Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Unmistakable "Russian-ness" of JFK Conspiracy Theorists (WARNING: THIS MAY FREAK YOU OUT A LITTLE)

There's a pattern you may or may not have recognized.

It's a strange one, to be sure, but I assure you it exists. Let me show you what I mean...

Take Roger Stone, former senior advisor for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.  Stone wrote a book mired in JFK conspiracy, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case of LBJ. The funny thing about Stone is that he's equal opportunity.  In other words, it doesn't really matter who's in office, Stone manages to find fault with them. That's ANOTHER pattern to be discussed in a future article--the pattern of going after any old administration that happens to occupy the White House, like these guys, who inexplicably seem to also always know EXACTLY which documents to go after...What are the odds?

Anyway, Stone and Paul Manafort, who works with him in D.C. lobbying firm, Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly, acted as advisors to, ahem, "pro-Russian" Viktor Yanukovych.  Well, as Stone insisted in a recent Tweet to me, he backed Volodomyr Lytvyn (who backed Yanukovych) and Manafort advised Yanukovych.  So I "stood" corrected.


For some reason, when I brought up his friendship with fellow JFK conspiracy theorist Jesse Ventura, and tweeted THIS article, which talks about Ventura's and Oliver Stone's sons' getting a television show on RT (Russia Today),  he did this:



You can imagine how that just ruined my day.


Jesse, who really, REALLY seems to like conspiracy theories has published SEVERAL books on them, including one peddling JFK conspiracy theories called They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK.
(Get it? Like...1963? So clever...)

Of course, there's Oliver Stone, who even made a movie about a JFK conspiracy theory, relying upon the testimony of ANOTHER JFK conspiracy theorist, Jim Garrison.  Oliver Stone recently made the headlines with his apparent Putin hero worship and surprising position on the Russian annexation of Crimea.

Oh, and then there's Sid Blumenthal, referred to affectionately(?) by the White House as "The Grassy Knoll", due to his JFK conspiracy theory obsession. I don't suppose I need to tell you that Sid's son, Max, works at RT...?

No, REALLY.

Getting weirded-out yet?  Hold on...we're not through yet...

There's David Talbot, founder of Salon and author of The Devil's Chessboard, which blames Allen Dulles for the murder of JFK.  Aside from Salon's rather, um, Kremlinesque narrative arc and its strange way of mirroring this narrative arc with the likes of Huffington Post, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Alternet, Mother Jones, Adbusters, etc., Talbot seems to have rather a fascination with Glenn Greenwald and Ed Snowden, and will sit down to warn an audience about the dangers of American imperialism.  Of course, Salon offers us the opportunity to explore untold history, with Oliver Stone and David Talbot.  I'll be covering Salon quite a bit more in future articles.

LOL...are you beginning to see how it works?

Of course, what history of JFK conspiracy theory trolldom would be complete without mentioning Mark Lane, the father of the JFK conspiracy theory.  Lane began his conspiracy theorizing a mere four weeks after JFK was shot, publishing an article in The Guardian (remember them?), then called the National Guardian, that questioned the statements and facts of the event.  Lane has, to date, published three conspiracy-ridden books on the JFK assassination.  In Vasili Mitrokhin's 1999 book, The Sword and the Shield, the former KGB officer described how the U.S.S.R. secretly financed the cost of Lane's research and travel through an intermediary, without Lane's knowledge.  So, yeah...I'd call that another "Russianism".

So there you have it.  Yeah, it's weird.  But I find it difficult to see this phenomenon as a fantastic coincidence.

Besides...I know better.  Keep reading, I'll explain more.