Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the years have done nothing to assuage those who believe there is more to story than the official Warren Commission narrative conveys. In fact, 61 percent still believe that others besides Lee Harvey Oswald were involved.
In Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Peter Dale Scott unveiled a host of players who may have had a role in the killing. In his book, Scott goes into great detail connecting the links between Jack Ruby, Oswald, anti-Castro groups, the Mafia, labor unions, the horse racing wire service wars, casinos — in both Cuba and the United States — and two large banana-importing companies: United Fruit and Standard Fruit & Steamship. These people and corporations figured prominently in the deep politics of the United States 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 J. Edgar 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.
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.
On his website Whowhatwhy.com, investigative journalist Russ Baker has been running a series of articles taken from his bestseller, Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years, in which he covers the possible connections of George H.W. Bush, the CIA, Oswald and others. They make for a fascinating read.
There are more questions than answers on the subject and it appears even the Secret Service may have been compromised.
Regardless of who was responsible, deep government and the military-industrial complex certainly profited following Kennedy’s death.