If you miss our upcoming June 3 conference “The National Security State and JFK,” my hunch is that you’re later going to say, “Jacob, I sure wish I had attended that conference because I heard that it was absolutely fantastic!” For the past three years, I have dreamed of putting together this conference, and it is now about to become a reality. It’s being held at the Dulles Marriott, which is located about 3 minutes from Dulles Airport in northern Virginia. Price: $99, including coffee and tea, lunch, an appetizer break, and a speaker line-up that will absolutely blow your socks off.
This conference will focus on the origins, policies, and practices of the national security state, the oversized role that it is plays in America’s federal governmental structure, and the adverse consequences that have flowed from the decision after World War II to convert America from a constitutional republic to a national-security state. Things like regime-change operations, assassinations, coups, invasions, and secret surveillance will be examined.
The conference will also explore the Cold War context of the JFK assassination, specifically JFK’s war with his national security establishment over his intention to end the Cold War and his decision to reach out to the Soviet Union in a spirit of friendship and peaceful coexistence. Things like the Bay of Pigs invasion, Operation Northwoods, the Cuban Missile Crisis, JFK’s Peace Speech at American University, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, JFK’s intention to pull out of Vietnam, and his top-secret negotiations with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro will be discussed — as well the critically important role that two American women, Mary Pinchot Meyer and Lisa Howard, played in Kennedy’s turn toward peace.
Jeffrey Sachs, who Time magazine named one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” will kick off the conference with an examination of JFK’s Peace Speech at American University, which Soviet officials broadcast all across the country.
Stephen Kinzer, former New York Times reporter and currently a world affairs columnist for the Boston Globe, will be talking about the origins and consequences of America’s turn toward empire and interventionism.
Michael Glennon, professor of international law at Tuft’s University, will address how the national-security establishment has become the predominant power within the federal government.
Douglas Horne and David Talbot, both of whom have written excellent books about the JFK assassination, will be examining the Cold War context of the assassination.
Peter Janney, author of Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, will be talking about the woman who played a major role in Kennedy’s turn toward peace.
Jefferson Morley, former Washington Post reporter who runs the excellent website JFKfacts.org, will be addressing the upcoming October 2017 release of long-secret JFK-related records of the CIA and other national-security state agencies.
Jacob Hornberger, president of The Future of Freedom Foundation, will be weaving together his perspectives on the national-security state, the Cold War, and the JFK assassination and will show how they are relevant to political events today.
Ron Paul, former U.S. congressman from Texas and two-time GOP presidential candidate, will provide his insights into the national-security state and will discuss publicly for the first time ever his perspectives on the JFK assassination.
Oliver Stone, the Academy Award winning producer and director whose movie JFK provided the impetus for the enactment of the JFK Record Act and the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s, will bring the conference to a close with an examination of the national-security state, the JFK assassination, the Cold War, and the political environment today.
Please visit our website for complete bios of the speakers and a more detailed description of the conference. Some of our speakers take no position on the JFK assassination while others are among the most prominent JFK researchers and writers. That combination should make for one of the most fascinating, important, and relevant conferences you will ever attend.