Johnson Killed Kennedy
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The 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.” - JFK
|President Lyndon B Johnson|
Everybody seems to remember a gloomy day on November 22nd 1963 when a volley of bullets rang out in Dallas killing John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK), POTUS, and injuring Texas governor Connolly. Despite 50 years of propaganda by the conspirators to cover up the murder of the most powerful man in the world, the truth has emerged. In the last 50 years 2000 books have been written about these events, dozens of movies, many more documentaries, hundreds of unofficial investigations and several official investigations. Some of these official investigations were indeed conducted or controlled by the very people who were part of the criminal conspiracy, to as they said, ‘rid the world of Communism’.
As part of the basic conspiracy related persons and possible witnesses were killed, including one JFK’s lovers. More importantly, there was a larger conspiracy by government agencies to kill Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK), Robert F. Kennedy (RFK), the US Attorney General in 1963 and brother of the slain JFK and the FBI supported program called “Cointelpro’’ to prevent the rise of a Black messianic figure in the USA. Of course, there were other security operations like ‘zipper’ and so on. We will argue that there are many critical links between, among and within the forces that committed the murder of JFK. It is now clear that a coalition of forces within the FBI, the CIA, Naval Intelligence and the Pentagon not only killed JFK, but more importantly, had the means, opportunity and motives to kill and cover up this assassination. These events have changed the very nature of the US Presidency and government from a democracy to the variant of oligarchy and fascism which we have today.
By 1963 JFK, who came to office nearly three years earlier as a hawkish Democrat, had been guided into The Bay of Pigs debacle in Cuba, the Vietnam War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and more hostile diplomatic relations with USSR’s President Sergeyevich Khrushchev at the height of the Cold War. Also by 1963, JFK had come to see the futility of the Cold War and had opened back-channels with Khrushchev to end it, rid the earth of ALL nuclear weapons and engage in normal relations with the USSR. The belligerent hawks, like General Curtis Lemay, within the military-industrial-security apparatus, the FBI, the CIA, naval intelligence etc accused JFK of being a Commie and recruited a gangster, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), Vice-President at the time, to be part of this criminal conspiracy to subvert an elected government and assassinate JFK. Our revered Malcolm X, at the time, deemed it as ‘chickens coming home to roost’.
What do we know about LBJ? Let’s get what people say are the good things out of the way first. It is said that he shepherd the Civil Rights legislation through Congress. That he showed a higher level of commitment than JFK to civil rights issues. That he was more amenable to working with Black people, etc. The first mistake JFK made was to, in a perfunctory manner, offered the vice-presidency slot to LBJ. This is oftentimes done in the American political system, as a mere gesture to powerful contenders, but it generally expected that these offers are to be declined as players have a ‘keen’ sense of who the real VP nominee is to be, all this as part of the political shenanigans - not LBJ! He had worked hard to put himself into contention at the DNC conference and felt he was more deserving of the presidency that the son of a former bootlegger, Irish Mafia figure and supporter of the Third Reich.
LBJ was also known to be an uncouth fellow who would fart hard in public, was long associated with a known killer Malcolm or Max Wallace who did his wet work, he was known to have a deep resentment for JFK. Wallace was thought to have killed more than eight people for LBJ. LBJ and RFK as attorney general never got along well. One of his mistresses, from whom he fathered a child, Madeline Brown, said he was a drunkard, an animal, admitted that LBJ told her about the planning of the JFK assassination, that it was a two year plan, that he impregnated another intern and made one of his aides, Jack Vallini marry her. LBJ was from Texas and would have known political environment and being a power former legislator and vice president had the ability to influence the facts on the ground that dreadful day in 1963. Most importantly, all the major initiatives embarked upon by JFK were immediately reversed by LBJ. For example, involvement in Indo-China, the Vietnam War was escalated in contrast to the de-escalation JFK was talking about thereby swelling the coffers of the arms manufacturers for whom JKF’s new found peaceful intent represented a strategic threat. Volume could be written indicting LBJ for being the front man in the murder of JFK.
What of the other conspirators? Let’s talk about FBI director Edgar Hoover. We know he keep files on all US officials as a lever to get them to comply with his wishes. By this time he had amassed vast powers within the bureaucracy. Hoover, a gay man, had a longtime live-in relationship with his chief deputy within the FBI. Some reports say that Hoover had videos of JFK engaging in sexual relations with women other than his wife. It is said he once showed these pictures to RFK to influence a decision. Both LBJ and Hoover were known to have ‘acquaintances’ with mafia figures. It is also reported that the major Mafia don, Trafficante had pictures of Hoover having homosexual relations. It was the same Hoover who, up to 1963, was still denying that any knowledge about the existence of the Mafia. These are the informal and formal relationships that existed amongst leading figure at the time. Relationships that were necessary conditions to get away with the murder and cover-up of the most powerful man in the world.
What about the nonsense of the lone gunman theory, that the patsy Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy. The lone gunman theory is essential to deflecting blame from the real killers. It reappears time and time again in the assassinations of RFK, King and other civil rights leaders during this time period. This theory could only make sense when the death of JFK is opportunistically removed from the larger national, international, geo-political context. It could only make sense if one does now know that the trigger men, and there were three, included LBJ’s wet work man Malcolm (Max) Wallace and an American Indian by the name of Loy Factor. This theory, and it is all it has been and still is, only makes sense if we ignore that Jack Ruby, the killer of Oswald, was a Mafioso figure with strong connections to the mob and was at high levels planning meeting. Meetings attended by high government officials prior to Kennedy’s death. This only makes sense when you ignore the charges of five people who claim that LBJ admitted to his involvement in the assassination of JFK. This could only make sense when we ignore the mountain of forensic evidence pointing at a massive government conspiracy before, during and after JFK’ death that modern investigative tools are presenting.
Whenever there is a crime the police try to determine three critical ingredient – motive, opportunity and means. In our brief overview of the most notorious murder of the 20th Century we have, on the personal level located LBJ as the one man having a motive, the opportunity and the means to kill JFK. More fundamentally we have indicted the organs of the federal and state governments of the USA as having planned, executed and most importantly covering up the murder of JFK. We have connected the murder of JFK to that of RFK to that of MLK and indeed Malcolm X. We have painted a tapestry of criminality at the center of the American government that ended in a series of high profile murders. Murders which have fundamentally changed the character of American democracy, if one has determined that it what it was. Fifty years since these killings it must not be a time for the sanctification of victimhood but a time to indict the people and governmental apparatus which have irretrievably changed the world.
Pachamama is a leading Caribbean social commentator.