Is the John Birch Society Responsible for Spreading Most of the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories?

Is the John Birch Society Responsible for Spreading Most of the JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories?

...... It’s no wonder that the Kennedy assassination has become associated with crackpots and nutcases as most of the stories and misleading information were spread by right-wing whack-jobs like the Birchers. ...

Just one month after President Kennedy was assassinated, one of the founders of the John Birch Society came out with an article entitled, "Marksmanship in Dallas". Revilo Pendleton Oliver, the man whom JBS figurehead Robert Welch described as, "quite possibly the world’s greatest living scholar," outlined some of the great conspiracy theories that would dominate the JFK assassination debate over the next forty years.

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Revilo’s article is extremely disturbing and demonstrates how much the far-right hated JFK and how much contempt they had for liberals, blacks and Jews at the time. Revilo asserts that Oswald was a communist and had helped communists everywhere, including the U.S. government. This article would unleash a flood of far-right literature designed to obfuscate the facts of the assassination.

It’s no wonder that the Kennedy assassination has become associated with crackpots and nutcases. as most of the stories and misleading information were spread by right-wing whack-jobs like the Birchers. Their message always seems to be, don’t trust the government or the political left,while implicating the usual suspects; it’s all part of a communist plot, or maybe LBJ was involved with help from the CIA, possibly the Illuminati, and you can bet that the One-Worlders in the Council of Foreign Relations were behind it. In all the noise, an American President’s murder becomes a joke and any possible conspirators walk cleanly away.

A careful reading of the record reveals that the major conspiracy authors have a lot in common with the John Birch Society perspective.

Many of the right-wing JFK conspiracy propagators share something else: connections with extremist organizations and groups. Mark Lane, author of “Rush to Judgement,” ended up working for the ultra-racist Liberty Lobby and defended people like James Earl Ray and holocaust denier Willis Carto. Revilo P. Oliver went on to organize the National Alliance with William Pierce, and then went to work for the Institute for Historical Review in trying to discredit the Holocaust. Victor Marchetti and Fletcher Prouty used the Orange County-based Holocaust denial network to spread their stories. ...

This article was originally published on Saturday, December 22, 2007

http://rakemucker.com/extremism/JBS%20and%20JFK%20theories.htm

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Mary Chrisitne
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so what’s the point? Granted these people might put a commie or goofy spin on it, but the evidence points in precisely the combo cia mafia lbj oni etc. direction
that the extremeists mention.

That they say don’t trust the government, is merely a start for trust them instead, not a proof that the JFK conspiracy theories are wrong.

One way to defang a dangerous upsurge in seeing through you is to get on the bandwagon, with some twists thrown in.

John Judge
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Mae Brussell pointed out long ago that there were John Birch society ties to the JFK assassination. In fact, the first complete set of early critical books and the Warren Commission volumes I ever saw was on a visit with my family to the home of the head of the JBS in Texas. Of course they spread disinformation, as did the planted critics like Mark Lane. The intelligence and government agencies have to cover both ends, and do damage control by appearing to be the critics themselves. James Earl Ray was not a racist, as this article implies. I recommend… Read more »
John Judge
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PS – As to “drinking the Kool Aid and Mark Lane, I suggest my article The Black Hole of Guyana: The Untold Story of the Jonestown Massacre available at http://www.ratical.org to expose the Kool Aid lie and Mark Lane’s role in history.

Simon
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I disagree with the article’s attacks on Jim Garrison, who did not advocate a “Bircher Theory” in any way. In fact, he pointed the finger at right-wing, cold-warrior factions of the US Military/Intelligence Complex. Hardly “Bircher” targets. In OTOTA, he clearly connects fascist/Nazi elements to the crime through his exposure of Clay Shaw’s ties to Permindex. I’m unsure about Mark Lane, however. While he has defended suspicious people (Posner, Jim Jones, etc.), his defense in the Hunt trial was mainly aimed at exposing the CIA. His books contained much useful information. However, acknowledging that Lane is a former US Army… Read more »
Ernie
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Simon falsely describes Harry Dean as “ex-FBI/CIA” and as an FBI informer inside the JBS.

Harry Dean was never an FBI informant or a CIA informant or undercover operative.

Furthermore, there is no documentary evidence to prove that Harry provided any information to the FBI about the Birch Society or about any JBS plot to murder JFK.

You may see a very detailed critique of Harry’s assertions (based upon his FBI and CIA files) here:

https://sites.google.com/site/xrt013/harrydean

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