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Mon Nov 22, 2021, 11:43 AM

FBI taped RWNJ who said JFK would be shot by sniper, patsy set up for blame (9 November 1963)

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Joseph Adams Milteer, a rabid right-wing racist was tape-recorded 13 days before Dallas detailing the assassination of JFK "with a high-powered rifle from a high-rise office building." In the discussion recorded by FBI informant William Somersett, Milteer outlined the official version of Dallas, complete with patsy, before it happened.

Seems he was prophetic, as two weeks later, Milteer or his lost twin, appears in photographs in Dealey Plaza (above, right) should have made the front page and lead every broadcast when FBI Special Agent Donald Adam’s went public with his account, but it didn’t, for some reason.

Somersett: Kennedy’s coming here, I think, on the 18th or something like that to make some kind of speech…

Milteer: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans because there are so many of them here.

Somersett: Yeah, well, he will have a thousand bodyguards. Don’t worry about that.

Milteer: The more bodyguards he has, the more easier it is to get him.

Somersett: What?

Milteer: The more bodyguards he has the more easier it is to get him.

Somersett: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him?

Milteer: From an office building with a high-powered rifle…

Somersett: They are really going to try to kill him?

Milteer: “Oh, yeah. It’s in the working…

Milteer mentions the name of a Klansman who might do the job, someone he claimed had stalked Dr. King, “but couldn’t get close enough to him.” Shortly, the conversation returned to the President.

Somersett: Hitting this Kennedy I’ll tell you is going to be a hard proposition, I believe. Now you may have it figured out how to get him…an office building and all that, but I don’t know how them Secret Service…they’d never cover all them office buildings and anywhere he’s going. Do you know whether they do that or not?

Milteer: If they have any suspicion they will, of course. But without suspicion the chances are they wouldn’t….You wouldn’t have to take a gun up there…take it up in pieces. All those guns come knock down and you can take them apart.”

Before the end of the tape, the conversation returned to Kennedy.

Somersett: Boy, if that Kennedy gets shot we’ve got to know where we’re at because you know that would be a real shake if they do that.

Milteer: They wouldn’t leave any stone unturned there, no. No way.

Somersett: Oh, hell no.

Milteer: Hell, they’ll pick up somebody within hours after, if anything like that would happen, just to throw the public off.

Somersett: Well, somebody is going to have to go to jail if he gets killed.

Milteer: Just like Bruno Hauptmann in the Lindbergh case, you know.

President Kennedy came to Miami on Nov. 18 without incident and attended the Inter-American Press Association dinner at the Americana Hotel in Bal Harbour. In his diary, Gelber wrote that police assured him the Secret Service knew Milteer’s whereabouts.


A Miami Police Informant, A Prophetic Racist And Fresh Questions About JFK’s Death


More information on Milteer:

The Georgian Who Knew a Sniper Would Kill JFK


Predictions of Joseph Adam Milteer


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Reply FBI taped RWNJ who said JFK would be shot by sniper, patsy set up for blame (9 November 1963) (Original post)
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 OP
marble falls Nov 2021 #1
Buckeyeblue Nov 2021 #3
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #4
Chin music Nov 2021 #5
llashram Nov 2021 #8
Miguelito Loveless Nov 2021 #14
panader0 Nov 2021 #17
Miguelito Loveless Nov 2021 #22
Hotler Nov 2021 #28
Chin music Nov 2021 #31
msfiddlestix Nov 2021 #2
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #7
Chin music Nov 2021 #9
Escurumbele Nov 2021 #11
msfiddlestix Nov 2021 #13
Ron Green Nov 2021 #6
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #10
calimary Nov 2021 #15
Ron Green Nov 2021 #19
calimary Nov 2021 #23
Polybius Nov 2021 #20
calimary Nov 2021 #24
2Gingersnaps Nov 2021 #12
calimary Nov 2021 #16
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #27
Orrex Nov 2021 #18
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #29
left-of-center2012 Nov 2021 #21
former9thward Nov 2021 #25
left-of-center2012 Nov 2021 #26
Kid Berwyn Nov 2021 #30

Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 11:53 AM

1. Unfortunately, Lee Harvey Oswald had a good day on the range. It's that simple.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 12:10 PM

3. Yes. Sounds like the blue print to kill Kennedy was fairly simple

Which is why it worked. What's interesting is that crazy wingers are willing to sacrifice themselves to kill. You don't really see much of that from liberal groups.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 12:12 PM

4. Not simple at all. In addition to Miami and Tampa Bay plots, there was Chicago...

The Chicago Plot to Kill JFK

Forward by Edwin Black

Five years ago, on commission from Atlantic Monthly, I began investigating a Chicago conspiracy to assassinate President John F. Kennedy just twenty days before Dallas. When I asked the wrong questions and came too close to sensitive information, I was followed and investigated by a Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) operative. By examining my own files, I identified him and embarrassed the DIA into halting the harassment. There’s a record of their "project" in the credit bureau where it began, Credit Information Corporation (named Cook County Credit Bureau at the time). The DIA’s inquiry listed my employer as Atlantic Monthly, although that assignment was my only work for the magazine.

Unfortunately, the harassment didn’t end until after my apartment was broken into. No valuables were taken. But all my files were obviously and clumsily searched.

But that was five years ago, before Watergate, a different era. Today, when reporters edge close to dirty government secrets, it is the agencies that become nervous. And they think thrice before attempting the retaliation and tactics once common to the game.

My investigation, revived within the past eight months, took me to New York, Long Island, Houston and Washington as well as through courts, warehouses, police stations and federal offices in Chicago.

Hundreds of hours scrutinizing federal, state and local documents, dozens of interviews, hundreds of leads. And always with the Secret Service and FBI working against me. Doing what they could do make the investigation tedious, time-consuming and expensive. Perhaps they hoped the investigation would just disappear for all the obstructions.

I hope they now know they must come up with the answers. It is simply unacceptable to wait until the 21st Century for the release of seventy or so top secret Warren Commission documents.

Edwin Black


A guy named “Lee” tipped off the Secret Service. Too bad Oswald got silenced while in police custody, otherwise we might ask if he were the same guy.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 12:58 PM

8. you are right

about movements AFTER the round hits one... but no one really was to believe he was killed by multiple agents of some dark agency with Hoover guiding the investigation...Warren Commission looked good in our 'media and the gullible. I was the latter until I realized how nefarious so many security agencies turn out to be.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:04 PM

14. Penn & Teller proved that things do move toward

the shooter when struck by a high power bullet.

They set a melon up on a fence post and shot it with the same make of rifle Oswald used. The melon jumps toward the shooter.

The reason is simple: As the bullet exits the back of the melon, it creates a stream of debris behind the bullet, this jet stream of debris causes the melon to move in the opposite direction of impact.

It is counter-intuitive, but it is physics. I tried it out myself and that is exactly what happens.

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Response to Miguelito Loveless (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:20 PM

17. "As the bullet exits the back of the melon".

If the bullet exited the back of JFK's head, he was shot from the front. Oswald was behind him.
I cannot understand why people are so eager to accept the "official" version of events. Fear?

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Response to panader0 (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:48 PM

22. I didn't say the bullet exited the "back" of JFK's head

I only demonstrated that his head would move counter-intuitively according to physics, not expectation.

I am neither "eager" nor fearful. I believe there was a coverup, the coverup being how incompetent the FBI/Dallas police were in preventing Oswald from killing Kennedy.

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Response to Chin music (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:23 AM

28. "Those guys on the grassy knoll were dead within 3-hours and buried in the desert.

How do you know?
I still got the shovels.
From the movie Shooter.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 11:54 AM

2. hmm. interesting.

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Response to msfiddlestix (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 12:55 PM

7. Every year, there are fewer who remember.

Don Adams RIP: an FBI agent who didn’t buy the official theory

Don Adams, whose career as an FBI agent spanned 22 years, never really bought the official line of his own employer: that Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

Adams, who died on June 14 at age 83 in Akron, Ohio, eventually wrote From an Office Building with a High-Powered Rifle (Trine Day, 2012), in which he argued that “the FBI’s investigation was compromised from the top down, beginning with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.”

“I have learned that crucial evidence was withheld from me as an agent investigating a planned assassination of the president, just weeks before it actually took place,” Adams wrote.

“He never believed Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter,” his son, Mark, a career police officer, told the Akron Beacon Journal. “One of his FBI assignments was to investigate a man [Joseph Milteer] who had threatened to assassinate the president who claimed Kennedy would be killed from an office with a high-powered rifle. He found out that the man was in Dallas when the president was shot, but was always puzzled as to why he had limited access to the man.”

In an interview with the Akron Beacon Journal published last year on the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, Adams, a former chief of the police force on which his son now serves, said he didn’t think Oswald killed President Kennedy and that he was a scapegoat in a conspiracy that reached the highest levels of government.

Adams recalled being shown the Zapruder film shortly after he was transferred to the Dallas FBI office in 1964 and, on seeing Kennedy’s hands go to his throat, remarking that the shot must have come from the front, not from the behind Kennedy’s limousine.

“Don, keep your comments to yourself,” he was told.

Source w/links, details: https://jfkfacts.org/don-adams-rip-an-fbi-agent-who-didnt-buy-the-official-theory/

Thank you for caring, msfiddlestix!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:33 PM

11. The fact the Ruby was allowed to go in to kill Oswald is a red flag.

There was no attempt top save Oswald, he was framed and the scapegoat to the conspiracy.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:58 PM

13. I didn't know about Fmr FBI agent Don Adam, either

It isn't a stretch to believe it likely that crucial evidence was withheld from Mr. Adam PER J. Edgar Hoover.

Hoover gave cover to the Mafia throughout his career and he hated the Kennedy family personally. Just as the Mafia did after Bobby went after them in Congress and then as Atty Gen.

Everything I've read over the decades since Kennedy's assassination points to a collaboration between the Mob conjoined with the CIA and I've long believed Hoover gave tacit approval by knowing in advance.. A Conspiracy based on conjecture, but with a lot of known facts. Keep learning new things that solidify the case...

The "Silver Bullet" from our top intelligence agencies and in partnership with their "Patriotic" friends in the Mafia. Who were really pissed about the Bay of Pigs but more importantly to the Mafia and the CIA, with regard to their gambling and racketeering playground in CUBA all coming to a crashing end via the Castro Regime.

I worded that poorly, but you get the gist.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 12:35 PM

6. Every November 22, I recall the joke that circulated around my high school

within hours of JFK’s killing.

LBJ: What happened?
Secret Service Agent: There were shots fired, Mr. Vice President.
LBJ: Oh, no! Did they hit the President?
SSA: Yes, sir, they did.
LBJ: Oh, my God! Did they get Connally?
SSA: Yes, Mr. Johnson, the Governor’s been shot too.
LBJ: What about Yarborough?
SSA: No, sir, the Senator wasn’t hit.
LBJ: Make the block.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:21 PM

10. Liberal Sen. Ralph Yarborough said he smelled the gunpowder.

He was in the second car behind JFK’s limo. Yarborough was a WW2 vet, so he knew what it smelled like.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:13 PM

15. I don't get it.

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Response to calimary (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:31 PM

19. "Make the block" is an old phrase you may not know.

It means to drive around the block and come back to the same spot.

Even as high-schoolers in Texas we knew that political intrigue was somehow at play in Kennedy’s death.

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 04:41 PM

23. Aha! Thanks! I did not know that.

I’ve said it before, about DU, and I’ll say it again.

Learn something new every day!

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Response to Ron Green (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:33 PM

20. I don't get the last part

What does "make the block" mean?

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Response to Polybius (Reply #20)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 04:41 PM

24. See post 19!

I just did, myself!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 01:47 PM

12. I was just a six year old kid when he died,

but the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite was on every night as I was growing up. As the bodies piled up, John, Bobby, MLK, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X you would have had to be a dullard not to see a pattern.

In eighth grade I had the world's worst history/social studies teacher. After exams we went to the auditorium to see the Disney film "Tonka" that was supposed to teach us about Custer's Last Stand. When Custer went down the auditorium erupted in applause. She marched our class out of there and tore us a new one, telling us what a "great American hero" Custer was. Pretty bad when 12 year olds watching Disney knew better.

I was a super shy book worm, it set me on the path of reading real history. I had a big sister who had a very eclectic taste in books and one hell of a reading list. "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" and "God is Red" were both on it. From there it was "Peoples' History,"" Howard Zinn, and "Lies My Teacher Told Me." That was when I was below 18. A few years back I read Tim Weiner's history of both the CIA and the FBI, chilling, but at that point, not one bit surprising to me. Another really terrific one was "Chinese Mirage," James Bradley. The abject failure of our Chinese policy is actually pretty embarrassing.

So yeah, that thread of ignorance through out our history that Isaac Asimov observed? Scares the living hell out of me.

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Response to 2Gingersnaps (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:14 PM

16. Good resource library you had there.

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Response to 2Gingersnaps (Reply #12)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:01 AM

27. They threatened the Old Order.

JFK said, “No” to those advising him to make war.

Vietnam Withdrawal Plans

The 1990s saw the gaps in the declassified record on Vietnam filled in—with spring 1963 plans for the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces. An initial 1000 man pullout (of the approximately 17,000 stationed in Vietnam at that time) was initiated in October 1963, though it was diluted and rendered meaningless in the aftermath of Kennedy's death. The longer-range plans called for complete withdrawal of U. S. forces and a "Vietnamization" of the war, scheduled to happen largely after the 1964 elections.

The debate over whether withdrawal plans were underway in 1963 is now settled. What remains contentious is the "what if" scenario. What would Kennedy have done if he lived, given the worsening situation in Vietnam after the coup which resulted in the assassination of Vietnamese President Diem?

At the core of the debate is this question: Did President Kennedy really believe the rosy picture of the war effort being conveyed by his military advisors. Or was he onto the game, and instead couching his withdrawal plans in the language of optimism being fed to the White House?

The landmark book JFK and Vietnam asserted the latter, that Kennedy knew he was being deceived and played a deception game of his own, using the military's own rosy analysis as a justification for withdrawal. Newman's analysis, with its dark implications regarding JFK's murder, has been attacked from both mainstream sources and even those on the left. No less than Noam Chomsky devoted an entire book to disputing the thesis.

But declassifications since Newman's 1992 book have only served to buttress the thesis that the Vietnam withdrawal, kept under wraps to avoid a pre-election attack from the right, was Kennedy's plan regardless of the war's success. New releases have also brought into focus the chilling visions of the militarists of that era—four Presidents were advised to use nuclear weapons in Indochina. A recent book by David Kaiser, American Tragedy, shows a military hell bent on war in Asia.

CONTINUED with very important IMFO links:


CIA Director Allen Dulles and JCS Chairman Lyman Lemnitzer, previously, had counseled JFK launch an all-out nuclear attack on the USSR.


From BODY OF SECRETS, James Bamford, Doubleday, 2001, p.82 and following. Scanned and edited by NY Transfer News.

...In Lemnitzer's view, the country would be far better off if the generals could take over.

For those military officers who were sitting on the fence, the Kennedy administration's botched Bay of Pigs invasion was the last straw. "The Bay of Pigs fiasco broke the dike," said one report at the time. "President Kennedy was pilloried by the super patriots as a 'no-win' chief . . . The Far Right became a fount of proposals born of frustration and put forward in the name of anti-Communism. . . Active-duty commanders played host to anti-Communist seminars on their bases and attended or addressed Right-wing meetings elsewhere."

Although no one in Congress could have known it at the time, Lemnitzer and the Joint Chiefs had quietly slipped over the edge.

According to secret and long-hidden documents obtained for Body of Secrets, the Joint Chiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of antiCommunism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba.



More here: https://whowhatwhy.org/politics/government-integrity/cuba-operation-northwoods-forgotten-insanity/

I am still searching, but I remember reading that after the presentation, RFK said, “Now I know how Tojo felt.” JFK, I recall, asked Lemnitzer, “When is the best time to attack?” “Fall of 1963.”

Which helps explain the “all roads lead Oswald to Moscow” circumstantial evidentiary trail.

Most importantly: Thank you for sharing the lessons from the Tonka screening. I, also, was fortunate to have read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” as a young person. The original Peoples knew how to live. We today need to learn their lessons more than ever.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:24 PM

18. I have trouble believing that anyone has ever said "bet your bottom dollar" except ironically

Yes, yes, I know. That phrase was on everyone's lips in 1963, and you could barely get a word in edge-wise between all of the bottom dollars.

But to a modern ear it sounds like a phrase that someone decided to use in a piece of period fiction because it sounds like what they imagine people said.

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Response to Orrex (Reply #18)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:29 AM

29. Milteer was in many of what we today call "Hate Groups"

Here’s what I mean:

This file is a combination of material including FBI and Secret Service documents pertaining to Joseph Adams Milteer - who is often portrayed as having foreknowledge of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Joseph Adams Milteer
(c/o Mrs. C.C. Cofield, 212 S. Troupe St., Valdosta GA)
(Lafayette and North Clay Streets – Quitman GA)
(PO Box 873 – Valdosta GA)
261-32-0646; b: 02-26-02 (Quitman GA); d: 02-28-74

Milteer (5’4”, 160#) was a wealthy racist political activist who was involved in NSRP, Constitution Party, Congress of Freedom, and White Citizens Councils of Atlanta. He inherited approximately $200,000 in money and property from his father’s estate in 1963. No known relatives.

Owned 1962 Volvo, 1963 GA License Plate 61-D 226

Owned 1963 Volkswagen station wagon, License Plate 11-D-2762 – which he traded in 1964 for another Volswagon station wagon.

Published weekly pamphlet re: city government in Quitman GA.

01/29/55 = Arrested on suspicion of burglary but was fingerprinted and released

1962 = J.P Cofield had a contract to haul mail from Valdosta GA airport to Quitman – but when Cofield became ill for several months, Milteer substituted for him. Mrs. C.C. Cofield was a “known prostitute” with whom Milteer spent considerable time.

05/62 = Milteer sold the city of Quitman some property for $20,000

05/18/62 = Milteer and G. Seals Aiken (Chairman and Founder of Constitution Party of GA) published pamphlet entitled “The Last Days of the Republic: Urgent Call to All White Christian Voters in Georgia”. Milteer listed as “Organization Director, Constitution Party of GA”

04/63 = Milteer attended meeting of Congress of Freedom in New Orleans.

09/14/63 = While in Tuscaloosa AL, Milteer contacted a United Klans of America member whom he told that Martin Luther King and AG Robert Kennedy were not important because there was “a Communist conspiracy by the Jews to overthrow the United States Government.” [FBI-HQ 157-1233, serial #3, 1/22/64 Atlanta Special Agent report re: Joseph Adams Milteer, page 14.]

10/10/63 = Milteer was in Miami and distributed leaflets urging people to attend the meeting of the Constitution Party in Indianapolis on October 19-20, 1963. According to Milteer, the Party was going to appoint a Board of Directors to supervise an “Underground Army”.

Continues w/details, docs, sources…


Guy hated commies in Washington and wanted “patriots” to rise up against them. Hmm. Sounds familiar.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 02:39 PM

21. I posted a thread about a week ago on the mob ties to JFK's death

I got lots of responses attacking me,
saying it was just Oswald
and Ruby killed Oswald because Ruby adored Kennedy.

Oh well.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #21)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 05:23 PM

25. Many people can't accept that parts of the government misleads, deceives and occasionally

outright lies about various things. So in order to fit Ruby into the "lone nut madman" Oswald theory of the assassination they turn Ruby into some sort of romantic figure who killed because of his love for Kennedy.

I did not see your thread but Ruby was involved with the mob for decades. For those who doubt that, they can go to a library archive which has the Chicago Tribune. Ruby was involved in the killing of a reform Scrap Iron and Junk Handlers Union official whose union the mob had targeted to take over. On December 9, 1939 there is a picture of Ruby (his name was Rubinstein -- he changed it to Ruby when he went south to Dallas) and a article about his arrest in the shooting on the front page of the Tribune. Ruby did mob work in Chicago for 10 more years and then went to Dallas to work in mob businesses there.

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Response to former9thward (Reply #25)

Mon Nov 22, 2021, 07:32 PM

26. "Ruby was involved with the mob for decades"

I saw a good documentary a few months back on the JFK assassination that included old Joe Kennedy's mob ties and running liquor in from Canada during prohibition.

Then it included JFK and Mafia leader Sam Giancana having the same girlfriend, mistress, whatever.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #21)

Tue Nov 23, 2021, 11:54 AM

30. I saw it, posted...

CIA contracted Mafia for murder. Never told Warren Commission.

Then when Congress HSCA re-examined the JFK assassination in 1976 and asked about CIA-Mafia ties, CIA obstructed the investigation by assigning Oswald’s New Orleans watcher or handler, George Joannides, to serve as “CIA-HSCA liaison.”

I’d like to add:

CIA didn’t even bother to mention their own liaison to HSCA — George Joannides — had been Oswald's handler in New Orleans.

I am no longer confident that the Central Intelligence Agency co-operated with the committee...


I was not told of Joannides’ background with the DRE, a focal point of the investigation. Had I known who he was, he would have been a witness who would have been interrogated under oath by the staff or by the committee. He would never have been acceptable as a point of contact with us to retrieve documents. In fact, I have now learned, as I note above, that Joannides was the point of contact between the Agency and DRE during the period Oswald was in contact with DRE.

That the Agency would put a “material witness” in as a “filter” between the committee and its quests for documents was a flat out breach of the understanding the committee had with the Agency that it would co-operate with the investigation.

The committee’s researchers immediately complained to me that Joannides was, in fact, not facilitating but obstructing our obtaining of documents. I contacted Breckinridge and Joannides. Their side of the story wrote off the complaints to the young age and attitude of the people.

They were certainly right about one question: the committee’s researchers did not trust the Agency. Indeed, that is precisely why they were in their positions. We wanted to test the Agency’s integrity. I wrote off the complaints. I was wrong; the researchers were right. I now believe the process lacked integrity precisely because of Joannides.


Significantly, the Warren Commission’s conclusion that the agencies of the government co-operated with it is, in retrospect, not the truth.



That’s not all they forgot to mention. CIA entered agreement with Murder Inc. in 1960 — before JFK and RFK were in office as President and Attorney General.

Bay of Pigs

40 Years After

National Security Archive
George Washington University


AUG 1960: Richard Bissell meets with Colonel Sheffield Edwards, director of the CIA's Office of Security, and discusses with him ways to eliminate or assassinate Fidel Castro. Edwards proposes that the job be done by assassins hand-picked by the American underworld, specifically syndicate interests who have been driven out of their Havana gambling casinos by the Castro regime. Bissell gives Edwards the go-ahead to proceed. Between August 1960, and April 1961, the CIA with the help of the Mafia pursues a series of plots to poison or shot Castro. The CIA’s own internal report on these efforts states that these plots "were viewed by at least some of the participants as being merely one aspect of the over-all active effort to overthrow the regime that culminated in the Bay of Pigs." (CIA, Inspector General's Report on Efforts to Assassinate Fidel Castro, p. 3, 14)


Thanks for caring, left-of-center2012 — “endeavor to persevere” despite the best efforts of so many to stop us.

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