Selwyn Bromberger, a professor of philosophy at MIT, was shown convincing evidence of conspiracy around JFK’s death in 1969. Impressed, he said
“If they are strong enough to kill the President, and strong enough to cover it up, then they are too strong to confront directly … if they feel sufficiently threatened, they may move to open totalitarian rule.”
No word, to this day, on who “they” are.
He was right. Bromberger, along with Noam Chomsky, was deeply impressed by the evidence and spent hours in discussions about it, seemingly receptive. Chomsky later became agnostic on the matter, saying that no matter what happened that day, it did not change the leadership structure of our country. He is thus immune to the label “conspiracy theorist” and has had a sparking career of dissent within the allowed bounds of dissent.
He is right about that too. A threat to totalitarian rule was eliminated in 1963, and the threat posed was serious enough that “they” had to expose themselves. It is the cover-up that is most damning, as every major institution of trust in our country participated. The next major exposure of this force would not come until 1968 – RFK, MLK each eliminated in the same manner, the cover-ups ensuing again in like manner. In 1972 Ted Kennedy would be neutralized, and JFK Jr. in 1999. But the opening of the curtain was JFK. Everything that followed was part of a clean-up operation, the guys with the brooms after the parade.
There is another threat now to totalitarian rule forcing it to show its hand. It is technology. Because of rapid advances, ordinary people are able to observe events of past years close-up, and easily pierce the veil of illusion around events like 9/11. In the meantime, the National Security State is openly parading its abilities before us even as those tools have long been in place. Edward Snowden is acting out a giant ‘reveal,’ telling us things long known anyway, but oddly quiet about the major events of our times.
That suspicious affair, along with the torture and imprisonment of Bradley Manning, the brazen and open assassination of American citizens by the current executive, the elimination of habeas corpus, Gitmo … is all a manifestation of Bromberger’s realization. It is not a person, but rather technology, that threatens “them,” and so totalitarian rule, always present but seldom apparent, is coming out in the open.
My sad conclusion: The illusion of freedom is as close to real freedom as we ever get, but is enough. Not being free and not knowing it is identical to being free.