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Fred Koch, the John Birch Society and the JFK Assassination

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Lee Har­vey Oswald: Ersatz Com­mu­nist

COMMENT: Jane May­er’s Dark Mon­ey has received con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion and media play over the last cou­ple of years. In past dis­cus­sion of the Koch fam­i­ly, we not­ed that patri­arch Fred Koch worked with Hitler build­ing one of Nazi Ger­many’s most impor­tant refiner­ies–one capa­ble of refin­ing the high-octane fuel need­ed by fight­er planes.

In addi­tion, we not­ed that Fred Koch was one of the first mem­bers of the John Birch Soci­ety.

May­er notes that Fred Koch helped finance ads in the wake of the JFK assas­si­na­tion that pinned respon­si­bil­i­ty for the crime on the Sovi­et Union–one of the pri­ma­ry lev­els of dis­in­for­ma­tion.

We have cov­ered the “paint­ing of Oswald Red” in numer­ous pro­grams, includ­ing FTR #‘s 925 and 926.

In the 1960s, the John Birch Soci­ety inter­sect­ed with the Amer­i­can Nazi Par­ty, the para­mil­i­tary Min­ute­men and oth­er domes­tic far right and fas­cist groups.

There is good dis­cus­sion of the roles of the JBS and the oth­er groups in the JFK assas­si­na­tion in the recent, mas­sive vol­ume Gen­er­al Walk­er and the Mur­der of Pres­i­dent Kennedy by Jef­frey H. Cau­field M.D. NB: For a sea­soned researcher, this is a use­ful and impor­tant book, how­ev­er it MUST be handicapped–the author is dis­mis­sive of the [by now record­ed fact] that ele­ments of the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty were involved in the killing. Of course, they were.

Notwith­stand­ing that sig­nif­i­cant flaw, the book fea­tures a trea­sure trove of infor­ma­tion about Nazi and fas­cist con­nec­tions to the assas­si­na­tion of JFK. A vet­er­an researcher can–and should–easily take the infor­ma­tion from Cau­field­’s book and col­late it with the intel­li­gence com­mu­ni­ty ele­ments with which the “rad­i­cal right” indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions are affil­i­at­ed.

Dark Mon­ey by Jane May­er; Anchor Books [SC]; Copy­right 2016, 2017 by Jane May­er; ISBN: 978–0‑307–94970‑1; p. 49.

 . . . . The fam­i­ly’s admi­ra­tion for the John Birch Soci­ety, how­ev­er, proved some­what embar­rass­ing on Novem­ber 22, 1963, when Pres­i­dent Kennedy was assas­si­nat­ed. As Lee Gang recounts in his book, The Machine: A Field Guide to the Resur­gent Right, when Pres­i­dent Kennedy arrived in Dal­las that morn­ing, he was con­front­ed by a hate-stoked, full-page news­pa­per ad paid for by sev­er­al Texas mem­bers of the John Birch Soci­ety, accus­ing him of trea­so­nous­ly pro­mot­ing “the spir­it of Moscow.” At the time, Kennedy had moved from try­ing to ignore the Birchers to real­iz­ing he need­ed to con­front their increas­ing­ly per­ni­cious fear­mon­ger­ing, which he denounced as “cru­sades of sus­pi­cion” and “extrem­ism.”

In a hasty turn­about, soon after the assas­si­na­tion, Fred Koch took out full-page ads in The New York Times and The Wash­ing­ton Post, mourn­ing JFK. The ads advanced the con­spir­a­cy the­o­ry that JFK’s assas­sin, Lee Har­vey Oswald, had act­ed as part of a Com­mu­nist plot. The Com­mu­nists would­n’t “rest on this suc­cess,” the ads warned. In the cor­ner was a tear-out order form, direct­ing the pub­lic to sign up for John Birch Soci­ety mail­ings. . . .

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