The Assassination Of RFK
All indications are that once he secured his party's nomination, Robert F. Kennedy would have easily won the presidency. Securing the California primary put him well on the road to doing just that. This would have placed the powerful interests that conspired to end his brother's life prematurely in great jeopardy. Bobby had already made it known that he intended to vigorously pursue the real killers and had shown himself to be fearless and formidable as Attorney General in going after organized crime.
Following a similar pattern to that used in the JFK assassination the powerful cabal developed a plot that again made use of a 'patsy' upon whom to pin the blame. Having the resources and authority to both pull off the hit and later cover up the facts through manipulation and destruction of evidence, they were well placed to thwart the will of the people and consolidate their control as the real power behind the 'throne'. As in Dealey Plaza the unexplained presence of key CIA officials is now proven.
This time around they failed to have the 'patsy' killed, which may yet lead to the plot being exposed. Forensic evidence shows that as many as 13 shots were fired with five others being wounded. RFK was hit four times - all to his back and behind his head, from as close as 1.5 ". Sirhan B. Sirhan was never closer than 3-5 feet and always in front of Kennedy. The drawn gun of a security guard directly behind him was never examined, in spite of witnesses insisting it was close behind the head of RFK.
The video exposes many conflicting aspects of the investigation and trial, including the sidelining of witnesses and experts who refused to alter their accounts in line with the official story. The articles lay out in black and white the many flaws in the prosecution's case, confirming the still unexplained presence of key officials from a powerful agency, giving the lie to their strident denials of that fact. Recent filings made to reopen the case may well lead to others unraveling if the 'patsy' remains alive.
RFK to Johnson – “Why did you kill you have my brother killed?”
by Jim Fetzer
In a recent article (“JFK and RFK: In the Shadow of Dallas and LA”), I cited the identifications of three officials of the CIA at the Ambassador Hotel when Bobby was shot, by Bradley Ayers, who knew all three, and by Wayne Smith, who knew one of them very well. Objections have been raised to these identifications by Jefferson Morely and David Talbot, who claim that they have disproven them. Their argument is based upon a fallacy known as “special pleading” by only citing part of the evidence, which does not satisfy the requirement of total evidence, which insists that reasoning be based upon all of the available relevant evidence. Moreover, since they fail to identify the parties in question, they did not actually disprove Ayers and Smith but, at best, have only raised doubts about them.
As more and more of the witnesses’ testimony is taken into account and subjected to a systematic assessment, the strength of support for the identifications by Ayers and Smith becomes increasingly stronger and the evidence against weaker. Ironically, Shane O’Sulllivan, who was largely responsible for uncovering the evidence that the three officials of the CIA were at the Ambassador, eventually concluded that at least two of them were Bulova Watch Company employees. That inference is substantially overridden by the weight of the evidence, however, where the only mistake that he appears to have made was drawing the conclusion that he had initially been wrong.
In my article on Veterans Today, I reported that three prominent CIA officials — George Joannides, David Sanchez Morales, and Gordon Campbell — had been identified as present at the Ambassador. Bradley Ayers, an Army captain assigned to the CIA at JM/Wave in Miami from May 1963 to December 1964, had met all three and ID’d two of them — Morales and Campbell — in a video from the Ambassador . Gordon Campbell had even been Ayers’ case officer while he was working for the agency.
Wayne Smith, who served as an ambassador with the Department of State from 1957-1982 with JFK’s Latin American Task Force, also knew Morales . When he viewed the same footage as Ayers, he immediately recognized Morales. As he later told Shane O’Sullivan, “Bobby Kennedy is assassinated [and] David Morales is there? The two things have to be related” . So they both confirmed the person in the video as Morales and they were both emphatic, as can be seen in Shane’s DVD .
Ayers and Smith both remarked upon his body language, his stance and his way of moving, where videos provide enormously more information for identifications than do single photographs, whether candid or staged  . Brad explains in “RFK Must Die!” that the Joannides figure seemed familiar to him, but he could not ID him at the time. He subsequently told me over several conversations that he had seen him intermittently at JM/WAVE in professional matters and only later learned his name.
He was quite certain about his identification of Campbell, whom he knew extremely well. When I wrote in “JFK and RFK” that “Bradley Ayers, an Army captain assigned to the CIA at JM/Wave in Miami from May 1963 to December 1964, had met all three and identified them in film footage from the Ambassador,” I was basing my remark in part on knowledge I had acquired directly from him in relation to Joannides. One reason I wanted to publish this sequel, therefore, is to clarify this point but also to explain how much more evidence we have supporting his and Smith’s identifications.
In their two-page article, “The BBC’s Flawed RFK Story”, David Talbot, the author of Brothers (2007), who is also the founder of Salon.com, and Jefferson Morley, who is a Washington journalist of some acclaim , however, insist that that Campbell died on September 19, 1962, which is very peculiar, since he served as Brad Ayers’ case officer from 1963-1964. They even post an alleged “death certificate” and also quote one Rudy Enders, a retired CIA official, who claims that he was present when Campbell died. They have published a photograph of the “alleged” Gordon Campbell from the Ambassador Hotel side-by-side with a copy of Campbell’s death certificate.
According to Talbot and Morley, he was “not the deputy station chief in the CIA’s Miami operation, as O’Sullivan reported. He was a yachtsman and Army colonel who served as a contract agent helping the agency ferry anti-Castro guerillas across the straits of Florida, according to Rudy Enders, a retired CIA officer, and two other people who knew him.” He could not have been at Bobby’s assassination because he was, according to them, already dead. They provide no photo of “Gordon Campbell” and offer no response to O’Sullivan’s suggestion that the CIA might have used his name for another agent, since the use of aliases is common practice by the agency.
Although Talbot and Morley claim, on the basis of six weeks of research, that they have disproven the identifications made by Brad Ayers and by Wayne Smith, their “disproof” of Brad’s identification of Campbell does not inspire confidence. In a day and age of identify theft, their failure to pursue Shane’s suggestion raises serious questions about the integrity and intent of their “investigation”. Unlike Ayres and Smith, moreover, neither Talbot nor Morley knew Morales, Campbell or Joannides personally. They were therefore dependent on the information they were given by various sources, whose credibility they do not seem to have seriously assessed.
Indeed, one of the most glaring inadequacies of Morley and Talbot’s article is that they also minimize the number of persons who identified Morales, Joannides, and Campbell. They mention exactly four sources for these identifications, each of whom they acknowledge as having identified exactly one of the three men in the footage from the Ambassador. In their piece, they acknowledge the following identifications:
- Wayne Smith identified one of them as David Morales
- David Rabern identified the same person as Morales
- Brad Ayers identified one of them as Gordon Campbell
- Ed Lopez identified one of them as George Joannides
But Brad had also identified Morales, and David Rabern, a professional investigator, who was present at the Ambassador, had personally observed Campbell interacting with Morales, even though he did not know either man by name. Footage shows Campbell interacting with Joannides, as “RFK Must Die!” records . Shane noticed three others — presumably, subordinates — who were interacting with them. Thus, a list of identifications, at the very least, should obviously also include these additions:
- Brad Ayers identified another man as David Morales
- Rabern observed Morales interacting with Campbell
- Footage shows Campbell interacting with Joannides
Remarkably, Rabern told Shane that he had also observed the man others identified as Campbell in and around the LA Police Department “probably half a dozen times” prior to the assassination of RFK, usually in the company of two other men and a woman, as Shane reports in Who Killed Bobby?  (page 441), which raises obvious questions about collusion between the CIA and the LAPD in Bobby’s death.
Who killed Bobby?