By George Cassidy |
Let’s put the cards on the table. There were kill teams. The Texas mafia, most conspicuously represented by Lyndon B. Johnson’s personal hitman, Malcolm “Mac” Wallace, was there. So was the Chicago and Florida mob. On the ground, the CIA worked primarily in the shadows, as CIA operative E. Howard Hunt told his son in a widely publicized deathbed confession, “I was a bench warmer that day.” There were also mercenaries there. The expert marksman and Corsican soldier-of-fortune, Lucian Sarti among them. It was a surreal collection of professional killers, anti-Castro militants, dirty cops, and U.S. intelligence agents. And this was just the execution outfit.
The strategy was likely hatched in Washington by a powerful faction of cold warriors high up in the Department of Defense and Office of Naval Intelligence. Over at the CIA, some of the top ranking officials contributed at the planning level. David Atlee Phillips, the CIA’s head of the Western Hemisphere branch blamed Kennedy for the failure of the Bay of Pigs. Richard Helms was Deputy Director for Plans from 1962-65.
Convicted of making false statements to a committee of the U.S, Senate, he was more than willing to do the bidding of the masters of war. Allen Dulles was Director of Central Intelligence (1953-61) until he has fired by John Kennedy for his insubordinate actions in Latin America. Governed by the principle of plausible denial, the plan that emerged out of these clandestine meetings was, to all intents, constructions and purposes, infallible.
But even the tactical strategists required the blessing and cooperation of certain powerful forces within the mainstream government and economy.
Getting away with the most influential assassination since Julius Caesar would not have been feasible without the active complicity of LBJ, J.
Edgar Hoover, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Earl Warren, and the extreme right Texas billionaires who invested their own money to ensure a lasting victory. Based on the success of a 54 year old cover-up, their money and political clout was well spent.
With that being said, isn’t it about time that all of the names came out? I think so. But to know what happened that hot and hazy early afternoon in Dallas, one must disavow themselves of the myth that there was a single location for the shooting. There were multiple locations and multiple assassins. Likely there was a command center, as Mac Wallace reportedly told former mobster Roderick McKenzie over one too many shots of Wild Turkey. Wallace, who claimed to lead one of the teams, said that the command center was on the second floor of the Texas School Book Depository.
At least two shots came from the Grassy Knoll. Probably the lethal bullet that ended Kennedy’s life was fired from this location by Sarti (disguised as a Dallas police officer behind the picket fence). Under the bridge, by the triple underpass, a team waited to act if needed. If the others missed, gunman including CIA operative Chauncey Marvin Holt, mob hitman Charles Harrelson, and Office of Naval Intelligence assassin, Charles Frederick Rogers were locked and loaded. As it turned out, they were never used.
On the roof of the County Criminal Courts Building was another team. Out of respect for honest and brave police officers all over the world, I will not name the two Dallas policeman who were part of this squad. But they were not the only cops in on the action that day.
From the Dal-Tex Building, another team staked out its deadly position.
This group included the CIA rebel Frank Sturgis and the notoriously violent CIA operative Rafael “Chi Chi” Quintero Ibaria. According to Wallace, he commanded the infamous sixth floor team, where three shots were fired simultaneously upon the signal of CIA opeartive Ruth Ann Martinez. The Chickasaw sharpshooter Loy Factor and perhaps even Oswald were in this group. As a point of fact, the only fingerprints ever discovered on the sixth floor belonged not to Lee Harvey Oswald but to Malcolm “Mac” Wallace. To this day, this crucial discovery has never been widely shared with the media.
So yes, Oswald was likely involved in the operation that day. How much he knew and what he was told will remain a mystery. How clear-headed he was that day will also continue to be a matter of dispute between researchers. But what we know for sure is that Oswald was not working alone. Oswald knew Ruby. We also know that Oswald was associated with the CIA through Frank Sturgis. We also know that Oswald was likely handled in some way by George H.W. Bush, for when Bush was a rising star in the CIA galaxy, he contacted people who knew Oswald intimately-covert handlers for the CIA such as the enigmatic George de Mohrenschildt. If the newly released JFK files (Oct 26, 2017) confirm anything at all about the character of Oswald, it’s that he was, throughout his adult life, employed in the affairs of espionage. Oswald was not a lunatic and lone wolf. For heaven’s sake, while stationed in Japan, he worked in the same US military base where the CIA’s ultra- secret U2 spy plane was housed. It also appears that he was trained at the “Farm” in Langley.
Let’s return to my main objective in this essay. The question who killed Kennedy? is not straightforward. Was it the mob? Was it Oswald? Was it the Secret Service? Was it the KGB? Was it the CIA? What if I said it was all of the above. The diabolical realization that one must come to is that all of these entities conspired to kill the 35th president of the United States. In 1963, the CIA was another branch of organized crime. The CIA was the mob. From gunrunning and narcotic distribution to targeted assassinations of foreign leaders, the two organizations carried out the same tasks and used the same methods. The terrifying climax of this sinister intercourse came on Friday, November 22, 1963 in Dealey Plaza. There, no less than 20 mob hitman and intelligence trained assassins joined forces to commit the crime of the century.
Let me put this in a different way. A man such as Richard Helms was essentially a mob boss. A man such as Carlos Marcello was essentially a spy for the defense industry. CIA officer Allen Dulles was an artisan in kidnapping, torture, blackmail, economic sabotage, and revenge killings.
Jack Ruby was an illegal gambler and pimp, but also a paid informant of the FBI. If the money was right, a sadistic murderer such as Frank Sturgis would happily take out an enemy of the mafia; just as the Texan businessman and gangster, Cliff Carter, if given the opportunity, would sign on to execute a sitting U.S. president. What is the difference? The Soviets used Oswald and Oswald used the Soviets. What is the difference?
That is the real questions which must be honestly investigated.
Perhaps a man of integrity knows. L. Fletcher Prouty, a retired Air Force Chief and Founder of the Office of Special Operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1962-1963), has written in a much cited introduction to Mark Lane’s Plausible Denial:
“This is the truth and only the truth will eventually demand the official solution of this crime of the century. The great unresolved question that remains is, when will the media of this country and the world be permitted to print the truth about this crime? How long is the public going to be fed the lies of the Warren Commission Report and the propaganda that has been developed since 1963 to make these lies appear to be plausible?”
George Cassidy Payne is a freelance writer, photographer, domestic violence counselor, SUNY adjunct professor of philosophy, and founder of Gandhi Earth Keepers International. He frequently contributes to a wide variety of national and international publications on the topics of politics and social justice.