JFK: November 22, 1963
The National Security State's Coup in Dallas
- official story - limited hang out - best evidence - disinformation
- the coup
- the motive: efforts to end Cold War
- media ratified the coup
- Eisenhower's Warning: Military Industrial Complex
- the Warren (Dulles) Commission cover up
- Bill Moyers, CIA, Warren Commission
- Jim Garrison's prosecution of Clay Shaw
- movies, books, articles by the best writers
- related OilEmpire pages
Official story: Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone nut
Most U.S. citizens suspect the official story is not true, but this healthy skepticism did not translate into popular understanding of how and why President Kennedy was assassinated. A half century later, the U.S. mainstream media - and the liberal alternative media - still promote the “lone gunman” propaganda.
Fall back to the Official Story: a second gunman, but backed by Cuba
OK, we know there was a second gunman, but Oswald was a Communist sympathizer so we had to cover up the conspiracy because otherwise we would risk a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis that could lead to a nuclear war (since the public would demand a revenge attack on Cuba, supposedly). This claim was very persuasive shortly after the assassination in discouraging political elites from looking closer at the facts. President Johnson used this argument to cajole Supreme Court Justice Warren to head the alleged investigative commission.
Limited Hang Out: admit part of the truth to cover up the full truth
A deeper fallback claim is the Mafia killed President Kennedy, and the US government was embarrassed to admit this because the CIA used the Mob to wage war on Castro's Cuba. But this is only part of the truth. The Mafia had important roles in the assassination plot, but the mafia wasn't involved in the stand down of normal protective policies of the President, nor is the mafia in charge of the political and media coverup of the crime.
Best Evidence: a coup to keep Kennedy from ending the Cold War
Why Kennedy was removed from office (the motive) is more important than who was shooting in Dealey Plaza, even though Oswald wasn't one of the shooters.
President Kennedy had changed his mind on the Cold War, especially after the Cuban Missile Crisis, when he resisted calls from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to start a nuclear war.
He called for nuclear disarmament, a different relationship with the "Third World," signed an order to start pulling troops out of Viet Nam, pushed through the Limited Test Ban Treaty, and offered to convert the "Moon Race" into a cooperative effort with the Soviet Union. Merging the space programs would also have reduced the risk of a nuclear war with rockets.
JFK vowed to scatter the CIA into a thousand pieces. The CIA (and military intelligence) scattered JFK into a thousand pieces.
Disinformation: used to discredit skepticism of the official story
There is a long list of false claims about the conspiracy to remove Kennedy from office that are flashy but false. Some claim a video shows the limo driver killing Kennedy (the limo driver slowed down just before the shots were fired, but he didn't fire any of them). Some claim the Zapruder film was faked, but the leading advocate for this view also claims the Moon landings were faked and the video of the planes hitting the World Trade Center were altered in real time by television networks to cover up the real projectiles, so this "fake Zapruder film" claim can be safely ignored. There's also a faction of white supremacist Holocaust deniers who claim the Israeli Mossad did it. These distractions are similar to the flares emitted by a plane that is under attack from a heat seeking missile - the decoys confuse the attacker and it usually goes off course.
President Kennedy vowed to scatter the CIA into a thousand pieces, the CIA (and the military high command) scattered President Kennedy into a thousand pieces
The primary motive was to stop Kennedy's efforts to turn off the Cold War. The President changed his mind about the military industrial complex once in office, especially after the Bay of Pigs debacle and worse, the Cuban Missile Crisis. Kennedy had started efforts to scale back the War on Viet Nam and initiated an effort to make the "Race to the Moon" a cooperative venture with the Soviet Union -- which were reversed by President Johnson.
On November 22, 1963, the United States of America had a military coup d'etat -- an event that most people chose not to see (a society of "not see's").
President Kennedy was removed after changing his mind on the Cold War. He refused to invade Cuba during the Bay of Pigs debacle, refused to start nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis (even though his military advisors were demanding it), stopped atmospheric nuclear testing and began the process to withdraw troops from Vietnam.
In his farewell address to the nation, President Eisenhower warned that we should beware the unchecked power of the military-industrial complex. This speech is one of the greatest in American history, and prescient in understanding what was coming. Now, in 2005, the future that Eisenhower warned about is the content of the daily news.
The removal of Kennedy (and later, of his brother on the threshold of his victory in the Presidential campaign) led to the escalation of the Vietnam war, Watergate, the 1980 "October Surprise," the Iran-Contra scandals, BCCI, the invasion of Panama, Desert Storm (1991 war on Iraq), allowing the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, Oklahoma City, the stolen election in Florida in 2000, 9/11 and the anthrax attacks on the Democrats and the media, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the stolen 2004 Presidential election (to cite a few of the many scandals since 1963).
If our society is going to shift course to use our resources for our survival -- instead of military dominance -- we will have to convert the military budget toward peaceful purposes. A key part of the understanding needed to shift course is an honest discussion of the events in Dallas -- and how those events led to the permanent warfare national security state.
Who, How and Why
Perhaps the simplest question to understand who perpetrated the assassination of President Kennedy is to ask
"Who had the power to change the motorcade route?
(the original route would not have passed next to the Book Depository nor the famous "grassy knoll")
In the film JFK, the character played by Donald Sutherland (loosely based on Colonel Fletcher Prouty), states:
That's the real question, isn't it - why? The how and the who is just scenery for the public. Oswald, Ruby, Cuba, the Mafia - keeps them guessing like some sort of parlor game. Prevents them from asking the most important question: Why was Kennedy killed? Who benefited? Who has the power to cover it up?
JFK and 9/11
Perhaps the simplest question to understand the level of official complicity in 9/11, the current "elephant in the living room" of American politics, is to ask
Who had the power to suppress warnings from allied governments, FBI agents and other sources that 9/11 was imminent, and then to schedule war games, including a plane-into-building exercise, during 9/11 that resembled actual events?
WHY 9/11 was allowed and assisted is ultimately more important than the technical details of HOW it was engineered, although the logistics of suppressed warnings, manipulation of Middle East politics, overlapping wargames, and remote control are important to understand to avoid similar scandals in the future. The use of disinformation against the "JFK Truth Movement" is also important for 9/11 truth activists to be familiar with given the large number of false claims and bait distracting the current efforts to expose complicity in the American Reichstag Fire.
The underlying reasons for JFK and 9/11 were similar - endless war that provides vast profit and the excuse to convert aspirations for genuine democracy into an Orwellian state. The success of the coup against JFK emboldened the perpetrators to commit many more crimes: the war on Viet Nam, Watergate, toppling democracies in Chile and other countries, the 1980 October Surprise, Iran-Contra, the wars in Central America in the 1980s, the invasion of Panama, the Desert Storm massacre (Saddam Hussein was lured by the US to attack Kuwait, and perhaps 300,000 people were killed in that war), etc.
The Military Industrial Complex
Perhaps the best way to commemorate the anniversary is to read President Kennedy's speech given June 10, 1963 at American University where he called for an end to the Cold War. It is sad to fantasize about what this change of direction could have meant for the United States, and the world, if the shifts recommended in this speech had been allowed to happen. It is not too late to redirect the immense flow of wealth and talent and physical resources invested in the military-industrial complex toward programs aimed at ending hunger, poverty, injustice, global warming, wasteful energy practices, etc.
But even if the new Democratic majority in Congress was able to perform the miracle of radical transformation for survival and cooperation instead of dominance, there is no way to avoid the problems created by decades of denial and suppression of efforts to make these needed shifts. It is too late to have a painless transition, but it is not too late to dedicate civilization for life instead of mass extinction. Survival of the human race - and the tens of millions of other species - is not a political, partisan, nationalistic issue - it is the most important task that we all must work together to achieve. The lesson that our species is slowly learning is that our survival is dependent on others surviving, too -- the interconnected realities of the global economy, communications and weapons technologies suggest that the whole human race will either evolve together or go extinct together. This is the opposite strategy from the militaristic approach of countless counts, kings, shahs, Popes, Presidents for Life, Prime Ministers, Chancellors, Party Chairmen, Dear Leaders and other titles created by extremely hierarchical political systems that assume that one group's well being depends on oppressing another's.
JFK Commencement Address at American University June 10, 1963
supporters of the Warren Commission
ignore this speech, which called for an end to the Cold War
One of the most important policy statements in US history. If its goals had been implemented, it is likely the Cold War could have been ended in the second Kennedy term, without the disastrous War on Viet Nam, the Watergate scandal, the divisiveness of the polarization of the country, and the waste of trillions of dollars toward useless weaponry. The fact that this shift was not allowed to happen (through the pre-emptive removal of the President) is the same reason why decades of warnings about the environmental crisis were deliberately ignored by the powers who really run the United States.
It is revealing that the American University speech got more coverage in the Soviet Union's state controlled media than in the supposedly free and independent media in the United States. A few months later, the acquiescence of the media in the official narrative of Kennedy's assassination was perhaps the most important component of the cover-up. Those who dared to kill the President would not have dared if they did not understand the media would go along with the coup. It has taken much more energy to continue a complex cover-up for decades than it took to kill Kennedy.
Radio and Television Address to the American People
by President Kennedy on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
July 26, 1963
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
I haven't forgotten about E. Howard Hunt.
by Lisa Pease
The fact that the cover-up continues to this day, over forty years after the fact, is the best evidence of all that an organization, not an individual, was responsible, and that the organization has powerful control over the media and exercises it to keep the lid on this case
"Shoot Him Down"
NBC, the CIA and Jim Garrison
by William Davy
JFK: How the Media
Assassinated the Real Story
by Robert Hennelly & Jerry Policoff
Accessories after the Fact
JFK CONSPIRACY: THE INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY AND COWARDICE OF ALEXANDER COCKBURN AND NOAM CHOMSKY
by Michael Worsham
Alexander Cockburn and Noam Chomsky vs. JFK: A Study in Misinformation (Citizens for the Truth About the Kennedy Assassination, May 1994) www.webcom.com/lpease/media/cockburn.htm
My Beef With Chomsky (Michael Morrissey, Sep 2000) www.geocities.com/mdmorrissey/chomcorr.htm
Concerning Chomsky's arrogant evasions of fact and truly bizarre double standards about trusting official sources, in regards to several critical conspiracy issues (including the JFK assassination). Also, he points out Chomsky's change of mind from his keen interest in the JFK assassination in the late 60s, something he doesn't seem to have anything to say about these days.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2008
Dick Russell is back on the trail of the JFK case
Russell shows his obvious fascination with intelligence agents, the “spooks” who inhabit that netherworld between observable reality and the covert world we civilians rarely encounter, who perform operations most Americans know nothing about, sometimes to their later chagrin. A character who called himself by the pseudonym “Captain Sam” quite aptly describes why pursuing the truth through the people closest to the crime can be a frustrating endeavor:
“[T]here’s one thing you should know from the start. Half of what I’ll tell you might be the truth, and the other half bullshit. But all of it is what I was told. That’s part of the game in the intelligence business. You confuse your own operatives with false information; maybe nobody knows the full truth about a particular assignment.”
And therein lies the rub of investigating covert operations. Even those who want to help can unintentionally mislead, despite the best of intentions. And then there are the others, who mislead on purpose. Russell appears to have walked a fine line between letting the spooks have their say without giving weight to statements that contradict provable facts about the case. ....
One of my favorite articles in the book was “The Media, the CIA, and the Cover-Up.” Russell recounts key points in the media history of the case, and shows the direct connections between key stories in the cover-up and the CIA assets behind those stories. I’ve longed to read just such an article for years. It was a pleasure to find the people behind the media cover-up and their connections to the Agency so clearly laid out here.
I think that unraveling the mystery behind JFK's assassination, one has to think like the perpetrators who must have planned the cover-up before the assassination itself, and worked backwards. For instance the "only three shots were fired" claim had to have been established by the perps before the assassination itself and became a fixed point around which all other official "facts" surrounding the event had to be reconciled with, no matter what or how facts would have to be twisted -- hence the ludicrous claim about the path of the "magic bullet."
The official claim (and so difficult to defend), I believe, was a consequence of having to decide the official number of shots that were fired before the event occurred in order to get the media cover-up story consistent and avoid conflicts. Witnesses who claimed to have heard more shots could be easily dismissed with the claim that they merely heard "echoes" from the surrounding high rise buildings.
"This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large
arms industry is new in the American experience ... In the councils of
government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence,
whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential
for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We
must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or
-- President Dwight Eisenhower, farewell speech to the nation, January 17, 1961
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired
signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not
fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius
of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life
at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging
on a cross of iron."
-- Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do
more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people
want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out
of the way and let them have it."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Should any political party attempt to abolish social security,
unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you
would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is
a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things.
Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other
Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from
other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower in a letter to his brother Edgar, November 8, 1954
to believe Warren Commission and its "lone gunman" theory one must believe the single bullet theory created by Warren Commission attorney Arlen Specter (who was rewarded for his work by being made a US Senator from Pennsylvania)
the single bullet - or magic bullet theory is the only way to pretend that one rifle was used to create all of the wounds, if you don't believe this claim then the Warren Commission thesis of the "lone nut" is invalidated
Memo to White House staffer Bill Moyers
regarding the need to coverup the assassination of President Kennedy
discretely written as the need for an official federal investigation
On November 25 1963, the day of the Kennedy funeral, Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach sent a memo to Bill Moyers of the new Johnson White House. He had begun writing it the day earlier, within hours after Oswald's death at the hands of Jack Ruby.
The second paragraph stated: "The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial."
Given that the authorities could not possibly by November 25 know these things to be true, and Katzenbach later admitted he knew very little at this stage, the memo is clearly advocating a political course irrespective of the truth of the assassination.
The motivation for this political course may be glimped in the succeeding paragraph: "Speculation about Oswald's motivation ought to be cut off, and we should have some basis for rebutting thought that this was a Communist conspiracy or (as the Iron Curtain press is saying) a right-wing conspiracy to blame it on the Communists. Unfortunately the facts on Oswald seem about too pat--too obvious (Marxist, Cuba, Russian wife, etc.). The Dallas police have put out statements on the Communist conspiracy theory, and it was they who were in charge when he was shot and thus silenced."
Katzenbach's memo advocated a public FBI report to satisfy this "objective," though he noted the possible need for "the appointment of a Presidential Commission of unimpeachable personnel to review and examine the evidence and announce its conclusions." He ended by advocating a quick public announcement to "head off speculation or Congressional hearings of the wrong sort."
To many observers, the Katzenbach memo provides the blueprint for the cover-up which followed.
declassified CIA memo on how to cover up the coup
scanned images of this report are available at www.namebase.org/foia/jfk01.html
Countering Criticism of the Warren Report
1 April 1967
Chiefs, Certain Stations and Bases
Document Number 1035-960
for FOIA Review on Sep 1976
SUBJECT: Countering Criticism of the Warren Report
For Oswald file! 2 copies
This was pulled together by ... in close conjunction with.... We furnished most of the source material, proposed many of the themes, and provided general "expertise" on the case. The Spectator article was written 23 Jan 1967
1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy's assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission's published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission's findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission's Report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse, results.
2. This trend of opinion is a matter of concern to the U.S. government, including our organization. The members of the Warren Commission were naturally chosen for their integrity, experience, and prominence. They represented both major parties, and they and their staff were deliberately drawn from all sections of the country. Just because of the standing of the Commissioners, efforts to impugn their rectitude and wisdom tend to cast doubt on the whole leadership of American society. Moreover, there seems to be an increasing tendency to hint that President Johnson himself, as the one person who might be said to have benefited, was in some way responsible for the assassination. Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material for countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.
3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active, however, addressees are requested:
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DESTROY WHEN NO LONGER NEEDED
a. To discuss the publicity problem with liaison and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.
b. To employ propaganda assets to answer and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passage to assets. Our play should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (i) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (ii) politically interested, (iii) financially interested, (iv) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (v) infatuated with their own theories. In the course of discussions of the whole phenomenon of criticism, a useful strategy may be to single out Epstein's theory for attack, using the attached Fletcher Knebel article and Spectator piece for background. (Although Mark Lane's book is much less convincing than Epstein's and comes off badly where contested by knowledgeable critics, it is also much more difficult to answer as a whole, as one becomes lost in a morass of unrelated details.)
4. In private or media discussion not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:
a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attacks on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, A.J.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Van der Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been much more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)
b. Critics usually overvalue particular items and ignore others. They tend to place more emphasis on the recollections of individual eyewitnesses (which are less reliable and more divergent -- and hence offer more hand-holds for criticism) and less on ballistic, autopsy, and photographic evidence. A close examination of the Commission's records will usually show that the conflicting eyewitness accounts are quoted out of context, or were discarded by the commission for good and sufficient reason.
c. Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States, esp. since informants could expect to receive large royalties, etc. Note that Robert Kennedy, Attorney General at the time and John F. Kennedy's brother, would be the last man to overlook or conceal any conspiracy. And as one reviewer pointed out, Congressman Gerald R. Ford would hardly have held his tongue for the sake of the Democratic administration, and Senator Russell would have had every political interest in exposing any misdeeds on the part of Chief Justice Warren. A conspirator moreover would hardly choose a location for a shooting where so much depended on conditions beyond his control: the route, the speed of the cars, the moving target, the risk that the assassin would be discovered. A group of wealthy conspirators could have arranged much more secure conditions.
d. Critics have often been enticed by a form of intellectual pride: they light on some theory and fall in love with it; they also scoff at the Commission because it did not always answer every question with a flat decision one way or the other. Actually, the make-up of the Commission and its staff was an excellent safeguard against over-commitment to any one theory; or against the illicit transformation of probabilities into certainties.
e. Oswald would not have been any sensible person's choice for a co-conspirator. He was a "loner," mixed-up, of questionable reliability and an unknown quantity to any professional intelligence service.
f. As to charges that the Commission's report was a rush job, it emerged three months after the deadline originally set. But to the degree that the Commission tried to speed up its reporting, this was largely due to the pressure of irresponsible speculation already appearing, in some cases coming from the same critics who, refusing to admit their errors, are now putting out new criticisms.
g. Such vague accusations as that "more than ten people have died mysteriously" can always be explained in some more natural way: e.g., the individuals concerned have for the most part died of natural causes; the Commission staff questioned 418 witnesses (the FBI interviewed far more people, conducting 25,000 interviews and reinterviews), and in such a large group, a certain number of deaths are to be expected. (When Penn Jones, one of the originators of the "ten mysterious deaths" line, appeared on television, it emerged that two of the deaths on his list were from heart attacks, one from cancer, one was from a head-on collision on a bridge, and one occurred when a driver drifted into a bridge abutment.)
5. Where possible, counter speculation by encouraging reference to the Commission's Report itself. Open-minded foreign readers should still be impressed by the care, thoroughness, objectivity and speed with which the Commission worked. Reviewers of other books might be encouraged to add to their account the idea that, checking back with the Report itself, they found it far superior to the work of its critics.
Jim Garrison's autobiography "On the trail of the Assassins"
Garrison conducted the only prosecution of a conspirator in the Kennedy assassination (which was ultimately unsuccessful). His autobiography is a fascinating expose of how the coup was conducted, who benefitted, who covered it up, and how the lone prosecution was sabotaged by covert interests and the media. Oliver Stone's famous film "JFK" is based on Garrison's story.
today in America too much emphasis is given to secrecy, with regard to the assassination of our President, and not enough emphasis is given to the question of justice and to the question of humanity.
These dignified deceptions will not suffice. We have had enough of power without truth. We don't have to accept power without truth or else leave the country. I don't accept either of these two alternatives. I don't intend to leave the country and I don't intend to accept power without truth.
I intend to fight for the truth. I suggest that not only is this not un-American, but it is the most American thing we can do--because if the truth does not endure, then our country will not endure.
In our country the worst of all crimes occurs when the government murders truth. If it can murder truth, it can murder freedom. If it can murder freedom, it can murder your own sons--if they should dare to fight for freedom-- and then it can announce that they were killed in an industrial accident, or shot by the "enemy" or God knows what. ....
"I think that there are still enough Americans left in this country to make it continue to be America. I think that we can still fight authoritarianism--the government's insistence on secrecy, government force used in counterattacks against an honest inquiry--and when we do that, we're not being un-American, we're being American. It isn't easy. You're sticking your neck out in a rather permanent way, but it has to be done because truth does not come into being automatically. Individual men, like the members of my staff here, have to work and fight to make it happen--and individual men like you have to make justice come into being because otherwise is doesn't happen.
"What I'm trying to tell you is that there are forces in America today, unfortunately, which are not in favor of the truth coming out about John Kennedy's assassination. As long as our government continues to be like this, as long as such forces can get away with such actions, then this is no longer the country in which we were born."
-- excerpt from closing statement of Jim Garrison in the prosecution of Clay Shaw for participation in the conspiracy to murder President Kennedy, February 28, 1969
Playboy interview of Jim Garrison, October 1967
PLAYBOY: Many of the professional critics of the Warren Commission appear to be prompted by political motives: Those on the left are anxious to prove Kennedy was murdered by a conspiracy within the establishment; and those on the right are eager to prove the assassination was an act of "the international Communist conspiracy." Where would you place yourself on the political spectrum -- right, left of center?
GARRISON: That's a question I've asked myself frequently, especially since this investigation started and I found myself in an incongruous and disillusioning battle with agencies of my own Government. I can't just sit down and add up my political beliefs like a mathematical sum, but I think, in balance, I'd turn up somewhere around the middle. Over the years, I guess I've developed a somewhat conservative attitude -- in the traditional libertarian sense of conservatism, as opposed to the thumbscrew-and-rack conservatism of the paramilitary right -- particularly in regard to the importance of the individual as opposed to the state and the individual's own responsibilities to humanity. I don't think I've ever tried to formulate this into a coherent political philosophy, but at the root of my concern is the conviction that a human being is not a digit; he's not a digit in regard to the state and he's not a digit in the sense that he can ignore his fellow men and his obligations to society. I was with the artillery supporting the division that took Dachau; I arrived there the day after it was taken, when bulldozers were making pyramids of human bodies outside the camp. What I saw there has haunted me ever since. Because the law is my profession, I've always wondered about the judges throughout Germany who sentenced men to jail for picking pockets at a time when their own government was jerking gold from the teeth of men murdered in gas chambers. I'm concerned about all of this because it isn't a German phenomenon; it's a human phenomenon. It can happen here, because there has been no change and there has been no progress and there has been no increase of understanding on the part of men for their fellow man. What worries me deeply, and I have seen it exemplified in this case, is that we in America are in great danger of slowly evolving into a proto-fascist state. It will be a different kind of fascist state from the one of the Germans evolved; theirs grew out of depression and promised bread and work, while ours, curiously enough, seems to be emerging from prosperity. But in the final analysis, it's based on power and on the inability to put human goals and human conscience above the dictates of the state. Its origins can be traced in the tremendous war machine we've built since 1945, the "military-industrial complex" that Eisenhower vainly warned us about, which now dominates every aspect of our life. The power of the states and Congress has gradually been abandoned to the Executive Department, because of war conditions; and we've seen the creation of an arrogant, swollen bureaucratic complex totally unfettered by the checks and balances of the Constitution. In a very real and terrifying sense, our Government is the CIA and the Pentagon, with Congress reduced to a debating society. Of course, you can't spot this trend to fascism by casually looking around. You can't look for such familiar signs as the swastika, because they won't be there. We won't build Dachaus and Auschwitzes; the clever manipulation of the mass media is creating a concentration camp of the mind that promises to be far more effective in keeping the populace in line. We're not going to wake up one morning and suddenly find ourselves in gray uniforms goose-stepping off to work. But this isn't the test. The test is: What happens to the individual who dissents? In Nazi Germany, he was physically destroyed; here, the process is more subtle, but the end results can be the same. I've learned enough about the machinations of the CIA in the past year to know that this is no longer the dreamworld America I once believed in. The imperatives of the population explosion, which almost inevitably will lessen our belief in the sanctity of the individual human life, combined with the awesome power of the CIA and the defense establishment, seem destined to seal the fate of the America I knew as a child and bring us into a new Orwellian world where the citizen exists for the state and where raw power justifies any and every immoral act. I've always had a kind of knee-jerk trust in my Government's basic integrity, whatever political blunders it may make. But I've come to realize that in Washington, deceiving and manipulating the public are viewed by some as the natural prerogatives of office. Huey Long once said, "Fascism will come to America in the name of anti-fascism." I'm afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security.
JFK by Oliver Stone
note: parts of this documentary are much better than other parts (such as speculating over the identities of the shooters)
The History Channel -- movie
The Men Who Killed Kennedy DVD set (Episodes 1-6)
From the Back Cover
A medical technician who was at the autopsy states categorically that the body he saw was not the one shown in the official photographs. The mortician who buried Lee Harvey Oswald reveals a startling discovery made 18 years later. A highly decorated Army officer says he was trained to eliminate key witnesses... Forty years after JFK was shot in Dallas, controversy rages around his assassination. The Men Who Killed Kennedy, an authoritative six-part series drawing on exclusive interviews with highly placed government sources and independent investigators, is the most comprehensive examination of the case ever filmed.
The Complete Story in 6 Parts:
The Coup d'Etat - A medical technician casts doubts on the official autopsy photographs, and photo analysis undermines the lone gunman theory.
The Forces of Darkness - See two shadowy figures on the grassy knoll, and find out about the "lost" home movie that contained key evidence.
The Cover-Up - An FBI agent confirms that evidence has been suppressed, and a notorious criminal is confronted about his possible role.
The Patsy - Witness Oswald's reaction when charged with the shooting, and the mortician who buried the alleged assassin reveals what he discovered 18 years later.
The Witnesses - The people who were there - but who the government chose to ignore - tell their versions of what happened at Dealey Plaza.
The Truth Shall Set You Free - See conclusive proof that the official autopsy photos were faked, and hear from an Army Colonel who says he was trained to eliminate witnesses to the assassination.
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caution: the "community currency" website, like many 9/11 "truth" efforts, started off very good but over time became sloppier with facts and perspectives. While there are a lot of things on that website that are not actually truthful, this commentary comparing the JFK coup with 9/11 complicity is still worth excerpting.
Recently, I saw the film J.F.K., again, and realized how insightful it is into the world of covert operations, and saw how understanding the assassination of President Kennedy, leads to insights into the why, and how of the attacks which occurred on September 11th. In the film, Mr. X, played by Donald Sutherland, meets with Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney who bravely launched the only case against one of the conspirators behind the assassination. Mr. X is based on the actual person, Fletcher Prouty www.prouty.org who spent 9 of his 23 year military career in the Pentagon (1955-1964): 2 years with the Secretary of Defense, 2 years with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and 5 years with Headquarters, U.S. Air Force. In 1955 he was appointed the first "Focal Point" officer between the CIA and the Air Force for Clandestine Operations per National Security Council Directive 5412. He was Briefing Officer for the Secretary of Defense (1960-1961), and for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mr. X patiently explains how special operations work to Garrison in the film. In real life after he resigned from the government in 1964, Fletcher Prouty, wrote many articles and two books- The Secret Team, JFK, the CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/ST/, and spoke with my dear friend, Dave Ratcliffe, who recorded their conversations and edited them into a book entitled - Understanding Special Operations And Their Impact on The Vietnam War Era 1989 Interview with L. Fletcher Prouty Colonel USAF (Retired) www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/USO/ One of the key points that Prouty, Garrison, Ratcliffe made in the film, book, real life, was that the fingerprints of a special operation were the things that "didn’t happen." For example in the J.F.K. assassination, the Secret Service was called off that day, standard operating procedures to protect the President "especially in hostile territory like Dallas" were violated, something that only could have been done at the highest levels of government, for example, by the General who sent Prouty out of the way, to Antarctica, when Kennedy was killed in Texas.
On September 11th, the most damning evidence pointing to the complicity of top U.S. officials was the utter failure of our multi trillion dollar Defense Department to stop those planes from crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It was a violation of the most standard operating procedures. General Myers, the top Pentagon official at the time, testified that no planes were scrambled until after the Pentagon was hit. There were no reprimands or enquiries, no one lost their job for goofing up that day. Myers was then elevated to the highest military post in the country. There had to have been standdown orders issued at the highest level of government on that day. This was never seriously examined or questioned by the mainstream press or Congress! The alibi for the general failure of our expensive military/intelligence complex "We were so surprised, totally unprepared…" has been shown to be a complete lie.
An interview with 9/11 antiwar author Don Paul
By Bob Feldman www.onlinejournal.com/Commentary/061303Feldman/061303feldman.html
The killing of JFK and the attacks on 9/11 both served objectives that the super elites deemed urgent. JFK was threatening to pull troops out of Vietnam and to dismantle the Federal Reserve Bank and to further arms-reduction treaties with the Soviet Union. He'd already yanked former Wall Street attorney Allen Dulles as Director of the CIA. He threatened financial and militarist super elites' profits and plans. So they took him out.
Nine-one-one is more complicated. Nine-one-one was planned for many years, as pages in Brzezinski's 1997 The Grand Chessboard and the 2000 Project for a New American Century study (Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and Zalmay Khalizad among its authors) suggest when they imagine that "a new Pearl Harbor" might be necessary to arouse public support for more military spending and U.S. wars in Central Asia and the Middle East.
The colossal, crude crime of 9/11 is also a far more desperate move than the murder of JFK. By August of 2001 the U.S. economy was foundering even for super elites. Nine-one-one and its subsequent transfusions of Federal capital gave several months of respite. By July of 2002, however, material vulnerabilities threatened to sink even the biggest capitalists. Through their holdings in "derivatives", the JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citigroup, and the Bank of America are at risk for a combined amount of over $40 trillion—an amount of liability many, many times greater than their combined amount of assets. On July 23, 2002—on a single day of trading—JP Morgan Chase lost 18.1 percent of its total value. July of 2002 was also when government and media drums began to beat for U.S. military action in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
What I see more comprehensively is a skein of conspiracies and pretexts by which the U.S. super elites have ruthlessly killed people and launched wars and grabbed territories and multiplied their profits since the late 19th century. The sinking of the Maine, the sinking of the Lusitania, the attack on Pearl Harbor, the fraudulent "Gulf of Tonkin incident" are a few of the conspiracies and pretexts we know. Why Noam Chomsky and other ostensibly moral critics don't call out these conspiracies is a question they'll have to answer. It may be that examination of these conspiracies would reveal the real structures and criminals behind them.
All that said, let me end with hope. Only one force on Earth can directly confront and defeat the U.S. Corporate State and its criminal government. That force is us, the overwhelming majority of the people in this country. Despite the horrors of 9/11, the overwhelming majority in New York City are with that same majority around the world, I think, in opposing any American Empire.
- JFK Truth Movement: disinformation disrupted independent investigations
- JFK and the Unspeakable: James Douglass's book is the best on the story
- JFK and the Moon Race: Kennedy's September 20, 1963 speech to the United Nations urged converting the Moon Race to a cooperative effort with the Soviet Union
- Cuban Missile Crisis: 50th anniversary 1962 - 2012
- JFK's order to withdraw from Viet Nam
- JFK 50 Years Later: Half Century Anniversary of Kennedy's efforts to end the Cold War and the coup that removed him from office
- MLK - RFK - Carnahan - Wellstone - John Lennon