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November 3, 2013

Column: Scariest monster of all is a lying, secretive government

One way in which mankind deals with its fears is to create rituals, even holidays, to keep them controlled. So, on Halloween, we dress as ghosts to face our fear of death, monsters to face our fear of bad people; we carve scary jack-o’-lanterns to keep evil from our door.

I needed an Obama costume to face my fear of Big Government: lying politicians, bureaucrat-run health care, cover-up commissions, enabling Big Media, power-hungry political machines, domestic spying, and trillions in debt passed on to my grandchildren.

Here’s some of the news of the week leading into Halloween.

First we learn, as we prepare to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s death, that some of the longstanding conspiracy theories might have validity. A forthcoming book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: the Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination” by New York Times reporter Philip Shenon, is “an account of my discovery of how much of the truth about the Kennedy assassination has still not been told, and how much of the evidence about the president’s murder was covered up or destroyed -- shredded, incinerated, or erased -- before it could reach the commission. Senior officials at both the CIA and the FBI hid information from the panel, apparently in hopes of concealing just how much they had known about Lee Harvey Oswald and the threat that he posed.”

Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward was on CBS “Face the Nation” last weekend talking about both the National Security Agency spying and the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act. He said that a “secret government” has led to many of the concerns now making headlines.

“We have an incredibly powerful government that gets on automatic pilot,” he said. Referring back to the Watergate cover-up that he had exposed, and before that to the Kennedy assassination, Woodward identified the theme: “the power of this secret world -- CIA, FBI… the assassination plots against Castro… this information really didn’t get to the Warren Commission.”

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