Monday, July 10, 2017

The Chess Matrix and the Nightwatchmen of Dealey Plaza

The Chess Matrix and the Nightwatchmen of Dealey Plaza

The game of chess has been used as a metaphor in the assassination of President Kennedy.

David Talbot's biography of Allen Dulles is titled "The Devil's Chessboard," while some of the major players liken themselves to a Bishop or Knight, as David Atlee Phillips and E. Howard Hunt have done.

But Lee Harvey Oswald was just a lowly pawn that can only move forward and strike diagonally, and he is credited with taking out a King, without even getting him in checkmate, a position in which the King cannot make a safe move.

In chess the king is never actually killed or captured, - the game ends when the king is threatened with capture and there is no way to remove the threat.

In life, as in chess, it is extremely rare for a pawn to take out or checkmate a king, especially a pawn that sits back and waits for the king to come to him.

Oswald's pawn doesn't even have to stalk his prey, but instead JFK comes to him, and he apparently never saw it coming.

JFK was at first invited to Dallas to receive an honorary college degree, but then the college board reneged and withdrew the offer, requiring the embarrassed city of Dallas to have the President address the annual meeting of the Dallas Citizens Council, joined by the Dallas Assembly in a salute to the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, that JFK mentions in the first line of his undelivered speech.

The Graduate Research Center of the Southwest was started by Texas defense contractors - Collins Radio, Bell Helicopter, General Dynamics, et al., after they relocated major industrial plants to the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a security move, so JFK geared his speech toward them.

Full text: JFK's never-delivered speech from Dallas | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ]

The speech, as typed on paper that was in his coat pocked and bloodied by his wounds, concludes:

"We, in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than by choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility, that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of 'peace on earth, good will toward men.' That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: 'except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.'”

General Chester Clifton was the officer in JFK's cabinet code named "Watchman," and it was Clifton who had two copies of the Air Force One radio transmission tapes in his personal possession when he died. 

David Atlee Phillip's autobiography "Nightwatch - 25 Years of Peculiar Service" probably refers to Rembrant's famous painting Nightwatch - commissioned in 1639 and depicting Captain Frans Banning Cocq and the Men of the Amsterdam Kloveniers Militia at the range where they practiced. 

One day, when President Kennedy was discussing the book "Seven Days in May" with a close personal friend, he was asked if such a military coup d'etat attempt could ever really take place, and he responded, "Yes, if there was a Bay of Pigs, and then another event like that, and then a third event, it could happen." 

Then he added, "But it won't happen on my watch." 

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