Harry Thurman on the CIA: "*I think it was a mistake. And if I had known what was going to happen, I never would have done it. . . it got out of hand…"
"At the height of the Cold War, JFK risked committing the greatest crime in human history: starting a nuclear war. Horrified by the specter of nuclear annihilation, Kennedy gradually turned away from his long-held Cold Warrior beliefs and toward a policy of lasting peace. But to the military and intelligence agencies in the United States, who were committed to winning the Cold War at any cost, Kennedy’s change of heart was a direct threat to their power and influence. Once these dark "Unspeakable" forces recognized that Kennedy’s interests were in direct opposition to their own, they tagged him as a dangerous traitor, plotted his assassination, and orchestrated the subsequent cover-up."
“I also believe,” he said, “that we must reexamine our own attitudes, as individuals and as a nation, for our attitude is as essential as theirs.”
On November 22, 1963, the US government shot and killed JFK. On April 4, 1968, the US government shot and killed MLK. Two months later, on June 6, 1968, the US government shot and killed RFK.
Since then, no black leader has spoken out for peace. Since then, no important politician has spoken out for peace.
Resist war and die. Obama will not make that mistake, nor will any other person who decides to run for national office.
At American University on June 10, 1963, JFK spoke about his desire for world peace. He communicated his resolve to form a new relationship with Khrushchev. He spoke about the necessity of a pursuit toward disarmament. He related his intentions to establish a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. He acknowledged his country's past faults and recognized the Russian people as wanting peace as much as the American people. "And we are all mortal," he stated. Though this extremely important speech was ignored in the United States, it was disseminated throughout the Soviet Union, per order of Khrushchev, who was prepared to respond favorably to JFK's peace initiative. The speech also certified JFK's death warrant. With so many powerful enemies opposing his policies and hating him, JFK didn't have a chance as he was being maneuvered into the crossfire in Dallas.
President Kennedy was aware of the power of his enemies and he knew the dangers facing him. But he persevered and mandated that all U.S. personnel would be withdrawn from Vietnam; he was determined to never send in combat troops even if this meant defeat. He also refused to intervene militarily in Laos. He exchanged private letters with Khrushchev, which infuriated the CIA, and secretly initiated plans to attain rapproachement with Cuba, which further incensed the Agency. Cuba's Fidel Castro, whom the CIA hated as intensely as it hated Kennedy, was equally eager to begin an American-Cuba dialogue. In fact, Castro was meeting with a JFK representative when the President was murdered. JFK died a martyr and the forces of evil that killed him also killed his vision of peace.
Lyndon Johnson, the CIA's ally, assumed the presidency. He cancelled talks with Khrushchev and refused Castro's pleas to continue the dialogue. He reversed JFK's withdrawal plan from Vietnam as well as his plan to neutralize Laos. The military industrial complex took control of the country. The policy of plausible deniability led the way to assassinations of foreign leaders, the overthrowing of foreign governments and horrors committed all over the globe. If JFK had not been murdered, we would not have had the prolongation of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the purported War on Terror and the steady moral deterioration of America. Interestingly, one month after JFK's assassination, President Truman wrote an article for The Washington Post cautioning about the threat of the CIA taking over America*
From an Amazon.com review of
JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters
harry s. truman on cia covert operations - National Archives:
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Whether he would have been more effective if he hacin't gone public. is for others to address
HARRY S. TRUMAN ON CIA COVERT OPERATIONS Hayden B. Peake
Two other books published in 1973 also appeared to reinforce some of the views that President Truman expressed in his Washington Post article. In Plain Speaking: • 'Merle Miller relates Truman's response to Miller's question, "How do you feel about 'the CIA now?"
*I think it was a mistake. And if I had known what was going to happen, I never would have done it. . . it got out of hand.The fella. . . the one that was in the White House after me never paid any attention to it, and it got out of hand. Why, they've got an organization . . . that is practically the equal of the Pentagon . . . one Pentagon is too many . . . those fellas in the CIA don't just report on wars . . . they go out and make their own and there's nobody to keep track of what they're up to
Obama made a disarmament speech; lucky for him the CIA knows he's kidding.