Propaganda forms the way people think about JFK – and everything else for that matter. Try to say something good about JFK or one of his policies and – bet your bottom dollar – Marilyn Monroe’s name will come up. It’s almost as if an entire continent of people have been brainwashed to respond in the same way. It’s like something out of the movie Manchurian Candidate wherein American soldiers fighting in North Korea are captured by Chinese and Russian Communsits, brainwashed into becoming mind-controlled assassins, and then let go. In the future, when they hear the name “Raymond Shaw” they automatically respond: “Raymond Shaw is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I’ve ever known”.
But if you haven’t seen Manchurian Candidate you won’t get the meaning. Watching that movie was an eye-opener for me. Until that time I had never heard of governments brainwashing soldiers into committing murder upon hearing a certain trigger word – but that’s what this movie was all about. And it had spookingly prophetic similarities to JFK’s assassination, which followed a year after the release of the movie. After 1963 it was taken out of circulation and wasn’t released again until 1988.
Another spooky thing about the movie is that the person who directed it, John Frankenheimer, was a media consultant to JFK during his electoral campaigns as well as a personal friend of Robert Kennedy. Bobby slept the last night of his life, June 4th, 1968, at Frankenheimer’s house just north of Los Angeles. It was Frankenheimer who drove Bobby to the Ambassador Hotel. And there — just like in Manchurian Candidate — a real-life Raymond was mind-controlled to shoot.
Cult of intelligence
Victor Marchetti used the expression “cult of intelligence” to denounce what he viewed as a counterproductive mindset and culture of secrecy, elitism, amorality and lawlessness within and surrounding the Central Intelligence Agency in the service of American imperialism:
There exists in our nation today a powerful and dangerous secret cult — the cult of intelligence. Its holy men are the clandestine professionals of the Central Intelligence Agency. Its patrons and protectors are the highest officials of the federal government. Its membership, extending far beyond governmental circles, reaches into the power centers of industry, commerce, finance, and labor. Its friends are many in the areas of important public influence — the academic world and the communications media. The cult of intelligence is a secret fraternity of the American political aristocracy. The purpose of the cult is to further the foreign policies of the U.S. government by covert and usually illegal means, while at the same time containing the spread of its avowed enemy, communism. Traditionally, the cult’s hope has been to foster a world order in which America would reign supreme, the unchallenged international leader. Today, however, that dream stands tarnished by time and frequent failures. Thus, the cult’s objectives are now less grandiose, but no less disturbing. It seeks largely to advance America’s self-appointed role as the dominant arbiter of social, economic, and political change in the awakening regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. And its worldwide war against communism has to some extent been reduced to a covert struggle to maintain a self-serving stability in the Third World, using whatever clandestine methods are available.