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‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One Man Against the ‘Monster

 
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‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One Man Against the ‘Monster
‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One Man Against the ‘Monster

By John W. Whitehead

“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.

He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.

Long before Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government’s war crimes and the National Security Agency’s abuse of its surveillance powers, it was Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about the government’s warmongering, his phone calls monitored and data files collected on his activities and associations.

For a little while, at least, Lennon became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government.

Years after Lennon’s assassination it would be revealed that the FBI had collected 281 pages of files on him, including song lyrics, a letter from J. Edgar Hoover directing the agency to spy on the musician, and various written orders calling on government agents to set the stage to set Lennon up for a drug bust. As reporter Jonathan Curiel observes, “The FBI’s files on Lennon … read like the writings of a paranoid goody-two-shoes.”

As the New York Times notes, “Critics of today’s domestic surveillance object largely on privacy grounds. They have focused far less on how easily government surveillance can become an instrument for the people in power to try to hold on to power. ‘The U.S. vs. John Lennon’ … is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.”

Indeed, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, all of the many complaints we have about government today—surveillance, militarism, corruption, harassment, SWAT team raids, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc.—were present in Lennon’s day and formed the basis of his call for social justice, peace and a populist revolution.

For all of these reasons, the U.S. government was obsessed with Lennon, who had learned early on that rock music could serve a political end by proclaiming a radical message. More importantly, Lennon saw that his music could mobilize the public and help to bring about change. Lennon believed in the power of the people. Unfortunately, as Lennon recognized: “The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people. It controls them.”

However, as Martin Lewis writing for Time notes: “John Lennon was not God. But he earned the love and admiration of his generation by creating a huge body of work that inspired and led. The appreciation for him deepened because he then instinctively decided to use his celebrity as a bully pulpit for causes greater than his own enrichment or self-aggrandizement.”

For instance, in December 1971 at a concert in Ann Arbor, Mich., Lennon took to the stage and in his usual confrontational style belted out “John Sinclair,” a song he had written about a man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing two marijuana cigarettes. Within days of Lennon’s call for action, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered Sinclair released.

What Lennon did not know at the time was that government officials had been keeping strict tabs on the ex-Beatle they referred to as “Mr. Lennon.” FBI agents were in the audience at the Ann Arbor concert, “taking notes on everything from the attendance (15,000) to the artistic merits of his new song.”

The U.S. government was spying on Lennon.

By March 1971, when his “Power to the People” single was released, it was clear where Lennon stood. Having moved to New York City that same year, Lennon was ready to participate in political activism against the U. S. government, the “monster” that was financing the war in Vietnam.

The release of Lennon’s Sometime in New York City album, which contained a radical anti-government message in virtually every song and depicted President Richard Nixon and Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung dancing together nude on the cover, only fanned the flames of the conflict to come.

The official U.S. war against Lennon began in earnest in 1972 after rumors surfaced that Lennon planned to embark on a U.S. concert tour that would combine rock music with antiwar organizing and voter registration. Nixon, fearing Lennon’s influence on about 11 million new voters (1972 was the first year that 18-year-olds could vote), had the ex-Beatle served with deportation orders “in an effort to silence him as a voice of the peace movement.”

Then again, the FBI has had a long history of persecuting, prosecuting and generally harassing activists, politicians, and cultural figures, most notably among the latter such celebrated names as folk singer Pete Seeger, painter Pablo Picasso, comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, comedian Lenny Bruce and poet Allen Ginsberg.

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Indeed, Nixon neutralized him.


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At least the truth is out.
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
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Nixon confessed to the murder in 1980, in his book, The Real War., New York: Warner Books, 1980.

He hired that Cuban Doorman to kill Lennon.
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
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Nixon confessed to the murder in 1980, in his book, The Real War., New York: Warner Books, 1980.

He hired that Cuban Doorman to kill Lennon.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788165


Tricky Dicky confessed and he still got away with it. Was he related to Kissinger?
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 69939393


Nixon confessed to the murder in 1980, in his book, The Real War., New York: Warner Books, 1980.

He hired that Cuban Doorman to kill Lennon.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788165


Tricky Dicky confessed and he still got away with it. Was he related to Kissinger?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788203


That is all accurate. British Barrister, Bresler, Fenton exposed most of the truth in The Murder of John Lennon., First published in 1989.

The revelations about the Doorman are new and they certainly complete the picture.

Should we nuke America, or just accept an apology?
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Bresler speculates that Chapman was a "Manchurian Candidate," brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command. When the moment had arrived, Chapman received his signal and performed his task.

The new evidence conclusively confirms the specualation.
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Bresler speculates that Chapman was a "Manchurian Candidate," brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command. When the moment had arrived, Chapman received his signal and performed his task.

The new evidence conclusively confirms the specualation.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788306


hf
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Let him be.
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They kill people that they fear that will change the world form the better. Satan controls all the people in high places. You think anything like Lennon would became a world leader that can change things? No. Not in this twisted reality.
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he paid the govt to fake his death. hewas never shot, and the shooter never served time. happens all the time for famous folks who want to go uber private in another country.

aaliyah, elvis, basically any famous ppl.
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Indeed, Nixon neutralized him.


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At least the truth is out.
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Not Nixon..But Bush..Three letter agency..
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 69939393


Nixon confessed to the murder in 1980, in his book, The Real War., New York: Warner Books, 1980.

He hired that Cuban Doorman to kill Lennon.
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Has Steve Bannon seen this?
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In the end, the truth is out.
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Why am I not reading this in the New York Times?
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Why am I not reading this in the New York Times?
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Should be on the cover.
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Why am I not reading this in the New York Times?
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Should be on the cover.
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ABSOLUTELY
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Why am I not reading this in the New York Times?
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Should be on the cover.
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hf
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The man was dearly loved.
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Shame his killer is still free.
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pigchef
Hebrews 2:3 “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation”
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 69939393


Nixon confessed to the murder in 1980, in his book, The Real War., New York: Warner Books, 1980.

He hired that Cuban Doorman to kill Lennon.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788165


Has Steve Bannon seen this?
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I sure hope so.
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Disobey!

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Bresler speculates that Chapman was a "Manchurian Candidate," brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command. When the moment had arrived, Chapman received his signal and performed his task.

The new evidence conclusively confirms the specualation.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788306


Indeed.
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Bush senior had just been elected, wearing a Reagan mask, and the Lennon murder was a shot to the heart of any remaining human dream of truth and freedom.
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The truth is, Mark David Chapman is a Manchurian Candidate.



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The Doorman did it!
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Brilliant. And I thought it was the maid.
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The Pentagon is trying to neutralize Trump.
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The Pentagon is trying to neutralize Trump.
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Pentagon is the biggest criminal organization in the world.
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What a shame to kill such a brilliant man because Nixon wanted to prosecute futile wars.
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The dream lives on.
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Bresler speculates that Chapman was a "Manchurian Candidate," brainwashed and pre-programmed to kill on command. When the moment had arrived, Chapman received his signal and performed his task.

The new evidence conclusively confirms the specualation.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 74788306


hf





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