The Big Picture –
By Glynn Wilson –
MOBILE, Ala. — Where to begin. It appears the alleged sex scandal of Alabama’s Governor Robert Bentley is waning, so maybe I can get your attention for something far more important.
I may be the only journalist in Christendom who doesn’t believe the 74-year-old governor has been having sex with anyone. It appears he will survive the sensational blog onslaught in any event. There is no indication he plans to step down, resign, or be impeached and removed from office. There are still bloggers and Facebook posters who want to believe this is all true and hope it brings down a governor who I maintain should never have been elected in the first place, certainly not reelected to a second term.
But I have come to understand that the people of my native state who seem satisfied with what passes for media here tend to get what they deserve, that is what they pay for. If more educated, progressive people and the Alabama Democratic Party had any inkling of how to get their shit together, they would not find themselves in such a mess.
The same could be said for the people of America. If the smart people are willing to let the dumb people rule, see what you get?
It doesn’t have to be this way. I have offered a prescription to the problem of our collective sickness in my new book, Jump On The Bus. But since it doesn’t have all the sensational, titillating, sexy aspects necessary to get people’s attention in the age of blogging and social media, not many people seem to care enough to check it out.
The fact is, however, that the book does contain some pretty sensational aspects which should be picked up on by what’s left of the press in this state and country. Give it time.
For the record, I am not one to jump all over conspiracy theories. I don’t pay any attention at all to Alex Jones or the likes of Glen Beck. I don’t follow the Newhouse bloggers at al dot com or read the Yellowhammer News. But in my own web surfing this past week, I did run across something pretty sensational I would like to talk about and explore on this beautiful spring Sunday on the Alabama Gulf Coast.
I also have never spent much time going back to November 22, 1963, to try and do my own investigation into the JFK assassination. In the words of my old dean and mentor at the University of Alabama, that seems more like history than news. I guess I also was socialized enough as a journalist to know it is a dangerous story to take on. People who dip their toes into that cesspool of a pond tend to disappear without a trace.
But an old friend of mine in Wyoming shared this story link on Facebook the other day, and I got sucked in.
I’ll cut to the chase and let you in on the conspiracy theory. The implication here is that John Kennedy Jr. named his magazine George after George Herbert Walker Bush and was investigating the notion that the Bush family was in on the assassination of President Robert Kennedy. Now 80 percent of the American public do not buy the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone nut gunman who acted alone. It is unclear what the other 20 percent are thinking. They must be planning to vote for Donald Trump in the presidential election of 2016.
I’ve always figured some elements of the CIA had to be in on the plot. Since all the investigations show contradictory information about Oswald but make clear that he had ties to both the CIA and the FBI, and the CIA is the only entity anywhere that was in the business of coming up with such craziness, the spooks had to be in on it.
But I’ve never really written about it, except for once. This story is not in my book. It just dawned on me this past week that perhaps it should be.
When Oliver Stone’s film JFK came out in 1991, I was fully engaged in an investigation for a chain of papers operating out of Baldwin County, Alabama, and the old wire service United Press International (UPI) of Naval Intelligence and the military EMPRESS plan to locate a nuclear blast simulator in the Gulf of Mexico. There were some indications that research was being conducted in Pensacola, Florida, to weaponize Electromagnetic Fields, and not for defensive purposes. Since I was fired by an admitted CIA agent who got hired as my editor then, I never finished that research or published it. But a few years later, I saw a documentary on the Learning Channel that showed how Saddam Hussein’s entire air force was kept on the ground in the first Gulf War by an EMP device mounted in F-14s and Huey helicopters that zapped the electronic equipment on the planes.
When the JFK movie made it around to the theaters on the Gulf Coast, it was early 1992 but there was no movie theater in south Baldwin County in those days. So to see the film, I had to drive over to Pensacola. The plot of the film seemed pretty well researched and plausible to me, so I said so in my review. But my new editor disagreed. He said I was “full of shit” and that the movie was “garbage” and he moved my column called The Beach Beat from the editorial page to the feature section and purposely made editing errors in it to try to discredit me. Within a month or two of writing that column, I was gone.
While I stayed in Gulf Shores for another six months and covered the mothballing of the EMPRESS story for UPI, I always thought the military and intelligence crowd that was all over the Gulf Coast and the increasing number of conservative Republicans in the area felt they had to get rid of me, since I was gaining too much power as a watchdog reporter in the area. I was later written up nationally as being caught up in a backlash against reporters covering the environment as well. But could it also have been my willingness to embrace the conspiracy theory that the CIA had something to do with Kennedy’s assassination?
Like all the theories surrounding that seminal event in American history, which helped plant the seeds of discontent with the U.S. government that is wildly rampant today, we may never know the full answer to these questions.
I mean, I always thought when John Kennedy Jr. started George magazine, it was named after George Washington. The cover of the first issue depicted Cindy Crawford dressed as George Washington. It was supposed to explore politics and celebrity in a new way. Or it could have had something to do with King George, the King of England we went to war against in 1776.
But just in recent months, it seems, investigators are starting to explore the role of George H.W. Bush in the assassination plot. This is fairly new and was not even included in Oliver Stone’s research. Too bad nobody found out in time to ask Jeb Bush about it before he unceremoniously dropped out of the race for president in recent months.
But if you Google around a bit, you will find it all over the place on the web. I don’t know who is behind this so-called Millennium Report, but they are all over it. In a report entitled “CIA & Company: The Real Plotters Behind JFK’s Assassination,” they conclude with a statement I believe is very much true.
“Truly, the assassination of John F. Kennedy was so much bigger than anyone realized in that moment of history. In fact, it continues to loom as a hugely dark shadow over the American Republic.”
I do know something about Robert Parry’s Consortiumnews.com, however, and I know he has real experience as an investigative reporter and does some good work. I used to run some of his stories awhile back, although I hadn’t seen his stuff in awhile. Here is his best piece on the subject.
He concludes that “much of the new evidence tends to bolster the narrative advanced by (New Orleand DA Jim) Garrison and by Stone’s movie: that the assassination must have involved elements of the U.S. intelligence community working with right-wing operatives who considered Kennedy soft on communism and that a cover-up was put in place by key government figures to prevent an unraveling of these powerful institutions and the erosion of public trust in the authorities.”
One of the most damning questions is this: “What would an alleged communist like Oswald be doing using the conservative Banister’s office as an address, and also working out of that office (at 544 Camp Street in New Orleans)?”
Also, how was it even possible for anyone to accept the idea that Yale Skull and Bonesman Allen Dulles, who President Kennedy had fired as CIA director after the Bay of Pigs fiasco in 1961 when the agency carried out an invasion of Cuba without the president’s authorization, ended up serving as a key member of the Warren Commission to investigate Kennedy’s death? That is absurd on the face of it.
It is clear now that the specter of a nuclear war was used as a pretext to stop any real investigation. It is even mentioned in tapes made of conversations with President Lyndon Johnson, who also had to be in on the conspiracy at least as a co-conspirator after the fact if not before. The idea that he was the main actor in the plot has been discredited.
Even a Congressional investigation that was launched after the Oliver Stone film came out, which declassified thousands of documents, concluded that there had to be more than one shooter. If so, it was an orchestrated plot, not the work of a lone nut gunman.
“Based on these documents and other discoveries, the Warren Commission is revealed as a miscarriage of justice and its report a distortion of history, perhaps justified in the minds of some participants as needed to protect the country from the repercussions of a no-holds-barred investigation,” Parry’s published report by author Jim DiEugenio concludes.
“Along with fierce resistance from the CIA and the FBI, there was the close-minded response to the new evidence from the gatekeepers of the major U.S. news media. Ridiculing authors and investigators who challenged the Warren Commission’s findings became something of a litmus test for measuring a journalist’s fitness to get a good-paying job in the mainstream press,” DiEugenio says in his report.
“But this arrogant behavior by these powerful governmental and media institutions their contempt for an intellectually unconstrained evaluation of the JFK evidence has proved costly in terms of public trust. Polls reveal that the decline in America’s faith in government began in 1964, the year the Warren Report was issued … This information is crucial to understanding where the United States finds itself today, a country awash in excessive secrecy and growing public distrust.”
Given all this new information, he says, it is “easier to understand why the CIA was the primary coordinating agency behind the assassination setup, takedown and coverup. Only they had the power, the black budget, and the worldwide network to implement such a complex execution plan, convoluted post-assassination game plan and complicated coverup. The CIA also had the greatest interest in the success of the coup d’état, functioning as the chief enforcement agency for the entire Military-Industrial Complex as they do.”
Perhaps, like he says, “it is time we all began to ask what really happened to President Kennedy in Dealey Plaza? And why the unending resistance from the news media to present the new evidence to the American people?”
Now, another thing that popped up on my radar screen this week is a CNN special on the 1960s running on Netflix. If you watch the CNN show, which mostly uses old CBS News footage and video from the local television stations in Dallas — and depends for its analysis on living members to the Warren Commission – you will come away with the conclusion that the lone gunman story makes total sense.
But if you go to the CNN Website and start searching around, you will also find this.
Even the best expert CNN could find, Dave Perry, says he cannot debunk this one.
“The CIA did it.”
“Supposedly Kennedy was fed up with the shenanigans that the CIA was pulling,” Perry said. “He found out the CIA was trying to kill (Cuban leader Fidel) Castro, which is a fact. So the argument is that the CIA felt that Kennedy was going to disband them. And as a result of that, they were the ones that ordered the killing of Kennedy.”
You can also find a lot of crazy stuff out there. Some claim Marilyn Monroe was not Kennedy’s lover but an agent named “Masha.”
Then, after you are nearly exhausted in the hunt for the truth, you may find this (see video below), which appears to be the most comprehensive meta-analysis of all the information and a three and a half hour British documentary that claims to know all the answers. I don’t know if they get all the details right or not, but the conclusion is in fact right on, it seems to me. Powerful people with lots of money will stop at nothing to hold onto their money and power, and they have little respect either for average American workers or the ideals of American democracy.
If any significant percentage of this story is true, Bernie Sanders better watch out. He is the only candidate for major public office in my lifetime who is taking on these powerful forces every day on live television as well as the web. If it looks like he has any chance to become president of the United States, look out.
One caveat before you watch this. The narrator claims President Barack Obama and all journalists are “CIA.” This part is complete nonsense. It may be true that all the mainstream media organizations are compromised by money. But most news workers are just socialized from early in their educations and experience to stay within a certain box on what they report on and how they report it. Any half-way successful journalist in America knows there are sacred cows that cannot be exposed. Going near the JFK story in a way that contradicts the official story is not something most social climbing reporters — print, broadcast or web – are ever going to do.
I should have known better myself, but figured it was my job to try to tell people the truth. Now that I am an independent web publisher, there is not much anyone can do to me. It will be interesting to see how Gulf Coast Newspapers deals with the review of my book. And it will be interesting to see if my anonymous comment critics pop up again after this, and what they have to say. Is it possible they are working for the CIA?
© 2016, Glynn Wilson. All rights reserved.