15 Apr 2012 - Article No: 1537

Theres a Plot in this Country Kennedy Quote - Internet/Facebook Rumour

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"Theres 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." - President John F. Kennedy 7 days before his assassination


Images containing photos of the 35th US President, John Kennedy are circulating the Internet containing the above quote, which he apparently said only days before his controversial assassination in 1963.

However, after researching the quote on the Internet, we were unable to find any event or public speech where Kennedy was reported as making the quote. We were also unable to find any media outlet or other credible source claiming he even made the quote. The quote only exists as mere rumour, with no event or context ever offered by anyone publishing it.
This would be extremely odd if the quote was genuine, since the remark is somewhat bold and provoking and coming from a US President would have been picked up by many mainstream media outlets.

To look at it from a different angle we can take a look at what speeches Kennedy did make 1 week before his assassination, which would be November 15th, 1963. According to the American Presidenct Project that compiles public speeches made by US Presidents, Kennedy made two speeches (here. and here.) and neither contained the quote, or even close to it.

According to Metabunk.org who investigated the quote, the earliest evidence of the quote being used online was in 2004 in a forum signature, where the quote read slightly differently -

"There exists in this country a plot to enslave every man woman and child.
Before I leave this high and noble office, I intend to expose this plot." -
President John F. Kennedy - 7 days before he was assassinated.


However where this quote actually came from may never be really known. Possibly through a series of incorrect hearsay and paraphrasing. What we do know is that President Kennedy certainly did not say it, and thus circulating any photos or messages claiming he did is not recommended.





The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.

For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.

We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.

Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here.

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