On November 22 this year, 2013, it will be 50 years since the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. This author was twelve years old when this tragic event occurred and can remember exactly where he was and what he was doing at the time. The author can also recall the stunned faces of strangers as the news became common knowledge and the reaction of his parents which was one of dismay, when he returned home on that day now so long ago.
After half a century later and after theory upon theory for why Kennedy was killed and by whom, the question still remains officially unanswered to this day.
Some historical background:
On January 17, 1961, President Eisenhower gave his now famous farewell speech in which he implored future leaders to address the growth of the military industrial complex which if left unchecked would undermine the very system that allowed it to operate.
On April 27, 1961, President Kennedy presented a speech to the American Newspaper Publishers Association that has also become famous for his remarks about secret societies and the ramifications for free and open societies, that if they wish to remain free and open, will necessarily need to limit their government's secrecy.
Also in that speech was his imploring to those newspaper owners to self-censor those news stories that might give their undeclared enemy, the Soviets, any information that could be regarded as having a national security concern. Kennedy was not about to give more authority to the alphabet soup spying agencies which he believed would eventually be used to undermine the very fabric of American society.
But was he right in this assessment?
Also in that speech given on April 27, 1961, was a reference to the undeclared war by an undeclared enemy that used infiltration rather than invasion to gain its ground against the United States. This author believes that if anyone has any doubt at all as to what Kennedy was referring to, all they need do is to cast their eyes at what the United States has now become. It is obvious to this author at least that what Kennedy and Eisenhower warned about has been rather successful in its mission!
We may never know what transpired between President Eisenhower and President- elect, Kennedy when meeting at the White House, but when one looks at the contents of both speeches given by such outstanding and astute leaders within months of each other, one is struck by the urgency of the situation that appears to have been known to both men.
There is now a book on the market going by the title, American Betrayal, by Diana West, who is copping an awful lot of flak from those who choose to guard against what has gone down in America over the past 70 years. The thesis of Ms West's book crosses paths with those two speeches given in 1961 for which this author believes, President Kennedy was assassinated. That act of treachery by an alphabet soup spy agency seeking further controls over the government and the citizenry, also guaranteed the outcome, that America would no longer be the open and free society it once was!