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We were deeply disturbed to hear that Sirhan Sirhan, the man the evidence shows was falsely imprisoned for the murder of Bobby Kennedy, was attacked and stabbed in prison on Friday. He is alive but his condition is unknown. We will post updates to our website as we learn more.

For more information: (https://www.justice-integrity.org/news-reports) initial reactions to Sirhan’s stabbing from experts in the research community.

The JFK assassination is one of the most widely investigated -- yet paradoxically poorly understood -- major events in American history. The reason for this is willful blindness, ignorance and self-interest in carrying the preferred narrative. Shocking fact: The corporate media’s claims on this consistently run counter to what an army of experts of all kinds have actually found. On almost every front, when the public is presented with established facts, from FBI interviews, documents, testimony, it concludes that Kennedy was the victim of an organized operation, not a “lone nut.” (Thus it was entirely consistent with long-standing, documented and well-known US policy of supporting the violent removal of world leaders who were seen as not in line with establishment views, goals and priorities.)

However, members of the working press, like university professors and other so-called “experts”, have been for half a century under pressure to promote the “official story” that was put out by the government right from the start. There never was any intent to seriously investigate what happened. A premium was placed on preserving order, keeping the public calm, and making sure the system churned on. This is not only true of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Many major events, including the assassinations of other leading individuals, were also swept under the rug. That this happened, and is still covered up more than half a century later, reminds us that all is not well in America. Unless the truth is known about how we got where we are today, we cannot truly claim to be in control of our destiny.

The compulsory "lone nut" ideology, applied after every single assassination or assassination attempt against a prominent American,  is as blatantly false -- and yet as feverishly embraced by the media and academic establishments -- as climate change denial by the fossil fuel lobby.


A Truth & Reconciliation Committee, composed of a broad and diverse group of historians, authors, researchers, and public figures, aims to address this crisis, specifically calling for the reopening of investigations into the JFK, MLK Jr., Malcolm X and RFK assassinations, Americantruthnow.org.

(Originally published on June 10, 2019)


On June 10th, 1963,  in a speech at American University, President Kennedy asked his fellow citizens to learn to live with their worst enemy.


Taught for decades to hate and fear Soviet Russia as a matter of national faith, locked in a cold war that almost destroyed the world eight months earlier during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the President nevertheless asked us to reexamine our attitudes towards the Russians, the arms race, and “the most important topic on earth: world peace.”


Not a peace "enforced on the world by American weapons of war,” he said.  "I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living…not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women…”


He reminded us that Russia had lost at least 20 million people in the fight against Nazism, a staggering sacrifice that the United States and the European Union recently ignored as they commemorated the seventy-fifth anniversary of D-Day without inviting the Russians.


Kennedy pointed out that both Russia and the U.S. were allocating “massive sums of money to weapons that could be better devoted to combating ignorance, poverty, and disease.”


He argued that war no longer made any sense in an age where “the deadly poisons produced by a nuclear exchange would be carried by wind and water and soil and seed to generations yet unborn.”


He proposed and later signed a treaty to ban atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons as a step toward “total and complete disarmament.”


In short he proposed an end to the Cold War.  In so doing, he signed his death warrant.

In a country that had become a military empire in all but name, John Kennedy’s words and actions constituted nothing short of treason.  Or so we know it seemed to the generals, admirals, covert operators and military contractors whose power derives from creating tensions, not easing them; in developing enemies, not disarming them.  Ever since the Missile Crisis, in back-channel communications with the Soviets, Kennedy had been doing exactly what the defense establishment feared most: waging peace.


Their disdain for Kennedy’s peace overtures was so well known that it inspired a best-selling novel, Seven Days in May, the story of a military coup against a president who was too willing to negotiate.  Kennedy thought the book so relevant and the threat to democracy so acute he encouraged director John Frankenheimer to make it into a movie.


In his American University address, the President chided the Russians for suggesting that “American imperialist circles are preparing to unleash different types of wars . . . the political aims of the American imperialists are to enslave economically and politically the European and other capitalist countries . . .[and] to achieve world domination . . . by means of aggressive wars."


But as history has shown, the Russians were right. “Imperialist circles” in the U.S. were planning for war, first in Vietnam, then Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  The major obstacle standing in their way was the President himself.


Five months later in Dallas, Texas, those  same forces murdered him in a coup, about which there is little actual mystery.


On this 56th anniversary of President Kennedy’s American University peace speech, as Pentagon war planners seek to reignite the deadly tensions of the Cold War,  sign the petition to demand a true reckoning with the four assassinations that led directly to our current national predicament. Listen to the entire American University address and remember that “wherever we are, we must all, in our daily lives, live up to the age-old faith that peace and freedom walk together.”