The recent JFK Facts interview with Phil Shenon prompted longtime JFK author Robert Morrow to write a response.
“Phil Shenon states that he does not “have any evidence to back up” Fidel Castro’s theory (and a score of JFK researchers) that there were people in the American government who murdered JFK because they were enraged at Kennedy because he simply would not launch a full blown US military invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs or during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis.
“Well, what about the presence of Air Force Gen. Edward Lansdale five feet west of the Texas School Book Depository on the afternoon of 11-22-63? Why is the CIA’s expert on coups, assassinations and counterinsurgency present in Dealey Plaza? On vacation? … or murdering the president? Col. Prouty and Gen. Krulak, two of Lansdale’s peers, identified him at the TSBD.
“Gen. Lansdale, who had a very frustrating tenure running Operation Mongoose for the Kennedys, was close to his mentor Allen Dulles and Gen. Curtis LeMay (the man who called the Kennedys “ruthless,” “vindictive” and “cockroaches” in his oral history for the LBJ Library).
“How about former Alpha 66 head Antonio Veciana saying that his CIA handler Maurice Bishop, aka David Atlee Phillips, was meeting with Oswald in early Sept 1963 in Dallas in the Southland Bank Building? Does this mean Phillips and the CIA were running the patsy Oswald? Ditto author Anthony Summers finding Delphine Roberts the secretary/mistress of hard right former Chicago FBI SAC Guy Banister (who Hoover adored). Roberts once asked Banister about Oswald handing out pro Cuba fliers and Banister’s response was “He’s with us. He’s associated with the office.” When Oswald was arrested in New Orleans, he asked to see the FBI not his wife, mother or even David Ferrie. Does this mean Oswald was an FBI informant, i.e. working for the government? Was Oswald doing counterintelligence work for Banister? Was Oswald a cog in CIA David Phillips’ campaign to discredit Fair Play for Cuba?
“Lyndon Johnson, who I regard as the mastermind of the JFK assassination, told Madeleine Brown (at the Driskill Hotel on 12-31-63) that Dallas, TX oil men (his friends) and “renegade intelligence bastards” murdered JFK. Madeleine, heavily vetted by the JFK research community, consistently told this story publicly for the last 21 years of her life. LBJ is confirmed by his presidential schedule as being at the Driskill Hotel on the night of 12-31-63. LBJ also told his chief of staff Marvin Watson that the CIA had killed Kennedy. Notably, LBJ told scores of others, in a deflection tactic, that Fidel Castro had killed JFK and Johnson from the very moment Kennedy was dead was blaming it on the communists in real time 1:22 PM (source: Malcolm Kilduff).
“How about Richard Nixon on his ‘smoking gun’ tape of June 23, 1972, when he refers to (E. Howard) Hunt, the (anti-Castro) Cubans and Nixon’s fear of opening a ‘scab’ on a ‘hell of a lot of things?‘ Namely Nixon himself was referring to the ‘whole Bay of Pigs thing.’ H.R. Haldeman, Nixon’s chief of staff, said that Nixon’s code phrase for the JFK assassination was “the whole Bay of Pigs thing.”
“E. Howard Hunt admitted to being a ‘backbencher’ in the JFK assassination and told his son Saint John Hunt that Lyndon Johnson, Cord Meyer and the CIA worked hand in glove to murder Kennedy.
“JFK researcher Bill Simpich says that he things it will be eventually proven that CIA JM/Wave chief and notorious assassin David Sanchez Morales will eventually be proven to have orchestrated the JFK assassination. Morales’ actual quote to his lawyer Robert Walton was ‘Well, we took care of that son of a bitch [JFK], didn’t we?’
“The topic of the JFK assassination was a point of controversy in the families of both David Atlee Phillips and E. Howard Hunt. Before he died, David admitted to his brother Jim that, yes, he had been in Dallas for the JFK assassination. As for E. Howard Hunt –‘One of the things he liked to say around the house was ‘let’s finish the job – let’s hit Ted,”’ said his son Saint John Hunt on the Alex Jones show May 14, 2007.
“How about E. Howard Hunt friend and CIA operative, the notorious cold blooded killer Frank Sturgis? On multiple occasions he has admitted to shooting JFK, and he is certainly a fine candidate for the job. On Oct. 31, 1977, after NYPD detective Jim Rothstein preemptively arrested Sturgis before he could murder Marita Lorenz, Sturgis said he was one of the shooters on the Grassy Knoll. Sturgis also told operative Edwin Kaiser (father of Scott Kaiser) that he killed Kennedy. Jim Rothstein is still alive, sharp as a tack, and herecounted that Sturgis anecdote to me on March 4, 2015. Jim Rothstein, who was on the USS Essex at the Bay of Pigs told Sturgis after his arrest, ‘I want to thank you for killing Kennedy.’
“I almost forgot to mention Oswald’s relationship with his best friend in Dallas, CIA asset George DeMohrenschildt who was asked by the head of the CIA in Dallas, J. Walton Moore, to check on Oswald. DeMohrenschildt was friends the future CIA director George Herbert Walker Bush, the guy who can’t remember where he was when Kennedy was killed despite the fact he was staying in the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas on Nov. 21-22, 1963.
“CIA asset George DeMohrenschildt also requested in April, 1963 a personal meeting with Vice President Lyndon Johnson, who had been a part of a mere handful of congressional overseers of the newly created CIA in the 1950’s.
“A final side note: I once interviewed another Navy man who had also been at the Bay of Pigs. In 2009, 48 years later he was still upset when the topic of John Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs came up. He and his 90 year old wife both told me, simultaneously, that he had ‘a problem’ talking about Kennedy even after five decades. Can you imagine how mad these folks were at JFK in 1963 about the ‘whole Bay of Pigs thing?'”