Former Green Beret Comes Clean About Mafia-Like Hit On Military Officer Who Knew Too Much About Kennedy Assassination
Artic Beacon | September 15, 2005
By Greg Szymanski
Called 'Dangerous Dan' by his military buddies does an about face from being a Green Beret and military hitman to now fighting for Christ as a born again Christian. Once he found the Lord, the former Special Forces Lt. Col. says he no longer fears the assassins who have tried in the past to kill him for going public in a tell-all book.
Some say once a government hit man always a government hit man. But in the case of Ret. Lt. Col. and Green Beret Dan Marvin, once solicited by the CIA to kill a military officer who knew too much about the Kennedy assassination, nothing is farther from the truth.
Once the pride of the Green Beret's during the Viet Nam era and considered one of the toughest of the bunch, "Dangerous" Dan as he was called in his military days, has replaced his M-16 and special ops killing equipment for a bible and a kind word for anyone who wants to find the pathway to Jesus.
And after finding Jesus, he decided to write a book, called the Expendable Elite, exposing the dark side of the American military and how he was used as a hired-gun, being asked to assassinate government and military leaders both here and abroad.
The killing tactics and motives have been heard a million times: kill for the honor and the glory, kill to save America from its enemies and kill in the name of freedom and democracy. And "Dangerous Dan" bought into the familiar patriotic themes, all the time thinking he was doing the right thing for God and country.
But then one day in 1984, after retiring from active duty, he listened to his daughter read from the bible on a cross-country road trip, a trip and bible lesson that changed his life forever.
After being forced to listen to the bible by his daughter who threatened to never speak to him again, "Dangerous Dan" decided to take the dangerous out of his name, deciding to repent in a matter of speaking.
Living a lie is sometimes hard to swallow, but disbelieving what was once believed is even more difficult, as Lt. Col. Marvin would be the first one to admit the incredible amount of soul searching and humility needed to make such an about face.
"That day listening to my daughter changed my whole life. I found Jesus," said Lt. Col Marvin, adding it gave him the understanding to face up to his past and to correct his mistakes by exposing the dirty side of the military. "I knew that if I spoke-out, they would try to kill me. I knew that because I was an instrument of the government for so long and understood what happened to people who tried to come forward about their killing ways before.
"But after I found Jesus, I no longer feared the government. I no longer feared that somebody just like me would now try to kill me. The only thing I fear now is the Lord. He gave me the strength and courage to write the book, a book I hope sets the record straight by telling the truth to the American people."
And the story behind publishing the book is almost as interesting as the book itself. Lt. Col. Marvin actually finished publishing the book 17 years ago in 1988, sending advance copies to the Pentagon and to none other than President George H. Bush. In response, the Pentagon, of course, sent out the attack dogs to keep the book off the shelves, but the book sent to Bush with a handwritten note attached is a story in itself worth telling.
"First, let me say the Pentagon did everything in its power to keep my book from being published and it is still trying to stop me today with the law suit and a concerted effort to keep my book off the shelves even after I finally found a publisher," said Lt. Col. Marvin, adding he nearly gave up trying after over 120 publishers turned him down until meeting Chris Milligan at Trine Day in 2003. "We still have only sold about 3,000 copies as major distribution chains have blocked the book from reaching the American people.
"Regarding Bush, I sent him a handwritten note with a copy of my manuscript back in 1988, saying I was intimately familiar with his activities in the CIA prior to the time he officially announced being a part of the agency. He knew what I was talking about and I used it in order to help Quang Van Dang, deputy to the President of Viet Nam, get into North America as our government previously had black balled him and wanted him to keep quiet about how our government actually sold out the people of South Vietnam. We basically never allowed them to win the war."
A major portion of his book talks about the inside information he obtained while working as a Special Forces Captain, stories which clearly demonstrate how President Lyndon Johnson deceived the American people by providing safe havens for the enemy in order to keep the war going, leading to the betrayal and abandonment of the South Vietnamese people.
A key chapter in his book describes how he was asked in June 1966 to assassinate Cambodia's Prince Norodum Sihanouk and how he tried to use this mission as leverage against President Johnson in order to get him to admit allowing the Viet Cong safe havens along the Cambodian border.
Asked to knock-out the Prince, he was told by his superior:
"Dan, if you take this command and accept this top secret mission, you will be on your own. When you leave this room, it will be as if we never met. We can't and won't stand behind you if you are caught doing what I am about to tell you to do. Got it, Captain?
""We want you to take care of it, 'Dangerous,' because we believe you can get the job done. We've been asked to terminate Prince Sihanouk. Your job will be to bring about his death and make it appear to have been done by the Viet Cong."
The centerpiece of the book goes on to tell how Lt. Col. Marvin aborted the mission after Johnson refused to admit to the enemy safe havens and then how the CIA orchestrated an attack his entire unit in retaliation for abandoning the assassination attempt in mid stream.
"When we were attacked by our own forces, South Vietnamese lt. Gen. Quang Van Dang came to our rescue and I have been deeply indebted to him for saving my life," said Lt. Col. Marvin. "This is why our government turned on him and why I sent the handwritten note to President Bush, finally getting Van Dang into North America.
Besides the Prince Sihanouk hit and enemy safe haven debacle, the book documents how he was involved in diabolical plots to take-out Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and U.S. Navy Lt. Com. William B. Pitzer, an officer who had photos of President Kennedy's autopsy and who wanted to go forward with the truth behind the presidential assassination in Dallas.
The book also describes in a vivid manner how the American government operates essentially like the Mafia, using the exact same tactics as the crime families use to get what they want, including mafia-like oaths of secrecy to protect those higher-ups in the chain of command.
And when Marvin became a reborn Christian and finally spoke out about the military hits on top political figures, he violated that sacred military oath of secrecy, himself now becoming a marked man with a target on his back, a target that still remains today even though he is 71-years-old and leading a pretty average life in Casanova, NY.
Besides being targeted for death, he also has been sued for libel over his book by six of his fellow Green Beret unit members in a Pentagon-backed federal law suit.
"Six of my men in the unit assigned to take-out the enemy safe havens and Col. William Tuttle who gave me the original order, but who vowed to deny it are suing me over the book," said Lt. Col. Marvin, adding his attorney Barry Bacrach expects to win the case as truth is a total defense and vindication for any libel action. "My men know what happened and so does Col. Tuttle. The Pentagon has got to them, but in the end the truth will prevail."
While the Pentagon also tried to stop publication of his book for more than 10 years, the libel case seeks$700,000 in damages and is set for trial in a Charleston, NC federal court on Oct. 31.
Finding the Pathway to Christ
Finding the pathway for "Dangerous Dan" was as criss-crossed and difficult as anyone could imagine since the former Special Forces operative and trained military killer started his long journey, first to the military and then to Christ, as a two-bit teenage gang member in the back alleys of the south side of Chicago.
But saying that "Dangerous Dan" was only a two-bit thug back then probably doesn't' do him complete justice since even when he was a kid, there were signs he had a heart of gold hiding somewhere behind the macho madness.
Even though he hung out with a small gang of young thugs who used cross-bows as weapons, "Dangerous Dan" said they always respected women, especially protecting the old ladies of the neighborhood who were being threatened or harassed on the dangerous Chicago streets.
Although he hung out with many criminal types, one by the name of Jimmy Files stuck out more than the others. Files would later play a big part in the Kennedy assassination and also tie in with the hit on Lt. Col. Pitzer Lt. Col. Marvin was asked to perform but never carried-out.
"I knew Jimmy Files on the streets when he was a kid and later when we were both in the 82nd Airborne Division," recalls Lt. Col. Marvin. "Jimmy was the guy on the grassy knoll in Dallas who put a bullet in Kennedy's head. The mafia was infiltrated by the CIA and the mob hired Jimmy to carry it out. He's still alive, admitted doing it and I still communicate with him. In fact, I emailed him three weeks ago.
"There were four shooters involved in the Kennedy assassination, two were Americans and two were from the Corsica Mafia. The "company' as they like to be called, asked me if I wanted to be a part of the team and if I didn't have a wife and children, I probably would have said yes.
"The mafia and the CIA together were involved in the Kennedy assassination. I remember looking eye ball to eye ball at one of the Don's of the mafia and he told me the CIA contacted him for the Kennedy hit. You see, Kennedy wanted to expose things, do things above board and end many of the covert operations. This is why he was killed and in my estimation, he was the last independent thinking President America has ever had."
The high school drop out who recalls being one of the last one's in the military to carry a "brass swagger stick" (tool for punishment), recalls signing up for Special Forces Green Beret duty the day President Kennedy was killed.
Lt. Col. William Pitzer's Assassination
After going through Green Beret training and becoming leader of a special atomic demolition munitions team, on Aug. 5, 1965, while at Ft. Bragg, Lt. Col. Marvin again became in contact with the Kennedy assassination, this time being asked to kill someone he was told was giving "secrets to the enemy."
"I received a call from Col. Patten at Ft Bragg and then I met with a CIA agent," said Lt. Col. Marvin. " I was told that all missions of this nature are strictly voluntary and that this one involved killing someone who was giving secrets to the enemy. I was told the man's name was Lt. Col. William Bruce Pitzer at Bethesda Naval Hospital.
"I turned it down, wanting to reserve my training for the foreign theatre, but later learned he was planning to go public with numerous original photos of the Kennedy autopsy which would have destroyed the government's story about the shooting. Later, I heard he was found dead in his office at Bethesda and it was set-up as a suicide."
Lt. Col. Marvin Says People Need to Listen Before the Bush Administration destroys America.
Lt. Col. Marvin is blunt about his feelings about President Bush and his cronies, saying he doesn't trust them and doesn't believe a word that comes out of their crooked mouths.
"I am anxious to get out my information because it relates to the oppression in America that is going on right now," he said about his boo, the introduction written by famous actress and singer Martha Raye.
Saying that America is no longer a defender of freedom but an invader of nations, he claims that America is now firmly in the hands of leaders and under the control of people who do not have America's best interests at heart.
"We are not a democracy any longer. I simply do not trust Bush, Rumsfeld and Cheney," added Lt. Col. Marvin. "The entire gang of Skill and Bones are involved here and I fear they are trying to destroy our country right before our very eyes. We have no business being in Iraq. We went in their on Bush's lies and his doctored intelligence reports regarding weapons of mass destruction that never existed."
Lt. Col. Marvin said the only way to change Bush's evil direction, if it's not already too late, is to change the political system "from the bottom up," hopefully attracting honest people who will not sell out to the corporate interests controlling America today.
He's not intending a second book, saying the "first one was enough," but he is gathering information and helping another author put together another military expose due out next year called The Devious Elite.