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62. Rowan and Martin's “Laugh-In”: a Robert Maheu Production?

Biography: Robert Maheu
To me, the most interesting and least discussed piece of the Watergate puzzle is the piece related to Howard Hughes. By the early sixties, the Hughes corporation was already enmeshed with the CIA. Hughes had selected Robert Maheu to run his organization. Maheu had been a CIA asset for years, and was their chosen “go-to” guy when the Agency decided to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Howard Hughes knew before President John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy did that the CIA was trying to kill Castro. Hughes found out when Maheu had to ask for a leave of absence to run the operation.

The Kennedy brothers found out about the plots shortly after the FBI uncovered a bugging operation in Las Vegas. Sam Giancana, one of the Mafia members hired to kill Castro, had suspected his mistress Phyllis McGuire was having an affair with Dan Rowan (of the Rowan and Martin “Laugh-In” comedy team). Maheu, as a favor to Giancana, hired a Florida detective to bug Rowan’s hotel room
. But the detective left his equipment in plain sight, and the maid reported the equipment to the police, who contacted the FBI. The CIA admitted to Hoover that CIA was directly involved in the bugging and convinced Hoover not to further investigate. The CIA then told Robert Kennedy about the CIA’s use of Giancana in a plot to kill Castro. Given that Robert Kennedy had faced Giancana down in a courtroom (where he famously accused Giancana of giggling like a little girl), trying to prosecute him for Mafia activities, Robert was understandably furious at CIA for using the Mob, and furious at them trying to kill Castro.

In its own Inspector General Report, the CIA reported that while they told Kennedy about the plots that had already concluded, they never divulged that additional plots that were continuing. I’ll do a separate post on the Castro plots at some point -– but my conclusion will be the same as that in the CIA’s internal study, which no proponent of the Kennedys' guilt in this matter ever cites: the Kennedys never approved any plots to kill Castro. The CIA, by its own admission, had no executive authority for these plots.

In 1968, John Meier, who worked for Howard Hughes, learned inadvertently of the CIA’s relationship with Howard Hughes when Maheu told Meier that Michael Merhage was going to be working with them in South America, asking Meier to help Merhage with contacts in Ecuador. Meier did, not knowing that Merhage was not really a Hughes employee, but a CIA employee using Hughes’ company for cover. Merhage assumed that Meier was himself CIA, and spoke openly to Meier about the Agency’s interest. (Merhage was so bumbling that one of Meier’s Ecuadoran contacts told Meier they had figured Merhage for an agent right away.)

Merhage’s next bumble takes us right back to the primary subject of this article. Thinking Meier was a CIA man like himself, Merhage gave Meier a directive from the CIA to Hughes dated September 2, 1968, containing a list of American politicians the CIA wanted funded through the Hughes corporation. Among the names Strom Thurmond, Wallace Bennett, Paul Laxalt, James Eastland, and many others, was the name Gerald R. Ford. The CIA wanted Hughes to give money to Ford’s campaign. (Source: “Hughes, Nixon, and the CIA: The Watergate Conspiracy Woodward and Bernstein Missed,” by Larry DuBois and Laurence Gonzales, Playboy, September, 1976.) Was the agency rewarding Ford for his service on the Warren Commission?

Shortly after the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, John Meier had occasion to speak with J. Edgar Hoover, whom he knew personally. Hoover told Meier that the FBI knew that Maheu had been responsible for the hit on Bobby Kennedy, but that he was powerless against the CIA. He was, of course, powerless, so long as that blackmail photo was out there. (For more on this episode, see my articles on the Robert Kennedy assassination in The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X. And while Meier’s credibility is shaky on some issues, I believe it was more than a coincidence that Robert Maheu called John Meier out of the blue, after ten years, the very day I was en route to see Meier. And when I met Meier, it was to talk about a different topic, not the RFK case, which I had not yet written about. This came up tangentially, which made his assertion all the more credible, I felt.)

Two years later, Hoover cut off all communication between the FBI and the CIA. I know Hoover couldn’t have done that without risking the exposure of that photo unless he had, by then, put together counterblackmail material. I wonder if Hoover’s independence from CIA came, at least in part, from something Hoover could prove about the assassination of Robert Kennedy in 1968.

After Robert Kennedy’s assassination, the CIA’s relationship with the Hughes organization became even closer. Hughes ordered Maheu to seize the moment and hire away Robert Kennedy’s political organization. Hughes, ever Machiavellian, knew that Larry O’ Brien and other top lieutenants from Bobby’s campaign would be jobless. Maheu was tasked with hiring them into the Hughes organization. If the CIA was behind the assassination of Robert Kennedy, what better way to keep Kennedy’s closest associates dependent for their lives and careers on the CIA? In any case, this simple act paved, in many ways, the start of the road to Watergate...

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  -Experts: Sirhan Sirhan Did Not Kill RFK seemslikeadream  Mar-26-08 05:26 PM   #0 
  - Glad you posted this.  Hope2006   Mar-26-08 05:33 PM   #1 
  - Sirhan and the RFK Assassination  seemslikeadream   Mar-26-08 09:53 PM   #3 
     - Rowan and Martin's “Laugh-In”: a Robert Maheu Production?  MinM   Apr-15-08 11:03 PM   #62 
        - They don't just assassinate; they make sure that avenues to remedies are closed . . .  defendandprotect   Apr-17-08 08:41 PM   #70 
        - That's exactly right...  MinM   Apr-19-08 03:47 PM   #73 
           - Ex-Howard Hughes spokesman, CIA operative dies  MinM   Aug-06-08 12:11 PM   #81 
        - John Meier says the Howard Hughes organization was involved in the RFK assassination  MinM   Jun-05-08 02:01 PM   #79 
           - Have you seen these vids?  seemslikeadream   Jun-05-08 02:08 PM   #80 
           - Playboy: The Puppet and the Puppetmasters  MinM   Jan-29-09 09:06 PM   #86 
              - CIA took money from any RW sources -- including KKK and Nazis ....  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:09 AM   #109 
  - Did you know that gullible isn't in the dictionary?????  boloboffin   Mar-26-08 05:58 PM   #2 
  - Gullible is believing the same government claimed Saddam had WMDs on stand-by.  Octafish   Apr-05-08 01:26 PM   #8 
  - Sadly, "irrelevant" is in the dictionary.  boloboffin   Apr-05-08 01:35 PM   #9 
  - Is that not amusing?  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 02:02 PM   #10 
  - Never let facts get in the way of a good story!  PhD   Nov-04-09 10:42 PM   #98 
  - And we'd have got away with it if it weren't for  Laurier   Apr-05-08 02:12 AM   #4 
  - ..  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 09:51 AM   #5 
  - Hm...  k-robjoe   Apr-05-08 11:06 AM   #6 
  - Debunkers: Where's the sarcastic know-nothing response on Uecker?  JackRiddler   Apr-05-08 03:16 PM   #11 
  - Whatever happened to Dan Moldea?  Octafish   Apr-05-08 06:36 PM   #12 
  - I haven't seen him on my TV  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 08:08 PM   #13 
  - Moldea wrote 'Dark Victory: Reagan, MCA & the Mob'  Octafish   Apr-06-08 12:55 AM   #15 
     - Apparently making that 'NFL-mafia connection' got Moldea blackballed  MinM   Apr-07-08 06:55 PM   #27 
        - Dan Moldea and the DC Madam  MinM   May-12-08 07:41 AM   #75 
           - Looks like Dan Moldea is there is create lies and attest to them -- !!  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:21 AM   #112 
  - Moldea was still being pushed up to a few years ago -- always thought him a player for RW side ....  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:20 AM   #111 
  - Good question! n/t  Hope2006   Apr-06-08 12:50 AM   #14 
  - I've been waiting for the sarcastic know-nothing attack on debunkers.  boloboffin   Apr-06-08 03:16 PM   #17 
     - So it's a, "just another confused eyewitness."  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 04:20 PM   #18 
        - Counter evidence - the recordings only have Sirhan's eight shots.  boloboffin   Apr-06-08 04:42 PM   #19 
  - point blank range  sabbat hunter   Apr-06-08 12:44 PM   #16 
     - You don't link...  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 05:00 PM   #20 
     - here is a link  sabbat hunter   Apr-06-08 05:24 PM   #21 
        - Powder burns  k-robjoe   Apr-06-08 05:47 PM   #22 
        - So, let me make sure I get this straight...  SDuderstadt   Apr-06-08 07:50 PM   #24 
           - It´s all very confusing  k-robjoe   Apr-07-08 04:07 AM   #25 
           - I don't think your "source" is particularly believable  SDuderstadt   Apr-07-08 06:27 PM   #26 
              - "false certainty"  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 04:49 AM   #28 
              - Kill the messenger!  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 07:26 AM   #29 
                 - Coming from someone down on Moldea, that is a really big LOL! n/t  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 07:53 AM   #30 
                 - Zero still requires addition of $2 metro card for subway ride.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 07:56 AM   #31 
                    - Yeah.  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 07:59 AM   #32 
                 - You're assuming what Shanna says is true  SDuderstadt   Apr-08-08 11:05 AM   #33 
                    - No, I'm taking Noguchi's word for it.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 11:40 AM   #34 
                       - But since Uecker could not have known the position of Kennedy throughout the event  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 11:48 AM   #35 
                       - Uecker couldn't know, but obviously you do - thanks to Randivision (tm).  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 11:53 AM   #36 
                          - Uecker was in front of Kennedy, looking at the gun and dealing with Sirhan.  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 01:13 PM   #38 
                          - Field of vision  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 04:43 PM   #47 
                             - All very true about his field of vision...  JackRiddler   Jan-30-09 04:33 PM   #88 
                          - Bugliosi  k-robjoe   Apr-08-08 01:30 PM   #39 
                             - ... was an early champion of reopening the RFK case against Sirhan Sirhan  MinM   Apr-08-08 01:46 PM   #40 
                             - ...has probably changed his mind between then and now. n/t  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 01:50 PM   #41 
                                - Perhaps ...  MinM   Apr-08-08 02:56 PM   #42 
                                   - Bwa!  boloboffin   Apr-08-08 03:14 PM   #43 
                                   - You are correct...  MinM   Apr-08-08 03:47 PM   #44 
                                   - And it's irrelevant.  JackRiddler   Apr-08-08 03:47 PM   #45 
                                   - Spence, Bugliosi and 40 years later...  MinM   Jun-04-08 08:00 AM   #78 
                             - There was distance and there was the fact gun was in FRONT of RFK ....  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:28 AM   #114 
                       - Show me where Shannan cites a specific source and links to it  SDuderstadt   Apr-09-08 03:36 PM   #49 
                          - Shannan has nothing to do with it. It's Noguchi, the coroner.  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 11:42 AM   #50 
                             - You need to pay attention, Jack  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 12:20 PM   #51 
                                - No, you jumped into a discussion of the bullets and powder burns...  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 12:31 PM   #52 
                                   - Jesus Fucking Christ, Jack...  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 01:01 PM   #53 
                                      - "so Cesar was on the floor"  k-robjoe   Apr-10-08 01:31 PM   #54 
                                      - Thane Eugene Cesar -- a name we need to keep out there for all to see ... !!!  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:31 AM   #115 
                                      - This is an open board, members may respond to any post.  JackRiddler   Apr-10-08 01:55 PM   #55 
                                         - I see neither you nor K-robjoe can answer the question I posed  SDuderstadt   Apr-10-08 03:35 PM   #57 
                                            - Many people saw Cesar with his gun drawn.  JackRiddler   Apr-11-08 09:24 PM   #58 
                                            - If by "learning about the case" you mean buying what some...  SDuderstadt   Apr-11-08 09:59 PM   #59 
                                            - yawn...  JackRiddler   Apr-11-08 11:50 PM   #60 
                                            - No, Jack...  SDuderstadt   Apr-12-08 01:23 AM   #61 
                                            - general agenda.  seemslikeadream   Apr-15-08 11:37 PM   #63 
                                            - Donald Schulman, of KNXT Television  MinM   Apr-16-08 02:37 PM   #64 
                                            - Thanks! n/t  k-robjoe   Apr-16-08 05:27 PM   #65 
                                            - I'd heard that Cesar was the actual assassin. He's alive and well,  ailsagirl   Apr-22-08 02:04 PM   #74 
                                            - Evidently they don't need to eliminate him .... !! But, some say they saw at least  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:36 AM   #116 
           - Who said no one saw it? There were people who saw it ---  defendandprotect   Apr-16-08 09:51 PM   #66 
           - Then name them, D&P and...  SDuderstadt   Apr-17-08 10:21 PM   #72 
           - Here, let me settle this  ResetButton   Aug-06-08 06:12 PM   #84 
              - Aww. Do you need some juice? n/t  boloboffin   Aug-06-08 06:14 PM   #85 
        - Which doesn't answer the question...  JackRiddler   Apr-06-08 06:20 PM   #23 
     - You're in denial that gun was still in FRONT of RFK while wounds are in back ...  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 01:24 AM   #113 
  - MLK - William F. Pepper & Judge Joe Brown on NPR - 4.4.2008  seemslikeadream   Apr-05-08 11:47 AM   #7 
  - Thank you ... saved to my favs ---  defendandprotect   Apr-17-08 08:43 PM   #71 
  - Thank you for the links . . . saving them for another day!  defendandprotect   Mar-30-09 12:33 AM   #91 
  - CIA Operative/LAPD Detective Hank Hernadez v Sandy Serrano  MinM   Apr-08-08 12:59 PM   #37 
  - Scott Enyart  MinM   Apr-08-08 04:12 PM   #46 
  - The RFK 'Zapruder Film'  MinM   Apr-10-08 02:05 PM   #56 
  - Ah, yes, this is a tape that has to be heard . . . I've heard it a few times and it's  defendandprotect   Apr-16-08 09:56 PM   #67 
     - You are welcome.  MinM   Apr-17-08 12:50 PM   #68 
        - Thank you -- saved and listening to one now . . . A&E/History Channel  defendandprotect   Apr-17-08 07:55 PM   #69 
  - RFK | USAID | SUS  MinM   Apr-09-08 07:02 AM   #48 
  - "RFK" (documentary; 2008)  MinM   May-20-08 11:06 AM   #76 
  - Thank you MinM  seemslikeadream   May-20-08 09:51 PM   #77 
  - The Assassination of Robert Kennedy (1992)  MinM   Nov-29-11 08:41 PM   #106 
  - Uh, huh. They decided to release this "blockbuster news" from a CASINO?  Redstone   Aug-06-08 04:37 PM   #82 
  - Oh stop it  seemslikeadream   Aug-06-08 04:53 PM   #83 
  - Have you listened to the interview with Shane O Sullivan, author "Who Killed Bobby?"  MrMickeysMom   Jan-29-09 09:16 PM   #87 
  - 41 Years Since RFK Assassination  MinM   Mar-20-09 01:32 PM   #89 
  - The myth of the lone gunman . . . the misfit -- !!!!  defendandprotect   Mar-25-09 02:29 AM   #90 
  - k i c k  defendandprotect   Mar-30-09 12:35 AM   #92 
  - RFK Assassin Sirhan Sirhan Moved to New Prison  MinM   Nov-03-09 10:52 AM   #93 
  - Jack Ruby tried to tell the truth -- tried to get a new trial -- as he got closer to it . ..  defendandprotect   Nov-03-09 10:06 PM   #95 
  - In about 30,40 years we might have the power on the left to bring truth forward . . .I hope!!!  defendandprotect   Nov-03-09 09:57 PM   #94 
  - TRUTH TO POWER!  snooper2   Nov-04-09 03:00 PM   #96 
     - Yes --  defendandprotect   Nov-04-09 03:42 PM   #97 
  - THIS is more sleight of hand which should wake up DU'ers re 9/11 . . .as well -- !!!  defendandprotect   Nov-05-09 02:24 PM   #99 
  - The return of Zombie slad!...nt  SidDithers   Nov-05-09 02:26 PM   #100 
  - Ha!  MrMickeysMom   Nov-05-09 10:33 PM   #101 
     - Nah, I just miss the tears of laughter that she and her posts used to induce...  SidDithers   Nov-06-09 10:09 AM   #102 
        - Jesus, that was a hoot!  SDuderstadt   Nov-06-09 10:52 AM   #103 
        - Geez, Sid...  MrMickeysMom   Nov-06-09 06:57 PM   #104 
  - Sirhan Sirhan Hassan Cho.  thepeopleunited   Nov-07-09 04:14 PM   #105 
  - Zombie slad rises again...  SidDithers   Dec-02-11 12:07 PM   #107 
  - Where's this thread been? Good to see it back -- a lot of info on this thread -- !!  defendandprotect   Dec-03-11 12:23 AM   #108 
  - I remember SLAD...  jberryhill   Dec-03-11 01:15 AM   #110 

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