Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (Magill Book Reviews)
In his epilogue, Peter Dale Scott compares the deaths of the Kennedy brothers to those of the Gracchi, two brothers determined to drive corruption from the Roman Empire a century before its downfall. The chilling comparison is apt.
Scott offers no simplistic answer to the question “Who murdered John F. Kennedy?” Rather, he views the president’s death as one of four interrelated national crises, occurring at the rate of one a decade, in post-World War II America: McCarthyism, which Scott calls “Hooverism,” in recognition of J. Edgar Hoover’s witchhunting; the JFK assassination; Watergate; and Contragate.
Links among these four cataclysms are all related to organized crime, particularly transnational drug trafficking. Scott documents connivance between the FBI, CIA, and local police agencies in murdering political dissidents during the 1960’s. It is unrealistic, therefore, to suppose the FBI and CIA were above feeding the Warren Commission misleading information about JFK’s assassination; in deed, Scott documents the suppression of such key evidence as Jack Ruby’s connection to organized crime in Chicago.
Scott shows how Allen Dulles, the Director of the CIA, sought to predetermine the lines of investigation to be followed by the Warren Commission. Dulles emphasized that historically, American presidential assassins have acted alone. When a member of the Commission objected that Abraham Lincoln’s assassination was...
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Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (Magill's Literary Annual 1991-2005)
Deep Politics and the Death of JFK is a book that one studies and keeps returning to rather than merely reads at a sitting and forgets. It is an extraordinarily complex book that traces in dogged detail the Byzantine links between organized crime and the government of the United States. These links, in Peter Dale Scott’s view, resulted in the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) and led to an ensuing coverup in which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) misled and withheld relevant information from the Warren Commission (in 1964) and the House Select Committee on Assassinations (in 1979). These investigative bodies were themselves full of members who had vested interests in cloaking the truth of the assassination in secrecy.
Scott, Canadian member of the United Nations General Assembly from 1957 to 1961 and currently professor of English at the University of California’s Berkeley campus, has written or collaborated on six other investigative books that focus on the Kennedy assassination or on related topics, such as the war in Indochina. He has also produced two volumes of politically oriented poetry, part of a projected autobiographical trilogy in verse, Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror (1989) and Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992).
In his poetry and prose, Scott consistently penetrates far beneath surface appearances to unearth the...
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