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The Causes and Impact of Political Assassinations – Combating Terrorism Center at West Point
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Join us on Twitter and Facebook. Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos US releases some classified JFK documents Indeed, the moral debate surrounding political assassination seems murkier and more open-ended now than ever.
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Two years ago, President Donald Trump appeared unperturbed during a national television interview with then Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly when asked about doing business with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. In , Putin approved a law allowing assassinations abroad, making them almost commonplace in nearby Ukraine. O'Reilly seemed taken aback.
Trump persisted. History shows America's first known attempt at state-sanctioned assassination began in the early s when the CIA recruited two top gangsters , Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli, to try to kill Cuba's young Communist leader Fidel Castro. The Mafia was enraged because Castro closed down their lucrative Havana casinos. And US officials worried about Castro spreading revolution throughout Latin America, becoming a puppet who obtained Russian missiles and nearly provoked an Armageddon-like nuclear war.
How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi This unholy top-secret alliance between the CIA and the mob was finally exposed during Congressional hearings in the s. Yet for a half-century, a shroud of "plausible deniability" extended to virtually all top US decision-makers in the Castro murder plot.
Finally, with the release of its top-secret "Family Jewels" documents, the CIA admitted its then director, Allen Dulles, "was briefed and gave his approval" for the Mafia's homicidal attempts against Castro in The spy agency described Giancana and Roselli as "assets" in its "sensitive mission requiring gangster-type action" against Castro.
Kennedy knew about the Castro assassination plans during their administrations. Ironically, despite numerous failed "whack-a-mole"-like assassination attempts against him sponsored by the CIA, Castro died at age 90 in The following year, long-held secret records about JFK's assassination were released in batches from July through April by the National Archives with Trump's approval.
They provided more details about the s covert war against Castro operated out of southern Florida and about America's first foray into state-sanctioned assassination. From the very start of the Kennedy administration, records suggest, there was talk within the CIA of state-sponsored murder. Weber that, "one of the first things that John Kennedy -- John, not Robert -- asked Dick Bissell for in January after he had gotten inaugurated, one of the first things was an assassination capability.
Despite Halpern's claim, no document has been discovered with such an alleged directive by JFK. However, CIA officials from that era, like former deputy director Richard Bissell, later testified the Kennedy White House called for an "Executive Action" plan designed to depose Castro with methods that included possible assassination.
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What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? In his congressional testimony, Bissell said "I have no direct knowledge or firsthand knowledge of his being advised, but my belief is that he [JFK] knew of it. Bissell explained that "What they meant by an Executive Action capability of course, embraced a great deal more than assassination.
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