Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK, 101
Researching the assassination can be a monolithic undertaking and a confusing mess, especially for a beginner. The best way to initiate oneself into the study of the conspiracy is to pick one suspect – LBJ, the CIA, the Pentagon, Hoover, Secret Service – and read up on them. I don’t reccommend focusing on the Mafia or Cuban Exiles because they are not of the government. The source of this plot is rooted in the federal government, and that’s what’s of greatest significance. A criminal organization (the mob) and a militant organization (the anti-Castro fighters) were involved, but this was a coup d’état – the overthrow of our government by our government – and to this day, the government continues to cover up this act of treason as intensely as they did 50 years ago.
How This Came To Be
A phenomena existed where severe hatred towards JFK came from all the factions of power in government. In the Executive branch it was LBJ. It was the Allen Dulles loyalists in the CIA. In the Pentagon it was Curtis LeMay, among others. In the Secret Service the hatred for JFK among agents was pervasive and open. In the State Dept, the malfeasance of Henry Cabot Lodge suggests hatred. In the FBI there was J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson. Additionally, the government had two dangerous clients – the mafia, and Cuban Exile militants – thanks to their deranged campaign to take Cuba back from Castro. They too hated Kennedy.
Why It Came To This
As horror after horror happened at the hand of JFK (as the national security establishment saw it) – the betrayal at the Bay of Pigs, a pitiful sliver of aid to South Vietnam, what would result in the Cuban Missile Crisis and its outcome, a rapprochement with Cuba on the horizon, an impending withdrawal from South Vietnam – alliances were formed among those who saw Kennedy’s elimination as a necessity.
Exploiting the Public Trust
The conspirators knew that the notion of all these different parties and individuals being involved was something the masses would scoff at. Americans had a profound trust in their government at the time, and it was inconceivable then that so many psychopaths were in charge of it. To this day, the prospect of the government gunning down Kennedy, a popular US President, is, to many, just too wild and outrageous a belief to be open minded about. Indeed, many mainstream personalities and anonymous individuals alike scorn the idea of conspiracy. They are hostile towards, and ridicule, those who believe in – not just the JFK conspiracy, but – almost any conspiracy. This is really, really dumb, but more on that later.
“Actually, there were probably dozens of plots to kill Kennedy, because everybody hated Kennedy but the public.” ~ Saint John Hunt