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Ed Jewett
02-15-2010, 07:54 AM
The book by James Douglass entitled "JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters" is one of the best and most important books I've read in some time, ranking with the work of Peter Dale Scott and David Ray Griffin. He addresses superbly all four elements in the title.

I learned things about the event(s) I did not know, mostly because I was unaware of the depth, breadth and proof of information that emerged in the 90's. What someone else has described as repetition I took as layering, a spiral re-coating. Douglass' work is a tapestry in which he left and then returned to tape up again an important thread so as to advance it and tie it to another.

While Douglass does not discuss 9/11, the parallels in terms of black ops, cover-up, media silence, etc. are obvious. He does a superb job of explaining how the CIA, even back then let alone today, has infiltrated all corners of the government and the media, how compartmentalization works (putting to rest all those "debunking" themes that such a conspiracy would have taken too many people, and especially the one about 'how come no one has spoken up?'), and how cover-up was/is accomplished.

One of the more powerful things about this book (they do not detract from the rigor of the research) is that Douglass gives the reader gets a feeling for JFK -- the man, the leader, the human-- that has perhaps been missing in much of the research and commentary of late because it focused on the minutiae. Douglass was clearly informed by Vincent Salandra's perspective and stepped back away from the detail and painted with a broad brush.

It is a very moving book. After forty some odd years, one would think the tear ducts had been emptied; Douglass fills them up and makes them flow without being maudlin or gaudy about it, or using it as a literary device.

The most powerful thing about the book for me personally, having been an adolescent in the early 60's who remembers well the nuclear tensions and the specific events -- the B-58 Hustlers flying treetop missions over the hedgerows in my backyard, my future brother-in-law detained in the Navy to work the blockade -- is the focus, borne of Douglass' own witnessing, on the nuclear issues. Those issues and the very same internal US political tensions and questions are alive today in some dark and quiet corners. While waiting for the delivery of "JFKU", I read Douglass' first book "Resistance and Contemplation" which called to me as a human and a Christian; indeed, I would not crack "JFKU" until I could better understand the unlikely person called to write it. The themes in JFKU of "Pacem in Terris", the American University speech, and JFK's growing awareness or turning were first explored and exposed in "R&C".

JFK said, in that important commencement address that the media ignored then and continues to ignore now, that -- in the end -- we are all mortal, and we all cherish our children's future. The book showed us the human in him that cherished his children and who was mortal.

Even after having been gripped by the fervor and passion of trying to figure out what happened in Dealey Plaza, I as reader came to great clarity. The issue, especially for me, however, was not closure, but a renewal, a beginning, a re-commitment in the face of the inexorable and infernal military machine that today continues to kill at will and threaten the globe in so many ways. We missed the opportunity to take up the banner that fell in Dealey Plaza back then; we cannot afford to fail to do so now. Douglass asks "Have we reached the point where the state itself has become an enemy of the people....?"

I suspect I shall return again, and again, to the pages of these two books by Douglass (and no doubt will read his others in good time) in order to harvest and sow its seeds. Douglass' book focuses on the President and his death, the governmental nexus that was responsible for it and accomplished its cover-up (an effort still underway nearly half a century later), but he leaves the focus on the reader through the question left hanging in the air :

So what are you going to do now?

Albert Doyle
02-16-2011, 05:52 PM
I wish the original poster had written "Unspeakable" in the title for search purposes and to do proper respect to what is a consummate JFK book.


I just wanted to say JFK And The Unspeakable is actually even better than its praisers said.


I'm currently reading the book and wanted to comment that I'm not sure I agree with Douglass in his Chronology list at the beginning where he says Ruby brought the gun to the press conference with the intention of killing Oswald. Ruby was a Dallas Police insider. I don't think there was anything stopping him from getting into the hallway with Oswald and shooting him point blank through the heart. No, I tend to think Ruby was put there as a 'minder' of sorts to make facial contact with Oswald and make him know he was still expected to play his role no matter what.

If you watch the You-Tube video Rush To Judgment by Mark Lane you can see a reporter says to the Dallas police spokesperson (Fritz?), when referring to Ruby at the press conference, after he killed Oswald, "You looked like you were friends". The spokesperson flashes a nervous smile and turn of his body in reaction and doesn't comment. (Because they were friends and the reporter was correctly reading the body language between Ruby and the Dallas Police)


Right now I'm reading about Thomas Vallee. I'm wondering if his boasting about wanting to kill Kennedy at the small restaurant was part of his sheep-dipping assignment that he was doing to himself? If so - if this was part of his ordered assignment, it ended-up getting him caught by Officer Moyland. They sheep-dipped him too vigorously and it ended-up exposing him and getting him under police surveillance that eventually ended-up in his arrest hours before the intended Chicago assassination attempt. To me, this is a sign the Chicago plot was rushed and a quick alternative to the blown Washington DC attempt exposed by Richard Case Nagell.

Lauren Johnson
02-16-2011, 06:15 PM
I reported that I had finally talked my book group into reading this book. We are just now finishing it. As we work through the book, its power is gripping this group who used to look at me as being a part of the Grassy Knoll Crowd. We are meeting tonight (and extra meeting) to watch 3 1/2 hours of "JFK." Most members are in a kind of in a kind of mourning now.

One of them said, as we are reading in the middle of the huge last chapter, 'Up until now, I found myself dismissing the book as a lot of hearsay. I feel like I am being hit over the head with a hammer. I can't dismiss it anymore."

And as I am in my fourth re-reading now, I continue to be struck by power of this book. There have been some comments about that it is now well written. I have come to see a kind of brilliance in its organization.

My battery is getting low, and I am again in grief. So long.

Magda Hassan
02-17-2011, 12:01 AM
I edited the title Albert. Good suggestion.

Lauren, I am so pleased to hear about your reading group and the effect the book is having on people there. I hope now that all these readers can also encourage other people to read it. I'd be most interested to hear any comments after the book is completed.

Lauren Johnson
02-17-2011, 12:39 AM
They are now a part of the Grassy Knoll Crowd, like it or not. Now, do they want to admit it? What do they do with the fact that they have dropped into the rabbit hole? Can they just climb out and say, Glad that's over with.

I have been really impressed how they have been sticking with it and taking the book seriously.

Albert Doyle
02-20-2011, 08:13 PM
I gave this book to a relative who usually prefers the status quo explanation for convenience and political expediency. He often says things like "I can't believe that because I know the military and you can't get that many people to not talk".

After reading The Unspeakable his first comments were that Douglass was a "Kennedy worshipper" and some of the things he said were inaccurate. I know this person well however, and he is conspicuously silent. He knows. In a few months or a few years he'll eventually casually mention Kennedy being assassinated by CIA conspiracy.

I can't do justice to this book without a DiEugenio-scale review that would take my feeble mind a huge effort to write. I will say that the book is enigmatic in its smooth and seamless delivery of the flow of truth. You can almost feel the monastic grace that radiates out of it. If there was such thing as a truth Geiger counter it would register a loud static if held close to this book. It's incredible, and once you think you've reached the limit of awe you are introduced to even more incredible exposure of revelatory, insidious evidence around the next page.

This book is literally an instant American classic. It will be known as one of the best and most important books in American history. It will slowly sink-in and penetrate the evil barriers of truth by means of its truthful grace - an undefensible medium and body of delivery that can't be denied. Douglass's main attribute is possessing a large religious-based truth magnet of whose qualities he is instinctively aware. When the scattered conspiracy evidence is poured out in front of Douglass's truth magnet it almost magically arranges itself into the magnetic field pattern of truth that makes an ugly, perfectly, naturally arranged scenario appear before your eyes like a jigsaw puzzle that has been thrown into the air and landed perfectly put together in front of you. The book has a distinct palpable feeling of the automatic hand of truth with Douglass as its medium. 'JFK And The Unspeakable' achieves something very rare in the literary arts - it is beautiful.

I can't say enough about this book. It glows inside me.


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Peter Lemkin
02-20-2011, 08:28 PM
Without stating exact reasons, I would like to add my voice to the praise of this book and the somewhat unlikely author...this book puts most others on JFK's assassination to shame and will enlighten all but a handful [literally] of top experts. Don't miss reading this at least twice - soon!

It also shows the enormous gulf between those of us who know approximately what happened on 11/22/63 and the official/MSM/Sheeple versions.... This is one of the few books that could possibly bridge that huge gap!

Charles Drago
02-20-2011, 09:35 PM
No filters.

Albert Doyle
09-19-2011, 04:15 PM
A response I made to someone on the Amazon book review who said 'The Unspeakable' was flawed because it omitted LBJ:


I'm amazed at how many people are blind to the best aspect of this book. Douglass doesn't include the LBJ treachery because it would detract from the angelic pantheon he orchestrates within the Thomas Merton, Pope John XXIII, Khrushchev, and Kennedy circle of influence. You are looking at the better angels that controlled the assassination, as Douglass illustrates, and not seeing it. It is the outlining of this fight between good and evil, best embodied by these figures, that is the fingerprint that shows most clearly in the assassination. To miss this in order to gripe about lesser LBJ machinations is to publicly announce one doesn't have the first understanding of what the book, or the assassination itself, is about. The beauty of 'The Unspeakable' is that it captures the undeniable 'proof' for the assassination in this incorruptible realm where it can't be defeated by those who seek to deny it. Kennedy accessed this 'realm' in his power as president to influence the future of the human race. Since nuclear Armageddon was a serious prospect Kennedy was dealing at that level and seeking ultimate solutions equal to the threat. Kennedy went to the deepest spiritual dimensions of his Catholic faith to overcome the forces that were trying to commit nuclear war. It was at these crossroads that all those figures met and LBJ didn't make it to that level, which sort of shows in itself why he wasn't any "mastermind". Like others who have stood down the devil in history Kennedy paid for it with his life...

Charles Drago
09-19-2011, 04:34 PM
You are looking at the better angels that controlled the assassination, as Douglass illustrates, and not seeing it.

Albert, I truly like your Amazon comment -- with the exception of the sentence quoted above.

Who and what are you referencing?

Lauren Johnson
09-19-2011, 06:20 PM
A response I made to someone on the Amazon book review who said 'The Unspeakable' was flawed because it omitted LBJ:


I'm amazed at how many people are blind to the best aspect of this book. Douglass doesn't include the LBJ treachery because it would detract from the angelic pantheon he orchestrates within the Thomas Merton, Pope John XXIII, Khrushchev, and Kennedy circle of influence. You are looking at the better angels that controlled the assassination, as Douglass illustrates, and not seeing it. It is the outlining of this fight between good and evil, best embodied by these figures, that is the fingerprint that shows most clearly in the assassination. To miss this in order to gripe about lesser LBJ machinations is to publicly announce one doesn't have the first understanding of what the book, or the assassination itself, is about. The beauty of 'The Unspeakable' is that it captures the undeniable 'proof' for the assassination in this incorruptible realm where it can't be defeated by those who seek to deny it. Kennedy accessed this 'realm' in his power as president to influence the future of the human race. Since nuclear Armageddon was a serious prospect Kennedy was dealing at that level and seeking ultimate solutions equal to the threat. Kennedy went to the deepest spiritual dimensions of his Catholic faith to overcome the forces that were trying to commit nuclear war. It was at these crossroads that all those figures met and LBJ didn't make it to that level, which sort of shows in itself why he wasn't any "mastermind". Like others who have stood down the devil in history Kennedy paid for it with his life...

Knowing so little about the JFK assassination at the time, I was stunned by the mechanics. It took two more readings for me to allow all that to sink into the background.

A thought experiment: if Douglass was Russian and looked at the assassination through the Khrushchev perspective, how would the book been written? Douglass tells of K's use of the Noah's Ark story as a rhetorical device to persuade JFK? Could JFK have used some quote from Marx in a similar vein? Was K even more courageous than JFK? Between the two, who was the most heroic?

Magda Hassan
09-19-2011, 10:25 PM
They both displayed courage. Certainly K got the better deal. JFK got a bullet and Nikita got to retire. I think things were less complicated on the Soviet side whose defence policy was always based on the very real possibility that the US would be psychotic enough to use nuclear weapons against them and who were constantly working to undermine them, subvert them, infiltrate them. There was never any intention to invade the US. Just US propaganda for their own citizens to be kept scared. The Soviets always knew they were in the cross-hairs and they knew there were different factions in government with varying degrees of sanity. I don't think JFK saw the degree to which others actually were in control and how little he really did control. Nor did he really know the pure unspeakablesness of what was around him. The Soviets did. Like a man lost in a forest unable to see for the trees though it did become more apparent as time went on. Time ran out for him before he was able to fundamentally deal with it.

Phil Dragoo
09-20-2011, 02:10 AM
Douglass illuminating a manuscript during a particularly dark age, when the war for the poppies reaches its decadal milestone.


He presented as the cameraman with handheld spinning round the leader exposing intrigue on all sides.


Seven Days in May, Three Bay of Pigs and You're Out, too many obstructions to “how business gets done.”


Last month Robert Gates explained to Patrick Leahy how the cow ate the cabbage, “All governments lie to each other, Senator; it's how business gets done,” and we add from the lay congregation, “and to their people.”


As Dulles pronounced, “that little Kennedy. . .thought he was a god,” we see it was in fact Allen who for a half century playing the part of Lucifer, occasionally delegating Angleton to send bicycle messengers with singing telegrams, “this could all be yours—the price: your soul.”


Gates and Brzezinski in 2004 coauthored the CFR paper Iran: Time for a New Approach, advising negotiating with the oil-rich bogeyman Zbigniew and Jimmy installed to create a cardigan-fireside crisis, upping the price of one of the three major food groups.


Arms being primary in Vietnam, pushed through the day after the riderless horse was put away.


No doubt Nikita Sergeyevitch must, like Zhao Ziyang, have seen the writing on the wall, that now was no time for doves, but for hawks.


Our friend in a Boston financial house wrote a two-page letter to Robert Caro in 1998 describing a sudden visit the summer of 1963 by Eliot Janeway original Johnson-for-president sponsor and advisor to the 36th president. In a rehearsed “hissing” warning inviting no response Janeway indicated what a dangerous man this Kennedy was.


In much the same way seen in Donald Gibson, Battling Wall Street. With Douglass, the military-intelligence danger. Gibson shows the financial aspect.


The replacement of the letter-writing detente-seeking Khrushchev by Leonid Brezhnev in resplendant uniform provides a view to the supranational coup sponsors alluded to by Charles, suggested in Evica's Arrogance, that the international trade in arms operates with an imperative to thrive.


Whenever business is slow a casus belli is never far away. Inconvenient foreign heads of state: regime change. A president overreaching his place: a coup.


Rosoboronexport seeing China orders decline, looks to Chavez and China is happy to aid Pakistan. U.S. remains in Afghanistan and steps up the Mexican game.


Three superstates contending for a neutral quadrilateral. A classic geostrategic game which must remain unspoken.


Yet won't as the hollow men of broadcast die or lose ratings, leaving the revelation of naked empire to citizens' forums where they kahn think about the unthinkable.

Albert Doyle
09-21-2011, 05:04 AM
You are looking at the better angels that controlled the assassination, as Douglass illustrates, and not seeing it.

Albert, I truly like your Amazon comment -- with the exception of the sentence quoted above.

Who and what are you referencing?


I guess the good angels of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and those who influenced them, engaged in nuclear war-averting diplomacy, who tried for detente, and the fallen angels of war who stopped them.

Charles Drago
09-21-2011, 01:16 PM
I don't mean to be a pain in the ass (I know, it's just my nature), but how did the "better angels" "control" their own removals from power?

Albert Doyle
09-22-2011, 03:54 PM
I don't mean to be a pain in the ass (I know, it's just my nature), but how did the "better angels" "control" their own removals from power?



I guess by creating a moral 'edge' of good against the evil tide that moves the current and direction of politics. Sort of like the little difference in the greater stasis that causes galaxies to swirl just like a bath tub drain. As Douglass points out via Merton, once they took a stand for good by preventing nuclear holocaust they were "marked for assassination".

Charles Drago
09-22-2011, 04:26 PM
The problem I'm having is with your language.

No need to respond.

Albert Doyle
10-12-2011, 08:17 PM
I just had the very rare privilege of speaking to James Douglass over the telephone for 45 minutes in regard to some research I'm doing. Forgive the name-drop but I had to post it because it was a special opportunity for me considering Mr Douglass' importance in the JFK Assassination. Mr Douglass will be releasing his next book on the assassination of Gandhi in February.

Ed Jewett
10-12-2011, 10:26 PM
I just had the very rare privilege of speaking to James Douglass over the telephone for 45 minutes in regard to some research I'm doing. Forgive the name-drop but I had to post it because it was a special opportunity for me considering Mr Douglass' importance in the JFK Assassination. Mr Douglass will be releasing his next book on the assassination of Gandhi in February.

Name-dropping is perfectly understandable under the circumstances, particularly if you expressed our collective gratitude to him.

Albert Doyle
10-13-2011, 03:50 PM
I didn't mention Deep Politics but I did manage to get the right words, after a few grasps for words, to express that he managed to write a unique book that possessed the resonance of truth. When I said that I could hear Douglass happily respond in reaction as if I got it. I also managed to express that most readers probably don't register the significance of the diplomatic efforts of the Pope with his intervention between the US and Soviets and how he may have prevented a nuclear war. The Pope had a brilliant stroke of diplomatic genius when he worded his letter in such a way as to recognize the humanistic interests of both the Soviets and Americans. The effect of this was making each side respond to his peace efforts because otherwise they would have violated the Pope's description of themselves. The Pope worded the letter in such a way as to make each side want to one-up the other in their pursuit of this prescribed humanism. I also mentioned that Douglass offered something that got around the usual Lone Nutter interference by focusing on the greater political wavelength surrounding Kennedy and how the evidence for the Assassination was seen much more clearly from that perspective. Once he set the scene he then delivered some arcane evidence of CIA involvement, like the Oswald double and Wayne January witnessing, that finished-off any doubt.

I found Mr Douglass very patient and understanding and realized he knew I was a hack researcher but he offered me advice anyway, and sincerely and patiently tried to help me. He has an almost priestly demeanor.

Ed Jewett
10-13-2011, 04:52 PM
...He has an almost priestly demeanor.

That was my impression, as well, when I met him in Worcester, MA at a stop on his book tour. He is one of our modern-day disciples. I remain in awe of his book "Resistance and Contemplation", a guidebook for the rest of us.

Magda Hassan
01-27-2013, 02:10 PM
http://dangoldman.net/works/jfk-the-unspeakable/
A comic book based on JFK and the unspeakable
Not completed.

Phil Dragoo
02-02-2013, 07:37 AM
Magda

The crosshairs in Dan Goldman's title page are on the temple entry indicated by Malcolm Kilduff at the Parkland press conference and seen in the hairline of the stare of death photo described by mortician Tom Robinson which he "filled with a little wax."

This is posited by Sherry Fiester from trajectory analysis indicating the south knoll/overpass as the source for a wound which did not transit the midline, but entered the right temple and exited where forty witnesses at Parkland, Bethesda and Dealey indicated, the right lower rear or occipital-parietal leaving the oft-described baseball-sized exit.

The Goldman comic would be a great story board for developing a treatment of Douglass utilizing the Avengers-type of comic-cinema.

Telling the story from Douglass through a Stan Lee meets Hollywood CGI medium.

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Magda Hassan
02-02-2013, 12:51 PM
Yes, and also an excellent way to get younger people interested in the history.