An interview with Kevin Barrett, author and Middle East expert from Madison, to discuss the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy.
Barrett: We know now after decades of research that the CIA was at the centre of the coup d’état that overthrew the Kennedy presidency. We have a complete confession in both an audio recording and in a signed, hammered version by E. Howard Hunt who was a CIA operative. He is the man who is behind the coup d’état in Guatemala and he was recruited by a group of CIA officers at the JM WAVE CIA station in Miami Florida into the plot to kill President Kennedy.
So we know that this was essentially a CIA overthrow of government operation, just like many other CIA assassinations of heads of states, such as [late Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez recently, another overthrow that has been around the world; that is what the CIA does, they overthrow governments and kill heads of states and they did it to their own president in 1963.
But there are indications that other forces were also at work; in Michael Collins Piper’s book Final Judgment explores the hypothesis that Israel and the Mossad were major players if not the major player of the assassination.
The evidence for that goes into the directions one is that the highest-level CIA officer who appears to have ordered the assassination was James Jesus Angleton, the head of counterintelligence and he was a very close friend of the Israelis; many considered him to have been an Israeli more in the CIA. As the head of counterintelligence, he would have certified that Kennedy was a threat to national security and needed to be taken out.
Secondly, the financing for Kennedy assassination was done by a financial group called Permindex. Now, Permindex which was prosecuted briefly by the New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison turns out to be basically… company.
It is owned by a Swiss bank which is the biggest bank, supporting the Zionists and was also mob Meyer Lansky’s money, money laundry. Meyer Lansky was the head of all organized crime in America in 1963 and he was a fanatical Zionist worked with the Mossad.
So it appears that the Israelis and some hard-line elements in the US military and CIA were behind the coup d’état and the murder of President Kennedy.
Q: Of course President Kennedy was the only US president against Israel’s nuclear weapons program. Why do you think he was against Israel acquiring nuclear weapons?
Barrett: Anybody with any common sense knows that Israel getting nuclear weapons was a complete disaster for the world. The Israelis are fanatical extremists who feel that they are being persecuted everywhere they go and they have to be extremely harsh, unyielding and aggressive, as well as deceptive and violent with the world.
So they have a terrible track record of extreme deception, lies and extreme violence; they are rootless, they are psychopathic and they are the most likely… in the world to use nuclear weapons. They have been threatening the capitals in the Middle East with nuclear weapons since they got them in mid 1960s.
They used their nuclear capacity as part of the deterrence when they invaded their neighbors in 1967 and stole Jerusalem.
President Kennedy, like President Eisenhower and all rational Americans obviously would not want Israel to have nuclear weapons. Kennedy tried to shut down the Israeli nuclear program; [Former Israeli Prime Minister] David Ben-Gurion resigned in protest and less than six months later Kennedy was dead and Israel was on its way to becoming a nuclear power.