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A review of Phillip F. Nelson's book, "LBJ Mastermind to Colossus: The Lies, Treachery and Treason continues"

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Compelling, but a bit too easy to be convincing ...

The author makes a facile if not at times a rather compelling case that LBJ is the most likely CEO of the JFK assassination.

What separates this book from others of the "LBJ Did it" genre, however, is that it, like the book by Michael Collins Piper, called "Final Judgment," also claims that LBJ was a tool of Zionist interests. However, unlike Piper, (and rather curiously in my view), Nelson fails to implicate the Zionist in JFK's assassination?

Since the author finds LBJ guilty of every other kind of treason on the Zionists' behalf, including the treasonous bombing of the USS Liberty, and starting the 1967 Middle East War, this curious, seemingly strategic omission, may be the most obvious flaw in an otherwise well put together book.

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The short version of Nelson's incriminating biography of LBJ, cobbled together from better secondary sources, is that since his early days in Texas, the crude and vulgar Texas Senator, perfected the technique of "sucking-up" to powerful Jews, and then rode this, the leitmotif of his senatorial tenure, into an illustrious but very criminal political career. The author even refers to LBJ as our first Jewish president. To his credit, Nelson is careful to separate out the old liberal "justice and equality Jews" from the newer more rabidly violent rightwing "pro-Israel Zionists," who surprisingly are in fact dominated not by Jews at all, but by rightwing fundamentalist Christians!?

Being a complete psychopath, there was nothing out of bounds for LBJ: nothing he would not, or did not do, to further his own career, enrich himself, and provide himself the illusion of becoming ever more powerful. From serial murder, to pay-to-play extortion, to high stakes blackmail of America's highest officials (almost everyone on the Warren Commission had been bribed onto the commission by LBJ), there was no crime too immoral, or too vulgar, or too criminal for LBJ to engage in. He was even accused by his own family of having had sex with his own grandmother. He also ordered the murder of this own sister, Josefa. Couple this with his bi-polar personality and his insatiable desire to become president at all cost, and Nelson has, pre-packaged, and pre-positioned: the easiest villain for all times and for all crimes.

Most of the book thus is an in depth litany of LBJ crimes, all prefaced and shaped to build a rather colorful, but thin, circumstantial and disconnected case that LBJ planned and carried out the JFK assassination.

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The easy part of the book is drawing up "a list of these particulars," particulars that paint a devastatingly well-positioned guilty portrait of LBJ based on his illustrious career of crimes, bullying people with the "LBJ treatment,'" and his long and sordid criminal associations.

The hard part is linking this illustrious criminal biography to the actual planning and execution of the assassination itself. In fact, beyond his "guilt by criminal and psychological biography," Mr. Nelson's book is very, very vague and skimpy indeed on operational details.

This author would not be the first, nor will he be the last, to succeed at building an impressive, easy, circumstantial case against a suspect only to then fail to show up "in the stretch run to the wire," where all of the final connections must be made in order to implement and carrying out the exquisitely complex set of tasks needed to accomplish the assassination of a world leader.

This book fades terribly in the stretch run. A seasoned jury, would never indict LBJ of JFK's murder based solely on the circumstantial evidence presented in this book as the prosecution's brief.

That is one reason why, Michael Collins Piper's book, "Final Judgment" still remains the definitive work on the JFK assassination: Because when it comes time to pin the tail of the JFK assassination donkey onto the killers, Piper's, Final Judgment, romps home in the stretch run.

Not only does Piper make all of the necessary connections to prove that the CIA/Mossad combine (engineered mostly by James Jesus Angleton), conspired to kill JFK, but he also showed how they set up and paid for the "hit," hired the professional French hit men through a CIA/Mossad "cut-out" entity called Permindex, of which the man Jim Garrison had indicted as JFK's killer, Clay Shaw, was at various times the CEO and a member of the board. This shady Mossad creation, was also suspected of attempting to assassinate General Charles De Gaulle, due to Israeli's objection to De Gaulle acquiescing to Algeria demand for independence. It also had been kicked out of Switzerland, Italy, and Canada and now has its home office in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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According to Piper, two or three professional French Corsican hit men were flown-in via Mexico two weeks prior to the assassination, where they met their Chicago mob connections, took measurement in Dealey's plaza, and then cooled their heels while they waited for the "big event." They then, like the professionals they were, killed JFK, cooled their heels for another 10 days or so until the heat was off, and then were whisked off to Toronto via Red Bird airport, and back to France, each with a cool million in pure heroin.

To their great detriment, neither of Nelson's books mention any operational details of the assassination. This book does, however, mention Piper's book in passing. The relevant content appears on page 205, where he states that:

"Even if the Mossad played a significant role in the assassination, it was inexorably tied to its undeniably close connection to James J. Angleton, 'Israel's best friend' as noted elsewhere, and his involvement would have been inherently dependent upon the existence of a 'driving force,' for which the chief driver and the only man who had the power to bring all of the disparate forces together, as demonstrated in 'LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination,' was Lyndon B. Johnson."

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