In the immediate aftermath of the 2016 election, there was much beating of the breasts and tearing of the hair by mainstream and “alternative” journalists and political forces.
Declaring the (predictable) assault by Trump and much of the GOP on the integrity and accuracy of the election results to be an “attack” that “threatened American democracy,” they might be seen as closing the barn door after the horse had gone.
In fact, “American democracy” had its brains blown all over the back of a limousine in Dallas, Texas on 11/22/1963.
This program presents aspects of the long-dead American democratic process that have escaped widespread examination.
Keying the discussion is a quote from Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris. “Welcome back America!” she wrote on Twitter. . . .
In a 1968, Farewell America–a book presenting an oblique, somewhat enigmatic account of the JFK assassination was published, allegedly authored by “James Hepburn.” In the years since its publication, the book has come to be understood as something of a response by French intelligence to both the JFK assassination and overlapping attempts by elements of CIA and French fascist and revanchist forces to overthrow and/or assassinate Charles De Gaulle.
An excellent account of this important, but largely unrecognized element of U.S. and world history was presented in a remarkable tome titled The Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot. We present Talbot’s account of the attempts at overthrowing De Gaulle and that event’s intersection with the intrigue that took President Kennedy’s life.
(With holiday gift-giving season fast approaching, we emphatically recommend The Devil’s Chessboard for those who truly value democratic process and integrity.)
The World War II leader of the Free French forces and the French president for 11 years, De Gaulle had run afoul of powerful elements of the French military and intelligence forces, as well as Allen Dulles’s CIA. Outraged at his attempt to grant Algeria its independence in order to conclude a brutal guerilla war, De Gaulle was viewed as an outright traitor by the OAS (L’Organisation de L’Armee Secrete–The Secret Army Organization).
Because of De Gaulle’s insistence on pursuing conventional military and nuclear independence from both the U.S. and NATO, and the belief that he was “soft on communism,” elements of Dulles’s CIA collaborated with the OAS forces, acting in tandem with Reinhard Gehlen’s BND cadres.
The coup was led by Maurice Challe, a decorated French Air Force general, who planned to airlift elite paratrooper elements into France, where they would join with other armored and airborne forces staged outside Paris.
Alerted to the impending coup, De Gaulle rallied the French populace behind his besieged government, and the coup lost momentum. Challe surrendered after his fellow coup plotters lost enthusiasm for the operation.
Early on in the coup attempt, credible political and journalistic individuals and organizations set forth the assistance to the coup provided by elements of the CIA and Pentagon, supplemented by U.S. reactionaries.
Following the coup’s failure, OAS gunmen ambushed De Gaulle, who escaped with his life due to the skill and loyalty of his security detachment.
Interestingly–and perhaps significantly–an OAS terrorist named Jean Souetre was arrested in Dallas on 11/22/1963 and deported to Mexico. Some analysts believe that a French fascist and criminal element was involved with the operational phase of the JFK assassination in Dallas.)
In 2002, a book was published (after the death of its author) which presented De Gaulle’s pointed analysis of the killing JFK, which he felt was altogether similar to the attempts on his life.
De Gaulle’s analysis of the methodological template of both Kennedy’s murder and his own, very near brush with death is poignantly accurate and telling.
Program Highlights Include: Analysis of JFK’s 1957 speech endorsing Algerian independence; Guy Banister investigator Maurice Brooks Gatlin’s claim to have carried a large sum of money from the CIA to French conspirators plotting the overthrow of De Gaulle; Gatlin’s 1965 death in a fall from a high-rise hotel window in Panama.