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Who’s Who in JFK Assassination
It was several years ago that I first stumbled upon a hint that this was indeed the case. I came across a strange reference in the pages of a controversial work about the JFK assassination which alleged that rogue CIA operatives had been behind the president’s murder, A. J. Weberman and Michael Canfield’s Coup d’Etat in America, first published in 1975. The reference, simple as it was, appearing on page 41, read as follows:
“After the assassination, an informer for the Secret Service and the FBI who had infiltrated a Cuban exile group and was in the process of selling them machine guns, reported that on November 21, 1963 he was told, ‘We now have plenty of money-our new backers are the Jews-as soon as they take care of JFK.’ This man had furnished reliable information in the past.”
I barely noticed the reference, but it did intrigue me. Who did this source mean when he referred to “the Jews”? This was the question I needed to answer. My immediate conclusion was this: the source meant Jewish gangsters-such as Meyer Lansky-who had a stake in reviving their Cuban gambling interests that they lost when Fidel Castro came to power. This was the logical answer.
Frankly, I laid the reference aside. It was just one lone remark out of perhaps millions of words written about the JFK assassination. It was nearly a year that went by before I came across the quotation again-while re-reading the same book. I pondered the quote for a moment, thinking, “This is interesting.”
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However, I once again cast those thoughts aside. I had already reached my own conclusions about the JFK assassination long before: The CIA was primarily responsible, working hand-in-hand with certain elements in “the Mafia” and also in the anti-Castro Cuban movement.
However, in the subsequent year that followed, I began to stumble across some interesting information.
In David Scheim’s book, Contract on America, which contends that “the Mafia” was solely responsible for the JFK assassination, I saw a variation of the same quote referenced in the Weberman and Canfield book.
However, Scheim’s rendition of the quote had deleted the reference to the alleged Jewish backers of the Cuban plotters. I began to think that there might be something more to the story after all, whatever the accuracy of the story allegedly told to the federal authorities.
THE LANSKY CONNECTION
It was around this time that I learned that a new biography of organized crime figure Meyer Lansky had been released. It was entitled Little Man:
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Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life. The book-prepared in cooperation with Lansky’s family-was little more than a puff piece for the deceased thug. Gossipy, full of inside information, and even entertaining at times, the book still somehow seemed to be missing a lot.
It was then that I returned to my library and pulled a book off the shelf that I hadn’t re-read in perhaps fifteen years. It was Hank Messick’s biography of Lansky. Re-reading this important book I began to see that Meyer Lansky was not just another gangster. He was “the chairman of the board” of organized crime.
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All of the Mafia figures that had been repeatedly implicated in the JFK assassination were, in fact, Lansky’s front-men-his subordinates, his underlings. In short, if “the Mafia” had a hand in the killing of JFK, then Lansky had to have been one of the key players.
Yet, as I quickly began to see in reviewing many of the works which allege that “The Mafia Killed JFK,” Lansky’s preeminent role was being ignored or otherwise under-played.
I was aware of Lansky’s close ties to Israel. After all, Lansky fled to Israel when the heat was on in the United States. But how deeply did the Lansky-Israeli connection go?
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My research into that question began to turn up some interesting facts relating to an Israeli connection to the assassination 2f John F. Kennedy.
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THE ISRAELI CONNECTION
Why would Israel have an interest in participating in the JFK assassination conspiracy? That was the burning question.
It was just about the time that I had begun to take a second look at the Lansky connection to the Kennedy assassination that several new works about the covert relationship between the United States and Israel were released providing never-before revealed information.
These books, cited extensively in Final Judgment, made it all too clear that John F. Kennedy-before his death-was in a pitched battle with Israel. In fact, Kennedy was at war.
This was something that long-time JFK assassination researchers had no reason to know about. Much of the material had long been classified. It was a secret-a deep, dark secret.
Some of JFK’s communications with then-Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion are still classified. Not even top-level intelligence officials with special security clearance have been allowed access to these potentially explosive documents.
This discovery made me realize that there was a lot more to the Kennedy relationship with Israel and a lot more about the JFK assassination than we had ever been told.
ISRAEL, LANSKY & THE CIA
The long and close relationship between Israel and JFK’s foes at the CIA is something which is becoming more and more known to the general public. JFK’s own war with the CIA is common knowledge.
At the time of the president’s assassination, however, the depth and breadth of the CIA’s relationship with Israel’s Mossad, however, was not so commonly known.
What’s more, as I began to discover, Israel’s allies in the Lansky Syndicate had much deeper relations with the CIA than most researchers have realized.
And while the stories of CIA-Organized Crime assassination plots against Castro have been told time and again, the evidence I began to discover told an even bigger story.
The pieces of the puzzle were all there. They simply needed to be put together. As the research continued, I repeatedly found myself stumbling upon new facts and information that continued to verify what was initially in my mind just a theory, but which I now believe to be the truth.
THE PERMINDEX CONNECTION
It is the little-discussed Permindex connection to the JFK assassination which is the tie that binds-the final proof that Israel’s Mossad was at the center of the assassination conspiracy.
In the Permindex connection we find all of the critical elements which tie Israel’s Mossad, the CIA and organized crime together in close-knit intrigue linked directly to the murder of President Kennedy.
Although researchers, over the years, have devoted much time and energy to pursuing a wide variety of questions relating to the JFK assassination controversy (focusing on controversies that will never be resolved) they have steered clear of the Permindex connection.
Those who have made any reference to Permindex have described it as some sort of “neo-Nazi” entity-even a remnant of Hitler’s SS-but, as we shall see, nothing could be further from the truth.
To understand the forces behind the Permindex connection, which we examine in detail in this volume, is to understand the answer to the biggest mystery of this century: the question of who killed John F. Kennedy.
Just before I began the book I mentioned my theory to a rather well-known former United States congressman. He surprised me when he said, “I think you are on to something. I’ve believed for years that the Mossad was involved in the Kennedy assassination, but I never really took the time to look into it. I’m glad you’re doing it, though. It will be an important book. It’s a book I would have liked to have written myself.”
Then, just after I finished the book, I sent a copy of the manuscript to another former U.S. congressman, thinking that he might have some interest in the subject. His response was perhaps a bit astonishing.
After the former congressman received the manuscript he wrote me a surprising letter in which he said, “I will tell you this. A retired Western European diplomat and intelligence officer with whom I’ve been in correspondence (and who has had disastrous experiences with Israel and the Mossad) has been urging me for the last four years to write the book that you have written.”
He passed the manuscript on to the Frenchman who in turn wrote me a fascinating letter providing further information confirming my thesis.
ONE COMPLETE PICTURE
The fruits of my labor appear in this book. I owe so much to all of those JFK assassination researchers who made this book possible. Their pioneering efforts laid the foundation for the construction of a framework which I firmly believe proves Mossad complicity in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
All of those who sought the truth-and sometimes risked their reputations (and even perhaps their lives) doing it-cleared the way for a final judgment:
Israel was the driving force behind the conspiracy that resulted in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is the Israeli connection that pulls all of the pieces of the puzzle together into one complete picture. The role of ‘j Israel in the JFK assassination is, indeed, the until-now “missing link.”
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A WHO’S WHO OF THE JFK ASSASSINATION CONSPIRACY AND COVER-UP
While the following selection of names in this special “who’s who” is by no means complete, it does provide the reader of Final Judgment with a brief overview of the facts relating to the involvement of the individuals in question with the circumstances surrounding not only the JFK assassination itself, but also the efforts to not only uncover the truth about the assassination-and also to bury it.
Following each name and description are references to the particular chapters in Final Judgment where details about that individual appear in pertinent part. The inclusion of any name in particular is by no means intended to suggest that the individual-unless specifically stated-had foreknowledge that the murder of President Kennedy was being planned.
As we note in these pages, there were many people who were brought into the JFK assassination conspiracy and the subsequent cover-up who had no idea of the actual role that they were playing.
The following “who’s who”-if read in this context-provides the reader a quick glance at the key individuals who ultimately prove central to a complete understanding of the entirety of the conspiracy that resulted in the assassination of President Kennedy.
Clay Shaw – If New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison had been permitted to carry out an unimpeded investigation and prosecution of Shaw, a CIA contract operative and a former director of the International Trade Mart in New Orleans implicated in involvement with Lee Harvey Oswald, David Ferrie, Guy Banister and other figures central to the JFK assassination conspiracy, Garrison would have divined Shaw’s connections – through a shadowy corporation known as Permindex – to not only the Israeli Mossad, but also the international crime syndicate of Israeli loyalist Meyer Lansky.
Louis M. Bloomfield – Based in Montreal, Bloomfield was a long-time intelligence operative and a front man for the powerful Bronfman family interests. The Bronfmans were not only key international backers of Israel but also long-time figures in the Lansky crime syndicate. Bloomfield, one of the foremost figures in the Israeli lobby in Canada and one of Israel’s leading international operatives, not only served as the chief shareholder in the Permindex Corporation on whose board of directors Clay Shaw served, but also had intimate ties to American intelligence.
Tibor Rosenbaum – One of the “godfathers” of the state of Israel and the first director for finance and supply for Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad, Rosenbaum was a prime financial angel behind the Permindex corporation. His Swiss banking concern, the Banque De Credit International, also served as the chief European money laundry or the global crime syndicate of Miami-based crime chief Meyer Lansky.
John King – A close business associate of Tibor Rosenbaum’s protégé and sometime front man, Bernard Cornfeld, King showed up in New Orleans in the early stages of Jim Garrison’s investigation-before Clay Shaw’s name had come up-and sought to persuade Garrison (through a bribery attempt) to give up the inquiry. Fortunately he failed in his scheme.
THE MOSSAD CONNECTION
David Ben-Gurion – Prime Minister of Israel; resigned his post in disgust with JFK’s stance toward Israel. in April of 1963; Said JFK’s position threatened Israel’s very survival.
Yitzhak Shamir – A long-time Mossad officer (based largely at the Mossad’s chief European office in Paris), Shamir headed the Mossad’s assassination squad at the time of the JFK assassination. A former French intelligence officer has charged that Shamir himself arranged the hiring of JFK’s actual assassins through a close ally in French intelligence.
Menachem Begin – In 1963, Begin (later prime minister of Israel) was a roving Israeli diplomat; prior to JFK’s assassination he was overheard conspiring with Meyer Lansky’s California henchman, Mickey Cohen, in a conversation that suggested hostile intentions by Israel against the American president.
Luis Kutner – Although known largely as a “mob lawyer,” (who was long and closely associated with Jack Ruby, a sometime-client) Kutner also doubled as an international intelligence operative and functioned as an advisor to an ad hoc pro-Israel lobby group in the United States.
A. L. Botnick – Head of the New Orleans office of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith, an intelligence and propaganda arm for Israel’s Mossad; a close associate of New Orleans-based CIA contract operative Guy Banister who helped create Lee Harvey Oswald’s preassassination profile as a “pro-Castro” agitator. Evidence suggests that Banister’s manipulation of Oswald may have been carried out under the guise of an ADL “fact-finding” operation.
Arnon Milchan – Israel’s biggest arms dealer, Milchan was “executive producer” (i.e. chief financial angel) of Oliver Stone’s Hollywood fantasy about the JFK assassination-a fact which may explain Stone’s aversion to exploring the Israeli connection to the affair.
Maurice Tempeisman – The international diamond merchant and Mossad operative who became the lover of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and used his connections to double-perhaps triple-her substantial fortune, thereby co-opting the Kennedy family forever.
THE CIA CONNECTION
Rudolph Hecht – An owner of the CIA-linked Standard Fruit concern, Hecht was a prominent figure in the New Orleans Jewish community and as chairman of the board of directors of the International Trade Mart was Permindex board member Clay Shaw’s primary sponsor.
James Jesus Angleton – Angleton, the CIA’s long-time chief of counterintelligence, was the CIA’s primary high-level conspirator in the murder of President Kennedy and the subsequent cover-up. Angleton, who had been co-opted by and was totally loyal to the Israeli Mossad, played a major role in the effort to frame Lee Harvey Oswald. Final Judgment is the first JFK assassination study to delve into Angleton’s role in the conspiracy.
David Atlee Phillips – A long-time high-level CIA official, Phillips was the CIA station chief in Mexico City at the time a strange effort was underway to implicate Lee Harvey Oswald as a Soviet KGB collaborator. If anyone in the CIA knew the truth about Oswald, it was Phillips. He confessed publicly that the story about Oswald being in Mexico City was not precisely what the CIA had long claimed.
E. Howard Hunt – Long-time CIA officer and liaison to the anti-Castro Cuban exiles. Testimony by ex-CIA contract operative Marita Lorenz placed Hunt in Dallas, Texas the day before the president’s assassination. The full truth about Hunt’s actual involvement in the affair may never be known, but there is no question that Hunt was deeply involved in the intrigue surrounding the president’s murder. Evidence does indeed indicate that there was a conscious effort to frame Hunt for involvement in the crime.
Guy Banister -The former FBI agent-turned-CIA contract operative whose New Orleans office was a central point for international intrigue involving the CIA, the anti-Castro Cuban exiles and the anti-DeGaulle forces in the French Secret Army Organization (OAS). Under Banister’s direction, Lee Harvey Oswald established a public profile for himself as a “pro-Castro” agitator in the streets of New Orleans.
David Ferrie – An enigmatic adventurer and CIA contract operative, Ferrie was closely involved with Lee Harvey Oswald during Oswald’s stay in New Orleans in the summer of 1963, working alongside Oswald out of Banister’s headquarters. The investigation of Ferrie by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison ultimately led to Garrison’s discovery of Permindex board member Clay Shaw’s ties to both Ferrie and Oswald.
Marita Lorenz – A former CIA contract operative, she testified under oath that one day prior to the assassination of President Kennedy she arrived in Dallas in an armed caravan of CIA-backed Cuban exiles who were met by not only Jack Ruby, who later killed Lee Harvey Oswald, but also CIA official E. Howard Hunt.
Guillermo & Ignacio Novo – Two brothers, veterans of the CIA-backed Cuban exile wars against Fidel Castro. According to Marita Lorenz, the Novo brothers were part of the armed caravan that arrived in Dallas one day before the assassination of President Kennedy. Many years after Dallas, the Novos were later convicted of participating in the murder of a Chilean dissident in collaboration with international adventurer Michael Townley who himself had ties to high-level figures implicated in the JFK conspiracy.
John Tower – In 1963 Tower was a newly-elected Republican U.S. Senator from Texas with close ties to the CIA. Shortly after the assassination he told associates of his own inside knowledge of the bizarre story of what really happened in Dealey Plaza. The story told by Tower suggests strongly that there were many unseen forces at work, manipulating many of the key players in the JFK assassination conspiracy. It was not until the release of Final Judgment that Tower’s name was ever connected to the mystery surrounding the JFK assassination.
Victor Marchetti – A high-ranking CIA official who left the agency in disgust, Marchetti later made a career writing about the CIA. In a 1978 article he charged that the CIA was about to frame its long-time operative, E. Howard Hunt, with involvement in the JFK assassination. A libel suit resulting as a consequence of Marchetti’s article resulted in a climactic finding by a jury that the CIA had been involved in the assassination of the president.
Robin Moore – A journalist with long-standing close ties to the CIA, Moore co-authored former CIA man Hugh McDonald’s book, LBJ and the JFK Conspiracy which promoted James Jesus Angleton’s false claim that the KGB was behind the president’s murder-another of the disinformation stories that emerged following the assassination.
THE LANSKY SYNDICATE
Meyer Lansky – Chief executive officer and de facto “treasurer” of the international crime syndicate; active in gun-running on behalf of the Israeli underground; collaborated closely with American intelligence on a number of fronts; later settled in Israel. Researchers who have claimed that “the Mafia Killed JFK” have pointedly refused to acknowledge Lansky’s preeminent positioning in the underworld.
Carlos Marcello – The head of the Mafia in New Orleans, Marcello owed his status to Meyer Lansky who was his chief sponsor in the crime syndicate. Marcello could not have orchestrated the JFK assassination-as some suggest-without Lansky’s explicit approval.
Seymour Weiss – Meyer Lansky’s chief bagman and liaison with the political establishment in Louisiana, he later served as a director of the CIA-linked Standard Fruit company and may actually have been a high-ranking CIA contract operative in New Orleans at the time of the JFK assassination.
Sam Giancana – The Mafia boss of Chicago, Giancana was a player in the CIA-Mafia plots against Castro; later murdered, probably at the behest of Santo Trafficante, Jr. His family says that Giancana admitted having been involved in the planning of the JFK assassination.
Santo Trafficante, Jr. – Although best known as the head of the Mafia in Tampa, Trafficante actually functioned as Meyer Lansky’s chief lieutenant in the crime syndicate and as Lansky’s liaison with the CIA in the Castro assassination plots.
Johnny Rosselli – A roving “ambassador” for the Mafia, Rosselli was the primary conduit between the CIA and the mob in the plots against Fidel Castro; may have arranged the murder of Sam Giancana for Trafficante and was later murdered himself.
Mickey Cohen – Meyer Lansky’s West Coast henchman; Jack Ruby’s role model and a gun-runner for the Israeli underground, Cohen collaborated closely with Israeli diplomat Menachem Begin prior to the JFK assassination;. Cohen arranged for John F. Kennedy to meet actress Marilyn Monroe who was assigned the task of finding out JFK’s private views and intentions toward Israel.
Jack Ruby – A long-time functionary for the Lansky syndicate, Ruby was the Lansky connection man in Dallas and also engaged in CIA-linked gunrunning to the anti-Castro Cuban exiles. Evidence suggests there is more to Ruby’s sudden “death” than meets the eye.
Jim Braden – A veteran personal courier for Meyer Lansky, Braden was almost assuredly in contact in Dallas with Jack Ruby prior to the JFK assassination. He was briefly detained in Dealey Plaza minutes after the president’s murder, but those JFK assassination researchers who have mentioned Braden prefer to cast him as a “Mafia” figure rather than as Lansky’s man on the scene in Dallas.
Al Gruber – A henchman of Meyer Lansky’s West Coast operative, Mickey Cohen, Gruber and Ruby spoke by telephone just shortly before Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald. It is believed that Gruber gave Ruby the contract on Oswald on behalf of his superiors.
THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Charles DeGaulle – Repeatedly targeted for assassination by Israeli-allied forces in French intelligence and in the Secret Army Organization (OAS) who were angry that DeGaulle had granted independence to Arab Algeria. The Mossad-sponsored Permindex operation that also had a hand in the murder of JFK, laundered money used in the assassination attempts on DeGaulle.
Georges deLannurien – High ranking official in the SDECE, the French intelligence agency; pinpointed by a former French intelligence officer as the individual who (at the best of Mossad assassinations chief Yitzhak Shamir) contracted the hit team who killed JFK in Dallas.
Michael Mertz – A former French SDECE officer and the Paris connection for the Lansky-Trafficante heroin syndicate; alleged to have been one of the actual gunmen in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Said by some to be the legendary CIA contract killer, QJ/WIN.
Jean Soutre – A liaison for the French OAS with the CIA’s E. Howard Hunt, Soutre maintained contact with Guy Banister’s CIA- and mob-linked gun-running headquarters in New Orleans. Soutre may have been in Dallas at the time of the JFK assassination. There is evidence linking Soutre to James Jesus Angleton’s intrigue inside the CIA that affected French intelligence in a dramatic way.
Thomas Eli Davis III – A world-traveling mercenary with apparent links to both Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald, Davis was taken into custody by the Algerian government for his subversive activities alongside Israeli agents in supplying weapons to the French OAS just prior to the JFK assassination. It is said that CIA operative QJJWIN (possibly Michael Mertz, one of the reputed assassins of President Kennedy) helped secure Davis’s release from prison.
Geoffrey Bocca – A former propagandist for the OAS, Bocca later co-authored former CIA contract agent Hugh McDonald’s book, Appointment in Dallas, which pointed the blame for the JFK assassination away from those who were actually responsible-the first of two suspect books put out by McDonald.
Christian David – A French Corsican criminal associated with reputed JFK assassin Michael Mertz, David has claimed knowledge of a French hit team involved in the JFK assassination. David himself was the chief suspect in the murder of a Moroccan dissident, Mehdi Ben-Barka, whose killing was orchestrated by the Israeli Mossad through anti-DeGaulle forces in French intelligence.
Mark Lane – Retained by Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother to represent her son’s interests before the Warren Commission, Lane’s book Rush to Judgment was the first major critique of the Warren Commission Report. In a libel suit filed against The Spotlight newspaper by former CIA operative E. Howard Hunt, Lane proved to the satisfaction of a jury that the CIA had indeed been involved in the JFK assassination. His best-selling book Plausible Denial outlined the circumstances of that libel suit and its ultimate conclusion.
Gary Wean – A former detective on the Hollywood beat of the Los Angeles Police Department, Wean discovered how Meyer Lansky’s West Coast henchman, Mickey Cohen, was conspiring against John F. Kennedy on behalf of the Israelis. In a meeting with the former sheriff of Dallas County, Bill Decker, Wean learned a portion of the truth about what really happened in Dallas.
Edgar & Edith Stern – Close friends of Clay Shaw, major financial backers of the pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B’nai B’rith, and owners of the WDSU media empire in New Orleans that not only played a major role in giving vast publicity to Lee Harvey Oswald’s preassassination profile as a “pro-Castro agitator” but later sought to undermine Jim Garrison’s investigation of Clay Shaw.
Johann Rush – As a young WDSU cameraman, Rush was on the scene to record Oswald’s “pro-Castro” activities. He emerged-many years later-as the brains behind a “computer-enhanced” version of the famous Zapruder film of the JFK assassination that author Gerald Posner cited as “proof’ that Oswald acted alone in the president’s murder.
Drew Pearson – Accused by his own mother-in-law of being a “mouthpiece” for the pro-Israel ADL, Pearson had close ties to not only the Israeli lobby, but also the CIA and to President Lyndon Johnson and his cronies. It was Pearson who floated an unlikely story that Fidel Castro was behind the JFK assassination and who also played a major influence in shaping Earl Warren’s perceptions of the tragedy.
Jack Anderson – As protégé of Drew Pearson, Jack Anderson likewise had strange connections that might have biased his own reportage on the JFK affair. Since 1963 Anderson has promoted a number of conflicting versions about “who really killed JFK” ranging from “the Mafia” to Fidel Castro or a combination of both.
Jack Newfield – A liberal columnist and some-time JFK assassination buff, Newfield has been a likewise long-standing devotee of Israel. He made a big splash with a highly fantastic story that missing Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa had “ordered” two Mafia figures to arrange the killing of President Kennedy. Not surprisingly, Newfield’s ridiculous story was given wide play in the Establishment media.
THEORISTS AND/OR PROPAGANDISTS?
Oliver Stone – His Hollywood extravaganza, JFK, gave the public a fullblown, full-color, gory-in-every-detail conspiracy theory on the JFK assassination. Yet, Stone’s presentation of the conspiracy was far from complete and failed to reach any firm conclusions. He deliberately suppressed the “French connection” which, in turn, was the long-hidden Israeli connection. Not only was Stone’s chief financial backer Israel’s leading arms dealer but also his film distribution company had its origins in the Lansky crime syndicate. What’s more, one of the chief shareholders in the film company was none other than Bernard Cornfeld, long-time associate of Permindex figure Tibor Rosenbaum
Frank Mankiewicz – This former publicist for the Israeli Mossad-linked Anti-Defamation League had a peculiar part in the events that took place prior to the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. Then when Oliver Stone began promoting his film JFK, Mankiewicz popped up as his key public relations man.
Anthony Summers – Author of one book hinting that the Kennedy family were responsible for the death-maybe the murder-of actress Marilyn Monroe, Summers wrote another book on the JFK conspiracy. In neither book did Summers reveal explosive information (of which he was aware) that could have helped point the direction of those same forces which played a part in both crimes.
Robert Morrow – A former CIA contract operative who played a major role in activities on the periphery of the JFK assassination conspiracy, Morrow’s book on his experiences is rife with detail, yet suspect in the eyes of many who had looked into his claims. Morrow’s book absolves the key CIA conspirator, James J. Angleton, of involvement in the JFK conspiracy and portrays him as being “out of the loop” when, in fact, precisely the opposite was true. Is it a coincidence that Morrow’s book publisher is an American affiliate of an Israeli publishing company?
G. Robert Blakey – An unlikely choice to serve as director of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, Blakey had, just two years previously, served as a character witness for a long-time close associate of crime boss Meyer Lansky. When it came time to point the blame in the JFK assassination, Blakey targeted Lansky’s protégé, New Orleans Mafia boss, Carlos Marcello, but looked no further. Blakey, likewise, found no role by the CIA-or any other intelligence agency-in the JFK assassination.
David Scheim – The author of a book that pins the murder of President Kennedy on “the Mafia,” Scheim refuses to acknowledge Permindex board member Clay Shaw’s intelligence connections and paints Israeli loyalist Meyer Lansky as a low-level syndicate figure with no influence of substance. Scheim’s book was published by the American front for an Israeli publishing company.
Richard Billings – A journalist with close ties to the CIA, Billings played a major role in the media’s campaign to undermine New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s investigation of Clay Shaw. Billings emerged as the prime promoter of the outlandish theory that Garrison was a Mafia front man trying to take the focus off the Mafia and direct the attention toward the intelligence community.
James DiEugenio – Although a deep admirer of both John F. Kennedy and New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, DiEugenio has tread lightly when inquiring into the ties between Clay Shaw and the Permindex operation with its multiple links to the Israeli Mossad and the crime syndicate.
Peter Dale Scott – His years of in-depth research on the JFK assassination have led him directly to the doorstep of the CIA, the Mossad and the Lansky Crime Syndicate, yet he has never been prepared to name names or point in the direction of those very forces, preferring to sidestep the issue.