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COMMENT: Reflecting on this week’s events in Washington D.C., a number of things impressed themselves upon us.
Even Paul Krugman of the staid New York Times characterized the storming of the Capitol Building by Trump backers as “fascism.”
Neither he, nor—frankly—anyone else in this country should be surprised.
Not only has the political momentum of these events been building for decades, but the phenomenon has been propelled in no small measure by amnesia.
In FTR #602 —among other programs—we detailed the 1934 coup attempt directed against Franklin Delano Roosevelt by powerful industrial and financial interests. Hoping to enlist Douglas MacArthur as the leader of the plot, the conspirators settled upon General Smedley Butler of the Marine Corps.
Butler betrayed the conspiracy, which was investigated by the McCormack-Dickstein Committee. This chapter in American history has disappeared down the memory hole.
The armed confrontation in the Capitol also reminded us of a confrontation that took place in Parkland Hospital on 11/22/1963.
A contingent of Secret Service agents and Kennedy aide Kenneth O’Donnell confronted and threatened Parkland physicians who were going to autopsy President Kennedy’s body in accordance with law.
(Author Joseph McBride presents convincing evidence that O’Donnell faced probable indictment for corruption. He helped arrange the Kennedy motorcade route through Dealey Plaza, setting JFK up for assassination. O’Donnell succumbed to alcoholism, dying in 1977.)
McBride—drawing on scholarship by numerous authors and researchers—concludes that the Federal agents were intent on preventing an autopsy in Dallas, so that JFK’s body could be surgically altered to obscure the fact that Kennedy was killed in a crossfire.
The “official version” of the murder—an institutionalized historical fiction–maintains that Oswald—the lone assassin—slew Kennedy by firing from the rear.
“ . . . . [Parkland physician Dr. Charles] Crenshaw recalled, ‘A man in a suit, leading the [federal] group, holding a submachine gun, left little doubt in my mind who was in charge. That he wasn’t smiling best describes the look on his face . . . . Kellerman took an erect stance and brought his firearm into a ready position. The other men in suits followed course by draping their coattails behind the butts of their holstered pistols.’ When Dr. Rose insisted on holding the body in Dallas for autopsy, explaining, ‘You can’t lose the chain of evidence,’ one of the men in suits screamed, ‘Goddamit, get your ass out of the way before you get hurt,’ and another snapped, ‘We’re taking the body now.’ . . . .”
Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of John F. Kennedy and Officer J.D. Tippit by Joseph McBride; Hightower Press [SC]; Copyright 2013 by Joseph McBride; ISBN 978–1939795250; pp. 168–170. 
. . . . What I found most revealing at the time in The Death of a President is its account of the Secret Service and Kennedy aides, led by the late President’s appointments secretary, Kenneth O’Donnell, stealing the president’s body from Parkland Hospital. Discovering that startling report of a previously unknown event—including a violent confrontation between the White House faction and the Dallas County medical examiner, Dr. Earl F. Rose—was one of the watershed moments in my understanding of the case. . . .
. . . . If Dr. Rose had not been blocked from performing the autopsy, the history of the case might have been radically different. The thoroughness and integrity of the autopsies Dr. Rose performed at Parkland Hospital on both Tippit and Oswald have never been questioned, unlike that of the shoddy, incomplete, and dishonest autopsy of Kennedy by military doctors at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland, a key element in the coverup. . . .
. . . . When I read that remarkable and (bizarrely approving) account of criminal behavior at Parkland Hospital by federal agents and members of the late president’s own staff, a brutal act of aggression against a public official trying to do his legal duty, I could no longer fail to recognize, by the spring of 1967, that “something was rotten in the state of Denmark.” . . . .
. . . . The threat of violence in Manchester’s account was left largely implicit. A more explicit account was later provided by Dr. Charles A. Crenshaw, one of Kennedy’s attending physicians at Parkland, who witnessed the confrontation. In his 1992 book, JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, Crenshaw recalled, “A man in a suit, leading the [federal] group, holding a submachine gun, left little doubt in my mind who was in charge. That he wasn’t smiling best describes the look on his face . . . . Kellerman took an erect stance and brought his firearm into a ready position. The other men in suits followed course by draping their coattails behind the butts of their holstered pistols.” When Dr. Rose insisted on holding the body in Dallas for autopsy, explaining, “You can’t lose the chain of evidence,” one of the men in suits screamed, “Goddamit, get your ass out of the way before you get hurt,” and another snapped, “We’re taking the body now.”
“Strange, I thought, this President is getting more protection dead than he did when he was alive,” writes Dr. Crenshaw. “Had Dr. Rose not stepped aside, I’m sure they would have shot him. They would have killed me and anyone else who got in their way.” The intervening years “neither erased the fer that I felt nor diminished the impression that that incident made upon me.”
Why were the conspirators so adamant about taking the body out of Dallas that they were willing to resort to murder to do so, if it came to that?
Lifton’s Best Evidence, which caused one of the great paradigm shifts in my understanding of the case, assembles a wealth of factual evidence to prove that Kennedy’s body was surreptitiously altered. The purpose of the alteration was to obscure the original wounds and make it appear that Kennedy was shot only from behind and not from the front. . . .