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Who Killed Kennedy And Why? It’s Uglier Than You Think

It is a sad fact that Americans must often seek out foreign sources for the truth about world events.  The corporate-owned US media just will not touch certain topics.  For instance, rarely discussed is the immense wealth and power wielded by defense contractors, even though their vast empire controls out political system, our news outlets, our entertainment venues, our government agencies, oil prices, and…yes…even our history.  In other words, the single most influential faction in our daily existence as a nation is ignored by the media.  Why is this?  Well, it’s a long story, and you have to read about your real history to find out.  A good place to start is the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963.  For it is there that the Secret American Empire began consolidating its immense power.

That leads me to a shameless plug for my book The President’s Mortician.  (Please note, there are many other fine works on the true history of the Kennedy assassination, but I’ll let those authors do their own shilling.)   One must leave the realm of America’s fraudulent press to find a genuine review. British Journalist Garrick Alder had this to say about my book–“…it’s a compelling and intriguing narrative…it tantalised me so much that I want to pick up the phone and hammer the Internet until I have tracked down his primary sources.  Researchers will find this book a thought-provoking and stimulating read…it deserves to be read by anyone interested in this aspect of the assassination controversy.”

Why are there no American mainstream journalists who will endorse the book?  It’s too dangerous, and strikes too close of the dark heart of the American empire.  Those who would have the power to promote the veracity of my book are also the very people who stand to have the most to lose from its wide acceptance.

I think the excerpt from The Presidents Mortician I have printed below will illuminate my meaning.  It is a concise outline of who killed JFK and why:

“In the time that has passed since the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was murdered, the topic has been addressed by hundreds of books, countless documentaries, numerous investigations—both public and private, and even a courtroom battle.  The evidence in the case has been hashed and re-hashed many times over, yet the years (nearly 50 now) and the analysis overkill have not dulled the world’s fascination with the subject.  Nor has time diminished America’s conviction that a conspiracy was afoot to take Kennedy’s life on November 22, 1963.  Since the early 1970s the numbers have remained consistent—three in every four citizens believe that either accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, or he did not act at all…rather, he was likely just the ‘fall guy’ or the patsy.  Moreover, among people 27-39 years of age as of 1980, upwards of 85% were pro-conspiracy (1).  In other words, all reasonable people with even a passing knowledge of the events and aftermath of JFK’s assassination suspect that an organized, far-reaching plot took the president’s life that day in Dallas.

“Who killed JFK?  The easy answer is that rogue CIA operatives planned, orchestrated and covered up the murder.  But this solution is too pat, too simplistic.  For it does not take into account the other elements that played their parts in the drama—Texas oilmen, Mafia associates, future presidents and corrupt politicians, ambitious lawyers, Secret Service traitors, the military hierarchy, and wealthy defense contractors.  Taken together, these elements form a Secret American Empire.

“Born of the anti-communist fervor which inflamed the nation in the 1940s and ‘50s; fed by the enormous wealth of oil and weapons makers; protected by ambitious, greedy public servants; and enforced by violent, pathological criminals, this Secret American Empire possesses what amounts to its own foreign policy, its own air force, its own militia, its own economy, and its own rules.  It is not subject to the laws of the land.  It is rich and powerful enough to operate outside the laws that restrict all the rest of us.  As Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, one of its high ministers, once said, ‘I am the richest man in the world.  I can do any damn thing I want to do.’  This empire existed before JFK’s murder, but it had never before pulled off anything so outrageous and brazen as the crime it committed on November 22, 1963.  In fact, some of the participants feared for their own apprehension and left the country before and after the execution.  Their fears were unfounded, however, because the fix was in.  The new president, Lyndon Johnson, was the Empire’s boy, and soon he cut off all legitimate investigations and appointed his own fraudulent commission made up of the Empire’s most ardent protectors.  Once the perpetrators knew they were safe, America became their playground.  They were free to romp through the public trust, trample the Constitution, start an unnecessary and catastrophic war, have free reign over domestic and foreign policy, and invoke immunity from crimes committed.  The JFK assassination taught the Empire that it could get away with anything, and in the years subsequent to 1963 it has coalesced its power and consolidated its reign over democracy.  Its candidates have been elected, by hook or crook; its power base has expanded; its wealth has grown unchecked.  It has smugly, almost defiantly, moved on to evermore audacious, outlandish covert operations—the removal of Richard Nixon from office, the subversion of the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the narcotic trafficking necessary to fund covert operations, and the overthrow of foreign governments.  In short, the Secret American Empire, while waving the flag in our faces and clamoring to high heaven about the land of the free and the home of democracy, has done everything it can to undo the processes and the restraints that would impede it under a true democratic system.  We are living in, and have been since 1963, a neo-fascist oligarchic state, where only wealth and power matter, where the ways and means of a free press are stifled, where the people are propagandized by disinformation and half-truths, where our elected officials represent their own greedy interests and the interests of the Secret Empire, rather than the interests of those who elected them.

“Would it have been different if JFK had lived?  Emphatically, yes!  Kennedy, a conventional cold warrior when he took the oath of office, had transformed into a startling advocate of world peace by 1963.  His landmark address at American University, in June 1963, laid out a revolutionary vision of America and its place in the world, one that made him a lot of deadly enemies.  A world without endless war?  An America free of what Eisenhower called ‘…the unwanted influence of the military-industrial complex?  A pullback on the power of the intelligence community?  JFK became a marked man.  He wanted to eradicate our presence in Vietnam.  He wanted to negotiate a settlement to the Cold War and live in peaceful co-existence with the communist world.  The Secret Empire was not going to tolerate such a radical paradigm shift in domestic and foreign affairs.   That was the entire point of the assassination.”

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JFK Conspiracy Fact #1: When They Killed Kennedy, They Killed America

 

 
America was once a great country, and its leaders understood that to keep it from falling into the hands of a petty, greedy, narrow-minded, regressive few, we had to be vigilant and forward thinking.  FDR, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy all took this responsibility quite seriously.  However, every President since Kennedy has abrogated his duty; to the point where, slowly over time, our greatness has eroded.  America has become a government of the rich, by the selfish, and for the few.  Congress shuts down the government to prevent the sick from getting access to health care.  Social Security and Medicare are endangered. The NRA and a small handful of rich right-wingers buy and sell politicians like cattle.  Schoolchildren are slaughtered and we raise not one finger to prevent its recurrence.  Climate change and evolution are dismissed.  Science is denigrated.  Progressive thinking is derided.  War and the threat of war are constants.  It was not always this way.
FDR was keenly aware of the external and internal threats to democracy.  He used government for good purposes: to defeat world fascism and lift us out of the Depression.  He also stood guard against internal threats. His cabinet and appointees were extensions of this vigilance.  In 1936, William Dodd, the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, wrote a letter to President Roosevelt in which he stated, “A clique of U.S. industrialists is hell-bent to bring a fascist state to supplant our democratic government and is working closely with the fascist regime in Germany and Italy. I have had plenty of opportunity in my post in Berlin to witness how close some of our American ruling families are to the Nazi regime….A prominent executive of one of the largest corporations, told me point blank that he would be ready to take definite action to bring fascism into America if President Roosevelt continued his progressive policies. Certain American industrialists had a great deal to do with bringing fascist regimes into being in both Germany and Italy. They extended aid to help Fascism occupy the seat of power, and they are helping to keep it there. Propagandists for fascist groups try to dismiss the fascist scare. We should be aware of the symptoms. When industrialists ignore laws designed for social and economic progress they will seek recourse to a fascist state when the institutions of our government compel them to comply with the provisions.”
Roosevelt used his powers as President to stop fascist infiltration of the U.S. economy. On the 20th of  October, 1942, he seized the assets of the Union Banking Corporation. The shares of the bank were owned by Prescott Bush (father of George H.W. Bush and grandfather of George W. Bush), E. Roland Harriman, and three members of the Nazi Party. Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the government took over the Union Banking Corporation and the Silesian-American Corporation, a company that had been managed by Prescott Bush and his father-in-law George Herbert Walker.

President Eisenhower, though a Republican, supported social safety programs. He wrote a letter to his brother Edgar on Nov. 8, 1954, which read in part: “Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”  Hunt and his Texas oil cronies financed the murder of John Kennedy and supplanted him with their own oil-friendly, warmongering President, Lyndon Johnson.
JFK also actively stood for progress and peace, and against the takeover of America by wealthy interests.  Four of his prominent speeches illustrate this–
April 27, 1961: Following the Bay of Pigs, a flawed operation concocted by the CIA to trap the President, Kennedy spoke out against secret organizations: “Secrecy is repugnant in a free and open society.  There is a very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning…there is a monolithic, ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence.”  This was a direct shot at the CIA and its culture of secrecy.  He also put on notice those organizations whose members had accumulated undue influence over government agencies and, by extension, the American people.  Organizations like Skull and Bones, Bilderbergers, Freemasons, the Council on World Affairs, et al, had infiltrated all spheres of the government.

America since then:  Two Skull and Bones presidents have presided over unnecessary wars which greatly profited their crony defense contractors.  The CIA has operated clandestinely without oversight in foreign and domestic matters, enriching its corporate sponsors by overthrowing socialist and democratic governments around the globe; subverting the free press; drugging its own citizens; conducting illegal wars; and siding with totalitarian regimes.
June 10, 1963:  In a speech delivered at the American University commencement, JFK declared his intent to end the Cold War, not win it.  He advocates for world peace and says, “ What kind of peace do I seek?  Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.  Total war makes no sense in an age…when the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would by wind and water and soil and seeds travel to the far corners of the Earth…every thoughtful citizen who despairs of war and wishes to bring peace should…examine his own attitude towards the possibility of peace with the Soviet Union…Both [the U.S. and USSR] are devoting to weapons mass sums of money which could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty and disease…if we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”
America since then:  The Cold War lasted another quarter century, and JFK’s vision of world peace never came about.  Since November 22, 1963, war and the threat of war have been constants in American life.
To sum up, Kennedy envisioned perpetual peace; what we got after his death was perpetual war.
September 2, 1963:  Speaking with Walter Cronkite about Vietnam, JFK said, “In the final analysis, it’s their [the South Vietnamese] war; they’re the ones who have to win or lose it.”  Just weeks later JFK issued National Security Action Memo (NSAM) 263, calling for total American withdrawal from Vietnam in his second term.
America since then: Three days after JFK’s death, Lyndon Johnson rescinded NSAM 263 with his own National Security Action Memo (NSAM 273) which laid out the rationale for the Vietnam War.  The war lasted 12 years and cost 58,000 American lives, hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese lives, and billions of American dollars.
October 22, 1963:  In a speech praising scientific advancements and research, JFK, in an age where political charlatans were ridiculed for denying or condemning scientific fact, lauded Americans’ “…wholehearted understanding of the importance of pure science…”  Kennedy encouraged scientists to find ways to “…protect land and water, forests and wildlife, to combat exhaustion and erosion, to stop the contamination of water and air by industrial as well as nuclear pollution, and to provide for the steady renewal and expansion of the natural bases for life.”
America since then:  Scientific research and discoveries are condemned as anti-religion (evolution) and anti-free enterprise (carbon emissions have caused climate change).  Politicians and corporations with blatant agendas bully their way into public discourse, and are not denounced by media for what they are—regressive, ignorant, and greedy.
When they killed Kennedy, they killed his vision for America—peace, progress and an age of enlightenment.  Fifty years on, we’ve seen the America that the plotters wanted—hatred for science, constant war, denigration of social programs for the old and the needy, and protection of the rich and greedy—come to pass.
“When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death. They said to one another, Here comes this dreamer! Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; and we will say, ‘A wild beast devoured him.’ Then let us see what will become of his dreams!” –Genesis 37:18-20
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JFK Conspiracy Fact #8: Part Two of Discussion on JFK, LBJ and Vietnam

In Part One, I engaged writer Jack Durish in a debate over the causes and effects of Vietnam.  In Part Two, another writer, Arthur Frank, challenges my assertions. (Note: I have neither edited nor proofed other writers’ comments; they appear here unvarnished, with typos and faulty grammar.)

Arthur Frank, Novelist: “Timothy: It is not the dead that should concern you. There were 2 categories, black plastic bags, blown to bits in the theater of operations, and aluminum boxes, died later in field hospitals. One went out in a flash, the other went out over tie in great pain. They knew they were dying, it was only a matter of time.

“The ones that you should cry about are the wounded, dismembered, disoriented , permanently scarred to smaller or larger degrees. I got out of it pretty much unscathed, but not a lot of others. A friend of mine who is still screwed up all these years later used to fly medivac helicopters, He doesn’t remember much because he used to fly stoned. I asked him how he flew a chopper , which is all hands and feet, constant motion, when he was stoned. He said it was simple. If he wasn’t stoned, he was too scared shitless to fly, when he was stoned, basic instincts operated the chopper, he had little to do with it.
“If you really want to know. ask someone who was on the ground over there. If they like you , they might tell you, all these years later. Or maybe not. It wasn’t Bell, it was Sikorsky who made the Huey.If you had a Bell, it was on;ly good for reconnaoisance and if you were in one, you wwerre probably dead, They were easily shot down and fell out of the sky like a stone.

“It wasn’t Ling Temco Voight, it was Ling Temco Vine, which was basically a holding company . They bought out all kinds of smaller manufacturing firms, many of whom made civlian and military supplies. I used to work for LTV in Labor Relations after I got out of yhere service. They went bely up.It was a long time ago, and now we buy all kinds of stuff from people that we used to shoot at. Look in Home Depot.Go figure. Everybody gives JFK a pass on Viet Nam. It was Jack who sent all kinds of advisors to the Arvn, shipped them all kinds of militray supplies and started drafting Americans into the Army and Navy . Ity was LBJ wjho escalated it further, and It was RMN who gave it an all time , make it or break it push. It failed and he pulled pout in response to political pressure. I was back home by then.

“I was there for every belessed minute of it.It is a brutal business, and if you can’t follow the Marine addage, “kill them all and let God sort it out.” then you shouldnt be there at all.”

Fleming: “Lots of misinformation in your posts, Arthur. If you’re civil, we can discuss. Cronkite interviewed JFK on Sept. 2, 1963, the evening of the first half-hour news broadcast in history. When asked about Vietnam, JFK said, “It’s their war (meaning the South Vietnamese); they’re the ones who have to win it.” Shortly afterwards, he issued National Security Action Memo 263, calling for complete withdrawal of all advisors and military assistance by 1965. LBJ reversed this the very week he took office.

“The owner of Ling-Temco-VOUGHT was one David Harold Byrd. He is a prominent character in my book. Byrd was a wealthy Dallas businessman who hated JFK. His oil cronies were H.L. Hunt, Murchison, and Richardson. Byrd just happened to own the Texas School Book Depository building, and he was the founder of the Louisiana Civil Air Patrol. That’s right, incredibly enough, Byrd provided the first and last places of employment for Lee Harvey Oswald. This is no coincidence. Byrd, Hunt and Murchison were LBJ’s guardian angels and benefactors. As were Brown & Root and Halliburton. When LBJ ramped Vietnam, his cronies got huge defense contracts. (Bell Helicopter of Dallas/Fort Worth made a fortune off the Huey too.) Rewards for services rendered getting him to the White House.

“It is not the dead that should concern you.” Really? You’re saying it was better to die than live the rest of your life wounded? Okay. You seem to have a great deal of bitterness about the whole thing, and you resent those who did not go there and yet write about it like they were experts. Be that as it may, I knew plenty of people who were on the ground over there; some came back, some not. The ones who came back are grateful to be alive. I wrote about survivors of the Battle for Hill 875 near Dak To in the Central Highlands, November 1967. You should read it, then maybe I’ll have some cred with you. “The Barefoot Hero” appears in the anthology Writers On The Wrong Side Of The Road.

“To recap: JFK wanted out of Vietnam entirely by 1965; LBJ: massive escalation by 1965. JFK murdered in LBJ’s home state, and in city ruled by LBJ’s cronies who made a fortune off the war. If you can’t connect the dots, Arthur, well…”

Frank: “The whole Viet Nam thing is totally fubar. It goes back to the 1800;s with the French colony of French Indo China, which included territories of Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam.
After WW 2 m the Big One, the French had trouble with their colonies, as did everybody else more or less. The US didn’t have colonies, so we didn’t have the trouble.There were uprisings and the French put troops in there to contain it. They ran a poor campaign and Eisenhower started to send them help. Ike liked the French for some unknown reason. He treateed De Gaulle like the Pope. Eisenhower escalated the troop support. You didn’t see much in the papers.The French pulled out altogether, Kennedy escalated the troops to fill the vacuum. Foriegn campaigns benefit officers, especially 1 st Looies and Captains, it is the patthway to Field Grade- Light Col and Bird, maywe even Brigagier Foriegn wars kill grunts, elevate the officers.
In fact , if JFK wanted the troops out , he could have puklled them – He was the President, Even if the Pentagon got pissed at him, it would not have hurt him. He was the Golden Boy. He could do no wrong.The idea that he wanted them out is just bushwah. Regarding the dead, any soldier will tell you that you kind of distance yourself emotioanlly from others in hot zones.because you feel like crap if your buddy buys the farm. Feeling like crap is a good way to get killed yourself. You are also tickled silly that you are glad it was somebody else amnd not you, which also makes you feel like crap, but not enough to get you killed too.. If anybody tells you different, they are either lying to you or they were a clerk, not a grunt.

“The bottom line in Viet Nam is that NOBODY was determined to win it and get ouit. If they were serious, they would have pattern bombed the border for a 10 mile stretch, pulled concertina wire, set up guard posts along the border, identified the enemy, and when they caught them, hung them and let them swing in the breeze as an example to others.. The military doesn’t think that way anymore, not since Black Jack Pershing , Douglas Mac Arthur and George Patton…kill the enemy, preserve the peace.Simple.
Basically, that is the way it is, once you scrub out all the politically correct crap. War sucks. You do your best to win it, because if you lose you are screwed. You bury the dead, you do what you can for the injured and you pray that some field grade asshole who is sitting fat and happy far behind the lines doesn’t get you back into the crap you just got out of.
Winston Churchill said that ‘Total extasy is having been shot at and missed.’ The man had a point.”

Fleming: Arthur: “Completely missed my point, or evaded it. The truth of Vietnam is ugly, I grant you. And it may be painful, and it may hard to face. But it is the truth nonetheless. Defense contractors, the CIA, and every other scourge of the 20th century were making barrels of cash. From p. 184 of Barry & The Boys: The CIA, the Mob and America’s Secret History: ‘Do you want to know why the Vietnam War lasted so long? Because too many people were making too much money.’ If JFK had lived, America would have been out of Vietnam in his second term. Oh, what’s the use…that’s the problem with America. Too many people believing whatever they damn well please, regardless of the facts. Bye Arthur, and bye to your peculiar version of history.”
“War is just a racket.  A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to be to the majority of people.  Only a small inside group knows what it is about.  It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.” –Major General Smedley Butler, USMC
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Conspiracy Fact #9: JFK and War Profiteers

Recently I got caught up in a history discussion with some other writers on a LinkedIn forum.  The topic of  “What was America’s worst war” was introduced by Dennis Byrne, Chicago Sun Times columnist and author of Madness: The War of 1812.

The material is lengthy, so I will present it in two parts.  Part 2 will appear tomorrow in my post etitled JFK Conspiracy Fact #8.  I present the discussion unedited and unproofed (typos and all), because it is an illuminating conversation.  Misinformation about the “why” of Kennedy’s death is rampant, even among the supposedly historically literate.  I will identify the writers as they appear.

Dennis Byrne:

“I suggest that America’s worst war was the War of 1812.

Not Iraq? Not Vietnam?”

Timothy Fleming Author of The President’s Mortician: A Story of How and Why JFK’s Murder was Executed and Covered Up:
“Vietnam…pointless and cruel. War profiteers got rich, of course, but no one else benefitted.”

Jack Durish Author/Historical Fiction, Spy Thrillers, Action/Adventure, Short Stories:
“Every war seems pointless and cruel and war profiteers always get rich, but no one else benefited? How about the other communist inspired insurgencies that failed in Southeast Asia because we attempted to hold the line in Vietnam? Thailand. Indonesia. Et al. And we would have succeeded in Vietnam – indeed we succeeded and then walked away – because we were so poorly led politically.”

Fleming:

“So it is America’s right and privilege to determine by what system others will decide their fate? 58,000 dead Americans to accomplish what? Prevent SE Asians from determining their own fate? We lost the war. The North overran Saigon in April 1975. Did you miss that chapter? And you seem to ascribe innocent motivations to USA intentions. Naïve.”

Durish:
“No, Timothy, I do not advocate that the US has any special privileges or rights to determine anything for others. Indeed, it’s a fool’s errand to attempt it (as seen so clearly in Iraq). Especially when we espouse a system (democracy) that we do not ourselves want (well at least those among us who think).

The fact is that the South Vietnamese had made their choice to avoid communism and made that choice clear. The partition of Vietnam was based on that decision. However, the communists were hell bent on expanding their plans for world domination throughout Southeast Asia (and later everywhere else) and invaded South Vietnam. Yes, there were South Vietnamese who joined their cause, but it was never a popular movement in that country.

Now tell me: Where should we have fought that war?”

Fleming:
“Where? Nowhere. It was never our war. It was theirs. We made it our war for profit. It was Bell Helicopter’s war. It was Halliburton’s war. It was Brown & Root’s war. It was Ling- Temco-Vought’s war. It was Dow’s war. It was General Dynamics war. It was not fought to beat back the communists; it was fought for profit.”

Durish:
“Timothy: What proof do you have of your assertions? Yes, those companies profited from the war. Profits in and of themselves are not evil. (Well, to communists they were evil) However, those profits were merely an outcome of the conflict unless you can provide specific proof that those organizations actually caused the US entry into the war. Where’s the proof?

Harry Truman became famous for investigating and uncovering “war profiteering”. These were people who “took illegal advantage” of the opportunity. They paid bribes and gave favors to those who insured that they obtained government contracts at excessive profits. However, even in that case, he never found that the proof that they inspired Hitler to invade Europe or the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor. Likewise, there is no proof that any American organization colluded with Joseph Stalin to strive for world domination or encouraged North Vietnam to invade their southern neighbors.”

Fleming:
“There’s not enough room here to provide the evidence. Please read my latest work, “The President’s Mortician.” http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/ASIN/098882907X
Sorry for the link and shameless plug, but I have neither the time nor the space here to give you a good answer. Have no doubt, though, that I DO have rock-solid evidence that Vietnam was fought to line the pockets of the wealthiest, most powerful defense contractors…the kind of corporations that can make kings, write the laws, control the information, and subvert democracy for their own means.”

Durish:
“Timothy: Out of respect, I will put your book on my TBR pile. Unfortunately, it is a huge and terrifying thing. Although, I must admit that I’ve read evidence purporting to prove the same case (maybe different from yours, maybe the same) and all ranks up there with other conspiracy theories alongside such venerable examples as the “Grassy Knoll” conspiracy or the fact that George Bush had explosives planted in the WTC Towers and had it detonated in time with holographic projections of airlines crashing into them. Alternatively, I have read credible history regarding the events we’ve been speaking of.and found perfectly reasonable explanations for our involvement in Vietnam.

Furthermore, I have studied the history of Korea and Cuba (of which I’ve written novels) and see the same diplomatic bumbling as evidenced in all US attempts to steer foreign relations. My research has led me to wish on occasion that some secret cabal would take over our relations with other nations. They couldn’t do worse than the State Department and would be entitled to some reasonable profits for their efforts.”

Fleming:
“Fair enough, Jack. It is a terrifying thing, but I want to know my real history…not the crap we’ve been fed to assuage or deepest suspicions. As Thoreau said, “More than love, than riches, than fame. give me the truth!”

Nice talking to you…and please send the link for your Cuba novel.”