America’s Bloody Coup

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“Ask not what your country can do for you — — ask what you can do for your country.” — — John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Watching the footage from the Capitol Riot this past week, listening to the impeachment manager’s devastatingly effective prosecution, and finally reading the interviews with the Capitol Riot Police, I couldn’t help thinking about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963. And it dawned on me …

THAT was a COUP

I was ten years old that year, in the fourth grade, and I have never forgotten the moment a classmate told me on the playground that the president had been shot and killed. We had black and white television news back then, the authoritative baritone of Walter Cronkite explaining that the shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, had hidden in a building used to store textbooks. We learned a lot about Oswald in the next few days and weeks, but we never heard from Oswald himself. Jack Ruby walked into the Dallas jail while Oswald was being transferred, and shot him dead.

Dead men tell no tales. That was left to the Warren Commission. The official story never actually held together under scrutiny, partly because a man with an 8mm camera happened to be filming at the exact moment when the bullet struck Kennedy’s head. Thus began the grandaddy of all conspiracy theories.

One of the prominent members of the Warren Commission was Allen Dulles, former head of the CIA. Dulles had resigned in 1962 after the Bay of Pigs fiasco, disgraced. In 1953 Allen Dulles, along with his elder brother, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, had been responsible for the coup d’etat in Iran that had deposed an elected prime minister; and in 1954 the Dulles brothers had instigated a coup d’etat in Guatemala (despite serious conflicts of interest regarding their relationship with United Fruit Company).

A separate investigation was carried out by the FBI; under the personal direction of J. Edgar Hoover, an avowed anti-communist with a reputation for bending the rules to suit his desired outcome. Both investigations concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone. Meanwhile, the critical frames of Zapruder’s 8mm film were so tampered with that the one piece of solidly objective evidence is no longer reliable.

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In the early 1950's, Senator Joseph P. McCarthy, had used the House Un-American Activities Committee to purge the country of suspected Soviet spies, communists, communist sympathizers, socialists, homosexuals, intellectuals … basically anyone McCarthy’s paranoid little mind deemed a threat to red-blooded, flag-waving American values (white peoples’ values). Interestingly, one of McCarthy’s most reliable associates was Roy Marcus Cohn, legal counsel for the HUAAC. [Roy Cohn in his later years was mentor to an ambitious young New York real estate developer who would eventually be elected president of the United States.]

“You cannot offer friendship to tyrants and murderers…without advancing the cause of tyranny and murder.” Senator Joseph P. McCarthy

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Robert F. Kennedy, who was Attorney General at the time of his brother’s assassination, had misgivings about the veracity of the Warren Commission Report. Kennedy also disagreed frequently with FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, particularly over the controversial issues involving enforcement of Civil Rights legislation. Hoover viewed civil rights leader Martin Luther King as “an enemy of the state” … in 1968, Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated.

Lewis F. Powell was a conservative lawyer and jurist who is probably best known for his tenure as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Shortly before his appointment to the court, Powell wrote a confidential memorandum for the American Chamber of Commerce entitled Attack on the American Free Enterprise System … an anti-communist screed and anti-New Deal blueprint for conservative business interests to retake America. After Powell’s appointment to the court by Richard Nixon, a Washington Post reporter discovered and leaked the memo, now eponymously known as the Powell Memo. Powell also laid the legal foundation for Citizens United

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All the links in this article are from Wikipedia, save one. To this day, no one knows who actually killed John F. Kennedy, nor are we ever likely to know. The proliferation of conspiracy theories has added to the confusion and obfuscation that began with the botched investigations by Hoover’s FBI and Dulles’ Warren Commission. Who killed Kennedy?

Why was Kennedy killed?

Cui bono…Who benefits?