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Why the story of Lincoln’s assassination is all wrong

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640px-Jacob_Thompson_-_Brady-HandyYou don’t read much about Jacob Thompson these days, but during the Civil War he was in charge of the Confederate Secret Service. Thompson had been Secretary of the Interior prior to the South’s succession.

The real story you haven’t been told is that the plot to divide the U.S. into two warring countries emanated in England, and His Majesty’s Secret Service probably funded the abolitionist movement out of Boston as well as the Southern Rights movement. British agents were placed at the highest levels of American masonry and worked hand-in-glove with Thompson, who had enormous assets placed at his disposal in a bank in Montreal.

When things got desperate towards the end of the war, Thompson and his superiors began fomenting some really nasty plots, one of which involved distributing disease-tainted blankets to civilians in the North. Another involved the kidnapping of Abraham Lincoln, a project that was suggested before he took office and continued sporadically for the next few years.

On October 19, 1864, Thompson sent 21 Confederate cavalrymen dressed in civilian clothes to hold up three banks in St. Albans, Vermont. The soldiers escaped into Canada with $208,000. During the robberies, bank workers were forced to swear allegiance to the Confederacy before opening the vaults, a scene captured in the newspaper lithograph below. The raid backfired, however, since most Canadians resented the use of their country to launch raids. Around $88,000 was recovered and returned to the banks, although Canada refused to extradite the 21 men involved.

Stalbansraid-1The first really big conspiracy story I researched was the JFK assassination and for the 50th anniversary I self-published an ebook titled, Everything You Need to Know About the JFK Assassination. A lot of the material in the book first appeared on this blog because I find it useful to post key evidence as I uncover it to attract commentary from fellow researchers.

This April marks the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, and I plan to write a book on the subject to commemorate the anniversary so if you know any Civil War buffs, please introduce them to my posts to solicit their reaction. I’ve already uncovered some amazing details in only one week of research.

The great thing about this case is vital documents are available free online, and the internet is full of evidence. The trial transcript can be downloaded, as well as a book written by the chief investigator, Lafayette Baker. But I also found a treasure trove of documents few books ever refer to, including a War Department expose on the Knights of the Golden Circle, and the diary of John Surratt, introduced to the K.G.C. by John Wilkes Booth, which is probably fraudulent, although it goes into elaborate detail regarding the rites of those Knights. Strangely, the K.G.C. was a Protestant organization and Surratt a devoted Catholic, which is a sure indication of its inauthenticity. Surratt was one of the primary couriers for the Confederate Secret Service, so any possible induction into the K.G.C. may just have been part of his spook activities. Considering the War Department had recently concluded an exhaustive report on the K.G.C. and some alleged Knights of that organization were at the center of Lincoln’s assassination, I have to wonder why the K.G.C. never came up during the trial, a glaring omission of evidence pointing towards the possibility of a kangaroo court rushing to judgment, hanging some patsies to let the primary conspirators walk free.

stanton_LOC4a40408r_medNinety-percent of historians support Secretary of War Edwin Stanton’s military tribunal, so most of what you read about the Lincoln assassination follows his carefully constructed script.

However, in the late 1930s, a chemistry professor in Chicago who was a Civil War buff declared Stanton (left) was part of the conspiracy and marshaled some convincing evidence to support his claim. Of course, the professor was laughed out of the history game and sent back to tinker with test tubes. However, I believe that professor was right. His name is Otto Eisenschiml and he deserves a place alongside Antony Sutton as one of the great conspiracy researchers in American history.

Stanton arrived at the scene of the assassination within minutes and took charge of the country for weeks. He controlled the military, the Washington police and the Secret Service. It’s never been explained why telegraph lines went dead for two hours, although Stanton’s telegraph at the War Department stayed operational throughout the night. It’s also never been explained why Booth arrived carrying only a one-shot derringer, or why Lincoln was left completely unguarded at the precise moment of his arrival.

History has given us the impression Stanton and Lincoln were friends, but this is not the story I’m turning up.

HD_wellesG3Gideon Welles (left) was the Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War and after he retired from politics, he published a diary, and here’s what Welles had to say on the subject of Stanton:

“His administration of the War Department has been wastefully extravagant and a great affliction to the country. Stanton has the executive ability, energy and bluster. He is imperious to inferiors and abject to superiors. Wanting in sincerity, given to duplicity, and with a taste for intrigue, he has been deep in the conspiracy and one of the chief instigators of the outrageous proceedings in Congress, a secret opponent of the President’s from the commencement of his administration…[Stanton's] administration of the War Department cost the country unnecessary untold millions of money and the loss of thousands of lives.”

Diary of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Under Lincoln and Johnson, published by H. Mifflin, 1911

And if you still don’t believe I’m onto something real, please consider that at the time of the assassination, the Supreme Commander of the K.G.C. was the man who financed Stanton’s career in politics in Ohio and had been shipped to the South during the war by Lincoln as an enemy alien.

Written by Steven Hager

September 14, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Why the Lincoln assassination matters

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640px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863President Lincoln’s death was the first successful presidential assassination in United States history and as such deserves attention because many of the details mirror those found in later assassinations. The biggest missing piece from the officially sanctioned history are the names of the secret societies that manipulated events behind the scenes.

John Wilkes Booth may have been a member of a devious Southern rights secret society called the Knights of the Golden Circle, which apparently had tens of thousands of members (even though the masonic-style society had a penchant for changing its name repeatedly). These secret terrorist societies were uncovered by a government investigation shortly after the Civil War broke out.

Prior to the assassination, Booth had made frequent trips to New York City, and the reasons for these remain unknown, but since Booth was a spy working for the Confederacy, it’s safe to assume these were not vacations or just family visits to his brother’s brownstone.

640px-Fernando_Wood_-_Brady-HandyA few years ago, a researcher suggested Booth may have been meeting with Congressman and former Mayor of New York, Fernando Wood, who wanted New York City to succeed from the Union in support of the South. Wood was a shipping merchant who rose to Grand Sachem of the Society of St. Tammany, the group that gained control over the city by uniting its just arriving immigrant voting population. Wood also apparently controlled a vicious Five Points gang known as the Dead Rabbits, whose totem was an impaled rabbit on a spike that was carried into street battles against the Bowery Rats on the Lower East Side.

But when Republicans got control of the New York State legislature, they attempted to disarm the Democrat Wood by eliminating his corrupt Municipal Police force, replacing it with a “Metropolitan” police force under their command. On June 16, 1857, Captain George W. Walling of the newly formed Metropolitan Police arrived at City Hall with an arrest warrant for Wood for the crime of selling the position of Street Commissioner to Charles Devlin for $50,000. However, 300 members of the Municipal Police (which refused to disband) were guarding the mayor, and tossed Walling and his warrant into the street, inciting an ensuing melee that lasted for days known today as the “New York City police riot.”

Since Wood represented Wall Street interests invested in the cotton industry, which involved both the South and Great Britain, he became an open supporter of the Southern cause, and was probably an equally active supporter of the Southern secret service. Spies were everywhere during the Civil War, and this landscape was dotted with double agents.

640px-Lafayette_Curry_BakerBut one of the most ruthless and most effective secret services was being run by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, through his dirty tricks specialist Lafayette Curry Baker (left), a man famous for fabricating evidence and strong-arming bribes. It appears Stanton and Baker had a double agent planted inside Booth’s conspiracy, a man who worked as a clerk in Stanton’s office named Louis Weichmann. The only other possibility, of course, is that Stanton was fomenting the murder plot with Wood and his Wall Street interests, not just observing it.

Both Wood and Stanton have major parts in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, and many of their lines are real, like when Stanton erupts at Lincoln, “I am not going to listen to another one of your stories!” Wood is portrayed as a charming Southerner with a biting wit, and certainly not the ruthless gang leader he actually was.

Strangely, Baker was demoted and shipped off to New York City prior to the assassination.

The night of the assassination General Grant was scheduled to sit beside Lincoln during the play at Ford’s Theater, but apparently the Secretary of War ordered Grant elsewhere, which meant Grant’s entourage and body guards were not at the theater. Meanwhile, Stanton assigned a notorious drunk as the only guard for Lincoln, a man who left his post to have a drink at the tavern across the street as soon as the play started. Booth was having a drink in that same tavern and probably witnessed the guard arrive at the bar, signalling his coast was clear. Ask yourself why Booth carried only a one-shot derringer. Obviously, he was not expecting opposition or interference.

Once Lincoln was shot, Stanton should have become a suspect, but he was able to completely control the investigation by bringing back Baker, who rounded up all suspects except Booth in 48 hours, and a week later, sent his cousin and a cavalry detachment to the exact spot where Booth was hiding in Virginia, probably with instructions to kill Booth and seize his diary. The diary was brought back and delivered to Stanton and Baker received a fat share of the $100,000 reward. But when the money ran out Baker published a book titled The Secret Service in the Late War (John Potter & Co., 1874), and revealed the existence of Booth’s diary. This revelation prompted a Congressional investigation, and when Stanton was forced to produce the diary in Congress during President Johnson’s impeachment trial, Baker examined the diary and announced 18 leafs were missing.

Later, Baker would assert the missing pages implicated Stanton and other Wall Street interests in the assassination plot. Baker was soon dead, and while the death certificate indicated “meningitis,” an enterprising professor in Indiana was able to obtain one of his hairs and discovered Baker had been poisoned with arsenic. According to the professor, the poison had been mixed into beer provided by Baker’s brother-in-law, who just happened to work for the War Department.

Read Baker’s book here:

Inside the Lincoln Conspiracy

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640px-Lafayette_Curry_BakerLafayette Curry Baker deserves a larger place in the history books because he played a key role in the Great Lincoln Conspiracy. Baker was considered one of the most corrupt and ruthless officials in Washington D.C., and owed all his power and prestige to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

Baker bounced around the country from New York to California before becoming a mercenary and bounty-hunting-hired-gun. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he volunteered to spy on the Richmond defenses for General Winfield Scott by posing as a photographer, and soon came to the attention of Stanton, an Ohio lawyer who’d suddenly been placed into the Cabinet position of Secretary of War at the war’s outbreak, an extremely fortuitous appointment since Stanton had no military experience and had just switched political parties because he sensed the winds of change were blowing and the Republicans were about to take control of the executive branch.

Quoting Nathaniel Weyl’s The Battle Against Disloyalty: “During the war years, General La Fayette Curry Baker was chief of the military Secret Service…Promoted to the rank of Brigadier General, Baker was clothed with almost limitless powers as special provost marshal of the War Department. In Washington, he used the methods that had proved so successful in his vigilante days, disregarding the process of law, habeas corpus, or any of the other constitutional frills…” Of Stanton, Weyl concluded: “The ultimate plans of Stanton cannot be fathomed, but the trend was totalitarian.”

Baker routinely made false arrests, planted fake evidence and solicited bribes. He was placed in charge of insuring the War Department got its full share of the war profiteering, and when he caught merchants cheating, demanded a slice of the action to allow them to stay in business. A Treasury Department official accused Baker of orchestrating “a reign of terror.”

Suddenly, however, Baker was accused of tapping Stanton’s military telegraph lines, was demoted and moved to New York City, and posted under an Assistant Secretary of War there. This all seems weird because Baker was accused of “spying” on Stanton, yet there was no hearing nor trial, just this sudden demotion.

640px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863But then just as suddenly, immediately after Lincoln was assassinated, Stanton ordered Baker to return to Washington to take charge of the investigation. Stanton himself was a suspect since he was in charge of the President’s protection and had personally placed a drunk on guard duty that night. Baker arrived and almost instantly rounded up Stanton’s chief patsy, Mary Surratt, as well as several other suspects who were thrown into solitary with canvas hoods placed permanently over the heads, supposedly to prevent any suicide atttempt. Two of them lost their minds after a week of wearing the hoods. This runs against normal investigative techniques, which is to isolate the suspects and place double agents in the same cell or near them to draw information out of them while posing as their confidant.

After 11 days of the biggest manhunt in history, Baker suddenly dispatched a unit of the 16th Calvary to Virginia. The War Department was flooded with hundreds of reports of sightings in every state on the Eastern Coast, yet Baker somehow selected one particular lead to follow. Civilwarbummer blog notes: “Somehow Baker knew exactly where he could find the alcoholic George Atzerodt whose nerve failed him when it came time to kill Vice-President Johnson. He also knew that Seward’s would-be assassin, Lewis Paine, could be found in the Washington boarding house of Mary Surratt….Lafayette Baker had all the answers within 48 hours, including the escape route taken by John Wilkes Booth and David Herold.” Booth had spent five days hiding in a swamp before crossing into Virginia. Yet somehow, Baker seemed to know his exact location.

Revisedhistory blog by Al Benson, Jr.,”Lafayette Curry Baker: Head of the American KGB” adds: “A group of 25 men under the command of Lieutenant Edward P. Doherty took out after Booth and Herold, but the overall command of this group ended up being divided between two other men—Baker’s cousin, Luther B. Baker, and Colonel Everton Conger.”

Civilwarbummer: “Luther Baker was an enforcer who carried out several of Lafayette Baker’s dirty deeds. Colonel Everton Conger also worked for Baker’s Intelligence Service and was willing to go to any lengths for his supervisor.”

Benson: “This group rode straight (no hunting or having to look around) to the farm where Booth and Herold were in a tobacco barn. Herold surrendered but Booth refused, and was subsequently supposedly shot in the back of the head. Conger searched the body…and came up with, among other things, a leather-bound diary. He had been told by Lafayette Baker to specifically look for the diary. You have to wonder why and you also have to wonder how Baker knew of its existence.”

The diary never appeared at the trial, but much later when Baker wrote his book to cash in on his fame, he mentioned the diary and was called before a Congressional committee during President Johnson’s impeachment trial, at which point Stanton was ordered to bring the diary to Congress. Baker examined the diary and claimed 18 leaves had been removed (potentially 72 pages). Stanton claims to have removed nothing. But then most of the files and evidence of this case has disappeared over time.

Much later in life, Baker would claim Booth’s diary listed names of those inside the administration who’d sponsored the assassination. Booth supposedly had a large amount of cash on him, money that also disappeared.

All this goes to show how deep the coverup runs because you won’t find many of these facts on the History Channel. In the 1930s, a chemistry professor tried to expose Stanton, but was dismissed although the serious questions he raised have never been adequately answered. A book was recently published about the case, American Brutus by Michael Kauffman, and it’s considered the “definitive last word” but strangely glosses over the conspiracy and refuses to peer deeply into the climate of corruption running through the War Department.

640px-John_Wilkes_Booth-portraitThere was one fact on the History channel’s recent expose I found particularly intriguing. Kauffman admits Booth made several mysterious trips to New York City prior to the assassination, and no one has discovered any evidence of what those trips were about. (Sort of like Oswald’s bus ride into Mexico.) Is it worth noting Baker was in New York at that time and that might explain why Baker knew so much about Booth and his confederates?

Mary Surratt was painted as the only living mastermind of the plot during the trial, even though she was probably only guilty of having a son who served as a Confederate spy. The only evidence against her was given by a clerk who worked for Stanton, and during the trial, this clerk was revealed as a Confederate spy inside the War Department. That spy was never charged but provided with immunity for his testimony apparently. I just have to wonder if that clerk was one of Stanton’s spooks, a double-agent who helped sheep-dip Surratt so the real culprits could escape attention?

The other important point never mentioned by the History Channel is the possibility Booth was a member of a Southern Rights terrorist group called the Knights of the Golden Circle, as the head of that organization was Edwin Stanton’s mentor, a man who had funded Stanton’s rise in politics.

Written by Steven Hager

September 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Solving Lincoln’s Assassination

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640px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863I tinkered around conducting my own deep political research for years, but it wasn’t until I began the study of secret societies that I made any real headway. My big breakthrough was exploring connections between the Sicilian men-of-honor society and the Central Intelligence Agency, two secret societies that plotted to assassinate Fidel Castro. But after JFK called off that murder, the same team assembled to kill Castro ended up killing Kennedy. If Congress ever holds a real investigation, this is the reality that will emerge, although I suppose the instigators will be long dead by then.

I could write about 9/11 today, after all it is the anniversary, but my musing on that subject don’t attract much attention and offend those who prefer to keep their heads in the sand. I’m sure Facebook downgrades 9/11 posts anyway, unless they support the official story. There’s so much mud in the water and games being played regarding 9/11 that it’ll probably take another 13 years for enough real evidence to emerge to start pointing fingers at the true culprits, though I am certain 9/11 was staged to jump-start two wars that killed over two million people and made billions for the military-industrial complex, while suspending most of our Constitutional rights, because that’s the way deep politics works.

You can’t understand the Lincoln assassination without understanding the Knights of the Golden Circle, one of the more powerful secret societies in America at the time of the assassination. Funny how almost nothing has been written about the Knights, although their existence was well-established before the Civil War. Apparently, the organization grew out of Southern Rights clubs in the South who wished to open up more territory to slavery. These secret clubs financed slave ships that continued to illegally abduct Africans after the slave trade was officially abolished in 1808. In 1844, the War with Mexico was championed by these clubs because they desired to invade Mexico so it could be carved-up into slave states to insure the balance of power in Congress remained with the South.

bickleyIn 1855, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, named George Bickley organized the Southern Rights movement into the highly secretive Knights of the Golden Circle (K.G.C.), a volunteer militia initially formed for a new invasion of Mexico. Eventually, tens of thousands joined the society, and many came from Northern states. A secret history of the society was written in 1861 and appeared a few years ago online here:

But only three years after the Civil War commenced, the K.G.C. was exposed. Some were leading pro-slave “peace movements” while others were acting as spies and dirty tricks operatives for the Confederacy. The Army spent months investigating the K.G.C. and the Judge Advocate General eventually produced an exhaustive report titled: “The Order of American Knights”, alias “The Sons of Liberty:” A Western Conspiracy in Aid of the Southern Rebellion, published by the Union Congressional Committee, Washington D.C., 1864. Among other things, the report identified most of the state leaders in the North and claimed Clement Vallindigham, leader of the Copperhead Democrats in Ohio, was the society’s Supreme Commander. Vallindigham had been a member of Congress, but after he lost his seat, President Lincoln had him deported to South Carolina as an enemy alien.

You can read the Congressional report here:

Screen Shot 2014-09-11 at 6.56.59 AMIsn’t it odd that none of Lincoln biographies or recent films mention K.G.C.?

In the 1930s an amateur historian and chemistry professor in Chicago put forth the theory that Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was involved in the Lincoln assassination and played the crucial role in covering up the true origins of the plot.

After Lincoln’s death, Stanton seized all power in Washington D.C. and took charge of the investigation and ran a military court that swiftly hung some minor players. What nobody seems to mention, however, is that Stanton and Vallindigham were very close personal friends, and that Vallindigham funded Stanton’s rise in politics. Booth’s induction into the K.G.C. is well documented and Booth may have been following instructions from Vallindigham, who had one of the biggest axes to grind against Lincoln.

640px-John_SurrattThe transcripts of the trial are available online, or you can watch Robert Redford’s excellent film The Conspirator, which focuses on Mary Surratt, who was targeted as chief patsy and swiftly hung. Her son John was studying to be a Catholic priest but instead joined the K.G.C. He became one of the primary couriers for the Confederacy during the war, and was involved in the K.G.C. plot to kidnap Lincoln so he could be traded for Confederate prisoners of war. But when the kidnap plan shifted to murder, Surratt fled to Canada, where he remained in hiding while his mother was tried and hung as chief patsy.

Check out Surratt (left) wearing his Papal Zouave uniform. Surratt was such a devoted Catholic he volunteered to defend the Papal States during the final years of their existence. Eighteen months after his mother was hung, however, he was spotted in Egypt and escorted back to America to stand trial still wearing his Papal Zouave uniform. Fortunately for Surratt, a law had just been passed forbidding military courts from trying civilians so the government was unable to secure his conviction, although Surratt freely admitted associations with Booth, he claimed no part of the murder and most of the jury believed him.

Later on, someone would publish a diary claiming to be Surratt’s and the most astonishing thing were the frequent mentions of the K.G.C. on almost every other page. You can read the diary here: Since Surratt was a Catholic and the K.G.C. was Protestant-only, the diary is certainly a fraud.

But since Stanton was head of the investigation and running the country under martial law at the time, one wonders why the K.G.C. was never mentioned at the trial, why Booth was executed instead of being brought in for interrogation, and why 18 leaves of Booth’s diary disappeared after Stanton got control of the manuscript.

If I had to make a guess, I’d say the Civil War was fomented by British interests that also funded the abolitionist movement from their headquarters in Boston. After the war, certain business interests wanted to pillage the South for exploitation, something Lincoln was strongly opposed to. Killing Lincoln was not in the best interests of the South, but was in the interest of certain business alliances. After Lincoln’s death, Stanton engaged in a vicious power struggle with President Andrew Johnson, someone who’d also been slated for assassination but survived.

AlbertPikeYoungerThere’s another thread to this saga that involves Freemasonry. Albert Pike, the most powerful Mason in America, was from Boston, but moved to Arkansas during the war, where he became a general for the Confederacy and organized Native Americans to conduct terror raids on Northern civilians. Just as British and American officers met frequently during the Revolutionary War in Masonic lodges (and sometimes on the eve of a battle), it’s safe to assume Masons on both sides of the Civil War held discussions in their temples throughout the war. Freemasonry has always been a refuge for spies. Immediately after Lincoln’s death, Pike went from hiding out in Canada, to being awarded full masonic honors inside the White House by the deeply masonic President Andrew Johnson, who pardoned Pike for his war crimes and may have helped erect a statue to him in Washington.

Consider that Stanton was a devoted Freemason and the K.G.C. shows every sign of being a masonic spin-off. Also consider the one man brought in to testify against Mary Surratt was a clerk who worked for Stanton at the Department of War. Consider Stanton placed John Frederick Parker as the sole bodyguard for Lincoln that fateful night even though Lincoln had been having nightmares about being assassinated for three nights running and expressed these fears to Stanton and requested additional protection. Since Parker had a reputation for visiting brothels, sleeping on duty and drinking heavily, he seems like an odd choice. Parker abandoned his post and went across the street for drink in a tavern where Booth was also imbibing before Booth strolled across the street to execute the undefended President. Consider that Stanton closed every bridge out of Washington immediately after the assassination, save one, which turned out to be the bridge used by Booth and his confederates. Consider the public telegraph lines in Washington went dead for two hours immediately after the assassination, leaving Stanton in control of the only working telegraph line in and out of the city.

Although all the films show Booth jumping to the stage and yelling “sic semper Tyrannis,” in his final diary entries Booth claimed to have shouted those words immediately before firing the shot.


Knights of the Golden Circle ceremony

Final note: When conducting operations on a national/international levels, secret societies can manifest dialectical systems. By founding terror groups, they capture centers of gravity and place gatekeepers at key strategic positions in the coming conflict. Just as the abolitionist movement had deep pockets plus the insane John Brown on their side, a complimentary and similarly violent pro-slavery movement may have been manifested so the coming clash of cultures could be more effectively mined for profit. William Quantrill would be the insane terrorist on the flip side. I sense this may be the way secret societies have played their games for centuries.


Why Was Lincoln Murdered?

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640px-John_Wilkes_Booth-portraitNext April marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It’s amazing how distorted this event has become over time and I imagine some Americans believe it was the work of another “lone assassin” because that’s the way these events are spun in the press to protect the guilty, but if you peer into the facts of the murder, you might be surprised by some details.

For example, did you know Lincoln requested additional protection that night as he had a premonition he was about to be assassinated? Aside from Lincoln, the most powerful man in Washington D.C. at the time of the murder was probably Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton, an Ohio lawyer who’d been elevated to that position at the start of the war despite a complete lack of military expertise. So when Lincoln asked for additional protection, the man in charge of providing protection was Stanton, and he did assign one man to guard Lincoln that night, but that man disappeared from his post right before the murder, which seems bad enough, but consider this bodyguard was never punished nor reprimanded for leaving the President unprotected.

Obviously, the reason Booth can’t be a lone assassin is because there were two other attempted political assassinations that same night. Both the Vice President and the Secretary of State were targeted for unplanned removal from office.

Right after Lincoln’s assassination, telegraph lines leading out of Washington suddenly went dead and stayed that way for hours, although Stanton’s separate military telegraph remained fully operational. Isn’t it somewhat eerie that a similar thing happened with phone lines in Washington DC immediately after JFK’s assassination?

General Grant was supposed to be at Ford’s Theater with the President but changed his plans, otherwise he could have been assassinated trying to protect the President. Stanton was Grant’s biggest booster later in life and rewarded with a seat on the Supreme Court.

Within minutes of the assassination, Stanton was on the scene and instantly took charge of everything: investigation, pursuit and trial, as well as the eventual impeachment hearings against Johnson.

But wasn’t it odd Stanton closed all bridges out of Washington save one, which just happened to be the one Booth and his confederates selected for their escape? Within days, these suspects were surrounded in a barn where they all could have been easily captured. But instead of surrounding the barn and waiting out the fugitives, the barn door was set on fire and Booth shot in the back of the neck while still inside the barn. Killing Booth insured this complex conspiracy could never be tracked higher up the chain.

During Stanton’s carefully orchestrated kangaroo court, only two witnesses were produced to paint poor Mary Surratt as the mastermind of the assassination. One was a Confederate spy named John Lloyd, who bartered his freedom in exchange for his testimony. The other, the actual star witness, was named Louis Weichmann, and he was a clerk working under Stanton who also just happened to know John Wilkes Booth and his friends, the Surratts, which puts Booth and Stanton within one degree of each other.

If you find it hard to believe these facts, Robert Redford made a great film called The Conspirator a couple years ago and it stays very close to the historical facts, and when the film is over, it’s hard to believe Stanton was not involved in the conspiracy in some way since he put so much effort into covering up the truth and railroading some patsies onto the gallows, especially Mary Surratt, who happened to own a boarding house frequented by Confederate spies. Surratt was painted as the evil ringleader, something that seems absurd today. But because Stanton handpicked a jury of high-ranking military officers, all of whom were beholden to him, he was able to stack the deck and completely control the trial and its outcome. Few involved believed Surratt would be hung since that sentence had never been given a woman before and President Johnson had the ability to pardon her. But hang she did.

It’s only taken 150 years for this information to penetrate into my vivid imagination, so how long before the veils are finally lifted on the JFK assassination or 9/11? I can tell you the CIA was certainly involved in Kennedy’s killing and Saudi Arabia certainly played a crucial role in 9/11 that is being covered-up to this day. And as the years go by, the official cover story will continue to unravel. I just wish more Americans were interested in getting to the bottom of how politics really works.

Otto_EisenschimlWhile researching this blog, I uncovered a scientist and amateur historian who blew the whistle on Stanton back in the 1930s and Otto Eisenschiml’s groundbreaking book, Why Was Lincoln Murdered, can be read online for free here:

I know it’s a bit late in the game since Otto has long since passed over while his work was savagely dismissed by the establishment media, but Otto deserves credit for being one of the great conspiracy researchers of our time.


Written by Steven Hager

September 10, 2014 at 8:32 am

Was Lincoln assassinated by the K.G.C.?

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640px-Knights_of_the_Golden_Circle_History_of_Seccession_book,_1862The Knights of the Golden Circle is a notorious secret society you probably never heard of it. In 1861, a history of the K.G.C. was published (left) stating the Southern Rights movement began in 1834, although the first charter for a K.G.C. “castle” (their name for a lodge) was in 1854.

If you’re looking for something truly enlightening for 9/11 anniversary week, I suggest watching The Conspirator, a film produced by Robert Redford a few years ago. I much prefer this film to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln. It used to be free to stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Redford spent years researching the Lincoln assassination, and the film focuses on Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton, who effectively took charge of the country after the assassination. After submitting to Stanton’s will for a brief time, President Andrew Johnson attempted to twice sack Stanton, something that sparked Johnson’s impeachment hearings. At one point, Stanton barricaded himself in his office, refusing to give up his post or government titles until Johnson’s impeachment trial was concluded.

The_Conspirator_PosterObviously, Lincoln’s assassination was a huge conspiracy, and since John Wilkes Booth could have been a member of the K.G.C., it might have been useful to reveal that organization during the subsequent trial, something that never happened. Instead, some innocents, including Mary Surratt, were railroaded into a military courtroom and quickly hung, something that never could have transpired had they been afforded a normal trial. It was a typical “move along, nothing to see here” hoodwink like ones employed so often in cases of secret-society-sponsored terrorism. You have to wonder why Stanton was so eager to close the case and was he being paid off? And, of course, Stanton was a devoted Freemason, so his connections ran wide and deep and probably extended across the pond to England.

The film doesn’t really go into Stanton’s motivations, although it does demonstrate his manipulations and rush to judgment against an innocent woman falsely painted as the mastermind of the assassination. Stanton would go on to play a role in reversing Lincoln’s plans for Southern appeasement and national healing, opening up the South for ruthless exploitation by carpetbaggers. Afterwards he supported General Grant for President and was rewarded with a seat on the Supreme Court, but he died before he could take that seat.

Stanton got his job as Secretary of War in 1862, one year after the war’s start because the previous secretary had just been sacked for massive corruption. Meanwhile, Stanton had just recently switched political parties, sensing the Republicans were about to take control of the nation. (By the way, Secretary of War is the key strategic position for orchestrating war for profit, so it should come as no surprise that during WWII, this position was held by a member of another secret society, Yale’s Skull & Bones.)

640px-Clement_Vallandigham_-_Brady-HandyI find it fascinating Stanton got his start with a $500 loan from Clement Vallandigham (left), who would go on to become leader of the pro-slavery “Copperhead” Democrats, so named by Republicans to sheep-dip them as venomous snakes in the minds of the public. However, before the Civil War got started, the K.G.C. were already collecting funds for an invasion of Mexico (similar to the plans of British spook Aaron Burr, who’d been arrested and tried for treason for fomenting a similar plot to turn Mexico into a slave nation). Vallandigham served two terms in Congress, where he voted against every proposed military bill, but after he lost his seat, Lincoln deported to the South as an enemy alien, the ultimate insult. I do believe Vallandigham may have gotten the last laugh.

Interesting John Brown was the terrorist who helped spark the Civil War and after Brown’s Harper’s Ferry raid, Vallandigham was one of a handful of Congressmen allowed to interrogate Brown. I suspect the abolitionist movement might have been at least partially funded by economic forces planning to make a killing on war profiteering.

Redford’s film doesn’t mention this detail, but it’s pretty certain Vallandigham was involved in the K.G.C., and I say this because the K.G.C. began in his home state of Ohio, and went through an interesting evolution, morphing into the Order of the American Knights and finally becoming The Order of the Sons of Liberty, at which point Vallandigham emerges as the Supreme Commander of the society, indicating he may have been an active member all along.


There are many lessons in this story, but the most important thing is that whenever a military tribunal is called for what should be a public criminal trial, you should immediately suspect a hidden agenda at work.

And that’s why the creation of the Guantanamo Bay Prison and the torturing of people for decades, some of whom have been found to be completely innocent, is such a suspicious detail in the history of 9/11. Why after 13 years hasn’t a trial been concluded?

But then, trials are are made more difficult when the chief suspect is assassinated in his bedroom in front of his family and then his corpse dumped in the ocean before any independent forensic identification can be made.

Written by Steven Hager

September 9, 2014 at 8:06 am

The wheels are coming off the 9/11 hoodwink

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pentagon911What passes for a “free press” these days in America is pretty sad. Recently Ron Paul incurred the displeasure of the Washington Post website Daily Beast by suggesting there might be more to 9/11 than the official story. For this insult to the accepted dogmas of the state propaganda machines Paul was branded a “truther.”

It is positively Orwellian how they’ve morphed “truth” into “lies.” I have to think some CIA-funded psychologist came up with this strategy.

After 13 years, it’s amazing how tight a lid the media keeps on this story.

After much study and meditation, I suspect a drone hit the Pentagon, mostly based on the limited video evidence released. But even if it was a bigger plane, there’s no explanation for the amount of damage done to that highly fortified structure. Unless, of course, you realize all files regarding a missing trillion dollars were also destroyed that day, ending any attempts to track where that trillion went. But then there’s no accounting for the Twin Towers and building 7 collapsing at free-fall. Unless you realize the towers were condemned and needed a billion dollar gut renovation to remove asbestos. How much easier just to blow that asbestos into the air and blame it on 19 dudes with box-cutters commanded by two dudes in a cave in Afghanistan?

911coach2Pete Carroll got the “truther” treatment and was similarly admonished from coast to coast before he won the Super Bowl for suggesting there might be missing pieces to the story. Funny how not one major news outlet ever published anything substantial regarding revelations against the official version of 9/11, and none of them ever wasted any time doing any independent investigations of the crime, except for a superficial whitewash of the designated straw men by Popular Mechanics.

Meanwhile, like a scene out of The Bridge on the River Kwai, the muddy river is descending, and lines into Saudi Arabia are visible in spots. Funny how close allies to the Saudis inside America were installed at operational command points in the national security system prior to 9/11, and why was a head of the CIA spending so much time at the Saudi ambassador’s home? Evidence collected by the 9/11 Commission on the Saudis was so damning that 28 pages had to be blacked out of the report in the “interest of national security.” But many in Congress have read those excised pages, and want them released so everyone can have a deeper understanding of the event. Meanwhile, a suit regarding Saudi complicity in 9/11 has 6,000 plaintiffs and is winding its way through the courts of New York, propelled by massive Freedom of Information Act requests.

AP_Bin_Laden_raid_shirt_bc_140907_16x9_992All this despite the fact we supposedly killed the primary suspect in his bedroom in front of his family and then dumped his corpse into the ocean. If the police ever gave you a story like that would you buy it? Bin Laden’s family was put into immediate seclusion and moved back to Saudi Arabia, while most of the Navy Seals who supposedly assassinated him mysteriously died shortly after that assassination. Recently the shirt worn by the assassin during the assassination was put on display at the 9/11 museum in NYC.

Then there’s suspect number two, who has been held incommunicado in a military prison in Cuba and tortured endlessly for over a decade with all the latest torture techniques. The FBI has already been discovered planting spooks and bugs on his defense team, while the judge discovered he’s not really in charge of the “mute” button when anything compromises national security. Does this sound like a fair trial in progress because it all reeks of corruption and hidden agendas to me.

Written by Steven Hager

September 6, 2014 at 11:39 am


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