Friday, September 03, 2004

Another Bombshell Kerry Quote from 1971

Well, that online posting of the entire 21,477 pages of FBI files detailing the activities of Vietnam Veterans Against the War is producing some very interesting finds. Long time poster on Free Republic, Doug from Upland has apparently found a very disturbing quote attributed to John Kerry:

Note: I found this gem on the Winter Soldier site. This is staggering. The comment came just before the fateful meeting of Nov. 12-15, 1971 in Kansas City where the upper echelon of the VVAW discussed and voted on whether to assassinate seven U.S. Senators.
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August 13, 2004 -- Found in the VVAW FBI Files on page 251 of Section 10.PDF:

From the Sunday Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, November 7, 1971 by Bryce Patterson

The political power structure within the United States can and must change if the nation is to avoid violent efforts to seize power. John F. Kerry, a member of the executive committee of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, said in Oklahoma City Saturday.
Meeting with reporters before speaking at the University of Oklahoma, Kerry said, "If it (the government) doesn't change we are asking for trouble. If it is not done, those who are talking about seizing it will have every right to go after it."
Kerry emphasized that he and those he represents are totally opposed to any such violence.


The 24 meg PDF file does show a photocopy of the article in question. However, I do not have a Lexis-Nexis account to further confirm this, but if any of my readers do, please pass it along. If this is accurate, it is truly a staggering find.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have access to Lexis-Nexis. After conducting a brief search, the only stories about Kerry during the '71-'72 period originate from the NYT.

My search results are not necessarily indicative that the story in question wasn't published. For absolute verification, a researcher would probably have to request a query through the Oklahoman archives.

However, from a humorous perspective, accented by perhaps a bit of irony, the Lexis-Nexis search produced the following:

"NEW YORK TIMES
October 14, 1971, Thursday

[...]

Sen Byrd says he threw into wastebasket copy of book, The New Soldier, by J F Kerry and the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, sent to him for comment;"

"Sen Byrd" was more than likely none other than Senator Robert Byrd (D) of WV.

Heh

9:05 AM  
Blogger bkm said...

Thanks for your help. If you take the time to download the PDF I linked to, you'll see that there is a photocopy of the artcile in question in the FBI files. I guess someone would have to hit a local library and do some digging to find more.

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