Explanation: He was referring to Soviet Communism, in a speech about press freedom during the cold war. The speech (to newspaper publishers) was on April 27, 1961, more than two years before his assassination. (Note: The explanation here is not debunking that he said it - he did. The debunking is the use of the quote, absent the explanatory context, to make it seem like JFK was talking about some Illuminati/NWO plot) The Original Source http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=8093 Also at: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/...ewspaper-Publishers-Association_19610427.aspx High quality audio: http://www.jfklibrary.org/Asset-Viewer/Archives/JFKWHA-025-001.aspx The President and the Press: Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association President John F. Kennedy, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City April 27, 1961 There are two commonly quoted parts of this speech that are taken out of context: Context. The speech is from April 27th, 1961, just one week after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Kennedy makes reference to this at the start of his speech: The meaning of the terms, allusions and references in the quote and context The "common danger" is communism. The "monolithic and ruthless conspiracy" is communism. The speech is entirely about communism and the Cold War. This is made quite clear. The meaning of the quote. Once you know it's the Communists he's talking about, then the quote needs no more explaining. But what is the speech about? What is he warning us of? When you read the whole speech, it turns out he's not warning us (the public) at all. He's asking "every publisher, every editor, and every newsman in the nation" to behave as if the country is at war with the Communists, even though there has been declaration of war. Here's a long quote (all these quotes are from the same speech) where he quite eloquently lays out the case, basically for self-censorship by the press. Single Sentence Debunking He was referring to Communism, in a speech about press freedom during the cold war.