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FTR #350 The One Who Killed Kennedy Was Trained for Three Years

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Sup­ple­ment­ing past dis­cus­sion of Amer­i­ca’s polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions of the 1960s and 1970s as well as the 9/11 attacks, this pro­gram explores some of the back­ground of Al Qae­da agent Ali Mohamed.

1. The broad­cast com­mences with review of Mohamed’s mem­ber­ship in Egypt­ian Islam­ic Jihad, a group involved in the assas­si­na­tion of Egypt­ian Pres­i­dent Anwar Sadat.  (“Ali Mohamed Served in the U.S. Army-And Bin Laden’s Cir­cle” by Peter Wald­man, Ger­ald F. Seib, Jer­ry Markon, and Christo­pher Coop­er; Wall Street Jour­nal; 11/26/2001; p. A1.)

2. Next, the dis­cus­sion high­lights the appar­ent role of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in the Sadat killing.  Under­scor­ing the com­plex­i­ties involved in analy­sis of the Broth­er­hood, the broad­cast sets forth the fact that the CIA had sup­port­ed the orga­ni­za­tion after Egypt­ian pres­i­dent Nass­er grav­i­tat­ed toward the Sovi­et Union in the mid 1950’s.  (Dol­lars for Ter­ror: The Unit­ed States and Islam; by Richard Labeviere; Copy­right 2000 [SC]; Algo­ra Pub­lish­ing; ISBN 1–892941-06–6; p. 131.)  (AFA 22 and FTR 340 present dis­cus­sion of the CIA’s dis­patch­ing of a team to sup­port Nass­er, under for­mer SS colonel and ODESSA king­pin Otto Sko­rzeny.  That team was request­ed by Nass­er large­ly in order to but­tress his posi­tion against the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood.)

3. Fur­ther illus­trat­ing the vac­il­lat­ing for­tunes and alle­giances of the Broth­er­hood, the pro­gram under­scores Sadat’s reha­bil­i­ta­tion of the group in order to help sup­press the Egypt­ian left. (Ibid.; p. 132.)

4. Ulti­mate­ly, the Broth­er­hood turned against Sadat when he began his rap­proche­ment with Israel in the 1970’s. (Ibid.; 133.)

5. Although no irrefutable foren­sic link was estab­lished between Sadat’s killing and the Broth­er­hood, it is wide­ly believed that the orga­ni­za­tion was involved in (if not behind) the assas­si­na­tion.  (Ibid.; pp. 133–134.)

6. The head of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (Mustapha Mash­hur) behaved curi­ous­ly in con­nec­tion with Sadat’s mur­der.  “When the Broth­ers were released from prison at the begin­ning of Anwar al-Sadat’s pres­i­den­cy, the mil­i­tary branch cre­at­ed in the 1940s recon­sti­tut­ed itself under the name of the ‘Spe­cial Order.’  Con­se­quent­ly this armed group has run the Egypt­ian and inter­na­tion­al branch­es of the orga­ni­za­tion.  Mash­hur was one of the heads of the Spe­cial Order and so it is absolute­ly nat­ur­al that he is the new ‘Supreme Guide’ today.  Strange­ly, he left Egypt just a few days before the assas­si­na­tion of Sadat.”  (Ibid.; pp. 134–135.)  In the 1980s, Mash­hur and the Broth­er­hood devot­ed their efforts toward Afghanistan and a hoped-for revival of the Caliphate-the Ottoman Empire.

7. The broad­cast reviews the role of the Spe­cial Order (the Broth­er­hood’s mil­i­tary branch) on behalf of the Third Reich in the 1940s.  The focal point is Youss­eff Nada, a Broth­er­hood mem­ber and alleged asso­ciate of Bin Laden. “But Yussef Nada is even bet­ter-known to the Egypt­ian [intel­li­gence] ser­vices, who have evi­dence of his mem­ber­ship in the armed branch of the fra­ter­ni­ty of the Mus­lim Broth­ers in the 1940’s.  At that time, accord­ing to the same sources, he was work­ing for the Abwehr under Admi­ral Canaris and took part in a plot against King Farouk.  This was not the first time that the path of the Mus­lim Broth­ers crossed that of the ser­vants of the Third Reich.”  (Ibid.; 140–141.)

8. The analy­sis then cen­ters on the line of inquiry from which the title of the broad­cast is derived.  One fas­ci­nat­ing detail of the dis­cus­sion con­cerns a com­ment made by Sheikh Rah­man in a con­ver­sa­tion with one of his fol­low­ers and over heard by FBI eaves­drop­pers.  “‘Slow down; slow down a lit­tle bit,’ the sheik cau­tioned, whis­per­ing for fear the FBI was bug­ging his apart­ment-which it was.  ‘The one who killed Kennedy was trained for three years.’  It was nev­er made clear in lat­er court tes­ti­mo­ny which assas­si­na­tion the sheik was talk­ing about.” (Wall Street Jour­nal; 11/26/2001; p. A6.)  It can be assert­ed that the ref­er­ence is prob­a­bly to the assas­si­na­tion of Robert Kennedy, alleged­ly com­mit­ted by a Pales­tin­ian Arab, Sirhan Sirhan.  Sirhan sup­pos­ed­ly killed Kennedy because of his sup­port for Israel.  (The avail­able evi­dence sug­gests very strong­ly that Sirhan was a pat­sy and a prob­a­ble vic­tim of mind con­trol.)

9. The first side of the pro­gram con­cludes with a look at an affi­davit sub­mit­ted by Robert Byron Wat­son in con­nec­tion with the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King.  (“The Assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King” by Jeff Cohen; Gov­ern­ment by Gun­play; Edit­ed by Sid Blu­men­thal and Har­vey Yaz­i­jian; Copy­right 1976 [SC]; Signet Books; pp. 55–56.)  Inves­ti­ga­tion by law enforce­ment agen­cies sup­port­ed much of what Wat­son had to say.

10. Wat­son alleged that an intel­li­gence-con­nect­ed guns and drug smug­gling oper­a­tion was heav­i­ly involved in the killing of King, and that the same orga­ni­za­tion was plan­ning to kill Robert Kennedy two months lat­er. Begin­ning with an excerpt from RFA#8, the sec­ond side of the pro­gram high­lights an arti­cle detail­ing key aspects of the Robert Byron Wat­son affi­davit.  (“King Assas­si­na­tion Con­spir­a­cy Revealed” by David Wem­ple; Hud­son Val­ley Chron­i­cle; July 1977 [Vol. 1, #1].)  One of the alleged con­spir­a­tors in the MLK and RFK assas­si­na­tions was Fouad Habash Ansara, the broth­er of Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist George Habash.  (Idem.)  Fouad Habash, in turn, was close to Antho­ny Malek, alleged by Wat­son to have been a key plan­ner in the RFK assas­si­na­tion.  (Idem.)

11. George Habash was a pro­tégé of Fran­cois Genoud, a key Third Reich oper­a­tive.  (Dream­er of the Day: Fran­cis Park­er Yock­ey and the Post­war Fas­cist Inter­na­tion­al; by Kevin Coogan; Autono­me­dia; Copy­right 1999 [SC]; ISBN 1–57027-039–2; pp. 584–589.)

12. Next, the pro­gram presents an alto­geth­er spec­u­la­tive ele­ment con­cern­ing the remark­able and dead­ly Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion, an insti­tu­tion that con­ceiv­ably will inher­it the polit­i­cal future, bar­ring a sea change in world events. The eco­nom­ic and polit­i­cal com­po­nent of a Third Reich gone under­ground, the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion con­trols cor­po­rate Ger­many and much of the rest of the world. Cre­at­ed and run by Mar­tin Bor­mann, the orga­ni­za­tion­al genius who was the “the pow­er behind the throne” in Nazi Ger­many, the Bor­mann group is a pri­ma­ry ele­ment of the analy­sis pre­sent­ed in the For the Record pro­grams. Mar­tin Bor­mann wrote checks on demand accounts in New York banks in August of 1967, eight months before King was killed and ten months before RFK was assas­si­nat­ed.

13. ” . . .When the [FBI] file (now in my pos­ses­sion) was received at FBI head­quar­ters, it revealed that the Reich­sleit­er had indeed been tracked for years.  One report cov­ered his where­abouts from 1948 to 1961, in Argenti­na, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile.  The file revealed that he [Bor­mann] had been bank­ing under his own name from his office in Ger­many in Deutsche bank of Buenos Aires since 1941; that he held one joint account with the Argen­tinean dic­ta­tor Juan Per­on, and on August 4, 5, and 14, 1967, had writ­ten checks on demand accounts in First Nation­al City bank (Over­seas Divi­sion) of New York, The Chase Man­hat­tan Bank, and Man­u­fac­tur­ers Hanover Trust Co., all cleared through Deutsche bank of Buenos Aires.”  (Mar­tin Bor­mann: Nazi in Exile; Paul Man­ning; Copy­right 1981 [HC]; Lyle Stu­art Inc.; ISBN 0–8184-0309–8; P. 205.)  In light of evi­dence that ele­ments of the U.S. intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty had worked with the Bor­mann orga­ni­za­tion in the past, one can only won­der whether the with­drawals by Bor­mann in August of 1967 might be con­nect­ed to the killings of King and RFK.

14. The pro­gram con­cludes with a look at the back­ground of one of the Amer­i­can attor­neys who will be rep­re­sent­ing mem­bers of Al Qae­da.  For­mer Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ram­sey Clark will be rep­re­sent­ing the son of Sheikh Rah­man, recent­ly cap­tured in Afghanistan. The broad­cast excerpts a Mis­cel­la­neous Archive pro­gram titled “Obser­va­tions on Amer­i­ca’s 216th Birth­day.”  This excerpt sets forth infor­ma­tion about Clark’s behav­ior vis-à-vis key polit­i­cal assas­si­na­tions. Clark has helped to cov­er up the assas­si­na­tions of John Kennedy, Mar­tin Luther King and Robert Kennedy.  Clark active­ly obstruct­ed Jim Gar­rison’s inves­ti­ga­tion in New Orleans.  (The Assas­si­na­tion of JFK: Coin­ci­dence or Con­spir­a­cy?; Bernard J. Fen­ster­wald; Copy­right 1977 [SC]; Zebra Books.)

15. He then dis­missed the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a con­spir­a­cy in the assas­si­na­tion of Mar­tin Luther King before such an inves­ti­ga­tion could begin.  (For­give My Grief, Vol­ume III; by Penn Jones, Jr.; Copy­right 1969 [SC]; Pri­vate­ly Pub­lished.)  Clark behaved in sim­i­lar fash­ion when RFK was assas­si­nat­ed two months lat­er.


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