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The Johnson Tapes, 1967:
As the Jim Garrison trial of Clay Shaw exposed CIA involvement
in the JFK assassination, Lyndon Johnson and Attorney General Ramsey Clark discuss the public's growing suspicion of President
Johnson's foreknowledge and involvement in the Kennedy assassination. While officially mocking the notion of a coup, Johnson
warns Clark that "our lawyers don't believe there's any statute of limitations on a conspiracy." Now why would LBJ worry about
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Lyndon B. Johnson .... John F. Kennedy And The Great American Coup D'Etat
L. Fletcher Prouty
* On Nov. 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson became President of the United States of America.
* On that same date, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.
* On Nov. 26, 1963, President Johnson signed a National Security Action Memorandum #273, the highest level
national security document, as guidance for future Vietnam plans and policy. This brief directive most significantly initiated
changes reversing Kennedy's Vietnam policy of NSAM #262, Oct 11, 1963. Kennedy had decreed then that "the bulk of U.S. personnel
would be out of Vietnam by the end of 1965."
Strangely, this NSAM #273, which began the change in Kennedy's policy
toward Vietnam, was drafted on Nov. 21, 1963...the day before Kennedy died. It was not Kennedy's policy. He would not have
requested it, and would not have signed it. Why would it have been drafted for his signature on the day before he died; and
why would it have been given to Johnson so quickly? Johnson had not asked for it. On Nov. 21, 1963, Johnson had no expectation
whatsoever of being President on Nov. 26th.
* On Nov. 29, 1963, President Johnson met with J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI Director, to discuss the list
of names compiled for the commission to investigate the assassination of John F. Kennedy. These men were: Chief Justice Earl
Warren, Chairman; Rep. Gerald R. Ford, R-Mi; Rep. Hale Boggs, D-La; Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga.; Sen. John Sherman Cooper,
R-Ky.; John J. McCloy, New York banker; Allen W. Dulles, formerly Director of Central Intelligence; Sen. Jacob Javits, D-NY:
and General Lauris Norstad, U.S. Air Force. All were approved to serve on the Commission, except the last two, who for reasons
unknown did not serve with the body.
Johnson and Hoover were old friends who had lived across the street from each
other in Washington for the past 19 years. They understood each other. They needed each other.
As recorded in a Memorandum
for the Record, written by Hoover on that date and copied for eight of his senior FBI deputies, Lyndon Johnson, who had been
in the third car behind Kennedy in the Dallas motorcade, took advantage of this first White House meeting to ask his old friend
some personal questions that had caused him great concern since the assassination.
He asked, "How many shots were fired?"
Hoover told him, "Three." Then Johnson asked, if any had been fired at him? Hoover replied, "No, three shots were fired at
the President and we have them. The President was hit by the first and the third bullets and the second hit the Governor (Connally)."
(This statement was wrong, e.g.: one stray bullet hit a curbstone one and one-half blocks away and a fragment wounded a by-stander.
That bullet was a missed shot: therefore it was either number four, or the cause of the contrived theory about the "Magic"
bullet that allegedly hit both men.)
This discussion, between the two old friends, which took place on Nov. 29, 1963,
one week after President Kennedy's assassination, is important. It reveals the deep concern of President Johnson. He heard
bullets pass over his head. He never forgot that sound and its significance. He had been educated at Dealey Plaza.
In early June 1971, a few days after the Pentagon Papers appeared in The New York Times, Leo Janos, formerly of the Johnson
White House staff, attended a luncheon in the private dining room of the Johnson Library with the ailing ex-President and
other friends. As Janos reported later, in the Atlantic Monthly Magazine of July 1973:
"During coffee, the talk turned
to President Kennedy, and Johnson expressed his belief that the assassination in Dallas had been part of a conspiracy. He
never believed that Oswald acted alone, although he could accept that he pulled a trigger."
Johnson followed that
with a statement that had the megaton force of a full-sized hydrogen bomb. He said, and Janos wrote:
"We had been operating
a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean."
That was June of 1971. Lyndon Johnson died in January 1973, and this Janos
article appeared in July 1973. Since that date, with those words of,
- the man who established the Warren Commission itself,
- the man who was in the motorcade behind Kennedy, and
- the man who, as President, became privy to the darkest secrets of the government
...it should have become clear to everyone by now that Kennedy was killed as a result of a massive conspiracy by a team
of professional killers following a consensual decision from the highest levels of people in the country, perhaps in the more
modern sense...in the world.
Clearly, by late 1963, the decision had been made that:
- "Kennedy had to be deprived of re-election."
- "Kennedy had to go."
- "A Kennedy dynasty had to be thwarted."
The fact of conspiracy, underscored by President Johnson himself, makes it clear that the Report of the Warren Commission,
which maintains that one man, Lee Harvey Oswald, with one "mail order" rifle and three bullets killed John F. Kennedy and
severely wounded Governor John B. Connally at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, is totally false and contrived.
of the Warren Commission has been used to provide the life blood of a massive cover-story that has been kept alive for decades
to brainwash generations of Americans and others around the world. It perpetuates the American coup d'etat.
can be made for no conspiracy when it can be proved that one man acted alone. As soon as more than one man is involved, the
senseless act of a "lone nut" can no longer be used as an excuse. A conspiracy is evidence of malice and of an evil plan to
obtain an objective. This is the great significance of Johnson's statements. He confirms the conspiracy.
are topped by his belief that "We had been operating a damned Murder Inc." That fact defines the nature of the crime.
Johnson's choice of words. "We had been operating..." The "We" has to mean the United States Government, or at least an agency
or instrumentality of the government. Further, Johnson underscores that "We had been operating" this murder capability over
time. He does not limit its work to a single event, i.e. the Kennedy murder. He remembers back through the years to the close
of WW II, at least, to the uncounted times when enemies of the government had been killed by this "Murder Inc." quickly, cleanly
and with precision...and without their apprehension and prosecution by anyone. This is the nature of a government-sponsored
"Hit Man" professional operation.
Johnson chose the Mafia term "Murder Inc." to describe what he meant. This choice
of words has great significance. Teams of professional "hit men" are recruited, trained, equipped, by this government, in
order that they may live this strange existence as normal individuals. They are always available for these special duties
any where and against any target. They are skilled automatons who are set in motion by a code system that does not require
the identities of those who have made the "Decision."
Johnson goes one step further. He calls this unit "Murder Inc."
As we know, a corporate body is eternal, if desired. These murder teams belong to an organization that is, in a special sense,
timeless. Such murders are not arranged and carried out on an "ad hoc" basis. These teams are always ready.
above in mind, let me go a step further. I don't know whether or not you saw the Oliver Stone film "JFK." I don't know what
you thought about it, if you did. I do know that for the tens of millions around the world who did see the movie, that "Man
X-Jim Garrison" scene on the Mall, near the Vietnam Memorial, was the climax, the awakening.
Those audiences in those
packed theaters began to see, and to believe that the lies and mythology they had been spoon-fed for decades by the government's
Report of the Warren Commission, and by our subservient media was, and still is, false.
With this in mind, it is time
to face reality. What caught their attention was the simple question, "Why?...Why was President John F. Kennedy killed?" To
understand the reasons why this decision had been made, we need to take a penetrating look at the Kennedy era. So much has
taken place since then. So much has happened to each one of us since then. We don't remember the details. We have been misled
by the media and by a flood of books that are not true history. Perhaps, we just never knew.
At the time Kennedy was
elected, Nov. 1960, I was an Air Force Colonel assigned to the immediate office of the Secretary of Defense, Thomas Gates.
I had been in the Pentagon for six consecutive years. All had been spent as Chief of Special Operations that, in military
terminology, meant, "The support of the clandestine operations of the CIA." I was with Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, 1955-1960,
the Secretary of Defense, 1960-1962 and with the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1962-1963.
The Eisenhower period,
1953-1960, was one of prosperity and featured the build-up of the massive military industrial complex as one of the greatest
concentrations of raw power and enormous wealth in the history of the world.
We should all know Eisenhower's "Farewell
Address" of January 17, 1961, wherein he documented the concentration of power in the Military-Industrial complex:
"The conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience.
The total influence - economic, political, even spiritual - is felt in every city, every statehouse, every office of the Federal
government...In the councils of government we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought
or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will
persist...We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take
nothing for granted..."
Like Lyndon Johnson, General Eisenhower was a man who knew. He was telling the American public about things the way they
are. The United States had been involved, covertly, in the warfare in Southeast Asia since September 1945. We had been involved
in Korea since 1945 and in warfare there during the early fifties.
By the end of the eight-year Eisenhower era the
great powers within and outside the federal government had arranged for the certain transfer of leadership from Eisenhower
to Richard Nixon. They had miscalculated.
Everything had been prepared for an uninterrupted transfer of that great
power to the Nixon era. This "Power Elite" was so certain of electoral success that major programs such as the make-war Vietnamese
operations, the TFX fighter plane procurement project (at an estimated $6.5 billion, it was the largest aircraft procurement
project ever devised) and many projects of a similar nature were poised to come into fruition early in the planned Nixon period
in order to continue the flow of hundreds of billions of dollars from the government to those industries.
operations that are employed to create "make-war" situations wherever planned had increased in size and frequency during the
last years of the Eisenhower term under the direction of John Foster Dulles, the Sec. of State and his brother Allen, the
Director of the CIA. At the time of the election, there was the "on-the-shelf" Cuban/Castro matter, there was the Chinese
encroachment in Tibet with the impending threat to India, there was active trouble in Laos and Vietnam, and the biggest of
them all, the rebellion in Indonesia that had failed in 1958 (in which a Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald had been involved)
lay in waiting for another flare-up at the proper time.
These plans, worth hundreds of billions of dollars in military
expenditures were set. They had been prepared for a pliant Nixon, and the experienced administration he planned to inherit.
came the campaign of 1960. Up from nowhere came this impossibly youthful, Democratic, Catholic candidate, Sen. John F. Kennedy.
Yet when the 66,000,000 ballots had been counted, Kennedy had won by a margin of less that half of one percent.
an old timer in the Pentagon, I sensed the disappointment and the fury of the incumbents. It happened that on the day before
the Kennedy inauguration, while Washington was being blanketed by a raging blizzard, I was directed to go to Secretary Gates'
office just before 5 P.M. with a last minute item involving the Cuban Exile Training Program (the Bay of Pigs "ZAPATA" project).
office was a few doors down the hall. I arrived at Mr. Gates' office around five to find an enormous crowd of "well wishers"
flooding his office to say "Good-bye." His outer office and the corridor were jammed. His secretary smiled as I mentioned
my appointment, looked at the huge crowd in the Secretary's office, and pointed to the door of the deputy's office. He was
I walked in to find an old friend...Jim Douglas. I had been through countless meetings with him over the past
years. He smiled as I came in, rose from his desk and leaned against the window sill looking toward me. Over his shoulders
I could barely see the city of Washington through the swirling snowflakes.
Within a few minutes I had covered the subject
of my business; and then asked permission to add a question. He smiled.
I said, "Mr Douglas, ever since the Cuban exile
program began earlier this year I have briefed you, or Mr Gates, day to day. Tomorrow when I come in with a similar briefing,
may I expect that the new Kennedy men will have been made aware of this subject, or do I have to read them into the program?"
Douglas turned slowly and looked toward the Potomac River and the White House obscured by snow, then he turned to me and said,
"Prouty, I'll be damned if I know. We haven't met the bastards."
This may have been no more than an emotional response.
I expect it was true. It accurately reflected the feelings of the long term Eisenhower loyalists who were being removed from
their offices by the new Kennedy up-starts...the "Whiz Kids." Both sides had no desire to meet.
Such feelings give
birth to pressures at the highest levels that smoldered into flame as the years rolled by.
Shortly after Kennedy took
office, the Bay of Pigs program became a disaster. At the same time he was faced with a major decision concerning Vietnam,
and, following a lengthy and detailed Bay of Pigs investigation by the Cuban Study Group, Kennedy signed one of the most significant
policy directives of his 1,000 day tenure. Yet, it is surprising how few people know about it and how little has been written
about it. How little it is known.
We have all heard that Kennedy had vowed to break the CIA into 1,000 pieces. But
how many have ever heard how he planned to do it, and what policy he had established to achieve that goal?
on June 2B, 1961, President Kennedy himself signed National Security Action Memorandum #55. This important order was directed
solely to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff who at that time was General Lyman Lemnitzer. It's subject, clearly stated,
was "Relations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the President in Cold War Operations." In layman's terminology, "Cold War Operations"
meant "Clandestine Operations."
Kennedy opened that directive with memorable words:
"I wish to inform the Joint Chiefs of Staff as follows with regard to my views of their relations to me in Cold War
a) I regard the Joint Chiefs of Staff as my principal military advisor responsible both for initiating
advice to me and for responding to requests for advice. I expect their advice to come to me direct and unfiltered.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff have a responsibility for the defense of the nation in the Cold War similar to that which they have
in conventional hostilities..."
I was the officer instructed to staff this paper, and two others, NSAM #56 and #57; and to brief the Chairman and the Chiefs
at their next meeting. First they were surprised to discover that this order had been addressed directly to them and was signed
by the President. It had not come through Secretary of Defense, and had not been sent to other top-level addressees such as
the Secretary of State and the Director of Central Intelligence. This procedure was rare, and meaningful.
were amazed to hear that the limits of their lawful function were being broadened to include "Cold War Operations." Needless
to say, these policy statements created a great discussion, and then were sealed in TOP SECRET files for further analysis
Interpreted as the President intended, this policy, if carried to its conclusion and not interrupted by
his death, would have brought about an enormous change in the way the Vietnam situation, that from 1945 to 1963, had been
under "operational control" of the CIA, would have been pursued. Without question this new policy was the major stepping stone
on the way to Kennedy's promise that "the bulk of U.S. personnel would be out of Vietnam by the end of 1965."
blunt statement of the Kennedy policy may well have been the ultimate pressure point that created the climate in which the
decision was reached to do away with the President. Another example highlights how his changes impacted on the military industrial
complex where they were most sensitive.
During the last years of the Eisenhower era, the Air Force and Navy were deep
in plans for new fighter aircraft. The Air Force proposal was for a swing-wing fighter designated the TFX. The processing
of this procurement program had been all but completed during 1960; but the budget people bowed to Eisenhower's request to
stay within the scope of his budget. They moved the project into the expected Nixon term. Everyone concerned knew that this
project was a natural for the Boeing Company and that it would begin at a $4 billion figure and rise from there. The TFX was
on the threshold, along with Castro and Vietnam as the election came.
But...Kennedy won. McNamara entered the office
of the Secretary of Defense and Arthur Goldberg, a brilliant political strategist, became the Secretary of Labor. Between
them they came up with a procurement philosophy that would allocate that enormous sum of money to areas that were most sensitive
on the political map as determined by the Labor Dept's voting patterns.
McNamara announced a new round of studies and
the bidders were signaled that their production projects and sub-contractors physical plant locations should be spread over
the most desirable array of county voting districts.
Finally, in November 1962, after delaying for nearly two years,
McNamara announced the TFX award, which by that time included the Navy and its funding, to the General Dynamics-Grumman team
of bidders. Their proposal had been structured to approximate the Goldberg plan. The shock of that award, for the reasons
mentioned, was terrific. The TFX battle was fought in Congress well into 1963. This gambit, along with other changes brought
about during the Kennedy years, created the kind of opposition that is beyond control.
Increasingly, in the Clubs and
Boardrooms of the wealthy, the powerful, the munitions makers... augmented by their bankers and their lawyers, voices began
to rise as they mentioned that "God Damned" Kennedy, and worse. In the halls of the Pentagon, in the CIA and other centrally
effected areas tensions rose. Finally a consensus coalesced and from that impersonal initiative a decision was reached.
few, who knew the methodology and the codes that activated what Lyndon Johnson called "Murder Inc." pushed the button. The
deadly system was set in motion. Like the deadly Ghurka scimitar, it is never extracted from its sheath without drawing blood.
time and place was decided. The intricate and detailed cover story was outlined and made ready, not only for the day of the
crime; but for the years to follow. The site was selected and prepared. The professional team moved into place. The elements
of the plan went into effect, the carefully manipulated motorcade moved into position, and the shots were fired.
news media interrupted ongoing programs to announce:
"President Kennedy has been shot dead, gunned down during drive through Dallas."
"Three bursts of gunfire, apparently
from automatic weapons, were heard."
(Except for these first moments, this type of gunfire was never reported again
in the media.)
"Secret Service men immediately unslung their automatic weapons and pistols."
(Also an incorrect
These same words were flashed around the world. The Thousand Days of the Kennedy era had come to an end.
American coup d'etat had taken place.
It was November 22, 1963.