Monday, 30 June 2008

The Men Who Killed Kennedy - The Witnesses

The Men Who Killed Kennedy (Part 5) - The Witnesses
51 min - Jul 16, 2006

The Men Who Killed Kennedy is a video documentary series by Nigel Turner that originally aired in 1988 in England with two one-hour segments about the John F. Kennedy assassination.

The United States corporation, Arts & Entertainment Company, purchased the rights to the original two segments. Three one-hour segments were added in 1991. A sixth segment was added in 1995. Finally, three additional hourly segments were added by the History Channel in November 2003.

The ninth segment, titled "The Guilty Men", directly implicated Lyndon B. Johnson.

Within days, Johnson's widow, Lady Bird Johnson, more of his surviving associates, ex-President Jimmy Carter, and the lone, living Warren Commission commissioner and ex-President Gerald R. Ford immediately complained to the History Channel.

They subsequently threatened legal action against Arts & Entertainment Company, owner of the History Channel. "The Guilty Men" segment was completely withdrawn by the History Channel.

Also during the series, French prisoner Christian David named Lucien Sarti as one of three French criminals hired to carry out the assassination of Kennedy, when he was interviewed by author Anthony Summers. This claim is one of the most strongly investigated theories presented on the show.

Here is a fascinating take on the JFK’s assassination – stories of the people who had witnessed it, and those who helped to clean up after it. They are not holding back.

Probably, the most powerful one is the opening testimony of a mother who saw the surreal events together with her husband and their young daughter. She recalls the shape of the President’s head as it is about to explode. She still sees the blood, the devastation.

Her husband tells us how he begins to vomit at this point – how his whole body feels overwhelmed with sickness. The daughter's voice trembles as she speaks of the sadness and the permanent imagery "emblazoned" on her mind.

Another woman who was then in her early twenties tells us how she lost her youth at that moment. Her political inclinations annihilated, having (over-)realised the transience of existence and the reality of crushed dreams.

And there were many such witnesses. The whole planet saw it.

How does such trauma affect an individual? What about whole nations? It’s not unreasonable to assume that the effects are devastating. In fact, this is exactly what these people are saying. The lady who saw the President’s head explode was still seeing it during the interview.

But what about whole nations - does it mean that the United States of America experienced a similar level of trauma as a single entity? In my opinion - yes. If you agree, then another question must follow - what did that do to the collective mind of its citizens?

[pause for reflexion]

What happened after the assassination of JFK? Did things get any better in America or any other nation?

No, they did not. They got a whole lot worse. Many wars and suffering followed – we are still doing it today. Except, nowadays I don’t believe that people would be as traumatised by seeing a person die in front of them.

Just look at Iraq – or Palestine. When was the last time you vomited because you saw a mutilated body of an “insurgent”? Or shed a tear last time you saw a funeral procession for an innocent child shot by a sniper?

How did we become like that. There must be some sort of global denial, some sort of global amnesia that enveloped our collective conscious mind. Making all of us ignore the facts in front of our very own eyes. No amount of brain splatter seems to make a difference – we still choose to remain silent, passive and dreaming.

What can one do?

We get the answer right at the beginning and all throughout the documentary. First, you begin to wonder - based on the dissonance between your own experience of reality and the feedback you receive from the environment.

Then you begin to investigate and validate your experiences.

Exchange your stories with others – straight from the heart, in the spirit of Truth and preserving the memory of how things really happened.

Lest We Forget.

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This is a leaflet distributed around Dallas shortly before JFK's visit.
You've gotta snigger at the contents - especially, this point:

5. He has illegally invaded a sovereign State with federal troops.

Added: 30 October 2008

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