Chapters Seventeen - Eighteen
excerpted from the book
The missing link in the JFK assassination
by Michael Collins Piper
Wolfe Press, 1995, paperback
THEY DARE NOT SPEAK OUT: THE MEDIA'S SILENCE WHY ISRAEL'S ROLE
IN THE JFK ASSASSINATION COULD NOT BE EXPOSED
The influence of Israel and its lobby
over the American media would have made it difficult for anyone
who even suspected that Israel ( had a hand in the JFK assassination
to get the word out. The media promoted the conclusions of the
Warren Commission and savaged its critics. And when the media
did place the blame it was on Fidel Castro.
The reporting of syndicated columnist
Drew Pearson and the sensational Oliver Stone film JFK are classic
case studies of how Israeli-linked media sources have manipulated
public perception of the murder of President Kennedy.
longtime JFK assassination researcher Jerry Pollicoff
"The Kennedy assassination cover-up
has survived so long only because the press, confronted with the
choice of believing what it was told or examining the facts independently,
chose the former. Unless and until the press repudiates that choice,
it is unlikely that we shall ever know the truth."
These are the words of summarizing the
attitude of the establishment media toward its coverage of the
crime of the century.
The media was content to chum up virtually
every theory imaginable up to a point - except one: that Israel
was behind the assassination, a theory widely held in the Arab
world at least.
... Thus, even the harshest critics of
the Warren Commission which ostensibly "investigated"-most
would say "covered up"-the assassination conspiracy
had no reason to suspect that there might be an Israeli connection
to JFK's murder. The final conclusions of the Warren Commission
hardly satisfied anybody-except, of course, for the friends of
Israel and the CIA in the Establishment media who gave the Report's
conclusions wholehearted support.
New York attorney Mark Lane made great headway with his clinical
dissection of the Warren report in his best-selling Rush to Judgment.
A flurry of other books followed. Lane's second book on the subject
of the JFK assassination, A Citizen's Dissent, is most illuminating,
however, on the Establishment's reaction - particularly the media
- to the furor caused by the publication of Rush to Judgment.
Without question-and this is significant-the
media almost unanimously sided with the Warren Report, despite
all of the evidence which proved the report a fraud. The media
would not tolerate dissent. As far as the media was concerned,
the JFK controversy was closed. Period.
GARRISON AND THE CIA-MOSSAD LINK
The media certainly went into a frenzy
with its hysterical coverage of New Orleans District Attorney
Jim Garrison's 1967-1969 inquiry into the JFK murder and his prosecution
of Crescent City businessman Clay Shaw.
At the time Garrison began pursuing Shaw,
the facts that we now know today about Shaw and his connections
with the Lansky-Mossad-CIA -linked Permindex operation based in
Rome, were not so obvious.
It wasn't, in fact, until 1975 that former
CIA official Victor Marchetti acknowledged publicly that Shaw
had ties to the CIA and that the CIA was very much interested
in assisting Shaw during the period of his prosecution in New
Former CIA Director Richard Helms himself
subsequently admitted under oath that Shaw had CIA connections.
If Jim Garrison had had that at the time of Shaw's trial, the
verdict indeed may have been different.
... Garrison was on the right track. When
he launched his I investigation of Shaw, Garrison thought he was
doing his patriotic duty. He was trying to prosecute a man he
believed was connected to the JFK assassination conspiracy. Garrison
was trying to bring our president's killers to justice. However,
the New Orleans district attorney was greeted with a. hurricane
onslaught by the media - and, in particular, a media outlet with
close ties to elements in the pro-Israel lobby.
THE 'STERN GANG'
The evidence indicates, in fact, that
the fine hand of pro-Israel propagandists were at work, orchestrating
the attack on Garrison. Leading the assault on the district attorney
was NBC's New Orleans television (and radio) affiliate, WDSU.
The owner of WDSU was Edgar Stem, of the
powerful New Orleans Stern family, major contributors to not only
the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Appeal,
but also the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith. Additionally,
a close friend of Clay Shaw was Edgar Stern's wife, Edith Stern,
whose support for Shaw in the face of his prosecution was prominently
noted in James Kirkwood's account of the Shaw trial, 'American
... the ADL not only functions as a foreign
intelligence operation for Israel, but it also works closely with
American intelligence. More importantly - the ADL uses its influence
to play a major role in shaping American media news coverage.
This was critical to covering up the truth about the JFK assassination.
... the ADL-linked Stem family-run WDSU media had actually played
a primary part in helping promote Lee Harvey Oswald's image as
a "pro-Castro" activist both before-and after the assassination
of President Kennedy.
It was on August 16, 1963 that Oswald
and a colleague appeared outside Clay Shaw's International Trade
Mart distributing pro-Castro leaflets. Researcher Dick Russell
points out two intriguing facts: "The leafleteers were there
for only a few minutes, yet the demonstration was filmed by WDSU-TV,
which happened to be on hand--apparently alerted in advance. Jessie
R. Core III, the public relations man for the International Trade
Mart, also attended the leafleting and alerted the FBI immediately
So it was that not only did the Stem family's
television cameras just happen to be there to capture Oswald,
the "pro-Castro" activist, but Permindex board member
Clay Shaw's Trade Mart associate took the effort to report the
young "communist" to the FBI, thus cementing Oswald's
leftist image further.
This, however, was not the end of WDSU's
involvement in promoting Oswald's public image as a pro-communist
agitator prior to the assassination of President Kennedy.
On August 17 William Stuckey of WDSU Radio
arranged for a radio interview with Oswald in which the young
man proclaimed his leftist views. Then WDSU turned a copy of the
tape over to the FBI.
There's more. On August 19 WDSU's Stuckey
again contacted Oswald and arranged for Oswald to appear in a
debate with an anti-Castro activist over his radio station. It
was at this time that Oswald proclaimed himself a Marxist. The
next day WDSU turned a copy of the debate transcript over to the
FBI office in New Orleans.
In fact, then, on a second occasion-on
August 30-WDSU Radio again made the transcript of the Oswald radio
debate available to the FBI. WDSU was very public spirited indeed.
The ADL-connected WDSU television and radio had thus provided
"one lone nut"-Lee Harvey Oswald-with more free publicity
than any other single leftist in the city of New Orleans could
have dreamed about.
But WDSU wasn't finished with Oswald.
Immediately after Oswald was arrested in Dallas on November 22,
it was-once again-WDSU that played a part in portraying Oswald,
now to a national television audience, as a pro-Castro agitator.
According to Warren Hinckle and William
Turner: "The NBC Network scored a coup, thanks to its New
Orleans affiliate WDSU. Early in the evening it played a tape
of Oswald's voice professing admiration for Fidel Castro and declaring,
'I am a Marxist."
An interesting footnote. The young WDSU
cameraman who filmed Oswald's demonstration, Johann Rush, emerged
some thirty years later-in 1993-as an "expert" whose
"enhancement" of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination
was hailed as the final proof that Oswald acted alone.
Rush collaborated with author Gerald Pr
in the publication of a volume entitled Case Closed which was
widely hailed in the Establishment media as the ultimate refutation
of JFK assassination conspiracy theorists.
U.S. News & World Report, published
by outspoken Israeli enthusiast Mortimer Zuckerman, devoted an
extended special issue promoting the book in its cover story
However, the Posner-Rush book is rife
with errors, contradictions, misstatements and distortions of
fact. The book is quite disingenous in its thesis that while the
Warren Commission was wrong on some points-thus sparking criticism-its
basic thesis that Oswald acted alone) was correct.
The authors ignore critical evidence of
CIA and other intelligence connections to Oswald and Ruby and
suggest that virtually all of the many witnesses who were able
to provide information which pointed toward a conspiracy were
either mentally unstable or outright liars or both.
David Wise. 'The American Police State'
The CIA's contacts with the publishing
world were not confined to attempts to suppress books. Through
the U.S. Information Agency as a 'cut-out,' the CIA subsidized
major publishers to produce books, some of which were then sold
in the United States bearing no government imprint to warn the
THE MOSSAD'S TENTACLES
Intelligence historian Richard Deacon,
writing in his history of Israel's Mossad, has commented on the
pervasive role of the Israeli lobby and the manner in which it
has exercised its influence:
"For years the tentacles of the
Israeli Secret Service had reached out into all walks of American
life, not in any sinister way, as was sometimes alleged by her
enemies, but in a quietly persistent manner which embraced making
friends and influencing people, establishing opinion lobbies and
"This influence extended into the
U.S. [House] and the Senate, the Pentagon, the defense and electronic
industries, the research laboratories and such Jewish-oriented
organizations as the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Defense
Committee, Bonds for Israel and the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.
"Some of these bodies have served
as fronts for intelligence-gathering and there are few of the
important congressional committees which do not / possess one
member or staff-assistant who does not feed the Israeli network
THE ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE
It is significant that Deacon has made
specific reference to the AntiDefamation League (ADL) of B'nai
B'rith. Perhaps above any other organization, it is the ADL which
has consistently had a major impact on the America media. And
in the case of the media's coverage of the JFK assassination,
the Warren Commission investigation, and the subsequent critiques
of the commission, the ADL's fine hand is, as we shall see, quite
That the ADL, as a voice for Israel, would
have an interest in stifling any suggestion that Israel-and for
that matter, Israel's allies at the CIA had a hand in the JFK
assassination cannot be disputed.
After all, the ADL has adopted as its
mission the defense of Israel and the defamation of its critics-both
real and perceived.
THE ADL & AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE
Writing in American Jewish Organizations
and Israel, Lee O'Brien provides an informative capsule study
of the ADL's method of operation:
"In its early decades, the ADL would
approach persons or institutions considered to be anti-Semitic
and privately attempt to persuade or reason them into retracting
abusive statements and correcting offensive behavior.
"In later years, ADL has turned
to more public and aggressive measures, which it classifies as
"Educational," "Vigilance Work," and "Legislation."
In fact, "Vigilance Work" has become outright surveillance
of individuals and groups, the results of which are fed into both
the Israeli intelligence-gathering apparatus, via their consulates
and embassy, and American domestic intelligence, via the FBI.
Top ADL officials have admitted the use of clandestine surveillance
THE ADL AND THE MEDIA
O'Brien's summary of the ADL's method
of operation is quite interesting in that it pinpoints the ADL's
influence on the media and on public debate over the role of Israel
vis-a-vis American Middle East policy making:
"Today the ADL is much more active
than other community relations organizations in the use of its
regional offices and constituency for information gathering, and
"The central headquarters in New
York City provides regional offices with analysis sheets, sample
letters to the editor to be placed in local media, biographies
of Israeli leaders and anti-Zionist speakers, and directives on
how to deal with topical issues.
"The regional offices in turn monitor
all Israel-related or Middle East-related activities in their
areas, such as the media, campus speakers, and films. By bringing
the local events to the attention of the central headquarters,
they play a pivotal role in ADL's overall supervision of the national
OPERATING AGAINST ISRAEL'S CRITICS
O'Brien describes one instance which is
typical of the ADL's activities in defense of Israel: "One
Jewish activist critical of Israeli policies discovered in 1983
that the ADL maintained a file on him going back to 1970; it included
information on the subject gathered from local newspapers, talks
on campuses, interoffice memos (from the institution where the
subject teaches), business meetings, talk on radio and TV, and
press and other miscellaneous materials.
"As the file revealed, specific
individuals had been assigned to monitor this person's lectures,
either by tape recordings and verbatim transcriptions, or by detailed
summaries of what the subject spoke about, the context of the
lecture, other participants, size of audience, questions from
the floor, mood of the audience, and so forth.
"In some cases, these observers
successfully penetrated closed meetings in which the subject participated.
Subsequently, the ADL prepared and disseminated a short primer
on this person, following the 'myth" and "fact' format,
and distributed it to their agents for use at future speaking
This, of course, is but one example (of
many) which demonstrates the pervasive influence of Israel's ADL
and its clandestine efforts to control public discussion of U.S.
Middle East policy on all fronts-particularly in the American
At the beginning of 1993, however, the ADL's history of covert-and
illegal-domestic spying finally became the topic of widespread
A spy scandal erupted in San Francisco,
enveloping the ADL, one of its longtime paid informants, and a
San Francisco police officer who had been selling classified police
intelligence information to the ADL.
A raid by the San Francisco Police Department
on the offices of the ADL in both San Francisco and Los Angeles
revealed that those offices of the ADL were maintaining surveillance
on some 12,000 individual Americans and on the activities of some
950 social and political organizations of all political persuasions.
It was subsequently revealed that the
ADL was conducting similar spying operations in other major cities
around the country, utilizing a network of paid informants who
were charged with the responsibility of infiltrating organizations
targeted by the ADL.
Ironically, among the targets of the ADL's
spying include organizations that had, over the years, cooperated
with the ADL in a number of joint ventures, including the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American
Civil Liberties Union.
THE PEARSON/ANDERSON COVER STORY
On March 3, 1967, syndicated columnist
Drew Pearson and his understudy, Jack Anderson, floated a story
which suggested that Fidel Castro had been behind the JFK murder.
(This column appeared during the time that New Orleans District
Attorney Jim Garrison was in the earliest stages of his own controversial
Interestingly, Pearson and Anderson even
slanted their column to suggest that somehow then-Attorney General
Robert Kennedy, the president's younger brother who was elected
to the Senate from New York in 1964, had a hand in setting what
became the alleged Castro-sponsored assassination plot in motion.
Pearson and Anderson claimed that: "President
Johnson is sitting on a political H-bomb, an unconfirmed report
that Sen. Robert Kennedy may have approved an assassination plot
which then possibly backfired against his late brother."
The assassination plot alleged was one of those hatched between
the CIA and "the Mafia."
According to what can most charitably
be described as the fanciful account by Pearson and Anderson,
Castro had captured a number of CIA-Mafia hitmen who were gunning
for him and then "turned" them; in short, that the anti-Castro
hitmen then had a change of heart and returned to the United States
and killed Kennedy.
The Pearson-Anderson columns, in effect, "cleared" the
CIA involvement in JFK's murder and pointed the finger at Castro.
The Pearson-Anderson columns, likewise,
shifted focus away from the Garrison investigation in New Orleans
which was focusing on likely CIA involvement and which had stumbled
upon the Clay Shaw-Permindex connection bringing the inquiry right
onto Israel's doorstep.
That Drew Pearson, in particular, would
have an interest in shielding any Israeli involvement as well
is beyond doubt
Of Jewish extraction, Pearson was a devoted
friend of Israel-from the beginning. In fact, in the period leading
up to the establishment of the state of Israel, Pearson functioned
as a hitman for the Israeli lobby in the United States, pounding
away in his column at those perceived inimical to Israeli interests.
One of Pearson's favorite targets was
then-Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. According to Pearson's
biographer, "When Forrestal persuaded [President Harry] Truman
to take the Arab side against the Jews in Palestine for military
reasons, Pearson saw his opportunity. He lathered and shaved Forrestal
as a bureaucratic voice for American oil companies with enormous
stakes in the Mideast. Walter Winchell and other opinion-makers
supported his position."
Pearson's hysterical media attack on Forrestal,
some believed, led to the Cabinet secretary's mental instability,
resulting in Forrestal's suicide. There are many, though, who
believe that Forrestal was in fact murdered precisely because
of his powerful opposition to the Israeli lobby.
Pearson himself had cemented his ties
with the Israeli lobby and had engaged in behind-the-scenes intrigue
with Israel's intelligence and propaganda arm, the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) of B'nai B'rith for decades.
According to Pearson's biographer, "Over the years the ADL
had helped Pearson enormously. It had provided information he
could not obtain elsewhere, backed his lecture tours, even assisted
in the circulation of his weekly newsletter."
Pearson's own former mother-in-law, Washington
Times-Herald publisher Cissy Patterson, was less charitable in
her description of Pearson. In a fiery editorial attack on Pearson
she called him "both undercover agent and mouthpiece for
the Anti-Defamation League."
What's more, Pearson had a long-standing
arrangement with the ADL in which the ADL paid the expenses of
his legmen ... in return for Pearson floating ADL propaganda in
Pearson, likewise, had acquainted himself
over the years with a number of top-level intelligence operatives
close to Israel, in particular, Canadian-born British intelligence
wizard, Sir William Stephenson.
Stephenson was not only the guiding force
behind the assembly of Israel's Mossad, but also the brains behind
the Allied intelligence operations during World War II which utilized
the resources of Meyer Lansky and his organized crime network.
He was also a close associate and mentor of Louis M. Bloomfield,
president of the Mossad-backed Permindex entity that was central
to the JFK assassination conspiracy.
According to Pearson's biographer, "Stephenson
had become acquainted during the war with Pearson as a responsible
publicist with the largest serious following in the United States."
In at least one instance, Pearson published a story that, according
to his biographer, "was spoon-fed to him" by Stephenson.
Pearson's other connections were equally
interesting and point further toward his interest in covering
for Israel and its allies in the JFK assassination conspiracy-both
the CIA and the Meyer Lansky Organized Crime Syndicate.
According to Pearson's associate, John
Henshaw, Pearson was engaged in sharp business practices with
his partner, attorney Max M. Kampelman, a key figure in the Israel
lobby in Washington and a longtime top-level AntiDefamation League
Kampelman, the personal attorney for then-Vice
President Hubert Humphrey, and Pearson were trying to wrest control
of television channel 14 away from a Black-owned station, WOOK,
Humphrey was a product of a Minnesota
political machine funded, in part, by the notorious Isadore Blumenfeld,
a major cog in the Lansky Crime Syndicate.
The connections between Pearson and the
Israeli lobby in Washington were even more intimate. Pearson's
stepson (and the editor of his "diaries"), Tyler Abell,
an attorney, had been employed by the law firm of David Ginsburg,
a registered foreign agent for Israel.
Ginsburg, like several other top figures
known for their interest in promoting Israel's interests in Washington,
were among those close to Hubert Humphrey.
Drew Pearson's partner and protégé, Jack Anderson,
himself had notable ties to not only the Israeli lobby, but also
the Lansky Organized Crime Syndicate.
Not only did Anderson once share his offices
with at least one registered lobbyist for Israel, who was also
close to Lansky's protégé, Carlos Marcello, but
he also maintained a close working relationship with
Herman (Hank) Greenspun, a longtime Lansky
syndicate associate and arms-smuggler for Israel.
Greenspun was a protégé
of Lansky crony Joseph "Doc" Stacher, a New Jersey mobster
who was one of the prime American backers of the Jewish underground
in Palestine in the late 1940's.
... Greenspun also functioned as a public
relations man for Lansky's boyhood friend-later killed at Lansky's
According to The Washington Observer,
"Early in the Palestine War, Hank Greenspun was dispatched
by the Jewish underground to Hawaii to buy surplus U.S. Army arms
"By bribing security guards at the
U.S. Naval Air Station on Oahu, he raided a stockpile of armaments
and stole 15 tons of .30- and .50- caliber aircraft machine guns.
The contraband machine guns were packed in 58 crates marked 'engine
parts' and shipped to Los Angeles, then transshipped to Mexico
and on to Israel.
"Greenspun ran the British blockade
in a ship delivering arms to Israel. Later he pleaded guilty to
violating the U.S. Neutrality Act, and was given a 3-year suspended
sentence. He was never prosecuted for theft of Federal government
... That Drew Pearson and Jack Anderson
maintained such intimate ties with all of the prime movers behind
the JFK assassination-Israel, the CIA and the Meyer Lansky Organized
Crime Syndicate-not only casts real doubt about the Castro assassination
plot story that the two columnists sensationalized, but it points
toward the real motivation behind the release of the tale: to
cover for the real conspirators.
The case of Pearson and Anderson exemplifies,
above all, the insidious nature of Israel's influence over the
American media and provides a clearcut case study of how the media
has been manipulated to distort the truth about the JFK assassination
In 1992, when public interest in the JFK assassination conspiracy
at a fever pitch as a result of the concurrent release of Mark
Lane's bestseller, Plausible Denial, and Oliver Stone's film,
JFK, it was Newfield who floated yet another ridiculous JFK assassination
conspiracy story - a new angle on the theory that "The Mafia
"Hoffa had JFK killed" screamed
the headline on the front page of the January 14 edition of the
sensationalist New York Post.
It was the New York tabloid that "broke"
the story that Teamster boss, Jimmy Hoffa had arranged the JFK
murder through his Mafia contacts. Not surprisingly, the author
of the Post article was Jack Newfield.
The Post, of course, has been one of the
media's primary pro-Israel voices-almost to the point of obsession.
Any conspiracy that might somehow link Israel-or its allies in
the CIA-could not be tolerated.
Almost immediately, the rest of the Establishment
media picked up the scandal sheet's "exclusive" and
began hyping it. The purpose was to discredit the conspiracy that
was finally being exposed to millions of Americans.
... The Washington Post, long a CIA disinformation
source, also published the story. As did the staunchly pro-Israel
conservative weekly, Human Events which consistently maintained,
otherwise, that any conspiracy in the JFK assassination-particularly
involving the CIA-was a madman's fantasy.
Interestingly enough, as yet another dedicated pro-Israel polemicist,
Max Lerner, writing in The Washington Times, who also came to
the defense of the Hoffa-Mafia cover story. According to Lemer,
"The Mafia has always figured among the major possible scenarios
for the killing, along with the KGB and Cuba's Fidel Castro.
... That The Washington Times would have
an interest in promoting Hoffa-Mafia story is no surprise. After
all, the Times itself has close links to the intelligence community
and is a strident editorial supporter of Israel.
The Washington Times is funded by the
bizarre global conglomerate of Korean cult figure Sun Myung Moon.
Moon himself has been repeatedly linked
to the Korean CIA which is, of course, intimately tied with its
American counterpart. Additionally, Moon has forged a close working
alliance with Israel and its American lobby and has pushed a pro-Israel
agenda on the so-called "conservative movement" in the
Moon's editor at The Washington Times-and
its guiding force-is Arnaud deBorchgrave, a former top correspondent
for the CIA-linked Newsweek (owned by the Washington Post Company)
and himself a reputed "former" intelligence operative.
What's more, deBorchgrave himself is closely connected by marriage
to the Rothschild family. The Rothschilds have been longtime financial
backers of the state of Israel.
What about Oliver Stone's JFK? Where does this controversial film
fit in the lore of JFK assassination conspiracy theories? What
of the media's response to the film?
Writing in the New York Times on December
20, 1991, Stone asked a rather simple question: "When a leader
of any country is assassinated, the media normally ask: 'What
political forces were opposed-to this leader and would benefit
from his assassination?"
The irony, as we shall see, is that although
Oliver Stone himself seemed to have asked that very question in
a big, big way-through the egis of his controversial film JFK-the
fact is that Stone himself has, in a sense, proven, in the end,
to have become a major factor in the continuing coverup of the
real truth about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
It is ironic indeed that although Stone's
film JFK has focused widespread international attention on the
JFK assassination conspiracy, there has been quiet speculation
that the media's furor might be part of a high-level plan to further
cover up the truth about the conspiracy.
Many JFK assassination researchers, Mark
Lane in particular, are deeply concerned that Stone's film presents
a strange admixture of both fact and fiction. The facts about
the assassination conspiracy are sensational enough without fictional
details being added, he and others have pointed out. Lane, has
summarized it best: "It was good that Stone called the attention
of teenagers and others to the unsolved murder. It was bad that
he did so by falsifying the record."
Although Stone's film referenced, in passing, the CIA connections
of David Ferrie and Clay Shaw of Permindex, the film's primary
thrust was that the conspiracy originated in the so-called "military-industrial"
The primary conspirators were presented
as high-level military men and their allies among the multi-billion-dollar
defense contracting companies.
Life magazine correspondent Richard Billings went to New Orleans
and sabotaged Jim Garrison's investigation into the JFK assassination.
Billings and his team used Life magazine as a forum to portray
Garrison as a tool of "the Mafia." Billings and company
presented Garrison as a shill for New Orleans Mafia boss Carlos
Marcello, but, of course, ignored Marcello's secondary positioning
to Marcello's sponsor, Meyer Lansky.
Billings himself later served on the staff
of the House Assassinations Committee which blamed the JFK murder
on "the Mafia," working alongside the committee's director,
G. Robert Blakey, who several years previously had been employed
as a character witness on behalf of longtime Lansky confidant
Morris Dalitz, ostensibly "proving" that Dalitz was
not linked with the underworld.
So it was that Time-Life and Warner Communications
merged, becoming Time-Warner. And, of course, it was one of Time-Warner's
subsidiaries, Warner Brothers, which ultimately became the distribution
company for Oliver Stone's JFK-which blamed "the military-industrial
complex - not Israel's Mossad, not the Mafia, not even the CIA
itself - for he JFK assassination.
... Although Stone was beyond question, the undeniably talented
creative genius responsible for JFK, one must always remember
that in the motion picture arena, it is ultimately money-pure
and simple-that determines whether or not a film will be made.
The all-important task of arranging financing falls into the lap
of the film's producer. If one checks the credits for Stone's
JFK, one will find the name "Arnon Milchan" listed as
Who is Arnon Milchan? Why is his name
relevant in our examination of the facts about Israel's role in
the JFK assassination conspiracy and the manner in which Oliver
Stone has suppressed that critical factor?
According to liberal journalist Alexander
Cockburn, writing in The Nation on May 18, 1992, Milchan, the
executive producer of JFK, "was identified in one 1989 Israeli
report as 'probably [Israel's] largest arms dealer.' A company
he owned was once caught smuggling nuclear weapons fuses to Iraq.
As part of a joint Israeli-South African government operation
- 'Muldergate' - he acted as launderer to money scheduled to quell
liberal publications opposing apartheid."
As a consequence of his status, Milchan,
very clearly, is an international wheeler dealer who-if not actually
a Mossad officer himself-has certainly worked closely with the
Mossad in its global intrigue. It would not be a stretch of the
imagination, indeed, to suggest then that it was actually Mossad
money, in the end, that helped finance Oliver Stone's interpretation
of the JFK assassination conspiracy.
... [Oliver] Stone himself asked this
question in the New York Times: "When a leader o any country
is assassinated, the media normally ask: 'What political forces
were opposed to this leader and would benefit frog his assassination?"
As we have seen one political force that
was opposed to John F. Kennedy and would benefit from his assassination
was Israel, yet Stone himself evidently prefers not to name that
Despite all the criticisms we have aimed
at Stone-and they are very much deserved-Stone's film has still
led the way for new popular perceptions about the obvious fact
that it was a conspiracy that ended the life of John F. Kennedy.
Stone failed to nail down the source of
that conspiracy. What a shame indeed that Oliver Stone could not
have told the entire story of the JFK assassination conspiracy.
That story in itself would have been far more chilling than even
that which appeared in his film.
Clearly, the media's coverage-or be it non-coverage - of the JFK
assassination was critical to the cover-up of the real origins
of the conspiracy that resulted in the president's assassination.
That the media played a major part in perpetuating the cover-up
is unquestioned and that Israel and its lobby has a major influence
in shaping the American media can likewise not be questioned.
Although the media initially supported
the Warren Commission's conclusions, public skepticism forced
the media to bring forth a wide variety of cover stories and limited
portions of the truth. But the Israeli connection has never been
THE ASSASSINATION OF ROBERT F. KENNEDY ISRAEL, IRAN, LANSKY &
The murder of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy,
younger brother of the slain president, was vital to the continuing
cover-up of the truth about the JFK assassination.
If RFK had made it to the White House
he would finally have had the power to bring his brother's killers
The slaying of Robert F. Kennedy links
not only Israel and its allies in the CIA and the Meyer Lansky
Organized Crime Syndicate, but also SAVAK, the secret police of
the Shah of Iran.
On its face, the "official"
explanation of the circumstances surrounding the death of former
Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy is as simple as the Warren
Commission Report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In
both instances, so the story goes, "one lone nut" was
responsible for the crime. There was no conspiracy. .
Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in Los
Angeles in 1968 came just after RFK (elected to the Senate from
New York in 1964) had won the critical California Democratic presidential
primary. This put the younger Kennedy in the lead for his party's
presidential nomination and thus potentially in line to move into
the White House following the general election.
What really happened in those few short seconds is still the subject
of controversy, although the bottom line was this: shots were
fired at Robert F. Kennedy. The presidential hopeful was critically
wounded. He died shortly thereafter. The Arab-American assailant
was pummeled to the floor, arrested, convicted and sentenced to
The public was somberly told that Sirhan
was dissatisfied with Kennedy's strong pro-Israel stand and that
this was one of the driving motivations that led him to commit
the crime. So it was that an ArabAmerican was held up to the world
as the killer of a martyred American president's younger brother,
himself a popular public figure.
As former CIA contract agent, Robert Morrow, has demonstrated
in his little-noticed book 'The Senator Must Die' there are connections
between the two events [JFK & RFK assassinations] - deeper
than one might have imagined.
Simply put, Morrow's thesis is this: that
the murder of Robert F. Kennedy was a CIA contract hit, carried
out through the CIA's longstanding ally in international intrigue,
the SAVAK, the secret police of the Shah of Iran-an intelligence
agency created, in part, by Israel's Mossad itself and tied closely
to the Mossad.
... According to Morrow's own extensive
investigation, during the final weeks of Robert F. Kennedy's ill-fated
presidential campaign in 1968, one Khyber Khan, a high-ranking
member of the Shah's SAVAK, had infiltrated RFK's California campaign
Khan additionally brought in other SAVAK
agents to work on the campaign. This infiltration was part of
the assassination conspiracy. Khan as in charge of coordinating
the hit on RFK.
... As part of Khan's scheme, the decision
was made to have the actual assassination carried out by Sirhan
Sirhan, a Jordanian-American, and another participant, a Pakistani-American.
ISRAEL AND IRAN
... the close working relationship between
Iran's SAVAK and the Israeli Mossad. Although Iran, a Persian
nation, and Israel might be perceived to be hostile to one another,
this was not the case at all.
In 1958 Israeli Prime Minister Ben-Gurion
proposed to American President Dwight D. Eisenhower a united front
against Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. According to Ben-Gurion,
"With the purpose of erecting a high dam against the Nasserist-Soviet
tidal wave, we have begun tightening our links with several states
on the outside perimeter of the Middle East. Our goal is to organize
a group of countries, not necessarily an official alliance, that
will be able to stand strong against Soviet expansion by proxy
Iran was one of those countries that Ben-Gurion
proposed be part of this new alliance. Ben-Gurion had it in mind
that ban could be utilized to keep the Arab countries of Iraq
and Syria under control.
In fact, Israel had been actively engaged
in attempting to interfere in Iran's domestic affairs for some
time. According to Andrew and Leslie Cockburn, writing in Dangerous
Liaison: The Inside Story of the U.S. Israeli Covert Relationship,
"Israeli agents had been at work encouraging / friendly forces
in Iran since the early days of the state."
... Additionally, note the Cockburns,
"Each [country] had something offer that the other needed.
In Iran's case it was oil, which it began to ship to Israel in
1954. Israel, for its part, could offer valuable expertise in
the fields of intelligence, and domestic security. In the eyes
of the Shah, Israel had something even more valuable to bestow
on its friends: the pervasive influence of the Jews in the United
States and indeed the world over.
Mansur Rafizadeh, the former SAVAK chief, who later broke with
the Shah, also provided us additional light on the close relationship
between SAVAK, the CIA and the Mossad. Writing in his memoirs,
Rafizadeh reveals that SAVAK was set up at the joint urging of
Israel, the United States and Britain.
... That the Shah of Iran was pleased
by the murder of John F. Kennedy (and certainly that of Robert
Kennedy to be sure) is undoubted. According to former SAVAK chief
[Mansur] Rafizadeh "The assassination of President Kennedy
on November 22, 1963 made the Shah jubilant. Kennedy had put pressure
on him for social reforms. I learned later.., that the Shah had
had a kind of celebration., When he received the news of Kennedy's
death, he asked for a drink to celebrate.
"The Shah had despised Kennedy,
who constantly advised him to restore human rights to his subjects
and insisted that such a course of action was necessary and unavoidable.
The Shah viewed that course as a decided threat to his power and
so had refused.
The murder of Robert F. Kennedy by the Shah's SAVAK was a reaffirmation
of a long-standing hostility between the Kennedy brothers and
the Shah. RFK's murder helped perpetuate the cover-up of the role
that SAVAK's allies in the CIA and the Mossad had played in the
previous Kennedy assassination. It was again-as in the JFK assassination-a
case of mutual interests coming into play.