Gorton begins his analysis with a look at the assassination of John F. Kennedy, referred to throughout his essay as the "Coup of '63". The treason of the plotters, he notes, did not stop with that single crime and its immediate cover-up by the Warren commission. RFK was aiming to become president and expose the truth, so the plotters' mutual interest bound them to one another and lead not just to the RFK assassination but to innumerable subsequent murders of those who threatened to expose the truth. Fear of exposure, explains Gorton, "quickened" the original cabal, galvanizing them into a potent political force which would come to dominate US politics. Gorton charges that the since their assassination of JFK, the cabal has:
* developed hit squads to remove unwanted witnesses
* cemented editorial control over the US commercial media
* occupied the US Presidency almost unbroken since 1963 (the exceptions being Carter and Nixon)
* more or less subverted all the sensitive parts of the US Government through strategic appointments of corrupt or controllable officials
* planted the meme of "Conspiracy Theorists" as kooks though its CIA media assets (as we heard in UG#561)
* carried out large numbers of conspiracies, including False Flag acts of terror.
Although weak on references, Gorton's essay tallies very closely with other serious researchers into deep politics, and its narrative structure is first rate, as was his judgment in deciding which details to include. After reading Gorton's essay up to the point at which Ronald Reagan becomes US president, we switch to a short section of Peter Dale Scott speaking in 2013 about the US "overworld", including what the origins of the CIA and the Safari Club can tell us about their role in subservience to higher oligarchical interests.
In our second hour, we hear a 2007 interview by Webster Tarpley on "The Ford Presidency", which deconstructs Watergate and comes to concurring conclusions about its actually constituting a coup d'etat - a two stage process to wrest control of the presidency from Nixon. First, replace the vice president, next remove the president.
Thanks to Guns And Butter for the interview with Webster Tarpley
I say about Mark Gorton's essay what Lyn Gerry about episode 87:
I THINK THAT THIS IS THE MOST IMPORT, PROVOCATIVE, AND DIFFICULT MATERIAL THAT WE YET HAVE PRESENTED ON UNWELCOME GUESTS IN THE 14 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE.