by Richard Clark
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 gameat the height of the Cold Warthey
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
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.