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Coup d’état and Assassination: Business as Usual in America

A coup d’état is the sudden, illegal, extra-constitutional overthrow of a government, usually by a small elite group of the existing state establishment, to replace the deposed government with another body; either civil or military. 

There is an ever-growing scholarly consensus among presidential historians, distinguished political analysts, and JFK assassination researchers that on November 22, 1963, an insidious coup d’état by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and the highest echelons of the National Security State was accomplished with the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy.

JFK had read the bestselling novel, Seven Days in May, and eagerly wanted this movie made. He believed he was at war with the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon and the whole national security establishment. Director John Frankenheimer said that White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger conveyed to him President Kennedy’s wish that the film be made, “these were the days of General Walker” (referenced in the movie) and, though the Pentagon did not want the film made, the president would conveniently arrange to visit Hyannis Port for a weekend when the film needed to shoot a staged riot outside the White House. Kirk Douglas recalled President Kennedy approving of the making of the film which unfortunately was released after his murder.

The official full 889-page report by the President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, about the assassination of President John Kennedy on November 22, 1963, established the cover-up of this coup. Their landmark final report was presented to President Lyndon Johnson on September 24, 1964, and made public on September 27.

What happened on that fateful day in Dallas over fifty years ago led to perhaps the single most important series of events affecting the subsequent history of our nation. It lies at the inner most depth, the dark clotted heart, of what observers now describe as the deep state.

Andrew Gavin Marshall has written an exceptional online summary article, “The National Security State and the Assassination of JFK” which builds upon the path-breaking research of author James W. Douglass in his widely-acclaimed book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. These are the first analytical studies serious scholars should examine in depth, followed by the entire five volume series of Douglas P. Horne’s Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK.

Horne is the former Chief Analyst for Military Records for the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), established by the JFK Records Act of 1992, which was tasked with defining, locating, and ensuring the declassification (to the maximum extent possible under the JFK Act) of all Federal Records considered “reasonably related” to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Horne details the numerous anomalies and interrupted chain of custody and destruction of key evidence regarding the president’s body, in the autopsy report(s), the autopsy photo collection (particularly the JFK brain photographs), the deliberate alteration and forgery of the extant Zapruder film, and the supposed “magic bullet” found at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Watch Douglas P. Horne’s definitive five part video documentary series which summarizes his exceptional research, Altered History: Exposing Deceit and Deception in the JFK, Assassination Medical Evidence. Horne has also written the concise authoritative summary volume ,JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why Kennedy Was Assassinated.

Jacob G. Hornberger has authored two pertinent books which compliment Horne’s pioneering research, Regime Change: The JFK Assassination; and The Kennedy Autopsy.

Other highly recommended books on the Dallas coup d’état include David Talbot’s The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government; Peter Dale Scott’s Dallas ’63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House; John M. Newman, Where Angels Lightly Tread: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume 1; John M. Newman, Countdown to Darkness: The Assassination of President Kennedy, Volume 2; John M. Newman, Into the Storm: The Assassination of President Kennedy Volume 3Roger Stone’s The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ; Philip H. Nelson’s LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination; and Nelson’s follow-up volume, LBJ: From Mastermind to “The Colossus.”

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3:41 am on June 24, 2019