In the post-assassination cover-up, neither the Soviets or Castro could order the pathologists doing the autopsy at Bethesda to not dissect the back and throat wounds; they could not make evidence from the autopsy (including the remains of JFK's brain) disappear; they certainly could not order two underqualified physicians to perform the autopsy. (The two physicians were pathologists, not forensic pathologists. The later specialize in autopsies involving murders. It is kind of like the difference between being a good driver, and being a championship Formula One driver.) In the single most important murder case in American history, the President's autopsy was performed by amateurs.
We are left with one inescapable conclusion: the conspiracy to assassinate--which two of our three legitimate branches of government say exists--John F. Kennedy, from beginning to end, could not have been accomplished without the active involvement of rogue elements of our National Security State. If LBJ was involved in the commission of this heinous crime, it reduces the number of individuals who needed to be fully aware of why something was happening, reducing the size of the circle of fully informed conspirators.
It would require two or three members of the Secret Service, assigned to the White House detail; half-a-dozen people at the Pentagon, including the Chief of Staff of one of the Armed Services, or someone who could send orders in the Chief of Staff's name; roughly the same number at the CIA, including the Director or his Deputy for Operations, or someone who could give orders in their names; one or two people at the FBI who could give orders without being questioned; plus mobsters and plutocrats who did not have to know how high the conspiracy went. Fifteen men who actually knew that a coup d'etat had taken place: a group far smaller than the number who murdered Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44 B.C.E.. It might have taken as many as two dozen fully involved conspirators if LBJ was not involved in the conspiracy, simply because LBJ was a good central hub for such a conspiracy, able to easily move among its different factions without arousing suspicion.
So, why is this still important forty-seven years after President Kennedy's murder? As JFK himself said in his commencement address at Yale University on 11 June, 1962, "The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic."
Because it appears to me that since that grim day in November 1963, the three illegitimate branches of our Federal government: the CIA, the Pentagon, and the Federal Reserve; have, using the myth created by the Warren Commission, increasingly usurped the power of the three legitimate branches to themselves, destroying America's long-term hope for peace and prosperity in the world.
Since the death of President Kennedy, the richest Americans have, acting through the corporations, socialized their risk in increasing their wealth, while acting like good old capitalists raking in their profits. In 1963, the United States had only one billionaire: J. Paul Getty. We now have around one hundred.
The United States of America has been sold down the river by its richest citizens all in the name of profit. We have a larger defense budget than the rest of the world combined ($623,000,000,000 compared to $500,000,000,000), but as recently as 2004, we had to buy rifle ammunition from Israel because our own manufacturers could not keep up with the demand from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In spite of this, we are still the largest single exporter of military ordnance and equipment in the world.
Yet, without the manufacture of military equipment and automobiles, we would have little manufacturing capacity or capability in this country. History has shown that a strong manufacturing sector is required in a modern economy, in order to establish and maintain a vibrant middle class. It has been the actions of the three pillars of this illegitimate government, of the most Stygian aspects of our military-industrial complex, that are taking away our rights, our hopes, and most importantly, our children's future; pushing us inexorably down the dark road to becoming, in essence, a third world country.
President Kennedy once said he wanted to take the CIA, and "break it into a thousand pieces." For myself, I desire only to take the three illegitimate branches of our Federal government, and break them into enough pieces so that We the People are once again in control of our government, and not the reverse.
There is still time for us to peaceably accomplish this task, but only just barely. However, like the signers of the Declaration of Independence, we shall have to pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor, if we are to succeed.
I believe that this nation is worth paying that price.