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Blog: Camelot


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‘Kosher’ With


The FBI

 

Today the public is aware that the FBI creates political turmoil, but in the 1950s and 1960s the FBI’s political agenda was not as well known. Under J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI routinely manipulated elections, conducted unconstitutional surveillances and withheld information. Hoover was especially hostile to Kennedy’s ‘Camelot.’

 

Eugene Stovall

Oakland, California  February, 2018

 

Like many of my generation, John F. Kennedy’s ‘Camelot’ headlined the chapters of my life.  In May 1962, I was a twenty two year old Airman on a SAC air force base, hoping that the Russian ships heading for Cuba would turn back. On black Friday, November 22, 1963, I was working for the Sylvania Electronic Defense Laboratories when I learned that President Kennedy had been murdered. In May, 1968, upon returning from my studies at the University of Lund in Sweden a representative of the Speaker of the Assembly hired me to work for the California Robert F. Kennedy for President Committee. Less than a month later, Bobby Kennedy was dead and the fable of Camelot died with him.

 

The 1960 Election And The 480 Program

 

 Some find the election of Joe Kennedy’s son, John F. Kennedy, president of the United States inexplicable. Joe Kennedy was not only a bootleg baron, he was also a Nazi sympathizer. My explanation is that Kennedy pioneered the 480 computer program by matching voters to the PRIZM zip code data. PRIZM divides U.S. household into 66 demographically and behaviorally distinct segments. The Kennedy campaign used the 480 program to convince voters that Jack Kennedy agreed with their deepest held beliefs. In his 1965 novel of the same name, Eugene Burdick described how the 480 programming process worked. Some called the election of America’s first Catholic president a conspiracy, but the press called it, Camelot, after King Arthur’s mythical kingdom Camelot’s knights fought and died in a quest for the Holy Grail.

 

J. Edgar Hoover & the Kennedys

Though John F. Kennedy had the well-earned reputation of being a sex-crazed, drug-dependent, ailment-ridden party-boy, in 1941 he received an officer’s commission in the Naval Reserve and an assignment to the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. The director of Naval Intelligence ___ formerly Ambassador Joe Kennedy’s naval attaché ___ was responsible for getting Jack  Kennedy a Navy commission and an important assignment. In 1942, during wartime, Jack Kennedy began an affair with Inga Arvad, a columnist for The Washington Post which affair came to the attention of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI was bugging Inga Arvad’s home because the married woman’s was a Nazi spy. Eventually, the FBI deported the Washington Post columnist and  Jack Kennedy ‘voluntarily’ left naval intelligence to command a PT boat in the Solomon Islands. This would not be the last time that J. Edgar Hoover would spy on JFK’s private life.

Bobby Kennedy was not like his ‘playboy’ brother. Eight years Jack’s junior, Bobby was introspective, conservative and a sourpuss. After graduating from the University of Virginia law school, Bobby took a staff position with the redbaiting US senator from Wisconsin, Joe McCarthy was chairman of the House Un-American Activities Committee [HUAC]. With the assistance of J. Edgar Hoover], McCarthy instituted a nationwide purge of Franklin Roosevelt’s liberal ‘new dealers’ from government, academia and the media and launched a crusade to destroy social liberalism everywhere in America.

Like JFK, Joe Kennedy got Bobby Kennedy the job with HUAC. Joe Kennedy and Joe McCarthy were fellow Catholics and close friends. Joe McCarthy often vacationed with the Kennedy family and, on occasion, dated two of Joe Kennedy’s daughters. Bobby even asked ‘uncle’ Joe to be godfather to his daughter, Kathleen. When the US Senate finally censured Joe McCarthy then Senator John F. Kennedy was the only Democrat to abstain. McCarthy hired young Bobby to assist him with HUAC’s ‘red’ purge because he knew that Bobby’s catholic background and conservative beliefs would make him as much an anti-communist crusader as Joe McCarthy, himself.

When HUAC issued subpoenas, Bobby Kennedy and Roy Cohn ___ Donald Trump’s future mentor ___ distributed secret files compiled illegally by the FBI about the private lives of their victims.to the HUAC congressional committee Hoover claimed that the alliance between the FBI and Congress exposed to public outrage those unseen forces that threatened the American way of life. McCarthy’s and Hoover’s victims left the HUAC ‘inquisition’ broken, unfriended and unemployed. Deprived of due process, none of the FBI’s victims were accused of any crime and none of them received a trial in a court of law. For years, Congress and the FBI destroyed the lives of American citizens in order to shift the political environment from a tolerant, liberal society to a right wing, fascist police state.  

Hoover was particularly concerned with the political influence that television and the cinema had on public opinion ___ a concern  Joe Kennedy shared. When he was the American ambassador to England, the press had exposed Joe Kennedy’s pro-Nazi activities. The publicity destroyed the ambassador’s political career. Joe Kennedy did not want negative publicity to destroy his ambitions for Jack. The elder Kennedy instructed his son to help the FBI purge the media of liberal influences and political enemies.

Camelot’s Crusader

Working on HUAC’s staff, Bobby Kennedy learned, first hand, how to use every one of Joe McCarthy’s lying, duplicitous and illegal techniques ___ the same the techniques that Roy Cohn taught Donald Trump, decades later. When Bobby left HUAC, he took what he learned and became the crusading, corners-cutting scourge of labor unions. Seeing unions as just another tentacle of the ‘red’ menace, Bobby became particularly obsessed with Jimmy Hoffa, the leader of the teamster’s union. He even tried to pursue Hoffa’s mobster friends. But that was where the young crusader ran into a problem. During Prohibition, Bobby’s father used the mob to help build his bootlegging empire. The mobsters that Bobby Kenney wanted to destroy were his father’s ‘goodfella’ comrades.

And Bobby had another problem. His father’s pal, J. Edgar Hoover, didn’t want to go after organized crime, either. Hoover denied that organized crime even existed. Taking down the mob would put Hoover and the F.B.I. on a collision course with the most powerful political and business interests in the United States. Hunting reds was far easier than taking on the ‘cosa nostra’ ___ especially since a lot of mafia loot ended up in or was laundered through the Vatican Bank. The purge of left wing liberals gave the FBI good paying positions for the Nazis that the CIA immigrated into the United States. Right wing conservatives would not have wanted the FBI to disturb the cozy working relationship between the mob and the deep state ___ a relationship that went as far back as 1942 when Naval Intelligence worked with mob leader, Lucky Luciano. Hoover asked Joe Kennedy to rein in Bobby’s crusade. So the elder Kennedy directed Bobby to take charge of JFK’s political career. Accordingly, Bobby managed Jack’s 1954 run for the senate and afterwards JFK’s presidential bid.

The Deep State And Camelot

Even though he was Joe Kennedy’s ally, J. Edgar Hoover did not support JFK’s 1960 presidential run. Quietly supporting Richard Nixon, Hoover kept the press supplied with anti-Kennedy stories. Even after JFK became president, Hoover continued his opposition to Camelot. The ‘deep state’ was fully engaged in the Cold War and it feared that the ‘playboy’ president too unpredictable. Then, after a decades-long campaign against a phony ‘red menace’, Fidel Castro and the Cuban revolution gave Hoover and America’s ‘deep state’ a real menace to fight. The price was that the ‘deep state’ would have to work not only the ‘playboy‘ president but his ‘crusader’ brother, as well.

Joe Kennedy was a ‘cold warrior’ and could be depended upon to help repel the Cuban threat. Not only did his fascist sympathies make him a long term enemy of communism, but, like many of his mafia cronies, the former bootleg baron lost millions investing in Santo Trafficante’s Havana casinos when Castro’s revolution shut them down. But Joe Kennedy had JFK appoint Bobby, Attorney General of the United States and this was not what the ‘deep state’ wanted ___ and for good reason. As attorney general, Bobby could destabilize the mob’s secret relationship with the FBI, the CIA and Congress. It was bad enough that Castro had disrupted ‘the deep state’s’ plans to turn Cuba into another ‘banana republic.’ Now Bobby Kennedy ___ the ‘Camelot’ crusader ___could disrupt the deep state’s plans to for Cuba. As far as the ‘deep state’ was concerned that Camelot was as much a threat as Cuba.

When Joe Kennedy assured Hoover that the Cuban matter would be settled to everyone’s satisfaction, the ‘deep state’ took him at his word. But matters turned out far differently than ‘boss’ Kennedy promised. Furthermore, it could be theorized that the ‘deep state’s’ failure in Cuba not only destroyed Camelot, but initiated a succession of wars over a five decade period that has cost the taxpayer trillions of dollars and, arguably, is leading to demise of white supremacy.

Castro Must Go

To meet the Cuban threat to white supremacy, head-on, JFK initiated the clandestine Cuban program known as Operation Mongoose ___ a top secret and illegal operation to assassinate Fidel Castro and overthrow Cuba’s government. Operation Mongoose was nominally under the CIA’s control, but Jack gave Bobby overall authority for conducting the covert operation though Bobby had no experience running ‘black ops.’ Unlike Jack, Bobby never even served in the military. Here was the fatal flaw in Kennedy’s Camelot’s.

Bobby Kennedy spent hundreds of millions of dollars on Operation Mongoose, building secret bases, training spies and developing bizarre operations that even included some of the mobsters Bobby had sworn to destroy. Under Bobby’s direct supervision, Operation Mongoose launched eight failed attempts on Castro’s life. But none of the failures were as spectacular or as disastrous as the Bay of Pigs. The American-backed invasion by Cuban emigres was a public relations nightmare. To cover up Bobby’s ineptitude, JFK blamed CIA director, Allen Dulles, for the Bay of Pigs debacle. The president orchestrated Dulles’ removal, publicly vowing to break the CIA into a ‘million pieces,’ The ‘deep state’s’ reaction was intense and immediate. Stories began circulating stories that the Bay of Pigs fiasco was a result of Bobby Kennedy’s inexperience. They claimed that, at a critical period in the operation, Bobby lost his nerve and hesitated to bring in the air force. Furthermore, they claimed Bobby wouldn’t take the advice of the intelligence and military professionals on the scene. JFK did little to improve the relationship between Camelot and the ‘deep state’ when he replaced Allen Dulles as CIA director with John McCone, a Catholic without any intelligence experience.

Even after the Bay of Pigs debacle, Bobby Kennedy continued to ride herd over the intelligence community. And the ‘deep state’ resented it. That Bobby retained direct control over the interdepartmental Cuba action team caused so much friction that the attorney general often began his day at CIA’s Langley headquarters. Then the Cuban situation got worse and Camelot faced its stiffest test yet  ___ the Cuban Missile Crisis. But it was not Russian missiles in Cuba that destroyed Camelot, but the ‘deep state’s’ unrelenting antagonism.

Why Didn’t Bobby Protect His Brother?

A few miles outside of Philadelphia lays the small town of Media, PA. In March, 1971, the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI broke into Media’s FBI office and gave the public a glimpse of the FBI’s decades-long illegal surveillance program. The organization seized and leaked secret FBI information to elected officials and the press. The secret documents, among other things, detailed how the FBI infiltrated college campuses with informers and wiretapped the Black Panther Party. A word never before seen by the public appeared on each of the FBI’s secret documents: COINTELPRO.

COINTELPRO ___  Counter Intelligence Program ____ was the FBI’s best kept secret. Created in 1956, COINTELPRO amassed thousands of files on American citizens. The secrecy surrounding the FBI’s COINTELPRO activities gave Hoover a uniquely independent and extra-constitutional political position in the government. One reason why Bobby didn’t protect Jack might have been that J. Edgar Hoover kept Bobby Kennedy in the dark about all the plots swirling about him ___ even the ones Bobby went to Langley to control. On the other hand, some insiders argue that it was a love triangle that destroyed Camelot just as it was a love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere that brought down Arthur.

Bobby Kennedy And Marilyn Monroe

There are many tales of Jack Kennedy’s sexual exploits. The most bizarre is the one when JFK called Adlai Stevenson, then US ambassador to the UN, to meet him at a New York hotel to cover up a late night tryst with Lee Remick. But the whole world was aware of Jack Kennedy’s affair with Marilyn Monroe. A major network even broadcasted a nationwide telecast of the sex goddess singing ‘Happy Birthday, Mr. President’ at JFK’s birthday bash.  Less well-known, however, was the affair Bobby was having with Marilyn Monroe at the same time she was ‘sleeping’ with Jack. The scandal threw Camelot into an uproar. Peter Lawford, JFK’s and Bobby’ brother-in-law got the unenviable task of mediating between the three lovers as well as calming Jackie’s and Ethel’s hurt feelings. For Jack Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe was just another dalliance; but for Bobby Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe was an obsession and the love of his life. Helplessly infatuated with the sex-goddess, Bobby even talked about leaving Ethel for Marilyn. When Marilyn Monroe died in August, 1962, something died in Bobby Kennedy, as well.

What Did He Know And When Did He Know It

The FBI, the CIA and the Secret Service all report to the Attorney General. What these agencies know, the Attorney General knows ___ or at least he should. Bobby was meeting with the heads of the intelligence community on an almost daily basis. Someone must have told him about the threats on his brother’s life. Though Hoover’s FBI shared none of their COINTELPRO-related surveillance information with the Justice Department, John McCone, the catholic who Kennedy-appointed director of the CIA, must have told the Justice Department about the threats to the president’s life. McCone, reportedly, denied any CIA involvement in the assassination and Bobby believed him.  But nowhere is it reported that McCone actually warned Bobby about his brother’s impending murder. Any reasonable person must believe that Bobby Kennedy knew something about the plot to kill Jack Kennedy sometime in November, 1963:

CBS reported hours before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, that Jack Ruby had invited an FBI informant, Bob Vanderslice, to go with him and “watch the fireworks” in Dallas.

A Memo from the CIA to the FBI reads: “The British security service (MI-5) has reported that at 18:05 GMT on 22nd November, about 25 minutes before JFK was shot, an anonymous telephone call was made in Cambridge, England, to the senior reporter of the Cambridge News. The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American embassy in London for some big news and then hung up.

In April 1964, a FBI informant claimed that he and slain Dallas police officer, J.D. Tippit, met with Lee Harvey Oswald at Jack Ruby’s nightclub prior to the assassination.

William Walter, a FBI employee, claimed that a telex dated November 17 warned the FBI of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas on November 22.  Shortly after the assassination, the telex was removed from all FBI files in all cities. Walter claims he was instructed by his FBI superiors never to mention it to anyone. A decade later the House Select Committee investigating the JFK assassination looked into the story. The committee concluded that the allegations were unfounded. The committee did not believe that   so many FBI employees would remain so silent for so long.

Rose Cherami was a stripper at Jack Ruby’s Carousal Club. She was arrested in Eunice, Louisiana by Lt. Francis Frugé on November 20, 1963. Cherami told Frugé that JFK would be shot. She also told a psychiatrist, Dr. Victor Weiss, that Ruby and Oswald knew each other. Later, Cherami was killed by a car.

On October 22, 1963, Army code breaker Pfc. Eugene B. Dinkin (RA 76710292) sent Robert Kennedy a letter about a plot to assassinate the president. On November 13, 1963, Dinkin was hospitalized in a closed psychiatric ward and then transferred to Walter Reed Army Hospital for four months. The White House, the CIA and the Attorney General’s office all received Dinkin’s detailed warning prior to JFK’s assassination.

Colonel Reich of the 112th Military Intelligence Group at Fort Sam Houston ordered the president’s protection unit to “stand down” on November 22, 1963.

 

On November 22, CIA agent, Gary Underwood, was killed while trying to warn the president about the plot to kill him.

 

An official of the W.R. Grace shipping company attempted to alert someone about the plot. He was killed in the streets of New York by a blunt object on the day of the assassination.

 

On September 20, 1963, Richard Case Nagell walked into a bank in El Paso, Texas, fired two shots, then walked back to his car and waited for the police. After his arrest, Nagell claimed that he was a double agent of the U.S. and the USSR and was monitoring the JFK assassination plot. Nagell’s KGB handler ordered him to kill Oswald to prevent the Kennedy assassination. Instead, Nagell sent a registered letter to the FBI warning them of the plot.

 

It has been rumored that the Lee Harvey Oswald note that Dallas FBI agent, Hosty, destroyed weeks before the assassination, may not have been a threat, as the FBI claims but a warning about the plot to kill JFK.

 

Friday, November 22nd 1963

Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy sat at his patio table, clutching a tuna fish sandwich, when he received the call about his brother’s assassination. Bobby had spent the morning at the Justice Department discussing his war on the mob. After the meeting two aides returned with Bobby to his Hickory Hill home to continue the discussion over lunch.

It was an unseasonably warm day for November. And Kennedy talked about turning up the heat on mobster, Carlos Marcello. If Bobby had any suspicion of a plot against Jack, he gave no inkling to anyone at the Justice Department that morning or to the two staff members with whom he shared lunch on that fateful day. The only indication Bobby Kennedy gave was that he knew absolutely nothing about the pending assassination.  So the Attorney General of the United States did absolutely nothing to protect his brother, John F, Kennedy, the president of the United States on Friday, November 22, 1963.