Reportedly, he also upset Israel.
Kennedy did not necessarily want perpetual war. (See a review here)
A. At LewRockwell.com, 11 July 2009, Howard Wolf has written: JFK’s Murder
"Regicide" by Gregory Douglas explains how the assassination was carried out.
The author uses documents obtained from the late Robert T. Crowley, former Assistant Deputy Director of Clandestine Operations for the CIA.
His career with the agency began at its inception in 1947 and ended with his retirement in the mid 80’s.
He was involved in most of the important operations.
Crowley’s instructions to the author were that the documents could not be used or attributed to him during his lifetime.
When he died in Oct of 2000, this embargo was lifted...
Operation "ZIPPER" was the forced removal of JFK.
This was the code name known within the agency – "this operation was implemented with the help, approval and/or knowledge of":
1. The FBI
2. The Joint Chiefs of Staff
3. The Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson
4. The CIA.
The "ZIPPER" document reveals the names and official positions of those who directed the killers.
LBJ and Gov. Connally planned the trip to Texas 5 months prior to 11/63...
By late Feb 1963, a general outline of the plot was well set.
Chicago mob boss Sam Giancano was contacted for possible assistance.
He suggested recruitment of the shooters might be better done outside the U.S.
The CIA’s liaison with the mob was James J. Angleton, an agent in charge of counter-intelligence.
He contacted a friend of his who was with Israeli counter-intelligence.
They were asked to eliminate the shooters after their job was done.
Other CIA links
George Mohrenschildt, who worked for the CIA, met Oswald by accident through his connection with the Russian community in Dallas.
He became Oswald’s mentor and, according to a later classified CIA report, his lover.
Mary Pinchot Meyer, a long time mistress of JFK, was shot to death Oct. 12, 1964.
She was found in a wooded area near her Georgetown studio.
She’d been shot once in the head and once in the upper body, a professional technique.
She was also the former wife of Cord Meyer Jr., a senior CIA official.
Now deceased comedian Bill Hicks had a number of interesting comments about the assassination. Watch a video clip here.
B. Would the Joint Chiefs of Staff agree to kill the President?
Operation Northwoods was a Pentagon plan to commit acts of terrorism in the USA to create public support for a war against Cuba.
This operation included plans for hijackings and bombings followed by the use of phony evidence that would blame the terrorist acts on Cuba.
Operation Northwoods was drafted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and signed by then-Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer, and sent to the Secretary of Defense.
It may have been vetoed by Kennedy.
Kennedy in 1962
C. John F Kennedy became president of the USA in 1961.
Kennedy could be seen as both bad and mad.
Seymour Hersh sees Kennedy "as a sex maniac, marital cheat, bigamist, speed freak, liar and corrupt politician who employed in his covert service Mafia chiefs, panderers, Communist spies and political fixers and engaged in stealing national elections, shaking down corporations for contributions, plotting assassinations..." (Hersh's Dark Camelot)
Missiles on Cuba
In the Cuban Missile crisis, Kennedy seemed almost as fascist as his generals.
In 1961, CIA-trained Cuban exiles invaded Cuba, landing at the Bay of Pigs. This invasion failed.
Cuba feared that it might again be invaded by the USA and agreed to the placing of Russian missiles on its soil.
The USA already had missiles in Turkey. These were aimed at the USSR.
The Cuban Missile Crisis took place in 1962.
On 14 October, United States reconnaissance photographs taken by an American U-2 spy plane showed missile bases being built in Cuba.
According to Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defence at that time, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff wanted to drop a couple of nuclear bombs on Cuba.
(Curtis LeMay - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
According to McNamara, in his memoirs, President Kennedy very nearly agreed to this.
McNamara and Kennedy
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, we learnt that the USSR had managed to place about 170 nuclear missiles on Cuba.
If Cuba had been bombed by the USA, the Russians would have been able to retaliate and wipe out many US cities.
According to Seymour Hersh, (The Dark Side of Camelot, Little, Brown & Co., 1997, p. 341.):
"At the height of the crisis, John F. Kennedy mobilized a vast army of men and material that stood poised to attack Cuba and perhaps trigger a nuclear holocaust.
"The invasion plan called for the largest drop of paratroopers since the battle for Normandy in 1944; the Pentagon estimated that 18,500 Americans would be killed or wounded in the first 10 days of battle.
The Strategic Air Command's fleet of 1,436 B-52 and B-47 bombers and 172 intercontinental ballistic missiles was moved to DEFCON 2, the highest military alert short of all-out war."
The crisis ended on 28 October 1962, when John F. Kennedy reached an agreement with the Soviets to dismantle the missiles in Cuba in exchange for a no invasion agreement and a secret removal of the Jupiter and Thor missiles in Turkey.
Spartacus.schoolnet tells us about The Assassination of John F. Kennedy
Rose Cheramie was found unconsciousness by the side of the road in Louisiana, on 20th November, 1963. (Biography: Rose Cheramie)
Lieutenant Francis Frudge of the Louisiana State Police took her to a hospital. On the journey Cheramie said that she had been thrown out of a car by two gangsters who worked for Jack Ruby.
She claimed that the men were plotting to kill President Kennedy in Dallas within a few days. She told the same story to doctors and nurses who treated her.
After the Kennedy assassination, Rose Cheramie told the police that Lee Harvey Oswald had visited Ruby's night club. Cheramie was killed by a hit and run driver on 4th September, 1965.
Mary Pinchot Meyer
On 12th October, 1964, Mary Pinchot Meyer was shot dead. She had had an affair with John F. Kennedy. Her former husband, Cord Meyer, was a senior figure in the CIA's covert operations.
Leo Damore claimed in the New York Post that: "She (Meyer) had access to the highest levels. She was involved in illegal drug activity. What do you think it would do to the beatification of Kennedy if this woman said, 'It wasn't Camelot, it was Caligula's court'?"
Operation 40 was created by the CIA on the eve of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.
One member, Frank Sturgis, described it as an 'assassination group.'
The group was presided over by Richard Nixon.
Its first meeting in January 1960 was attended by David Atlee Phillips and E. Howard Hunt.
Porter Goss joined the project.
Some people believe that Operation 40 was linked to the Kennedy assassination.
John McCone became Director of the CIA.
Richard Helms became head of the Directorate for Plans.
After the Kennedy assassination, CIA agent Gary Underhill told his friend Charlene Fitsimmons:
1. He was sure Kennedy was killed by the CIA.
2. "Oswald is a patsy. They set him up."
Gary Underhill was found dead on 8th May 1964. He had been shot in the head.
In his book 'Crossfire', Jim Marrs listed 103 people linked to Kennedy who may died in mysterious circumstances between 1963 and 1976. http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/JFK/deaths.html
Underhill believed the CIA's 'Executive Action' was involved in the death of Kennedy.
Executive Action toppled leaders such as the Congo's Lumumba, South Vietnam's Diem and Iraq's Kassem.
In his book 'The Secret Team' (1973) Leroy Fletcher Prouty claimed that elements of the CIA, working in the interests certain top business people, may have used the Executive Action unit to kill Kennedy.
Prouty named CIA operative Edward Lansdale as one of the key people involved. Lansdale was Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special Operations from1961-63.
(The Military Industrial Congressional Congress - Between 1948 and 1989, the government spent more than $10 trillion (in dollars of today’s purchasing power) on defense, and much of the money found its way into the bank accounts of the defense contractors. http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=141
In 1981 U.S. Government analysts estimated that the annual sales volume of illicit drugs exceeded half a trillion dollars. The total of legitimate, recorded international trade, in all commodities, was in the order of one trillion dollars. http://www.history-matters.com/pds/DP3_Overview.htm )
In the book 'The Last Investigation', Gaeton Fonzi, a staff investigator for the House Select Committee on Assassinations argues that the assassination was organized by David Atlee Phillips, head of the CIA's Western Hemisphere Division.
Phillips told the investigator, Kevin Walsh, that Kennedy had been "done in by a conspiracy, likely including rogue American intelligence people."
Oswald and his alleged double
In the book, 'JFK: The Second Plot' (1992), Matthew Smith quotes James Wilcott, a former CIA man, who claimed that Lee Harvey Oswald had been "recruited from the military for the express purpose of becoming a double agent assignment to the USSR."
When he returned to America, Oswald's job was to pretend to be a left-wing activist. Smith argues Oswald was "taken over and run by renegade CIA agents who were dedicated to assassinating President Kennedy."
Smith claims Oswald was being set up as a patsy. Tippit was supposed to take Oswald to Cuba in order to implicate Fidel Castro in the assassination.
In September 1960, the CIA had held talks with the Mafia's Johnny Roselli and Sam Giancana, and later Carlos Marcello, Santos Trafficante and Meyer Lansky, about removing Cuba's Castro. After the 1963 assassination of Kennedy, it was rumoured that Roselli, Trafficante, Marcello and Giancana were involved, along with CIA agents such as David Atlee Phillips.
In August 1978, Victor Marchetti published an article about the assassination in Spotlight. Marchetti claimed that the House Special Committee on Assassinations had obtained a 1966 CIA memo that revealed CIA agents E. Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis and Gerry Patrick Hemming had been involved in the plot to kill Kennedy. Hunt took legal action.
In the 1985 trial, eyewitness Marita Lorenz testified that she saw Hunt pay off a CIA-backed assassination team in Dallas the night before Kennedy's murder. (Hunt v. Liberty Lobby; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; 1985)
A jury decided, in January 1995, that Marchetti had not been guilty of libel when he suggested that Kennedy had been assassinated by people working for the CIA.
Did Oswald have a double?
26th August: Oswald is seen in Clinton, Louisiana, with Clay Shaw and Carlos Bringuier.
27th August: A man claiming to be Oswald visits the Cuban Consulate in Mexico City.
Jim Garrison, the district attorney of New Orleans, believed that a group of right-wing activists, including Guy Bannister, David Ferrie, Carlos Bringuier and Clay Shaw were involved in a conspiracy with the CIA to kill Kennedy.
Guy Bannister died in 1964 and David Ferrie in 1967.
In 1967, Shaw was charged with conspiring to assassinate Kennedy, with the help of Oswald, Ferrie, and others.At the trial in February, 1969, Perry Russo claimed that in September, 1963, he overheard Shaw and Ferrie discussing the proposed assassination Kennedy.
It was suggested that the crime could be blamed on Fidel Castro.
In his book, 'Plausible Denial', Mark Lane argues that CIA agents killed Kennedy. He claims that the conspiracy involved E.Howard Hunt and Frank Sturgis.
In Anthony Summers' 'The Kennedy Conspiracy' it is argued that Kennedy was killed by members of the CIA plus anti-Castro activists, funded by Mafia mobsters.
In his book, 'Deep Politics and the Death of JFK', Peter Dale Scott claims J Edgar Hoover was part of a cover-up operation.
Mordechai Vanunu reportedly said in an interview that Israel was linked to the assassination of President Kennedy.
Vanunu suggested that according to "near-certain indications", Kennedy was assassinated due to "pressure he exerted on then head of government, David ben-Gurion, to shed light on Dimona's nuclear reactor".
Michael Collins Piper's 'Final Judgment' suggests that there was a Mossad/CIA link to the Kennedy assassination.
New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison accused businessman Clay Shaw of being involved in the JFK assassination.
Garrison discovered that Shaw was on the board of Permindex. A primary shareholder in Permindex was the Banque De Credit International of Geneva, founded by Tibor Rosenbaum, allegedly a 'financier of Mossad'.
The allegedly 'Mossad-sponsored' Swiss bank was reportedly the chief 'money laundry' for Meyer Lansky, an Israeli loyalist 'with links to the CIA'.
1. Kennedy was in conflict with Israel over nuclear weapons.
2. Lyndon Johnson reversed Kennedy's policy toward Israel.
3. The top Mafia figures alleged to be behind the JFK assassination 'were only front men for Meyer Lansky'.
4. The CIA's liaison to the Mossad, James Angleton, 'was a prime mover behind the cover-up of the JFK assassination.'