The Conspirator: an overlooked film on Lincoln’s assassination

I just watched a film about the Lincoln assassination on Netflix. It’s a Robert Redford production that was released a couple of years ago, but it didn’t even hit my radar back then. But the film certainly strikes some timely chords today.

The Conspirator shows how Secretary of War Edwin Stanton completely controlled the investigation into Lincoln’s assassination, which concentrated only on finding minor characters on the fringe of the conspiracy, but did nothing to locate the actual figures in command of the situation. I’ve written earlier about the possible involvement of Albert Pike, a Confederate General, in Lincoln’s assassination. At some point, the possibility of a much larger conspiracy will have to be addressed. Pike, after all, was the most powerful Mason of his time. Lincoln was not a member of the Masons. But Edwin Stanton certainly was.

Today many people seem to think John Wilkes Booth acted alone because that’s the only way political assassinations in this country are spun—probably to protect the guilty—but, in fact, the plot also included an attack on Secretary of State William Seward. Some people think Seward was marked for death in order to engineer the line of succession, but at the time of the assassination, the Secretary of State was not even in that line, which, by the way, has been re-tooled several times over the years.

In the movie, the conspirators are tried by military tribunal and experience none of the rights of a civilian trial. The film adeptly shows how Stanton cared little for civil rights. His only concern was to get some people hanged and hanged quickly. After this sham trial, a law would be passed insuring the rights of every American citizen to due process and a fair trial—even in times of war. Unfortunately, those rights seem to have been rescinded by the Patriot Act.

Hopefully, someday our rights to a fair trial will be returned. I’m sure future generations will look upon the Patriot Act and everything that followed, including the current sham trial taking place in Guantanamo Bay, with horror. After railroading Mary Surratt onto the gallows, the government was unable to convict her son John in a civilian trial 16 months later after he was captured following an extensive manhunt. John had participated in a failed attempt to kidnap Lincoln with Booth and then fled the country after discovering the plan had switched to an assassination plot. If a civilian court could not find John Surratt guilty, it’s doubtful his mother would have ever been convicted in a legitimate trial.

There are many stories told that Booth escaped, though, and the others were just patsies, since some members of Booth’s famous family have always asserted Booth did not die in a fire in a barn outside Port Royal as the government asserts, but, instead, another’s charred body was substituted and Booth walked free. Booth’s dentist ID’d the teeth in those charred remains as being Booth’s and the corpse did have a broken ankle, which Booth may have suffered after jumping to the stage following the assassination, although his diary claimed that happened later, during the escape when his horse slipped and fell. The mysteries linger. But I believe it was Booth who died in the barn, and he was killed to prevent him from spilling the beans on who actually paid for the assassination. We just know it involved a New York element.

Among the Truthers versus Extreme Prejudice

Jonathan Kay’s Among the Truthers is getting the most favored royal treatment in the press.  I like the Wall Street Journal headline best: “Beyond the Lunatic Fringe.” I guess that includes anyone who doesn’t swallow the official conspiracy story Al-Qaeda was the sole mastermind of 9/11?

This newly identified “lunatic fringe” would certainly have included John F. Kennedy, who warned his country about a global business cartel that opposed his policies. In fact, Kennedy made several speeches denouncing this cartel (which I call The Octopus, because its tentacles touch nearly everything and it creates wars for profit through dialectical processes).

“We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy,” warned JFK on April 27, 1961. He began this speech by denouncing secret societies. And this happened at a formal press event that would have been attended by numerous secret society members from many societies, all working as PR shills for an Octopus media corporation. Kennedy was fearless and I guess that’s why the Octopus took him down.

But times have changed, and now there’s a new mindset being constructed. And in this new zeitgeist, anyone who doesn’t agree with the establishment version of events from now on…. is a disturbed lunatic needing psychiatric care and forced medication?

This campaign began slowly with the creation of the word “conspiracism” to describe anyone who believes the world is governed by shadow forces. And under the Patriot Act, these people can be forced into mental hospitals against their will. And if you doubt any of this insanity has actually come to fruition in America, consider that Susan Lindauer’s Extreme Prejudice came out the same time as Among the Truthers, but it won’t be getting the royal press treatment. It will be ignored. That’s because Lindauer was a Defense Intelligence asset who claims prior knowledge of 9/11 was widespread in the intelligence community. Immediately after she began speaking out after the event, she was charged with treason and forced into a mental hospital. Held in jail incommunicado for years and declared “mentally unfit to stand trial” because she would not submit to forced medication, she was finally released in 2009 after all charges against her were finally dropped.

Isn’t it transparent that the lunatic fringe, symbolized by its shining star David Icke, is an Octopus PR creation? First they create a lunatic, then they make sure all who don’t agree with them are lumped in with that lunatic into one big lunatic fringe.

And that’s how they eliminated dissent in our lifetime in America, the land of the free.