JFK author James Douglass speaks in Alabama tonight

I wish I was in northeastern Alabama today because¬†JFK author James Douglass is speaking at the public library in Gadsen. If I was there I would go for sure. Douglass’s 2008 book, “JFK and the Unspeakable,” is one of the most thoughtful books about JFK’s assassination.

A Christian theologian, Douglass reminds me of JFK’s speechwriter Ted Sorensen, another man of the religious left with an intuitive feel for JFK’s anti-war instincts. Yet Douglass’s book is grounded in granular bureaucratic detail about the quiet rebellion of the military and national security agencies against the dovish drift of JFK’s foreign policy in late 1963.

If you can’t make it to Gadsen, watch the video of Douglass talking about his book.

 

11 comments

  1. JSA says:

    Thank you very much for posting this video. I had read Douglass’ book, JFK & the Unspeakable, and found it to be quite moving, as well as I think intellectually honest and accurate in the author’s attempt to grasp the significance of JFK’s assassination. I agree with Douglass that there had to be a connection (a common pattern) in the assassinations of JFK, his brother Robert, and Martin Luther King. I heard about the 1999 trial of James Earl Ray from one of the people present at that case, and when I heard what he told me, I began to connect the dots between the three assassinations. The national security state seems to be the major culprit behind these assassinations, although Lyndon Johnson is also guilty, but I now think he is guilty as an accessory, maybe part of the planning, but not guilty alone. This chain of assassinations is deeper than just LBJ.

    Looking at today’s world with this perspective on power, I have to wonder if the same forces (national security state aligned with major corporations like Big Oil) are blocking the path away from fossil fuel dependency and a solution to global warming. Certainly there is a huge ‘denial machine’ in existence in this country, and like nuclear weapons in JFK’s day, fossil fuel burning today poses a threat to our survival on the planet. I see an analogy here with respect to rational and thoughtful solutions being trumped by evil irrational special interests, willing to kill and manipulate to keep a flawed and dangerous system going.

    • John Kirsch says:

      I found “JFK and the Unspeakable” to be interesting but ultimately unconvincing in terms of actually making a case for conspiracy. That doesn’t mean I reject the idea of a conspiracy. As another commenter said (I can’t remember his name), there isn’t much evidence to prove that Oswald shot JFK.

      • Thomas says:

        Many of the arguments are based on correlations and circumstantial evidence. It is a very well-organized narrative and convincing. In an ideal world JFK researchers would be working directly with facts and data but if one thing is clear about 11-22-63 it’s that much key information has been covered up or distorted or just plain lied about. Douglass weaves a plausible scenario given these limitations.

  2. John Kirsch says:

    Hopefully someone will record the talk somehow. Maybe someone could urge the local paper (there has to be 1) to cover the talk.

  3. John Kirsch says:

    I just sent a heads-up on the local paper’s tip line.

  4. George Simmons says:

    James Douglass always appears to speak with sincerity and dignity.

    Interesting to hear him talk about Ed Hoffman, the witness who claims to have seen the shooter behind the picket fence.

  5. Nathaniel Heidenheimer says:

    I am mildly irked by what, in my opinion, is a misleading emphasis on the religious element of JFK and the Unspeakable. There are better historical descriptions of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Bay or Pigs, Congo policy etc, than are found in many academic books solely devoted to each event.

    In reality Unspeakable focuses very very little on Merton, who is a legitimate historical figure in his own right. Furthermore Douglass uses him as a prism via his very secular letters to people as diverse as Clare Booth Luce and Ethel Kennedy.

    Marcus Raskin alludes to the incredible sourcing of key Cold War events, and the numerous new prisms they offer for interrogating traditional narrative of official historians, when he claims that jfk and the Unspeakable will serve as a sourcebook for all future Cold War studies.

    Sure, mention Merton. But not at the expense of one of the five best books on US history published since 1945. It will only further narrow the audience of this completely dissident book.

  6. Photon says:

    Anybody ask him about who really dropped the Twin Towers? Any info on those controlled demolitions that were done in secret? How was Cheney able to sneak those charges in to the towers and synchronize the explosions with those plane “crashes”?
    Did those guys have a lot to do with killing JFK?
    What’s that? You didn’t know this guy believes all of that?

    • JSA says:

      That would be a shame if Douglass believed in “controlled demolition” nonsense regarding the World Trade Center towers in 2001. But if someone from the flat earth society were to say that John Wilkes Booth was part of a group of conspirators in 1865 trying to take down the federal government by assassination (they were and there was such a conspiracy), that person’s flat earth beliefs wouldn’t negate their Lincoln assassination conspiracy beliefs.

      Incidentally, you DO know that your friend John McAdams at Marquette thinks that the scientific consensus that global warming is caused by a rise in carbon releases into our atmosphere by mankind is baloney, don’t you? As long as we are vetting the kooky and the wacky, I thought McAdams’s global warming denier status was fair game.

    • Eric Saunders says:

      I cannot claim to know what brought the three towers down. However, if over 1800 architects and engineers don’t believe the government’s story, it is not logically sound for you to cite Douglas’ view on this issue as grounds for a priori rejection of the thesis of his well-researched, exhaustively footnoted, and well-reviewed book.

  7. steve kasarsky says:

    I was 16 in 1963. My neighbor was 37 and a big JFK hater. He told me he was there when Kennedy “got his”. Never gave it a thought till I read Crossfire by Marrs in 1995 and saw him in a photo sitting on curb next to Umbrella Man. I have written a manuscript about this man. He is the “Dark Complexioned Mystery Man.” He was the closest spectator to the JFK limo as JFK was being shot. He is also the guy with his rt. arm in the air as seen in Zapruder. He did not travel from Chester, Pa. to Dallas to wave hello to Kennedy. He was waving goodbye! More likely a signal to the Knoll shooter. Contact me if interested. Steve Kasarsky stevekazz@tds.net

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