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LBJ Pressured Earl Warren to Head Commission Investigation into JFK Assassination

Chief Justice Earl Warren hands over the Warren Commission report on the Kennedy assassination to President Johnson. The lengthy report, submitted on Sept. 24, 1964, was composed by the seven-member panel who investigated the murder. PHOTO: History.com/Bettmann/Getty

One of the key elements of the Kennedy assassination cover up was how Lyndon B. Johnson ever managed to get Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren to so abjectly prostitute his name and prestige to the Warren Commission project.

Warren was governor of California from 1943 to 1953, the running mate with Thomas Dewey for president in 1948 and the chief justice of Supreme Court from 1953 to 1969.

But digging deeper into Warren’s background, we learn he was very active after 1919 in Freemasonry and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He rose through the ranks in the Masons, culminating in his election in 1935 as the Grand Master of the Freemasons for the state of California from 1935 to 1936. Biographer Jim Newton says that Warren “thrived in the Masons because he shared their ideals, but those ideals also helped shape him, deepening his conviction that society’s problems were best addressed by small groups of enlightened, well-meaning citizens.”

Some of Warren’s “well meaning” positions included eugenic forced sterilizations and the confiscation of land from Japanese owners during WWII. Warren, who was a member of the outspoken anti-Asian society, Native Sons of the Golden West, successfully sought legislation expanding the land confiscations.

Warren was also a warmonger and rejected the non-interventionist tendencies of many Republicans and supported Roosevelt’s rearmament campaign. Following Pearl Harbor, Warren organized the state’s civilian defense program, warning in January 1942 that “the Japanese situation as it exists in this state today may well be the Achilles’ heel of the entire civilian defense effort.” He became a driving force behind the internment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans without any charges or due process.

President Kennedy, Chief Justice Warren and their wives in November 1963

JFK and the Warren Commission

Warren privately supported Democratic nominee John F. Kennedy in 1960. The two became personally close after Kennedy was inaugurated. Warren later wrote that “no American during my long life ever set his sights higher for a better America or centered his attacks more accurately on the evils and shortcomings of our society than did [Kennedy].” In 1962, Warren switched his party registration to the Democratic Party.

Supposedly the additional rationale for Earl Warren as a secret society member and hack to toe the line in the JFK cover up was the backstory of a Communist conspiracy “evidence” behind the assassination.

President Johnson used the fear of “40 million Americans” dying in a nuclear exchange to force a reluctant Senator Russell onto the commission and made Earl Warren finally say yes when told about “a little incident in Mexico City.” This of course refers to the fake Oswald imposter showing up at the Soviet embassy shortly before Dallas.

This presumably is what induced such men as Chief Justice Warren, Sen. Richard B. Russell and Robert Kennedy to knowingly engage in or allow a cover up. This is not to say that they necessarily believed in a Communist conspiracy, only that they knew that the alternative to the lone gunman theory would inevitably be a powerful effort to pin the assassination on foreign sources.

LBJ explains this in an audio recording of a telephone conversation with Sen. Russell (8:55 p.m. on Nov. 29, 1963). Nor did LBJ hesitate to use compromise to get his way. And what’s with the thinly veiled remark about an old 1952 breakfast meeting? Why did LBJ say this and, so completely out of place, “Do you think I’m kidding you?”

President Lyndon B. Johnson gives Sen. Richard Russell ‘The Johnson Treatment,’ 1963 by Science Source

Sen. Russell was a bachelor and a Cold War warrior. He, like LBJ, was corrupt and spent a great deal of personal time with LBJ and Lady Bird over the years. Under pressure (or duress), Russell, like Warren reluctantly agreed to serve on the assassination commission, but Russell was never fully cooperative. Russell’s personal papers indicated that he was troubled by the commission’s single-bullet theory and the whole squirrelly narrative around the persona of Oswald.

Lyndon B. Johnson: Dick… do you remember when you met me at the Carlton Hotel in 1952? When we had breakfast there one morning.

Richard Russell: Yes, I think so.

Lyndon B. Johnson: All right. Do you think I’m kidding you?

Richard Russell: No … I don’t think your kidding me, but I think … well, I’m not going to say anymore, Mr. President … I’m at your command … and I’ll do anything you want me to do. …

Lyndon B. Johnson: Warren told me he wouldn’t do it under any circumstances … I called him and ordered him down here and told me no twice and I just pulled out what Hoover told me about a little incident in Mexico City and I say now, I don’t want Mr. Khrushchev to be told tomorrow (censored) and be testifying before a camera that he killed this fellow and that Castro killed him … And he started crying and said, well I won’t turn you down … I’ll do whatever you say.

Blackmailers Johnson and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover no doubt had compromising material on both Russell and Warren. Both of the men dreaded their assignment, but it was abundantly clear to them what was expected.

Johnson, the transcripts show, originally wanted the Texas attorney general to handle and control the matter and strongly opposed the idea of a presidential commission when it first was proposed to him on Nov. 24, the day that Kennedy’s accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was shot.

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Joseph Alsop

On Nov. 25, 1963, 10:40 a.m. – Phone call between President Johnson and Joseph Alsop

Influential Washington Post columnist Joe Alsop strongly advised LBJ to accept the idea of a presidential commission. When Johnson suspiciously persisted in wanting local authorities and the FBI to handle what he calls a “local killing,” Alsop snaps, “Well, in this case, it does happen to be the killing of the president.”

Alsop warned Johnson to “get ahead of” the Post and repeatedly invokes the name of Cold War icon Dean Acheson as one of the people behind the commission idea. Johnson says he will call Acheson, though no such call is in the available recordings.

Meanwhile, the lone gunman script was pushed by Johnson and Hoover from the get go, well before any real investigation could be conducted.

On Nov 24, 1963, 4:00 p.m. – Account of phone call between FBI Director Hoover and White House Aide Walter Jenkins

Hoover began by reporting that “there is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”

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White House aide Walter Jenkins (L) with Bill Moyers (R). Jenkins was later ousted following a homosexual sex sting operation known as “LBJ’s gay purge.”

At the end of the call, Hoover noted the need to have “something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin,” and that (Assistant Attorney General) “Katzenbach thinks that the president might appoint a presidential commission of three outstanding citizens to make a determination.”

Hoover in a conversation with LBJ at 10:01 a.m. on Nov. 23 can’t even keep Oswald story straight and says Oswald shot the police officer (Tippet) at the theater. Hoover already states they have their man in lone gunman Oswald. Fourteen minutes is missing from this tape.

You will note the presence of Asst. Attorney General Katzenbach, who is quickly laying the groundwork for the cover up. Then U.S. Attorney Gen. Robert Kennedy was away and out of the picture, detained by family matters. How could Katzenberg possibly know what went down in Dallas just three days after the hit?

Nov 25, time unknown – Katzenbach Memo

Titled “Memorandum for Mr. Moyers,” Katzenbach lays out the need for a public statement on the assassination. Katzenbach states that “the public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial.”

NOT AMUSED: Nicholas Katzenbach with President Lyndon B. Johnson and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in August 1964. PHOTO: Princeton.edu/Bettmann/Corbis

Later, by Katzenbach’s own admission, he could not know these things to be true. Many observers see this document as reflecting policy rather than fact, and in effect announcing a cover up. Katzenbach even critiques the conspiracy script writers in the memo that “unfortunately the facts on Oswald seem too pat — too obvious (Marxist, Cuba, Russian wife, etc.).”

Nov 29 at 1:40 p.m. – Phone call between President Johnson and FBI Director Hoover

Almost immediately, LBJ calls Hoover to run by him the seven names of “this proposed group that they’re trying to put together on this study of your report.” Hoover gives a “good man” to most names, though he is “not as enthusiastic about McCloy.” LBJ does not even mention Warren, the head of the commission.
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LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover

A curious Nov. 29 conversation between LBJ and Allen Dulles about the latter’s new role on the commission. Dulles, a kingpin in the assassination conspiracy, can barely be heard. At 0:40, LBJ refers to the assassination of “our beloved friend,” a statement that can only be sarcasm given that Dulles as CIA head was fired by Kennedy.

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Allen Dulles

Winter Watch Takeaway: What a bunch of gangsters.

3 Comments on LBJ Pressured Earl Warren to Head Commission Investigation into JFK Assassination

  1. “Warren later wrote that “no American during my long life ever set his sights higher for a better America or centered his attacks more accurately on the evils and shortcomings of our society than did [Kennedy].”

    Public Law 87-297
    Many will spin the above quote as JFK’s attempted take down of the CIA and the MIC. In reality it has nothing to do with either. Long forgotten and shoved down the memory hole is Kennedy’s role in creating the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). As enacted, H.R. 9118 was Public Law 87–297. President Kennedy signed H.R. 9118 On September 26, 1961. This was nothing more than the total planned surrender of American sovereignty to the United Nations. Under PL 87-297 America(along with the rest of the world)was slated to disband her military and disarm her citizenry. All global law enforcement was to be under UN control. This is of course was to be the vaunted New World Order George H. W. Bush so often spoke of. The Freemasonic wet dream if you will.

    JFK is so often idolized, when he was at best a mediocre president and was the one who set America on the road to what we call the New World Order/One World Government.
    https://www.jfklibrary.org/sites/default/files/archives/JFKWHP/1961/Month%2009/Day%2026/JFKWHP-1961-09-26-C/JFKWHP-ST-215-104-61.jpg

    More on PL 87-297: http://www.channelingreality.com/NAU/IVHS/nafta_superhighway_Info_Page4.htm

  2. LBJ knew that Warren was the POS who SINGLE HANDEDLY caused 120,000 innocent Japanese-Americans to be rounded-up and thrown into concentration camps in WW2. LBJ could count on Warren to sink the investigation while lending his “good” name to the coverup.
    Warren was the Attorney General of California and was planning on running for Governor in November 1942. He gave hundreds of speeches, up and down the state, falsely claiming the Japanese-Americans were spies and saboteurs. He thought, correctly, that the publicity surrounding this outrage would get him elected. He did it for purely political reasons. He was an evil asshole.

    • What you wrote is mostly bullshit. Learn some actual history before you write.

      The facts of Japanese interment are these-

      2-19-42 Franklin Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, ordering the interment of Japanese resident aliens and Japanese-Americans who reside near the west coast. This is effectively
      all of them outside Hawaii. Executive Order 9066 meets a solid wall of opposition. California governor Culbert Olson is opposed. Even FDR’s most loyal stooge, J Edgar Hoover, opposes interment. In response, FDR orders a trainload of obsolete anti-aircraft guns shipped to LA, and the Democratic political machine goes into maximum overdrive.

      2-23-42 Roosevelt orders an American submarine to shell the beach at Goleta, California. $500 in damage is reported. A real Japanese attack on California’s oil industry would have struck the massive complex at Huntington Beach, where a single submarine gun could have caused millions in damage in less than five minutes.

      2-25-42 The anti-aircraft guns having arrived in LA, Roosevelt orders the ‘Battle of Los Angeles’ a 3 AM bombardment of the empty sky, all to cause more fear and panic. The press begins screaming for Japanese interment.

      Earl Warren did not make hundreds of speeches. He and the whole Democratic party and most of the press worked to implement FDR’s order.

      Roosevelt used the fake bombardment trick again in June, when an American destroyer bombarded a Canadian lighthouse in order to panic Canada’s Parliament into passing conscription. French Canadians and PM Mackenzie King were opposed to conscription, but Roosevelt and Churchill wanted it- and they got it.

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