Donald Gibson

Donald Gibson

Donald Gibson was born in Philadelphia in 1945. He served as a communications intelligence analyst in the United States Air Force from 1964 to 1968. After military service, Gibson returned to college to get a B.A. and went on to complete a Ph.D. at the University of Delaware. He has taught on a number of campuses, including Oberlin and Middlesbury Colleges, and is currently at the Greensburg Campus of the University of Pittsburgh.

Professor Gibson's research on social power and on U.S. economic problems carried out during the 1970s and 1980s led him to carrying out research into the administration of John F. Kennedy. This led to the writing of Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency (1994). He also investigated the assassination of Kennedy and eventually published The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up (1999). In this book he rejects the idea that the Mafia, Anti-Castro Activists, Texas Oilmen, Lyndon B. Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover or the Federal Bureau of Investigation were responsible for the president's death. Instead he argues that it was a treasonous conspiracy executed by a network of wealthy private individuals.

Other books by Gibson include Environmentalism: Ideology and Power (2002), Communication, Power and the Media (2004) and The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up Revisited (2005).

Primary Sources

(1) Publisher's blurb for Battling Wall Street: The Kennedy Presidency (1994)

More than thirty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the meaning and the legacy of his presidency are as much the subject of controversy as are the facts of his murder. Was JFK a tool of the Eastern Establishment - of the corporate and banking elites - or was he their bitterest enemy? Did his policies - domestic and international, implemented and unfulfilled serve to continue the domination of the powers-that-be, or did he attempt, and in many cases effect, a break with America's aristocracy? In this intriguing and penetrating analysis, Don Gibson does not simply replay the standard commentaries on the Kennedy presidency, many of which are ill-informed, even if well-meaning. Gibson looks at what JFK himself said, wrote, and did, contrasting that with the words and actions of his enemies - the Wall Street Journal, Fortune magazine, and the corporate and banking magnates themselves, who, as this book shows, truly despised the President. The current conventional wisdom depicts Kennedy as a cautious, even a conservative president, a Tory Democrat committed to the status quo and to the Establishment. But this book makes a compelling case to the contrary, suggesting that President Kennedy was always willing to do battle for his policies, even in the face of vicious attacks.

(2) Publisher's blurb for The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up (1999)

Over the course of nearly four decades, polls have repeatedly shown that most Americans refuse to accept the official story of the Kennedy Assassination. That story, set forth by the media and by a Presidential Commission dominated by representatives of the most powerful private forces in the nation, was that the President was killed by a lone assassin with radical tendencies and an abnormal mind. For those who did not believe this tale, an avalanche of books appeared blaming a dizzying array of people for the assassination. The Mafia, right-wingers, Cuban exiles, Texas oilmen, LBJ, and the FBI, among others, have been charged with the treasonous murder. Many people came forward, beginning in the period immediately following the assassination, to blame the government itself for killing its own leader. It is demonstrated in this book that everything we can know about the cover-up suggests not a government or FBI or Mafia conspiracy, but a treasonous conspiracy executed by a network of wealthy private interests whose goals were at odds with almost everything the energetic 35th president of the United States was doing. That network set up Lee Harvey Oswald as a patsy and went into action promoting the cover story within hours of the assassination. From the afternoon of November 22, 1963, to the release of the so-called Warren Report and beyond, a group of interconnected individuals seized control of the investigation and of the official account.

(3) Donald Gibson, The Kennedy Assassination Cover-up (1999)

Jesse Curry makes it clear that individuals from the Secret Service controlled the security arrangements for President Kennedy's trip and people at the FBI controlled the investigation. According to Curry," Winston G. Lawson of the Washington Secret Service office was the central figure in the planning of security arrangements. Curry emphasizes that the security provided by Lawson was heavy except the "short stretch of Elm Street where the President was shot." Curry notes that the Texas Book Depository was "virtually ignored."

Curry points out that neither the Secret Service nor the FBI asked for any help in locating possible conspirators. The FBI had never shared the information it had on Oswald prior to the assassination. Less than twelve hours after the assassination, Curry transferred the evidence to the FBI, trusting them to do a good job and to return the evidence. They did neither. The Secret Service had already seized the body." Curry says that in the days after the assassination Dallas investigators waited for the release of a detailed autopsy report, complete with photographic evidence. It never came and Curry says that he suspected that some of the material was destroyed.

Curry saw signs of a conspiracy in other aspects of the case as well. For example, Curry points to numerous facts and reports which indicated that the President was hit from the front. He also notes that a picture of the Book Depository shows a man who looks like Oswald standing in front at the time the President was killed.