Friday, November 22, 2013

"fifty years ago "

50 Years Ago Today….

 Posted by Stephen Cook

22 - November - 2013

 It was 50 years ago today – also a Friday – November 22, 1963, that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. The world would surely have taken a very different course were it not for the events of that day… TV Veteran Walter Cronkite, the respected CBS News reader, makes the tragic announcement that shocked the world that fateful day: Click here to view the embedded video.

 Her’e's what was being shown on TV in Dallas when the news broke. It segues to footage of an interview with bystander Abraham Zapruder, before his legendary film of the actual shooting was developed. Click here to view the embedded video.

 And back to CBS News for their update following the President’s assassination:
 Click here to view the embedded video.

 Finally, below, is the audio version of the full “Secret Societies” speech that John F Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York on April 27, 1961; the speech that bore the famous words: 

       “The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people 
inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings.

 “We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.   Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. 

     “Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment. 

         “That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.” 

 And, later, continued with:

       “For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. 

       “It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. 

        “Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” 

Many believe this speech and these words led to his killing at the hands of those who remain, even to this day, 50 years later, secret.

 Click here to view the embedded video.

Stephen Cook

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