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Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination Audible – Unabridged

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By Peter Va Hoelen on June 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I hate to sound this naive, especially at my age (56), but as clearly evidenced by "Legacy of Secrecy" (and before that "Ultimate Sacrifice")there is an awful lot we do not know about the Assassinations of JFK, MLK, and RFK. I have spent my entire career working for the FBI (as a clerk) and 20 years as a Secret Service Agent, and I have read over 50 books on the JFK assassination. I am sure that I am only one of millions of people who are equally interested in learning the truth about who committed one of the biggest crimes in the history of this country.

Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann have come along at the right time (46 years after the JFK assassination) and put many years of meticulous research and interview into producing the "State of the Art" book(s) on the subject. Now we know why all these FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Army and Naval Intelligence files had to remain classified all these years. The truth about the assassination of JFK would have destroyed the CIA, the Mafia, the FBI, as well as the people who were in charge of those organizations. Some agencys, of course, had legitimate reasons for hiding the truth (as these books clearly show), and some were shamelessly protecting their own self interests.

The Mafia and the CIA have unalterably changed and distorted the course of US history with their collaborative efforts in Central and South America (not to mention Cuba). They continued to work together for many years thereafter. The CIA lied to Bobby and John Kennedy about their continuing efforts to kill Castro with the Mafia. After being explicitly ordered not to include the Mafia in their "JFK/Almeida" Castro overthrow plan.
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Format: Hardcover
There is much valuable new datails in this book as there were in Ultimate Sacrifice.

However, this book suffers from the same problem as the last one. It assumes too much power for the Mafia and too little for the CIA. There is too little attention given to JFK's back channel to Castro, and once again the evidence does not support the authors strong conclusions about JFK's commitment to the coup, given the backchannel and given the authors seemingly predetermined view that the Mafia was more to blame than the CIA.

A far supperior book is JFK and the Unspeakable by james W. Douglass. This book finds the CIA behind the hit and ties it dircetly to the core of US Cold War policy. It is not just a how book about the assassination but a why book about the continution of the Cold War trajectory that has bought us where we are today: a bankrupt garrison state. This book has been received rave reviews by Daniel Ellsberg and Kennedy Insider Marcus Raskin among many others. Ellsberg claims that it completely changed his view of the assassination.
This guy knows a thing about the CIA, an organization whith significantly more sophisticated media contacts than even Mr. Waldron's Mafia.JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
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This book is a sequel to the Waldron- Hartmann book "Ultimate Sacrifice" which concentrated on the events leading up to the JFK assassination. The book is a very, very detailed report on why investigations subsequent to JFK's assassination have been weak and unsuccessful. It also explores why RFK was hesitant to push for a more thorough investigation than that provided by the Warren Commission. The interesting research break-through presented in the book is the evidence that indicates that the Kennedy Administration was planning to launch a coup against Castro in Cuba by December 1, 1963. A contact in Castro's hierarchy was the mole who would cooperate with this action. The plans faltered after JFK was murdered. Apparently, RFK and the American intelligence establishment were fearful that a thorough investigation of the JFK assassination would reveal this plan to the public and endanger the contact within the Castro regime who is identified as Col. Juan Alameida. The authors also explore the participation of the American Cosa Nostra in the JFK murder a premise that has been presented before (by David Scheim, Blakey, etc.). However, it is the level of detail presented in this book that is interesting with identified documentary evidence. The book goes further and explores the murders of RFK and Martin Luther King. A very interesting presentation on the JFK assassination and its aftermath. A few cuts above previous treatments of the JFK assassination.
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Format: Hardcover
[Robert Morrow - researcher into the 1963 Coup d'Etat. I have 200+ books related to the JFK assassination. Google my essay "LBJ-CIA Assassination of JFK"]

The good news first. Legacy of Secrecy is better than Ultimate Sacrifice. It is more smoothly written and it has more useful information. Now for the bad news: both books are baloney "Only mob killed JFK" books, which is bogus. In baloney terms, Ultimate Sacrifice would be like a shriveled piece of baloney lying outside in the sun for 3 weeks. Legacy of Secrecy would be a 2/3 eaten balonga sandwich lying on the garbage can with flies on it for 2 days. Legacy of Secrecy is fresher, it tastes better, but you will still get sick from it and more importantly, be misinformed.
Here is where this book misleads: like almost everyone admits, the official authorities were covering up the JFK assassination. Good so far. But then Legacy of Secrecy, like Ultimate Sacrifice tells us they were covering up to protect the mafia and prevent embarrassment to the government over the supposed Kennedy plans to invade Cuba on 12/1/63. *** FIRE ALARM BELLS GOING OFF** The REAL reason the authorities (not covered in this book) were covering up was to protect the murderers in government who had killed JFK: Lyndon Johnson, CIA, Hoover and the shadow government.

This is a really bad book. The book's flawed thesis is "ONLY the MOB killed JFK. Then the govt., LBJ, CIA, FBI and Robert Kennedy all COVERED it up because they were embarrassed the Kennedys were going to invade Cuba on 12/1/63." It is about a "mob hit" not a "coup d'etat." It is baloney. Lyndon Johnson, the CIA and the shadow government of Texas oil men and Rockefellers murdered John Kennedy. But you would never know that by reading this book.
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