The assassinations of the 1960s are an especially revealing example of official deception and media complicity. The media has maintained a near-blackout on the overwhelming evidence contradicting the officially sanctioned stories.

Despite the government’s continual explanation of lone, crazed, unconnected gunmen, the cases of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy are full of solid evidence pointing to official, institutional, and governmental complicity.

The 2002 plane crash of progressive Senator Paul Wellstone also bears some marks of a political assassination.

Some conspiracies are clearer than others. While we feel that each of the included assassinations presents a compelling case for official conspiracy, we do not claim to know for sure exactly what happened in any case. We always remain open to debate and new evidence.

To know that the US government has taken part in the assassination of some of its most prominent and progressive citizens is to know we are not living in a democracy but rather something like a fascist state. For this reason, the government and the obediant corporate media have taken great care to never let the truth be known about these murders.

To be one who studies or talks about official complicity in these assassinations is to remove yourself from the mainstream and become what our media have conditioned us to see as a “crazed, paranoid, irrational conspiracy nut.” You become someone to be scoffed at and dismissed. And many people are so tied to their self image that they will lie to themselves or supress their own rationality to avoid such marginalization or ridicule.

When asked about Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney’s questions about the official 9/11 story, Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary stated, “All I can tell you is the congresswoman must be running for the hall of fame of the Grassy Knoll Society.” Fleischer did not respond to McKinney’s actual questions about possible foreknowledge of the attacks, instead he connected her to a completely unrelated topic (JFK) and laughed the whole thing off. (Fleischer)

The JFK assassination in 1963 was a turning point in U.S. history. It was the first in the series of assassinations of progressive leaders throughout the 60s. It is also one of the most widely studied and documented events of the twentieth century. The evidence for CIA and other official involvement has been established beyond doubt for any intellectually honest observer.

The JFK case was somewhat of a crucible for American culture. Those who insisted on official conspiracy were marginalized, ridiculed, and laughed at. These people became the pejorative-laced “alternative historians” and “conspiracy buffs.” Those who regurgitated the official, flimsy, contradictory account of a lone gunman or a communist plot were championed and rewarded by the media for their more easy, comforting explanation.

All of these leaders were likely killed by institutional forces within government because their actions, views, and charisma threatened the power structure. The attitude of the American media and American “official history” is that such things do not or cannot happen in America and that you are paranoid or insane to contemplate such terrible ideas. This is an anti-intellectual position which reveals contempt for democracy and the idea that every person can think for themselves.