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"If the death of the President was a well-organized conspiracy to change the military and political direction of the United States,

dark days are ahead for our country..... if the President was indeed struck down to frustrate his aim of a limited détente in the Cold War

and to plunge East-West relations into a new maelstrom of suspicion and fear, his death may be the prelude to far more terrifying events."

"As Chief Executive of the United States Kennedy represented a set of ideas, values and policies which were as much a target of the assassin’s bullet

as his person. To understand the implications of his death for the nation and the world, we must first consider who would wish to destroy these policies, and why.

The motivations of Kennedy’s assassin can lead us to the assassin himself."

"If indeed the act was a conspiracy, what forces in America are likely to have been behind it? Three main groups felt themselves, rightly or wrongly, sufficiently

threatened by Kennedy and his policies to resort to the ultimate treachery: the ultra-right, the racists, and the die-hard militarists, within and without the Pentagon.

These three groupings are not entirely separate; they are often interlocked, and all were united in bitter opposition to Kennedy and his policies."

"The blackest aspect of the whole fantastic Oswald case is the behavior of the Dallas police force. Police authorities pulled out every stop

in their campaign to convince the world that Oswald was the assassin, engaging in a campaign of official smear, innuendo and vilification

almost without parallel in Western juridical history."

"Though the evidence against Oswald was almost entirely circumstantial, Dallas police did not hesitate from the day of his capture to present

his guilt as conclusive and irrefutable."

"The American press has, of course, been cautious about postulating the existence of a political conspiracy which killed the President and then

eliminated his alleged assassin. Such a conspiracy, to be successful, would have to enjoy support and protection from powerful forces both within

and without the government, a thought entertained with comfort by few Americans."

"The identification of Oswald, a man of hazy allegiances and ambiguous background, as pro-Communist was no accident: it was intended to launch

a new wave of anti-Communist hysteria, plunge the Cold War into a new freeze and, in the process, divert attention from the perpetrators and planners

of the President’s murder."

"If the facts of the President’s murder and its aftermath are ever fully revealed, it will not be as a result of the plethora of official government investigations

now taking place. While the special Presidential commission established by President Johnson to investigate events in Dallas is headed by a great jurist

and a firm supporter of human rights, Chief Justice Earl Warren, his influence alone will not be enough to dispel the smoke-screen of contradictions, lies

and distortions laid over the assassination by powerful forces in the government and press."

One month after President Kennedy's murder, Eric Norden was understanding and writing about the forces that were

the basis for Jim Douglass and Doug Horne's books five decades later. The above remarks were excerpted from his

January 1964 article The Death of a President, which appeared in The Minority of One.

Norden's article is a remarkably prescient summation of why President Kennedy died and the coverup that began

in full force before he was buried.

As well-written and researched as JFK and the Unspeakable and Inside the ARRB are, Douglass and Horne's

conclusions are not dissimilar to what Norden ascertained so very long ago.

http://karws.gso.uri.edu/JFK/history/wc_pe...ent-Norden.html

(Norden would later interview Jim Garrison for Playboy magazine.)

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"If the death of the President was a well-organized conspiracy to change the military and political direction of the United States,

dark days are ahead for our country..... if the President was indeed struck down to frustrate his aim of a limited détente in the Cold War

and to plunge East-West relations into a new maelstrom of suspicion and fear, his death may be the prelude to far more terrifying events."

"As Chief Executive of the United States Kennedy represented a set of ideas, values and policies which were as much a target of the assassin's bullet

as his person. To understand the implications of his death for the nation and the world, we must first consider who would wish to destroy these policies, and why.

The motivations of Kennedy's assassin can lead us to the assassin himself."

"If indeed the act was a conspiracy, what forces in America are likely to have been behind it? Three main groups felt themselves, rightly or wrongly, sufficiently

threatened by Kennedy and his policies to resort to the ultimate treachery: the ultra-right, the racists, and the die-hard militarists, within and without the Pentagon.

These three groupings are not entirely separate; they are often interlocked, and all were united in bitter opposition to Kennedy and his policies."

"The blackest aspect of the whole fantastic Oswald case is the behavior of the Dallas police force. Police authorities pulled out every stop

in their campaign to convince the world that Oswald was the assassin, engaging in a campaign of official smear, innuendo and vilification

almost without parallel in Western juridical history."

"Though the evidence against Oswald was almost entirely circumstantial, Dallas police did not hesitate from the day of his capture to present

his guilt as conclusive and irrefutable."

"The American press has, of course, been cautious about postulating the existence of a political conspiracy which killed the President and then

eliminated his alleged assassin. Such a conspiracy, to be successful, would have to enjoy support and protection from powerful forces both within

and without the government, a thought entertained with comfort by few Americans."

"The identification of Oswald, a man of hazy allegiances and ambiguous background, as pro-Communist was no accident: it was intended to launch

a new wave of anti-Communist hysteria, plunge the Cold War into a new freeze and, in the process, divert attention from the perpetrators and planners

of the President's murder."

"If the facts of the President's murder and its aftermath are ever fully revealed, it will not be as a result of the plethora of official government investigations

now taking place. While the special Presidential commission established by President Johnson to investigate events in Dallas is headed by a great jurist

and a firm supporter of human rights, Chief Justice Earl Warren, his influence alone will not be enough to dispel the smoke-screen of contradictions, lies

and distortions laid over the assassination by powerful forces in the government and press."

One month after President Kennedy's murder, Eric Norden was understanding and writing about the forces that were

the basis for Jim Douglass and Doug Horne's books five decades later. The above remarks were excerpted from his

January 1964 article The Death of a President, which appeared in The Minority of One.

Norden's article is a remarkably prescient summation of why President Kennedy died and the coverup that began

in full force before he was buried.

As well-written and researched as JFK and the Unspeakable and Inside the ARRB are, Douglass and Horne's

conclusions are not dissimilar to what Norden ascertained so very long ago.

http://karws.gso.uri.edu/JFK/history/wc_pe...ent-Norden.html

(Norden would later interview Jim Garrison for Playboy magazine.)

Thanks for that one Michael.

When I first met John Judge he had set up a table next to some Marine recruiters outside the school cafetaria and was giving Conscientious Objector advice to draftees, and gave me a copy of that interview, which sparked my interest in the assassination.

A head of his time.

Is Norden still alive?

BK

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