A peculiarity of the American Constitution is that, on the death of the President, the Vice President is automatically sworn in as the new president. What a temptation that must present to a sociopathic Vice President.
Adding to the temptation is the fact that a president achieving office through assassination immediately assumes the power to direct the CIA, FBI and anyone else who may be concerned to undertake a cover-up as a matter of state.
It is perhaps not altogether surprising, therefore, that four out of 44 American presidents have been assassinated while in office, or that almost a dozen others, including in recent times Ronald Reagan, have been targeted for assassination.
The assassination of an American President is not normally, one would assume, a simple matter. The president is supposed to be well protected. But JFK made an enemy of the CIA, an agency with expertise in the removal of unwanted heads of state by means of assassination.*
Angered by the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Kennedy fired CIA chief Allen Dulles and is reported to have expressed the wish to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds.”
How difficult, then, would it have been for Vice President Lyndon Johnson to organize the killing? Perhaps not difficult at all. A nod to the CIA may have been all that was required.
With the Vice President’s OK, the agency was in a position to secure its own future by killing Kennedy, while being confident of protection from the new president. On that assumption, the pieces fall into place rather easily. For example:
Lee Harvey Oswald’s claim: “I’m just a patsy.”
The comment of Jack Ruby, who murdered Oswald: “The world will never know the true facts of what occurred. my motives …”
The CIA connection to the killing of Robert Kennedy as he ran for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1968.
Then the death of John Kennedy, Jr., whose thoughts had just turned to politics.
That George H. W. Bush was in Dallas on the day JFK was murdered and that Richard Nixon’s Watergate Burglar, E. Howard Hunt, made a deathbed confession to a role in the assassination, only adds to the credibility of the theory that the CIA killed JFK, since the Agency would naturally wish to make the killing a fully bi-partisan affair.
It also suggests that no third-party candidate has a hope of winning the presidency since they would not be part of the cover-up. In that connection it is worth remembering that independent candidate, Ross Perot, who at one point was leading George H. W. Bush in the polls during the 1992 election campaign, claimed to have been forced out of the race by threats directed against his daughter.
Exactly how and by whom the murder of John F. Kennedy was organized is unlikely ever to be known by the American public. But here’s a plausible scenario:
* Kennedy likely also created enemies within the military-industrial complex, and its Congressional backers when, on October 2, just 55 days before his death, he began the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam. As Richard Cottrell relates here, demoted Pentagon Chief Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, was one military man with both a reason to hate Kennedy and the means to kill him.
And it would make sense to use military agents for the killing. No only because the military have the best sharp-shooters, but because when all the agents of state power support it, none with the means to prove it dare call it treason.