The CIA mulled mafia hits on Cuban President Fidel Castro. Someone called the FBI threatening to kill Lee Harvey Oswald a day before Oswald’s murder. And the US examined sabotaging airplane parts heading to Cuba.
These assertions were all confirmed with the release of the 52, previously classified “JFK Files”; private, classified documents that spelled out malicious plots that were supposed to be conducted under the Kennedy administration.
Despite there being piles and piles of juicy information, the focus of this post will be on the interactions and plots against Fidel Castro and Socialist Cuba.
A national security council document from 1962, before Kennedy’s assassination, referenced “Operation Mongoose.”; a covert attempt to topple communism in Cuba. In the minutes of a secret meeting on Operation Mongoose from September 14, 1962, “General Marshall Carter said that the CIA would examine the possibilities of sabotaging airplane parts which are scheduled to be shipped from Canada to Cuba.” Operation Mongoose had also considered staging terror attacks in Miami and blaming Castro and Cuba, giving them a reason to enter the country and take down the newly established socialist government.
A 1975 document from the Rockefeller Commission detailing the CIA’s role in foreign assassinations said plans to assassinate Castro with the help of the Mafia. The report said Attorney General Robert Kennedy told the FBI he learned the CIA hired a middleman “to approach Sam Giancana (a Sicilian American mobster) with a proposition of paying $150,000 to hire some gunman to go into Cuba and kill Castro.” The report had also stated that the CIA was later interested in using mobsters to deliver a poison pill to Castro in order to kill him.
To think, how much was the US really involved with Latin American affairs? How many governments were successfully taken down and replaced with politicians that had only US, economic interests in mind? How many innocent people were killed by the hands of the US?