Five decades after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot and long after official inquiries ended, thousands of pages of investigative documents remain withheld from public view. The contents of these files are partially known — and intriguing — and conspiracy buffs are not the only ones seeking to open them for a closer look. Some serious researchers believe the off-limits files could shed valuable new light on nagging mysteries of the assassination — including what U.S. intelligence agencies knew about accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald before Nov. 22, 1963. It turns out that several hundred of the still-classified pages
In the ´60´s when you created a classified document the last element in the document was a GP-code that indicated down-grading instructions. The instructions attached to the assassination investigation reports required downgrading at 75 year intervals. That means the report was Top Secret for 75 years, then Secret for 75 years, then Confidential for 75 years. After that it may still be held as For Official Use Only.
Just like Zippys’ mother was not just a white girl from Kansas, Oswald was not just a unknown discontent. It was mighty convenient to tie it all up in one neat package with the assassination of Oswald by another ‘unknown,’ Ruby, who just happened to not have long to live. Everyone’s dead, no one to answer uncomfortable questions. Bam, Bam, Bam! Then... silence.
Yes, Oswald was a member of the ACLU and also The Fair Play For Cuba organization. He emigrated to Russia because he admired the Soviets (they thought he was a CIA plant). He took a Russian wife and was an outspoken lefty. The American left has kept these conspiracy theories going because they cannot accept the fact that one of their own killed the golden boy president.
What really happened? A little communist failure named Oswald got lucky and managed to assassinate the President. And, yes, that Italian rifle is a POS but I have a friend who has killed a bunch of deer with his Carcano.
Seems pretty obvious that the CIA was trying to overthrow Castro...and may not have stayed within the letter of the law to do so. Thus, the documents need to stay sealed beyond Castro´s lifetime (and so long as his family is running Cuba).
In addition to the emotional trauma to the nation, the obvious "cover up" of what really happened on November 22,1963 led to deep distrust in government officials. That, in turn, fueled the rebellion sparked by the Vietnam debacle and energized by the assassinations in 1968. For those too young to remember, that is when America´s ship of state started to sink. Despite a brief respite during Reagan´s 80´s, it has been taking on water since then.
The ship of state will not be righted until the government comes clean on this and other cover-ups. The Cold War is (supposedly) over. There is no reason to keep this stuff secret anymore - unless the JFK assassination was really an inside job.
#9, no one holds Lyndon Johnson in less regard than I. However, he was not a murderer. Aside from that, there would have to have been too many people involved in such a conspiracy and coverup. In fifty years, more than one of them would have written a book!
There are so many theories and coincidences out there, I suspect we´ll never know the truth.
There´s the information that Oswald´s mother was related to the organized crime leader Carlos Marcello, who was the subject of investigations by RFK. Ruby had some affiliation with Marcello, as did numerous other organized crime figures. There is a trove of information about Marcello and his actions. JFK was involved with Judith Exner, a mobster´s girlfriend. Oswald had been a defector to Russia, and was married to a Russian woman, daughter of a high-ranking Russian.
Then there´s the theory that the killing headshot was accidentally discharged from a Secret Service gun.
I don´t see all of this getting settled anytime soon.
What about the "magic bullet" that was found in pristine condition on JFK´s stretcher? Time is running out, I am not going to live forever and would sure like to know the truth about who killed JFK. Future generations will not care half as much as those of us who remember the assassination like it was yesterday. What would JFK think about Obama?
#16, since none of us can speak for JFK, we can only try to guess. When I look back on the JFK years, I think Kennedy just wanted to get re-elected as soon as he was inaugurated in 1961, for a variety of reasons he cared deeply about. Like Kennedy, Obama was intent on getting re-elected the minute he was sworn into office in 2009.
That´s where the similarities end. JFK nearly lost his life when he was in the Navy, and he suffered tremendous pain for the rest of his life due to his injuries. From what I´ve read, he was very close to his older brother, Joe, Jr. who lost his life serving his country. I can´t believe anyone who served courageously, and who lost a beloved brother in war would tolerate a president who deep down hates this country and its heritage.
Obama has never served this country - the facts seem to reveal that he did his best not to serve.
Based on my reading, I think JFK would highly disapprove of Obama, unless JFK put the interest of his party before the interest of the country. That being said: JFK was a politician, and it´s becoming more and more obvious that politicians think of their careers first and foremost.
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