The deterrent value of capital punishment

Anyone who looks behind the curtain of the assassination of John F. Kennedy easily grasps that it was a conspiracy.  All indicators point to the CIA as the agency that carried out the deed. Further, this agency had tentacles throughout government in FBI, military, the Secret Service, mainstream media and in Dallas police.

That part really is that easy. I ain’t no genius, and I figured that out.

The questions that naturally arise are

  • What source of power was behind CIA – that is, who gave the go-ahead?
  • Why does it matter fifty years later?
  • Why did they not simply expose his private affairs to shame him out of office, or at least use a more subtle approach to killing him. Why shock our sensibilities by blowing a man’s brains out in broad daylight as his wife looks on in horror?

Here is Vincent J. Salandria speaking to Gaeton Fonzi in 1975, as quoted in Fonzi’s book, The Last Investigation (1993):

I’m afraid we were misled. All the critics, myself included, were misled very early. I see that now. We spent too much time and effort microanalyzing the details of the assassination when all the time it was obvious, it was blatantly obvious that it was a conspiracy. Don’t you think that the men who killed Kennedy had the means to do it in the most sophisticated and subtle way? They chose not to. Instead, they picked the shooting gallery that was Dealey Plaza and did it in the most barbarous and openly arrogant manner. The cover story was transparent and designed not to hold, to fall apart at the slightest scrutiny. The forces that killed Kennedy wanted the message clear: ‘We are in control and no one – not the President, nor Congress, nor any elected official – no one can do anything about it.’ It was a message to the people that their Government was powerless. And the people eventually got the message. Consider what has happened since the Kennedy assassination. People see government today as unresponsive to their needs, yet the budget and power of the military and intelligence establishment have increased tremendously.

The tyranny of power is here. Current events tell us that those who killed Kennedy can only perpetuate their power by promoting social upheaval both at home and abroad. And that will lead not to revolution but to repression. I suggest to you, my friend, that the interests of those who killed Kennedy now transcend national boundaries and national priorities. No doubt we are dealing now with an international conspiracy. We must face that fact – and not waste any more time microanalyzing the evidence. That’s exactly what they want us to do. They have kept us busy for so long. And I will bet, buddy, that is what will happen to you. They’ll keep you very, very busy and, eventually, they’ll wear you down.

That, to me, answers all questions except the first: who has such power? Who? Group decisions are sensitive things where people feel each other out, guiding, scoping, probing. But in the end there has to be a go ahead. It has to be one or two people who saw the need and gave the go-ahead which triggered a dozen other go aheads. It must have happened early in his presidency, as the plans for the murder and cover-up were elaborate. Just getting the patsy in place took at least a year.

I do not know the answer, of course, and likely never will. But I suggest to the reader that the question needs an answer if we are ever again going to have a representative government.

Fifty years later, it matters. The heirs of that barbaric power grab are still with us. Power never cedes power voluntarily. These people do not care about voting.

About Mark Tokarski

Just a man who likes to read, argue, and occasionally be surprised.
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3 Responses to The deterrent value of capital punishment

  1. steve kelly says:

    Here are a few power centers and names to go with.

    “The global corporate-financier oligarchy needs us, we do not need them, independence from them is the key to our freedom.” – Tony Cartalucci

    Empire requires subjects. No subjects, no Empire. It’s quite simple really.


    • Thanks. Interesting but short and misses the elephant in the room. Professional football easily lends itself to gambling, and the league builds up its television ratings by encouraging “fantasy” football leagues. Fans “own” various players and win bets based on their performance. The end result of this activity is that the ordinary fan, once wedded to his favorite team, now has an incentive to watch every game he can on TV to check out how his players are doing.

      Baseball is not exempt and fantasy baseball was around before football, but it never took off, perhaps because baseball historically has a problem with gambling and so could not push it.

      I like baseball more than football, although the football playoffs are a showcase for amazing athleticism. Baseball is pastoral, no time clock, play till somebody wins. Football is industrial, time clocks, brute force. I think the best baseball around is in the minor leagues where you can sit ten feet away from the action and call the umpire a jackass without having to yell.


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