Monday, July 19, 2010

So, I spent all weekend watching JFK assassination videos and doing armchair JFK assassination research. Here are my notes:

1) Most of the debate seems to rage around trying to get evidence or proof that JFK's assassination was a conspiracy. This is silly because it grants - from the outset - the bizarre assumption made by the official theories that political figures are as likely to die at the hands of "mad attention-seekers" as they are to be assassinated by their enemies who actually stand to benefit. How many people are insane enough to think that the electric chair is a fair trade for "being remembered" by history, even if in infamy? And of those people how many are resourceful enough to pierce the security perimeter of the President of the United States? Kennedy was threatened by Richard Pavlick in 1960 after Nixon lost the election and, by all accounts, Pavlick was a lone nut. But all we know of his "assassination attempts" are his own tall tales and 10 sticks of dynamite.

2) Of course Kennedy was assassinated by his enemies. Barring extraordinary, overwhelming evidence of a crazed, lone gunman, the "assassinated by his political enemies" theory has the advantage of fitting with 99.99% of all other recorded murders of powerful men throughout history. It's like if a top Mafia boss got shot and the police said it was a "stranger homicide". It's possible, but extremely unlikely. And, of course, this leaves aside the possibility of foreign attack instead of internal coup d'etat. Either way, "crazed, lone gunman seeking attention and to be remembered (in infamy) by history" is by far the least plausible explanation*.

3) It is doubtful that LBJ was the mastermind of Kennedy's death. Given a conspiracy, we can reason that he almost certainly had foreknowledge and was likely involved to one degree or another (since he stood to benefit the most publicly), but we know that, long before Obama, US Presidents have not been much more than puppet figureheads for the real, unseen political powers. Assuming LBJ was able to orchestrate, on his own, the necessary measures to take out Kennedy, those "in the know" would have a pretty good inkling of who was finally responsible for the President's death and, being outsiders now, would have a huge incentive to go after Johnson and get him impeached. Instead, the opposite happened, every government person and agency involved in the case and "in the know" covered up evidence, altered evidence, silenced or ignored witnesses and turned a blind eye while dozens of witnesses important to solving the murder were systematically eliminated.

4) JFK has more confessed assassins than Mel Gibson has racist slurs. The attention-seekers are those claiming to be JFK's assassin(s) - a much less risky venture than actually assassinating a sitting US President. As a matter of our social and political history and future, however, the identity of the trigger-man (or men) is relatively unimportant. The important point is trying to identify the mastermind(s), that is, the power center or alliance of power centers which moved to have JFK killed.

5) A popular hypothesis is that JFK was murdered because he or the Kennedys generally had "gone rogue", that is, he or they were acting in the true interests of the American public and against the interests of the Establishment. This hypothesis (with the slight modification that Kennedy was acting in the Kennedy-family's interests, not the interests of the US public except where the two happened to coincide) carries some weight in my opinion for two reasons. First, the cover-up was across the board, no one tried to make hay out of JFK's death by suggesting political funny business. Second, the long string of assassinations and attempted assassinations of Kennedys. The Kennedys must have made very powerful enemies but failed to sufficiently protect themselves, either on their own cognizance or by aligning with a more powerful interest than themselves. Or, perhaps JFK ruined the whole Kennedy family by betraying his sponsors once he got into office. If so, the Kennedy family would have been forever a pariah to the Establishment... something along the lines of "you can't trust a Kennedy."

6) Kennedy did several things in office, the combination of which probably united otherwise antagonistic power centers around one goal - eliminating Kennedy. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." While I don't think EO 11110 was really that important from the point-of-view of the Fed, it was the opposite of the direction the Fed wanted to go (which direction Nixon finally went in 1971). So, the Fed and its allies (Bank of England, Bundesbank, Bank of International Settlements, and so on) would have not been sad to see Kennedy go. They might have even pitched in some black funding or something (when you can legally print money, this is quite easy to do). He had enemies in the Mafia but I think it is a big mistake to think the Mafia could have taken out the President. If you subscribe to the gang theory of government**, it just doesn't make sense. It's like saying some small-time crack dealers could unite and take out a Mafia boss. Just not possible, they're outgunned, outsmarted, out-organized, out-everything. CIA may have been the ops guys and they may have sub-contracted out to Mafia assassins who were the most experienced in covert assassinations in broad daylight in American cities but that would be as far as it goes.

JFK had threatened to dismantle CIA and it's clear that, after the Bay of Pigs, there was real bad blood between the Executive and CIA. People say, "The CIA killed Kennedy" and while this may be true, I doubt very much that CIA masterminded JFK's death, that is, I doubt CIA was the power-center "finally responsible" for JFK's death. CIA and the FBI have tons and tons of bad blood but the FBI was in charge of the investigation. Surely, the FBI would have taken the opportunity to knock CIA down a few pegs on the power ladder and surely CIA would have been aware that the FBI would do this, from the outset. Assuming CIA involvement, someone, somewhere had to have been able to get CIA and the FBI to play nice.

But I think the biggest single motive is located in the Pentagon. Again, I'm skeptical that the Pentagon were the "masterminds" of the JFK assassination but I think they may have been the real motivational powerhouse. Here's a quote from Wikipedia's article on LBJ:

"At Kennedy's death, there were 16,000 American military advisors in Vietnam. As President, Lyndon Johnson immediately reversed his predecessor's order to withdraw 1,000 military personnel by the end of 1963 with his own NSAM #273 on November 26, 1963. Johnson expanded the numbers and roles of the American military following the Gulf of Tonkin Incident (less than three weeks after the Republican Convention of 1964, which had nominated Barry Goldwater for President).

The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the President the exclusive right to use military force without consulting the Senate, was based on a false pretext, as Johnson later admitted.[60] It was Johnson who began America's direct involvement in the ground war in Vietnam. By 1968, over 550,000 American soldiers were inside Vietnam; in 1967 and 1968 they were being killed at the rate of over 1,000 a month."

So, we have in this order:

  • 16,000 US servicemen in Vietnam as "advisors"
  • On Oct. 11, Kennedy orders 1,000 soldiers withdrawn from Vietnam by the end of 1963 in NSAM 263
  • On Nov. 22, JFK shot
  • 4 days later, JFK's order to withdraw 1,000 men from Vietnam reversed by LBJ in NSAM 273
  • Aug. 1964, Gulf of Tonkin incident (false flag/fabricated incident)
  • Deployments to Vietnam go through the stratosphere, reaching 550,000+ men in less than 5 years, see this PDF (page 9) for a chart showing the "hockey stick" from 1963 onward in troop levels in Vietnam
While the Pentagon is the operational arm of the Military Industrial Complex, the power center that killed JFK had to have its locus outside formal government while having significant control of and access to formal government. We understand the confluence of interests between central bankers and the war machine for generating profits through the expansion of the money supply and funding of the war machine, so JFK's murder is likely a confluence of several, very powerful interests who had independently decided "enough is enough, Kennedy has become a nuisance and has got to go" and decided to work together for the time being to eliminate him.

7) Kennedy's assassination was obviously supposed to be very public but in a controlled way. After all, if they just wanted him dead, they could have shot down Air Force One on a cloudy day and declared it an accident. But he was shot in broad daylight, surrounded by cameras though not professional news cameras. All the film from these cameras was immediately seized and effectively locked up for almost a decade before the first pictures started to trickle out, damaged and likely altered. My theory on this is that there was a script for how the assassination was supposed to go and something went wrong. Oswald was supposed to be the patsy while some real professionals took Kennedy out in a way that would be consistent with Kennedy being shot by Oswald who would then be painted a "lone nut assassin" while the amateur photos could be splashed across televisions and the front-pages of newspapers to decry the "new extremism" that had taken over US politics. Governor Connally's first statement on camera includes this little memorized diatribe about extremism in American politics and how it is transforming things, and so on. This was clearly scripted. But something went wrong and the video evidence was too inconsistent with the official theory of Oswald-the-crazed-assassin which had been immediately put out to the public on the very day of the assassination and then sent with Oswald to his grave two days later.

There were no commercial media cameras trained on Kennedy at the time because that part of his route was considered unimportant by the media. One question I've always had is why were there so few people on each side of the assassination bottleneck? I mean, there's this huge, thronging crowd just a hundred feet away, and then a few stragglers. The crowd was being held back by policemen, obviously, so why were those few people permitted through? Zapruder, Nix, Babushka Lady, Tina Towner, Moorman and the guy filming Kennedy from the curbside visible in the Zapruder frames 343-358 (does anyone know who this is???! his film would be 100x better quality than Zapruder's, he was standing right on the curb!), among others. Hell, it seems that roughly 50% of Dallas residents must have had amateur cameras if the people on either side of the assassination bottleneck are a representative sample of Dallas residents circa 1963. All these folks claim to have had no knowledge of anything but then they sure are some cool customers, calmly documenting the historic, defining moment of the US government while all hell is breaking loose with gunshots and cars and motorcycles speeding off, sirens wailing, people yelling, etc.

8) The Rybka video shows the Secret Service bodyguard detail being called off the rear bumper of the Presidential limousine while back at the airport, 7 miles from Dealey plaza. Just an interesting little detail. :-)

*Can anyone say, "19 crazed, suicidal 'religious extremists' seeking to get 72 virgins in heaven by committing mass suicide/homicide..."

**Basically, that the government is the most powerful gang of all and the President the biggest, most powerful Don of all

1 comment:

Clayton said...

Found out the guy on the curb was Ike Altgens. He supposedly only got off two shots, one way before the fatal shot(s) and one way after.