"We are all jurors in an ongoing trial to find the truth of John Kennedy's murder. Most of us have fallen asleep; some left the chamber, and others don't even care anymore. But a few, a very small few, have been paying attention for the last 45 years as arguments for the prosecution of Lee Harvey Oswald, headed up by government lawyers and their lackeys have been constantly countered by a volunteer and unpaid defense team for the truth..." so begins David Neil's review on Amazon's website of James Douglass's thoroughly researched tome, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters..
At a book reading/signing event this weekend, Douglass himself summed up his 500 pages in a few sentences:.
On our behalf, at the height of the Cold War, John F. Kennedy risked committing the greatest crime in history, starting a nuclear war..
Before we knew it, he turned toward peace with the enemy who almost committed that crime with him. .
For turning to peace with his enemy (and ours), Kennedy was murdered by a power we cannot easily describe. Its unspeakable reality can be traced, suggested, recognized, and pondered. That is the one purpose of this book. The other is to describe Kennedy's turning. .
For an hour, Douglass told the story, now traceable thanks to the JFK Records Act, of how our government--the national security state--conspired to assassinate Kennedy, who became a martyr for peace. The depth and deceit of this evil, which words cannot describe, can only be called "The Unspeakable," a term coined by Thomas Merton. .
For an hour, Douglass led me from denial to a new level of awareness of the total failure of the Constitution in the Kennedy assassination, a failure from which the nation has never subsequently recovered. The event, in effect, was a coup--orchestrated and overseen from the highest levels of government. That historical moment was a defining one for my Baby Boomer generation. At the time the succession of presidential leadership was touted as an example of the ongoing effectiveness of the Constitution, a peaceful and effective passing of the chief executive office at a critical and chaotic time. The truth was exactly the opposite; the cover-up completed the deal. .
THE OBAMA FACTOR .
Douglass cites Kennedy's speech at The American University as pivotal in expressing a vision of world peace, turning him into a "marked man" on the hit list of the forces of the state security team. Kennedy's vision: .
What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children, not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. .
It was, Douglass asserted, no coincidence that Edward and Caroline Kennedy selected American University as the location from which they proffered their endorsement of Barack Obama as the Democratic candidate for president. Rather, in so doing, they suggested that in Obama they saw a man who, like JFK, could once again take up and promote a true vision of peace. .
While 75% of Americans believe that there was a conspiracy responsible for JFK's assassination, it is hard to imagine just how many will believe it was a conspiracy of this magnitude. I'm sure Douglass's skeptical critics won't let 100 pages of end notes prevent them from nay saying his thesis. Read the book and decide for yourself how credible the account. We can not allow entrance to the Unspeakable again. .
Photo caption: Mr. B. E. and I visited briefly with Jim Douglass prior to the event at Border's. Mr. B.E. participated in the White Train action that Douglass organized in the 1980's to document the passage of nuclear materials as they were transported throughout the United States. .
Cross-posted on Uncommon Sense, a new site focused on defense of the United States Constitution.