On November 9, 1963, a Klan member linked to the George Wallace and Strom Thurmond campaigns discussed in startling detail the coming assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy. You are listening to the actual recording made by Miami police just days before the actual assassination. Herein is a partial transcript of this tape of Willie Somersett and Klansman Joseph Milteer, the latter a member of the “right-wing/segregationist complex,” having associations with the White Citizen’s Council, Congress of exile paramilitary groups.(i.e. the Ku Klux Klan)
Willie Somersett is the FBI informant drawing out Milteer.
Nov. 9, 1963
INFORMANT: I think Kennedy is coming here on the 18th, or something like that to make some kind of speech. . . .
MILTEER: You can bet your bottom dollar he is going to have a lot to say about the Cubans. There are so many of them here.
INFORMANT: Yeah. Well, he will have a thousand bodyguards, don’t worry about that.
MILTEER: The more bodyguards he has the easier it is to get him.
INFORMANT: Well, how in the hell do you figure would be the best way to get him?
MILTEER: From an office building with a high-powered rifle… He knows he’s a marked man…
INFORMANT: They are really going to try to kill him?
MILTEER: Oh yeah, it is in the working. . . .
INFORMANT: Boy, if that Kennedy gets shot, we have got to know where we are at. Because you know that will be a real shake if they do that.
MILTEER: They wouldn’t leave any stone unturned there, no way. They will pick somebody up within hours afterwards, if anything, like that would happen. Just to throw the public off.
Earlier, in April 1963, Milteer had attended a Congress of Freedom convention in New Orleans. An informant there reported that Milteer was a director of the Dixie Clan of Georgia, a radical offshoot of the KKK. Political assassinations were discussed at the convention.
“It is his [the informant’s] considered opinion that for assassination through rifles, dynamite, and other types of devices, this is the worst outfit he has ever come across.” The Third Decade, Jan. 1986; see Russell, “The Man Who Knew Too Much”
Somersett continued to supply reports on Milteer following the assassination:
“MILTEER advised that they did not have to worry about LEE HARVEY OSWALD getting caught because ‘he doesn’t know anything’ and that the ‘right wing’ is in the clear. MILTEER further related that,
‘The patriots have outsmarted the communists and infiltrated the communist group in order that they (communists) could carry out the plan without the right-wingers becoming involved.'”
[Russell, p. 551]
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