24 June, 2010
JFK’s Address to ANPA 1961
JFK’s Address to ANPA – American Newspaper Publishers Association (1961)
Is JFK describing secret societies, the covert government, or the CIA-military-industrial complex, describing in great detail the very conspiratorial forces that took him down?
Or is he talking about Communism?
Is he talking to the press about their cooperation with the CIA? Or is he talking about the press and national security?
For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence — on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match.