Year of JFK Truth, and because lies continue

Year of JFK Truth, and because lies continue

Year of JFK Truth, and because lies continue

Originally published in the Southwest News-Herald Newspaper on March 22, 2013. Remembering as the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination approached the 50th year mark. All of the theories and conspiracies pushed down by the government, the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia and pro-government Historians who supported the Vietnam War and did not want it to end by an order from JFK that year.

By Ray Hanania

Opinion columnist Ray Hanania

Opinion columnist Ray Hanania

This year (2013) 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.

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.



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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 its 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.

Seconds before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963 by several gunmen. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Seconds before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, by several gunmen. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia and the Library of Congress. President John F. Kennedy motorcade, Dallas, Texas, Friday, November 22, 1963. Also in the presidential limousine are Jackie Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie.

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. Email Ray at


Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

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