In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, author Peter Dale Scott delves into the underworld and reveals the behind-the-scenes players whose actions actually drive the decisions of the surface politics we see.
Scott has done a lot of research on deep politics and its role in many aspects of America—9/11, drug wars and oil wars—and has written many books about it. In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK he focuses not on who actually pulled the trigger—he does not place the blame on Lee Harvey Oswald—but on all the enemies President John F. Kennedy made that would have a reason to see him dead.
Scott also goes deep into the links between organized crime, anti-Fidel Castro groups operating in the United States at the time, the military and its desire to continue the war in Vietnam, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Many of the names are familiar to even those people detached from the Kennedy assassination: Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, J. Edgar Hoover, Robert McNamara, Jimmy Hoffa and Robert Kennedy. Others are known only to those who have studied the era of the 1950s and 1960s and the Kennedy assassination.
And some of those players have popped up in connection with other American scandals like Watergate and Iran-Contra.
Scott goes into great detail connecting the links between Ruby, Oswald, anti-Castro groups, the mafia, labor unions, the horse racing wire service wars, casinos—both in Cuba and U.S.—and two large banana importing companies: United Fruit and Standard Fruit & Steamship. These people and corporations figured prominently in the deep politics of the U.S. and of several Latin American countries in the early 1960s.
He covers CIA activities that were in place—seemingly at least—to set up Oswald long before the assassination took place. And he reports on Oswald’s possible links to the CIA or FBI as an undercover operative or informant, particularly regarding his activities in and around New Orleans.
Most disturbing is the way the Warren Commission and the House Select Committee on Assassinations overlooked, ignored or just plain covered up many leads that could have named the assassins and those involved in the conspiracy. And FBI Director Hoover’s role in the cover-up is not ignored by Scott.
“Deep politics,” according to Scott, are all those political practices and arrangements, deliberate or not, which are usually repressed rather than acknowledged.” He goes on to write:
The chapters in this book explore many processes of politics at levels usually not acknowledged or reported and indeed repressed and denied. Normally, these deep political processes are not brought to the public eye: for example, the way in which major drug traffickers are recurringly protected by the U.S. Justice Department, or the way in which some of the top traffickers have been recurringly named in connection with the systematic sexual corruption of members of Congress. Such arrangements are in fact widely known, but rarely written about. One way or another, scholars and journalists learn to back off.
And the media plays a key role in not only allowing deep politics to remain in place, but in writing its cover story. And Scott provides specific examples to back up his claims.
Not overlooked by Scott is President Kennedy’s decision to scale back America’s role in Vietnam, and new President Lyndon B. Johnson’s quick decision to rescind Kennedy’s order.
Deep Politics and Death of JFK doesn’t give the reader the proof of who pulled the trigger—Scott seems to discount the Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found at the Texas School Book Depository as the murder weapon—but he gives you some possibilities to consider. The main thing Scott does with the book is reveal what really goes on in and behind government without the accompanying trappings.
Armed with that knowledge the reader can come to a greater understanding of why so much the government does often fails to make sense to those not involved in deep politics.