Why Was JFK Killed?

The following is a summary of the major reasons why certain elements of the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Military Industrial Complex including some general officers in the US military, certain anti-Castro Cuban exiles, wealthy Dallas Oilmen, members of organized crime and others wanted the administration of John F. Kennedy terminated. Admittedly, they represent exclusively the perspective of those who opposed Kennedy and his policies. History has demonstrated that on virtually every issue, it was JFK who was prescient and those who opposed him that were proven wrong.

  • The CIA was angered over Kennedy's refusal to use the US military when the CIA funded Cuban exile army was defeated by Castro at the Bay of Pigs. Kennedy's firing of DCI Allen Dulles and his deputies further antagonized the CIA.
  • The National Security State was convinced that JFK was "soft on Communism" because of his attempt to end the "Cold War" including his negotiation (with Nikita Khrushchev) of the nuclear test ban treaty and his moves toward nuclear disarmament (rather than by acceding to 1) their recommended invasion of Cuba and 2) a first strike offensive nuclear attack on the USSR). The US military brass in particular objected strenously to his plans to remove all American presence from Viet Nam by 1965.
  • President Kennedy was trying to eliminate the "Oil Depletion Allowance" which directly impacted the profits of Texas Oilmen who hated him for it.
  • Wall Street was concerned that JFK intended to either radically alter or end the Federal Reserve system which made huge profits for Bankers who were payed interest by the US government for the currency they borrowed from the Fed.
  • The National Security State strongly disapproved of JFK's American University "Peace" Commencement Speech (Spring 1963) in which Kennedy made clear his decision to move toward rapproachement with the Soviet Union which would have ended the lucrative "cold war." Many JFK Assassination researchers believe it was this that signed his death warrant.
  • Some members of the Secret Service were disgusted by JKF's personal  sexual behavior and thought that it was dangerous to the National Security. Patriotic members of the CIA, FBI, Secret Service etc. thought it was necessary to protect the country from sabotage.
  • The major military contractors would lose many billions of dollars if JFK's plan to remove all US presence from Vietnam by 1965 was enacted. They were irate.
  • The leaders of Organized Crime felt betrayed by JFK whose brother Robert F. Kennedy the attorney general of the US was actively pursuing criminal cases against them despite the help that was provided by the Mafia (at Joseph P. Kennedy's request) in helping to elect JFK.
  • The US military high command was higly incensed over Kennedy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis and his seletion of a Naval blockade rather than a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the Soviet Union which some of his top military commanders recommended. None favored the blockade.
  • LBJ was increasingly under attack for his alleged criminal activity in association with Bobby Baker and Billy Sol Estes both of whom were under investigation by the Justice Department (under AG Robert F. Kennedy) and the Congress.  Johnson feared being removed from the 1964 Presidential ticket and being sent to prison. He thought his only way out was to ascend to the Presidency through the death of JFK.