Monday, October 31, 2005

The Dark Side of Camelot

'The Dark Side of Camelot', by Seymour M. Hersh (Little, Brown and Company).

Hersh claims that

1. Kennedy stole the 1960 presidential election with the help of crime boss Sam Giancana.

2. Kennedy chose Johnson as his running mate as the result of a threat of blackmail concerning his sex life.

3. A "high-ranking military officer" report that the autopsy on Kennedy showed he had venereal disease.

4. "Kennedy may have paid the ultimate price . . . for his sexual excesses and compulsiveness... He severely tore a groin muscle while frolicking poolside with one of his sexual partners during a West Coast trip in the last week of September 1963. The pain was so intense that the White House medical staff prescribed a stiff canvas shoulder-to-groin brace that locked his body in a rigid upright position. It was far more constraining that his usual back brace, which he also continued to wear. The two braces were meant to keep him as comfortable as possible during the strenuous days of campaigning, including that day in Dallas.

"Those braces also made it impossible for the president to bend in reflex when he was struck in the neck by the bullet fired by Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald's first successful shot was not necessarily fatal, but the president remained erect -- and an excellent target for the second, fatal blow to the head."

5. One night Kennedy's national security adviser McGeorge Bundy learned about the Cuban missile buildup. He didn't tell Kennedy until the next morning. Bundy wrote, "I decided that a quiet evening and a night of sleep were the best preparations you could have...As we have seen in this book, there were many times in the Kennedy White House, according to the Secret Service, when the president could not be disturbed, even for the most urgent of matters."

6. Kennedy's relationship with Judith Campbell Exner may have cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars because it "apparently became known" to the General Dynamics Corporation, which "may have used that knowledge" to win a government contract to build a new generation of fighter planes known as the TFX.


During the 1960 presidential election Judith Campbell Exner took messages from Giancana to Kennedy. Campbell later claimed these messages concerned the plans to murder Fidel Castro.

Frank Church and his Select Committee on Intelligence Activities discovered that Judith Campbell had been involved with both John F. Kennedy and Sam Giancana.


According to

Judith Exner

In 1974, she was summoned before the Church Committee, a Senate investigation of assassinations and under oath, testified about her relationship with Jack Kennedy. She did not, however, tell them everything she knew, which would damage her credibility somewhat. Having moved in the circles of the top echelons of government and organized crime, Judith believed she had a good reason for keeping secrets.

"She said (it was) because everybody around her had been murdered - Giancana, his lieutenant Johnny Rosselli, Marilyn Monroe, both the Kennedy brothers. Judith claimed to the end she feared for her life," Smith wrote.


According to Ronald Goldfarb:

According to Giancana's brother Chuck and his godson in the 1992 book, Double Cross, "Mooney," as they referred to their mobster kin, had markers from Joseph and Jack Kennedy.

What markers?

Their book states that Joseph Kennedy was saved twice from mob wrath-once in a scrape with the Purple Gang in Detroit and again in 1956 from a vendetta by Frank Costello in New York.

Kennedy, pleading for his intervention, according to Giancana's literary heirs, promised, "He'll be your son...will owe you...he won't refuse you, ever."

Giancana thought he had a very valuable deal and told his brother that he and the Kennedys had a lot in common: "The good thing is that nobody knows it."

The Giancana-to-Giancana conversations are impossible to confirm.

The thesis continues that Robert Kennedy as attorney general burned his candle at both ends, pursuing and exploiting the mob at the same time.

In 1974, a Senate investigation led by the Church Committee disclosed outrageous Cold War abuses by the CIA that seemed to compromise both brothers, particularly Robert Kennedy.

One of its carefully documented and confounding exposes was that "U.S. Government personnel plotted to kill Castro from 1960 to 1965. American underworld figures and Cubans hostile to Castro were used in these plots and were provided encouragement and material support by the U.S."

Recently declassified FBI and CIA documents provide further illumination of this sordid revelation.

The CIA's "hairbrained schemes, including using the Mafia to gun Castro down," began under Eisenhower, according to his biographer Stephen E. Ambrose.

An ex-FBI agent then in the private investigation business was approached by the CIA....He in turn recruited Johnny Rosselli, a California rackets figure with Las Vegas ties. Along with Cubans hostile to Castro, Rosselli recruited two friends, "Sam Gold," Giancana, and "Joe," a.k.a. Santo Trafficante, Jr., the Mafia's man in Cuba before Castro deported him.

The Church Committee discovered evidence "of at least eight plots" involving the CIA from 1960 to 1965 to assassinate Fidel Castro.

President-elect John Kennedy was briefed verbally "in oblique terms" by the CIA's deputy director, Richard Bissell, about the plot to kill Castro, according to a document recounting this briefing that Jack Anderson says he's seen.

What did Robert Kennedy know and when did he know it? His aides say he did not know until mid-May, 1962, but intra- agency records suggest it was early in 1961. On May 22, 1961, not half a year after RFK had become attorney general, Hoover sent him a memorandum alluding to the CIA's use of the underworld in clandestine Castro plots.

In the interview with Larry King, Exner said that she was a longtime lover of Kennedy before and while he was president and had a brief affair with Giancana after Kennedy was killed. She also said that the attorney general knew about the president's reckless relationship with her. Exner told King that President Kennedy knew about the CIA's use of Giancana in the Castro assassination plot. "I carried the intelligence material between Jack and Jack's request."


Monday, October 24, 2005

Liam Lawler


October 2005.

There have been claims that former Irish Member of Parliament Liam Lawlor, who was killed on 22 October 2005 in a car crash in Moscow, may have been with a prostitute at the time of his death.

The accident killed the driver of the car and injured a young Ukrainian woman who was with them.

A Moscow Police spokesman said Mr Lawlor was not close friends with the woman and appeared to have met her in the street, reports said today.

Lawlor was perhaps a typical politician.

On 24 October 2005 the Independent reported on Liam Lawlor

According to the report in The Independent:

Lawlor had 110 bank accounts.

He was jailed three times.

A judge once called him a disgrace.

Lawlor was jailed three times in relation to corruption.

Allegedly he helped bring the politics of the Irish Republic into disrepute 'by enthusiastically operating the culture of the backhander and the brown envelope stuffed with illicit cash'.

'Ireland has had some senior politicians who have been both extremely corrupt and extremely skilful: two other Fianna Fail examples are Charles Haughey and the former foreign minister Ray Burke. Mr Haughey, who escaped prosecution, is nonetheless regarded as being in disgrace, having been exposed as lying by several tribunals. The tribunals caught up with Burke too earlier this year, when he was jailed for six months for tax evasion.

'The three - Haughey, Lawlor and Burke - seem to have functioned as cash-hungry individuals rather than as a tight team. Lawlor, whose political judgement was often shaky, backed Mr Haughey but then broke with him. Mr Haughey never promoted him after that, dismissing him as "an Exocet missile without a guidance system". Nonetheless, Lawlor's dual membership of the Dail and of Dublin County Council was to prove most valuable to his financial fortunes.
Although the scale of wrong-doing which has since been exposed has shocked some, the fact that it existed had been pretty much an open secret for decades. A Haughey rival within Fianna Fail spoke publicly of "low standards in high places".

'Corruption was touched on occasionally in the Irish media in the 1970s, but legal and other considerations discouraged full disclosure. There was, in any event, a popular sense that Haughey and others were go-getters who could get things done and modernise a once-sleepy Ireland.

'And if they should cut a few corners and take a few short-cuts, it was regularly said, didn't they deserve a bit of reward if they were transforming the country, to the benefit of all? Thus, as they say, the dogs in the street knew about it: but the dogs did not bark, and most of them did not care.

'One of the most obvious, straightforward and most profitable scams involving Lawlor centred on the expansion of Dublin, which was developing large new housing estates and shopping centres in the north and west of the city.

'Builders and developers would buy up disregarded pieces of land, then apply for permission to build houses or shops there. Liam Lawlor, at the head of a caucus of councillors, would obligingly fix it so that the land was conveniently re-zoned.

'The value of the land instantly increased dramatically and fortunes were made overnight. According to one estimate, the 5,000 acres which were re-zoned in one six-month period netted their owners some £200m in windfall profits.

'The scam was not rocket science:, in fact it was extraordinarily simple. But Lawlor was blatant about the whole thing, not having the political sense even to try to conceal the obvious corruption. He did not trouble to observe the common decencies of corruption.

'Businessmen would sit in the public gallery of Dublin County Council during meetings watching as Lawlor guided their applications through. Afterwards some of them and some councillors would repair to a nearby pub. There, it is presumed, cash-stuffed brown envelopes would surreptitiously change hands.

'The amounts of money involved, however, became so large that few envelopes were large enough to hold the bigger bribes. Chapter and verse on this emerged a few years ago when a reluctant whistleblower emerged and, under heavy tribunal pressure, spilled the beans.
This was Frank Dunlop, a senior lobbyist who for years had been the government's press secretary and who had once boasted: "I have balls of iron and a spine of steel."

'Under threat of heavy legal penalty, however, the metal buckled and Mr Dunlop came clean, revealing that business figures had supplied him with a "war-chest" containing hundreds of thousands of pounds to pay off councillors.

'Lawlor's share at one point, Mr Dunlop testified, was almost £50,000, 40,000 of it in cash.
This was not a victimless crime, because it resulted in the building of thousands of new homes in vast characterless areas, often without proper planning, facilities or infrastructure.

'The re-zoning scam was a steady source of income for Lawlor, but he expanded into "consultancy work" - it is said he once received £10,000 for a single day's work.

'A builder, Seamus Ross, testified to a tribunal how Lawlor had regularly extracted money from him, repeatedly telling him about the "good turns" he had done for him.

'The builder, who said he had handed over £25,000 in "political donations," said he was "very unhappy" about giving him money, saying he had planning applications in the system and was concerned that Lawlor might use his influence against these.

'He explained: "He would leave you in no doubt that he had certain powers and would use them against you as well as for you. I was angry with Liam Lawlor. He was like a plague, always in your face, making himself friendly."

'Again, the work of the tribunals brought such activities to light in damning detail. But, although Mr Dunlop caved in, Lawlor would not, maintaining his bluster and vainly professing his innocence long after his guilt was universally accepted.

'When he was first locked up one newspaper called it "the day the swagger died and the brass neck vanished". But, in fact, if he was crestfallen it was only momentary: "You'd think he'd be mortified about going to jail," said one observer, "but in fact it was more like water off a duck's back."

'Although his three jail spells ended his political career, his business enterprises continued in Ireland and abroad. Travellers reported sightings of him breezing around Hungary and other countries. But while his experience of the tribunal system, and indeed of prison, may not have changed his fundamental character, he has certainly helped change the system itself.

'The work of a range of tribunals has exposed Lawlor, Haughey, Burke and others, and has recouped more than €30m (£20m) for the exchequer. But it has taken years and the cost has been immense, generating much public disillusion about the whole exercise.

'Dealing with miscreants such as Lawlor has cost Ireland more money than he ever extracted in bribes, sweeteners and backhanders. Most of the public and most of the politicians are weary of the whole process and want to see it curtailed, as quickly as possible. The government has taken steps to do so, but even so it will all drag on for years yet.

'The irony in all of this is that Ireland today is run by a government headed by Fianna Fail, some of whose one-time leading members were up to their neck in the corruption.

'Yet Bertie Ahern has successfully won election after election, being universally viewed as free from his party's previous bad old habits. Through all of this, Fianna Fail has remained Ireland's largest party.'

Saturday, October 08, 2005


John Mceachran, at The Daily Record (Glasgow) ,8 October 2005, wrote about a report into an alleged Satanic child abuse ring.

According to the 'Lewis Report', by the Social Work Inspection Agency, 3 girls did suffer horrific physical and sexual abuse for a decade.

A criminal prosecution into the alleged abuse on the Isle of Lewis - which included claims of Satanic rituals and animal slaughter - collapsed in July 2004.

There are no plans to reopen the case.

The alleged victims - now aged 16, 14 and 12 - insisted the report was made public.

The Social Work Inspection Agency found they were continually abused between 1991 and 2000 - despite being in contact with more than 100 health care experts.

One child was forced to eat cat food, another made to sleep in a cupboard and the children were burned by cigarettes and beaten.

The abuse began when one child was just a year old - and another girl did not even have a pair of shoes.

The agency said: "They should have been removed from home much earlier.

"We found professionals were too willing to believe the accounts of adult members, rather than the children's."

The main suspect of the abuse had been classified as "high risk" in England having been convicted of indecent assault of a nine-year-old girl.

The Lewis report called for a major shake-up over how future allegations of child sex abuse are investigated and criticised social workers on Lewis for not acting sooner.

SWAI chief inspector Alexis Jay said the three girls were now with foster parents and "thriving".

Her deputy, Gill Ottley, said the girls felt "vindicated" by the report but added: "This is an experience they will not be able to forget."


Friday, October 07, 2005

Typical Republican?

Spokane is in the USA.

Spokane's mayor is James West.

The Spokane Spokesman-Review published a series of investigative articles quoting two men who claimed West had sexually abused them 30 years ago when he was their Boy Scout leader.

West has also served as a Republican leader in the state legislature.

West has supported bills limiting the ability of homosexuals to work in state jobs in which they would have contact with children.

West has denied accusations of sexual abuse and claims by at least two other men who said West offered them jobs in city hall in return for sexual favors.


Sunday, October 02, 2005

David Blunkett and Sally Anderson and a political set up

David Blunkett, Britain's Secretary of State for Work and Pension, reportedly told a woman half his age he wants to have children with her.

According to the Sunday Times, friends of Anderson, an estate agent from Ascot in Berkshire, revealed the relationship had become "intimate" rather than "platonic".

However, Anderson's friends are also reported as saying they believe she and Blunkett are victims of a political set up and that the disclosure of their relationship on the eve of Labour's conference was no coincidence.

29-year-old friend Sally Anderson has told the Daily Mail of her relationship with the 'deeply passionate' Cabinet Minister, David Blunkett.

According to The News of the World, 2 October 2005, Sally has been seeing her lover, Andrew King, behind David Blunkett's back.

Miss Anderson, is half the age of David Blunkett, the 58-year-old Work and Pensions Secretary.

Acording to The Mail:

Mr Blunkett was introduced by a mutual friend to Miss Anderson at London nightclub Annabel's and they hit it off immediately.

They have since been on numerous dates, including one at Berkshire stately home Cliveden, where former Tory minister John Profumo began his affair with call girl Christine Keeler.
Miss Anderson has been a regular visitor to Mr Blunkett's London house, and she has introduced him to her friends in Ascot.

Miss Anderson has split from her fiancĂ© Neil Gomersal, 37, and moved out of his £500,000 townhouse in Ascot.

He was said to be 'gutted' at first, having spent thousands on an engagement ring.

Mr Blunkett became Work and Pensions Secretary after the election, having been forced to resign as Home Secretary last December following his affair with Kimberly Quinn.

He quit when it emerged that his private office had intervened in a visa application from 44-year-old Mrs Quinn's Filipina nanny.