Merry Xmas! Here’s my hypothesis: Anti-Communists killed Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald was an Anti-Communist spy.
I am setting aside the possibility that the Anti-Communists themselves had been infiltrated by bad faith actors, because there did exist “genuine” Anti-Communists, ideologically speaking, in 1963. Many Anti-Communists were white supremacists supporting segregation — for example, the followers of the John Birch Society.
It was the Anti-Communists, not the Cubans, nor the Russians, who were feeling the most pain from President Kennedy’s policies. Before Kennedy even took office, the Civil Rights movement’s push for greater equality was becoming an existential threat to the segregated way of life perpetuating the myth of white supremacy across much of the South.
The folks living in nut country did get one thing right, however, when they feared that President Kennedy would act as an accelerant for social change.
Lee Harvey Oswald, “Anti-Communist spy,” defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959. Oswald apparently handed over U2 radar specifications, which the Soviets would utilize within months, successfully shooting down Francis Gary Power’s U2 plane. This dramatic, hostile action played out on the world stage, reinforcing the two powers’ adversarial relationship.
One of the loudest voices among the Anti-Communists was that of the highest ranking Anti-Communist in the US military: General Edwin A. Walker. In 1957, after having protested up the chain of command, General Walker reluctantly lead the federal troops who “preserved the peace” for the Little Rock Nine.
Financing for the Anti-Communists was provided in large part by a group of ultra-conservative Texas oil barons that included the richest man in the world, Haroldson L. Hunt, and Clint Murchison Jr., the owner of the Texas School Book Depository. They poured their millions into the Anti-Communist cause, underwriting General Walker’s campaign against desegregation, and funding the John Birch Society’s anti-Civil Rights propaganda.
In 1961, increasingly espousing the views of the John Birch Society and loudly denouncing President Kennedy for his policies, General Edwin A. Walker resigned from the military, forfeiting his pension. Walker was the only US general to resign in the 20th century.
In 1962, Walker lead white supremacists in a violent, 15-hour riot protesting desegregation on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Two people were killed, execution-style.
General Walker was charged with sedition and insurrection against the United States. After a grand jury refused to indict the “man on the horse,” the so-called “man on Caroline’s bike,” aka President Kennedy, had his Attorney General, (who was also his brother,) Robert F. Kennedy, order Walker to undergo a 90-day examination at a mental institution, but Walker flouted that too.
The Anti-Communist Texas oilmen’s piles of cash would come under threat in early 1963, when President Kennedy declared that he would be eliminating their cherished enormously lucrative loophole in the tax code, the oil depletion allowance.
In May 1963, at American University, President Kennedy delivered a major address on peace. The speech signaled a shift in America’s relations with the world, calling for greater international cooperation amongst all nations, a policy of coexistence with the Soviet Union, and for less American military interventionism abroad.
Kennedy’s hopeful appeal to world peace was taken by the Anti-Communists not so much as a pivot, but rather as a threat to their livelihoods. The Dallas oilmen feared that Kennedy’s new foreign policy would be a drain on their fortunes: America fighting less wars would mean the world’s largest military-industrial complex consuming less petroleum products, lowering the demand for oil globally, and decimating their oil profits.
The decades-long director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, was a founding father of the Anti-Communists. He was opposed to the Civil Rights movement specifically and desegregation in general. Although Hoover was claiming moral outrage over the preaching of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., he had compromised his own integrity as the FBI director. Hoover was being blackmailed with photos which vividly evidenced his closeted homosexuality.
JFK was a threat to both the career and the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover. By 1963, both the President and his brother / AG distrusted Hoover: had Kennedy been elected to a second term, it was assumed he would have named a new FBI director.
Kennedy’s presidency was a threat to the continued existence of the CIA. After the disastrous Bay of Pigs operation, Kennedy moved to partially defund the agency, and he reportedly vowed he would “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
The Anti-Communists pegged Kennedy for the failed the Bay of Pigs invasion. In October 1962, the agreement between the US and Soviet Union ending the Cuban Missile crisis guaranteed no further American aggression barring a provocation from Cuba. This hardened the beliefs of the Anti-Communists who already disliked President Kennedy: now they blamed Kennedy personally for having failed to stop the spread of Communism in America’s front yard.
The Anti-Communists hated President Kennedy for his policies, which they deemed dangerous to the continued existence of the United States. Pure right-wing ideologues, including many of the participants in the conspiracy, put JFK’s hope for a peaceful coexistence with the Soviet Union on a par with Neville Chamberlain’s naivety when the Prime Minister mistakenly pushed for a policy of appeasement towards Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930’s.
By fall 1963, the scandals derailing the career of Lyndon Johnson’s political aid, Bobby Baker, started threatening LBJ’s spot on the ticket. That fall, as Johnson’s close ties to Baker leaked out to the public, drip by drip, President Kennedy was seriously considering a new running mate.
The Anti-Communists in Dallas had financed much of LBJ’s political career in Texas: he was their guy in the Kennedy White House. Had JFK dropped Johnson from the ticket, the Anti-Communists would no longer have any influence over the Kennedy White House. Lacking the political leverage they were accustomed to, the Texas oil syndicate would have been vulnerable to investigation.
A year before President Kennedy was assassinated, his then-Secretary of the Navy, fellow Texan, John Connally, put his signature on the paperwork that repatriated the “Anti-Communist spy” — Lee Harvey Oswald. In the fall of 1962, Connally ran for and was elected Governor of Texas, vanquishing the more radical candidate, Edwin Walker.
In March 1963, shortly after receiving his sniper rifle in the mail, Lee Harvey Oswald fired a single shot at Edwin Walker in his Dallas home. He narrowly missed. The press reported it as the attempted assassination of the Anti-Communists’ leader. I believe that Oswald missed that shot on purpose, in order to demonstrate the precision, and therefore the relative operational safety, of his aim as a sniper.
John Connally may have requested just such an example of Oswald’s ability as a marksman: the demonstration of sharp shooting would have helped convince Connally to agree to be the bait. In November 1963, Governor Connally invited JFK to kick off the presidential campaign in his must-win state of Texas.
Anti-Communists in the CIA’s “Miami office” may have arranged for more target practice in the summer of 1963, after Oswald moved to New Orleans. Recently declassified documents suggest Oswald was training with anti-Castro Cubans on secret military bases in the bayous of Louisiana.
During the assassination, Governor John Connally, who was seated directly across from Kennedy, was nearly killed by a bullet that first passed through the President.
After the assassination, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI controlled all of the evidence that the Warren Commission investigated. Allen Dulles, former CIA director who President Kennedy had fired following the Bay of Pigs, used his role on the commission to help steer the investigation, from the inside.
In 1978, when Kennedy’s killing was re-examined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the CIA named George Jeannides as their liaison to the Congressional investigators. Jeannides controlled the government’s evidence, and helped to steer the investigation, from the inside.
Congressional investigators were deliberately kept in the dark about Jeannides past within the agency. In 2001, it was disclosed that Jeannides was himself connected to President Kennedy’s assassination. In 1963, George Jeannides, working out of the agency’s Miami office, was the CIA’s chief of psychological warfare.
The US Government may actually have a good reason for the continued secrecy. Fresh off four radically divisive years, the Trump presidency may have inadvertently offered a hint at what the reason may be.
What could it be, lurking in the stacks of still-classified documents from JFK’s assassination, which would continually constitute a legitimate threat to the US Government? What could possibly still remain so dangerous, after more than 50 years have passed?
One good reason for the US Government to still be refusing to release all of the Kennedy assassination files, is if there had indeed been a conspiracy, and the conspirators, cementing the perpetual cover-up of their crime, had planted, at the deepest level of evidence, where only the CIA / FBI would have had access, some sorts of fakes or forgeries, falsely fingering LBJ in JFK’s assassination.
If made public, this disinformation would be just as politically explosive and socially divisive today as in 1963.
Discovery may not bring us the closure we seek: it may bring us a bitterly divisive argument about the facts, and the alternate facts. It could rip in half our collective picture of American history. Thusly, the conspirators may have expertly sealed off and totally entombed their complicity in the coup with a masterful coup de grace: their bogus frame-up job on President Leveraged Scapegoat Johnson.
In such a scenario, the assassination of JFK could mutate into an even more deadly contagion: the assassination of epistemological reality itself (feels like 2020?) with both sides fighting over the intentionally misdirecting facts and purposefully perplexing competing truths.
The Trump years have imprinted onto my brain, indelible in the hippocampus, how challenging it is for us as Americans to set aside our emotions and sort facts from false, truth from lies. The public forums where we share ideas are replete with lying liars and seekers of simple solutions, just waiting to be misled.
Bizarrely, even the king (czar?) of disinformation himself, President Donald J. Trump, broke his promise to release all of the still-classified JFK assassination records.
Trump’s failure signals to me that, at the end of the day, whether its 2021, or any other year, so long as the United States of America does exist, the CIA / FBI, not the President, controls the evidence.
Postscript: Lyndon Baines Johnson has already proved, beyond a reasonable doubt, his innocence in the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy — because whoever kills for the US presidency, runs for reelection.