The CIA was one branch of the government that was definitely a big thorn in Kennedy’s side, and he, a thorn in theirs. The Bay of Pigs Invasion was the spark that ignited the devastating fire! Crossfire by Jim Marrs (1989) explains that over fifteen-hundred CIA trained anti-Castro ex-patriots were sent to seize Cuba, and kill Castro. At the last moment, President Kennedy – who agreed to this mission after the CIA had everything planned, all they needed was his young Presidential signature – cancelled the air strikes which were supposed to disable Castro’s air force. As a result Kennedy took full public responsibility for the Bay of Pigs disaster though he secretly blamed the CIA (Marrs 5). In Mark Lane’s Plausible Denial (1991) we are told that because of this whole fiasco, Kennedy fired three of the CIA’s top men (Allen Dulles – Director of the CIA, Charles Cabell – Deputy Director and brother of the Mayor of Dallas, and, Richard Bissell – Deputy Director for Plans, the dirty tricks department of the CIA) and he planned to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds (Lane 93&98).” Kennedy would not support the invasion of Cuba again, and the CIA knew this, but it didn’t stop them thinking about it, or training ex-patriots for another invasion, though one was never attempted, at least not that Kennedy (or the public) knew of. Vietnam was also a major issue that the CIA was involved in and unfortunately for them, so was Kennedy. Once Vietnam started getting more serious (by the summer of 1963), Kennedy reevaluated the United State’s involvement in Vietnam (Marrs 306). The CIA wanted more and more troops to fight, they really wanted to win this war on communism, but Kennedy disagreed. He felt that the Bay of Pigs had taught him a number of things – one is not to trust generals or the CIA, and the second is that if the American people did not want to use Amer...
... middle of paper ...
...how little or how much, we may never know. Regardless, whoever planned this conspiracy against JFK did an amazing job, and they knew enough powerful people in this country to cover it up with relative ease. I do feel strongly when it comes to this assassination and the fact that the government was somehow involved, but, considering the recent events of September 11, 2001 and the problems we still face to this very moment, I feel that it is not right for me to bash our government. I feel sad writing this paper based on the fact that the leaders of our country had something to do with the assassination of the President of our country. I do believe that things have changed since the time of Kennedy, but I can’t help but wonder if things have changed for the better or worse – let’s hope, for our sake, our children’s sake and our grandchildren’s sake, that they have changed for the better. I am anxious for the year 2039 when all of the documents that Johnson had locked in the Nation Archives become public – it will be interesting to see what new information comes about with the release. Maybe we will finally know the truth about who killed our 35th President, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Lone suspect or conspiracy Decades after the assassination of beloved president John Fitzgerald Kennedy and still no closer to solving the mystery of whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the killing or if the assassination was conspired by more the one person. Three keys items that will help you the reader take a stance on this subject are the mental stability of Mr. Oswald, a declassified report of withheld by the CIA, and a report saying that JFK 's assassination was supposed to happen in Chicago, not Dallas First a report of the mental instability of Oswald as an adolescence performed by Renatus Hartogs, M.D., Ph.D.... [tags: John F. Kennedy assassination, John F. Kennedy]
1178 words (3.4 pages)
- A conspiracy is a “secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful” ("Conspiracy."). One of the most conspiracy filled events in history just happens to be the John F. Kennedy assassination. Some ideas are way out there, but others sound like they might have at least a hint of truth in them. The book 1984, relates to a few of these schemes of how and such an event would happen, but even more importantly how it was covered up. In the book they were masterminds at covering up events and it is now my job to figure out how this book is similar to the JFK assassinations.... [tags: john f kennedy, conspiracy, assassination]
1444 words (4.1 pages)
- “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country” words from an astute man who believed mankind as a whole could make the world a better place. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was sworn into office, unfortunately his reign would not last long because in 1963 he would be assassinated. President Kennedy is one of the most important presidents in United States his image was empowering and inspired many American people. He was a symbol of tradition, family-oriented 1950s value, and represented the greater change during the 60s.... [tags: John F. Kennedy assassination, John F. Kennedy]
1384 words (4 pages)
- The twenty-four-year-old man eagerly stared down at the street below through the scope mounted on his Italian-made, bolt action, 6.5 caliber rifle until his target appeared. John F. Kennedy was in Dallas, Texas, to campaign ahead of the 1964 election. Lee Harvey Oswald, “a twenty-four-year-old drifter,” was the shooter that ended John F. Kennedy’s life on November 22, 1963. He acted alone to end the life of the United States President that many Americans believed had the potential to be great. At the age of only 46, the life of this energetic President had been abruptly ended by the act of a lone sniper.... [tags: Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin, John Connally]
2061 words (5.9 pages)
- ... The Grassy Knolls theory was not the only conspiracy to be called invalid. Theories that London B Johnson, the military industrial complex, and the mob have also been conspiracies that have been debunked, but there is still one theory out there that may never been proven or disproven (Patterson). The idea that the CIA was somehow involved in JFK’s assassination is an issue that may never be fully uncovered. The mismanagement of the investigation of the case left many holes that may never be filled.... [tags: conspiracy theories]
1050 words (3 pages)
- According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a conspiracy theory is a belief or idea that some covert and influential institution is responsible for an unexplained event or secret plot largely unknown to the commonwealth (Conspiracy Theory, 2013). Many nations have these circulating rumors of perfidious authority; however, it has been observed frequently that the United States of America is a uniquely fertile land for individuals to suspect high-ranking government organizations, or other powerful societies, are plotting to do something unlawful or harmful to American citizens.... [tags: authority, assasination, President John Kennedy]
2144 words (6.1 pages)
- ... He became a suspect for the attempted murder of retired General Edwin Walker, an anti-communist, as “Oswald appears to have visited Walker’s neighborhood repeatedly during the first week of April ,”5 and even though “the FBI was unable to match the bullet to Oswald’s rifle…overwhelming evidence indicates that [he] fired the shot.”6 Because of this and other incidents, the FBI became very interested in Oswald, and kept a close eye on him and his wife, Marina, who was often interrogated regarding Oswald’s whereabouts.... [tags: assassination, political campaign ]
1498 words (4.3 pages)
- The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy is one of the most tragic events that shaped America. JFK was born on May 19, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts, but little did he know that his life would be abbreviated in his future. Kennedy became the thirty-fifth President of the United States; he was assassinated on November 22, 1963. He was allegedly shot and killed by Lee Harvey Oswald. Although, many pieces of evidence conclude that Oswald could not have done the deed by himself. There is a broad conspiracy behind this major assassination.... [tags: jfk, governor connally, single bullet]
1842 words (5.3 pages)
- FIFTY JFK CONSPIRACY CLUES The "Rosetta Stone" of the JFK Assassination is the famous photograph, by James "Ike" Altgens, which was taken about one second after the throat wound of JFK, since it is the only photo in the public files that shows a motorcycle escort cop next to the limousine during the final 30 seconds. Many Zapruder Film frames were "blocked" by a Freeway sign and some Z-frame lines move, upwards, near the final shot and hide something with the frame lines. Therefore, if you cross-reference the following photos to each other by time and by angles, you may conclude, as I have, that the Stemmons Freeway Sign was moved or added to the Zapruder Film to censor the action near th... [tags: Politics Government John Fitzgerald Kennedy]
4994 words (14.3 pages)
- The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a patsy as “a person who is easily manipulated or victimized : pushover” (www.merriam-webster.com). This is what Lee Harvey Oswald claimed he was when the Dallas Police Department arrested him on November 22, 1963 for assassinating President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. At the time of the assassination, not many believed Oswald was innocent. Today, though, the vast majority of Americans believe Oswald’s words, claiming that there was more behind the tragic assassination than government investigators once portrayed.... [tags: Lee Harvey Oswald]
925 words (2.6 pages)