Robert F. Kennedy: Monkey Business

Robert F. Kennedy was an anti-communist crusader of herioc proportions. During the 1950s, while working for Senator Joseph McCarthy (the notoriously vicious and irresponsible red-baiter), Kennedy ordered aides never to write anything down which might be incriminating. In his office, oddly juxtaposed beside busts of Churchill and Lincoln, he kept a carved ivory statue of the blind mystic monkey -- at the base of which were inscribed the words: "See no evil."

[As attorney general, Kennedy instigated plots to kill Fidel Castro which involved the sort of mobsters who wear dark glasses and pinkie rings. Fantasies about communist infiltration of Martin Luther King's inner circle also persuaded Kennedy to approve wire-taps on the civil-rights leader's telephone.]

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