back to the U.S. by his personal pilot, David Ferrie, vowing to get even with the Kennedys. He and Ferrie devised a plan that included placing blame on a "nut" for the assassination of the president, Robert's brother. Ferrie had been Oswald's Civil Air Patrol leader.

The thrust of the plan was to make it look as though Fidel Castro was behind the killing of the American president, thereby inciting the U.S. government to attack Cuba, eliminating Castro who had forced the mob casinos in Havana to close. Santos Trafficante, the south Florida mob boss, was a close associate of Marcello who had been in the casino business in Cuba and even jailed by Castro for a period of time. Mobsters Johnny Roselli of Miami and Sam Giancana of Chicago were also involved.

Trafficante set up two men who thought they were working for the CIA to assassinate Castro and had them sent to Cuba. Through Roselli, Castro was tipped off that the CIA was sending these two men to kill him. The two men were then captured and made to reveal they were CIA operatives.

On Sept. 7, 1963, Castro told Associated Press reporters he was being targeted for assassination by U.S. government leaders who "could find their own lives in jeopardy." During this entire period, Lee Harvey Oswald was being manipulated by associates of Ferrie to appear to be a pro-Castro wacko.

When Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas several things went awry. Oswald was to have been killed in the confusion but managed to escape. He was later killed by Jack Ruby to silence him and close the case. The FBI and the CIA both wanted the case closed as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassing entanglements. The new president, Lyndon Johnson, wanted it closed quickly to avoid a possible catastrophic confrontation with Cuba and their cold war ally, the USSR. Thus the lone gunman nutcase became the quick official remedy.

Jack Ruby, the Dallas mob connection, was the key lynchpin to the conspiracy. He made more long distance phone calls to known mobsters (Trafficante, Marcello, etc.) during the two months prior to the assassination than he had made the entire previous year. Roselli met with Ruby twice just prior to the assassination.

When the Dallas police chief was answering questions shortly after Oswald was arrested, Ruby (from the back of the room) loudly corrected him (captured on audio and video) as to which Cuba freedom organization Oswald had belonged. It was imperative that Oswald be portrayed as Pro-Castro, thereby placing ultimate blame on Castro as being behind the assassination. Ruby then killed Oswald to end any further investigation.

Scheduled to testify before Congress, Roselli was found dead in an oil drum in Biscayne Bay. Giancana had helped JFK get elected president, later to be subjected to Robert Kennedy's organized crime taskforce. The evening before Giancana was to testify before a Senate committee on CIA-mob assassination plots, he was shot in the back of the head. A few days before David Ferrie was scheduled to meet with the New Orleans district attorney to discuss the JFK assassination, he was found dead (unsolved murder) in his apartment. Less than 12 hours later, Eladio del Valle, a known Ferrie collaborator, was brutally murdered in Miami. Dead men tell no tales.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years ago. The wheels of justice grind slowly, sometimes to a halt.