JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

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For decades, the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been obscured by those with an agenda of one kind or another. Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty has, in his interviews, letters, and books, explained the motives and methods behind the plot to topple an American president. JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy provides a fascinating perspective on the assassination. L. Fletcher Prouty draws on his experience and insider knowledge to review the particular security...

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Overview

For decades, the truth about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has been obscured by those with an agenda of one kind or another. Colonel L. Fletcher Prouty has, in his interviews, letters, and books, explained the motives and methods behind the plot to topple an American president. JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy provides a fascinating perspective on the assassination. L. Fletcher Prouty draws on his experience and insider knowledge to review the particular security arrangements in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and other circumstances to support his belief that Kennedy's murder was, in fact, a carefully played and professionally executed coup d'etat. Prouty's work was a source for Oliver Stone's movie, JFK, and he was the basis for the Donald Sutherland character "X" in the movie. Anyone who suspects that the Warren Report didn't reveal the whole truth about the murder of President Kennedy, or is interested in an insider's perspective on one of America's most shocking crimes, will want to read Prouty's views.

Millions have been gripped by Oliver Stone's film JFK and its premise that the plot to assassinate Kennedy originated beyond the highest levels of government. In the movie, the advocate of this theory is a character named "X, " who explains how and why this plot came about. Now his identity can be revealed: "X" is L. Fletcher Prouty, who was Chief of Special Operations during the Kennedy years.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Prouty, who was a Washington insider for nearly 20 years--in the last few of them as Chief of Special Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Kennedy--has a highly unusual perspective to offer on the assassination and the events that led up to it. Familiar to moviegoers as the original of the anonymous Washington figure, played by Donald Sutherland in the Oliver Stone's movie JFK , who asks hero Jim Garrison to ponder why Kennedy was killed, Prouty leaves no doubt where he stands. The president, he claims, had angered the military-industrial establishment with his procurement policies and his determination to withdraw from Vietnam, and had threatened to break the CIA into ``a thousand pieces'' after the Bay of Pigs fiasco. His death was in effect a coup d'etat that placed in the White House a very different man with a very different approach--one much more acceptable to what Prouty consistently calls ``the power elite.'' Although he declares that such an elite has operated, supranationally, throughout history, and is all-powerful, he never satisfactorily explains who its members are and how it functions--or how it has allowed the current East-West rapprochement to take place. Still, this behind-the-scenes look at how the CIA has shaped postwar U.S. foreign policy is fascinating, as are Prouty's telling questions about the security arrangements in Dallas, his knowledge of the extraordinary government movements at that time (every member of the Cabinet was out of the country when Kennedy was shot) and his perception that most of the press has joined in the cover-up ever since. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Prouty, the mysterious ``X'' in Oliver Stone's JFK , promises to explain why Kennedy was assassinated. Instead, he delivers a muddled collection of undocumented, bizarre theories, most significantly that a super-powerful, avaricious power elite engineered the Cold War and all its pivotal events--Korea, Vietnam, the U-2 incident, the Bay of Pigs, and the Kennedy assassination. Although they are never identified, these shadowy technocrats, working through the CIA, allegedly had Kennedy murdered because he was on the brink of ending America's commitment to Vietnam, along with its billions of dollars of military contracts. Prouty avoids some very important issues. Would Kennedy, a Cold War warrior's warrior, have indeed ended American support for Diem? And why couldn't the omnipotent power elite ensure the election of Richard Nixon, its preferred candidate, in 1960--especially since Kennedy won by only .02 percent? A much better choice is John M. Newman's JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power ( LJ 3/15/92). See also James DiEugenio's Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case , reviewed in this issue, p. 123.--Ed.-- Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp . Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616082918
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 267,017
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

L. Fletcher Prouty (1917–2001), a retired colonel of the U.S. Air Force, served as the chief of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Kennedy years. He was directly in charge of the global system designed to provide military support for the clandestine activities of the CIA. He was also the author of The Secret Team: The CIA and Its Allies.

Jesse Ventura is the former governor of Minnesota and author of four national bestsellers, including 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read and American Conspiracies. Ventura is the host of the television show Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura on truTV. He lives in Minnesota and Mexico.

Oliver Stone is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.  He has won Oscars for directing Born On The Fourth Of July and Platoon, and for writing Midnight Express. He was nominated for director (JFK) and co-writer (Nixon).
 

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Secret History of the United States (1943-90)
Preface
1 The Role of the Intelligence Services in the Cold War: 1945-65, the Vietnam Era 1
2 The CIA in the World on the H. Bomb 20
3 The Invisible Third World War 29
4 Vietnam: The Opening Wedge 42
5 The CIA's Saigon Military Mission 51
6 Genocide by Transfer - in South Vietnam 70
7 Why Vietnam? The Selection and Preparation of the Battlefield 81
8 The Battlefield and the Tactics, Courtesy CIA 102
9 The CIA in the Days of Camelot 118
10 JFK and the Thousand Days to Dallas 136
11 The Battle for Power: Kennedy Versus the CIA 153
12 Building to the Final Confrontation 170
13 The Magic Box, Trigger of the Expanded War in Vietnam 189
14 JFK Makes His Move to Control the CIA 203
15 The Erosion of National Sovereignty 219
16 Government by Coup d'Etat 232
17 JFK's Plan to end the Vietnam Warfare 246
18 Setting the Stage for the Death of JFK 266
19 Visions of a Kennedy Dynasty 286
20 LBJ Takes the Helm as the Course Is Reversed 312
21 Game Plan of the High Cabal 334
Afterword: Stone's JFK and the Conspiracy 347
Acknowledgments 356
Notes 357
Index 369
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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    A Very Discriptive and Detailed Book Covering a Number of Topics

    This book is a must read, if you are looking for the truth when it comes to CIA operations, how the Vietnam War came to be, along with all of the events and controversy in the JFK Assassinaton. Prouty does a great job of including all of the facts through numerous different papers and other important document. Along with the documents, he had the first hand experience when it came to a majority of the information he talks about in the book. All of the controversial topics, including the CIA, Vietnam, the plot to assassinate JFK, and a high cabal are all backed up with factual information and not just what ifs. A very interesting part of the book occurs in the final chapters where the actual events of the assassination are talked about along with all of the unusual things and events that point to a high cabal ordering the assassination of JFK. The actual evidence that is found how the cover story has a number of loop holes is very interesting. There was a change that was occurring when Kennedy was in office it would have been really showcased if he had been President for a full two terms. How the CIA got started and how it had progressed to become very powerful is very interesting, along with what tactics they have been using for years in lower developed countries. This book also gives you a better picture of what the Vietnam War was actually like along with how long U.S. personel were actually there. Overall, this book is very eye opening when it comes to the CIA, Vietnam, and how the assassination of JFK went down.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2004

    The ultimate book for understanding US involvement in Vietnam

    L.Fletcher Prouty's brilliant book takes us back to the end of WW2 thru the assasination of JFK in easy to understand language that is simply impossible not to believe. Prouty was there, first as a pilot involved in WW2 and later as a member of the CIA, and worked for the Joint Chiefs. He was as near to the coup that toppled JFK as anyone. Although he had no part in the coup, he brilliantly pieces it together. The motives and the reasons why JFK had to be removed were because he was determined to end US involvement in Vietnam, as well as him being a virtual lock to be re-elected in 1964. His enemies decided drastic measures were required to allow the Vietnam Conflict to continue on, ensuring billions in profit for the military industrial complex companies.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    Great read

    Great book to read if you love the behind the scene look at why the President was killed...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Great Book

    This book has been very informative and was written wonderfully. I thought that this book would be based upon the authors opinion but after reading you can tell without a doubt he is speaking from personal experience and he is very educated on the subjects that are not his experience. Leroy Fletcher Prouty was a very good author and I found this book to be not only extremely entertaining but very informative. If you are looking to gain knowledge about (as the title says) JFK the CIA, Vietnam and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy I highly recomend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Dark Hopes and Trials, LightBlood, WolfClan's Part 1

    Dark Hopes and Trials, LightBlood, WolfClan's Part 1<p>
    Firesteel was watching Ghoststar when he heard the news. Honeyblossom had had three healthy kits and she was awake, nursing them right now. Ghoststar went to meet the new kits and their mother as soon as Leafpool told him they were okay. Firesteel decided to stay put and rest awhile until Honeyblossom announced their names.<br>
    Redkit, one of the oldest kits, padded out of the nursery and over to Firesteel. "Am I glad to be out of there," he mewed. "That was disgusting."<br>
    Firesteel chuckled. "You could of left before now."<br>
    "I wanted to be the first t say hi to them," Redkit admitted. "Hey, do you know when Ghoststar is going to hold my apprentise ceremony?"<br>
    "Soon, I'm sure. But you still have a quarter-moon until you're even six moons."<br>
    "It's just so boring in the nursery. Guess what?"<br>
    Kits, Firesteel thought, they just can't stick to one topic. "What," he asked, curious.<br>
    "Midnightmoon is expecting. She told Leafpool after the kitting. I always wondered if she was getting fat or if it was just my imagination."<br>
    Firesteel lightly hit Redkit's head. "Don't be rude."<br>
    Ghoststar padded out of the nursery to his deputy, Bravestorm. "Send Firesteel, Iceshard, and Fatalheart to the AshClan border. No apprentises. Actually, get them to take Gingerpaw. They may need backup."<br>
    Bravestorm looked curiously at Ghostsar and padded to Firesteel. "You heard her, correct?" Firesteel nodded. "Giess what you're doing then," she muttered. "Be quick. Hopefully it's nothing. Wonder why she wants you guys to go there." She padded off and left Firesteel to go find the rest of his patrol. Redkit tried following but Firesteel picked him up and placed him in the nursery. "Make sure he stays please, Midnightmoon," he said to the queen.<br>
    Midnightmoon nodded and Redkit ran to her and started begging to let him go with the patrol. Midnightmoon was still arguing with Redkit by the time Firesteel and his patrol left.<p>
    Comments at 'comment' res 6. Locations are at 'dark desire' res 1. Please tell me how it is. Thanks. LightBlood.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Informative

    Screw the CIA

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    By far the most significant book of the century

    Fletcher Prouty's knowledge of events of the post war era is surpassed by none, and his willingness to share this knowledge is truly remarkable. His courage and honesty are all the more significant in view of the circumstances he describes therein. This book provides more insight into the post war world than any other ten books combined. It is highly interesting to note that the book swiftly became almost impossible to find in any bookstore, and that the original price of US$18.95 has, in a few short years, skyrocketed to nearly $90, IF it can be found at all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Frostfur and co bios

    Frostfur- beautiful black shecat with silver tipped fur and ice blue eyes..is nice funny and loving also very protecting..no mate.25moons old her kits are yinkit and yangkit.**********yinkit-cute white shecat with bright green eyes..playful..smart..and responsible******yangkit-black tom kit with bright green eyes..hyper...strong and caring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Twilightpaw

    &star &starf Twilightpaw &starf &star <p>
    Light purple coat. <br>
    Dark purple tail. <br>
    Pink ears. <br>
    Magenta(but more purple) eyes. <br>
    She prefers studying over training. Has some good skills when it comes to things she's never done but studied. Really good at tests and, as the epic Rainbowdash would say it, she's sorta-kinda an egghead. <br>
    Other: She is not exactly the MLP character. Different but the same.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    Rainpaw bio updated

    Light gray shecat with dark grey patches. A dark gry ring circles her eyes,whoch are a golden amber. One of her paws is white,an dark grey rings are on her tail. The tailtip is white. Rainpaws dream name is rainember. Foster mother:ghoststar. Mentor:hawksky

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Rainfall and co bios

    Rainfall- a light grey she cat with amber eyes. She has a dark grey ring around her eyes and several rings around her feathery,wispy tail. She has dark grey patches and paws. Mate-hawksky.••••••reedkit- dark brown tom with black paws and stripes with green eyes.••••••leafkit-a calico she cat with blue eyes, same personality as rainfall.••••

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Ghoststar

    My name is Ghoststar, I am a 24 mooned old she-cat. I have snow white fur with icy blue eyes, through time I have come to gain shredded ears and a crooked tail. I am now leader of WolfClan since my mate Jaystar suddenly vanished. I am kind, caring and loyal, both to my clan and my kits, Adderstrike, Badgerfang, and Rabbitdash. I have many family and friends, to many to name... Currently I am still moarning for the loss of Jaystar, but that will not stop me from being a strong and good leader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2013

    Owlfur and cherrytail bio in style of warriors

    Owlfur- a brown tabby she cat with white chest fur and belly with yellow eyes. Brown wing are hidden by fur.(etc. Mate is firesteel. Kits are jaypaw mentor to him is ghoststar. Saphirepaw whose mentor was moonscar. Wolfpaw whose mentor i forgot.)
    Cherrytail- a tortishell and white she cat with black paws and green eyes. Patches on tail shaped like cherry blossoms(etc. No mate no kits)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Scarloke

    NAME: Scarloke <br>
    AGE: l dunno. <br>
    GENDER: &female <br>
    PERSONALITY: She is loyal and caring and deceptively outgoing. She may appear to be friendly and warm, but underneath, she might he cool and calculating. <br>
    LOOKS: Her pelt is a fiery red-gold, nearly matching her bright amber eyes. One forepawpaw is a bright white, the opposite hindpaw black. Her underbelly is a soft white. She is a longhaired cat. <br>
    RANK: Warrior <br>
    POWERS: She is gifted in the skill of battle, but that's all.<br>
    OTHER: She knows the lockout glitch code, how to line break, paragraph, and symbolize. She has no official signature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    Poppykit

    NAME Poppykit (dream warrior name Poppyfrost)<p>AGE 5 moons<p> GENDER shecat <p> DESC a slender long haired light brown tabby with white chest and belly and sky blue eyes <p> PERS meet her<p>KIN Snow (birth mother dead) Hawkfrost (birth father Dead) Silverstrike (adopted mother alive and here) no adopted father. Bramblekit (twin brother. Bloodclan)<p> RANK kit but soon warrior apprentice <p> CRUSH hmmm mabe<p>KITS none ew imma kit<p> MATE same as kit<p> PAST just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Whisperwillow's Bio

    Name: Whisperwillow
    <br>Age: 24 moons
    <br>Rank: Warrior
    <br>Gender: Shecat
    <br>Appearance: A creme colored she with dark tan tabby stripes, beige paws and a beige patch over her right eye. She has pale green eyes with a golden ring around the iris. She is small in stature and very lean, her pelt is short.
    <br>Personality: Calm, sweet, caring, honest, loyal. Alot of things have happened to her so she is very shy and standoffish at first.
    <br>Mate: None. Espio (dissappeared.)
    <br>Kits: None.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Ashenkit

    Name- Ashenkit......age-1 moon.......looks-gray taby shekit with robin egg blue eyes, and barly noticible darker flecks......personality- meat her...... crush-mabe.....kin- in starclan.......histoey- all that is known, born in woods fox attack everything wint black, someone saved her and brout her here.......themesong- skyscraper by demi lavoto.<p>
    Ashenkit

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Cherrytail and owlfur bio

    Cherrytail is tortishell and has green eyes. She is mateless and kitless. She has the power of cherry blossoms and wind. Theme song is awake and alive by skillet
    Owlfur. A brown tabby she cat with white chest fur and yellow eyes and wings. Mate is firesteel and has three kits. A tom named jaykit who is ginger red like his father but has his moms eyes. Wolfkit has a mixture of his parents fur but has green eyes. Saphirekit looks like her mom but her dads eyes. Owlfur helped defeat kaos and toxin but will have to kill toxin again. Theme song is riot by three days grace.

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