Wednesday, March 28, 2007

I haven't forgotten about E. Howard Hunt...

I know, I know. Some of you are oh so gently reminding me I promised to write about E. Howard Hunt. And I will. At a future break in my writing schedule, but that may not come very soon. But this should tide you over. I don't endorse this as the truth, but it's provocative and interesting and worthy of discussion, because if it's not true, then determining who lied to whom and why is an interesting and possibly fruitful investigation. Read E. Howard Hunt's purported confession re CIA involvement in the JFK assassination, per his son, in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

I will say this. I've never found the LBJ thesis credible. I just don't believe LBJ would go to all the trouble to have Kennedy killed in his mad lust for power, and then bow out of his second term when all he had to do was kill another Kennedy, something that ultimately happened without his efforts. Never made sense. It makes more sense that whoever killed John killed Bobby to keep the coverup going. THAT makes sense.

More on these topics and more another time. I know, I'm a tease at times. But a girl's got to eat, and do laundry, and all those other mundane tasks that make up our existence. But when I'm caught up and fired up, you know I'll be spouting off again. Stay tuned.

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Anonymous David H. Stern, M.D. said...

This JUST IN to the Newsdesk, FLASH: Everett Howard Hunt is STILL DEAD! Film at 11.

I'd say I can't wait, but that isn't true. But waiting is just a little uncomfortable, you know?

An LBJ-directed and initiated operation is not credible, but gaining his approval and cooperation, and even his input is certainly plausible.

I don't think his decision to bow out was due to a perceived inability to win - I think he discovered the job wasn't what it was cracked up to be, that the foreign policy features of the JFK administration he abhorred turned out to be sound when viewed from behind the desk in the oval office, and the concern that if he pursued what he now considered to be the right course after election, the same fate could await him... or some variant, like Watergate. It would not be as simple as one murder, and another four years was in the bag.

I thought Hunt's alleged story rang true, but from the limited perspective of a field operative not privy to a view from the top. The uppermost reaches of involvement from his perspective were the threaded interface with the higher levels of planning. The fact that no mention of a Pentagon Clique directed the coverup immediately afterward in clearly premeditated fashion is a reflection of his level on the totem pole, and his "need to know" from that vantage point.

The picture that emerged from that tapestry for me was one of a grass-roots movement that was adapted, guided, protected, and nurtured invisibly from above, in order to assure its success, incorporating multiple levels of compromise/embarrassment/fear/and degrees of separation, guaranteed to have nearly everyone not on board at least scrambling to cover their asses, rather than actively working to counter a coup, the end result of which most were satisfied.

Looking forward to your opus when it arrives.

10:16 PM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

Opus?? Oh, the pressure!!! :D

10:27 PM  
Blogger Harry said...

I’ve got to agree with David H. Stern about LBJ directing the assassination. He didn’t have that much muscle. The plotters, and I agree with Jim Garrison on this, came from the intelligence community (which included the Pentagon). It also involved major civilian power brokers that Fletcher Prouty described as the “power elite.” LBJ could only slaver over the fact that he might be moving into the White House instead of a prison cell and agree the best place for JFK would be the grave while he threw his political weight around the cover up a cold-blooded murder and political coup de etat.

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Dawn Meredith said...

I agree with David and Harry. The day it happened I thought it was LBJ, but at 14 I knew little about the CIA. I still think LBJ was in on it- big time- but the hit was ordered and accomplished by the CIA and higher. The RS article was certainly very interesting and I hope that the author actually heard the EHH tapes as proof that he said these things.

If we did not have an operation mockingbird controlled press these bastards could not ever have gotten away with this. Alas, they can kill with impunity and our press prints the cover-ups.

Oh for another Garrison....but look what the CIA did to the original attorney for HSCA, Sprague.

I think LBJ could see that by 68 the people hated him for Viet Nam and he was gonna be beat. I always thought the timing of his not running speech and MLK's murder was pretty "coincidental" too.

We need a damn grand jury.


3:28 PM  
Blogger MinM said...

Larry Chin gives his take on the Rolling Stone piece.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Real History Lisa said...

I'm sorry - I don't buy LBJ having any foreknowledge, due to his conversations with Hoover, on tape, made immediately afterwards, where they're clearly trying to piece the plot together. Also, LBJ told an aide (who later filed that with the FBI) that LBJ thought the CIA had killed Kennedy. He wouldn't oust his conspirators if he was guilty.

And of course - if he was the top guy, once he was dead, do you think for a second the right-wingers in the plot in the CIA would have hesitated to use that knowledge to try to drive a wedge into the Democratic party?


The fact that the cover-up continues to this day, over forty years after the fact, is the best evidence of all that an organization, not an individual, was responsible, and that the organization has powerful control over the media and exercises it to keep the lid on this case, ala Peter Jennings' awful special on the 40th anniversay in which he used a ridiculous computer simulation to "recreate" the crime scene. What hogwash.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Vemrion said...

Right you are, Dawn, about our Operation: Mockingbird-controlled press. Indeed, it seems to be the case even today. Look at how much (or "little" I should say) coverage this shocking revelation has received. It's right next door to zero.

I think it's clear that the press are part of a cover-up that continues to this day.

10:52 AM  

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