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The assassination of John F. Kennedy

KENNEDY / 60 years after JFK was killed, despite the Biden administration's attempts to renege on its administration's promises, some of the remaining secret documents about the incident are being released. One of the revelations is that the CIA kept an eye on Lee Harvey Oswald.


This year marks 60 years since the brutal assassination of the American president John F. Kennedy, 22. november 1963 i Dallas i Texas.

For many people of my generation, the first Kennedy assassination marked the 'Jungian' wound that has led Americans on a journey marked by trauma and paranoia. So far, the truth about the murder has not appeared in any blank fortune telling. But we're getting close.

I was seven years old and in second grade when JFK was shot, and remember certain details of the people's reactions (shock and disbelief). I recall a childhood devoted to lively conspiracy theories (we were, all of us) until Senator Frank Church's committee finally relieved our anxiety by establishing—in 1975, and in opposition to the Warren Commission's conclusion, that the lone Lee Harvey Oswald was behind it – that the assassination of JFK was probably a "widespread right-wing conspiracy". Followed by the government's cover operation. (The account of this drama is soberly described in Pulitzer Prize winner James Risen's latest book, The Last Honest Man: The CIA, FBI, the Mafia, and the Kennedys-and One Senator’s Fight to Save Democracy. See my review.)

The assassination of JFK is the 'mother of all conspiracies'.

The JFK assassination represents an era of high-register saxophone-driven dirge – mourning the death of the American dream. The assassination of JFK is the 'mother of all conspiracies' – the origin of conspiracy theoryis that identifies and implicates a hidden group with an agenda dramatically different from the transparency required of a representative republic.

American writers and private investigators of all stripes noted how Kennedy's assassination resembled the brazen anti-democratic assassinations of other nations' leaders—Congo's first prime minister, Patrice Lumumba; Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo; President Sukarno of Indonesia and President Ngô Đình Diệm of South Vietnam.

Coup d'état

Coups d'état became normalized and often took the place of ordinary political pressure to remove popular leaders – as with Muhammad Mosaddegh in Iran in 1953 and Chile's Salvador Allende in 1973. In Oliver Stone#'s epic 1991 film, JFK, the character Jim Garrison, New Orleans attorney general, boldly and depressingly asserts that the JFK assassination represented a coup d'état.

Nixon and Kissinger's plan to nuke North Vietnam into surrender.

One can read about President Lyndon B. Johnson when some reporters asked in a private conversation why America was at war in Vietnam, whereupon LBJ said while opening his bib:This is the reason!»

Nixon's regime

This was disturbing. During the Nixon regime, the National Guard at Kent State University opened fire on some students on May 4, 1970, killing four and wounding nine. Reformed and repentant former RAND Corp war planner Daniel Ellsberg wrote in The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (2017), his last book before he died, that Nixon and his henchman Henry Kissinger were out to get him—not for his leak, Pentagon Papers, but because of his knowledge of Nixon and Kissinger's plan to nuke North Vietnam into surrender.

Ellsberg reported that he feared for his life, and Kissinger singled him out as "the most dangerous man in America, who must be stopped at all costs." (They brought in former FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy, who offered not only to remove Ellsberg, but to kidnap 'yippies' [members of the YIP, Youth International Party] and other dissidents and deliver them to a secret location in Mexico— a so-called black site – for execution.)


Today's generation has no idea. Generation zzz? Honestly. They don't have a clue and the secret services know it. Fortunately for the (secret) leaders of the United States, #911 occurred and gave the youth their own Pearl Harbor to spin conspiracy theories about.

The 'elite' tried to place Henry Kissinger as head of the 9/11 Commission to cover everything with a glittering realpolitik. But there were enough dissenters left from the 1960s to force Kissinger and his German accent out of town before things got really ugly. Was it an inside job or an event they knew was coming? Yours truly, a worried old writer – on a par with Noam Chomsky – has no idea.

But the net effect of the incident was that the totalitarian image which Frank Church drawn up in 1975 – "there will be no place to hide" – became even clearer, and suddenly the US government and its many contracted SoMe companies knew everything about everyone connected to the Internet on this planet. As a bonus, the originators of 9-1-1 saw that the terrorist attack would be amplified, in Pavlovian 'ring-
with the bells' style, such fear is amplified by any incident that needs the emergency number.

After Kennedy's assassination

Since the evil events of 22–24. November 1963 (JFK and Oswald were shot) countless books and movies have been produced that only serve to make us wring our hands and bind ourselves in anxiety. Because we have no chance to fight back.

It won't be like Will Smith, who gives the alien a bite to eat Independence Day ('We Fight Back, unh-huh'). Brave Americans seem to know implicitly that more tyranny is coming. Today the Americans have a Tea Party (I cross myself) and around 450 million arms available for immediate use. "The United States has more guns than people, and the civilian population has a larger arsenal of firearms than all the world's militaries combined," according to Statista. The Americans are frightened.

Many books and many films. In my childhood I studied law Mark Lane#s Rush to Judgement (1966), a book critical of the Kennedy assassination commission of inquiry. I saw the film version (1967) recently, a documentary that shows interviews with several key witnesses of the event. Many of them were never invited to testify before the Warren Commission—because, as Lane suggests, they would have testified about events that would have contradicted the commission's prefabricated findings.

Lane's book and film hold up well and became the inspiration and basis for later films and series: Oliver Stones JFK: One Day in America (2023); Cold Case JFK (2013); Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live (2013) and my favorite: Executive Action (1973), co-authored by Mark Lane – the latter suggesting a conspiracy rooted in the military-industrial complex. The industry has its finger on the trigger, so to speak. Just like the president Eisenhower warned us against in his farewell speech in 1961.

The best work on the assassination of JFK can be found in a recent newsletter from Substack.

But the best work on the assassination of JFK can be found in a recent newsletter from Substack, JFK Facts av jefferson morley. He is a curator and analyst for the continued release of declassified JFK documents. I interviewed him last year. On his he writes that this website provides "the latest information on the ongoing declassification of JFK documents and the latest findings from top JFK researchers".

Morley has been relentless in his pursuit of the Biden administration's attempts to renege on the administration's promises to release the remaining classified documents that Congress mandated the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to release. Morley's most exciting revelation in recent months is that CIA kept an eye on Oswald.

You can listen to the JFK Facts podcast with hosts Jeff Morley and Larry Schnapf, including their recent helpful recap podcast, The State of the Case i 2023, on Substack.

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