Rest in Pieces: CIA Assasin and Coupster Dead at 88
Let us have a moment of silent celebration for the death of E. Howard Hunt - an agent of death and illegality that held high ranks in the US Government, until his downfall after his role in masterminding Watergate (he hired the Cuban "plumbers" who actually did the burlglering).
Arguably Hunt's finest moment was masteminding the overthrow of the democratically elected Guatamalen (Arbenz) government in 1954 (leading to 4 decades of Civil War). An ardent anti-leftists, Hunt also led and planning of black-ops and phychological warfare that surrounded the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba. Though I'm sure Hunt would have said his pride was the tracking and assasination of Che Guevera in the jungles of Bolivia, through the payment of Bolivian army officers and tracking of his transmissions, through CIA issued radios.
To go out on a limb, many reputable scholars also believe Hunt was involved with the assasination of JFK. I was shocked to read this exchange between Ann Louise Bardach of Slate and Hunt a few years ago (after he admitted his role in all of the above):
Slate: I know there is a conspiracy theory saying that David Atlee Phillips—the Miami CIA station chief—was involved with the assassination of JFK.
Hunt: [Visibly uncomfortable] I have no comment.
Slate: I know you hired him early on, to work with you in Mexico, to help with Guatemala propaganda.
Hunt: He was one of the best briefers I ever saw.
Slate: And there were even conspiracy theories about you being in Dallas the day JFK was killed.
Hunt: No comment.
Now if Hunt tesified to the Warren Commission and even went to court to prove that he was NOT in Dallas that day, why did he have so much trouble with the questions when he was late in life and feeling more honest? Hunt obviously had the motive (hatred of Democrats), preferred violence as a weapon and had the friends and experience to pull it off. I even found out that Lee Harvey Oswald had actually written to Mr. Hunt as well... I'm not a conspiracy theorist but I do think this caball of anti-Commies and Cuban-exiles were responsible for a whole lot of our most shameful history. Some even have Hunt in Memphis when MLK was killed.