Related Readings

JFK and the Unspeakable. Available on Amazon (in hard cover, paperback, or e-book form), or at your local independent bookstore. More on the author and the book are here on our webpage.


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JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters,” by Edward Curtin (perhaps the best review of James Douglass book). Global Research, Nov. 29, 2009.

James Douglass: JFK and the Unspeakable,” by Christopher Lydon (a written summary of Lydon’s excellent, two-part interview with James Douglass on Radio Open Source, October 2, 2013. Links to the audio of the interview).

Transformational Journey: John F. Kennedy’s Turning Toward Peaceby David T. Ratcliffe (a lengthy but excellent review of James Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters). The author’s blog, Sept. 2, 2013

How the Government Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Carl Gibson (an account of the 1999 civil suit brought by the King family against the U.S. government in which the jury unanimously found local, state, and federal government agencies guilty of conspiring to assassinate. Reader Supported News, King).  Reader Supported News, April 3, 2013.

The President and the Press” a speech given by John F. Kennedy to a newspaper association in 1961, goes right to the heart of why Project Unspeakable is so pertinent today. If he were alive today, would he be speaking about the NSA? Would he use the word “transparency”? What speech might he write about the corporate ownership of media? Miller Center, University of Virginia, April 26, 1961. Listen to much of the speech here:  JFK Speech on YouTube

The Unspeakable: Connecting the Dots

A Moral Revolution: on the meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King’s last few years and the consequences for today,” by Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow. (about “connecting the dots  between the NSA spying on millions of Americans, the labeling of mosques as ‘terrorist organizations,’ and the spy programs of the 1960s and 70s – specifically the FBI and COINTELPRO programs that placed civil rights advocates under constant surveillance, infiltrated civil rights organizations, and assassinated racial justice leaders”). Reposted from her Facebook page, Aug. 28, 2013.

The Assassination of Martin Luther King and the Peace Movement,” by Ajamu Baraka (excellent in which Baraka argues that King’s assassination raises “uncomfortable questions” not only about the government’s role in killing him, “but also because of what Dr. King was saying before he was killed about issues like poverty and U.S. militarism”). Counterpunch, April 4, 2014.

Secrecy and National Security Whistle-blowing by Daniel Ellsberg (a lengthy but important essay in which Ellsberg, the “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower of the 1960’s, tells why “insiders” fear to speak out). Reader Supported News, January 2013.

“The Climate Bomb:  Failures to Confront the Unspeakable and The Way Ahead, Part II.”  by Elizabeth Woodward (an excellent two-part analysis of the barely known or hidden forces perpetuating today’s climate crisis and what must be done to overcome them). Global Research. April 7, 2013.

The Unspeakable and Men’s Lives” by Rob Okun (a penetrating essay in which Okun, editor and publisher of “Voice Male Magazine,” connects the lives of JFK, Malcolm X, MLK, and RFK with issues of “men’s privilege and entitlement” as well as men’s potential transformation). Voice Male Magazine, Oct. 1, 2013.

27-Year CIA Vet Says Obama May Be Afraid of the CIA by Brad Friedman (an account of and quotes from Friedman’s interview with 27-year CIA analyst Ray McGovern). Author’s blog, Sept. 11, 2009.

NSA Surveillance: The US is Behaving Like China by Al Weiwei. (fascinating opinion piece in The Guardian by a formerly imprisoned Chinese dissident on the importance of limiting the power of government and protecting people’s rights). . The Guardian. June 11, 2013

“Edward Snowden: Saving Us from the United Stasi of America” by Daniel Ellsberg (essay in which “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg argues that the NSA, FBI, and CIA now have surveillance powers over its own citizens that the former East Germany’s secret police – the Stasi – never even dreamed of). The Guardian, June 10, 2013.

The Quiet Coup: No, Not Egypt, Here.” By John Tiernan. (Tirman argues that the extent of NSA spying, how it’s conducted and how it’s justified constitutes a kind of coup d’etat by the “deep state” within the U.S. government). Huffington Post, Sept. 18, 2013

“The Worst Snowden Revelation of them All: Digital Cointelpro” by By Justin Raimondo. (J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used primitive bugs and infiltration of groups; today, the FBI and NSA use the Internet to, as Glenn Greenwald puts it, “control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the Internet itself.”),  March 4, 2014.

“Anatomy of the Deep State”: Beneath the Veneer of  Democracy, the Permanent Ruling Class,” by Mike Lofgren. (Essay on the national security state, corporations and judiciary that rule behind the scenes and without the consent of the governed.) Common Dreams, Feb. 24, 2014.

“MLK & the Death of Democracy”: by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou. (Essay describing the evolution of Dr. King’s opposition to the Vietnam War, connecting poverty with violence, and how his prophecy of the spiritual death of democracy in the face of triple evils (racism, militarism and materialism) has manifested today.) Truthout, April 26, 2014.

“Trying Not to Give Peace a Chance”: by Ray McGovern. (Former CIA analyst looks at the lost opportunities for peace between the Bay of Pigs and the current crisis in the Ukraine, citing the “masterful” book, JFK and the Unspeakables by James Douglass.) Consortium April 20, 2014.