Exactly 51 years ago today John F Kennedy got his head blown off.
That incident has been a warning to every US President, and every world leader ever since, that not even the nominally most powerful person in the world can successfully defy the global “Deep State” which, today, determines the affairs of mankind .
JFK was the first and last post-WW2 President of the United States to make a serious attempt to bring peace to the world by attempting to:
- Normalize America’s relationship with Cuba,
- Withdraw from Vietnam
- Co-exist peacefully with the Soviet Union
In addition he (and his brother RFK)
- Befriended Martin Luther King
- Persecuted the US Mafia
- Scorned J Edgar Hoover
- Attempted to control the CIA
For all these mortal sins (and many more) John Kennedy created enemies at the highest levels of the US military, US corporations, the CIA and the US mafia.
For all these mortal sins JFK got his head blown off 51 years ago today. The message from his assassins? Peace is not on our agenda: peace will not happen.
On June 1963, at the Commencement ceremony at American University in Washington, five months before he was assassinated JFK said: (video) (text)
“I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. …
“I am not referring to the absolute, infinite concept of peace and good will of which some fantasies and fanatics dream. … Let us focus instead on a more practical, more attainable peace – based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions – on a series of concrete actions and effective agreements which are in the interest of all concerned.
“There is no single, simple key to this peace – no grand or magic formula to be adopted by one or two powers. Genuine peace must be the product of many nations, the sum of many acts. It must be dynamic, not static, changing to meet the challenge of each new generation. For peace is a process – a way of solving problems. …
“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
To which I say “Amen”
The assassination of JFK resonates down the decades. See Andrew Kreig’s piece here:
Justice Integrity Project September 2011
President-Elect Obama’s advisors feared in 2008 that authorities would revolt and that Republicans would block his policy agenda if he prosecuted Bush-era war crimes, according to a law school dean who served as one of Obama’s top transition advisers.
University of California at Berkeley Law School Dean Christopher Edley, Jr., left, the sixth highest-ranking member of the 2008 post-election transition team preparing Obama’s administration, revealed the team’s thinking on Sept. 2 in moderating a forum on 9/11 held by his law school (also known as Boalt Hall). Edley sought to justify Obama’s “look forward” policy on Bush-era lawbreaking that the president-elect announced on a TV talk show in January 2009.
But Edley’s rationale implies that Obama and his team fear the military/national security forces that he is supposed be commanding. It suggests also that Republicans have intimidated him right from the start of his presidency even though voters in 2008 rejected Republicans by the largest combined presidential-congressional mandate in recent U.S. history. Edley responded to our request for additional information by providing a description of the transition team’s fears, which we present below as an exclusive email interview. Among his important points is that transition officials, not Obama, agreed that he faced the possibility of a “revolt.”
and David Swanson’s piece here:
…However, we now have an account from someone involved in the decision process way back when. And he reports two other reasons for the decision to let all the war criminals off and devote vast energies to protecting them and covering up their crimes. The first of the two reasons is not terribly shocking: the CIA, NSA, and military would revolt if their crimes were exposed and prosecuted. This explains the cover-up portion of the past two-and-a-half years’ immunity-granting campaign particularly well. It fits with the known record, which has included seven former heads of the CIA publicly writing to President Obama to tell him not to prosecute torturers in the CIA.
This post is the first of several future posts and essays about these topics.