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Year of JFK Truth and Because Lies Continue
By RAY HANANIA
Southwest News-Herald Newspaper Friday, March 22, 2013
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest lies sold to the American people.
Oh, there have been a lot of lies over the years during my generation, but this one that comes on Nov. 22 will mark a half century of the biggest lie ever in American history.
The assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
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The murder defined my generation. But what really defined my generation was the cover-up and the lies, and the failure to fully expose the truth of how and why JFK was murdered.
A half century of cover-ups and Political Omerta all to protect the powers that some sought and did not want to lose. Democracy is a great idea on paper. But it’s biggest flaw is how easy it is for democracy to be corrupted.
I don’t believe for a moment that Lee Harvey Oswald orchestrated, on his own, the killing of Kennedy. I do believe he was a part of a larger conspiracy that involved a lot of circles of political rivalries.
The Mafia had a powerful base in Dallas back then, and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson and the county prosecutor at the time, Henry Wade, had ties to the mob.
There was a rivalry between the Irish mafia in the White House and the Italian crime syndicate leaders. Kennedy’s brother, Robert, the U.S. Attorney general, was not targeting mobsters in Boston but he was targeting the Italian mob in New York, New Jersey, Florida and in Dallas, where the mob was strong and had deep political roots as they did in Chicago.
Chicago was the only place that the Kennedys gave the Mafia a pass because under then Mayor Richard J. Daley, the mafia worked to steal votes and get Kennedy elected.
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was corrupt, and a closet homosexual. It was his own hatred of himself that drove him to spy on others and discover their secrets, a way to offset his own problems. Hoover spied on the Kennedys, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and others, keeping files on their own secret lives and their sexual escapades that must have made Hoover mad.
Jack Ruby, the man who murdered Oswald so publicly and conveniently on live television just walking through the Dallas police security around Oswald, had close ties to the Dallas Mafia.
It was just too convenient. How did Ruby just pass through police security and get so close to Oswald, as if he were a detective?
They tossed us the Warren Commission Report, which was supervised by the LBJ administration, an administration that started to put the kibosh on RFK’s campaign to destroy the Italian Mafia.
LBJ didn’t want the truth out. He was a liar, too. Like when he orchestrated the phony attack on an American ship, the USS Maddox, in the Gulf of Tonkin in Vietnam. That lie was the basis for his decision to significantly increase troop deployments to fight the Communists in Vietnam, and the real start of the Vietnam War, a war Kennedy wanted to end.
There has to be someone out there in American politics who isn’t corrupt who might demand that the U.S. begin a fresh, new investigation of the Kennedy assassination and not focus on the so-called “Magic Bullet” and instead focus on the less magical and more corrupt political alliances that existed in America at that time.
(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. You may follow him on Twitter at @rayhanania.) — City & Suburban News-Herald
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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
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