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Unspeakable Memories: The Day John Kennedy Died

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There is a vast literature on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who died on a November 22nd Friday like this in 1963. I have contributed my small share to such writing in an effort to tell the truth, honor him, and emphasize its profound importance in understanding the history of the last fifty-six years, but more importantly, what is happening in the U.S.A. today. In other words, to understand it in its most gut-wrenching reality: that the American national-security state will obliterate any president that dares to buck its imperial war-making machine. It is a lesson not lost on any president since Kennedy.

Unless one is a government-disinformation agent or is unaware of the enormous documentary evidence, one knows that it was the CIA that carried out JFK's murder. Confirmation of this fact keeps arriving in easily accessible forms for anyone interested in the truth. A case in point is James DiEugenio's recent posting at his website, KennedysandKing, of James Wilcott's affidavit and interrogation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, declassified by the Assassinations Record Review Board in 1998. In that document, Wilcott, who worked in the finance department for the CIA and was not questioned by the Warren Commission, discusses how he unwittingly paid Lee Harvey Oswald, the government's alleged assassin, through a cryptonym and how it was widely known and celebrated at his CIA station in Tokyo that the CIA killed Kennedy and Oswald worked for the Agency, although he did not shoot JFK. I highly recommend reading the document.

I do not here want to go into any further analysis or debate about the case. I think the evidence is overwhelming that the president was murdered by the national-security state. Why he was murdered, and the implications for today, are what concern me. And how and why we remember and forget public events whose consequences become unbearable to contemplate, and the fatal repercussions of that refusal. In what I consider the best book ever written on the subject, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters (2009), James W. Douglass explains this in detail, including the James Wilcott story.

Realizing what I am about to say might be presumptuous and of no interest to anyone but myself, I will nevertheless try to describe my emotional reactions to learning of John Kennedy's murder so long ago and how that reverberated down through my life. I hope my experiences might help explain why so many people today can't face the consequences of the tragic history that began that day and have continued to the present, among which are not just the other assassinations of the 1960s but the lies about the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent endless and murderous "war on terror" with its mind-numbing propaganda and the recent Russia phobia and the blatant celebration of the so-called "deep-state's" open efforts to overthrow another president, albeit a very different one.

On November 22, 1963, I was a college sophomore. I was going down three steps into the college dining hall for lunch. (Many of my most significant memories and decisions have taken place on steps, either going up or going down; memory is odd in that way, wouldn't you say?) I remember freezing on the second step as a voice announced through a PA system that the president had been shot in Dallas, Texas. When I finally recovered and went down into the building, another announcement came through saying the president had died. The air seemed to be sucked out of the building as I and the other students with a few professors sat in stunned silence. Soon little groups on this Catholic campus joined together to pray for John Kennedy. I felt as if I were floating in unreality.

Later that day when I left the campus and drove home, I thought back to three years previously and the night of the presidential election. Everyone at my house (parents, grandparents, and the five sisters still at home) had gone to bed, but I stayed up past 1 A.M., watching the television coverage of the vote count. My parents, despite their Irish-Catholicism, were Nixon supporters, but I was for JFK. I couldn't comprehend why anyone would vote for Nixon, who seemed to me to personify evil. When I finally went up the stairs to bed, I was convinced Kennedy would win and felt very happy.

It wouldn't be for another tumultuous decade before I would hear Kris Kristofferson sing

"Never knowin' if believin' is a blessin' or a curse

Or if the going up is worth to coming down.

From the rockin' of the cradle to the rollin' of the hearse

The goin' up was worth the coming down"

and I would ask myself the same question.

In the meantime, the next few years would bring the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, among other significant events, and for a high school student interested in politics and world events it was a heady and frightening few years. It was a country of newspapers back then, and I would read perhaps 3-4 each day and sensed a growing animosity toward Kennedy, especially as expressed in the more conservative NYC papers. I can remember very little talk of politics in my home and felt alone with my thoughts. As far as I can remember, this was also true at the Jesuit high school that I attended. And of course nothing prepared me for the president's murder and the feeling of despair it engendered in me, a feeling so painful that I couldn't really acknowledge it. At nineteen, I felt traumatized but couldn't admit it or tell anyone. After all, I was a scholar and an athlete. Tough.

Then on Sunday morning my family had the TV on and we watched as Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the guy the government said had killed the president. The unreality was compounded many-fold, and when later it was reported that Oswald had died, I felt I was living in an episode of The Twilight Zone, a popular television show at the time, whose narrator would say we are now entering the weird world between shadow and substance.

The next day a friend and I went to the Fordham University campus to visit a Jesuit priest who was a mentor to us. He had the television on for JFK's funeral and we sat and watched it for a while with him. After a few hours, it became too painful and the two of us went outside to a football field where we threw a football back and forth. Perhaps subconsciously we were thinking of Kennedy's love of football; I don't know. But I remember a feeling of desolation that surrounded us on that empty cold field with not another soul around. It seemed sacrilegious to be playing games at such a time, yet deep trauma contributes to strange behavior.

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I was in 1st grade and we were watching an animal show on TV when the bulletin came on. We were sent home and I remember my mother sitting in front of the TV crying when I walked in.

I did not hear anything on any news show yesterday about the 56th anniversary of JFK's murder.

So depressing how we've devolved from JFK to conald chump.

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No, the mainstream media said not a word as far as I know.

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I feel your pain too, I was a freshman in college when our government killed JFK. Then there was his brother RFK and only days later, MLK. In each case, the person that was nearby each of them was bad old Pappy Bush! If all three of these great leaders had lived The USA would by far be a greater nation than it is today!

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I agree, it would have neen a very different country.

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It's so disheartening to watch the same intelligence apparatus who carried out the assassinations, con the very people who marched against the Vietnam war, for civil rights and other progressive causes into believing that those same intelligence agencies will save them from Trump. It's as though their memory banks were wiped clean the day Trump was elected.

The coup d'etat of the mind is the ultimate weapon against the ability of the public to make sense of the atrocities that occur with such frequency in this world controlled by a small cabal of gangsters that people force themselves to forget the horrors inflicted in broad daylight in order to carry on with their lives.

When do we stop?


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Lois - You're speaking the truth here, perfectly.

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I get angry every year arond this time from the lies I see about the "Lone Nut Oswald" so I am relived this year I did not see the old lies on TV. Maybe they are getting ready for some more truth? I like reading this but not the crap on TV.


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#EvidenceExposed - at the time of his assassination, President Kennedy was in the midst of intense efforts to end the Cold War. Had he lived to run for a second term, it seems likely that the Cold War would have ended some 25 years earlier than it did. #FullCooperation - #SecurityStandown

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George Bush's CIA killed JFK. The Deep State hated for him the Bay of Pigs fiasco, his desire to get out of Vietnam, and his desire to take back money issuance from the Fed. JFKjr said he would expose his fathers killers even if it meant taking down the government. He knew. That's why he called his magazine "George". JFKjr and Trump were very good friends. Fasten your seat belts, justice is coming for the Deep State.

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Wouldn't that be nice! I'll fasten my seat belt but not hold my breath.

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