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Dr. Hubert Minnis, the official opposition Free National Movement (FNM) Leader says: ...he will vote in favor of legalizing gambling for Bahamians in The Bahamas ...if the Bahamian government holds a referendum on the issue
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FNM leader says he will vote ‘yes’ to gambling

By Travis Cartwright-Carroll
Guardian Staff Reporter

Nassau, The Bahamas

Free National Movement (FNM) Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis indicated yesterday that he will vote in favor of legalizing gambling if the government holds a referendum on the issue.

The Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) has pledged that within the first 100 days of its administration it would hold a referendum on gambling.

“I have nothing against individuals gambling in terms of lottery buying, numbers etc,” the newly elected party leader said.

Minnis was a guest on the Guardian Radio talk show Darold Miller Live.

His comments are sure to attract sharp criticism from those opposed to legalized gambling, or, gambling in any form.

“I just feel that it should be done in the proper legalized manner,” he added.

“How it’s done today is of no benefit to the Bahamian people. Individuals may benefit temporarily but in the long run they lose.

“It must be regularized, it must be done in such a way that the country, be it the educational system, the health system, whatever, there must be benefit for the people.

“I do not agree with how it’s being done today but personally I do not have a problem with it; but I don’t gamble, I don’t buy the lotto, I don’t buy numbers.”

But Minnis added quickly that he could not “speak for my colleagues”.

“A lot of my colleagues were in favor of legalizing gambling and I think with time my party would have moved forward with legalizing it.

“You cannot have an illegal event continue within a country. What message are you sending out to the public? What message are you sending out when you cannot control systems or institutions within your country? But we will watch and monitor to ensure that we have proper regulations, and to ensure that the people benefit.”

Then Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham revealed in 2010 that there was widespread support within his administration to legalize gambling but never put the issue to a referendum.

However, members of the Bahamas Christian Council (BCC) have said they do not support gambling in any form.

President of the BCC Rev. Dr. Ranford Patterson said the church stands “diametrically opposed” to gambling and will do everything within its power to make that position known.

Bishop Neil Ellis of Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church last week urged members of the Christian community to “stand firmly” in opposition to the government’s planned referendum on gambling so that “there would not be blood on our hands” if it is ultimately passed.

May 30, 2012


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ATTEMPTS to implicate Cuba in the Kennedy assassination continue, but in fact it was the consummation of a coup d’état plotted by CIA military chiefs and other U.S. ultra-conservatives.

The assassination not only affected the United States, but to a surprising extent Cuba and the rest of the world. Close to 50 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the dramatic event is still present in the contemporary world, and the CIA is attempting to postpone for another 25 years the declassification of certain documents concerning the crime committed November 22, 1963. Part of this strategy of concealment is the book Castro’s Secrets, by Brian Latell, CIA officer for Latin America from 1990-94. After participating in CIA operations against Cuba since the 1960s, he is trying to mask the most scandalous conspiracy of the 20th century.

President Fidel Castro was possibly the first statesman to denounce the assassination as a conspiracy, speaking on Cuban television the following day. "We can state that there are elements within the United States who are defending ultra-reactionary politics in all fields, as much in terms of international politics as in national politics. And these are the elements which stand to benefit from the events that took place yesterday in the United States."

The Cuban leader read one of the first agency cables: "Dallas, November 22 (UPI).—Police agents today arrested Lee H. Oswald, identified as president of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, as the main suspect in the assassination of President Kennedy." Four days later, on November 27, Fidel analyzed the Oswald as lone gunman theory and his alleged pro-Castro sympathies, which nobody was questioning at that point. He quoted Hubert Hammerer, Olympic shooting champion, who stated that it was highly unlikely that anyone firing with a repeater carbine fitted with a telescopic sight could hit a target three times in the space of five seconds, when firing at a moving target at a distance of 180 meters, traveling at 15mph." On the basis of his own experiences in the Sierra Maestra, with weapons fitted with a telescopic sight like the one Oswald was said to have used, Fidel added, "Once you fire at the target it is lost – due to the effect of the shot – and you have to find it again quickly (…) with this kind of weapon it is really very difficult to fire three consecutive shots. But, above all, difficult to hit the target like that. Almost impossible." (1)

The Cuban President analyzed how the most reactionary circles were pushing Kennedy toward war by with heavy campaigns, bills and resolutions in Congress pushing the government, because of what they themselves described in 1961 as the Bay of Pigs debacle, to the point of taking the world to the verge of a nuclear war in the October Missile Crisis. Fidel, then Cuban Prime Minister, also spoke about Kennedy’s stand on civil rights, such as ending segregation and racial discrimination, and the policy of peaceful coexistence he was promoting with Khrushchev. These actions had unleashed unforeseen forces against President Kennedy and made Fidel think that his assassination was the work of certain elements in disagreement with the U.S. leader’s politics, particularly in relation to Cuba, which they considered not sufficiently aggressive, given that Kennedy was resisting direct military intervention.

Fidel observed that it was obvious, "If Oswald was the real killer, clearly those behind the assassination were carefully preparing their alibis. They sent this individual off to Mexico to ask for a visa to Cuba. Just imagine… that the President of the United States was assassinated by this individual after just returning from the Soviet Union via Cuba. It was the ideal alibi (…) to plant the suspicion in the heads of the U.S. public that it was a communist or an agent of Cuba and the Soviet Union, as they would say." (2)

In 1978 it was demonstrated that Fidel was correct. The U.S. Congress Select Committee investigating the assassination concluded, "The committee considered the possibility that an imposter visited the Soviet Embassy or Cuban consulate during one or more of the contacts in which Oswald was identified by the CIA in October of 1963." (3) The Committee report came to the conclusion that it had nothing to do with Oswald, while Oswald was small and slight, "The subject of the photograph was described as approximately 35 years old, 6 feet tall, with an athletic build, a balding top, and receding hairline." (4)

Suspicions were aroused in part when the FBI showed Oswald’s mother the alleged photo of her son. She said that it wasn’t a photo of Lee, but of Jack Ruby, the man who killed him. In fact there was no resemblance, the Committee report added, the man in the photo was neither Oswald nor Ruby. The FBI agreed. In a memo to the Secret Service it recorded, "These special (FBI) agents are of the opinion that the individual of reference in the photo is not Lee Harvey Oswald."

Fidel had every reason to be alarmed by the insinuations and accusations, a typical CIA strategy. Even now, Latell is trying to banish suspicions about those really responsible for the crime, attempting to revive CIA lies implicating Cuba. He denies that there was any conspiracy on the part of those defending ultra-reactionary politics. The lone gunman theory is not only wielded in the case of Oswald in 1963, but also in relation to Sirhan H. Sirhan, the alleged killer of Robert Kennedy in 1968, at the very moment when the latter was elected to run against Richard Nixon, already a suspect in the Kennedy assassination. The truth has been slowly disclosed since then. The most recent details came to light in 2005, through the book by journalist David Talbot, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years, with its sensational revelation that Robert was probably assassinated after he stated that, if he were elected President, which he was close to achieving, he would reopen the case.

Latell takes refuge in the discredited lone gunman theory of the Warren Commission, set up by Lyndon Johnson to investigate the assassination, when he succeeded Kennedy as President. One of the most recent and convincing refutations of this theory is a note sent by Oswald to Howard Hunt, also suspected of taking part in the assassination and the famous organizer of the Watergate break-in. Sent November 8, 1963, 14 days before the Kennedy assassination, it reads, "Dear Mr. Hunt: I would like information concerning my position. I am asking only for information. I am suggesting that we discuss the matter fully before any steps are taken by me or anyone else. Thank you. Lee

Harvey Oswald". (5)

Researcher Paul Kangas explains that Oswald’s note was obtained by writer and journalist Jack Anderson in New Orleans, where the "lone gunman" was living with Clay Shaw and Cubans Félix Rodríguez, Bernard Barker and Frank Sturgis, also investigated by the House Select Committee and New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. Anderson affirms on video that Hunt and Shaw asked Oswald to meet with them to plan the position he would take up in Dallas for the attack. When he received no answer from Hunt, Oswald told James Hosty, his FBI agent, that Hunt and a bunch of Cubans from the Miami CIA office were plotting to kill Kennedy in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. According to Kangas, Hosty sent a telex to FBI Director Hoover informing him about the assassination attempt and he passed it on to all Special Agents in Charge.

Judge Garrison states that Waggoner Carr, Attorney General of Texas, presented evidence in a secret session of the Warren Commission on January 22, 1964, revealing that Oswald was FBI secret informant No. 179 and had received a salary of $200 a month from the Bureau starting 1962. The evidence was given to Carr by Allan Sweat, head of the criminal division of the Dallas sheriff’s office and published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Houston Post, and The Nation, but the Warren Commission did not call Sweat or the journalists who wrote the articles. Garrison admits that if Oswald was an FBI informant in Dallas and New Orleans, one could believe that his work consisted of penetrating organizations like Fair Play for Cuba and Guy Bannister’s group involved in the conspiracy to kill the President. "The question which tormented me and maybe tormented Oswald was: if the Dallas police, the sheriff’s office, the Secret Service, the FBI and the CIA were potentially implicated in the conspiracy, who were the authorities behind it all?" (6)

When Robert Blakey, chief counsel of the House Select Committee, discovered to his rage in 1990 that the recently deceased George Joannides (a CIA officer assigned by the agency to inform him about the Kennedy assassination) had concealed from him that he (Joannides) had worked closely with Oswald and the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil terrorist group in New Orleans, he called it an obstruction of justice. Now, he no longer believes anything the CIA told the Committee.

It is no surprise that the Warren Commission evaded discovering the truth; it was no coincidence that that it was headed by Congressman Ed Ford, one of Nixon’s men, Nixon also being a suspect. Allen Dulles, the omnipotent CIA director, manipulated the members appointed by Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded to the presidency after Kennedy’s death, thanks to the effective coup d’état which was the assassination of the Kennedy brothers.

(1) Revolución newspaper, November 28, 1963.
(2) Ibidem.
(3) The Final Report of the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations, Bantam Books, New York. 1979, P.320
(4) Ibidem.
(5) Granma, April 13, 2012, P. 9.
(6) Jim Garrison. JFK: Tras la pista de los asesinos, Ediciones B. Barcelona, 1988, Pp. 296-301.

May 24, 2012



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I am not happy with Grenada's political situation
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By Hudson George:

To those Grenadians who are strong supporters of the present government, I am begging you, please do not tell me that I am happy about the infighting going on among government ministers for control of leadership of the party and government. This is not a compliment for me because I am not glad that the government is unstable. I would rather you guys can be brave enough to tell me that I am right from day one, when I said that the NDC party is a coalition with politicians who have different political interests and it will be destroyed by factional infighting.

Hudson George has a BA in Social Science from York University, Toronto, Canada. He has been writing since his early teenage years and now contributes letters and articles to a number of Caribbean newspapers. As a Grenadian, I know that folks like me will never get a lot of respect from the ones who see themselves as inheritors of the country and they have divine rights to tell the masses what they want them to hear, even though it is not factual. Some of them never like to hear opinions different to what they stand for, especially when the opinions come from folks who they think are supposed to sit back quietly and listen to the nonsense they keep talking over and over again, while nothing in terms of nation building and social changes materialise. Yet still they keep on fighting against change that is inclining with the global village Grenada is a part of.

However, as the conflict for political domain among elected members of parliament on the government side intensifies, some of the government supporters who are hard-core followers are starting to recognise that they are being led to the doldrums by their political leaders, but due to their foolish pride and love for their political party, they would rather continue to follow blindly, and still keep pointing fingers at folks who do not support their political organisation as the problem, rather than they taking some time to do a bit if soul searching to find a solution.

Basically, folks like me who do not support the NDC government did not take that stand just so. In my case, I realise that the NDC as a political organisation is like a big tree, with a small parasitic tree growing on it and in years to come, the big tree will be affected by the small parasitic tree, as it continues to grow and make roots; and feed until the big tree die and then occupy the place. For example, in Grenada we are accustomed to seeing how the “Fijay” tree grows on other big trees and then makes roots and feeds on those big trees until they die, and then the “Fijay” tree become the big tree on the same place. Therefore, we all know that the “Fijay” tree is a parasite.

However, I recognised from day one that the NDC as a political organisation consists of two factions, and sooner or later the leader of the party will face a rebellion from some of his cadres who belong to the other faction, and I have been saying that from the beginning. Therefore, there is nothing happening negative within the NDC party that can make me feel happy, because I expected what is happening will happen. The lack of cohesiveness is not a big surprise to me and those journalists who are sympathetic towards the government are guilty of misleading the population with their one sided undemocratic news reports. It is obvious that in the near future those journalists will have to explain to the Grenadian people why they participated in such a dirty game for government reward.

Additionally, I do not see the reason why I am supposed to be happy because the NDC party officials are fighting among themselves for political domain. Basically, I have no reason to rejoice. I am not a member of any political party in Grenada. I do not carry a party card from any political organisation. All I do is give my opinion about social and political issues and what I think is best for Grenada in terms of nation building. My interest is to see Grenada remain a stable little country.

I have stated on many occasions that Grenada needs a different kind of economic development due to the rapid changes in trade on the international market that are affecting some of our traditional agricultural export crops. I believe that there is no need for farmers to plant large acreage of bananas, because there is no viable market for that product again, since Chiquita bananas are selling on the international market and Caribbean island bananas are no longer wanted by traditional buyers. I believe that Grenada can focus a bit more on expanding the tourist industry as other CARICOM countries are doing.

Basically, if I was involved in politics, I would have never come out openly and said that Grenadian farmers should not plant large acreage of bananas, when there is no viable market for sale of the product. I think that I am an honest person when I say that it is not a wise idea for Grenadians to put too much high hopes in bringing back the nutmeg industry because it is a high risk venture and it is possible that the nutmeg industry can be destroyed by another natural tropical hurricane disaster. Therefore, only fools will believe that Grenada will not be hit by another major hurricane disaster in the next fifty years.

If I had political motives for wanting the government to fail, I would not have come out openly and said that Grenada cocoa farmers do not know that they cannot get the higher price value they expected for cocoa, because the African cocoa producing countries large plantation owners are involved in child labour and these countries are the biggest producers of cocoa. Therefore, it is impossible for Grenadian farmers to get a higher price for their cocoa, when the big chocolate factory companies control the political policies of those major African cocoa producing countries.

Unfortunately, this is information Grenadian farmers do not know about and politicians are not willing to tell them. Therefore, I think it is the duty of Grenadians like me who know the truth, to reveal it to those who do not know. However, I think it is very foolish and disrespectful for some NDC supporters to meet me on the streets and tell me I am happy because there is infighting within the government among party officials. I think most of the big players in the political infighting within the NDC party are the ones to take the blame.

However, I think that I deserve some respect and they should be brave enough to compliment me for my prediction. Furthermore, there is nothing positive going on within the NDC party for me to be happy about.

May 23, 2012


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The Bahamas: ...keeping a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking... in an effort to protect actual and potential victims...
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Wendy’s puts spotlight on human trafficking

By Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter

Nassau, The Bahamas

The government and a popular restaurant franchise yesterday combined efforts in a joint initiative aimed at keeping a spotlight on the issue of human trafficking, in an effort to protect actual and potential victims.

In a special presentation at its Cable Beach location, Wendy’s Bahamas announced that all of its New Providence locations will provide dine-in customers with an informational tray liner aimed at raising public awareness on the subject and to aid the country’s ability to tackle the issue.

Minister of National Security Dr. Bernard Nottage said human trafficking is one of the most “vicious and cruel violations” of human rights confronting the world today.

“As unbelievable as it may seem to many of us, there are people in this world that use force, fraud or deception to recruit, transfer, harbor or receive or simply abduct other human beings for the sole purpose of exploiting them,” said Nottage.

The national security minister compared human trafficking, in which victims are usually drawn away from their homes and transported to foreign countries where they are strangers and have no one to turn to, to modern day slavery.

“We want this tray liner to prompt Bahamians to begin a discourse on trafficking of persons – what it is and what it does to human beings,” Dr. Nottage said

“...Up to 2011, no person claiming to be a victim of trafficking has come forward in The Bahamas and consequently no trafficker has been prosecuted. We cannot confirm, however, that there are no cases of trafficking of persons in The Bahamas. Indeed, there is anecdotal evidence to suggest otherwise, but this is a complex and well hidden crime as victims are not in a position to speak up for themselves.”

The previous administration created a National Task Force on Trafficking earlier this year, comprised of the Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs; the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Health and Labour and Social Development; the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces; the Department of Immigration and the Department of Customs.

The task force was created in an effort to make The Bahamas compliant with U.S. standards in the fight against human trafficking.

Last year, The Bahamas’ human trafficking rating was downgraded after the country did not meet benchmarks set by the U.S State Department.

In 2008, the United Nations estimated that 2.5 million people from 127 countries were being trafficked around the world, with up to 80 percent of victims being women, who were being sexually assaulted.

May 19, 2012


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The Kennedy assassination: somebody knew in advance
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GEORGE H. W. Bush and Richard Nixon were in Dallas on the day of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, one year after the October Missile Crisis. However, they deny or fail to remember this fact.

Brian Latell, a senior CIA agent, recently published the book Castro’s Secrets, prompting an insidious Miami Herald article by Glenn Garvin headlined "The Kennedy Assassination: Did Castro know in advance?". The article was reproduced in Life and Le Monde magazines.

Neither Latell nor Garvin asked where Nixon and Bush Senior were on November 22, 1963. Others have done so and the two politicians answered that they didn’t remember. But Paul Kangas and other researchers have disclosed evidence that both were in Dallas, Texas, and that they knew about the assassination.

Part of the evidence is a November 23, 1963 memo from FBI director Edgar Hoover, revealing that George Bush Sr., as a CIA officer, reported on Cuban exiles’ reaction to Kennedy’s death. Bush alleged that this was another agent of the same name, but left the impression that the FBI knew what he was saying. Fletcher Prouty, a former CIA link official, stated that Bush – by then a high-ranking officer with the agency although he also denied that fact – was responsible for organizing the Bay of Pigs invasion, involving the recruitment of Cubans later suspected by the U.S. Congressional Committee investigating the assassination of being linked to John F. Kennedy’s death.

Carl Freund, from the Dallas Morning News, interviewed Nixon on the day of the assassination, who stated during the interview that Kennedy intended to drop Lyndon Johnson as his running mate in 1964 and attacked the President for the civil rights demonstrations taking place throughout the U.S., commenting that Kennedy had offered more than he could give. The newspaper added that Nixon was attending a meeting of the Pepsi Cola Company in the city and was staying at the Baker hotel. The day before the assassination,The Dallas Times Herald published a photo of Nixon taken in Dallas with Donald Kendall, president of Pepsi Cola. Kangas refutes the argument that Nixon had already left the city, given that airport documents show that he left after the assassination. (1)

In 1991, CIA agent Chauncey Holt told Newsweek magazine that Kendall was considered by the agency as its eyes and ears in the Caribbean. The CIA is key to the close relationship between the businessman and the politician. Pepsi had a factory and a plantation in Cuba which were nationalized by the revolutionary government.

Researcher Carl Oglesby places Nixon and Vice President Johnson during the evening of November 21 at a Dallas party, which he considers the final coordination meeting for the assassination. Kennedy’s increasing confrontations with Johnson during 1963 were known in government circles and by the President’s close friends. They were sure that his corrupt connections were going to be exposed and that Johnson would not be the candidate in 1964. There was also talk of his prosecution.

The book Le dernier temoin (The Last Witness) includes the confessions of Billie Sol Estes, a financial millionaire who was sentenced in court after being investigated by Robert Kennedy, then Attorney General, and was closely linked to the Texan politician. Estes said that Johnson forced him to keep quiet about the dirty business he was doing for both of them.

"According to Madeleine Brown, a close friend of Johnson’s, on November 21, the Vice President accompanied her to a private soirée at the home of Clint Murchinson, a Dallas oil millionaire, where the Vice President made an enigmatic remark: "After tomorrow, those SOB’s will never embarrass me again." (2)

In his book, The Yankee and the Cowboy War, Oglesby reveals the presence at the party, in addition to Johnson and Nixon, of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover; Allen Dulles, former CIA director; oil tycoon Haroldson L. Hunt; John Connally, former governor of Texas; General Charles Cabell and his brother Earl, all of them John F. Kennedy haters.

On February 1, 1962, the president had replaced Cabell as deputy director of the CIA. On April 19, 1961, Cabell had tried to force Kennedy to authorize the use of fighter planes from an aircraft carrier stationed close to Cuba, an action that he stated could change the course of the Bay of Pigs in a matter of minutes. Pentagon chiefs, headed by Lemnitzer and Walker and those of the CIA, especially Dulles and Cabell virtually rebelled and continued trying to provoke direct military intervention in Cuba. For these reasons, the decision of General Cabell’s brother who, as mayor of Dallas, diverted the presidential convoy as it was traveling along Mayor Street toward the center of Dealey Plaza heading for Stemmons Highway, as planned, was highly suspicious. "On Mayor Street, continuing along the open boulevard, shots could not have reached him… at the last minute the President’s route was changed to make it pass where the warehouse is." (3) The change made by Cabell’s brother involved a 120-degree turn down Houston Street, which meant reducing the convoy’s speed to 15mph and heading for Elm Street, the location of the warehouse and a grassy hillock. This dramatic turn facilitated the work of Kennedy’s assassins lying in wait there.

Latell and Garvin must have formulated the question as to why the route was changed, particularly to George H. W. Bush, one of the few surviving suspects. The untiring labor of researchers has resulted in new discoveries implicating Nixon and Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy’s replacement and the man with the most to gain, in the assassination plot

After the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968, Nixon was elected President and continued with his dirty tricks. On Nixon’s orders, a group of CIA agents and officers, disguised as plumbers, entered the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington’s Watergate office complex. It was initially thought that the objective was to seek out information damaging to George McGovern, the presidential candidate, but the matter was far more serious. On June 23, 1972, President Nixon tried to have the CIA block the investigation, in charge of FBI officers like Mark Felt, who recently turned out to be "Deep Throat," the secret informant of The Washington Post, which contributed to clarifying the facts.

In the early days of the scandal, Nixon‘s aide John Ehrlichman summoned to the White House Patrick Gray, the FBI director who replaced Edgar Hoover. He told him that six files written by Howard Hunt, a CIA officer involved in the Watergate break-in, and which were in the FBI’s possession, were political dynamite and should never see the light of day. Gray took the files to his house and burned them. John Dean, the President’s advisor, did the same with Hunt’s diary. However, tapes of conversations in the White House revealed Nixon’s anxiety over the detention of Hunt and the other operatives involved. He was trying to conceal the fact that the operation would expose his connection with Kennedy’s assassination and agreed that Hunt should be given one million dollars in hush money.

Fearing the possible consequences of the scandal, Nixon leaned on his chief of personnel, H.R. Haldeman, to put pressure on his CIA buddies George Bush, Richard Helms and Vernon Walters, explaining, "The problem is that it will blow the whole Bay of Pigs thing." (4) Nixon added that they had protected Helms many times and that Bush would do anything for the cause. (5)

The agitated response of Helms, who yelled that he had nothing to do with the Bay of Pigs, shocked Haldeman. The President’s right hand man acted as ordered, but the scandal had grown too large given the revelations of the White House tapes and he was obliged to tell Nixon that he could do nothing more.

In his subsequent book The Ends of Power, Haldeman confessed that Nixon always masked any reference to the Kennedy assassination by mentioning the Bay of Pigs. The tapes are full of these references. One of the "plumbers," Frank Sturgis, confessed five years later that the powerful motive for the Watergate break-in which so much concerned Nixon was "the photos of our role in the Kennedy assassination."(6) E. Howard Hunt, who led the Watergate break-in; James W. McCord Jr.; and Cubans Virgilio R. González, Bernard L. Barker and Eugenio Martínez – all of them CIA officers or agents – were also involved in some way in the Bay of Pigs invasion. And all of them, apart from McCord, were investigated in relation to the assassination.

In his memoirs, American Spy, Hunt stated that William Harvey, placed by the CIA at the head of Task Force W to direct conspiracies to assassinate Fidel, could have played a principal role in organizing the Kennedy assassination together with David Morales, a well-known CIA assassin,. In 2004, Hunt offered other revelations in a video to his son St. John, who had asked him to make the recording when his father was nearing death from cancer. Hunt said that Sturgis has invited him to a secret CIA meeting at which Morales was present, to discuss a big event, which he later found out was the conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy. Hunt cryptically admitted that he took part, but as a spare player, given that he had reservations.

Commenting on Latell’s book, El Nuevo Herald tried to exonerate the CIA, organized crime and other spurious interests from any part in the 1961 invasion, the 1962 Missile Crisis, and the assassination of Kennedy, events which were clearly linked.

Latell’s principal thesis is that of the lone gunman: Lee Harvey Oswald, linked to Cuba. This was precisely the initial evidence of an official conspiracy. The plot merits a different analysis.

(1) The Realist No.117, Summer 1991, P.7.
(2) William Reymond. JFK, Le dernier temoin. Editions Flammarion. Paris. 2003. Pp 259
(3) Jim Garrison. JFK, Tras la pista de los asesinos, Ediciones B S.A. Barcelona1992, P. 145
(4) Stanley I. Kutler (ed.) Abuse of Power, Simon and Schuster, New York. 1997), Pp. 67-69
(5) San Francisco Chronicle, May 7, 1977.
(6) Ibid.

Havana.  May 17, 2012



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