President Kennedy Visits Grave of James Forrestal

By Catherine Austin Fitts

Last night I had a life changing moment.

Thanks to Michael Salla’s new book, Kennedy’s Last Stand, I learned two things that I did not know. First, that President Eisenhower had appointed the CIA to be responsible for security at Area 51. The second was that President Kennedy had known and had a relationship with James Forrestal.

I describe James Forrestal in Dillon Read & Co. Inc and the Aristocracy of Stock Profits:

“James Forrestal’s oil portrait always hung prominently in one of the private Dillon Read dining rooms for the eleven years that I worked at the firm.  Forrestal, a highly regarded Dillon partner and President of the firm, had gone to Washington, D.C. in 1940 to lead the Navy during WWII and then played a critical role in creating the National Security Act of 1947. He then became Secretary of War (later termed Secretary of Defense) in September 1947 and served until March 28, 1949. Given the central banking-warfare investment model that rules our planet, it was appropriate that Dillon partners at various times lead both the Treasury Department and the Defense Department.

Shortly after resigning from government, Forrestal died falling out of a window of the Bethesda Naval Hospital outside of Washington, D.C. on May 22, 1949. There is some controversy around the official explanation of his death — ruled a suicide. Some insist he had a nervous breakdown. Some say that he was opposed to the creation of the state of Israel. Others say that he argued for transparency and accountability in government, and against the provisions instituted at this time to create a secret “black budget.”He lost and was pretty upset about it — and the loss was a violent one.”

Salla describes Eisenhower’s and then Kennedy’s efforts to assert authority over the people running the black budget. He published the picture shown above from the John F. Kennedy Library of the President visiting James Forestal’s grave in May of 1963, four months before his assassination.

Presidents are busy people. They do not just take time off to visit graves over in Arlington after official ceremonies are over. It looks to me as though something was weighing on his mind. I can guess what it was. You can too.

Related Reading:

Lieutenant James Forrestal on Wikipedia

The Assassination of James Forrestal

The Presidency and Assassination of John F. Kennedy with Peter Janney

Book Review: Mary’s Mosaic

Dillon Read & Co. Inc. And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits – HUD is a Sewer (See Section on James Forrestal)

The Death of James Forrestal

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