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Bloody Treason: On Solving History's Greatest Murder Mystery : The Assassination of John F. Kennedy Hardcover – December, 1997
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About the Author
Noel Twyman, after a career in which he founded two successful companies, retired, and for the past five years has completed the investigative work and writing of Bloody Treason. He has an Engineering Degree from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (Inactive) in the State of California and holds several patents in industrial process. He lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife, Darleen.
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Anyone serious enough to find about the assassination of our president, you won't be disappointed. Could be used as a school textbook.
The conclusion is the author not mine. I worked for U.S. GOVERNMENT in Washington D.C. along with helping various authors and schools while working on this book. Answers to our questions are a must if we are to trust our government in their decisions and our future.
The news media and intelligencia were willing to go along with established authority, as was their accustomed role at that time. Denial of the full truth persists to this day: Many members of the government, the major news media, and prominent historians still are unwilling to admit that they were taken in by Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover. A vital lesson to be learned is that the structure of the United States governemnt could not cope with an assassination that simultaneously involved:
(a) a corrupt, ruthless manipulative vice president who wanted desperately to become president;
(b) a corrupt, ruthless, all-powerful director of the FBI who had compromising files on many of the leaders of the nation;
[c] a power elite that was willing to look the other way;
(d) a hapless congress that rolled over to the control of Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover;
(e) a sycophantic news media willing to be manipulated by federal authorities.
(f) the unprecedented ascent of power by organized crime because of a corrupted director of the FBI, and
(g) the personal secrets of John and Robert Kennedy that an investigation would have exposed, thus compelling the Kennedy family to yield to the cover-up in their fear, shock, and grief.
These elements combined to make the assassination feasible. Fortunately, most do not exist today. Over the years, corrections have been made in the government and the news media. Congress is a more vigilant watchdog; the news media is [sic] far more diversified and critical of power, thus making it more difficult to contain a major scandal. (end quote)
Twyman could not be more wrong about the passive role of the media in the assassination and its cover-up nor about those imaginary "corrections." A useful coruntewieght to Twyman's blinkered view of the news media is to be found in Mark Lane's 1969 book, A Citizen's Dissent: Mark Lane Replies to the Defenders of the Warren Report. There we see the stone wall of obstacles that the American opinion molding establishment put up from day one, and continues to put up against the truth of the JFK assassination. Twyman's conclusions, in fact, are belied by his own observations. Here he describes the reaction to Oliver Stone's 1992 movie, JFK:
"The news media went into what seemed a strange frenzy of attacks on Stone. The attacks started six months BEFORE the film was released. They painted him as a conspiracy nut, a distorter of historical truth, and perhaps un-American or even mentally disturbed. The result was more confusion and bewilderment, with few knowing what to believe."
And so it was before with our news media, whether it be with respect to the attack on Pearl Harbor, the murder of Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, the assault on the USS Liberty, right through to 9/11. Understand the role of the American news media and you will understand where real power lies in the country. "Bloody Treason" is great for learning the details of the Kennedy assassination and the role played by the FBI, especially, in the cover-up, but it is weak when it comes to getting to the real power behind it. For that you might do better reading a very short work by the Englishman Craig Newman which is, otherwise, the inferior to "Bloody Treason" in almost every way imaginable, The Assassination of JFK - Who Really Did It And Why