JFK's committment to open government may have killed him, and that assassination gave us the Vietnam War - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner

JFK’s committment to open government may have killed him, and that assassination gave us the Vietnam War

Dear Editor,

We, the People, were lied to by our own government in a massive effort of obfuscation/cover-up after the public assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas.

The Warren Commission Report was a pile of misinformation and lies bandied about as true by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, and the national media in general. Most Americans were weary over the looming global nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis that Kennedy managed to avoid with his charisma, capable diplomacy, and steely-eyed, cool determination to destroy the Soviet Union completely if they fired one single nuclear weapon at anybody in the Americas—so Americans generally accepted the “lone gun” shooter theory at that time.

However, widespread acceptance only emboldened other American leaders to promote other lies, such as President George W. Bush when he unilaterally ordered the invasion of Iraq on the bogus pretext that Saddam Hussein—the Iraqi leader—stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.

He had nothing at all to do with the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings, but Bush was determined to use that momentum of fear to invade a sovereign country. So far, Bush and his henchmen like Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney, his Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, et al, have never been held to account for that war crime that so far has resulted in the murder/killing of about a million mostly innocent Iraqi citizens at the hands of U.S. military soldiers and Marines. Another lie, on a large scale—with impunity.

That opened the door to Trump’s horrendous illegalities—working with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election. It emboldened Trump and his henchmen, and America under Trump almost went to war a few months ago with Iran—for no good reason whatsoever.  That war would have resulted in global thermonuclear war because even Putin—Trump’s puppet master—said the U.S. must not invade Iran. Russia has interests in Iran.

When I was in the U.S. Coast Guard as a young enlisted man some years ago, one of my jobs was to use a pick and remove all the rust and barnacles from the hulls of our rescue boats at Station New Orleans, on the gigantic Lake Pontchartrain just north of the city.

One day I was sick of all that and asked the chief why I had to constantly do that.

He sat me down—an order—and lectured me about why “you Flores, especially you, have to do that. One, you are lazy. This teaches you the value of not goofing off when you’re supposed to be working. Two, rust builds up and if you keep painting over the rust, it might look OK, but the rust is still underneath all that paint, and over time, it can sink a boat. That’s why, asshole, you specifically have to do that. And will continue to do that.”

Well, I guess the Warren Commission knew nothing about hull rust and overpainting, and neither did George W. Bush, or certainly not Trump—who has probably never done a hard day of work in his entire life. Not with all his daddy’s cash at-hand, and his daddy’s corrupt contacts all over the place, especially in New York City.

The lesson is, as Kennedy said when he was about to order the dissolution or fragmentation of the CIA, it was too secretive and clandestine and had a free reign to do whatever it wanted to do—as long as they said it was “in the nation’s interest. Top secret. Black ops. All that crap. Kennedy said that was anathema to America—secret societies that ran independent operations globally without anybody’s approval or knowledge—certainly, the president didn’t know, as Nixon would later attest on tape (about a thing called Track II most notably). Dark stuff indeed, counters to the freedoms of an open government.

Clint Eastwood made a film several years ago about what he thought—incorrectly by the way—was the most noteworthy combat sniper in American military history. The truth is that the best sniper, widely acknowledged outside Hollywood, was Marine Corps Sgt. Carlos Hathcock, who died at age 59 some years back, from the effects of multiple sclerosis. He never killed civilians. He only killed Chinese officers—preferably generals—and North Vietnamese officers and Viet Cong guerrilla leaders—high profile targets. His record was incredibly impressive, and as he said, “I did it to save our boys.” And he saved many American soldiers and Marines.

After the Warren Commission Report was released publicly, LBJ had lingering doubts, and he ordered that the Marine Corps top brass get Hathcock to try and replicate what the Report claimed—that a wild-eyed former Marine Corps enlisted man named Lee Harvey Oswald used a mail-order $25 rifle and killed a U.S. president from a fair distance on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building overlooking Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.

What’s interesting here is that Hathcock’s efforts were unsuccessful, and that should have discounted the Warren Report in widespread media stories. But even to this day, our corporate-controlled national media will not let this truth come out for We, the People. And the media seem to have forgotten all about the Bush War in Iraq—the illegal invasion and the lies. And the proof later that no WMDs were ever found in Iraq. Oooops.

Here are Hathcock’s own words, in a story published on July 29, 2007 by the conservative “Leatherneck Magazine” –the magazine of the Corps:

“Let me tell you what we did at Quantico. We reconstructed the whole thing: the angle, the range, the moving target, the time limit, the obstacles, everything. I don’t know how many times we tried it, but we couldn’t duplicate what the Warren Commission said Oswald did,” Hathcock told Leatherneck Magazine.

Craig Roberts was a Marine Corps sniper too, and worked 26 years as a specialist in police sniper and counter-sniper operations, and he was the author of “Kill Zone”, a “professional sniper’s perspective of the JFK assassination, which blows the lone-nutter theory right out of the water,” according to the article’s references. “Note: Gunny Hathcock proved the impossibility of the lone-nutter scenario during tests he personally conducted …(and) is still more than happy to poke holes in the lone-nutter scenario.”





About the author

Admiral John W. Flores is a disabled American veteran, and a journalist and author in the mountains of northern New Mexico. He is a recipient of the U.S. Navy Public Service Award—presented to him in a 2009 ceremony at the 4th Recon Battalion HQ. The citation was signed by then-Marine Corps Commandant James Conway. Contact the author.
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