by Virginia Lee McCullough

Forty years ago today, in another world far away, men blew JFK away and our nation has never recovered its innocence, its hopes or its dream of democracy.  Now, on November 22, 2003, over two thirds of our citizens believe that more then one man assassinated John Fitzgerald Kennedy and  that the official government investigation entitled "The Warren Commission Report" covered up a coup d' etat.

Mae Brussell became the first person to cross index the 22 volumes of the Warren Commission Report and, in so doing, she clearly demonstrated our government lied to its people.  Shortly after the assassination of JFK, Mae began her research and it led to her life long endeavor to learn the truth.  Thirteen years later Mae Brussell was well known as "The Queen of Conspiracy", and the mother of slain alleged assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald wrote her a short note.  Marguerite Claverie Oswald sat down on Christmas Eve, 1976 addressed an envelope to M. Brussell and simply wrote, "Remember always --  The charges against my late son are false. "  She signed it:  Sincerely, Marguerite C. Oswald.  Click to see this note.

In the days, months and years following the JFK assassination Mae Brussell spoke with countless people who knew and loved Lee Harvey Oswald,  including his brother Robert who said of the assassination that he knew of no reason that his brother would have killed the president and further stated, "It certainly came as a great shock to me.  I might add, that the Lee Harvey Oswald that I knew would not have killed anybody."  Mae came to the conclusion that there were many Lee Harvey Oswald's; this man with the mysterious past had many doubles and Mae concluded that the official story about the man quickly arrested and just as quickly killed was a great lie.  Mae Brussell believed, as did Marguerite Oswald that the charges against Lee Harvey Oswald were false.

Ten years after the assassination, Mae Brussell had acquired an abundance of well documented information that point by point contradicted the Warren Commission Report and she had started to write a book.  On this fortieth anniversary of the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy I want to share two key elements of her book with Mae's Brussellsprouts.

Excerpts of Mae Brussell's book about the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy


The feasibility of the coup derives from a comparatively recent development:  the rise of the modern state with its professional bureaucracy and standing armed forces.

The power of the modern state depends upon this permanent machinery, with its archives, files, records, and officials.

The bureaucracy has a structured hierarchy with definite chains of command.

If the bureaucrats are linked to the leadership, an illegal seizure of power must take the form of a "palace revolution" and is essentially concerned with the manipulation of the body of the ruler.

He can be killed or held captive, but whatever happens the palace revolution can only be conducted from the "inside" and by "insiders".

It operates in that area outside the government but within the state which is formed by the permanent and professional civil service (CIA, FBI), the armed forces, and the police.

The aim is to detach the permanent employees of the state from the political leadership.

The coup operates by taking advantage of this machine-like behavior during the coup because it uses parts of the state apparatus to seize the controlling levelers.

The coup is not necessarily assisted by either the intervention of the masses, or to any significant degree by military type force.

The power will come from the state, itself.

A coup consists of the infiltration of a small but critical segment of the state apparatus, which is then used to displace the government from its control of the remainder.


The city-dweller has escaped the crushing embrace of traditional society, but not the effects of ignorance and insecurity.  In these conditions the mass of people are politically passive...... and their relationship with the leadership is one way only.

The leadership speaks to them, lectures them, rouses hopes and fears, but never listens.  The bureaucracy taxes them, bullies them, takes their sons away for the army, their labor for the roads, but gives very little in return.

The mass of the people are politically passive.

All power, all participation is in the hands of the small educated elite.  The masses accept the elite's monopoly of power.  Equally they will accept a change in government, whether legal or otherwise.  It is merely another lot of "them" taking over.

This lack of reaction is all the coup needs on the part of the people in order to stay in power.

The lower levels of bureaucracy will react or fail to react in a similar manner for similar reasons.  Their own lack of political sophistication will mean the policies and legitimacy of the old government were less important to them than their immediate superiors.

The bosses give orders, promote, demote.  After the coup, the man who sits at the district headquarters will still be long as he can pay the salaries and has links to the political stratosphere in the capital city.

Much of the planning and execution of a coup will be directed at influencing the decision of the elite in a favorable manner.  As the coup will not usually represent a threat to most of the elite.  The choice is between the great dangers of opposition and safety of inaction.

All that is required to support the coup is, simply, to do nothing....and that is what will usually be done.


Karl Jaspers, the great German philosopher and psychiatrist, wrote The Future of Germany in 1966.  This book discussed various problems Germany would face in order to become a strong and secure nation.  One fact stood out in Mr. Jasper's mind.  Germany's future depended directly upon the economic and political conditions in the United States.  The United States was in a period of transition due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  Until that murder is resolved, Germany's future would necessarily remain insecure.

Our nation was a beacon of hope to a world torn by wars and fighting.  "Democracy" was an ideal and goal to the oppressed victims of the globe.  How the people everywhere look at us, question our government, and examine our decisions and behavior.  No book on Germany or any other country can ignore the meaning of political assassinations in the United States.  They have a direct meaning to the State Department and concern all other nations.

As a preface for my book, I would like to share with you the thoughts of Mr. Jaspers.  

Karl Jaspers: Nothing has made so clear what America means to us as did the administration and assassination of John F. Kennedy.

America could produce this man and raise him to the top.   Anonymous American powers killed him.
The crime is unsolved.  Politically this is almost as fatal as the assassination itself.  Thus far the American people as a whole have not mastered the dreadful event.

The most respected, unassailable Judge, Chief Warren, was put in charge of the investigation.  He said that the truth about the murder would not be fully known to the present generation, which could only mean that findings contrary to the national interest would not be made public.

That the solution of the crime was not pursued as far as possible appeared at first to fit in with a popular mood.  Americans realized the alternatives.

They could either face themselves and the world as a country in which certain forces wanted such a murder and could get in perpetuated,  perhaps even with the aid of the government organs, or they could leave things obscure, an end best served by the official version that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin acting purely on unclarified private motives, that the crime was an accident.

The second course was chosen with the result that for a while the question remained taboo.


After Kennedy's death Americans seemed to be backsliding into the grey world of purely pragmatic politics.

Should we turn away from the United States because for the moment, at least, THERE IS A FALSEHOOD, the taboo of the Kennedy assassination embedded in it's body politic?

THE CRUX REMAINS THAT WHATEVER HAPPENS TO AMERICA IS HAPPENING TO US,  all but directly.  Even the Kennedy assassination  concerns us, as does the failure to shed light on all it's aspects.

We, too, have a stake in its further clarification.  As things stand, if America goes down, our republic goes down.  The sense of tranquility of business as usual, has brought us to a complete drift.

What is going on in America, the alarming changes in democracy, the transformations of a mass society,  THE GROWTH OF LIES, all this becomes our fate as well.

We want a policy of truthfulness.


The purpose of my years of research has been to help shed some light on several aspects of the political murder of John F. Kennedy.  This subject is not relegated to the past, to American History.  It is a current problem, very much alive, now part of our elective system.  The future of the United States, and all nations dependent upon us, can never ignore or underestimate the importance of how assassinations disrupt the Democratic process.     -----    Mae Brussell  ----

Forty years have passed and  the insight that Mae Brussell continues to shine on the damage done to America by those men who murdered Kennedy has not dimmed.  If fact, now more than every before, her words hold true.  Does America have a future without the truth being spoken by our leaders?

By Virginia McCullough © 11-22-03

Marguerite Claverie Oswald' s note to Mae Brussell, Christmas Eve, 1976