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'US hit by 3 coups in half-century'
Sun Aug 28, 2011 7:55AM
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The United States has witnessed three great coups since the assassination of former US President John F. Kennedy in 1963, an American author says.


Allen Roland told Press TV on Saturday that real power in the United States has been in the hands of the country's military establishment for nearly half a century.

According to Roland, the first big coup in recent American history happened when President Kennedy became a direct threat to the power and influence of the military complex after he changed his views regarding the Vietnam War.

Kennedy was assassinated after “he had a change of heart when he saw what was happening in Vietnam” and power was then handed over to the CIA, military industrial complex, the Pentagon, the banks and Big Oil -- the world's five largest publicly owned oil and gas companies, the American author added.

He maintained that “the second great American coup was 9/11. The false flag operation of 9/11 in which the entire country was bamboozled.”

The online columnist went on to say that the “third great American coup is the banking disaster [which happened in] 2008 when the Fed [Federal Reserve] put USD 12.6 trillion to bailout banks.”

He also expressed regret that while Main Street is still reeling from the shock of the economic meltdown, Wall Street continues to profit from it.

Roland further pointed out that the United States has “yet to feel the full effect of that coup.”

He also stated that despite coming to power on a platform of change, US President Barack Obama shares the same views of “plutocracy and the military industrial complex,” much like his predecessors.

“We're in trouble,” people are “losing faith in the government” now more than ever, Rolland noted.

Latest figures indicate that Obama's approval rating is at its lowest level at any time during his presidency.

Meanwhile, a Gallup survey shows increasing public frustration over US lawmakers' performance with only 24 percent of Americans saying Congress members deserve re-election.

The US is grappling with an ongoing economic crisis which is America's worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

According to the US Department of Labor, the number of jobless individuals in the country hit 14,100,000 in June, reflecting an unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

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