An update on FFF’s JFK/national-security state books:
1. The Kennedy Autopsy by Jacob G. Hornberger. Launched on September 4, 2014, this ebook continues to be FFF’s all-time bestseller. Soon after its publication, soaring sales caused the book to be listed on Amazon’s list of top 100 bestselling ebooks in 20th-century U.S. history. Today — a year and a half after publication — it is still #8 on that list. It has received 200 comments on Amazon, averaging 4 stars out of 5. Owing to the continued high interest in the book, it is now available in print and audio formats. A recent comment posted on Amazon:
“This is a good book that clearly sets forth details about the events concerning the autopsy of President Kennedy. These events are haunting.”-Joey Harper, April 25, 2016.
2. JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why JFK Was Assassinated by Douglas Horne, who served on the staff of the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. This book was also launched on September 10, 2014. It too soon hit Amazon’s bestseller list on 20th-century U.S. history. Today it is ranked #89 on that list. It has received 106 comments, with an average 4.7 stars out of 5. This book is also available in audio format. A recent comment:
“Essential reading for the serious student of the Coup…. Doug Horne gives the reader an insight to the forces that led to the 35th president of the United States veto against his life.”-Garry Mcpeak, May 6, 2016.
3. Regime Change: The JFK Assassination by Jacob Hornberger. This ebook was published on April 5, 2015, and currently ranks #52 on Kindle short reads in history and #119 in ebooks on 20th-century U.S. history. It has received 44 comments — 4.3 stars out of 5. A recent comment:
“This is a must read for anyone wanting to truly understand U.S. history — right to the present. We hear of “regime change” and think of far off places — when in fact — one happened, violently, here on 11-22-1963 and — has never been solved with any degree of credibility.
4. The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State by Jacob Hornberger. This book launched in March 2016 and today ranks #18 on Amazon’s top 100 bestselling ebooks on Political Freedom. It has received 3 comments so far, averaging 5 stars out of 5. A recent comment:
“My personal studies of the historical record of the U.S. since JFK and RFK were serially assassinated attest to the absolute accuracy of each and every factual conclusion set forth in Jacob Hornberger’s exquisite The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State. This book is so simple and straight forward and easy to read. Mr. Hornberger presents an accurate summary of the state of the JFK assassination story 50 years subsequent. Those who refuse to confront that reality have their heads in the sand….”
5. UPCOMING! On June 10, 2016 — the anniversary of President Kennedy’s “Peace Speech” at American University, where he called for an end to the Cold War — FFF is launching its newest ebook — CIA and JFK: The Secret Assassination Files by Jefferson Morley, a former reporter for the Washington Post who now runs the JFKfacts.org website.
Some people ask: What difference does it make who killed Kennedy since it happened more than 50 years ago?
Well, look around you. You see a formal and public assassination program now being run by the national security state. It is a direct outgrowth of the covert assassination program the national-security establishment was running during the Cold War.
Would they really assassinate a government official? Sure, they orchestrated the kidnapping-assassination of Gen. Rene Schneider of Chile, who stood in the way of the U.S.-inspired coup in that country some 10 years after the Kennedy assassination.
Would they really target a U.S. president with regime change? They would if they concluded that a president’s policies constituted a grave threat to national security, especially if they were leading America to defeat and conquest at the hands of the communists. After all, don’t forget that that’s what they were preaching to Chilean national-security officials in the run-up to the Pinochet coup in 1973 — that they had a solemn duty to remove their own duly elected president given that his policies (supposedly) posed a grave threat to the national security of Chile (and that of the U.S.).
As Horne documents in his ebook JFK’s War with the National Security Establishment: Why JFK Was Assassinated, JFK was at war with the CIA and his generals. He had fired CIA Director Allen Dulles (who would later be appointed to the Warren Commission) and other CIA officials and had vowed to tear the CIA into a thousand pieces. He had rejected the Pentagon’s Operation Northwoods proposal. He had refused to comply with military demands to invade Cuba during the Missile Crisis. He settled the crisis by promising to never invade Cuba again, thereby permanently leaving what the national security establishment considered to be a communist dagger 90 miles away from American shores pointed directly at the United States. The national security establishment considered JFK’s settlement of the Cuban Missile Crisis to be one of the worst defeats in U.S. history, akin to appeasement at Munich.
Kennedy also ordered a partial pullout of U.S. troops from Vietnam and made it clear that he intended to pull the rest out after the 1964 election. Perhaps worst of all, from the standpoint of the military and the CIA, he decided to end the Cold War and, at the time of his assassination, was actually involved in secret negotiations with Khrushchev and Castro to end the Cold War, which obviously would have had an enormous impact on the national-security establishment. He was also engaged in numerous extra-marital affairs, including with the girlfriend of a Mafia don, which would, needless to say, have been considered a grave threat to national security arising out of the potential for blackmail.
There are also the many anomalies during the autopsy on Kennedy’s body, which was conducted by the military, which are set forth in The Kennedy Autopsy. For example, consider the sworn testimony of Saundra Spencer, the Navy official who testified that the autopsy photographs in the official record are not the ones she developed on the weekend of the assassination. The ones she developed, she testified, showed a large, blowout, exit type of wound in the back of Kennedy’s head, affirming what the Dallas treating physicians had said.
Or consider the statements made by President Kennedy’s social photographer, Robert Knudsen. He told people that he had served as the autopsy photographer. and yet everyone agrees that he was not at the official autopsy. What autopsy could have been referring to? By the time the ARRB discovered this, Knudsen had passed away.
Or consider the two separate brain examinations that the ARRB discovered, as described in these two Washington Post stories: https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/jfk/jfk1110.htm
Or consider the remarkable story of George Joannides, which Morley details in his upcoming ebook CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files. He was a CIA agent who served as the conduit between the CIA and an anti-Castro group called the DRE, which immediately began advertising Lee Harvey Oswald’s communist bona fides immediately after his arrest, which was consistent with the strategy on covert state-sponsored assassinations that U.S. national security officials preached to Latin American officials at the School of the Americas — always blame the assassination on a communist to distract attention from the national-security state during the Cold War. Federal Judge John Tunheim, who served as chairman of the ARRB, would later accuse the CIA of misleading the ARRB with respect to Joannides. After all, for some reason the CIA decided to keep Joannides relationship with the CIA, including his funding the DRE with CIA money, secret from the Warren Commission, the House Select Committee, and the ARRB.
As long as these and many other anomalies remain unanswered, the Kennedy assassination will continue to serve as an open sore on the American body politic.
Moreover, the controversy over secrecy and cover-up in the Kennedy assassination is still not over. On October 17, 2017, the National Archives is set to release thousands of the CIA’s remaining records in the JFK assassination, which are still secret despite the passage of more than 50 years … unless, that is, the CIA requests and is granted another extension, based on “national security,” from the newly elected president, whoever that might be.
As I point out in The CIA, Terrorism, and the Cold War: The Evil of the National Security State, the conversion of the federal government into a national-security state was the worst mistake the American people have ever made. Those of us living today continue to pay an extremely high price for that decision, in terms of both freedom and economic well-being. It’s time to correct the mistake.