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Into a Thousand Pieces

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Many of the problems America faces today can be boiled down into a single underlying cause: the uncontrolled, unneeded, unrelenting growth of certain institutions. We have allowed parts of the political, economic, and social sectors of our nation to become dominated by a handful of oversized narcissistic institutions--both public and private--and the rise of overly influential, amoral, individuals whose sole interest is self aggrandizement. We the People are completely lacking, in any realistic form, a system of checks and balances to control these people and institutions, particularly to the degree required for a properly functioning constitutionally limited, democratically representative republic such as ours professes itself to be. The concentration of too much power in one place was why the Founders and Framers sought to limit our central government by dividing it into three seperate but equal branches. To quote James Madison, "The proposed Constitution"is, in strictness, neither a national nor a federal constitution; but a composition of both." (Federalist Papers, no. 39 January 1788.)

The Founders and Framers could never conceive of many of our modern institutions, including multinational corporations, media monopolies, and the Internet; not to mention the bureaucratic monsters that have arisen in the last one hundred years: the Federal Reserve, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Pentagon. Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Paine, Madison, and the rest could never have conceived of corporations which would dwarf nations in terms of political and economic power; of a single state in our union being the eighth largest economy in the world; let alone government institutions that have, in effect, become the overreaching, unchecked fourth, fifth, and sixth branches of our central government.

In the United States, this concentration of unchecked power--political, economic, and social--has led to the establishment of private corporations who are, by their very nature, too big to allow them to fail. We also have three public institutions whose power has grown beyond the control of our three constitutional branches of government. Factions within any or all of these institutions may have been complicit in the deaths of John and Robert Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and several others. As Lewis Lapham stated in his book Money and Class in America (Chapter 4, 1988), "Under the rules of a society that cannot distinguish between profit and profiteering, between money defined as necessity and money defined as luxury, murder is occasionally obligatory and always permissible."

And now the Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair, has had the audacity--or perhaps I should say the impudence--to admit in public what so many of us have feared for so many years, in our darkest, most closely held nightmares: that the government of the United States may order the murders of American citizens whom they deem to be terrorists, without proof, trial, or right of appeal. This at the very least violates the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, as well as the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth.

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Before I continue, allow me to say that when I speak of the Pentagon, I am not speaking of the vast majority of individuals who constitute our Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Rather, I am speaking of those grandiose, self-important individuals whose state of mind and ambition is centered upon promotion, power, and position, rather than Duty, Honor, and Country; those military men who would rather look good to their superiors, than do the hard and dirty work required to do the job right; those commanders who would rather further their careers by sending another 500 men to their deaths in a frontal assault, rather than tell their superiors that they should never have tried to take that objective in the first place. I want our military to be led by men of honor and courage like William Tecumseh Sherman, John J. Pershing, Creighton Abrams, David Hackworth, Hal Moore, Chester Nimitz, Raymond Spruance, Smedley Butler, Billy Mitchell, and John Boyd; not strutting peacocks who think they are the second coming of MacArthur, Patton, Halsey or Le May.

The three unofficial branches of the modern American government--the Federal Reserve, the Pentagon, and the Central Intelligence Agency--are at the center of the Military-Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us of in his farewell address. The three Constitutionally established branches of our government--Executive, Legislative, and Judicial--have in many cases been complicit in the three unofficial branches'--which they are technically supposed to control--usurpation of power. At other times, it is the checks and balances of the Constitution itself, which prevent our Constitutionally established branches from abusing their power, that have prevented the legitimate branches from holding the three unofficial branches in check.

Of these unofficial branches, I consider the Central Intelligence Agency to be the single most dangerous, because it is the most out of control. It has been the primary extortion arm of what John Perkins called the "economic hitmen" (in his book Confessions of an Economic Hitman) around the world since the 1960's. The CIA has deposed and/or killed dozens of leaders around the world including Mossadegh in Iran, Lumumba in Congo, Allende in Chile, Torrijos in Panama, Aristide in Haiti, and I believe, President John F. Kennedy.

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To quote George Orwell in Nineteen Eighty-Four, "Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship." And a coup d'etat, such as the one that occurred on that late autumn day in November 1963, is the most brutal and final form of revolution there is from inside a government.

So what did JFK do to these men who undertook this coup against him in Dallas in 1963? Let us look at suspects and their motives, individually and in groups, to see if we can find an answer.

The first person we must consider as a possible suspect is the man who stood most to gain: Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

I hate to do this, because it was LBJ's "Great Society" programs that were responsible for dropping the poverty rate in the United States from 19% (1963) to 11% (1973) in ten years. He certainly aided and abetted in a cover-up, whether out of personal guilt, or fear that it was the Soviets and/or Cubans who did it (and that a public revelation of that fact would lead to World War III), or just plain fear, I do not know.

The fact that the assassination took place in Texas could be coincidence, or it could be corroborating evidence. Especially as it took place in Dallas, which was pretty much LBJ's home stomping grounds.

The answer to this question lies in one key piece of evidence:

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Did the fingerprint left on the box found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository belong to long time LBJ associate (and convicted murderer) Malcolm E. "Mac" Wallace?

If the answer is yes, then I believe that we can only conclude that LBJ was directly or indirectly involved beforehand with JFK's murder, in some manner similar to that theorized in Barr McClellan's book, Blood, Money & Power: How L.B.J. Killed J.F.K.. Certainly, with his connections, LBJ had the motive, means, and opportunity to arrange for that tragic afternoon in Dallas.

If the answer is no, then it goes a long way in eliminating President Johnson as a suspect in the crime, although it regrettably does not provide complete exoneration.

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Richard Girard is an increasingly radical representative of the disabled and disenfranchised members of America's downtrodden, who suffers from bipolar disorder (type II or type III, the professionals do not agree). He has put together a team to (more...)

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