The JFK Assassination and the Origin of Distrust in Government

Earl Warren Hands LBJ the Warren Report

Earl Warren Hands LBJ the Warren Report


 The Tea Partiers may be taking credit for making distrust in government an issue, but actually the American public’s distrust in government didn’t begin at the Tea Party but at Dealey Plaza with the assassination of President Kennedy, and continues today because of the continuing cover-up of the conspiracy behind that crime.


At Dealey Plaza on the 35th anniversary of the assassination, Washington attorney Dan Alcorn introduced a number of speakers from a nearby conference of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA) by saying said that, “We have experienced a decline in the public’s trust in government since November 1963, a blimp in the charts that notes the significance of these events. Today, a majority of people don’t even bother to vote. The largest turnout of voters in American history was in 1960. The decline in public confidence in the government began with the ambush at Dealey Plaza and has continually declined since then. These trends are very troubling.”


When Dan Alcorn testified at the first public hearings before the Assassinations Records Review Board (ARRB), assembled to declassify the government records regarding the assassination of President Kennedy [Oct. 11, 1994], he cited [Kevin Phillips’ Arrogant Capital as the source of] the public opinion poll when he said, “…In terms of public confidence in the Federal government, what is striking to me is how the confidence had peaked out in 1964 on this graph, and it has been a rather startling, serious and troubling deterioration in the polling data from 1964.” [See Pew Poll ]


An LBJ biographer from Boston, interviewed during this Great Impasse on National Public Radio (NPR), drove the significance of this point home when he chronicled the decline in public confidence in government directly back to the assassination of President Kennedy, then followed its continued fall through the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam, Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair. Then clicking off the primary suspects in the assassination of Kennedy – he named the CIA, Mafia and Cubans, and concluded, “of course, that’s all nonsense.” But the Tonkin Gulf, Watergate and Iran-Contra were all confirmed conspiracies, as was the shifting in Constitutional powers that occurred at Dealey Plaza, where one bullet counted more than all of the ballots cast in the election.


If the Constitutional Crisis brought on by the assassination of President Kennedy was sparked by a deranged, “lone-nut” madman, then that indeed would be nonsense, but the more we learn of the details of the murder of President Kennedy, the more it makes sense. The first step in bringing the murder of JFK to a final resolution is to recognize that the assassination was not the work of a deranged lone nut but the result of a well planned and successfully conducted covert operation and conspiracy. What happened at Dealey Plaza is at the very root of the public’s distrust in government, and the distrust won’t go away until that issue is publicly addressed and properly resolved.


The decline in the public trust in government can be directly tied to Dealey Plaza because it was the assassination that sparked the decline, as routinely noted in the Pew polls that show the majority of people had faith in the government until the assassination and the trust has been in decline ever since. After Dealey Plaza, the public’s faith was shaken a second time shortly thereafter, in September 1964 with the Warren Report’s conclusion that a Lone-Nut was responsible, an unbelievable contortion of reality, anchored and pillared by Specter’s Single Bullet theory.


Specter himself hits the nail on the head – “the issue about cynicism in government is far more important” than any other issue. “A central problem in America today is distrust of government,” Specter continues. “It goes beyond cynicism. Many Americans believe that their elected representatives are for sale and that their government lies to them. When momentous historical events occur, such as the assassination of President Kennedy, the popular reaction is that the government deceives and covers up through an explanation like the Single-Bullet Theory….In the three decades since President Kennedy’s assassination, voter participation has plummeted, threatening our democratic process; militias have sprouted in more than forty states; and public confidence in America’s institutions has gone into free fall.”


While polls consistently show only 20% of the people actually believe one lone-assassin killed the President in Dallas that day, they seem to be the same people who have the most to loose if the truth is determined – politicians, law enforcement and those in the mainstream media who failed to get the real assassins when they could have and whose reputations are on still on the line.


So it’s not a coincidence that the same percentage of people – 80% – distrust the government and disbelieve the Warren Report conclusions. They can’t be different people. It is also noteworthy that most of those 80% who believe the President was killed by a conspiracy don’t have radical, fanciful or fringe beliefs about who was behind that conspiracy, and they are united only in the idea the government was behind the murder, responsible for covering it up and continuing the cover-up today by allowing the guilty to go free.


Even though the eighty-percenters (80%ers) have always pretty much blamed Specter for the bogus official position on the assassination, it was never an issue that actually hurt Specter before and only became a serious issue during this election, though most of the mainstream media analysts won’t acknowledge it was an issue at all.


While the Tea Partiers would like to take credit for and harness that 80% who distrust the government and wield it as a political football, distrust in government didn’t begin at the Tea Party, it began at Dealey Plaza. And it is the accredited author and primary promoter of the Single Bullet Theory that started it all who has the only answer to what can restore public trust in the government. According to Sen. Specter, “To combat distrust in America, senators – along with all others in government – must simply tell the people the truth.”


“Sometimes this is tough,” he says. Sometimes it’s embarrassing. There is never a time when the alternative is better. If there is cause to suspect a governmental cover-up, the Senate or the House, through prompt oversight, should ferret out the facts. Had congressional oversight on Waco been as effective as it was on Ruby Ridge, the militia movement would have been less motivated to mobilize. It is even conceivable the Oklahoma City bombing could have been avoided.” On the same token, I make the proposition that if the murder of JFK had been properly investigated and those responsible prosecuted, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King and most of those that have followed could have been avoided, and assassination remains a political threat today and will continue to be a threat as long as the JFK case is left a mystery.


Everyone should agree with Sen. Specter when he says: “Congress should work to restore public trust by acting on key problems of public concern in a bipartisan way. People are sick of partisanship and politics as usual. President Kennedy said it best: ‘Sometimes party asks too much.’ I am thoroughly convinced that trust is the glue that holds a democracy together. Public trust must be earned, nurtured, and insulated from the effects of a sound-bite society that too often encourages the white lie or the whitewash.”
Now the first step towards the restoration of public trust is for the government, beginning with Congress, through public hearings, is to review the JFK Act, the work of the Assassinations Records Review Board and the reactions of the various government agencies to that law.
Since the pursuit of those records is a non-partisan if not bi-partisan effort, that is beyond party lines, the recently established bi-partisan Transparency Caucus could become the champions of the proper oversight of the JFK Act, though that has yet to happen.

 In the end, the bottom line is the basic fact that the public’s confidence in government cannot be restored until all the records are released and all of the questions are answered as to what began the decline – the circumstances surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Only the truth will vanquish the distrust.


After the issuing the official verdict of the assassination of President Kennedy – the Warren Report, Chief Justice Earl Warren was asked if we will ever know the truth, to which he replied, “Yes, there will come a time. But it might not be in your lifetime…”  The Warren Commission records were then secreted away until 2039, and an Act of Congress was required to open the JFK assassination records to the public, but that law has been ignored in many circumstances and there’s not been any Congressional oversight whatsoever. 


In that regard Sen. Specter said, “I believe that public confidence requires full disclosure of all the Warren Commission records, and have felt that way since I served as assistant counsel to the Commission in 1964. I personally know of no material which ought not to be released,” but then he pauses, and upon reflection concludes, “…though perhaps there is something that ought not to be released.”


Okay, let’s see, we have the on-going FOIA dispute Morley vs. CIA in which the CIA refuses to abide by the JFK Act or FOIA and release records related to George Joannides and the Cuban DRE group that the accused assassin had run-ins with. Then there’s the thousands of other CIA documents the CIA acknowledges that it has legally withheld from the public and should be released in 2017, but could be withheld forever. And there’s the tapes and transcripts of the radio transmissions from Air Force One, and many other records that should be open to the public under the JFK Act that have been purposely destroyed, are said to be missing or are being illegally withheld. Those JFK assassination records are at the core of the American public’s distrust in their government, and they must be released before that distrust can be regained.


“Public confidence is very, very important,” Sen. Arlen Specter said when he testified before the Congressional hearings on the JFK Act. “I am personally confident that the Warren Commission conclusions will stand, but if they don’t, so be it.”


Yes, release the records and let the chips fall where they may, and let Justice be done.


Doug Horne says that the members of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) had the same attitude, and ordered the release of many secret records, mainly because they were under the misimpression that the records would support the official version of events, when in fact, as Horne concludes, the records reflect that what ever happened at Dealey Plaza, it was a coup d’etat and those behind the assassination took over the government of the United States.


And they are not inclined to give it up, and will fight the release of  the evidence and records for as long as it takes.

4 Responses to “The JFK Assassination and the Origin of Distrust in Government”

  1. Tampa Dave Says:

    Caption: Warren hands LBJ the “official” story as the string-puller looks over his president’s shoulder. Not everyone gets to own a president. Poor old Earl Warren, he’d have left such a lovely legacy if not for this final stain; wonder what they had on him, to force him to eat such sh-t. I would think the way to break through the lies now is through 9/11, but maybe the JFK issue could be the catalyst. Somehow people have to begin to see the truth. Thanks billkelly3 for a great article.


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  3. MKT Says:

    USA Govt….there’ll come a day, beyond PUNY MANS capability

    when the CREATOR…..will REVEAL ….ALL….TRUTH hidden & stained by HUMAN blood !!!

  4. How The Federal Government Lies About Everything Says:

    […] started almost 50 years ago, when even I was a kid. The assassination of JFK shook people’s faith in stability, but it took the Warren Commission report to shake their […]

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