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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"My Dad Helped the CIA Kill JFK!" Part 3

Below is the lightly-edited transcript of part three of my interview with Saint John Hunt, recipient and custodian of father E. Howard Hunt's confession to participating in the LBJ-approved, CIA-orchestrated murder of JFK. (Go to Part 1.)  (Go to Part 2.) (Listen to the interview.) (Listen to my interview with James Douglass, author of the best single JFK assassination book, JFK and the Unspeakable.)

[Don't miss James Fetzer's talk Who Killed JFK? TODAY, Tuesday, November 22nd at the University of Wisconsin-Madison! Details here.]

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Kevin Barrett
Welcome back. This is Truth Jihad Radio. I'm Kevin Barrett, talking with Saint John Hunt. He's...well, he's done more to bring out the truth about the JFK assassination than just about anybody...in part because although the information has been brought out by others, it has never been brought out in the form of an actual full confession. And what the debunkers, the people who didn't want this information to be widely known, used to say, was: "If there were such a complex plot, wouldn't someone have confessed?" Well, actually, a lot of people have confessed. But the most important of all of these confessions is the confession of Howard Hunt, the CIA operative who helped kill President Kennedy as part of his work with the CIA. 

Saint John, we only have a few minutes left, so let's cover a few more of these points about who really did this. CIA assassin David Morales was also one of the people your father named, right?

Hunt
Yeah, that's right. David Morales was an interesting guy. He became involved in 1953 with the CIA's Executive Action plan, also known as Operation 40, which we were just discussing. He became one of their top assassins, and carried out a lot of their "wet work" as they say. In 1961, Bill Harvey, who was then Station Chief in Rome, whom my father called "a two-fisted gun-toting alcoholic psycho," who also hated Kennedy, brought David Morales to the secret  CIA station in Miami called JM WAVE. So this was the genesis of this plot (that killed JFK): You had David Morales there in Miami, you had Frank Sturgis, who was considered the mercenary - another guy who carried out wet work for the CIA, used to be a mob enforcer at the casinos for the American mafia, and a long-time friend of my father's. My father testified that he had only met Sturgis in the early 70's. But he told me, and gave me documentation, that he had known Sturgis for many, many years, going all the way back to the pre-Bay of Pigs invasion. And so here you have this cadre of very angry CIA contract agents, assassins, and bigwig personnel that formed this circle in order to eliminate Kennedy. The initial assassination attempt was to have been in Miami, Florida. I don't know the details of how and why that was switched, but it was moved over to Dallas, probably because...they had several "assassins" lined up from what I understand, but certainly Oswald was one of the "assassins,"or actually the patsies, you know, the fall guys, to take the blame for this. And he of course was located in Texas. 

Barrett
They had another one in Chicago, supposedly. If Dallas didn't happen, they were going to do it in Chicago, right?*

Hunt
Yeah, I think there was the one on Miami, and if it didn't happen there they were going to hit him in Dallas, and if it didn't happen there they were going to hit him in Chicago. These guys were on a one-way track to getting this situation resolved: "We're going to neutralize JFK, get him out of the picture." Wherever and whenever. They had long-range plans, like you said. Chicago was the third attempt that was going to happen if the other two didn't, for some reason, come off. And they used different circles of assassins, and different patsies. So this is a multi-layered thing. But the conspiracy itself was very minimal. You have LBJ giving his nod of approval, and you have his cohort and long-term buddy and neighbor J. Edgar Hoover, who agreed to it - who was going to be forced into mandatory retirement within a year or so of 1963, and who headed the investigation, did all the investigating in the assassination. Of course we all know that most of that was horseshit, excuse my language. But after Kennedy died, Johnson gave Hoover the life term position of Head of the FBI, in exchange for his mounting this farce of an investigation (into JFK's death). They only investigated what they wanted to have turn out as having Oswald being the sole lone-nut gunman. They didn't investigate any of the other credible witnesses. In fact, the FBI apparently harassed and threatened many of the witnesses from Dealy Plaza who said they heard shots, saw smoke, and saw movement behind the Grassy Knoll on the fence. These people were told never to say (what they saw); they were browbeaten and harassed - much like some of the witnesses in the RFK assassination, when they saw a woman in a polka dot dress (shooting RFK). 

Barrett
Some of the same players were involved there, too. (Top CIA assassin) David Morales is actually on film fleeing the scene of the RFK assassination.

Hunt
I've heard that that was the case. It would not surprise me. He was a very handy guy to have around. (laughter)  And was not afraid to do the heavy work. 

Barrett
He (Morales) bragged about it, too. He bragged, "I was in Dallas when we got the son-of-a-bitch, and I was in LA when we got the little bastard." And it was after he started drinking and bragging like that he suffered an untimely death. There's a great article about his funeral, where the whole spook elite sort of just shows up out of nowhere.  [Note: This article was published in a national magazine sometime during the past decade. Feel free to find it and email me the url! kbarrett(at)merr(dot)com

Hunt
Is that right? Oh my God. That's very interesting. Yeah, he told his long-time friend Rueben Carbajal that he had helped take care of that SOB Kennedy in Dallas. 

So you have LBJ in the White House giving his approval. You have J. Edgar Hoover for doing all the legal work. 

People think, how could you get all of these hundreds of people involved? It was not (that elaborate). It was very simple and well thought-out. You had the crew that did the planning and the assassins that were part of the crew. And then you had the really top guys, Hoover and LBJ, that took care of both ends of the spectrum: The White House, and the Justice Department and FBI. And that was about it. A few other people here and there - the doctors at Parkland Hospital were prohibited from examining the head wound, they actually destroyed some of the tissue, and -

Barrett
How did they get the Secret Service on board? The Secret Service's job is supposed to be to protect the President.

Hunt
Right. There's a very interesting film, a short film, of the motorcade getting ready to drive from the airport to the motorcade route. And there's a call that comes in to the top Secret Service guy on that detail. And suddenly all of the Secret Service agents who should be running alongside the car start dropping off. Several of them are seen throwing their hands up in the air, like "What the hell's going on?" Of course, it's almost legendary now that they were all drinking heavily in a bar the night before. But yeah, there were a lot of things that just went AWOL that morning for JFK. And we now know why. 

Barrett
That event really did send a message to future presidents. Like today, Obama probably has to think about these things. He's just gotten a bunch of threats. There were people with a huge pile of ammunition down in Georgia, gunning for him, Eric Holder and Cynthia McKinney. And there's this guy with the word "Israel" tattooed on his neck who was arrested for shooting a couple of bullets into the White House.  All of this happens right at the moment when Netanyahu is all but ordering Obama to attack Iran for Israel. And Obama, he and his crew of military people, seem to be hesitating. 

So it seems like decision-makers now have to take into consideration the ease with which they could be killed if they don't do what the powers-that-be tell them to do.

Hunt
That's absolutely true. I feel badly for Obama, who really was the great hope of this generation to pull itself out of that ideology of greed and corporate power and military excess. He had wonderful promises. But once he got into the middle of all this stuff, it probably became very clear to him that he was going to have to downsiz...almost everything that he naively promised, with good intention and good heart. It just kind of altered and fell. And that's one of several strong reasons why.

Barrett
That could be. I tried to grant him every benefit of the doubt in my book Questioning the War on Terror: A Primer for Obama Voters .   But he may have been somewhat of a "made man" even before he ran for the White House. On the other hand, I don't think he really wanted to keep Guantanamo open and keep torturing people and ordering people murdered. He's a Constitutional lawyer, after all. 

We've reached the end of the show. You have a terrific website: SaintJohnHunt.com

I hope to have you back. We've barely  scratched the surface of some of these things. 

Hunt
Let's do this next year, and on the 50th anniversary. Maybe we can have a little round-table of folks.

Barrett
Sounds like a plan. Maybe I'll bring on Jim Fetzer, who's speaking at the University of Wisconsin this Tuesday, November 22nd, 7 pm, 3650 Humanities: UWsw.blogspot.com .  

Thanks, Saint John Hunt, it's been great. Keep up the good work.

Hunt
Thank you so much for having me. It was a pleasure to be on your show.  And thank all your listeners.

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*Commenters have corrected me, saying that actually the Chicago JFK assassination attempt was to have taken place before Dallas, but apparently was a no-go. See James Douglass, JFK and the Unspeakable, chapter 5, "Saigon and Chicago."

5 comments:

  1. Thank you for replying to my email and mentioning Madsen's piece, which I am interested to read, and your interviews with the younger Hunt. [which I am listening to, as I write-and must digress from my purpose, in writing to observe that Mark Lane is a curious character and was, in Jonestown the day before the massacre and was even Jones' attorney, I think he was arranging for a MLK witness to be placed in Jonestown, if my memory serves me. Though it may not mention Lane, there is a substantial, video segment on Jonestown in the 5 part videos EVIDENCE OF REVISION [on google video and probably other locations as well; each segment is about 2 hours long] which if you have not watched it is a must see in my opinion., Part 1 is about the JFK assassination.

    The 5 parts are solely from media archives, mostly the 3, network's archives of news coverage around the time of the events with, JFK speech segments that are like nothing we have heard since from a President.

    Part 5 has a 20 minute or so segment on Jonestown that is very curious., Mae Brussell, a researcher into the JFK murder, had a weekly radio program on independent radio in Santa Cruz, CA, for 17 years, called something like "Conspiracy in America".

    She died prematurely in the late 1980's. She was very suspicious, of Mark Lane partly because he was rude to her but also she said she heard, his spiel when he first presented himself as a researcher into the JFK murder, and published a book and many years later and she said he had added nothing, new in all that time. I read on the internet he had been in military intelligence [or, the CIA?] in his earlier years-; she thought Bugliosi [sp] also was a disinformation, agent. Though she be dead, her family keeps Mae Brussell's information, on a website www.maebrussell.com and there are some articles and some of, her radio programs; and one can buy all of her radio programs that they have, which is many on CDs for $50. She is interesting and kind. I first herad of her about 8 yrs ago when Pacifica radio, KPFA in the Bay area played, - on their Guns and Butter show, - a program she did for Pacifica in 1972 on Charles Manson.

    I was amazed because I had never heard anything like what she said and I had, always had an odd feeling about the Charles Manson thing and Mae''s perspective, was an eye opener for me. If you are ever interested in that program you, could go to kpfa.org and put Mae Brussell in the search box and probably, that is the only item that will show.]

    JO

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  2. I used to listen to her show occasionally when I lived in San Francisco. She struck me as a bit overly detail-oriented (for my tastes - I'm a big picture guy) and kind of paranoid at times, but still a very good person with a lot of good information.

    Of course, knowing what I know now, after doing that kind of radio for five years, maybe she wasn't paranoid, she just knew more than I did.

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  3. I think Bollyn would say Mae's instincts were right:

    "The person who is the mastermind of the shell game involving the assets of the Liberty Lobby is Mark Lane, the Jewish lawyer who played a crucial role in the massacre at Jonestown, Guyana.

    Mark Lane was present at Jonestown during the massacre. He is considered to have played a key role in provoking the massacre by playing on the fears of Jim Jones. This photo with Jones (left) was taken shortly before the mass suicide/massacre. How odd that Lane became the lawyer, and then owner of the Liberty Lobby several years later.

    Lane has been the lawyer of the Liberty Lobby since the mid-1980s and received some $5 million in legal fees, according to a veteran Liberty Lobby insider. Lane, who served in U.S. Army Intelligence in Germany at the end of the war, acquired the assets of the Liberty Lobby in 1993 or 1994, according to L.T. Patterson (owner of Criminal Politics), who discovered this fact during a court process in which Lane was suing Patterson.

    Who does Lane work for?

    Lane must work for the C.I.A. Having worked for Army Intelligence in the mid-1940s, it stands to reason that Lane became one of the head honchos in the Jewish intelligence cabal in Army Intelligence that became the C.I.A. in 1949. This would explain Lane's role in his writings on the Warren Report, the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, Jonestown, and the so-called patriot movement at the Liberty Lobby."

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  4. Video with James Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters :

    http://eddieleaks.org/the-unspeakable/

    BRILLIANT - 57 minutes, 21 seconds
    Today, 22 November 2011, is the 48th anniversary
    of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, NOT by
    "Patsy" Lee Harvey Oswald.
    Direct link to MP3 file:
    20080412_kevinbarrett_jamesdouglas.mp3

    April 12, 2008
    Kevin Barrett talks with James Douglass, author of JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters which Richard Falk, Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University, said, “should be required reading for every American citizen.”

    listen 00:36:23

    Direct link to MP3 file:
    20080412_kevinbarrett_jamesdouglas.mp3

    Source:
    GCN Radio

    First Chapter of Book – offered by publisher (pdf)
    http://www.radiodujour.com/people/douglass_james/pdf/jfk_unspeakable_chapter_one.pdf

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  5. Interesting Version
    Mahmoud Hanefi

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