Bombshells in the new trade paperback of a good JFK assassination book are featured in a new Discovery Channel special, "Did the Mob kill JFK?" produced by NBC. It premieres Sunday, November 22, 2009, on the Discovery Channel (US) at 8pm and again at 11pm. Authors of the book, Legacy of Secrecy, Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann, are extensively interviewed in the documentary, which will continue to air in the coming months.
The updated trade paperback's new information completes the story of how the top secret plan of John and Robert Kennedy to stage a coup against Fidel Castro on December 1, 1963 -- with the help of Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida -- was used by three powerful Mafia bosses to murder JFK.
Documented from the National Archives for the first time is Watergate burglar Bernard Barker's decades-long work for the Mafia, even as Barker aided the CIA with the coup plan. This let Barker sell out the coup plan to his mob bosses and help to assassinate JFK in a way that forced top US officials to withhold key information from the Warren Commission and the press, to prevent a nuclear confrontation with Russia.
This legacy of secrecy also allowed two men who confessed their roles in JFK's murder to be involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1968. The trade paperback also contains important new information about the FBI informant who obtained the JFK assassination confession of godfather Carlos Marcello, which the Bureau kept secret for twenty years.
The rifle fire in Dallas that killed John F. Kennedy didn't just start a frantic effort to find his assassins. JFK's murder also launched a flurry of covert actions by officials like Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Helms to hide the fact that, at the time of the assassination, the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba as part of a JFK-authorized coup only ten days away. The plan's exposure would have cost the life of JFK's coup leader, Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida, and could have led to a nuclear confrontation with the Soviets, just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis. But the cover-ups by these top officials also had the tragic effect of preventing a full investigation of JFK's assassination, spawning a legacy of secrecy that would impact Presidents, Congress, and U.S. foreign policy for the next forty-five years.
Legacy of Secrecy details the secret attempts of Robert F. Kennedy and his aides to expose his brother's killers, while protecting Commander Almeida. It shows how RFK continued his war against the Mafia by focusing increased attention on the Mafia bosses behind JFK's assassination, until his own murder. RFK's associates continued his quest, almost exposing the truth several times. But like a deadly, high-stakes chess game--at the height of the Cold War--they were blocked each time by three Mafia chiefs and a handful of CIA operatives. Legacy of Secrecy details each step taken by mob bosses Carlos Marcello, Santo Trafficante, and Johnny Rosselli to hide their involvement in JFK's murder, and depicts the tragic results that followed. The long shadow of secrecy surrounding both JFK's murder and the coup plan set the stage for the murder of Martin Luther King, ultimately driving two Presidents from office, and bringing about the murders of five Congressional witnesses in the mid-1970s.
This is not just speculation. With an investigation that has lasted more than 20 years, authors Hartmann and Waldron have been able to back up their allegations with the testimony of witnesses plus corroborating evidence from the National Archives, some of it just recently released. In the course of their investigation, Waldron's car was run off the road and flipped over by someone trying to discourage him from continuing. Hartmann's car was smashed by someone using a sledge hammer and also had a few bullet holes put in it. All of the allegations in this 940-page book are supported by the documented evidence that fills every room in Waldron's house, all of it cited in the book.
Reviewing the main points:
1. Documented (from the National Archives) for the first time is Watergate burglar Bernard Barker's decades-long work for the Mafia and the CIA, particularly his work on the CIA-JFK-planned coup in Cuba. (The planning for this coup started with Nixon when he was VP to Eisenhower.)
2. Bernard Barker sold out the coup plan to his mob bosses which led to the assassination of JFK. The plan was for coup leader, Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida, to "neutralize" the Russians in Cuba with the help of US forces that were to enter the country, to help him take over the country and become its president. The Mafia knew that this meant they would lose all their gambling operations in Cuba, and they also had good reason to believe that Bobby Kennedy was getting ready to push them out of Las Vegas, Chicago, and New Orleans. So they decided the Kennedy brothers had to go.
3. Two men who confessed their roles in JFK's murder were involved in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, in 1968.
4. An FBI informant obtained the JFK assassination confession of godfather Carlos Marcello, which the Bureau kept secret for twenty years.
5. Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Helms hid the fact that the United States was on the brink of invading Cuba as part of a JFK-authorized coup. The coup had been scheduled to take place in December of 1963. The plan's exposure would have cost the life of the coup leader, Cuban Army Commander Juan Almeida, and might well have led to a nuclear confrontation with the Soviets, just a year after the Cuban Missile Crisis had barely been forestalled.
6. After his brother's assassination, RFK continued his war against the Mafia by focusing ever more attention on the Mafia bosses that had been behind his brother's assassination -- which eventually led to murder. RFK's associates then continued his quest, almost exposing the truth several times, despite the efforts of the CIA and Mafia to muddy the waters by floating plenty of bogus and confusing "information" and "evidence."
Watch the presentation on TV Sunday night on the Discovery Channel.