JFK and the CIA: Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on 29th May, 1917. He joined the United States Navy in 1941 and became an intelligence officer. John Kennedy suffered a bad back injury and in December 1943 was sent back to the United States. After a further operation on his back he returned to civilian life, and for the next twelve months he worked as a journalist covering the United Nations Conference in San Francisco (Simkin, par. 1). A member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy won election to the House of Representatives in 1946. Kennedy entered the Presidential race in 1960, and presented his inaugural address in 1961 (Simkin, par. 2). On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was slain by an assassin's bullets as his …show more content…
9). Rogue agents, fearful he would do just that, decided to strike first, by strategically placing CIA sharpshooters at Daley Plaza or by recruiting former Marine and aspiring spy Lee Harvey Oswald to take care of the job. Something strange about this, CIA deputy director Charles Cabell, whom Kennedy had fired, was the brother of Earle Cabell, Dallas' mayor in 1963. Also, Central Intelligence Agency administrator A. Dulles, whom Kennedy had dismissed in 1961, assisted on the Warren Commission (Simkin, par. 3). Another strange detail includes that Kennedy’s suspected lover, Mary Meyer, was married to an official of the CIA. She was found murdered in 1964 (Colloff; Hall, par. 2).
Chicago godfather Sam Giaconda helped Kennedy in his 1960 election victory through skullduggery, or trickery. Also, Miami gangster Santos Trafficante assisted the CIA in its assassination efforts on Castro. However, rather than pledging their loyalty, John Kennedy and his brother Robert initiated an all-out operation against organized crime. Attorney General Robert Kennedy first went after Teamster chief Jimmy Hoffa and extradited New Orleans communal chief Carlos Marcello in Guatemala (Colloff; Hall, par. 3). Castro has shut down Cuban casinos that were extremely profitable. Pushed about long enough and livid at the president for going lenient on Castro, the mob made somebody a proposition he could not decline (Hartman, par. 21). Oswald was either the mob’s so-called hit

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