Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Via Free Republic and a blog called Milfuegos, I learn of the latest conspiracy theory from Wayne Madsen: Was Ted Cruz's father involved in the assassination of President Kennedy?
... there is a strong reason to believe that Cruz was associated with Central Intelligence Agency's anti-Castro operations.

Furthermore, a Cuban hired by alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald and who bears a striking resemblance to Cruz is seen in an iconic photograph of Oswald and a group of Cubans Oswald hired who were distributing "Hands off Cuba!" pamphlets in New Orleans in the summer of 1963. The photo of Oswald and other Cubans he hired for the Fair Play for Cuba Committee was taken outside the International Trade Mart in New Orleans on August 16, 1963. WMR [the Wayne Madsen Report] has been informed by a source that the individual to Oswald's left is none other than Rafael Cruz.
I wouldn't exactly say that the unidentified young Cuban bears a striking resemblance to Rafael Cruz:

Even some of the Free Republic commenters say that the ears and hairline look all wrong.

But then who is it???
G. Robert Blakey, the Special Attorney at the Department of Justice in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section from 1960 to 1964 and the chief counsel of the House Special Committee on Assassinations, affirmed that the men seen with Oswald passing out pamphlets at the trade mart on August 9 were never identified. In fact, Blakey told PBS's Frontline in 1993, "when he [Oswald] distributed the literature, one of the two people was hired. The other person we've never been able to identify."
But wait, there's more (emphasis in original):
In 1957, Rafael Cruz, a former salesman for the U.S. intelligence-linked RCA Corporation, left Cuba for the United States. Cruz claims he fought with Castro against the fascist government of Fulgencio Batista but soured on the revolution. However, Cruz left Cuba two years before the Castro revolution.

... In 1959, Cruz married Julia Ann Garza and, after Cruz graduated from the University of Texas in 1961, the couple moved to New Orleans from Dallas after the birth of their second daughter on November 18, 1962.

Cruz was in New Orleans during 1963, the year that New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison claimed his city was the focal point for the plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The plot involved a number of Cuban exiles.
Whoa if true!

I was vaguely aware of Madsen's name before this. I see that he's a wee bit out of the mainstream:
In 2014 Madsen self-published a book that said that both Israel and Saudi Arabia were intimately involved in planning and carrying out the 9/11 attack on the United States as a "false-flag" attack.

Madsen has reported that Obama is gay. The Nation writing on that conspiracy theory reported that Wayne Madsen "is the source on Obama’s visits to the bath house and who revealed how Obama used basketball pickup games to pick up men. Obama, Madsen says, had homosexual trysts with Representative Artur Davis, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Senate majority leader Bill Frist!" ...

In 2012 Madsen self-published a book Manufacturing a President that said that Barack Obama was a creation of the CIA....

On April 25, 2009, Madsen said that unidentified journalists from Mexico and Indonesia had spoken to some unidentified UN World Health Organization officials and scientists believed the 2009 new H1N1 strain of swine flu virus appeared to be the product of U.S. military sponsored gene splicing....

On June 9, 2008 he reported that unnamed "GOP dirty tricks operatives" had found a Kenyan birth certificate registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. on August 4, 1961....

In a 2008 ArabNews article ... Madsen says that the prostitution firm that entangled [Eliot] Spitzer in a call girl ring, is seen as a front for Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad.
I'm amused by this conspiracy theory. I don't believe it. However, I really, really hope Donald Trump tries to spread it.


mlbxxxxxx said...

I'm not sure being involved in killing Kennedy wouldn't be a net plus for Cruz given the current environment of the GOP race. The extreme right wing (John Birchers, etc) were pretty stoked about the death of Kennedy -- I remember my father's friends could barely contain their glee. These people are now the base of the GOP and have come out in force this primary season.

Feud Turgidson said...

I've kept an admittedly loose tab on Alex Jones' guest list for a time (a not unknown pastime in the Austin academic community). I just assumed from not seeing Madsen's grotesque visage on InfoWars list or show that, given how perfect Madsen is for Austin's Prince of Paranoia, he MUST be dead.

This always makes me think of Madsen.

At the Milfuegos site, there's a picture of elder Cruz in 1957, looking sort of handsome - strong kid, flying ears, big floppy Dumbo ears,. The elder Cruz today has those flying ears. Also AFAIK the elder Cruz has never been in any way 'slight' as an adult - more toward husky and even broad as a young man, he's retained a lot of that strong physique as an oldster.

The dude in the picture with Oswald is not in the least broad, husky or strong, but rather is slight, slim - and doesn't have flying ears. Aside from everything else, the elder Cruz would have 1) had to have ear reduction surgery between 1957 and 1963, and 2) thereafter big flying ear restoration surgery.

All this actually makes me ... kind of happy? It's, I dunno, not good but weirdly comforting that a crazy cartoon of a schlockmeister of screwball conspiracy theories, the grotesque Wayne Madsen, is not merely still alive, but still pooping out his obviously nutty screamingly funny (with good hash, anyway) conspiracy mysteries. His 2007 Obama the Gay Caballero of South Chicago was the last time I recall seeing Madsen emerge from his hole before scurrying back to the underworld.

Victor said...

And here I thought the latest hot rumor, was that the Clinton's had JFK Jr. murdered!

Hamilton said...

Teach the controversy, Steve!

Professor Chaos said...

It would make sense considering that Ted Cruz has never denied being the Zodiac killer!

Ed Baptist said...

The only worthwhile conspiracy theory says that Wall Street put up both Trump and Cruz to ensure Hillary's victory.

Hogan said...

big flying ear restoration surgery

AKA a Dumboplasty.

Janak said...

Very impressed that this has been picked up by Trump!