5.0 out of 5 stars The trees in the forest will now begin to fall
March 4, 2006
In the realm of JFK assassination investigations: lore, irrefutable facts, fiction “factions” and myths, all often compete side-by-side for the right to be accepted. The reader is thus forced to develop a finely tuned “crap-detection system” in order to sort out one from the other.
It is no different in this manuscript produced by Wim Dankbaar, which, as it introduces a new kind of medium (“the investigative internet book”), also blazes its own fresh trail of validated facts in pursuit of uncovering the “real” culprits of the JFK whodunit.
Even though in the end it is mostly a collection of interviews and Internet chat summaries, it still comfortably fits in the same genre of investigative reporting as that of Jim Garrison's 1967 investigation and Michael Collins Piper's “Final Judgment,” and in many ways builds on and expands on these outstanding investigative pieces. Like these earlier investigations, Dankbaar uses his own hooks and threads to push forward the frontier of an ever more-elusive truth, that is now 40-year old, and still running.
It is useful to recall that Garrison, in his groundbreaking investigation embarrassed and scared the U.S. government so badly that it eventually had it squashed. Garrison nevertheless had discovered a snake pit of seething, vile and evil activity at 544 Camp Street in New Orleans. This den of top secret but unregulated political activity pointed directly and unerringly to the events that took place in Dallas.
And although Garrison did not completely succeed in convicting the real killers, in the end, the snakes he found tied together — and which he tried vainly to untangle — almost incomprehensibly consisted of a most disparate group of unlikely suspects. There was the FBI through Guy Bannister; U.S. intelligence (both the CIA, and ONI) through E. Howard Hunt and Maurice Bishop. The anti-Castro Cubans were also involved through Edalio Diaz and Antonio Viciana. Then there were the New Orleans homosexuals through Clay Shaw and David Ferrie; and the mafia through Santos Trafficante, Jimmie Hoffa, and Carlos Marcellos. It tied all of these to the events in Dallas through none other than Lee Harvey Oswald — the alleged lone assassin.
One of the most tantalizing aspects of the Garrison investigation was almost an aside: the connection he made between a Canadian company called Permidex and Clay Shaw, who later was the only man ever to be charged with JFK's assassination. Michael Collins Piper, in his book “Final Judgment,” took the Permidex thread one step further. He demonstrated that Garrison was indeed on the right track, as he proved convincingly that Permidex was little more than a “front” company for both the mob (thorough Myer Lansky's branch) and Israeli intelligence (though the Massad); and that it was a conduit for laundering the funds used to bank-roll the assassination.
Interestingly, Dankbaar, in the present book, does NOT mention the “Permindex angle” at all, but does uncover his own assortment of other themes and characters. For instance he claims that GHW Bush, by lying about his whereabouts on 11/22/63 and about his earlier involvement with the CIA, Operation 40, the Cuban invasion, and the same group of renegade soldiers of fortune, actually raises question about, if not implicates himself in JFK's murder. The bulk of the book however is the interviewing of shooters, pilots and just plain soldiers of fortune, who were either involved directly, or had foreknowledge of the assassination. The strength of the book is that it ties together all these disparate threads so that they leave an indelible picture of how the assassination was actually planned, managed, carried out and covered up.
When the reader completes this book, he will have no doubt that JFK's murder was indeed a conspiracy and a very high level one at that; nor will he have any doubt about how the crime of the 20th Century could have been concealed for so long.
Phi Beta Iota: JFK's assassination by elements of his own government, the USS Liberty cover-up, and 9-11, are a triad that should eventually cause the US public to realize that the broken paradigm we label governance requires change.