Writing in Veterans Today, columnist Trowbridge Ford suggests that Richard Nixon was behind the murder of President Lyndon Johnson.
While we had accepted the conventional reports that Johnson died of natural causes stemming from his long battle with heart disease, we had received reports that we had been lied to yet again. Following up on the leads, we came across Ford's assessment.
Johnson died unexpectedly 2 days after the second inauguration of Richard Nixon, on January 22, 1973. According to Trowbridge, substantial evidence exists that the death was not from natural causes, nor an accident.
The motivation for the alleged murder was to keep Johnson silent about the November Surprise for which Spiro Agnew was a central player. The Nixon campaign had persuaded South Vietnamese president Nguyen van Thieu to decline the peace terms brokered by Johnson in the waning days of his presidency. Thieu accepted the Nixon offer which resulted in yet another expansion of the war into Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand.
In the meantime, Nixon had obtained evidence that Johnson had ordered his 1968 campaign plane bugged, a suspicion he tried to get former FBI Assistant Director Cartha DeLoach to confirm. Nixon failed to obtain the corroboration he sought, but thought he had enough to blackmail Democrat senators from pursuing the establishment of the Ervin Committee to investigate Watergate.
Nixon's attempts to quiet Johnson on both issues failed, especially when the evidence about the plane bugging did not materialize. Johnson was livid when he found out about the sabotage of the Vietnamese peace treaty, threatening to expose some of its details.
The Nixon White House entered panic mode, looking for an agent to silence permanently the former president. The services of CIA murderer Sydney Gottlieb were solicited to deliver the lethal blow. Gottlieb's specialty was murder through drugs, a practice he developed over the decades when murdering foreign heads of state of whom the CIA did not approve, such as Patrice Lumumba of the Congo. But there were many more.
The intermediary, perhaps through some level of ignorance, was Nixon's personal physician Dr Walter Tkash, who also had been Eisenhower's personal physician. It just so happened that the drug Dilantin had become the miracle drug, something which Tkash had prescribed Nixon by the boatload, so to speak.
But Gottlieb went out of his way to strike up a friendship with Tkash, with the purpose of using him for yet another "Executive Action."
Although it is toxic and injurious to healthy people - having deleterious affects on Nixon's health - it is particularly lethal to people with coronary ailments such as those suffered by Johnson. Tkash accompanied Johnson back to Texas, and probably administered drug - either wittingly or unwittingly - to Johnson which induced his coma and death.
Gottlieb hurriedly retired from the agency shortly thereafter, but not before destroying mountains of evidence pertaining to MK-ULTRA and other barbaric projects of the CIA such as Project ORD.
The case presented by Ford seems plausible, having both motivation and means. If Johnson was murdered, it was well planned and quite believable given his history of heart problems. If Johnson was murdered, he got what he deserved due to his involvement and cover-up of the Kennedy assassination and sinking of the USS Liberty. As Johnson told The Atlantic Monthly in 1971, "We were running Murder, Inc. down there."
Trowbridge Ford, More Likely Nixon Saw Off LBJ Than He Masterminded JFK Assassination, Veterans Today, August 21, 2011, Accessed 3/8/2014
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