- When President George W Bush was looking for a new White
House spokesman to replace Ari Fleischer last July, he turned to his close
circle of Texan friends for an ally he knew to be loyal, discreet and uncontroversial,
writes Tony Allen-Mills.
- Few in the White House press corps expected political
fireworks when the president chose Scott McClellan, a long-time Bush supporter
who had been Fleischer's deputy and was renowned for his unassuming manner.
McClellan's brother Mark is a senior administration official and their
mother is a former mayor of Austin.
- Despite his polished political pedigree, McClellan's
family ties have suddenly brought him unexpected embarrassment. His father
Barr, a 63-year-old former Texas lawyer, claims in a book that President
John F Kennedy was assassinated on the orders of the man who succeeded
him - Lyndon Baines Johnson.
- After 40 years of rabid conspiracy theorising over JFK's
murder in Dallas in 1963, the older McClellan claims to have found a new
culprit - Edward Clark, a former US ambassador to Australia and close political
ally of Johnson.
- The man to the left in the bowtie is Congressman
Albert Thomas, winking at LBJ
- At a time when the new White House spokesman is fending
off criticism of Bush's handling of the economy and Iraq, he is also having
to cope with speculation that his father is either a crackpot - or may
just have found the missing link in one of the most notorious mysteries
in American history.
- McClellan Jr has so far declined to comment on the awkward
fuss over Blood, Money and Power: How LBJ Killed JFK. "I think at
this time it's best that I keep my relationship with my dad a private matter,"
- His father has been less discreet. Keen to promote his
book, published by a tiny firm in Arkansas, he has been gaily telling interviewers
that LBJ resorted to murder because he was worried about being dropped
as vice-president by Kennedy. "I knew LBJ well. He was very brutal,"
McClellan Sr said.
- LBJ has until now escaped serious suspicion and Robert
Caro, his biographer, dismissed the scenario as "highly implausible".
Other historians called it "absurd".
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- Alot of people had motives to kill President Kennedy,
some base, some noble. The key to uncovering the cover-up is to ask not
who could have wanted Kennedy dead or chase ghosts (railroad bums, etc.).
The key is to ask, who could have covered it up?
- The amazing fact is that the cover-up is still ongoing.
Ask yourself, could the mafia, a bunch of crazy Cubans, or a foreign government
have covered this up for so long? No, this was covered up by very powerful
insiders not only in government but in the media as well.
- Many years I was privileged to be one of the first non-government
investigators to see the Zapruder film. This was over-dubbed with the voice
of John Chancellor of NBC News describing the footage. Without going into
the gory details, suffice it to say Mr. Chancellor's narration very nearly
described the opposite of what I saw in the film. This was my first clue
to the extent of the cover-up.
- I was in high school when President Kennedy was assassinated
and I was totally devastated as were so many others. I read every conspiracy
book to come out in the years afterward hoping to figure out who was behind
the atrocity. Most of those books described the forensic evidence and theories
about motives. Those books were just backround.
- The key is the cover-up. The cover-up began in earnest
with the report of the Warren Commission. Since the Warren Report would
be critical in establishing the basis of the cover-up it is likely that
the members had foreknowledge of the coup. This was their motive for participation
in the cover-up. They were in on the plan. Just as the mafia commission
used to approve the assasination of a Don, the Warren Commission must have
approved the assassination they would later cover-up. But why? Wait. First
ask who brought them together.
- It was Lyndon Johson, the man whose Kennedy's death made
President of the United States. Why would Johnson, a powerful politician
in his own right chance murdering the man he wanted to succeed? Why not
simply wait for Kenndy'd presidency to conclude?
- Johnson had been Majority Leader of the Senate. He was
the most powerful man in Washington after the President himself even while
Eisenhower was President. As the protege of Sam Rayburn, the powerful House
Speaker, Johnson became the most powerful Majority Leader in Senate history.
Few doubted he would become the first southern President since the civil
war. Yet these were the days of civil rights. With dogs and firehoses turned
on negro demonstrators across the South others thought it nearly impossible
for a southerner to be elected President.
- Enter JFK. It is today widely known that Joe Kennedy
used his mob contacts to induce Mayor Daley of Chicago to help him steal
the election in Cook County and thus in Illinois. Johnson played this role
in Texas where he managed to steal enough votes (in part, through the use
of illegal alien votes) to deliver the state to Kennedy. This was Kennedy's
price for offering the vice-presidency to Johnson.
- So when they were elected, Johnson expected some sense
of obligation from Kennedy. His hopes were dashed however, by Robert Kennedy's
snobbish ill-will. At the time there was a comedy revue led by Vaughn Meader
who mercilessly lampooned the Vice-President, some said with Robert Kennedy's
back door participation. Rumors were rife that Robert Kennedy was being
groomed to succeed his brother, ending Johnson's political career. It was
even floated that Johnson would be dropped from the ticket in 1964. Johnson
was incensed. He made his hatred for the Kennedys known to many in Washington,
another subject for humor. It might be surmised that his only hope for
achieving the presidency was Kennedy's premature death before the election
campaign of 1964.
- As the second most powerful man in Washington, one who
had been there since the early days of the New Deal, Johnson knew where
all the bodies were buried. He brought all of Kennedy's enemys together
for his plot. Not the least of these were right-wing elitists, John Birchers
who worried about Kennedy's 'deal' with Kruschev not to invade Cuba. Not
since Monroe had any U.S. president allowed any foreign power to increase
its influence in the Western Hemisphere. Indeed, just the opposite. Every
president had done his utmost to oust all European powers from the Americas.
So when Kennedy permitted, even sanctioned a permanent base for the most
hostile foreign power to be established only 90 miles from our coast, they
- Many (not all right-wingers) were also alarmed by the
President naming his own brother to be Attorney General, something unprecedented
in U.S. history. Kennedy also threatened to nationalize the steel industry
along the lines of Truman's conscription of the coal miners during the
Korean War. There was good reason to fear (at the time) that Kennedy would
impose socialism in the U.S..
- There were alot of people and many groups who feared
and loathed the Kennedy's. JFK was widely regarded as having stolen the
election of 1960. His sexual escapades and drug usage branded him as reckless.
He even entertained a female East German spy in the White house! As a popular
president, ala Bill Clinton, many believed he was too dangerous to be allowed
to be reelected and to establish a Kennedy dynasty in the White House.
As a master politician himself, Johnson knew all this. He brought all the
members of the conspiracy together and together they have kept it covered
up for all these many years.