Tuesday, October 31, 2017

State of the Nation: The Cabal and Conspiracy Responsible for the Assassination of JFK

The Cabal and Conspiracy Responsible for the Assassination of John F. Kennedy

Who but the CIA could have positioned 8 sniper’s nests around Dealey Plaza in Dallas?

State of the Nation

[Editor's note: One of the most brilliant expositions of the assassination I have ever read. See my second note below.]
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The profound grief and disappointment associated with the assassination of John F. Kennedy lingers in the consciousness of virtually every American who was alive on November 22, 1963.
That day will forever be a day of  infamy in the minds of every person whose hopes for a better world were exemplified by Jack and Jackie Kennedy’s Camelot. The Baby Boomers and Beatniks among us were especially impacted by the tragic events of that fateful Friday.
When JFK was killed, everyone knew the dream of Camelot died with him.  Most everyone sensed that the rest of the decade would not end well as the stage had been set with his bold and brazen assassination.  However, no one imagined that his would then be followed by the state-sponsored murders of Malcolm X,  Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy.  There was also the directly related assassination of Marilyn Monroe.
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 by way of a classic, execution-style ritual sacrifice known as the “killing of the King”*. This form of unusually public and gruesome murder of an extremely popular world leader is designed to shock and awe the mass consciousness. And so it did.
(Source: Who killed JFK? And why did they do it?)
As for the extremely brutal and public assassination of JFK, there are explicit reasons why such an execution plan was carried out in broad daylight, and especially during a highly watched presidential tour of Dallas.
“There is a Secret Society ritual that is ‘the killing of the King.’ The national leader of the people is only a figurehead and has no real power. Power lies behind the scenes within dark secrets. Others pull the strings of the politician puppets. If an upstart, politician puppet makes waves or rocks the boat or doesn’t play ball…..that puppet gets eliminated. It is why Caesar was killed. It is why Kennedy was killed. If you disturb the real power structure, you can be targeted for removal. Such ‘assassinations’ demonstrate to the world who has the real power; it is a bloody statement of who is really in charge; and the truth is our secret rulers control from dark shadows. (There is a reason the Ace is higher than the King in a deck of cards. The Ace represents the Secret Societies that truly run the show).”
(Excerpt from: WAS JFK KILLED BECAUSE OF ROSWELL? 
by Doug Yurchey)

The Conspiracy

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It’s entirely true that the massive conspiracy to assassinate JFK was unlike any other.  The same can be said about the coverup.  The tremendous amount of time and energy, personnel and resources put into this extremely well planned and highly coordinated coup d’état can only be explained by the dire threat that JFK represented to the power structure of the world.  Truly, in Jack Kennedy the World Shadow Government (WSG) saw the likes of which they had never seen before.  Hence, his grisly public execution was carried out to send a message to every other world leader NEVER to leave the reservation, particularly in the manner that JFK chose to.
Not only did John Kennedy leave their reservation, he was intent on burning it down for all to see.  In so doing  JFK essentially left them with no choice.  Of course, he knew full well that he was literally a walking bull’s eye, which is why he even showed up in Dallas on that ominous Friday morning.  He was plenty warned by psychics and astrologers, friends and family in advance; nevertheless, he knew that there was no way out.  He had already violated — profoundly — too many of the rules of the game, especially as the leader of the greatest superpower of the modern age — The United States of America.
The photo montage above well captures the individuals who were directly responsible for the killing of Kennedy … on one level, that is.  John F. Kennedy, in his own very unique way, made an enemy of each of those power-players.  By virtue of acting according to his conscience Kennedy was destined to turn these men into his arch enemies.  That is the way it was meant to be.
Victor Lazlo, the JFK-like character in the movie “Casablanca”, aptly describes the predicament that Jack Kennedy found himself in during the tumultuous early 1960s which led to the inescapable fate that he suffered.
“Each of us has a destiny. For good, or for evil.” 
Quite unfortunately for Jack Kennedy, as well as the nation, the highest levels of the U.S. Government were populated with many more who were  inclined toward the latter.  These men would not be denied their wars and especially not their war-profiteering.  Nor would they be thwarted in their attempt to create a New World Order using the USA as the military arm of a One World GovernmentThe USA: Military Arm Of The New World Order
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Given this ‘setting’ it is much easier to understand why the CIA was the primary coordinating agency behind the assassination setup, takedown and coverup.  Only they had the power, the black budget, and the worldwide network to implement such a complex execution plan, convoluted post-assassination game plan and complicated coverup.  The CIA also had the greatest interest in the success of the coup d’état, functioning as the chief enforcement agency for the entire Military-Industrial Complex as they do.

The Back Story … … … the REAL Back Story

Rather than discuss the roles of each of the integral accomplices in this assassination conspiracy, the purpose of this essay is to introduce certain key points of information and historical facts which have been completely left out of the history books.  These many inconvenient truths, if you will, when considered in the aggregate, weave a web of deceit that has entrapped each perpetrator of the JFK assassination.  They have also woven a revelatory tapestry of truth about Jack Kennedy et el. that is as awe-inspiring as it is magnificent.
For example among those who are knowledgeable about the true history of the Kennedy clan it is well known that patriarch Joseph P. Kennedy made the family fortune through bootlegging.  To succeed so well in that business there was no avoiding working closely — very closely — with the mafia.  After all, the major mob families (of New York City, Chicago and New Orleans in particular) and their surrogates completely controlled that business nationwide which was made possible by the official Prohibition in the United States. Black markets have a way of quickly creating a very rich and powerful criminal class whose organized crime is then exploited by the political class for it’s revenues and influence.
It was during this specific period — the Prohibition — that the stage was set for what was soon to follow in the USA and throughout the world.  For the Prohibition period created the conducive environment for an insidious coup d’état to take place within the U.S. Federal Government.  Only because their father was the powerful and rich liquor magnate that he was, were John, Robert and Ted Kennedy made grimly aware of the real powers and hidden forces that ran the show, especially the show of American government.  Each of the brothers were given a unique window of observation into the greatest conspiracy of modern history — the outright subversion and takeover of the United States of America.
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There is a well-known inter-generational family dynamic whereby the son(s) — only when they are highly evolved souls — will work very hard to “redeem the sins of the father”.  In the case of the three Kennedy brothers did this primordial impulse find a full flowering.  Especially in the person of John F. Kennedy was the resolve and dedication to use his exceedingly unique life experience and mundane knowledge for the benefit of his country undeterrable.  Having witnessed firsthand the seedy underbelly of American governance and commerce very close up from a young age, he knew what his mission in life was to be. When his older brother, Joe Junior, was killed during World War II, perhaps he knew his fate was sealed.  It was Joseph Jr. who his father had painstakingly groomed to be the first Catholic President of the United States, not John.  It was through this and other extraordinary twists of fate that compelled Jack Kennedy to embark on his own “Mission Impossible”.
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With this critical understanding the reader is highly encouraged to watch the following video.  This exceedingly well researched presentation depicts the most authoritative assassination narrative to date.  Not only does it provide the factual background of the day of JFK’s public execution — November 22, 1963 — it also breaks down the evolution of the whole conspiracy with exceptional detail.  For instance, each of the 8 sniper’s nests* indicated in the preceding graphic, which surrounded Kennedy’s motorcade as it passed by the infamous Dealey Plaza in Dallas, are fully explained with strikingly accurate details in the video.  In view of this major disclosure as well as many others, everyone is highly encouraged to watch it and pass it on.

*If the viewer only has the time to watch the most important part of this video concerning the minutiae of JFK assassination plot, that begins at the 1:07 mark.

Lee Harvey Oswald: The Innocent Patsy

After watching the video, it ought to be obvious that such an execution plan could only be implemented with the full cooperation of the Secret Service, CIA, FBI, Dallas Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff, Texas State Government, as well as various key elements within the U.S. Armed Forces.  The only person who didn’t have anything to do with this cold-blooded murder was Lee Harvey Oswald.  He was actually working undercover for Attorney General Bobby Kennedy and had warned JFK through the FBI of a previous assassination conspiracy that was hatched in Chicago earlier that month (planned for November 2).
The previous link offers a very important perspective that aligns with the true back story and explains particularly how and why LHO was “Framed By The CIA Because He Infiltrated Their Assassination Conspiracy”.   It also shows that “Evidence Proves LHO Worked for Both the CIA and FBI”.  Here’s a quite telling excerpt which bumps up directly against the bogus official narrative advanced by the thoroughly corrupt Warren Commission.
In the end, Lee Harvey Oswald will be known as the unsung hero who was quite meticulously framed by the CIA, the FBI and the Dallas Police Department. Framed because he was known by the CIA to be working very closely with the Kennedy brothers. John Kennedy was well known for his dissatisfaction with the CIA’s incorrigible abuse of power and numerous rogue elements. Both he and Robert were intent on eliminating all the black operations conducted by the CIA in collaboration with the Mafia and Cuban exiles who wanted Fidel Castro dead. Particularly after the Bay of Pigs fiasco was JFK determined to rein in the CIA, if not shut it down altogether.[1]
In light of this now indisputable information regarding Lee Harvey Oswald, it is much easier to comprehend why the Warren Commission was so determined to portray him as a lone gunman.  The whole CIA-coordinated coverup was based on this obvious and ridiculous fiction and, therefore, it had to be defended at all costs.  And so it was … right up to this very day.
Then there is this excerpt about the establishment of the Assassination Records Review Board.
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“The Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) was created in 1992 after the release of Oliver Stone’s film “JFK”.  This board has prompted the release of over two million pages of declassified documents related directly to the assassination.  According to Jim DiEugenio, a longtime JFK assassination researcher, the ARRB produced a literal treasure trove of new information:
“ . . . one of the most surprising things that the ARRB disclosed was the volume of files on Oswald held by both the CIA and FBI – after both agencies had long denied that they had much paper on Oswald. But it was not just the volume of documents, it was the unexpected direction they pointed . . .[4]
Jeremy Gunn, the ARRB’s former counsel, spoke at Stanford University on May 18, 1998  about the investigation of the JFK assassination.  He stated that, given what the ARRB discovered by way of hard evidence and credible testimony, he would much rather be defending Oswald than prosecuting him.“[1]
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The Co-Conspirators: Their MO and Intention

The following cast of characters shows only a few of the major masterminds and high level co-conspirators who closely collaborated to assassinate the President of the United States of America.  They do, however, represent some of the most powerful people in America during the 1960s.  Nonetheless, they really only represent the web of deceit that is only one level away from the actual scene of the crime.  In fact, there are many levels of command and control for a false flag black operation of this complexity and difficulty.  Going back further, through each deeper level of real power and authority, there are also layers of more control and deception which the true perpetrators felt was necessary to sufficiently insulate them from even an iota of incrimination.
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What’s the point?  As David Ferrie utters with extreme amazement and apprehension and astonishment and anxiety in Oliver Stone’s JFK:
“Shit, this is too effing big for you, you know that? Who did the president, who killed Kennedy, eff man! It’s a mystery! It’s a mystery wrapped in a riddle inside an enigma! The effing shooters don’t even know! Don’t you get it?”[2]
This is precisely why those many rogue elements within government and law enforcement were able to maintain the assassination coverup for well over 50 years.  The true nature and magnitude of the coverup was so implausible and immense, respectively, that it would be extremely difficult for anyone to believe that such a multifarious conspiracy could be effectively, or even practically, sustained.  And that’s just the way they wanted it.
Even considering those few stalwart conspiracy theorists and professional investigative journalists like attorney Mark Lane, The Company (aka the Central Intelligence Agency) had absolutely no fear of exposure.  They reasoned correctly that if and when the truth ever did break through for those who possessed refined critical thinking skills, they could be relied upon to credibly state the case that the CIA really did do it, and with plenty of solid proof to back it up.
The perps knew that eventually the growing body of evidence — scientific, anecdotal and circumstantial — would eventually become so compelling and irrefutable that only an idiot would ever believe the Warren Commission Report.  In this fashion the country would develop an inbred fear of the CIA, FBI, NSA, DIA as well as the eventual DHS.  After all, any entity that could efficiently assassinate a popular president in broad daylight could get away with anything.  Isn’t this just what they wanted the American people to believe?  And didn’t this HUGE psyop give rise to exactly the type of herd mentality which now predominates throughout the USA?

Marilyn Monroe and The Scarlet Pimpernel

Who has not been exposed to the barrage of false news reports that tell a ‘story’ about the ever-growing number of alleged liaisons that JFK purportedly had with the beautiful women in his life?
Why would the CIA and MSM (mainstream media controlled by the CIA) relentlessly introduce fictitious news stories about these non-existent affairs over the course of the past 52 years?
How could the uncommonly noble and self-sacrificing Jack Kennedy possibly stray from his Catholic upbringing, and so recklessly jeopardize national security by setting himself up to being blackmailed, by engaging in such inappropriate and dangerous behavior?
The best answer to these very good questions is as follows:
JFK knew that he was the most closely monitored president is U.S. history up to that point in time. He was not unaware of the massive and sophisticated spying capabilities of the CIA, NSA, FBI, and DIA (which was inaugurated during his presidency). Clueless about the national security apparatus, JFK was not!
His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, served as the US Ambassador to Great Britain and was well schooled in the ways of Anglo-American espionage, state of the art surveillance and the use of “honey pots”. Therefore, JFK thoroughly understood that his EVERY move was being watched — 24/7.
Being the most watched person in America, does anyone really think he would even attempt to “stray from the reservation” for the purpose of having whimsical sexual liaisons?[3]
Now, then, why is the CIA & Company so deliberate at propping up this completely false narrative, with fake sexual exploits and all?
Because those putative sexual affairs were in actuality affairs of state.  How so?
The true story of Marilyn Monroe is perhaps the most instructive regarding the ways in which JFK routinely employed young women in order to escape the prison of the White House, so that he could carry on the affairs of state in secret.  Only in this manner was he able to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis through the same back channels with Russia, which were established by Marilyn Monroe prior to her murder by the CIA. (She was also known by her code name “Masha” in intelligence circles.)
Now the reader knows why she, too, was assassinated on August 5, 1962 shortly after meeting with Bobby Kennedy on the day before her death in the afternoon of August 4. The Kennedy brothers relied quite heavily on Marilyn Monroe to serve as an essential intermediary with the Soviet Union’s Premier Nikita Khrushchev during the months prior to most tense phase of the Cuban Missile Crisis from October 16–28, 1962.
In her role as “Masha” Marilyn Monroe greatly assisted the Kennedy brother’s in carrying on vital back channel discussions directly with Khrushchev before the crisis even erupted. Were it not for these ultra-secret negotiations the worst of the missile crisis would have had an entirely different ending.  The agents of the World Shadow Government were well aware of how their plans were being deliberately circumvented; hence, they eliminated Marilyn Monroe before they triggered the full-blown crisis two months later.  They also set about the process of exacting revenge on the remaining two of this remarkably patriotic trio.
It should also be noted that Khrushchev, too, was ignominiously deposed as the Soviet Premier in 1964 by the same ruling elites that oversaw the assassinations of the Kennedy brothers and Monroe for subverting their plans to exploit the crisis toward a much greater outcome for total world domination.
To more fully understand just how enthusiastically JFK embraced his role as a modern-day Scarlet Pimpernel the following article provides some penetrating insight and privileged information.  The crucial point here is that JFK had very serious ‘relations’ with multiple woman in his official life as a means of carrying out his own hidden agenda which had been made practically impossible within the corridors of the West Wing.  Only under the cover of those supposed trysts was he able to receive and pass on vital information within his own ‘spy network’.
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Conclusion
Truly, the assassination of John F. Kennedy was so much bigger than anyone realized in that moment of history.  In fact, it continues to loom as a hugely dark shadow over the American Republic.  It was Jim Garrison, the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, who conducted the only prosecution related to the assassination of JFK, who once said that the American people were obligated to determine the truth about the state-sponsored murder of JFK.  He likewise asserted that justice must be served if the nation was to survive as a viable democracy and constitutional republic.  He was fully aware that an audacious coup d’état had taken place on the streets of Dallas on 11/22/63.
Jim Garrison’s Interview with Johnny Carson in 1968 re: the JFK Assassination Conspiracy (Very informative and quite telling, especially regarding Carson’s loyalties)
What Jim Garrison also knew was that the heart and soul of the country had been profoundly wounded.  He was intuitively aware that if that wound was not properly healed, it would fester and develop into a raging infection eventually killing the original spirit of the American Founding Fathers.  Having passed away in 1992, Garrison never saw the CIA-coordinated false flag terror attacks of 9/11; nonetheless, his grave warning to the U.S. citizenry of his day served as a prediction and promise that such an apocalyptic event would inevitably occur.
JFK to 911: Everything Is A Rich Man’s Trick” provides a definitive account of what happened then on 11/22, what really transpired on 9/11, what is taking place today, and what will occur tomorrow and in the future.  Every U.S. citizen ought to be familiar with the factual content of this video.  If for no other reason than to honor the last real American president who knowingly and willingly sacrificed his life in order to preserve “a more perfect union”.
There are countless other good souls who have also given their lives for this country during the unfolding of this epochal and highly consequential American drama.  Robert F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald and Marilyn Monroe are just three of those who ought to be honored for their selfless service. Likewise, the events of 9/11 have produced hundreds of individuals and groups who have been killed or injured, prosecuted and persecuted, imprisoned and bankrupted because of their pursuit of the truth and revelation of the facts.
May the courageous spirit of John F. Kennedy descend upon us all.  May each of us be infused with his indomitable resolve and fearlessness. And may we honor JFK’s unparalleled self sacrifice by taking back this nation from those who have stolen it.
“If not us, then who.
If not here, then where.
If not now, then when.”[4]
State of the NationNovember 20, 2015
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Addendum
(1) JFK issued executive order # 11110 which essentially disempowered the Federal Reserve System. This international crime syndicate is a private banking cartel with no reserves and is not federal, since its owners are more foreign than domestic. Like President Andrew Jackson, he knew the FED had to go if there was to be freedom from permanent debt slavery for the USA. Needless to say, the NWO bankers would not tolerate such audacity, and JFK knew he would pay the greatest price.
(2) JFK vowed to shut down the CIA shortly after the failed Bay of Pigs operation. The CIA is the granddaddy of all black ops and psyops around the world, including all major terrorist events before and since 911. With such an enormous and unaccountable black budget funding so many illegal schemes, JFK understood the CIA was the proverbial loose cannon. His firing of CIA Director, Allen Dulles, proved to be the last straw. So was his vow to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it into the winds”.
(3) JFK was implementing plans to end the Viet Nam War. His failure to prosecute the war greatly irked the Roman Catholic Church, the war’s primary instigator. As the first Roman Catholic US president, he made it clear during his campaign that he would act with complete independence from Vatican influence and always govern as his conscience dictated. Terminating the Viet Nam War became JFK’s number one foreign policy agenda item, which put him at serious odds with the entire World Shadow Government.
(4) JFK adamantly opposed Israel’s plan to develop nuclear weapons. His uncompromising posture enraged Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, and brought upon him the wrath of the MOSSAD. A nuclear-armed Israel was an essential goal of those who would control the oil and gas reserves throughout the Middle East. JFK was well aware of Israel’s intentions to terrorize the entire Middle East with threats of nuclear Armageddon.
(5) JFK was proceeding with plans to reveal highly classified information regarding the truth about UFO’s and the Alien Presence on Planet Earth. “He was the only member of Majestic 12 that wanted full disclosure to the American people.” That Extraterrestrial Biological Entities existed fascinated JFK, and he felt the nation had a right to know. Such revelations would never be allowed by those who control the mainstream media and dictate world governance.
(6) JFK issued a direct warning to all Secret Societies operating on US soil. The Illuminati was not pleased! By taking concrete measures to expose their secret agendas and clandestine operations, he put himself at great risk and his entire Administration in serious jeopardy. Nevertheless, JFK knew that his unprecedented revelations in this regard sealed his fate. It has even been asserted that he went to Dallas having been fully forewarned of the murder plot. Furthermore, he knew he was powerless to prevent a covert coup d’etat engineered and executed by the secret societies.
(7) JFK’s brother and US Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, launched an unprecedented war on organized crime, and particularly against the NYC, New Orleans and Chicago mob families. Obviously the American Mafia was not pleased, especially after they allegedly helped swing the necessary Chicago vote (and therefore Illinois electoral votes) in JFK’s favor to win the election. Bobby, himself, admitted that his aggressive pursuit of the mob may have caused the demise of his brother.
(8) JFK inherited the most intense foreign policy hotspot known as Cuba, as well as the CIA’s intention to assassinate Fidel Castro. The Cuban Missile Crisis had broad ramifications for his presidency, as well as for the Cold War. His decision-making independence throughout the crisis, especially his use of personal surrogates and unconventional process, would not be tolerated. However, it was the Bay of Pigs (BOP) fiasco and the withdrawal of Air Force support from the operation which turned the CIA against him for good.
(9) JFK took up the torch of civil rights in a way that no other President did throughout the 20th century. His embrace of the Civil Rights Movement drew close to him many who would try to sabotage his efforts “by all means necessary”. As the Great White Hope, JFK (and RFK) were considered to be a threat to those who would divide and rule through stoking racial hatreds. The Deep South was therefore a conducive environment to stage the assassination, just as southerners murdered Abraham Lincoln post Civil War.
(10) JFK had very serious and powerful enemies in the form of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H. W. Bush, Richard N. Nixon, J. Edgar Hoover, Allen Dulles, Dean Acheson, as well as the British Crown whose intentions were well known by his ambassador father, Joseph P. Kennedy. The entire global power structure, particularly the US Military-Industrial Complex, and its many secret societies and covert organizations, were vastly arrayed against him. The World Shadow Government was determined to make an [UNFORGETTABLE] example of him.
Originally published at: http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=24753

[Editor's note: For variations on this account and the results of my JFK collaborative research, see "The Brian Ruhe Show: JFK: Who was responsible and why", and my latest collection of expert studies, JFK: WHO, HOW AND WHY (2017), which includes the most recent research on the medical evidence, the proof that Oswald was in the doorway and the massive editing of the Zapruder film, 486 frame of which are included, with 529 pages and 1,037 photos, diagrams and other graphics: 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

James Perloff: The War on TRUTH IS A LONELY WARRIOR

 
I don’t normally use my blog to discuss a personal grievance, but this is a matter that has implications for everyone interested in truth. There is an epidemic of political censorship going on, especially since Hillary Clinton’s defeat ignited backlash against so-called “fake news.” YouTubers, for example, have been increasingly demonetized or flat-out expelled.
Many in alternative media suspected that, once Amazon eliminated retail competitors, it would exploit its monopoly on books and start progressively suppressing “politically incorrect” material. We have already seen this with Amazon recently banning certain books by authors like Texe Marrs and Jim Fetzer. Since 2013, Amazon has sold my book Truth Is a Lonely Warrior, an A-Z primer on the “New World Order,” in both paperback and Kindle formats. As I write this, it has over 100 Amazon reviews, 71 percent “five star” and 16 percent “four star.”
On October 16, anonymous Amazon staff notified me that Kindle had suspended sales of Truth Is a Lonely Warrior.  It was simply signed, “Amazon.com.” No name; not even a department. Kind of like Trump getting a letter from an overseas government official, signed “Argentina.”
This was not the first sign of trouble, however. On June 30 of this year I published a post entitled 9/11 Simplified. It made some unique observations supporting the theory that the Twin Towers were imploded by small nuclear weapons; it also proposed that the 9/11 planes were hijacked by real hijackers—not the incapable Arabs named by the government and media, but elite Israeli special ops, well-trained on Boeings.
After the article was published, an outstanding book it had referenced, William Tahil’s Ground Zero: The Nuclear Demolition of the World Trade Centre (2006), was suddenly scrubbed from the Internet, after being online for years.
That same day, Amazon reset the price of the paperback edition of Truth Is a Lonely Warrior above $19, after selling it for years at attractive discounts, typically in the range of about $16. Amazon, of course, uses algorithms to adjust product prices, and while Lonely Warrior’s price would vary here and there, it had not sold close to its cover price. Yet that’s where it sits as I publish this, right at cover price: $19.95. Below are cropped screen shots of two orders I placed for the book, for radio show hosts whose programs I was scheduled to appear on—an order in July (with a price that had long been typical), and one last week:


What caused the price to skyrocket by more than four dollars? There had been no recent dramatic change in sales volume to trigger a jolt from a computerized algorithm.
I don’t get any extra money, incidentally, from the higher sales price; my royalty is fixed. All the change accomplished was to make the book more difficult to buy. At the same time, I noticed Amazon had raised the prices of my other books, Tornado in a Junkyard and The Case against Darwin, to full cover price, after selling them at steep discounts for many years (although I don’t know on what date that change occurred).
However, there was one price that couldn’t be touched—that of the Kindle version of Truth Is a Lonely Warrior. Kindle prices are set in stone, by the authors/publishers. So, to make Truth Is a Lonely Warrior more inaccessible on Kindle, another strategy would have to be devised.
After four years in publication, someone at Amazon suddenly discovered three “quality” issues reported by “readers.” The anonymous notice I received said:
We’re writing to let you know that readers have reported some problems in your book. These errors significantly impact the readability of your book. We have temporarily removed it from sale so that more readers don’t experience the same problems:

Here is the totality of those “quality issues”:
(1) ONE typographical error. Here is a screen shot of the typo. There is a space missing between “The” and “1950s.”

Truth Is a Lonely Warrior is 341 pages long (in the paperbound edition). Someone had gone through it with a fine-tooth comb, finally came up with this one typo, and declared that it made the book unfit to be sold.
Have you ever heard of Amazon suspending a book for a single typo? Me neither. In fact, I’ve seen many books with multiple typos. (Fifty Shades of Grey is still notorious for its mistakes, but Kindle didn’t take it down.)
(2) I was informed that there was “illegible text” on two images. I checked and found this referred to two old maps I had reproduced. As with most maps, there is some large print along with some fine print. What the unnamed person was calling “illegible” was basically just fine print. Here is a partial screen shot of one of the maps:



Granted, that fine print’s a little fuzzy, but does anyone care? The map was only intended to show readers the larger items. Bear in mind, Amazon sells tens of thousands of books with maps that have some fine print. Is it considered a “quality issue” that merits suspension? Obviously not, or all those books would be in the penalty box along with mine. By the way, Kindle devices usually come with apps that enable users to magnify images.
As I considered how to fix the situation, I thought: What can I do? I can’t change the original map. Perhaps I could crop the map and enlarge what was left. But I decided against such a solution, since a person at Amazon could always say “not good enough” and keep extending the book’s suspension indefinitely.
So I threw the problem back at the quality team at Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). How did they want the maps fixed? What would they accept? After four days, I received an email reply informing me that the maps no longer had to be fixed (a tacit admission that they couldn’t be), but that I still had to correct the other issues. Which brings us to the final one:
(3) A few external hyperlinks no longer work, especially in the end-notes. Of course this happens, because some content on the Internet disappears after a while, which is beyond my control. In other words, I link to an article in an online newspaper, but after years, the newspaper takes down that article. This is routine and expected on the Internet.
Truth Is a Lonely Warrior included a disclaimer expressly warning readers that this could occur. Here is a screen shot from the Kindle book:

How many books does Kindle continue to sell having expired hyperlinks?
I emailed the KDP staff the following question:
“What does Kindle plan to do with the books of authors who die? Will their books be permanently suspended because they are not alive to update older hyperlinks?”
Unsurprisingly, they didn’t answer this question. Nor did they dare to, because no author would want to do business with Kindle under such conditions.
The reason I put hyperlinks in my end-notes was so that readers could easily check my statements against the original sources. This was an effort to maintain high quality. If I was lazy, I could have left the end-notes as plain text—no active hyperlinks. Had I known Kindle would punish me four years later because a few hyperlinks expired, I would never have hyperlinked the text. But this would have made the book lower quality—the very thing KDP has accused me of, despite the book receiving 5 or 4 stars in 87 percent of its Amazon reviews.
There is a double standard at work here; that is, Amazon is applying extreme standards to my book that, as anyone can see, it does not apply to countless others. This is “book burning,” 21st century style.
No reader had ever complained to me, or in an Amazon review, about any of the alleged issues. Had Kindle been sincerely concerned about its readers, sales, and author relations, here is how they would have handled the matter. They would have sent me an email to this effect:
Dear Sir:
We have detected a few issues in your book we would like you to fix, which are listed herein. Please have these corrected within 21 days; otherwise we will be required to suspend sales until they are addressed.

But I received no such advance notice. Instead the book was killed without warning. Yet someone at Kindle surely knew the suspension was forthcoming, because they obviously spent a very long time combing through the book looking for something to complain about.
On 10-25, after nine days, Truth Is a Lonely Warrior became available for purchase again in the Kindle edition, even though I had not yet re-uploaded the book with the demanded changes. Possibly someone decided the suspension was not worth the negative publicity it was incurring, or was tired of exchanging emails with me.
However, the sell page now contains a warning to buyers of “quality issues”:
This is very misleading language. What it refers to (as noted above) are: one typo, some fine print on two maps (which Kindle staff have now admitted is not an issue), and some expired external hyperlinks. There is no problem navigating inside the book, and never was.
I want to stress that, in writing this post, I am definitely not leveling accusations at everyone who works for Amazon or Kindle Direct Publishing. Some KDP staff sent me apologetic emails, and seemed bewildered by the whole travesty, which was likely the work of one or two individuals, perhaps after receiving instructions from someone to kill the book. (It is also conceivable that trolls, impersonating sincere customers, lodged complaints with Amazon; but this would still not justify Kindle imposing extraordinary standards on my book that it does not require of others.)
I am working with my book designer on a revised Kindle version, which I will upload in hopes of getting the “quality” warning removed.
In the meantime, some of my readers may wish to purchase Truth Is a Lonely Warrior, to send a message that using contrived pretexts, in order to suppress “politically incorrect” books, will backfire. But of course, don’t buy it unless you truly want a copy!