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“There’s a plot in this country…” JFK Quote: Real or Fake?

“There’s a plot in this country…” JFK Quote: Real or Fake?

A quote attributed to JFK allegedly 7 days before his assassination states, “There’s a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman and child. Before I leave this high and noble office, I intend to expose this plot.” Did JFK actually speak or write these words?

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There is no evidence that John F. Kennedy ever spoke or wrote these words.

We could not find this quote in exhaustive searches of JFK speeches or biographies. Let’s take a look at the possible origins of the quote and its attribution to the 35th president.

This is the original 2011 meme.

This is the original 2011 meme.

Online Origins

Because this quote cannot be found in published books or newspapers, our next stop was Google, where we performed various searches for websites or news articles to determine when the quote first appeared online. It’s clear that the quote first gained popularity in November 2011. The earliest dated reference to the quote we could find on the web is dated November 27, 2011 by SaveAmericaFoundation. That web page included an older version of the meme, with the word “noble” spelled incorrectly. The quote was, however, referenced even earlier in a usenet discussion which dates back to April 2004. The first few words were slightly different, reading, “There exists in this country a plot to enslave every man woman and child…”

It only appeared sporadically on Usenet until its November 2011 web appearance, which is when the quote seemed to gain traction.

This 2013 meme has corrected the spelling of the original meme.

This 2013 version of the meme corrected the spelling error in the original meme.

7 Days Before

Virtually all versions of the quote include a claim that Kennedy spoke (or wrote) those words seven days before his assassination. This would have been November 15, 1963. On that date, JFK gave two speeches. The texts of those speeches are available online (see links below) and in neither of these speeches did the quote in question appear, nor did Kennedy mention a plot of any kind.

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Secret Societies Speech

It has been suggested that the quote was merely constructed later to consolidate the ideas presented by Kennedy in his so-called “Secret Societies” speech on April 27, 1961 in New York City. In that speech, Kennedy said, in part:

The very word “secrecy” is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.

The meaning of President Kennedy’s speech has been debated, but it is clear from transcripts that he never spoke the exact quote above. It was also not spoken immediately before his assassination, but 2.5 years before that fateful day.

Bottom Line

There is no evidence that John F. Kennedy wrote or spoke the quote that begins, “There’s a plot in this country to enslave every man, woman, and child.” It does not exist in any history or biography of the 35th president, nor can it be found in texts of his speeches. The quote’s earliest appearance on the internet was a 2004 Usenet post, and it gained popularity as a meme in 2011.


Updated January 7, 2016
Originally published June 2013.

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  • Ed Hoff

    Just because they deleted it from record doesn’t mean he didn’t say it.

  • Starde

    Truth 4 U is a bigot and that is the real Truth 4 U. Why make Pres Obama an enemy? Apparently his color makes the one hiding behind the nomenclature Truth 4 U the real enemy. He is an enemy of decency, intelligence and truth. It is generally the one deceiving, who adds a word into the mix that would give the impression its true when in fact, the liar hides the truth, not reveals it.

  • sean

    interesting. we still dont know if he said it or not. Not likely. But he likely was thinking it.

  • Mystralfire

    Morlocks. If you’re gonna “quote” something, be sure you’re accurate.

  • Liane Laskoske

    The utter stupidity of these comments is astounding.

    • Ed Hoff


  • Frank Mann

    Yeah, that is truly the Root of All Evil: Cheez Whiz and its kindred poisons.

  • Frank Mann

    Yes, very believable. Not to mention true. Interesting that most comments at many sites about this comment suggest he was implicitly referencing either a) communists or b) FutureObama, the Koming Kommie Kenyan.

    No mention of the usual suspects: CIA and all their Deep State allies, in cahoots with the Mobsters and the Media, a true Clustered Flock of Criminals.

    And of course, The Gehlen Network, some of Hitler’s most vicious henchmen infesting CIA at its dawn. Chiefly as torture consultants, of course, of course.

    If you have read the most crucial of the hundreds of books on this subject, “JFK AND THE UNSPEAKABLE” (2008) by James W. Douglass, you will know, through documents, that JFK was thinking exactly along these lines.

    Why has no one suggested it was in a letter, or a communiqué to his brother Bobby, the AG, or another in- house memorandum?? Many of these have only surfaced in recent years through the JFK RECORDS ACT of the early 90s, or FOIA actions? I know Ron Paul quoted this at his YouTube interview with David Talbot, quite recently.

  • Truth4U

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?316819-1/book-discussion-man-killed-kennedy LBJ positively ordered the murder of JFK. LBJ was going to go to prison on one or all of the 3 Open Senate Investigations of his corruption at the time he ordered his CIA to murdered JFK. JFK already kicked him off the ’64 ticket and had posters of his running mate from NC. LBJ was the only person on the planet who had everything to lose with JFK alive, and everything to gain with JFK dead. The human scum who also was the lone person to have the capacity to cover up such a murder, Lying Lyndon B. Johnson was the top Mobster in the history of America. Even with an average computer today, freeze frame and blow up the shot which killed JFK. It’s obvious the bullet came from 2’oclock of JFK, THE GRASSY KNOLL Area. Look at the motorcade car behind JFK which has LBJ…who is 6’4″, and as he passed in front of the school armory, he starts intentionally lowering himself. One of his CIA shooter named HUNT gives a dead bed confession that it was LBJ. LBJ mistress of 21 year and one in which he shared a child also stated LBJ told her while drunk he had to kill JFK. LBJ’s close friend and Atty of 27 years said not did LBJ killed at least 17 people over his lifetime. The Warren Report is fictional and shows the extend of the corrupt which JFK was trying to expose.

  • Skylar Thomas

    It’s a take on Kennedy’s Secret Societies Speech: http://www.thepowerhour.com/news3/jfk_speech_transcript.htm

    • Truth4U

      He gave that a couple of years earlier but those private families which own The Fed Reserve knew JFK could not touch them. LBJ and his CIA positively murdered JFK, Bobby Kennedy and MLK.

  • CaptainWhitebread

    This just turned up on my Facebook feed today, and I linked to your post to show the quote didn’t exist. Their response, “Well, that’s just your opinion”. (facepalm)

  • John Reynaga

    The problem is that the Jesuit order controls the world, and billions of people defy statistics, and act like brainless sheep.

    • sean

      druids jesuits yep.

  • plinderodonnell

    And what to make of that final shot coming from the front? Cognitive dissonance is my diagnosis for you and everyone else who doggedly ignores evidence of conspiracy and coverup in JFK assassination.

  • Timothy Campbell

    Aha! So that means the Illuminati (or the lizard aliens, or the mole people) have systematically altered every copy of JFK’s two last speeches that appear online!

    And people say there isn’t proof of a conspiracy! Ha!

    • waffles

      Yes, if proof doesn’t exist, that itself is proof of a cover-up!

    • Rachel Vaughan

      You’re an idiot. There have been many things in our times that have been shut down or shut up. Why do u libs always take everything to extreme, so you can make it seem outrageous or nutty?

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