The real reason Lincoln was assassinated

Guess whose picture graces the largest banknote in US history? Why Salmon P. Chase, Secretary of the Treasury during the Civil War, who came from Ohio and didn’t own any shares of the powerful New York bank, but its executives were so happy with Chase’s policies they decided to re-name their corporation after him! Chase printed the first greenbacks and put his own image on those as well.

But before Chase Bank was born, it was known as The Bank of the Manhattan Company, and founded by Aaron Burr, the greatest British spy who never got caught. Although Burr was tried for treason, he escaped the gallows due to his advanced cipher technologies. His encryption of all his correspondence saved his life, for had his full relationship with England been revealed, Burr would have lost his life during the Revolutionary War. Washington wisely removed him from command sensing his duplicity and penchant for intrigue.

Here’s the Matthew Brady portrait of Chase, who supposedly had a “religious conversion” that turned him into the most rabid abolitionist in America.

Most Americans don’t realize it, but the overwhelming majority of Americans prior to the Civil War viewed John Brown as an insane terrorist and abolitionists were shunned as fanatics, yet by the war’s end almost every Northerner would be singing his battle hymn.

Chase created the Republican Party and led its radical abolitionist wing, a cabal that took over the country when the South seceded. But then he got into a tiff with Lincoln toward the end of the war and submitted his resignation in a huff, but was a bit blindsided when Lincoln accepted it. Lincoln tried to smooth over the insult by making him Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, but that job carried zero patronage, which meant Chase’s power base was shattered.

Chase would be the only member of the Cabinet who didn’t care to visit Lincoln’s bedside during his last night on earth, but he did pass by the Peterson house just as Lincoln was drawing his last breath. Upon hearing the news Lincoln still lived, Chase “kept walking, his eyes bloodshot and his features twisted in a strange contortion.” (Twenty Days by Dorothy M. Kunhardt and Philip B. Kunhardt, Jr. Castle Books, 1965).

Yes, a small cabal of Radical Republicans fomented the Civil War and a possible reason some Northern banks funded their movement may have been a realization the Southern economy would eventually outpace the North due to the economic advantages of slavery. Cotton was King and it was growing cash in the South much faster than anything the North could produce. But without slaves, the South would lose hundreds of billions in assets and never out-compete the North. So while it’s really terrific we got rid of slavery, and it was the proper and humane thing to do, please don’t think all banksters did it for noble motives.

The reason the Civil War had to last so long and be so bloody was so the North would embrace the abolitionist cause and allow this cabal to punish the South as a conquered nation afterwards. Had General George B. McClellan been simply left alone, Richmond may have surrendered early, and the South welcomed back into Congress with slavery intact. For this reason, the Civil War was engineered to be long and bloody. McClellan never would have waged “total war” on civilians like General Sherman did.

And that’s why Secretary of War Edwin Stanton sabotaged his old pal McClellan, and ran him off his command, because McClellan believed slavery was legal under the Constitution, and while the South shouldn’t be allowed to secede, in his view, they should have been allowed to keep the slaves.

After General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox, President Lincoln and his Secretary of State began working on plans for total forgiveness, which meant the cabal of Radical Republicans who’d been running the country (and looting it six-ways-to-Sunday) were about to lose power once the Southerners were restored to vote with the moderate Republicans. Instead of plundering the South for patronage, bribes and booty, the Radicals were about to be left with the short end of every Congressional stick. And they knew it. And to give you an idea of the plan Thaddeus Stevens was proposing: they wanted to seize all property owned by the 70,000 richest Southerners. But Lincoln blocked the bill.

The obvious solution was to get rid of Lincoln, who’d just been re-elected for another four years, and that’s exactly what happened.

Just about everything you know about the assassination is wrong because it was a script carefully plotted out with no facts to support it, except ones that were obviously manufactured. You’ve been told there was an aborted attempt on Vice President Johnson that night, as well as assassinations planned on General Ulysses S. Grant and Secretary of War Stanton. But those allegations were concocted by perjurers, some of whom had been paid to lay down testimony implicating Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the ultimate scapegoat, just as Fidel Castro was initially designed to be the scapegoat for JFK’s assassination (hence Oswald’s alleged bus ride to Mexico City).

Forgotten today is the fact Davis was also convicted of the Lincoln assassination by Stanton’s illegal military tribunal, the same one that hanged poor Mary Surratt, but at the time, Davis was in Union custody in Virginia and he was eventually released without any trial. This was because a trial would have opened even more wormholes in tribunal’s parade of manufactured evidence, something exposed soon enough during Johnson’s impeachment hearings and the trial of Confederate spy John Surratt, Booth’s courier who was captured in Egypt. Surratt’s mother was a complete innocent in the murder plot, although she was an intelligence asset reporting to Col. John Mosby. No matter, she was swiftly hanged by Stanton’s military court as the primary scapegoat, while her son, a Confederate courier, walked free because there was no evidence linking him to the assassination.

The only people who benefited from Lincoln’s death were the leaders of his own party, who quickly reversed his pledge of forgiveness and began looting the South to enrich themselves, something Lincoln was blocking.

But the most overlooked aspect of this story was the shift in the financial center of power during Chase’s tenure. At the start of the Civil War, Philadelphia was the center of North American finance. Jay Cooke was a partner in E.W. Clark & Company during the Mexican War. By financing that war, the bank had risen to become one of the country’s most influential institutions. But in January 1861, Cooke and his brother-in-law created Jay Cooke & Company. By September of that year, the new firm was made the financial agent for all government loans and bonds, and the Civil War soon transformed it into the most powerful bank in the country. This was accomplished through the elevation of Cooke’s toadie Salmon Chase to the position of Secretary of Treasury.

Cooke’s bank established branches in New York City and Washington DC during the war and prospered greatly. Strangely enough, however, within a decade Cooke was bankrupted through an immense railroad deal gone sour. In early 1874, Cooke received a letter from one of his former European executives, George B. Sargent, explaining the cause of the downfall of his once-prosperous company. “The negotiation of the 50 millions by the Darmstadt Bank, Sol Oppenheim and Company and Bischoffsheim and Goldsmith, was a sure and entire success had Mr. Fahnestock been at Cologne on the day agreed upon for the ratification of the contract instead of delaying the time for two days…. The truth is, Mr. Cooke, that in the Northern Pacific business as well as in your regular business you were ruined and slaughtered by parties you believed to be your confidential friends….The second negotiation with the Union Bank of Vienna would have succeeded but for bad faith on the part of your London house.”

Aaron Burr and the Twin Towers

The passing of liberal icon Gore Vidal in 2012 happened when I was investigating Vidal’s legendary ancestor, Aaron Burr, a man memorialized in Vidal’s glowing biography. Born to an elite family, Vidal became famous as one of the earliest homosexuals to step out of the closet. Although an ancestral insider to our Eastern Establishment, Vidal became, courageously, the only one of his breed (other than Dr. Hunter S. Thompson) to publicly acknowledge the official narrative presented by the 9/11 Commission didn’t hold water any more than the Warren Commission’s.

Aaron Burr was quite a character, originally posted as second-in-command to Benedict Arnold, who became the burn layer creating enough smoke to hide Burr’s own treachery against America. You won’t find any of this on wikipedia, although the site does quote General George Washington’s reason for not renewing Burr’s commission as a propensity for “intrigue,” a not-to-subtle allusion to his spying.

Just as some Tory Brahmins were likely installed as dominant players in early Boston as agents of the East India Company, so to was Aaron Burr installed as the “boss” of New York, a feat accomplished by rallying the incoming immigrants into his tenements on the Lower East Side and capturing their political support. Much of Manhattan is owned by Trinity Church, which, apparently, was just an arm of British royalty, as well as haven and source of funding for the English spooks operating during the Revolutionary War. A lot of money laundering was accomplished through complex land deals involving the Church. If you want the ultimate tax shelter, just start your own church, and if you don’t believe me, ask the Queen of England.

Burr’s adventures in New York were all tied up with Trinity Church, although little was known of these activities until recently because Burr created some of the most complex cipher codes of his time and none of his correspondence could be understood. At least, that’s what Dr. Alan J. Clark says. He wrote a fascinating book after cracking the codes. Clark is a Yale graduate and has all the markings of an Eastern Establishment insider. His book, however, didn’t make much of a splash and no film deal emerged. Although many writers have suspected Burr’s British connection, Clark was the first to assemble the forensic evidence. Burr was eventually put on trial for treason, but got acquitted. Had the prosecutors been able to decipher his correspondence, however, Burr likely would have been hanged.

There are many stories about the famous duel. While Burr represented the British concerns in North America, Hamilton seemed aligned with the Dutch side of Manhattan. Hamilton made comments at a dinner party that deeply offended Burr. Most of the witnesses refused to speak of this in any detail, likely because it involved an accusation of incest between Burr and his daughter, who’d become his co-conspirator and equal in cipher technologies. When Burr requested through channels that Hamilton needed to withdraw this slander, Hamilton reportedly replied he’d heard worse things about Burr, likely a reference to the widespread suspicion Burr was a British agent.

Even stranger, there’s a 9/11 facet to Clark’s book on Burr, Cipher Code of Dishonor. Clark discovered a $3.2 billion real estate contract involving Trinity Church that included a 99-year lease on the Trade Towers signed just months before the attack. You hear a lot about Mossad connections, Saudi connections, ISI connections, even some CIA connections, but where have you ever heard about a British connection to 9/11?

Despite the time that’s passed, there still isn’t much public recognition of Burr’s true occupation, so imagine how long it will take for 9/11 secrets to emerge. Are the real grandmasters of spy-craft and black magic still residing in London?

The James Bond Mythology

Ever wonder why a British assassin is the most revered cultural icon of our time? You have to wonder who came up with the idea of Queen Elizabeth opening the Olympics with Bond. At first, I could not believe that was the real Queen; it had to be a look-alike actress, but soon I realized, yes, the Queen wants to put some of the James Bond assassin juice into her own aura.

I don’t think James Bond could have gotten so big if not for JFK. Soon after he was elected, the young Kennedy revealed his love of Ian Fleming’s books to the press and pretty soon, those books were being serialized in almost every newspaper in America. Kennedy did some spy work himself. In fact, he was romantically involved with a possible Nazi spy while in England. JFK started the war in Naval Intelligence, the same outfit that made the secret deals with Lucky Luciano to watch the docks, and prepare Sicily for invasion, in exchange for some wink-wink arrangements with the French heroin trade, but he got moved out to the Pacific possibly in order to get sheep-dipped as a war hero, or so many believe. While JFK was saving a man’s life, however, George Bush was jumping out of his bomber first instead of last like a pilot’s supposed to, so he probably botched his war hero sheep-dipping by being responsible for a couple of unnecessary deaths, or so the legend goes.

Soon after taking office, Kennedy told the CIA that he wanted to meet “the American James Bond.” In other words, who’s the top assassin who handles the high priority wet work around here? No doubt Kennedy wanted to talk shop and spy craft.

But when the CIA brought him their number one assassin, William Harvey, Kennedy was unimpressed. Harvey was a thug and had none of the social grace of a James Bond.

But there was a man of intense charisma and social grace, who became Harvey’s go-to assassin. Harvey would soon approach this man about killing Castro—more on that later.

Meanwhile, after taking LSD with one of his many mistresses (Mary Meyer, who was handing it out to lots of people in Washington at the time), JFK began opening up secret, backdoor lines of communication to Cuba and the Soviet Union. He successfully negotiated the first nuclear arms treaty and probably wanted to restore relations with Cuba and avoid a land war in Asia.

Yes, acid turned Kennedy into a pacifist but that should be no surprise since it also propelled Steve Jobs into creating the personal computer. Unfortunately, Kennedy’s pacifism and peace incentives put him into conflict with the most powerful force in the world, the war party that employs war as a strategic means of extracting the greatest possible profits from the misery and suffering of innocent people.

After JFK ordered all operations against Cuba ended, he discovered Harvey was still fomenting terror in Cuba and plotting a Castro assassination. JFK ordered Harvey sacked, but instead, James J. Angleton moved him to Italy. He was once the CIA’s greatest assassin, after all, even though his health is now failing due to stress and heavy drinking, but his services might be needed very soon, or so Angleton surmised.

But who was the real-life American James Bond? The one with the wit, charm and grace of a British lord mixed with the skills of a ninja warrior?

That would be Johnny Roselli, a “man of honor” in the Sicilian tradition who worked for the Chicago family interests in Los Angeles under the supervision of Sam Giancana, and who also worked with William Harvey on matters of intense national security. Roselli knew JFK, and, in fact, was instrumental in helping introduce him to Sam Giancana’s mistress, who soon became a carrier pigeon between the two, sending messages back and forth while Kennedy plotted his peace missions. Meanwhile, the CIA was plotting how to capture the heroin franchise from French control in Indochina. (Soon, any poppy fields not under CIA protection would be bombed out of existence.) Strange that Roselli would become an assassin of JFK. Roselli was sent to babysit Giancana’s mistress after the event. She was hysterical and Giancana was afraid she might talk to someone. Most of the other potential whistle-blowers were just whacked.

During this period, Roselli would drift in and out of my hometown, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. One of his favorite mistresses ran the local newspaper (where I worked on weekends)  and television station. And when she needed someone to whack her philandering husband, she went first to Harvey, who was living in Indiana. Harvey turned down the assignment, so Roselli took care of it. None of this would be revealed until decades later, after all the principle characters were dead.

Ian Fleming was a real British James Bond, by the way. He handled a lot of the most sensitive undercover agents, including Aleister Crowley. His books are Cold War cartoon fantasies, however, as Fleming did not want to spill the beans on any real secrets, although he might have been able to offer some insight into SIS operations inside the USA. Funny how British spies are never uncovered or talked about in the media, especially the really famous ones from history, like Aaron Burr.