THE RIGHT-WING SHADOW GOVERNMENT —
The Use of Covert Operations to Subvert the U.S. Constitution and the Democratic System
"In times of rapid social change there are bound to be conspiracies, both by those in favor of change and by those defending the status quo, the later more than the former in recent American political history. Detecting conspiracies when there are no conspiracies is a symptom of paranoia; detecting them when they exist is a sign of mental health." --Carl Sagan, The Dragons of Eden
"For the [American] media, it is an article of faith that there are no conspiracies in American life." --Gore Vidal, The Enemy Within
"At the first meeting of the newly constituted Warren Commission, Allen Dulles handed out copies of a book to help define the ideological parameters he proposed for the Commission's forthcoming work. American assassinations were different from European ones, he told the Commission. European assassinations were the work of conspiracies, whereas American assassins acted alone." --Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK
"The secret government is an interlocking network of official functionaries, spies, mercenaries, ex-generals, profiteers, and superpatriots who, for a variety of motives, operate outside the legitimate institutions of government." --Bill Moyers, analyzing the 1987 Iran-Contra conspiracy for the documentary, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis
"In most of its operations, the CIA is by definition a conspiracy, using covert actions and secret plans, many of which are of the most unsavory kind. What are covert operations if not conspiracies? At the same time, the CIA is an institution, a structural part of the national security state. In sum, the agency is an institutionalized conspiracy." --Michael Parenti, Dirty Truths
"For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government.... I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations." --former President Harry Truman, in a letter to the Washington Post, one month after the JFK assassination, December 21, 1963
"We've seen revealed one conspiracy after another. Anybody would have to be a fool, nowadays, to dismiss conspiracies. And perhaps we lived in a fool's paradise before the Kennedy assassination." --Robert MacNeil, PBS journalist, interviewed in the documentary, Beyond "JFK": The Question of Conspiracy
"We are still fundamentally raised in this country to be very confident in the preservation of our freedoms. It's very tough to get yourself around the idea that there could be a mechanism being used or abused to restrict and alter the society in which we live." --Keith Olbermann
"Any of the contrived situations described above are inherently, extremely risky in our democratic system in which security can be maintained, after the fact, with very great difficulty. If the decision should be made to set up a contrived situation, it should be one in which participation by U.S. personnel is limited only to the most highly trusted covert personnel. This suggests the infeasibility of the use of military units for any aspect of the contrived situation." --part of a 1962 declassified Pentagon document, code named Operation Northwoods, describing how to pull off a false flag operation under the U.S. democratic system, without being exposed
The Coup Plan Against FDR
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, some of America's wealthiest families including the Morgans and DuPonts -- fearful of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies -- conspired to overthrow the government of the United States and install a fascist dictatorship. The online encyclopedia, Wikipedia reveals the plot. [Note: A BBC documentary claims that Prescott Bush -- father and grandfather to the 41st and 43rd U.S. Presidents respectively -- was also connected to the plot.]
An ABC News article discusses how the Joint Chiefs of Staff, under Gen. Lyman Lemnitzer, drafted plans to terrorize U.S. cities in order to provoke a war with Cuba.
Nixon's First Offense
Right-wing elements of America's power elite and intelligence agencies were the likely plotters behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (see Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination). One neglected area of examination is the role that Richard Nixon -- who was Kennedy's election opponent in 1960 -- played in the JFK assassination.
Nixon's Second Offense
An article by Marty Jezer reveals how Nixon, as part of his 1968 election campaign strategy, subverted President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam policy to help get himself elected.
Nixon's Third Offense
Associated Press writer Harry Rosenthal says: "Watergate had many faces but at the core it was a subversion of the Constitution by the president who had sworn to protect it."
The October Surprise
Investigative reporter Robert Parry discusses how the 1980 Reagan-Bush presidential campaign cut a treasonous deal with Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini to delay the release of American hostages until after the November elections.
The Right-Wing Shadow Government - Treason on the Right
"Real patriots ask questions." --Carl Sagan