Chapters Nine - Sixteen
excerpted from the book
The missing link in the JFK assassination
by Michael Collins Piper
Wolfe Press, 1995, paperback
A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS: JFK'S WAR WITH ISRAEL'S ALLIES AT THE
Just six weeks before John F. Kennedy
was shot, a top administration official warned that a CIA-orchestrated
coup in America was a fearful possibility. The CIA-like its allies
in Israel had good reason (in its own perception) to want to see
JFK removed from the White House and replaced with Lyndon B. Johnson.
JFK's battle with the CIA over the Bay
of Pigs debacle was just the beginning. JFK was-by the last days
of his presidency-not only fighting the CIA's efforts to involve
the United States ever more deeply in Southeast Asia, but he was
also moving toward dismantling the CIA entirely. The CIA's very
existence was in danger.
In 1972 the Washington Observer newsletter
published perhaps what was one of the first hints-in print-that
the Kennedy family itself suspected that the CIA had a hand in
the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
According to the Observer, "Back
in 1963, shortly after President Kennedy's assassination, Robert
F. Kennedy, while he was still Attorney General, conducted his
own private investigation, which ran parallel with the official
inquiry into the assassination conducted by the Warren Commission.
Kennedy's investigation featured trips to this country by an Inspector
Hamilton, former Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard. Hamilton, an
old friend of Joseph P. Kennedy, had been retained by the attorney
general to help unravel the real truth about the murder of JFK.
"After long conferring with the members
of the Kennedy family and making a few discreet soundings with
his own contacts, Hamilton zeroed on the fact that the assassination
of John Kennedy had occurred very shortly after his brother Bobby
had made some preliminary moves for direct personal control of
the CIA, whose leadership he blamed for the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
"Hamilton, following the cui bono
("whom does it benefit?") reasoning, reached the conclusion
that Bobby's move to seize control of the CIA had something to
do with the murder of his elder brother."
KENNEDY MOVES AGAINST THE CIA
In his best-selling, Plausible Denial
in which he pinpoints the CI A's role in the JFK assassination
conspiracy, veteran JFK assassination investigator Mark Lane commented
on the CIA's move against the president:
"If the CIA operatives, officers,
and former officers believed that the defense of their Agency
and their nation required the elimination of President Kennedy
because he was about to dismantle their organization, one could
comprehend, while neither accepting nor condoning their viewpoint,
that their concept of self-defense required them to use deadly
force. Most relevant, therefore, is not what Kennedy was or was
not about to do vis-a-vis the CIA, but what the leaders of the
Agency believed he might do.
"John F. Kennedy made it clear that
he planned to destroy the CIA. The New York Times reported on
April 25, 1966, under a subheadline, "Kennedy's Bitterness,'
that 'as the enormity of the Bay of Pigs disaster came home to
him, [Kennedy] said to one of the highest officials of his Administration
that he wanted 'to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter
it to the winds.'
"He clearly was not suggesting a
modest legislative proposal or executive order to modify or reform
the organization. The total destruction of the Agency was his
CONTROLLING THE CIA
[Mark] Lane points out that Kennedy's
preliminary actions against the CIA had already been set in motion
and that the president was very clearly moving toward ultimate
evisceration of the agency.
"[Kennedy] dealt with the CIA through
the implementation of a threepoint emergency program designed
to control the agency. He fired its most culpable and powerful
leaders, he appointed a high-level committee, the Cuban study
group, to investigate the misdeeds of the organization so that
he might determine what additional short-range limitations were
required and, in the interim, he dramatically reduced the powers
and jurisdiction of the Agency and established strict limits as
to its future actions through National Security Action memoranda."
"Kennedy then sought to control the
Agency by sharply reducing its ability to act in the future through
National Security Action Memoranda 55, 56 and 57. These documents,
in theory, eliminated the ability of the CIA to wage war. The
CIA would not be permitted to initiate any operation requiring
greater firepower than that generated by handguns."
That all of these actions upset the CIA
and its allies is undoubted. One man on the scene at the time
was Col. L. Fletcher Prouty, who served as liaison between the
Defense Department and the CIA during the relevant period.
According to Prouty, "Nothing I had
ever been involved in my entire career had created such an uproar.
NSAM 55 stripped the CIA of its cherished covert operations role,
except for small actions. It was an explosive document. The military-industrial
complex was not pleased."
THE CIA AND VIETNAM
However, Kennedy's conflict with the CIA
went well beyond the issue of Cuba. The burgeoning issue of U.S.
involvement in Southeast Asia had positioned the president at
odds with the CIA even further.
By late 1963 JFK's conflict with the CIA
was in full force and although it was not the subject of heated
public discussion, the word was leaking out through official and
un-official channels that there was something afoot at the highest
On October 3 1963, the dean of America's
newspaper columnists, Arthur Krock was writing frankly in the
New York Times of Kennedy's war with the CIA - a war which was
intensifying over the issue of Vietnam. Krock's front page article,
in fact, was entitled, "The Intra-Administration War in Vietnam."
But what is so astounding about the column
is that Krock quoted a high-level administration source as having
suggested that if there were ever a coup d'etat in the United
States, one might expect that it would be the CIA which was responsible-this
just weeks before JFK was murdered.
The significance of this astounding column
is that it was Arthur Krock who affixed his name to this explosive
report: Krock was a longtime close friend and confidant of the
Kennedy family and had even ghost-written several published works
on behalf of the president's father, Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy.
The columnist was a key Kennedy link in
press circles and would have been the first and foremost choice
of President Kennedy if JFK had wished to utilize the press to
bring his conflict with the CIA into the public arena. As Mark
Lane so aptly described the column: "This was John F. Kennedy
sending out a message to the American people through his trusted
conduit Arthur Krock."
This column remained forgotten in the
wake of the president's assassination, but it was in 1992 that
Lane surfaced the prophetic warning and began bringing it to the
attention of American audiences who now had a renewed interest
in the Kennedy assassination.
[Mark] Lane described the column: "Krock pointed out that
John F. Kennedy had gone to war against the CIA. He concluded
that Kennedy no longer could control the CIA.
"The columnist stated that President
Kennedy sent Henry Cabot Lodge, his Ambassador to Vietnam, with
orders to the CIA on two separate occasions and in both cases
the CIA ignored those orders, saying that it was different from
what the agency thought should be done. In other words, the 15
CIA had decided that it-not the president-would make the decisions
as to how American foreign policy should be conducted."
Lane pointed out that a source for Krock's
column was a report filed for the Scripps-Howard newspapers by
foreign correspondent Richard Starnes who had interviewed a number
of high-ranking administration officials and others who expressed
their concern about the CIA's intransigence.
A CIA-SPONSORED COUP D'ETAT?
According to Krock's column: "Among
the views attributed to United States officials ... including
one described as a "very high American official ... who has
spent much of his life in the service of democracy... are the
The CIA's growth was "likened to
a malignancy" which the "very high official was not
sure even the White House could control... any longer."
"If the United States ever experiences
[an attempt at a coup to overthrow the Government] it will come
from the CIA and not the Pentagon." The agency "represents
a tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone."
"Whatever else these passages disclose,
they most certainly establish that representatives of other Executive
branches have expanded their war against the CIA from the inner
government councils to the American people via the press.
"And published simultaneously are
details of the agency's operations in Vietnam that can come only
from the same critical official sources. This is disorderly government.
And the longer the President tolerates it-the period already is
considerable-the greater the real war against the Vietcong and
the impression of a very indecisive Administration in Washington.
"The CIA may be guilty as charged.
Since it cannot, or at any rate will not, openly defend its record
in Vietnam or defend it by the same confidential press briefings'
employed by its critics, the public is not in a position to judge.
Nor to this department, which sought and failed to get even the
outlines of the agency's case in rebuttal.
"But Mr. Kennedy will have to make
a judgment if the spectacle of war within the Executive branch
is to be ended and the effective functioning of the CIA preserved.
And when he makes this judgment, hopefully he also will make it
public, as well as the appraisal of fault on which it is based.
"Doubtless recommendations as to
what his judgment should be were made to him today by Secretary
of Defense McNamara and General Taylor on their return from their
fact-finding expedition into the embattled official jungle in
It is ironic, indeed, that Krock's column
concluded with its reference to the trip by McNamara and Taylor
to Southeast Asia.
For, as Col. Fletcher Prouty points out,
upon their return they "reported to the President that it
looked to them, after their visit to Saigon, as though things
could be put under control and that we would be able to withdraw
all personnel [from Vietnam] by the end of 1965.
"Now we can see why they chose that
date," comments Prouty. "This was the date the President
had used in his own discussions with his closest advisers. They
all knew that he planned to announce a pullout once he had been
It was soon thereafter, however, that
John F. Kennedy was indeed gone from the scene and the president's
plans for withdrawal from Vietnam, so carefully drawn, were now
being reversed by the new President.
In his book Plausible Denial, Mark Lane summarizes the events
"Just four days after the death
of President Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson signed NSAM 273 that began
to reverse the policy of withdrawal from Vietnam and signified
the beginning of the escalation of the conflict. The f CIA had
prevailed. The effort in Southeast Asia was to become a massive
' "During March, 1964, Johnson signed
NSAM 288 that repudiated Kennedy's plan to end the U.S. military
participation in the war that year. In the months that followed,
Johnson increased the military commitment from under 20,000 troops
to approximately a quarter of a million."
"Years later... after the deaths
of more than 50,000 Americans and more than a million Vietnamese,
Laotians, and Cambodians, the war finally ended with the military
defeat of the United States."
[E. Howard Hunt sued the Washington-based newspaper 'The Spotlight',
and his case went to trial in federal court in Miami... ]
Leslie Armstrong, a Miami resident who
was jury forewoman in the case, issued a statement in conjunction
with the release of [Mark] Lane's written account of the trial:
"Mr. Lane was asking us [the jury]
to do something very difficult. He was asking us to believe John
Kennedy had been killed by our own government. Yet when we examined
the evidence closely, we were compelled to conclude that the CIA
had indeed killed President Kennedy."
Evidence now available from former Mossad operative Victor Ostrovsky
suggests that Israel's Mossad, was indirectly connected with the
[Orlando] Letelier assassination...
... the never-ending cycle which continually links key players
in the international intrigue between not only the CIA and the
Israeli Mossad, but also the Meyer Lansky Organized Crime Syndicate-three
powerful forces all of which desired the removal of John F. Kennedy
from the White House.
Like Israel and the Lansky Syndicate,
the CIA was, for all intents and purposes, an aggrandizing international
power-unto-itself unwilling to have its influence curtailed by
an independent-minded American president with an agenda of his
own. Thus it was that the CIA entered into the JFK assassination
With John F. Kennedy now not only at odds
with the Lansky Crime Syndicate and Israel, but also their collaborators
in the CIA, the American president had arrayed against him a powerful
alliance with not only the means and the motive, but also the
opportunity to end his presidency.
THE PERMINDEX MYSTERY
WHAT WAS PERMINDEX?
What exactly then was Permindex? How did
Permindex fit into the center of the international conspiracy
that resulted in the assassination of John F. Kennedy?
... The CMC [Centro Mondiale Commerciale]
was founded in 1961 by one Giorgio Mantello. The Italian name,
however, was an affectation. Mantello was an Eastern European
Jew originally named Georges Mandel.
At the time CMC was established, it was
asserted that CMC would function as an international commercial
organization, that it would aid in the establishing of a permanent
worldwide network of trade expositions, and generally assist concerns
involved in trade matters.
Permindex was a subsidiary of CMC. The
name Permindex is an acronym which stood for PERmanent INDustrial
... the Permindex connection to Israel
and its global intelligence network is best personified by the
individual who served as chairman of the board of Permindex: Major
Louis M. Bloomfield of Montreal, Canada, himself a devoted and
influential supporter of the Israeli cause.
It was Bloomfield who held half the shares
of Permindex and its parent company "for party or parties
unknown." In fact, Permindex had its headquarters in Bloomfield's
base of operations in Montreal until 1961 at which time it was
relocated to Rome. The facts about Bloomfield indicate, beyond
doubt, that Bloomfield was a major player in Israel's international
... Bloomfield had been recruited into
Britain's Special Operations Executive [counter-intelligence]
n 1938, the year that his immediate superior-another Canadian
Sir William Stephenson-set up British intelligence activities
in the United States in the period leading up to World War II.
THE BRONFMAN CONNECTION
Bloomfield, however, was a man of many
parts. He was reputed to control Le Credit Suisse [bank] of Canada,
Heineken's Breweries, Canscot Realty, the Grimaldi Siosa [shipping]
Lines, Ltd - and, interestingly enough - the Israel Continental
A very busy man, Bloomfield's other ties
were equally interesting. He was a founding partner in the Phillips,
Vineberg, Bloomfield and Goodman firm which represents the Canadian-based
Bronfman family interests. This rather intriguing detail suggests,
perhaps, that Bloomfield's wide-ranging financial interests were,
in fact, those of the Bronfman family and the Montreal lawyer
was, essentially, the Bronfman's front man.
The Bronfman family, which built its fortune
working with the Lansky Organized Crime Syndicate in the illegal
liquor trade, have been key / backers of Israel and leaders in
the Zionist cause. Edgar Bronfman most recently served as president
of the World Jewish Congress.
ISRAEL'S ROLE COMES FULL CIRCLE
It is the Tibor Rosenbaum-BCI connection
with Permindex that points most definitely toward the Israeli
Mossad interest in Permindex. BCI ... was very much a creature
of Israel and its Mossad.
Among the directors of Rosenbaum's BCI
was Ernest Israel Japhet, also chairman and president of the Bank
Leumi, the largest bank in Israel. BCI and Bank Leumi were involved
in the diamond trade and tied into Far East drug trafficking.
The manager of Rosenbaum and Feinberg's Swiss-Israel Trade Bank
was Gen. Julius Klein, a U.S. army counterintelligence officer.
Klein had engaged in illegally re-routing
whole shiploads of medical supplies, construction equipment scheduled
to go to post-war Germany to the Haganah in Palestine. (The Haganah
was the sell-defense forces of the Jews in Palestine and the forerunner
of the Israeli Defense Force.) Klein conducted this enterprise
during the period when he served as chief of the U.S. Army Counterintelligence
Corps responsible for Western Europe at the end of World War II.
However, Klein's services on behalf of
the state of Israel were even more significant. It was Klein who
had been involved in setting up Israel's Mossad and in training
its officers. Klein worked alongside Sir William Stephenson in
this particular venture.
... It was during his days working with
the American OSS and Naval Intelligence-and the Lansky Crime Syndicate-that
Stephenson had cemented his ties with the Jewish anti-Nazi underground.
THE PERMINDEX PLOT
... the connections (at an intimate level)
between Tibor Rosenbaum's Israeli Mossad banking operation, the
Banque de Credit International, and a wide-ranging array of figures
tied closely to the Lansky Organized Crime Syndicate and-even-to
Clay Shaw, a member of the Permindex board of directors, brings
the conspiracy full circle. That BCI was one of the primary shareholders
of the Permindex entity clearly points toward a Mossad role in
the Permindex plot that ended the life of John F Kennedy.
A PERMINDEX ASSASSINATION PLOT
Public controversy surrounding Permindex,
resulting in its expulsion from Switzerland and Italy, involved
the role of Permindex in assassination plots aimed at French President
... the rebel Secret Army Organization-known
by its acronym OAS-was bitterly opposed to DeGaulle's decision
to grant independence to Arab Algeria.
The OAS launched numerous assassination
attempts against DeGaulle, none of which were successful, of course,
but they did later inspire Frederick Forsythe's famous novel (later
turned into a popular motion picture), The Day of the Jackal.
Following an investigation of one attempt,
in 1962, French intelligence (the SDECE) charged that Permindex
laundered money into the OAS coffers to finance the attempt on
According to DeGaulle's biographer, Jean
Lacouture, "for moral as well as political reasons, [the
OAS leadership] considered it necessary to sacrifice the Head
of State, either physically or politically, so that Algeria would
ISRAEL AND THE OAS
... according to historian Harrison, whose
OAS sympathies are apparent, "Some of the most ardent supporters
of the OAS in Algeria were Jews." What's more, notes Harrison,
"a Jewish branch of the OAS was created."
Another historian, Paul Henissart, has
also noted an Israeli connection with the OAS. According to Henissart,
"[The OAS] attracted hotheads including some Jews who belonged
to Irgun Zvai Leumi, the Israeli underground military organization.
They were recruited by the OAS as specialists in clandestine warfare."
He notes additionally that while there
were Jewish defense groups established in Algeria, "official
Israeli delegations in Algeria to organize emigration of Jews
from the coastal cities were not averse to aiding these self-defense
groups. The Israeli government, however, never confirmed any connection
Nonetheless as Israeli historian Benjamin
Beit-Hallahmi has pointed out, there is evidence of official Israeli
support of the OAS: "During 1961 and 1962, there were numerous
reports of Israeli support for the French OAS movement in Algeria."
He notes that the Israelis had assisted
the French in the Algerian war of independence between 1954 and
1962. Then, when Algeria was finally independent and sought admission
to the UN, only Israel voted against it. Beit Hallahmi quotes
another historian, Stewart Steven, as saying, "When in 1961
the OAS was created, it was a natural development that Israel,
as keen on [French retention of Algeria as a colony] as the OAS
themselves, should lock themselves into the [OAS]."
So it was that Israeli intelligence-and
its allies in the American CIA - had formed a close working alliance
with the very forces that were ( attempting to destroy French
President Charles DeGaulle. At the same time, in fact, these same
elements were using their Permindex connection in yet another
plot, this one aimed at the life of John F. Kennedy.
That the ADL did, in fact, report back to the FBI, a long-standing
relationship cemented by J. Edgar Hoover himself, is now common
Both the Mossad and the CIA were intimately
tied with the Permindex plot against French President Charles
DeGaulle and with the Permindex plot against John F. Kennedy.
In the bloody conflict over Algerian-Arab independence both Kennedy
and DeGaulle found themselves on the same side of the issue -
and on the opposite side of that of the Mossad and its allies
in the CIA.
Israel's worldwide connections-particularly with the anti-Kennedy
forces within the CIA and the CIA-linked Lansky crime empire,
along with the French OAS rebels and Charles DeGaulle's enemies
within his own intelligence service - made possible the network
through which the plan to kill JFK was carried out. Permindex
was in the center of it all.
Through the so-called "false flag"
technique in which the Mossad is so skilled, "Mafia"
figures, anti-Castro Cubans, low-level CIA operatives and an assortment
of other strange figures were drawn into the Permindex web of
intrigue that resulted in the JFK assassination.
THE KEY TO THE MYSTERY
Clearly, Permindex is the key to understanding
the full nature of the JFK assassination Permindex is the key
to understanding the full nature of the JFK assassination conspiracy.
It is the focal point in the Mossad-CIA-Lansky-Mafia linkage which
manipulated events in New Orleans and Dallas-and within the anti-Castro
Cuban community in Miami and elsewhere-that led to the assassination
of John F. Kennedy.
To ignore the Permindex connection is
to ignore the reality about the origins of the plot that led to
the assassination of America's thirty-fifth president. Obviously
the tentacles of CMC/Permindex reached far and wide and they inextricably
intertwined the forces of Israel, the CIA and the international
Lansky Crime Syndicate.
Although the SDECE was DeGaulle's own service, the agency was
as I much apparently out of DeGaulle's actual hands-on control
as the CIA was out of JFK's control. As DeGauIle's biographer
said of the fight between DeGaulle and the OAS, the conflict was
"within the State itself."
In fact, at least one assassination attempt
against DeGaulle by the Permindex- and Israeli-backed OAS came
as a direct result of "inside" information. What's more,
there was one high-ranking SDECE official, Louis Betholini, later
discovered to be "an OAS sleeper [secret agent]."
And according to historian Paul Henissart,
there was-within the SDECE-a high percentage of anti-DeGaulle
officers who were, in fact, sympathetic to the OAS. Like its self-centered
American counterpart, the CIA, "the SDECE's main worry, according
to well-informed sources, was to protect its own personnel and
interests during [the] difficult period [of conflict between DeGaulle
and the OAS]."
Intelligence historian Richard Deacon
has noted, for his own part, that in France, during this difficult
period, there was "a good deal of unofficial support for
Israel, notably in the [SDECE]"6 pointing further toward
the role of SDECE officers in arranging the assassination of John
F. Kennedy on behalf of its allies in the Israeli Mossad.
According to Stewart Steven, an authority
on the history of the Mossad, "Brilliant in many respects,
the SDECE had the reputation internationally of being the rogue
elephant of the world's intelligence circus. The CIA regarded
it as being 'leaky as a sieve,' and probably with some justification,
for few services had so many departmental heads constantly at
loggerheads with one another, all serving different masters, either
within France itself or in some cases abroad.
"The Israelis, however, had always
got along with the French service very well. As an ally in the
tricky world in which the Mossad was obliged to operate, the SDECE
had proved itself extremely useful, principally because its officers
did not feel obliged to necessarily receive political authority
for its operations. This gave the service a freebooting quality
very much like the Israelis themselves but without Israeli discipline
"Mossad's contacts within the service,"
said Steven, "tended to be with the ex-OAS elements, those
opposed to DeGaulle for what they believed to be his sell-out
of French interests in the Algerian war of independence."
The SDECE was divided into five "services." Service
Five was known as "Action" and was dominated by Corsicans.
According to Frederick Forsyth's background account of the conflict
between DeGaulle and the OAS (the subject of his novel, The Day
of the Jackal) these Corsicans, "had been professional thugs
from the underworld before being enlisted, kept up their old contacts,
and on more than one occasion enlisted the aid of their former
underworld friends to do a particularly dirty job for the government.
"It was these activities that gave
rise to talk in France of a 'parallel' (unofficial) police, supposedly
at the orders of one of President de Gaulle's right-hand men,
M. Jacques Foccart. In truth no 'parallel' police existed; the
activities attributed to them were carried out by the Action Service
strong-arms or temporarily enlisted gang-bosses from the 'milieu."
In light of Forsyth's famous "Jackal,"
it might be noted that active in Europe during the period of the
joint plots against JFK and Charles DeGaulle was a Jewish terrorist
group known as the Jewish AntiCommunist League-or JACL. This JACL
in fact, collaborated with the OAS. So it seems Frederick Forsyth
knew whereof he spoke when he described a fictional OAS-sponsored
"Jackal" seeking to destroy DeGaulle
Dan Raviv and Yossi Melman, Israeli historians, commented on the
crisis as follows: "De Gaulle, who suspected that his secret
agency might be plotting against him, was absolutely furious.
He immediately ordered that the secret service's house be put
in order. He also directed his anger at Israel."
The French president "ordered that
the Mossad's European command be removed from Paris, and he also
ordered a cessation of all intelligence cooperation between the
According to historian Stewart Steven,
"As far as President DeGaulle was concerned, the implications
were that Israel was dealing with the OAS in France, which was
still active, still bent on revenge,(and indubitably involved
through its supporters in the SDECE in the killing of Ben Barka)
It meant that Israel was involved in illegal activities on French
soil, an affront to French nationalism, and it meant that he himself,
whose support for Israel had never been challenged, had been dealt
According to Steven, Israeli Mossad expulsion
from Paris was "a severe blow, perhaps the most severe the
Israeli secret service has ever suffered... DeGaulle was never
to forgive Israel."
DeGaulle's inquiries into the activities of the SDECE in the year
following the JFK assassination had an interesting consequence.
The Mossad's CIA man James J. Angleton's own machinations-his
purported discovery of KGB "moles" in the SDECE's ranks-had
created havoc in French intelligence forcing the French president
to take action.
According to Angleton's biographer, Tom
Mangold: "Within the year, DeGaulle finally lost his patience
with the CIA. The French president, quietly, without any publicity,
issued an order terminating all joint operations between SDECE
and the CIA. For the next three years the two services remained
estranged, a break without precedent between the two friendly
This, of course, recalls DeGaulle's decision
during the same time frame-as noted previously-to expel the Mossad
from France. In light of all that we have considered here, it
is likely that a large part of DeGaulle's move against Angleton's
CIA and Angleton's Mossad allies arose directly from his discovery
that his own intelligence service had been directly compromised
through its involvement in the JFK assassination.
The information supplied by the retired French intelligence officer
relative to Israeli Mossad orchestration of the JFK assassination
through the egis of other intelligence networks, specifically
James J. Angleton's CIA, and with pro-Israel forces in the SDECE,
meshes with other facts.
The final judgment is inescapable ...
Israel was indeed the driving force behind
the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The role of Israel
was the unsuspected "missing link" in the JFK assassination