Not everyone believes Oswald was the only shooter

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Not everyone believes Oswald was the only shooter
By Ray Hanania
Southwest News-Herald Friday March 29, 2013

The response to last week’s column must have touched a nerve with a lot of people. So many called, emailed and messaged me on Facebook to say they, too, believe a conspiracy was behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

I was only 10 years old when Kennedy was shot. Like many Americans my age, it was a moment that is burned in my psyche and I remember exactly where I was and what I heard.

I was walking up the hill to Warren Elementary School returning from lunch when someone yelled through the chain-linked fence from the playground, “The president was killed.”

The school brought all the children together in the auditorium, made some comments and sent us all home to a weekend of national mourning.

But what I didn’t know what that Dallas, Texas as one of the centers of Mafia activity or that Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) had risen up in Texas politics in part as a result of his close ties to the Dallas Italian American community.

I also didn’t know that just before his murder, President Kennedy and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy, the U.S. Attorney General, had ordered a crackdown on the mob in America and launched the Ricco Law which allowed them to prosecute mobsters on the basis of association with criminal activity, not just requiring a direct link to criminal activity.

I also learned many years later that Jack Ruby, the man who murdered alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, was a member of the Dallas mafia handling gambling for the local mob boss there, Joseph Civello, who answered directly to Carlos Marcello, the Louisiana Crime Boss. Civello had worked in Louisiana until he was moved by Marcello to operate in Dallas.

None of this was addressed in any depth by the Warren Commission, which was set up by LBJ.

LBJ was sworn in to the presidency in that famous moment we all saw on the airplane with Kennedy’s casket nearby and Kennedy’s widow, Jacqueline Kennedy in tears and covered in blood by a judge, Sarah Hughes, who was actively engaged in the mob prosecutions of Civello and his associates in Dallas.

Many including in the Justice Department believed Judge Hughes was going soft on the mob because of her ties to LBJ. Hughes had been appointed by LBJ.

There are too many coincidences that have not been explored to allow this lie to continue any longer. Most of the main characters in this conspiracy are long gone. It will be 50 years this Nov. 22.

Why can’t we have the truth? Why can’t we have a new commission investigation not of the stupid “magic bullet” but rather the details of the mob’s anger with the Kennedys and LBJ’s ties to the Mafia in Dallas and the failure of the Dallas police department to properly investigate the killings, including the murder of police officer JD Tippet who Oswald not only shot but walked up to and put a bullet into his head as he lay on the ground.

We deserve answers.

There have been too many lies because of criminal politics and politicians.

Of course it make sense the mob had Kennedy murdered. It makes sense to everyone including the people who conspired to cover it all up rather than allow the truth to come up and embarrass all of the conspirators who were in our government.

Re-open the JFK murder!

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @rayhanania.)

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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