Article 6525 of alt.conspiracy:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Lemkin)
Subject: GARRISON STATEMENT F.Y.I. GROUP...
Date: 30 Dec 91 00:15:00 GMT
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WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL
An identifying characteristic of the super-state is its readiness
to conceal from the people facts which might make them restless.
In order to maintain power its officers must keep the populace
believing that it is living in the best of all possible worlds.
Consequently, those in control of the governmental machinery
sometimes find it necessary to re-write history as fast as it
happens. The truth becomes not what occurred but what they
announce has occurred. Reality becomes just another
If the official myth to be presented is particularly unbelievable
it may be necessary to have honorable men study it and announce
that they have found it to be true [ In 1939, after having
invaded and conquered western Poland because of alleged Polish
atrocities committed against German individuals, the German
government appointed a committee to make a careful study to
determine the facts with regard to the claimed Polish
misconduct. The final printed report of the study contained much
documentary evidence, including not only photographs, affidavits
and countless medical certificates but an authenticated quotation
from the year 1598 to the effect that barbarous cruelty was one
of the vices of the Polish people. The report confirmed that the
Poles indeed had committed atrocities against Germans and it
indicated that things would have been even worse were it not for
the timely arrival on Polish territory of the German rescuers.
The conclusions of this painstaking study by a
government-appointed committee meant that Adolf Hitler would not
have to withdraw his armies and apologize to Poland. See: "Polish
Acts of Atrocity Against the German Minority in Poland," German
Library of Information, New York, 1940.]
This is not really as difficult as it sounds because there is
nothing to which honorable men joined in an honorable cause will
not stoop in the name of duty. As a general rule of thumb, the
more unbelievable the story the more honorable should be the men
assigned to prove its veracity.
To date, George Orwell's 1984 provided the best fictional
portrait of the correction of history to suit current political
needs. In Oceania, that dismal land presided over by Big
Brother, the power of the government had become Gargantuan and
the rights of individuals virtually had vanished. In order to
maintain this balance, the Ministry of Truth continually was
engaged in improving history to make it reflect govermment
pronouncements. This was justified on the ground of 'national
security,' a reasonably honest rationale inasmuch as the
government could not have survived without such wholesale
concealment of facts.
If, for example, Big Brother made an error which was exposed by
statistics, the offensive statistics were destroyed and more
satisfactory statistics were published. If books or newspapers
described facts which were embarrassing to the government, they
were merely re-written so as to conform with official legend.
The original troublesome material was simply fed in the "memory
hole," a chute leading down to the incinerator. The government's
policy of vaporizing into nothingness unpleasant facts
contributed in great measure to the calm of the populace of
Oceania. This was helped by the fact that individuals who
interfered with the public calm also tended to disappear.
"Who controls the past," said the official slogan of the
super-state, "controls the future."
It now appears that, twenty years ahead of Orwell's schedule, the
United States has succeeded in producing the classic model of
re-writing history to conform to official needs. It is hard to
assay this accomplishment when we are still so close to it, but
when our contributions to civilization are added up this well may
rank ahead of our invention of napalm.
When the President of our country was executed on a public
street, one would have thought that there would have been a
general uncomplicated desire to catch the assassins and to bring
them all to justice. After all there was sufficient information
available concerning the strange movements of cars behind the
grassy knoll immediately prior to the assination, the fusilade of
rifle fire coming from there and the rapid departure of men on
foot and by car from that sector following the shooting.
Apparently, however, it was not as simple as an that. It appears
that when a President's heart stops beating considerations of
power and policy take over.
Instead of running down the men who killed John Kennedy, the U.S.
Government simply ratified his execution and moved on to more
important matters. With regard to the men who actually killed
him, because of their displeasure with his foreign policy, the
assassination has been treated not as an offense but as a mandate
The young man so promptly nominated by the Dallas Police Force
was duly elected the lone assassin. He had excellent
qualifications, provided they were not examined too closely. He
wore the tag of a Communist defector who had spent 3 years in
Russia. He had been murdered, which assured that there would be
none of the time consuming problems of proof which a live
defendant would have presented. And his gun and three empty
cartridges had been placed at the 6th floor of the book
In spite of these conveniences there was a slight problem. The
overwhelming weight of legitimate evidence clearly indicated that
he could not possibly have fired a shot at the President.
There was, to begin with, the fact that the rifle originally
brought down from the book depository at 1:05 p.m., and briefly
exhibited as the assassins rifle, had, unlike Lee Oswald's rifle,
no telescopic sight. There was the fact that the Marine Corps
shooting records showed that Oswald could not hit the side of a
barn. There was the tense fact that the nitrate test indicated
that Oswald bad not fired a rifle of any kind. There was the
fact that the ancient Italian rifle, which Oswald was supposed to
have used, could not conceivably have accomplished the ballistic
miracle with which it was credited - particularly causing a
single bullet to inflict seven different wounds, including bone
destruction, in two different men. There was the fact that the
President was hit from several different directions and that his
fatal wound quite obviously was received from his right front, in
the area of the grassy knoll.
To make matters worse, there were probably more witnesses to
President Kennedy's murder than to any other in history and the
great majority of them were very conscious of the fact that most
of the shots came from in front of the President. There was also
the embarrassing evidence that Lee Oswald had been an employee of
the Central Intelligence Agency and had acquired the stigma of a
Communist defector while in the service of the United States and
as the result of instructions given him by the United States
government. Most of the embarrassing evidence was simply buried
at the outset in a swift funeral devoid of ceremony.
The autopsy photographs and X-rays, for example, which would have
revealed that the President was struck from a number of
directions, [ Dr. Robert N. McClelland, at Parkland Hospital,
examined the President and concluded that the cause of death was
a gunshot wound of the left temple. Similarly, Dr. Mahlon
Jenkins recalled, in his testimony before the Warren Commission,
that there was a wound in the left temple, right in the
hair-line. The book depository, although it may since have been
moved, at the time of the assassination was located to the rear
of the President.]
These autopsy photographs and X-rays were whisked away and have
been kept hidden ever since. By now there has been time to
construct new autopsy photographs and X-rays which more closely
harmonize with the official myth than did the original ones.
Hundreds of significant government files and memoranda have been
laid away in vaults where they cannot be seen. Among the hidden
Central Intelligence Agency files alone are to be found such
titles as: "Oswald's Access to Information about the U-2,"
"Reproduction of Central Inteligence Agency Official Dossier on
Oswald" and "Information on Jack Ruby and Associates." Inasmuch
as we have been assured by honorable men that neither Oswald nor
Ruby had any connection with the Central Intelligence Agency it
probably would be unpatriotic to speculate on what these secret
As bad luck would have it, a rash of conflagrations swept away
other vital evidence in the government's custody. The only notes
known to be taken during the long 12-hour interview of Lee Oswald
after the assassination appear to have been burned. Notes taken
by a federal agent who interviewed Oswald before the
assassination also went up in flames. A secret Central
Intelligence Agency memo concerning Oswald, written prior to the
assassination, went up in smoke while being thermofaxed. This
phenomenal instance of spontaneous combustion occurred in
Washington the day following the asassination. The autopsy notes
describing the President's wounds were cremated in his fireplace
by the attending Navy pathologist.
This is not to say that the government has not shown concern for
the people's right to know. For those citizens who are curious
about how and why their President was killed, the Ministry of
Truth has made available the dental charts of Jack Ruby,
photographs of Russian scenery, grammar school records of Oswald
and Ruby, a careful analysis of Oswald's pubic hairs, irrelevant
letters, irrelevant telegrams, picture postcards showing
bullfights, a copy of the proceedings in an unrelated divorce
case, a list of traffic citations received by Jack Ruby, and an
excellent photograph of an unidentified man.
For those whose curiosity about the assassination may not have
been satisfied with this frank display of evidence, it has been
announced that even the secret files will be made available.
There will, however, be a slight delay of 75 years before they
can be examined. This farsighted provision not only assures a
long period of national tranquility with regard to the the
assassination, but also substantially reduces the danger of the
involved government officials being lynched.
Of course, there is no real guarantee that, even if you are very
patient, you will actually get to examine these files in 75
years. New concerns by the government with regard to national
security may require an additional 75 years delay, and it even
might come to Pass that one day it will be announced from
Washington that actually no assassination ever occured. In time,
it can be explained that John Kennedy really never existed at all
and that Dwight Eisenhower was followed by Grover Cleveland or
Calvin Coolidge, all depending on which words best suit the
government's Purpose at the time. Any of these announcements
would be every bit as accurate as the official myth that Lee
Harvey Oswald, the lone assassin killed President Kennedy.
In the super-state, it really does not matter at all what
actually happened. Truth is what the government chooses to tell
you. Justice is what it wants to happen.
In Dealey Plaza reality destroyed illusion, the illusion that we
were living in the best of all possible worlds. The fairy tale
of the lone assassin represents an effort to resurrect the
illusion, to legitimize it by proclamation and to impose it by
In the interest of tranquility the decision has been made
somewhere that it is better for you not to know what really
happened. It is better for you not to know that at midday on
November 22nd there were many men who, in many places, were
glancing at their watches. It is better for you to believe that
the successive murders of the President of the United States,
Officer Tippit and Lee Oswald were simply three meaningless
incidents which happened to occur one weekend in Dallas.
Above all, it has been decided that you are not to know of Lee
Oswald's relationship with the Central Intelligence Agency. Nor
are you to know that a number of the men actually involved in the
assassination had been employees of the Central Intelligence
Agency. You are not to know about those matters because of
something called "national security."
When national security is used as the excuse for concealing
essential facts surrounding a disaster, it usually refers to the
security of the men who allowed the disaster to occur. Actually,
the greater threat to national security is the cynical
concealment of such facts from the people.
Behind the facade of earnest inquiry into the assassination is a
thought control project in the best traditions of 1984. Because
of their role in the Establishment and their failure to conduct
any effective inquiry, major news agencies have a vested interest
in maintaining public ignorance. They look away from the
widespread evidence that something is wrong, just as the members
of the Warren Commission looked away from the autopsy photographs
and X-rays of the murdered President. [ To a man the members of
the Warren Commission refused to examine the autopsy photographs
and X-rays. This evidence could have clarified once and for all
the number of times the President was shot and the various
directions from which he was shot. the Commission, however
loyally refused to play Russian Roulette with the "lone assassin"
theory. The unviewed autopsy evidence was locked away behind
concrete walls and the Dallas Police Department scenario duly was
adopted as the official national myth.]
Tranquility, the time-honored message reads, is better than
In the authoritarian state, it is regarded as a self evident
truth that the control of history is an inalienable right of
government. All words are created free and equal.
If it is proclaimed in Washington tomorrow that the moon is made
of Limburger cheese, a horde of honorable men can be produced to
attest to that fact. If it is proclaimed that an elephant can
hang from a cliff with its tail tied to a daisy, a phalanx of
experts will appear to confirm it. Anyone rash enough to
question these official verities can expect to be exposed as a
villain or a fool. The name of the game is not truth it is
The Ministry of Truth has announced that the assassination of
John Kennedy was investigated exhaustively, that no evidence of a
conspiracy was found and that the matter should be considered
The greatest lies are told in the name of truth. The greatest
crimes are committed in the name of justice.
The American people have suffered two tragedies. In addition to
the assassination of the President by dishonorable men our
national integrity is now being assassinated by honorable men.
It does not matter what the rationale is - whether to calm the
public or to protect our image - the fact remains that the truth
is being concealed.
The United States Constitution, assuming that it has not
accidentally been burned to a crisp, does not give anyone the
power to re-write history. The fact that this has happened
should be evidence enough that it is far later than any of us
The question now is whether we have the courage to come face to
face with ourselves and admit that something is wrong, whether we
have the will to insist on an end to deception and concealment
with regard to the execution of John Kennedy-or whether we win
let the official fairy tale be told and re-told until the truth
itself fades into a vagrant rumor and finally dies forever.
If we will not fight for the truth now - when our President has
been shot down in the streets and his murders remain untouched by
justice - it is not likely that we will ever have another
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 1, 1967