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MDC honors JFK today !!

A year of events marking the 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s birth is drawing to a close exactly 54 years after his assassination.

National park rangers will lay a wreath outside Kennedy’s childhood home in Brookline, Massachusetts, and a 21-gun salute by an honor guard will follow.

Wednesday’s solemn commemorations fall on the anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

The observances are being held at what is now known as the John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site administered by the National Park Service.

The nation’s 35th president was born in the leafy Boston suburb on May 29, 1917.

MDC shares a little inside of who JFK was:

*He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism during World War II.

*John F. Kennedy is the youngest ever elected President of the United States

* He established the Peace Corps in 1961

* JFK averted nuclear war through his negotiations with Soviet leader Khrushchev (MDC says, he had Russia dismantle their weapons.) 

* He was responsible for the Equal Pay Act of 1963

 

 

Source: Artwork by #CharmaineOlivia

 

JFK Release Day

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JFK Assassination Records – 2017 Additional Documents Release

The National Archives and Records Administration is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act.  The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s.  The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part.  Learn more

This July release consists of 3,810 documents, including 441 formerly withheld-in-full documents and 3,369 documents formerly released with portions redacted.  The documents originate from FBI and CIA series identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records.  More releases will follow.

To view the entire file, you may visit the National Archives at College Park and request access to the original records.

MDC laughs at the location of the files, GO TERPS !!

Involuntary Tears

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Involuntary tears misted out as I watched television revisit the JFK assassination.

The Baby Boomer generation was unprepared to have its’ role model President and class act First Lady taken away. That day in Dallas killed the spirit and the enthusiasm of a whole generation. The world stood still, the sun stopped shining, and everyone had to suffer a suffering loss that cannot ever be excused.

In America there are many voices and many powerful forces that sincerely intend to do what is right but what is right for some is dead wrong for others. We live in that dynamic.

The possibilities that were lost on that day have stymied America into a phantom of itself. The stories that were concocted to cover up the assassination, the excuses and the bad protection, are all part of the history of an American Pain Body.

We have lost the inspiration that was channeled by the young President and his Wife. There have not been inspirational figures since. Martin Luther King, Mandela, and Bobby Kennedy are just part of the same drama.

Great figures like Martin Luther King emerged and changed the planet while being martyred to the cost of ending segregation. However, JFK inspired all of us globally that were waiting to give to grow and to have purpose. Instead we were sent to our collective deaths from cover up stories and wars that have lasted until now.

Those that didn’t know him or his wife might never understand the loss of an inspirer that actually led. Presidents that followed have not inspired us, just covered up truth, changed agendas, and kept us busy from fear, continuously. Some have tried with words that were written to inspire but the delivery of inspiration must wait as it hasn’t been seen or heard from a politician in fifty years.

We are left with the poetry and music of icons. Yesterday’s icons like Dylan, the Beatles, and others, have filled in some of the inspirational void. Music and art inspire, create a new hope needed in each generation.

Fifty years of dishonesty has left us all rudderless. Truth is needed now not more excuses, stories, diversions of war.

Just watch one of Kennedy’s news conferences and it will show the inspirational speaker who was never at a loss and always came prepared. That was compelling news, and we haven’t had a leader leading us compelling us toward a good direction since.

We write words in this space because we haven’t found leaders who inspire us today like those words and deeds of that great President fifty years ago who took us on a trip filled with inspiration to a possibility still lost in a fog called manufactured American history.

JFK vision of Peace

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On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, his nephew recalls the fallen president’s attempts to halt the war machine.

On November 22nd, 1963, my uncle, president John F. Kennedy, went to Dallas intending to condemn as “nonsense” the right-wing notion that “peace is a sign of weakness.” He meant to argue that the best way to demonstrate American strength was not by using destructive weapons and threats but by being a nation that “practices what it preaches about equal rights and social justice,” striving toward peace instead of “aggressive ambitions.” Despite the Cold War rhetoric of his campaign, JFK’s greatest ambition as president was to break the militaristic ideology that has dominated our country since World War II. He told his close friend Ben Bradlee that he wanted the epitaph “He kept the peace,” and said to another friend, William Walton, “I am almost a ‘peace at any price’ president.” Hugh Sidey, a journalist and friend, wrote that the governing aspect of JFK’s leadership was “a total revulsion” of war. Nevertheless, as James W. Douglass argues in his book JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, JFK’s presidency would be a continuous struggle with his own military and intelligence agencies, which engaged in incessant schemes to trap him into escalating the Cold War into a hot one. His first major confrontation with the Pentagon, the Bay of Pigs catastrophe, came only three months into his presidency and would set the course for the next 1,000 days.

JFK’s predecessor, Dwight D. Eisenhower, had finalized support on March 17th, 1960, for a Cuban invasion by anti-Castro insurgents, but the wily general left its execution to the incoming Kennedy team. From the start, JFK recoiled at the caper’s stench, as CIA Director Allen Dulles has acknowledged, demanding assurances from CIA and Pentagon brass that there was no chance of failure and that there would be no need for U.S. military involvement. Dulles and the generals knowingly lied and gave him those guarantees.

When the invasion failed, JFK refused to order airstrikes against Castro. Realizing he had been drawn into a trap, he told his top aides, David Powers and Kenneth O’Donnell, “They were sure I’d give in to them and send the go-ahead order to the [U.S. Navy aircraft carrier] Essex. They couldn’t believe that a new president like me wouldn’t panic and try to save his own face. Well, they had me figured all wrong.” JFK was realizing that the CIA posed a monumental threat to American democracy. As the brigade faltered, he told Arthur Schlesinger that he wanted to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”

The next confrontation with the defense and intelligence establishments had already begun as JFK resisted pressure from Eisenhower, the Joint Chiefs and the CIA to prop up the CIA’s puppet government in Laos against the communist Pathet Lao guerrillas. The military wanted 140,000 ground troops, with some officials advocating for nuclear weapons. “If it hadn’t been for Cuba,” JFK told Schlesinger, “we might be about to intervene in Laos. I might have taken this advice seriously.” JFK instead signed a neutrality agreement the following year and was joined by 13 nations, including the Soviet Union.

His own instincts against intervening with American combat forces in Laos were fortified that April by the judgment of retired Gen. Douglas MacArthur, America’s undisputed authority on fighting wars in Asia. Referring to Dulles’ mischief in Southeast Asia during the Eisenhower years, MacArthur told JFK, “The chickens are coming home to roost, and [you] live in the chicken coop.” MacArthur added a warning that ought to still resonate today: “Anyone wanting to commit American ground forces to the mainland of Asia should have his head examined.”

About six months into his administration, JFK went to Vienna to meet Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev with high hopes of beginning a process of détente and mutual nuclear disarmament. Khrushchev met his proposals with bombast and truculent indifference. The Joint Chiefs and the CIA, which had fulminated about JFK’s notion of negotiating with the Soviets, were relieved by the summit’s failure. Six weeks later, military and intelligence leaders responded by unveiling their proposal for a pre-emptive thermonuclear attack on the Soviet Union, to be launched sometime in late 1963. JFK stormed away from the meeting in disgust, remarking scathingly to Secretary of State Dean Rusk, “And we call ourselves the human race.”

As JFK’s relationship with his military-intelligence apparatus deteriorated, a remarkable relationship with Khrushchev began. Both were battle-hardened war veterans seeking a path to rapprochement and disarmament, encircled by militarists clamoring for war. In Kennedy’s case, both the Pentagon and the CIA believed war with the Soviets was inevitable and therefore desirable in the short term while we still had the nuclear advantage. In the autumn of 1961, as retired Gen. Lucius Clay, who had taken a civilian post in Berlin, launched a series of unauthorized provocations against the Soviets, Khrushchev began an extraordinary secret correspondence with JFK. With the Berlin crisis moving toward nuclear Armageddon, Khrushchev turned to KGB agent Georgi Bolshakov, a top Soviet spy in Washington, to communicate directly with JFK. Bolshakov, to the horror of the U.S. State Department, was a friend of my parents and a frequent guest at our home. Bolshakov smuggled a letter, the first of 21 declassified in 1993, to JFK’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger, in a folded newspaper. In it, Khrushchev expressed regret about Vienna and embraced JFK’s proposal for a path to peace and disarmament.

On October 27th, Gen. Clay made an unauthorized armed threat to knock down the Berlin Wall using tanks equipped with dozer plows, seeking to provoke the Soviets into some action that would justify a nuclear first strike. The Kremlin responded with its own tanks, which met Clay’s forces at the border crossing known as Checkpoint Charlie. A 16-hour face-off ensued. Through my father, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and Bolshakov, JFK promised that if Khrushchev withdrew his tanks within 24 hours, the U.S. would pull back 20 minutes later. Khrushchev took the risk, and JFK kept his word. Two weeks later, with tensions still running, Khrushchev sent a second letter to JFK: “I have no ground to retreat further, there is a precipice behind [me].” Kennedy realized that Khrushchev, too, was surrounded by a powerful military and intelligence complex intent on going to war. After the confrontation, Gen. Clay railed against JFK’s unwillingness to “face the risk of nuclear war” against the Soviets.

One year later, on October 16th, 1962, Kennedy saw aerial photographs proving that the Soviets had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba capable of reaching much of the eastern U.S. seaboard. The next 13 days were the most perilous in mankind’s history. From the outset, the Pentagon, the CIA and many of JFK’s advisers urged airstrikes and a U.S. invasion of the island that, as a Soviet military commander later revealed, would have triggered a nuclear war with the Soviets. JFK opted for a blockade, which Soviet ships respected. By October 26th, the standoff was de-escalating. Then, on October 27th, the crisis reignited when Soviet forces shot down a U.S. reconnaissance plane, killing its pilot, Maj. Rudolf Anderson. Almost immediately, the brass demanded overwhelming retaliation to destroy the Soviet missile sites. Meanwhile, Castro pushed the Kremlin military machine toward a devastating first strike. In a secret meeting with Ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, my father told him, “If the situation continues much longer, the president is not sure that the military will not overthrow him and seize power.” U.S. marshals appeared at our house to take us to government bunkers in western Virginia. My brother Joe and I were anxious to go, if only to see the setup. But my father, who’d spent the previous six nights at the White House, called to say that we needed to be “good soldiers” and show up for school in Washington. To disappear, he told us, would cause public panic. That night, many people in our government went to sleep wondering if they would wake up dead.

On Monday, October 29th, the world moved back from the brink. An artfully drafted letter my father wrote with Ted Sorensen pledging that the U.S. would not invade Cuba – plus JFK’s secret agreement with Khrushchev to withdraw obsolete Jupiter missiles from Turkey – persuaded the Kremlin to back down.

My father was not exaggerating to Dobrynin the fragility of White House control over the military. During the 13 days, the president’s hold on power became increasingly tenuous as spooks and generals, apoplectic at JFK’s reluctance to attack Cuba, engaged in dozens of acts of insubordination designed to trigger a nuclear exchange. CIA spymaster William Harvey screamed at the president and my father during a White House meeting: “We wouldn’t be in such trouble now if you guys had some balls in the Bay of Pigs.” Defense analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who years later leaked the Pentagon Papers, reported, “There was virtually a coup atmosphere in Pentagon circles.” Incensed brass were in a state of disbelief at what they considered bald treason by the president. Spoiling for a war to end all wars, Gen. Curtis LeMay, the man who pioneered the use of napalm against civilians in Tokyo during World War II, found consolation by allowing himself to believe all was not lost. “Why don’t we go in there and make a strike on Monday anyway?” LeMay said, as he watched the crisis subside.

Khrushchev said afterward that Kennedy had won his “deep respect” during the crisis: “He didn’t let himself become frightened, nor did he become reckless.?.?.?.?He showed real wisdom and statesmanship when he turned his back on the right-wing forces in the United States who were trying to goad him into taking military action against Cuba.”

Today it’s fashionable to view the quagmire of Vietnam as a continuum beginning under Eisenhower and steadily escalating through the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations. But JFK was wary of the conflict from the outset and determined to end U.S. involvement at the time of his death.

JFK inherited a deteriorative dilemma. When Eisenhower left office, there were by official count 685 military advisers in Vietnam, sent there to help the government of President Ngo Dinh Diem in its battle against the South Vietnamese guerrillas known as the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese soldiers deployed by Communist ruler Ho Chi Minh, who was intent on reunifying his country. Eisenhower explained that “the loss of South Vietnam would set in motion a crumbling process that could, as it progressed, have grave consequences for us.” Ho Chi Minh’s popularity in the south had already led Dulles’ CIA to sabotage national elections required by the Geneva Accords, which had ended France’s colonial rule, and to prop up Diem’s crooked puppet government, which was tenuously hanging on to power against the Communists. Back at home, Republican militarists were charging JFK with “losing Laos” and badgering him to ramp up our military commitment.

In JFK’s first months in office, the Pentagon asked him to deploy ground troops into Vietnam. JFK agreed to send another 500 advisers, under the assumption that South Vietnam had a large army and would be able to defend itself against communist aggression. He refused to send ground troops but would eventually commit 16,500 advisers – fewer troops than he sent to Mississippi to integrate Ole Miss – who were technically forbidden from engaging in combat missions. He told New York Times columnist Arthur Krock in 1961 that the United States should not involve itself “in civil disturbances created by guerrillas.”

For three years, that refusal to send combat troops earned him the antipathy of both liberals and conservatives who rebuked him for “throwing in the towel” in the Cold War. His critics included not just the traditionally bellicose Joint Chiefs and the CIA, but also trusted advisers and friends, including Gen. Maxwell Taylor; Defense Secretary Robert McNamara; McNamara’s deputy, Roswell Gilpatric; and Secretary of State Rusk. JFK’s ambassador to South Vietnam, Frederick Nolting Jr., reported a “virtually unanimous desire for the introduction of the U.S. forces into Vietnam” by the Vietnamese “in various walks of life.” When Vice President Lyndon Johnson visited Vietnam in May 1961, he returned adamant that victory required U.S. combat troops. Virtually every one of JFK’s senior staff concurred. Yet JFK resisted. Saigon, he said, would have to fight its own war.

As a stalling tactic, he sent Gen. Taylor to Vietnam on a fact-finding mission in September 1961. Taylor was among my father’s best friends. JFK was frank with Taylor – he needed a military man to advise him to get out of Vietnam. According to Taylor, “The last thing he wanted was to put in ground forces. And I knew that.” Nevertheless, Taylor was persuaded by hysterical military and intelligence experts across the Pacific, and had angered JFK when he came back recommending U.S. intervention. To prevent the fall of South Vietnam, Taylor suggested sending 8,000 U.S. troops under the guise of “flood relief” – a number that McNamara said was a reasonable start but should be escalated to as many as “six divisions, or about 205,000 men.” Later, Taylor would say, “I don’t recall anyone who was strongly against [sending troops to Vietnam] except one man, and that was the president.”

Frustrated by Taylor’s report, JFK then sent a confirmed pacifist, John Kenneth Galbraith, to Vietnam to make the case for nonintervention. But JFK confided his political weakness to Galbraith. “You have to realize,” JFK said, “that I can only afford so many defeats in one year.” He had the Bay of Pigs and the pulling out of Laos. He couldn’t accept a third. Former Vice President Richard Nixon and the CIA’s Dulles, whom JFK had fired, were loudly advocating U.S. military intervention in Vietnam, while Asian dominoes tumbled. Even The New York Times agreed. “The present situation,” the paper had warned, “is one that brooks no further stalling.” This was accepted wisdom among America’s leading foreign-policy gurus. Public sympathies in the summer of 1963 were 2-to-1 for intervention.

Despite the drumbeat from the left and right, JFK refused to send in combat troops. “They want a force of American troops,” JFK told Schlesinger. “They say it’s necessary in order to restore confidence and maintain morale. But it will be just like Berlin. The troops will march in, the bands will play, the crowds will cheer, and in four days everyone will have forgotten. Then we will be told we have to send in more troops. It’s like taking a drink. The effect wears off and you have to have another.”

In 1967, Daniel Ellsberg interviewed my father. Ellsberg, a wavering war hawk and Marine veteran, was researching the history of the Vietnam War. He had seen the mountains of warmongering memos, advice and pressure. Ellsberg asked my father how JFK had managed to stand against the virtually unanimous tide of pro-war sentiment. My father explained that his brother did not want to follow France into a war of rich against poor, white versus Asian, on the side of imperialism and colonialism against nationalism and self-determination. Pressing my father, Ellsberg asked whether the president would have accepted a South Vietnamese defeat. “We would have handled it like Laos,” my father told him. Intrigued, Ellsberg pressed further. “What made him so smart?” Three decades afterward, Ellsberg would vividly recall my father’s reaction: “Whap! His hand slapped down on the desk. I jumped in my chair. ‘Because we were there!’ He slapped the desk again. ‘We saw what was happening to the French. We saw it. We were determined never to let that happen to us.'”

In 1951, JFK, then a young congressman, and my father visited Vietnam, where they marveled at the fearlessness of the French Legionnaires and the hopelessness of their cause. On that trip, American diplomat Edmund Gullion warned JFK to avoid the trap. Upon returning, JFK isolated himself with his outspoken opposition to American involvement in this “hopeless internecine struggle.”

Three years later, in April 1954, he made himself a pariah within his own party by condemning the Eisenhower administration for entertaining French requests for assistance in Indochina, predicting that fighting Ho Chi Minh would mire the U.S. in France’s doomed colonial legacy. “No amount of American military assistance in Indochina can conquer an enemy that is everywhere and at the same time nowhere?.?.?.?[or an enemy] which has the sympathy and covert support of the people.”

By the summer of 1963, JFK was quietly telling trusted friends and advisers he intended to get out following the 1964 election. These included Rep. Tip O’Neill, McNamara, National Security adviser McGeorge Bundy, Sen. Wayne Morse, Washington columnist Charles Bartlett, Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson, confidant Larry Newman, Gen. Taylor and Marine Commandant Gen. David M. Shoup, who, besides Taylor, was the only other member of the Joint Chiefs that JFK trusted. Both McNamara and Bundy acknowledged in their respective memoirs that JFK meant to get out – which were jarring admissions against self-interest, since these two would remain in the Johnson administration and orchestrate the war’s escalation.

That spring, JFK had told Montana Sen. Mike Mansfield, who would become the Vietnam War’s most outspoken Senate critic, “I can’t do it until 1965, after I’m re-elected.” Later that day, he explained to Kenneth O’Donnell, “If I tried to pull out completely from Vietnam, we would have another Joe McCarthy Red scare on our hands, but I can do it after I’m re-elected.” Both Nelson Rockefeller and Sen. Barry Goldwater, who were vying to run against him in 1964, were uncompromising Cold Warriors who would have loved to tar JFK with the brush that he had lost not just Laos, but now Vietnam. Goldwater was campaigning on the platform of “bombing Vietnam back into the Stone Age,” a lyrical and satisfying construct to the Joint Chiefs and the CIA. “So we had better make damned sure I am re-elected,” JFK said.

The Joint Chiefs, already in open revolt against JFK for failing to unleash the dogs of war in Cuba and Laos, were unanimous in urging a massive influx of ground troops and were incensed with talk of withdrawal. The mood in Langley was even uglier. Journalist Richard Starnes, filing from Vietnam, gave a stark assessment in The Washington Daily News of the CIA’s unrestrained thirst for power in Vietnam. Starnes quoted high-level U.S. officials horrified by the CIA’s role in escalating the conflict. They described an insubordinate, out-of-control agency, which one top official called a “malignancy.” He doubted that “even the White House could control it any longer.” Another warned, “If the United States ever experiences a [coup], it will come from the CIA and not from the Pentagon.” Added another, “[Members of the CIA] represent tremendous power and total unaccountability to anyone.”

Defying such pressures, JFK, in the spring of 1962, told McNamara to order the Joint Chiefs to begin planning for a phased withdrawal that would disengage the U.S. altogether. McNamara later told an assistant secretary of defense that the president intended to “close out Vietnam by ’65 whether it was in good shape or bad.”

On May 8th, 1962, following JFK’s orders, McNamara instructed a stunned Gen. Paul Harkins “to devise a plan for bringing full responsibility [for the Vietnam War] over to South Vietnam.” Mutinous, the general ignored the order until July 23rd, 1962, when McNamara again commanded him to produce a plan for withdrawal. The brass returned May 6th, 1963, with a half-baked proposal that didn’t complete withdrawal as quickly as JFK had wanted. McNamara ordered them back yet again.

On September 2nd, 1963, in a televised interview, JFK told the American people he didn’t want to get drawn into Vietnam. “In the final analysis, it is their war,” he said. “They are the ones who have to win or lose it. We can help them, we can give them equipment. We can send our men out there as advisers, but they have to win it, the people of Vietnam.”

Six weeks before his death, on October 11th, 1963, JFK bypassed his own National Security Council and had Bundy issue National Security Action Memorandum 263, making official policy the withdrawal from Vietnam of the bulk of U.S. military personnel by the end of 1965, beginning with “1,000 U.S. military personnel by the end of 1963.” On November 14th, 1963, a week before Dallas, he announced at a press conference that he was ordering up a plan for “how we can bring Americans out of there.” The morning of November 21st, as he prepared to leave for Texas, he reviewed a casualty list for Vietnam indicating that more than 100 Americans to date had died there. Shaken and angry, JFK told his assistant press secretary Malcolm Kilduff, “It’s time for us to get out. The Vietnamese aren’t fighting for themselves. We’re the ones doing the fighting. After I come back from Texas, that’s going to change. There’s no reason for us to lose another man over there. Vietnam is not worth another American life.”

On November 24th, 1963, two days after JFK died, Lyndon Johnson met with South Vietnam Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, whom JFK had been on the verge of firing. LBJ told Lodge, “I am not going to lose Vietnam. I am not going to be the president who saw Southeast Asia go the way China went.” Over the next decade, nearly 3 million Americans, including many of my friends, would enter the paddies of Vietnam, and 58,000, including my cousin George Skakel, would never return.

Dulles, fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs, returned to public service when LBJ appointed him to the Warren Commission, where he systematically concealed the agency’s involvement in various assassination schemes and its ties to organized crime. To a young writer, he revealed his continued resentment against JFK: “That little Kennedy?.?.?.?he thought he was a god.”

On June 10th, 1963, at American University, Kennedy gave his greatest speech ever, calling for an end to the Cold War, painting the heretical vision of America living and competing peacefully with Soviet Communists. World peace, he proposed, would not be “a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war.” He challenged Cold War fundamentalists who cast the world as a clash of civilizations in which one side must win and the other annihilated. He suggested instead that peaceful coexistence with the Soviets might be the most expedient path to ending totalitarianism.

And he acknowledged that now, “above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either humiliating retreat or nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy – or a collective death wish for the world.” In the nightmare reality of nuclear war, he said, “All we have built, all we have worked for, would be destroyed in the first 24 hours.”

JFK went on to paint the picture of a world where different ideologies were allowed to flourish, supplanting the immoral and destructive Cold War with productive competition that, instead of “devoting massive sums to weapons,” would divert them “to combat ignorance, poverty and disease.” And, he added, “if we cannot now end our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity.”

He concluded by proposing a blueprint for bringing the Cold War to an end. “Our primary long-range interest,” he said, was “general and complete disarmament, designed to take place by stages permitting parallel political developments to build the new institutions of peace which would take the place of arms.” He announced unilateral suspension of atmospheric nuclear weapons and proposed immediate disarmament talks with Moscow.

It’s hard to understand today how heretical JFK’s proposal for coexistence with the Soviets sounded to America’s right wing. It was Cold War boilerplate that any objective short of complete destruction was cowardice or treachery. In his bestselling 1962 diatribe Why Not Victory? Barry Goldwater proclaimed, “Our objective must be the destruction of the enemy as an ideological force.?.?.?.?Our effort calls for a basic commitment in the name of victory, which says we will never reconcile ourselves to the communist possession of power of any kind in any part of the world.”

Despite opposition to the treaty from the generals and Republican leaders, including liberals like Nelson Rockefeller, Kennedy’s words electrified a world terrified by the prospect of nuclear exchange. JFK’s recognition of the Soviet point of view had an immediate salving impact on U.S.-Soviet relations. Khrushchev, deeply moved, later told treaty negotiator Averell Harriman that the American University address was “the greatest speech by an American president since Roosevelt.”

Knowing that America’s military-industrial complex would oppose him, JFK had kept the text of his speech secret from the Pentagon, the CIA and the State Department. His call for a unilateral test-ban treaty shocked his own National Security and his military and diplomatic advisers.

Worse, in the month leading up to the speech, he had secretly worked with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan to arrange test-ban negotiations in Moscow. Khrushchev embraced JFK’s proposal, agreeing in principle to end nuclear testing in the atmosphere and water, and on land and in outer space, and proposed a non­aggression pact between NATO and the Soviet satellite countries of the Warsaw Pact. Kennedy supervised every detail of the negotiation, working at astounding speed to end-run his adversaries in the Pentagon. On July 25th, 1963, JFK approved the treaty. The next day, he went on TV, telling America, “This treaty can symbolize the end of one era and the beginning of another – if both sides can, by this treaty, gain confidence and experience in peaceful collaboration.” Less than a month later, they both signed the treaty. It was the first arms-control agreement of the nuclear age. Historian Richard Reeves wrote, “By moving so swiftly on the Moscow negotiations, Kennedy politically outflanked his own military on the most important military question of the time.”

Caught off guard, the military-intelligence apparatus quickly mobilized to derail the treaty, which still needed to be ratified by the Senate. The Joint Chiefs of Staff, who had announced months earlier that they were “opposed to a comprehensive ban under almost any terms,” joined CIA director John McCone in lobbying against the agreement in the Senate. The Pentagon tried to sabotage its passage by hiding information about the ease of detecting underground tests.

The right-wing propaganda machine found plenty of arable ground in the American national consciousness to fertilize with fear. Initially, congressional mail ran 15-1 against the treaty. JFK believed the chances for passage in the Senate was “about in the nature of a miracle.” He ordered his staff to pull out every stop to mobilize the population, saying that he was determined to get the treaty passed, even if it cost him the 1964 election.

By September, a monumental grassroots White House campaign had flipped public opinion to support the treaty by 80 percent. On September 24th, 1963, the Senate ratified the treaty 80-19. As Ted Sorensen noted, no other single accomplishment in the White House “gave the president greater satisfaction.”

On October 10th, after signing the atmospheric-test-ban treaty, Khrushchev sent JFK the last of his personal letters. In that missive, Khrushchev proposed the next steps for ending the Cold War. He recommended the conclusion of a nonaggression pact between the NATO and the Warsaw Pact nations, and a number of steps to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and prevent their use in surprise attacks. JFK would never see the letter. State Department officials hostile toward Khrushchev intercepted it.

Khrushchev had already secretly proposed to his own government radical reductions in the Soviet military, including the conversion of missile plants to peaceful purposes. After JFK’s death, Kremlin war hawks viewed Khrushchev’s plan as a treasonous proposal for unilateral disarmament. Less than a year after Dallas, Khrushchev was removed from power.

JFK, at the time of his death, was planning his own trip to the Soviet Union, knowing nothing would do more to end the Cold War. Forty years later, Khrushchev’s son Sergei wrote that he was “convinced that if history had allowed them another six years, they would have brought the Cold War to a close before the end of the 1960s.?.?.?.?But fate decreed otherwise, and the window of opportunity, barely cracked open, closed at once. In 1963, President Kennedy was killed, and a year later, in October 1964, my father was removed from power. The Cold War continued for another quarter of a century.”

JFK’s capacity to stand up against the national-security apparatus and imagine a different future for America has made him, despite his short presidency, one of the most popular presidents in history. Despite his abbreviated tenure, John F. Kennedy is the only one-term president consistently included in the list of top 10 presidents made by American historians. A 2009 poll of 65 historians ranked him sixth in overall presidential performance, just ahead of Jefferson. And today, JFK’s great concerns seem more relevant than ever: the dangers of nuclear proliferation, the notion that empire is inconsistent with a republic and that corporate domination of our democracy at home is the partner of imperial policies abroad. He understood the perils to our Constitution from a national-security state and mistrusted zealots and ideologues. He thought other nations ought to fight their own civil wars and choose their own governments and not ask the U.S. to do it for them. Yet the world he imagined and fought for has receded so far below the horizon that it’s no longer even part of the permissible narrative inside the Beltway or in the mainstream press. Critics who endeavor to debate the survival of American democracy within the national-security state risk marginalization as crackpots and kooks. His greatest, most heroic aspirations for a peaceful, demilitarized foreign policy are the forbidden­ debates of the modern political era.

Source: John F. Kennedy’s Vision of Peace
By Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rolling Stone

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JFK

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Little known to most Americans, Prescott Bush, George Bush’s grandfather was Nixon’s top financier from Wall Street. The Nixon campaign was funded by big Eastern financial interests… the Bank of America, the big private utilities, the major oil companies. In 1969, one of Nixon’s first actions as president was to send a jet at taxpayers cost to pick up young George W. Baby Bush back to the White House for a “date” with his 23 year old daughter Tricia, while he and poppy H.W. Bush, an outsider to Washington politics chatted about the future… This would not be the only time that Nixon would bestow special favors upon the Bush family. Two years later Nixon would make George H. W. Bush ambassador to the United Nations and then chairman of the entire Republican party, giving him the highest level of national political power. Bush became a crucial link to an alliance that was forming between Eastern bankers, Texas oilmen, and intelligence operatives.

The Bushes backed Nixon passionately in his 1960 presidential campaign against John F. Kennedy. Decades before George H. W. Bush was named CIA Director, he was already involved with CIA covert operations, and even photographed outside the Dallas School Book Depository in Dallas Texas after Kennedy’s assassination. Many have come forward detailing the connections between the Bush family network and the ultimate elimination of the president of the free world, in order to begin what George W. Bush fully installed post 9/11 upon our planet Earth. Prescott Bush was betrayed by John Kennedy when he fired his best friend Allen Dulles as CIA director and tried to disrupt the financial grasp of the New York Federal Reserve system over the United States with Executive Order #11110.

According to a biography of Richard Nixon, his close personal and political ties with the Bush family go back to 1941 when Nixon claims he read an ad in an L A. newspaper, placed by a wealthy group of Wall Street businessmen, led by Prescott Bush, the father of George H. W. Bush. They wanted a young, malleable candidate to run for Congress. Nixon applied for the position and won the job. Nixon became a mouthpiece for the Bush group. In fact, Prescott Bush is credited with creating the winning ticket of Eisenhower-Nixon in 1952. At the same time George H. W. Bush had been chairman of the Eisenhower-Nixon campaign in Midland, Texas, in 1952 and 1956. The Bush Administration regime has gone on for more than one presidency, as the family is directly involved in a great number of United States policy’s and business. Huge scandals point out that this crime-syndicated family dynasty has used torture, ruthless killing squads, globalization, financial corruption, and militarization of America and the world to carry out a Neocon agenda for broadening the empire, which JFK would not have.

Nixon was the lead council for PepsiCo, which had enormous holdings in the “soda bottling mecca” of Laos and Thailand, where it just so happens a lot of heroin/opium comes from, which just so happens to be the nation Nixon secretly invaded with Kissinger in 1971. Newly released tapes recorded during Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency have confirmed long-held rumors that in 1968, then-presidential candidate Richard M. Nixon worked to sabotage Vietnam War peace for Johnson. Johnson lied about the origin of the Vietnam War by the “Gulf of Tonkin incident” as it never actually happened, exposed in Time Life magazine. Johnson hated Kennedy and made no secret to publicly bash him in Washington, despite being his Vice President. It was rumored Kennedy was planning on dropping Johnson as running mate in the 1964 election possible with his brother Bobby. Johnson worked very closely making millions with Cheney’s Halliburton or KBR in Texas. Federal contracts were given for detention cells construction & troop resources during the Vietnam war, just as it was again during the Iraq wars of Bush senior and Bush Jr. This was the Military Industrial Complex Eisenhower warned Americans about before leaving office. America’s “Great Society” was stopped and never truly envisioned as the Great World Fairs of the past displayed for us. Money was re-allocated to war rather than social uplift and energy. THIS is what America has since lacked and since the W. Bush regime, America has left the BIE bureau of International Exposition which hosts World Fair’s that unite and produce solutions and ideas.

Nelson Rockefeller (longtime OSS and very deep CIA) had a personal friendship with Lyndon Johnson before he became Vice President under Gerald Ford 1974-1977. Most of Lyndon Johnson’s cabinet were CFR members, heavily influenced by Rockefellers. LBJ passed 25th Amendment, which Nelson wanted. The 25th Amendment created president Gerald Ford as president after Nixon resigned in 1974, without any public election. The Warren Commission member and now president Ford put Nelson Rockefeller in the White House. The network of Texas Oil/military contractors/war hawks with the NY Establishment/Rockefeller/NY Times media/CFR power center have grossly hijacked the founding principals of government for the last 50 years.

At 36 years of age, Donald H. Rumsfeld was the youngest member of President Nixon’s cabinet. Serving first in domestic policy roles, such as the Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity, and as United States Permanent Representative to NATO. While Rumsfeld took part in dozens of meetings that were taped by the Nixon recording system, in the Cabinet Room, Oval Office, Executive Office Building, and various White House telephones. Donald Rumsfeld, who as secretary of defense oversaw the army, navy, air force, and marines from 2001 to December 2006, is widely blamed for the catastrophic state of America’s involvement in Iraq. Rumsfeld was also CEO of Searle which he sold to become Monsanto, where he devoted efforts to get governmental approval for the controversial artificial sweetener aspartame, known to cause cancer and neurological illness as stated by the FDA. Rumsfeld and a young Cheney began a concerted effort – first secretly and then openly – to undermine America’s policies and usher in a new era, which would be financed to power. Together the two stated that the Soviet Union was arming up and building huge arsenals, which ended up being a lie as the Soviet Union collapsed from the inside out. During the scandal, Rumsfeld and Cheney built new military industrial war building plants with governmental contracts, and years of taxpayer money. These two men are directly responsible for the build up of the Neocon PNAC [Project for a New American Century] which transformed America & the world at war post 9/11.

In 1959, Vice President Nixon was flying all over the world, acting just like presidential material. Nixon lost the 1960 race by the smallest margin in history to JFK. At first Bush, Nixon, and General Cabel and CIA agent Hunt decided to just go ahead with the invasion, without informing President Kennedy. Then, at the last second, at 4 a.m., just two hours before the invasion was set to go, General Cabel called JFK and asked for permission to provide U.S. air cover for the CIA invasion. Kennedy said no. The CIA was furious with JFK but decided to go ahead with their private invasion anyway. Due to poor intelligence, the CIA landed at the worst possible beach. A swamp. The invasion failed. The CIA lost 15 of its best men, killed, with another 1100 in Cuban prisons. It was the worst single blow the CIA ever suffered. (Source: Howard Hunt, Give Us This Day.) Nixon’s corporate sponsors ordered JFK to make any deal necessary to recover the 1100 CIA agents imprisoned in Cuba. JFK did. Once the CIA had its well-trained Cubans back, they decided to continue the invasion of Cuba just as soon as they could get rid of Kennedy.

Recently interviewed former CIA liaison officer L. Fletcher Prouty said that one of the projects he did for the CIA was in 1961 to deliver US Navy ships from a Navy ship yard to the CIA agents in Guatemala planning the invasion of Cuba. He said he delivered three ships to a CIA agent named George Bush, who had the 3 ships painted to look like they were civilian ships. That CIA agent then named the 3 ships after: his wife, his home town and his oil company. He named the ships: Barbara, Houston & Zapata. Any book on the history of the Bay of Pigs will prove the names of those 3 ships. Again, this is more finger prints of George Bush’s involvement in the Bay of Pigs invasion.

The 1964 election was fast approaching. Nixon was running against Kennedy again. Prescott Bush and Nixon knew that they had to get rid of JFK, or else the Kennedy clan, with Robert and Ted in the wings, could control the White House until 1984. They decided not to wait until ‘84 to get back in the White House. Bush would be vice president during president Regan during the Iran Contra Scandal and then his son would reign unending war upon the world in the follow up 9/11 attacks. The Cuban teams of “shooters” began following Kennedy from city to city looking for a window of opportunity to shoot from. The Miami motorcade was actually changed on November 18th where it was known an assassination attempt would occur. They came close in Chicago, but couldn’t get the cooperation of Mayor Daley. But in Dallas they had an ace. The mayor was the brother of General Cabel, whom the CIA blamed for the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion. The general prevailed on his brother Earl, and the motorcade was changed to pass the grassy knoll at 7mph. Allegedly, CIA agents Hunt and Sturgis shot JFK from the grassy knoll. They were arrested, photographed and seen by 15 witnesses. But the media turned a blind eye to the photos, and for 25 years the world has been searching for the truth…

The Kennedy Assassination

The night before the Kennedy assassination, Lyndon Baines Johnson met with Nixon, Dallas oil tycoons, FBI moguls and organized crime kingpins – emerging from the Pepsi-Cola conference to tell his mistress Madeleine Duncan Brown that the Kennedy’s “would never embarrass me again.” The night before the assassination is often ignored by the media who prefer to keep the debate focused on issues which can’t definitively be proven. Brown first went public on her 21-year relationship with Johnson in the early 80’s.

Just four days after Kennedy’s Assassination, President Johnson’s first day of office, Johnson created NSAM #273 which countermanded President Kennedy’s withdrawal order, creating the long and disastrous Vietnam War where 58,000 American soldiers lost their lives and $220 Billion tax payer dollars gone. One week after the assassination on November 29th 1963 President Lyndon Baines Johnson issued Executive Order No. 11130 creating a presidential Commission ostensibly to investigate the facts of the assassination of Kennedy. Five months later, no more silver certificates were issued, Executive Order #11110 was never repealed and the Federal Reserve resumed controller of the money supply issuing nearly all of America’s massive debts up until the 2008 Banking Hijacking totally took over the government agencies of America.

The key is the cover-up, starting with the Warren Commission. In 1979 the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations found that there was a 95% probability of conspiracy. In what other murder case would the testimony of 51 sworn and many other unheard witnesses be dismissed so cavalierly as “no credible evidence”? …This one. A survey of the 121 witnesses to the assassination of President Kennedy whose statements are registered in the twenty-six volumes appended to the Warren Report. 51 witnesses are totally dismissed. The 51 who stated the killers shot from the area of the grassy knoll on Elm Street, the area directly on the right of the President’s car when the bullets struck. 38 could give no clear opinion.

The ‘U.S. President’s Commission on CIA activities within the United States’ was set up under President Gerald Ford in 1975 to investigate the activities of the CIA within the United States. The commission was led by Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, and is sometimes referred to as the Rockefeller Commission.

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison was a skeptic of the Warren Commission report, which had deliberately lied to the American people, purposefully covering up a conspiracy. Garrison proposed that the conspiracy was hatched by the CIA, the military-industrial complex, Cuban Communist hit-squads under Bush senior, and Lyndon Johnson with the help of his Texas oil baron friends. In 1979, Richard Helms, former director of the CIA, testified under oath that Clay Shaw had been a part-time contact of the Domestic Contact Service of the CIA, where Shaw volunteered information from his travels abroad. In 1979, the House Select Committee on Assassinations stated in its Final Report that the Committee was “inclined to believe that Oswald was in Clinton [Louisiana] in late August, early September 1963, and that he was in the company of David Ferrie, if not Clay Shaw,”and that witnesses in Clinton, Louisiana “established an association of an undetermined nature between Ferrie, Shaw and Oswald less than three months before the assassination.” It is reported that CIA counterpart Clay Shaw recruited Oswald and organized part of the hit on Kennedy which ended up being a setup, leaving the true conspirators left in the dark. Clay Shaw was the only person ever tried for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Oswald was killed.

The Attack

On the day of the assassination British, French and Russian agents joined U.S. intelligence and Secret Service operatives who were all over Dealey Plaza prior to the event, since word was out through intelligence channels that something major involving President Kennedy was going to happen on November 22, 1963, according to Thomas Heneghan International Intelligence Expert.

In the three year period following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, many witnesses and investigators died – mostly of unnatural causes. Many rumors and conspiracies arose in those years and still continue today. JFK was assassinated 3 weeks after he signaled that the Vietnam conflict was not going to be escalated… RFK as soon as his nomination as the Democrat Presidential candidate was confirmed, and that he would similarly find a way to stop the early Neocon war. Johnson continued the Vietnam War, continued the Federal Reserve’s power status omitting Kennedy’s Executive Order #11110 which would bring the power of the United States to print currency without the debt attached like the Federal Reserve notes currently still used as money. H.W. Bush later rose to CIA Director, then Vice President, then President, and then used his son W. Bush to finish off the big global initiative with the 9/11 disaster.

MDC says in conclusion , unending war continues, banks have wrecked nations and enslaved governments to debt while privatizing and buying up essential services for civilization and society across the world. Giant trade agreements are overruling the Constitution and Corporations have been given the power to be “as people”, with unlimited political financing which once was illegal. A massive global spy state exists, with militarization of police forces and a homeland war upon all American’s. Massive poverty has skyrocketed globally with trillions being circulated only to a small group at the top. We have lived through the end of the old world and are amongst a Global Revolution of resistance against the tyrannical oppression and inhumane policies of the global corporate system infecting all nations it is hoisted in.

When I first heard Lou Reed’s “The Day John Kennedy Died” while at the now closed CBGB, it made me think.

“I dreamed I was the president of these United States,” Reed began with his trademark awkwardness.

I dreamed I replaced ignorance, stupidity and hate.
I dreamed the perfect union and a perfect law, undenied
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died


http://youtu.be/Mb-L9EarQcA

Source: thx global movement and the internet

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Texas Nightmare

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I avoid Texas. I have a bad taste in my mouth just thinking of all the pain that has been brought upon America from the not so great State of Texas.

Fifty years of anguishing what could have been. What happened in Dallas Texas has changed the course of our lives. We had it, we had the great leader, and we had many willing supporters of JFK who looked at our American heritage and wanted to extend our democracy and republic in ways that would help lift us all.

Instead we were blessed with LBJ who had to pick up pieces of a broken national spirit, a wounded consciousness, and an agenda he may or may not have been forced to follow.

Oliver Stone got it right in his historic film, “JFK”. The seminal point in the movie was when JFK chose to reduce the American presence in Viet Nam, by reducing the number of advisors, which were really troops on the ground. Kennedy was willing to draw down the troops from ten thousand to one thousand. That verbalized decision on national television is what pisses the pundits off today. The pundits want to paint Kennedy as a hawk positioning himself for the next election, but the President came to a different conclusion and made the choice to end a long futile policy in Indo-China. It was the turning point. Some in the Military and many in Congress were left hanging with dependence on military contracts and those constituents in their jurisdictions having to rethink their future without a standing military in Viet Nam and a reduced military affecting bottom lines.

The campaign trip to Texas, which seems to have been critical to the reelection of JFK, was put on the agenda, and the fanfare and excitement was captured by the news footage showing giant crowds celebrating JFK and Jackie throughout the two-day Texas visit.

Now whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone or was part of a conspiracy, fifty years have covered up so much truth maybe the NSA can take a little time from spying on us all to at least share what all that spying even fifty years ago should have told us.

Number one, Jack Ruby was the story line used to kill Oswald, over Lee Oswald’s COMMIE label. Ruby was the shill, the Mafia shill and Oswald was silenced by the Mafia through the action of Jack Ruby.

Dallas, Texas the perfect city to pull a plot off of this magnitude. The behavior of the Dallas Police Force was so blatantly uninterested in protecting the President and his Party or Lee Harvey Oswald that the lapse in intense security could have only been ordered from a conspiratorial decision to hold back protection.

Advice to women, get out of Texas while you can. Leave the Lone Star State, it is about to poison its’ children, the wildlife, its’ entire environment from the toxic flow of pipeline oil flowing everywhere and the toxic laws that place every woman and child in danger.. Texas is the American Nightmare.

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Old Wounds

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The anniversary of the assassination of JFK is opening up the old wounds once again. Those wounds keep festering each year around this time when we remember our witnessing the double assassination of Kennedy and Oswald, followed in a few short years by the deaths of Bobby Kennedy after Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. America is full of martyrs. I have dozens of martyred friends who were in Nam, and are no longer. Those that remain are wounded inside.

The baby boomer generation was torn apart from the war in Viet Nam. There was no right or wrong whether you fought or fought against the war. We were all victimized fifty years ago.

Michael Erbe wrote “Apple Peaches Pumpkin Pie”, and six months into Nam he heard it played on the radio.

Bill Fox flew Huey’s and Tomahawk choppers and dropped napalm. Bill was a farmer, and stayed in the Reserves after his service. He took the neighborhood children to see his aircraft and gave them an experience I hear about long after he died of Lung Cancer. I won’t say the Napalm got him in the end or the farm, or life, but Bill was a roll model, imperfect, flawed, affected by his experiences and especially his experience in Nam.

Today, we are creating the old wounds of the new generations. Shouldn’t we have learned something about war by now? Shouldn’t we have learned that wars are not always fought for the reasons stated? Iraq was a Lie. Nam was a convenient way to take the country away from grief and redirect that grieving energy into a war on a foreign people even though the diversion to the Indo=China peninsula was a return to the Militaries agenda against the spread of Communism. Kennedy was getting America out of the mess France created and America took over. We were once in Laos and Cambodia before Viet Nam. We were there because of Rubber.

Eckhart Tolle, in his talks, speaks of the “Pain Body”, and that is one of the truths that are the result of the Fifty Year hole in our American hearts.

Healing the old wounds of American Pain Bodies will only happen when the truth is spoken and everyone will know it in their hearts, minds, and bodies.

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The JFK Truth

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Flying into JFK Airport, I was taken back by how many places the letters JFK appeared. The letters were on the stubs of the boarding pass, the luggage record, a flight number to JFK, and announcements on the loud speakers. As we have memorialized John Kennedy in airports, roadways, coins, and public spaces, those three letters are a small reminder that in spite of all the memorializing we haven’t had a lick of truth coming from the Government Forty nine plus years there has been classified JFK stuff deemed to unseemly for the American Public to handle.

The smell of a JFK cover-up began the minute Jack Ruby with a front and center position, murdered Lee Harvey Oswald in the garage of the Dallas County Jail. Jack Ruby never talked and died the pawn in some jail cell in the south. Ruby said he did it because he loved the President. We watched those of us who could afford a television, glued to compelling black and white moments. We saw Lee Harvey Oswald get moved from one room to another, we saw him say he didn’t know what he was being held for and seemed to deny to all of us watching that he had nothing to do with any killing.

It doesn’t matter whether it was a lone gunmen or a conspiracy between the Mafia and the CIA, or Castro and his Cubans, and it doesn’t matter that he was Catholic and being Catholic was enough to get offed, in some people’s eyes. What matters is fifty years of secrecy the government said it would keep over the Kennedy assassination is just about up. That moment almost fifty years ago, and that JFK assassination has been the shadow hanging over many of us. The cover-up has been morphed and continued to an end where nothing is honest and truth is hidden. Lies, deceit, and deception seem to be spewing from almost the very top of our government right down to the little town traffic judge who lives off of speed traps and along with his cohorts are out for themselves.

Tick tock time is running out. The JFK TRUTH can set us free. As the saying goes, “The truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth”. So whenever you see these three little letters JFK, take a moment and cry for what we all as a human race lost that day when truth was covered up and we were left with ticket stubs marked destination JFK.

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Top 10 Conspiracy Theories

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MDC wonders if yesterday’s Boston bombings were similar to the recent children bombings in Afghanistan. Is this in the name of democracy? More security, more cameras, what’s the plan now.

#1: 51% of voters believe that John F. Kennedy’s assassination was a conspiracy.

#2: 44% of voters believe that George Bush intentionally lied about Iraq possessing weapons of mass distraction in order to lead the nation to war against Saddam Hussain.

#3: 37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not.

#4: 29% of voters believe that aliens exist and that governments around the world are covering up evidence of it.

#5: 28% of voters believe a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually ruled the world through an authoritarian one world government the new world order as enunciated by the first President George Bush.

#6: 20% of voters believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

#7: 21% of voters say the US government for more than six decades has covered up a UFO crash in Rozwell,New Mexico.

#8: 20% of voters believe the government is hiding a link between childhood vaccines and autism , 51% do not.

#9: 15% of voters city government or the corporate media has added mind controlling technology to TV signals.

#10: 14% of voters believe the CIA was instrumental in creating the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s in American cities.

MDC leaves you with our final pondering photo of yesterday’s events in Boston.

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Texas sold to Mexico

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THAT’S  IT, LET’S GIVE TEXAS BACK TO MEXICO

It seems that whatever has come out of Texas politically since the sixties, has been ruinous to America.  Let us start with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.  There was no love lost between the political leaders in Texas and the President.  The Vice President Lyndon Johnson, the former majority leader in the U. S. House of Representatives representing the Lone Star State, and the only candidate who had a chance to win the 1960 nomination other than John Kennedy, stayed quietly behind the scene, while having an irksome relationship with Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General at that time.  It was political “high risk” poker, making that trip to Dallas, with people close to the President voicing doubt that it was a good idea.  Everyone lost that day.  It was the baby boomers seminal moment.

The enemies of the President were some Mafia families, Jimmy Hoffa, and some members of the military and some political leaders who were upset when the President announced he was going to remove the ten thousand Viet Nam advisors and reduce the number to one thousand advisors.  The Russians and the Cubans and many patriotic Americans who had issues with the President’s religion. No limit to who disliked Kennedy.

Jumping to the year 2001, after the most contentious election, the ex Governor of Texas, George H. W. Bush becomes President.  America is attacked.  As governor of Texas, Governor Bush presided over more death penalties carried out by the Texas Justice System than any other State, ever before in American history.  Not everyone is smitten with the Death penalty.

With the 9/11 attack changing the agenda, President Bush launched a war on Afghanistan, something History has continuously proven to be a no win situation, and with some success, chose to battle the old friend, and then enemy of his Father, Saddam Hussein, using false pretenses.  As if it were a family war between the Hussein Clan and the Bushes, America was dragged kicking into war after war.

The cost of the Viet Nam war, triggered by the Kennedy assassination, and the Afghanistan, Iraq war cost, products of the 9/11 attacks, have shrunk the value of the Dollar as the cost of war can never be recovered and the lives we’ve lost, our friends and patriotic love ones.  And there was no leader at the helm using common sense to pay the enormous cost as it occurred.

As for me a citizen, I am turning my prayers into hoping that the separation between Church and State is respected, as the candidates all act out of some moral superiority, they never will have.

Texas seems to think their brand of justice and mercy is America’s.  Not all Texan’s who like all of us out here have been beaten down by war and poor economic leadership, want more.

So let’s give Texas back to Mexico, [if they will have it back], before Texas leads America into more war and financial ruin.