Did Right-Wing Militarists Sabotage Gary Power's U-2 Plane?
the councils of government, we must guard against the
acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or
unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The
potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power
exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this
combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
"But my firm belief that Dwight Eisenhower is a dedicated, conscious agent of the Communist conspiracy is based on an accumulation of detailed evidence so extensive and so palpable that it seems to me to put this conviction beyond any reasonable doubt."
"I don't think the U.S. needs super-patriots. We need patriotism, honestly practiced by all of us, and we don't need these people that are more patriotic than anybody else."
The following text is excerpted from the book, Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs.
a lifetime of Government service, President Eisenhower
went to bed on the night of April 30th, 1960 secure in
the belief that he, Macmillan of Britain, DeGaulle of
France, and Khrushchev of the USSR would meet in Paris on
May 16th in a summit conference that would seal
agreements for peace throughout the world.
Eisenhower was believed to be a powerful world figure
whose dedication to this Crusade for Peace would
succeed. But as he slept, fail-safe failed.
Three or four moles in the Pentagon, doing the bidding of
their masters, flashed coded signals across the world to
send out a lone U-2 plane on one of the longest and most
impossible missions ever attempted by a U-2 -- a
3,900-mile journey from Peshawar, Pakistan across the
Soviet Union to Bodo, on the northern tip of
Norway. These men's actions neatly bypassed the
entire ultra-secret system and launched a plane that had
been rigged to come down in the heart of the USSR on one
of its most important holidays, May Day. Thus were
destroyed the summit conference and Eisenhower's Crusade
"The anomalies in the Powers case suggest that the U2 incident may have been staged. There was the timing of the trip, the unusually long route chosen to over fly the Soviet Union, his undisguised American origins ... the reluctance of Congressional committees charged with the oversight of such matters to ask any searching questions, and other indications that Powers had done essentially what he had been told.... All these 'administrative failures' indicate that even if the weird flight and strange behavior of Powers was fortuitous, the U2 presented an opportunity which may not have been unwelcomed."
"It was as though the Americans had deliberately tried to place a time bomb under the meeting set to go off just as we were about to sit down with them at the negotiating table."
"I often wondered why, in the midst of these efforts by President Eisenhower and Khrushchev to come to some understanding, the U-2 incident was allowed to take place. No one will ever know whether it was accidental or intentional."
Kennedy Curse or a Right-Wing Vendetta?
"We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." --John F. Kennedy
"Some staff members and commissioners of the Sept. 11 panel concluded that the Pentagon's initial story of how it reacted to the 2001 terrorist attacks may have been part of a deliberate effort to mislead the commission and the public rather than a reflection of the fog of events on that day, according to sources involved in the debate. Suspicion of wrongdoing ran so deep that the 10-member commission, in a secret meeting at the end of its tenure in summer 2004, debated referring the matter to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, according to several commission sources. Staff members and some commissioners thought that e-mails and other evidence provided enough probable cause to believe that military and aviation officials violated the law by making false statements to Congress and to the commission." --Washington Post, 2 August 2006
"At some level of the government, at some point in time ... there was an agreement not to tell the truth about what happened [on 9/11]." --John Farmer, Senior Counsel to the 9/11 Commission and Attorney General of New Jersey
"I want to overthrow Saddam [Hussein]. Find me a way to do it." —President George W. Bush, speaking in the first National Security Council meeting of the Bush presidency on 30 January 2001, eight months before the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11, as told by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, TV documentary, "Why We Did It"
"They had a plan to go to war [with Iraq], and when 9/11 happened that's what they did; they went to war." —Senator Max Cleland, interview with Salon magazine, 21 November 2003
"As each day goes by, we learn that this government knew a whole lot more about these terrorists before Sept. 11 than it has ever admitted." —Senator Max Cleland,The New York Times, 26 October 2003
"If I had to narrow it down to one person ... I think my prime suspect [in the 9/11 attacks] would be Dick Cheney." --Dr. Robert Bowman, Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering from Caltech, former U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, and Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the U.S. Air Force in the Ford and Carter administrations
"I asked [Senator Paul Wellstone] how his week had been. He said, 'it's been tough. Vice President Cheney called me in and told me to get on their bandwagon or there would be serious ramifications in Minnesota. 'And stop sticking your nose into 9/11; there are some rumors going around, but we are going to get to the bottom of this.' When Paul made this statement, there were about 10 military veterans standing around us, and he spoke to them about 9/11... 'There are so many things going on about 9/11 that just don’t make sense...' Wellstone knew 9/11 was staged. Wellstone was after 9/11." —Pat O’Reilly, Wellstone’s close friend, interviewed in the documentary, "Wellstone: They Killed Him"
"I will begin by stating what we know to be a solid, incontrovertible, scientific fact. We know that it is strictly impossible for any building, much less steel columned buildings, to 'pancake' at free fall speed. Therefore, it is an incontrovertible fact that the official explanation of the collapse of the WTC buildings is false." --Paul C. Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Ronald Reagan
"A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public." —Mark Twain
"Real patriots ask questions." --Carl Sagan
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." --Albert Einstein