Fifty Years After JFK, the Empire Strikes Back

Column by Douglas Herman.

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The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out . . . without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable.~ H.L. Mencken

Fifty years ago, in 1963, you could buy a gallon of gas in most states for about a quarter. Still can. As long as you dig a silver quarter out of your pocket from that era and trade it for fiat US dollars. The same bloated dollar, called the world’s reserve currency, printed by the Federal Reserve. The same Fed that JFK reportedly threatened. That same silver coinage Jack Kennedy proudly adorns. The last US president to do so in widely circulating coins almost a half century ago.

Lots of things have changed since Lee Oswald allegedly popped Jack in Dallas. Most of them extremely bad for average folks like you and me, but beneficial for The Empire. Extremely beneficial. The Empire expanded, slowly and then suddenly, into the police state we see today. Immediately after JFK, the Empire got an enormously profitable war in Vietnam. Less than a year after JFK’s death, LBJ announced the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Silver coinage was suddenly halted by LBJ and the Federal Reserve spigot turned on full stream, where it continues to spew today.

Today, on the 50th anniversary, no one in the mainstream media reports that JFK touched the third rail. He touched it multiple times in three short years and finally it killed him.

Firing top CIA heads? Death wish. Firing a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon? Death wish. Threatening the power of the Federal Reserve by returning to the US Treasury the power to print currency? Death wish. Threatening to prosecute the Mafia and curtail their casinos in Cuba? Death wish. Just a few short weeks after his inauguration, Kennedy brushed the third rail.

In April of 1961, immediately after the failed plot to overthrow Castro and invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy fired three of the top CIA department heads. Frustrated at the entire fiasco, which had been handed to him by the Eisenhower administration, Kennedy reportedly said he intended to “shatter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter the remnants to the wind.” Firing three powerful, well-connected Company officials must have felt like a good start. Anyone could have told Jack it was suicide, a candlestick too high and too hot.

Operation Northwoods, signed by all the Pentagon chiefs in 1962, was an act of treason and an act of terror. The plan proposed to kill dozens or even hundreds of innocent American citizens, blow up boats and airplanes, and, with the help of the mainstream media, blame Cuba. Kennedy rightly rejected Operation Northwoods. He fired Lyman Lemnitzer, Pentagon Chairman who submitted the evil plan, and by doing so promptly touched the third rail.

The Empire Struck Back

Forcing one CIA head to resign might get you severe warning from the Company. Publicly embarrassing THREE will get you killed every time. The Company, the Mafia, the Pentagon, the Federal Reserve. Kennedy made enemies among all these powerful groups. Amazingly, some malcontent drifter, some “lone gunman,” with a wife and a child, allegedly killed the one man who had curtailed their powerful ambitions, their greedy designs, their outright war crimes, and their insidious and traitorous plans.

The Empire struck back that day and continues to strike back. From the Gulf of Tonkin to the Gulf Wars to the PATRIOT Act to nonstop NSA surveillance to the two billion hollow-point rounds of Homeland Security to the trillion-dollar annual deficits. All of these Orwellian steps followed the removal of JFK and installation into the White House of a long series of psychopaths and imperial servants. Obama is the ultimate Oswald; a man too narcissistic, too sociopathic to see himself being played for a patsy. As the Empire staggers towards a grim fascist finale, burdened by enormous debt and treasonous acts, somebody will have to take the fall. Why not BHO?

Fifty years after JFK, the Empire still feels compelled to roll out their loyal old fossils of the mainstream media. To assuage that “dangerous man to any government . . . who is able to think things out,” as Mencken wrote.

Fossil Television, National Geographic, aired a “documentary” called Killing Kennedy. Spoiler alert: Oswald did it. In fact, EVERY cable and network station will promote the same scenario. Lone Gunman; Oswald, embittered loner killed Kennedy. Pay NO attention to the men behind the curtain.

Fossil pundit Bob Schieffer, then a young reporter for the Dallas Morning News in 1963, penned a recent column for AARP magazine. Oswald acted alone, Schieffer said, and he was right there, he assured all the retiree readers, on the scene in Dallas. Not to be outdone, the Los Angeles Times rolled out Richard Mosk, one of the last surviving Warren Commission lawyers. Mosk recently penned an Op-Ed entitled: Nov. 22, 1963: 50 years, and still no conspiracy. “The promotion of false theories about JFK's assassination is not harmless,” Mosk lamented.

His arguments appeared to fall on deaf ears, judging from the hundreds of comments to the retired judge. The readers then down-voted his effort. Both Schieffer and Mosk will likely be swept into the dust bin of history, replaced by clearer heads and keener crime scene investigators, without apparent allegiance to Empire.

CSI Dallas

The reason I knew that Oswald could not have done it, was because I could not have done it,” said former US Marine sniper, Craig Roberts, author of Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza. “I walked away from the window in disgust. I had seen all I needed to know that Oswald could not have been the lone shooter.”

But Roberts, a retired police investigator, wanted to know what did happen. Not content to dismiss the improbable feat, he delved into the crime from every angle.

First, I analyzed the scene as a sniper . . . I looked at the engagement angles. It was entirely wrong. Here, from what I could see, three problems arose that would influence my shots. First, the target was moving away at a drastic angle to the right from the window, meaning that I would have to position my body to compete with the wall and a set of vertical water pipes . . . This would be extremely difficult for a right-handed shooter. Second, I would have to be ready to fire exactly when the target emerged past some tree branches that obscured the kill zone. Finally, I would have to deal with two factors at the same time; the curve of the street and the high-to-low angle law of physics Oswald would not have known.”

Not content with his own critical appraisal, Roberts turned to another, equally knowledgeable shooter. “According to my friend, Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock, the former senior instructor for the US Marine Corps Sniper Instructor School at Quantico, Virginia, it could not be done as described by the FBI investigators.”

Let me tell you what we did at Quantico,” Hathcock recalls. “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. Now if I can't do it, how in the world could a guy who was a non-qual on the rifle range and later only qualified 'marksman' do it?”

How indeed? But never let facts get in the way of a government crime theory. Facts are useful tools, for explaining in simple terms to oblivious citizens, how their empire collapsed. After the fact, of course.

They Killed Kennedy, Then Attacked The Dollar

The last silver coin in widespread circulation in 1964? The 50 cent piece with the profile of JFK. Nearly pure silver. You can still purchase more than two gallons of gas from the sale of such a coin. (Coinflation value: $7.93). Can you imagine any of our subsequent US presidents on a coin today? Perhaps one made of tin. The demise of the dollar started in 1913, suffered a severe blow to the head in 1963, and enters critical care today. Wise is the one who has a few silver “Kennedys” stashed away.

Postscript: Hate to say I was right but my STR column of five years ago looks rather prescient. “JFK and Obama: Profiles in Courage & Cowardice” nails the current corrupt and incompetent administration perfectly. For any of my NSA followers and future Winston Smiths, please read the original here.

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Award winning artist, photographer and freelance journalist, Douglas Herman can be found wandering the back roads of America. Doug authored the political crime thriller, The Guns of Dallas  and wrote and directed the Independent feature film,Throwing Caution to the Windnaturally a "road movie," and credits STR for giving him the impetus to write well, both provocatively and entertainingly. A longtime gypsy, Doug completed a 10,000 mile circumnavigation of North America, by bicycle, at the age of 35, and still wanders between Bullhead City, Arizona and Kodiak, Alaska with forays frequently into the so-called civilized world of Greater LA. Write him at Roadmovie2 @


Mark Davis's picture

The efforts to deflect attention away from the CIA took an interesting twist with REELZ's The Smoking Gun last night.  This version reinforced the Lone Nut parts of the story while also providing a cover for the obvious cover-up and the discrepancies in the Warren Report.  Of course, any bad-will from those that gained the most is ignored and an no hints of it being a planned "inside-job" are given.  No, it was just good ol' government incompetence where a SS agent accidentally shot off a round that just happened to hit JFK in the head.  Like many half-right conspiracy theories, this one cherry picked testimony and information to weave an incomplete tale supporting the theory.  Although it totally dismissed evidence of shots from the front and side, as well as CIA, FBI and/or LBJ complicity, it did reveal that the propagandists are afraid of the overwhelming tide swelling up, as most of the adult population knows the Warren Commission is total bullshit. 

Glen Allport's picture

Just a knock-out of a column, Douglas. Last night I watched a few minutes here and there of one of the "Oswald did it" specials on TV, and your honest, informative, and well-written piece helped clear away the stench of that. Thanks.

Douglas Herman's picture

Thanks Glen & Mark for your comments. 
I suppose in another fifty years the PTB will admit perhaps another gunman. "Limited hangout," I believe they call it. But by then, the next empire will be writing the history books. Or re-writing the history books here. 
I do believe Lee Harvey was a most interesting man, a low-paid useful cog in the Cold War, perhaps working for various agencies (CIA, FBI, ONI) whose story is far more complex than anything I've yet to read.

Jim Davies's picture

Super piece, Doug; welcome back! Where have you been all this time?
It's chock full of good things, but as it happens your mention of Northwoods was the best for me; I've no recollection of having heard of it. What? A deliberate, documented plan for a false-flag op? Amazing.

Douglas Herman's picture

Thanks Jim,
   Whenever my Lib or Con friends or family members justify abuses of the state, I ask them if they ever heard of Operation Gladio, or our own homegrown state-terror master plan. Blank looks follow.

Operation Northwoods - Wikipedia

r's picture

5-Reasons for Kennedys' assassination:

1- He was in the process of stopping the proliferation/accumulation of the Atomic War Heads/bomb in Dimona by isralhell (now in excess of 400)_?

2- Executive Order 11110, issuing a DEBT FREE dollar, thus cutting out the Parasitic Pvt. banking cabal. A no-no....for the cabal.

3- Dissolution of the CRIMINAL CIA...breaking it into a 1000 pieces. Investigating and ending Nafarious Secret Societies.

4- Winding down the MIC (military industrial complex) with no involvement into VietNam, Cubas' bay of pigs and any other nafarious plans interfering with sovern nations benefiting the R-C banking cabal.

5- Israeli Mossad ORCHESTRATED the execution of President Kennedy. (in the book):

Michael Collins Piper:
'Final Judgment: The Missing Link in the JFK Assassination Conspiracy'

Israeli Mossad also did 911.
'Israel did 911 all the proof in the world'

Jim Davies's picture

Hmmm; about that Debt Free Dollar.
I see from that very useful Debt Clock site that on its humongous $17.1 trillion accumulated overspend, the FedGov is spending $262.4 billion a year in interest. That's a rate of 1.53% (amazing) and 7.5% of its bloated annual total spend of $3.5 trillion.
How much of that $262.4 billion interest payment do you say would be saved, if the FedGov did its own counterfeiting, instead of using the Federal Reserve?

Douglas Herman's picture

  I agree with the first 4 on your list but, at the risk of being labeled a Zionist, I would first have to talk with my colleague and fellow artist, Victor Ostrovsky about the 5th.
Some say the speech that sealed his fate, got JFK killed, happened at the commencement of American University in June 1963. You can YouTube that 25 minute speech. This is another shorter speech that sealed his fate: