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Will Stephen King’s 11-22-63 Get It Right? I Have Low Expectations

I’ll watch Hulu’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s time-travel fantasy, 11-22-63, with an open mind, but I have no reason to believe that King has done any serious research into the JFK assassination. And without doing so, one cannot expect to come close to grasping the diabolic, complex, yet flawed, covert operation which took Kennedy’s life…much less the enormous consequences of the murder of the century. I confess I haven’t read King’s book, but I’ve been told that he grapples with the universal question: what would America have been like had JFK survived Dallas? Well, for starters, there would have been no Vietnam War. This is not conjecture on my part. This is fact, despite what establishment liars (and LBJ apologists) like Doris Goodwin and Robert Dallek say. Just days before Kennedy died, he told close associates that he intended to withdraw all American military personnel (mostly advisory staff in 1963) from Vietnam. JFK’s assistant press secretary Malcolm Kilduff told author James Douglass that, “There is no question that he [JFK] was taking us out of Vietnam. I was in his office just before he went to Dallas and he said that Vietnam was not worth another American life. There is no question about it. I know that firsthand.”

Kennedy signed National Security Action Memo 263 just one month before his death. It laid out plans for complete withdrawal of American military presence in southeast Asia by 1965. Just days after JFK was murdered, Lyndon Johnson signed NSAM 273 which, in essence, reversed Kennedy’s NSAM 263. The war lasted a decade and cost America a fortune in lives, money and prestige.

Without Vietnam, there would have been no student protest and campus unrest in the 1960s. It’s possible that an American counterculture would have never arisen. Imagine a decade of peace and progressiveness instead of turbulence and violence. For that matter, imagine peace being the overriding principle around which our society is constructed. Instead of war. If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that we have been at war or under the threat of war, since 11/22/63. War means profit, and in the half-century since Kennedy’s death war profiteering has been unabated. We have become so inured to it, that it seems unnatural to not be ruled by the oligarchs who have profited from war: Halliburton, alone, has poisoned and corrupted our democracy for more than 50 years. Its own executive, Dick Cheney, was the driving force behind the unsanctioned, illegal and immoral Iraq War. But more than this, the very fabric of American democracy has been shredded by the new oligarchy which has arisen from the obscene and bloody profits of war. It is hard to find an unsullied politician (especially Republicans, for whom greed and self-interest are practically requirements for membership); every ordinary citizen knows that the country is being run for the sake of the rich. The fix is in, and apathy is widespread.

The roots of distrust in our government and in our way of life can be traced back to Dallas and that bloody day. So when King, or anyone, tries to fairly represent that period, the stakes are enormous. It is easy for the unthinking and the dishonest to dismiss Kennedy’s death as an accident of history. Devoid of historical significance. But the truth is, it was the turning point of America. We cannot shrink from its ugly truth and its profound meaning, and this requires artists and historians of courage and knowledge.

For it is not just that American democracy was overthrown on 11-22-63; war and war profiteering became our way of life. But it’s deeper than that. There are two Americas now: both equally despicable and abhorrent. There’s the official government and the secret government, each equally culpable and invested in protecting the other’s closeted skeletons. There’s the official media and the new “home-brewed” social media; suspicious of one another, and each willing to spin a lazy narrative of lies. There’s official history and real history…never the time traveler shall meet. There’s the official version of JFK’s assassination and the real version. The former espoused by the uninformed or the complicit; the latter infiltrated by co-conspirators and disinformationists. The oligarchy which oversees this mess reaps the benefits of dividing and conquering. Much of the damage done at the behest of the oligarchs was accomplished by CIA agents infiltrating every realm of American life.

From “JFK and the Unspeakable” page 197: “The consequences in the early 1960s, when Kennedy became president was that the CIA had placed a secret team of its own employees through the entire U.S. government. It was accountable to no one except the CIA, headed by Allen Dulles. After Dulles was fired by Kennedy, the CIA’s Deputy Director Richard Helms became this invisible government’s commander. No one except a tight inner circle of the CIA even knew of the existence of this top-secret intelligence network…[it] constituted a powerful, unseen government within the government.”

The CIA didn’t stop there. We now know that its agents infiltrated the fields of rocket science, the military, the media, drug experimentation and sales, war operations, foreign governments, and publishing. It is part of the secret cabal whose purpose is to keep the truth from us, for the truth is dangerous.

I predict that King’s film will, in the end, become another pillar in the house of lies that prevents us all from seeing who we are and from where we came.

http://www.amazon.com/Presidents-Mortician-Tim-Fleming/dp/098882907X

JFK Conspiracy Fact #47: War Contactors Benefitted From JFK’s Death

tpmcover (1)The list of JFK historians who cling to the myth that he would have escalated the Vietnam War, just like his successor did, has dwindled to an uninformed few.  Even most establishment historians now admit that JFK intended to pull out of Vietnam altogether in 1964, as evidenced by his National Security Action Memo 263 which he signed just weeks before his death.  NSAM 263 called for the removal of any and all American military presence in southeast Asia during his second term.
Once this fact is absorbed and accepted, any serious historian must then ask how and why did JFK’s own VP escalate the Vietnam War so dramatically and quickly?  For the answer one must examine who wanted Kennedy dead and how did these people benefit from his death?  Long-time Kennedy hater, D. H. Byrd, Dallas oil millionaire and LBJ associate, was one of those who reaped a windfall from the swift foreign policy reversal.  His Ling-Temco-Vought corporation was awarded a large defense contract as Vietnam ramped up.
Bell Helicopter, a company with covert CIA connections, got the government contract to make Huey helicopters.  According to General Fletcher Prouty, ex-CIA liaison to the Pentagon, Textron, a CIA proprietary, “…did acquire the Bell Helicopter Company and the CIA did step up use of helicopters in southeast Asia, to the point where orders for Bell Helicopters for use in Vietnam exceeded $600-million. Anyone wanting to know more about how the U.S. got so heavily ($200-billion and the loss of 58,000 American lives) involved in Indochina need look no further. This was the pattern and the plan.”
Bell was replete with employees who had overt CIA ties in high security clearance jobs.  One employee was Walter Dornberger, an ex-Nazi who was recruited into US intelligence by Allen Dulles.  The same Allen Dulles who was fired as CIA director by Kennedy in 1961.  Another Bell employee was Michael Paine, husband of Ruth Paine.  The same Ruth Paine who got Lee Harvey Oswald his job in the Texas School Book Depository.
Brown & Root/Halliburton, whose officers hated JFK and his policies, also got massively rich off Vietnam.  George Brown of Brown & Root contributed heavily to LBJ’s political coffers.  And just hours after the assassination, LBJ was overheard telling an aide that he had to sell off his Halliburton stock.
Given this evidence, one must conclude that JFK’s murder and the escalation of the Vietnam War were not unrelated events