Saturday, June 16, 2012

Did the Mob Murder John F Kennedy?

One of the favorite suspects in the murder of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 is the Mob. Like all good myths, this one has enough elements of truth to make it plausible; unfortunately it fails the acid test of truth.

Ever since the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded that a conspiracy operated to kill the president, and that most likely mob members were part of it, organized crime has been a permanent feature of discussions regarding culprits. As we have noted, one can find reasonable evidence to make such a case.

However, the mob theory falls apart when viewing the crime in its entirety. Perhaps the best refutation of the mob theory came in Oliver Stone’s landmark JFK movie where the character Jim Garrison belittles the notion that the mob could operate all of the levers of power needed to execute the crime and cover it up down to the present day.

On the other hand, it would be a huge mistake to deny that the mob was involved. Indeed, they were another arm of the Bush Crime Syndicate’s assault on the presidency. Mob members were certainly involved in the murder of the president, one of them being the illustrious Jack Ruby who murdered Lee Oswald on national television. Jack Ruby, nee Rubenstein, was a small time mobster from Chicago who had ties to political figures. One such figure was Richard Nixon with whom Ruby had relations going back to the 1940s when the future president was a Congressman from California. At the time of Kennedy’s assassination, Ruby was in Dallas carrying assault weapons for the Bush Crime Syndicate’s hit job.

Julia Ann Mercer, stuck in the heavy traffic passing through Dealey Plaza in anticipation of the President’s visit, witnessed Jack Ruby driving the green pick-up truck from which an assistant pulled a rifle case and carried it up the grassy knoll to where one of the sniper teams was positioned. Mercer also witnessed three police officers standing idly on the overpass who disarmed Mercer’s sense of danger – after all, if the police were not stopping these men, then surely Ruby and his assistant must have a legitimate purpose for carrying rifles up the grassy knoll. Mercer did not know at the time what a criminal enterprise the Dallas Police Department was.

Police later caught up with Mercer after they overheard her in a restaurant discussing the incident with her friends. The FBI also questioned her extensively. In January 1968, in conjunction with Jim Garrison’s investigation, Mercer and her husband visited with the District Attorney to share her story. Mercer was shocked to discover that the FBI had completely altered her story, stating, for example, that the green pick-up truck was marked in complete contradiction to her statements.

Even more disturbingly, the FBI claimed that Mercer could not identify Jack Ruby when in fact she correctly chose him from among the photos they presented to her the day before Ruby shot Oswald at the Dallas jail.

The coup de grace was the FBI’s forgery of her signature over a forged notary public’s stamp. Mercer pointed out to Garrison the inconsistencies with the faked and authentic signature.

The master of publicity himself, J Edgar Hoover, used the popular television series about his organization to cover up the underworld criminal activities of his highly vaunted crime busting team who at the very time were piling up lie after damned lie in its archives.

We see from Mercer’s story tangible participation by a well established crime lord, Jack Ruby, in the murder of a president. Other evidence exists for contributions of the mob in the murder, but they were adjuncts to a superbly planned crime – they were not its authors. That ignominious honor belongs to the Wall Street thugs on whose behalf the Bush Crime Syndicate operated.

JFK and the Unspeakable - Why He Died and Why It Matters, James Douglass

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