As one of the surviving members of the staff of the Warren Commission, which investigated and issued a report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I am not looking forward to the coming weeks: Nov. 22 will mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death, and that means a new round of demonizing the Warren Commission and celebrating fallacious conspiracy theories. After Chief Justice Earl Warren hired me to work for the commission, he told me that “truth was our only client.” Throughout the inquiry, that phrase remained our guiding principle. The evidence that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the
I lived in El Paso in 1963. Had a good friend in Border Patrol which, among many other things, kept watch lists. My friend said at the time that out of curiosity he checked the list to see what info was there on Oswald. Zero. (This was before folks started counting bullets and suggesting conspiracies.)My friend said, however, that Oswald´s name would have to have b een on the list but was not. Hmmmmm.
Call me crazy, but no one will ever convince me that Oswald acted alone. He was a piker and a loser; and they want us to believe he pulled this off. No way. Don´t know what happened, but it wasn´t him alone.
After watching the video of the event several times over the years, there is no way that the shot came that killed Kennedy came from behind him. The shot that killed him came from the front as evidenced by the backward jolt his head took when he was hit. Something is not right with the "official" version of the incident.
Hate to admit I was alive back then. What I remember most vividly was the press immediately assumed that it was a "right-winger" who shot him. When they found out it was a left-winger they had a cow and have been trying to pin it on somebody besides Oswald ever since. Jackie Kennedy was reported to have said she wanted JFK to have died for the civil rights movement and was heart broken to find out it was a silly communist. Oswald had a high powered rifle, was taught how to shoot by the Marines, was an expert shot, had the opportunity and motive. Youse guys can watch Oliver Stone movies all you want. But there isn´t one scintilla of evidence pointing to anyone else. Not Castro, Jimmy Hoffa, etc. The one thing about conspiracies is they all fall apart. Look at Watergate, Benghazi, Monica, etc. Those of you who question the ballistics tests need to remember that bullets are just like Democrats: they have no brains, cause great destruction, and are totally unpredictable. Case closed.
I do not know the rationale for keeping some of the records sealed for half a century, but I can think of no plausible reason that should have outweighed the public´s right to know everything and the inevitable risk of breeding suspicion and conspiracy theories by failure to be completely transparent. The writer does not address this point, at least not directly. He writes that "Those who, after almost five decades, contend that some information was withheld from the commission, or that it did not follow matters to the point of certainty, even if true, have not been able effectively to show that these alleged deficiencies could have affected the conclusion. The issue should not be whether the commission reached perfection in its methodology — something that is unobtainable — but whether the evidence supports its conclusion. And it does." This, of course, makes no sense at all. How could anyone show that evidence that has been withheld from them makes a difference? How would they know if the evidence supports the conclusions of the commission if they are denied access to all the evidence? The very policy of withholding information, any information, is a sure-fire way to generate conspiracy theories.
I firmly believe that folks who cling to conspiracy theories after 50 years don´t have enough to do with their time. Why not research further than Oliver Stone´s movie and loonie books? By the way, you can find several loonies every day hawking pamphlets at Dealey Plaza.
I was 12 when jfk was shot. Of course I will never forget and believe those events caused my interest in politics. What I don´t understand is the transfer of oswald where jack ruby shot him. Can you imagine anything so important to the death of our president being so lax? I can believe that the little cuban/russian/communist putz shot him. But I just am not sure. I am sure no one expected such a devastating film of the killing, total breakdown of security in the jail, no Dallas autopsy and a hundred other problems and questions. With our government lying to us as at every opportunity I doubt we will ever know the truth. I remember watching every second that was on tv at that time and saw ruby shoot oswald live. It was a sad time no matter what you thought of the kennedys.
The reports that are still not released are classified Top Secret for 75 years, then Secret for the next 75 years, then Confidential for the next 75 years. I know because I handled military classified documents in the ´60s. This is what we called ´overclassified.´
I guess I was 11 when Kennedy was shot, and of course, will never forget. For all who say the evidence was never released, in a college history class we read the book, "The Warren Commission Report". Our college class, in the early 70s accepted the report as true, and so did I.
After reading a few books on the Kennedy Assassination describing how evidence was misplaced, lost, miraculously appears, and down right defies physics as presented by the Warren Commission and add to this the assassination of other political figures during this era with the fact that the evidence is still sealed to prevent further investigation into these events its almost comical people still believe that it was just Oswald by himself.
Another possibly well-intended, but rather lame, weak, and merely philosophical presentation that is mostly spin and PR.
Let´s see... The doctor who worked on JFK at Parkland Hospital wrote a book... in which he said the throat wound (that nicked the tie) was an entry wound. That doctor knew a lot about gunshot wounds and was puzzled about the odd "facts" in the official autopsy version.
A Dallas Morning News reporter was in Parkland Hospital in the hallway outside the ER during the events of Nov. 22, and talked to Jack Ruby there. He was puzzled by Ruby´s odd presence, and said to him, "Jack, what are you doing here?" Ruby lamely responded something about caring about JFK. The FBI tried repeatedly to make the reporter change his testimony. He refused each time, saying, "I knew who Jack Ruby was, and I addressed him by his name and talked to him." It was in this hallway where the so-called "Magic Bullet" was found lying on a vacant stretcher... Hmmmmm.
Both Lyin´ Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover were going to lose their jobs. JFK´s personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, wrote books about Johnson, who was going to be dumped in 1964. Hoover, according to Ms. Lincoln, who was present, helped LBJ blackmail JFK with audio sex tapes to force LBJ onto the 1960 ticket.
Hoover used the FBI to cover up much of the evidence to hide a conspiracy, regardless of who the perps were, and Hoover´s neighbor, pal, ally and crony, LBJ, became president and kept Hoover in office.
I read somewhere that Zapruder himself said he heard shots that he believed to have originated behind him. Several people pointed to the grassy knoll, and said they heard shots from that location. I´ve often wondered if there´s a special "team" within government that has the job of removing a president from office under special circumstances - what would we do, for example, if we suspected a president was mentally ill? - and perhaps about to launch WWIII or some other cataclysmic event - perhaps before normal channels of removal could be exercised? Do we really believe there is no contingency? Kennedy was on a dozen medications, including receiving intravenous injections of a precursor to methamphetamine. In Dallas, a couple secret service agents were waived off the car, ordered to fall behind (you can see it on YouTube, where one agent raises his arms in the air in disbelief). Then there´s that tell-tale smile and wink (was it Sen. Yarborough?) on Air Force One as LBJ is sworn in... pic is easily found on the ´net. Add a couple more things: Oswald is 24 years old, and he´s totally calm as the press shouts questions at him - calling himself a "patsy." And... there was around 12 hours of interrogation of Oswald before he was killed - NO TRANSCRIPTS OR RECORDINGS WERE MADE, and whatever he said has been lost to history - or so we´re told. He might have been a part of it (or not), but there´s no way he was all of it.
On the Monday before, November 18, 1963, the plan to assassinate JFK during his appearance in Miami, Florida was thwarted when his motorcade was canceled and he flew by helicopter to his speech instead.
The shooters then drove to Texas for the next attempt the following weekend.
They even told a lady they picked up in Louisiana what their plans were. She told authorities on Thursday, November 21, 1963, and was deemed "insane." It´s a matter of record.
It was illegal to remove JFK´s body from Texas. It was illegal to destroy the original autopsy notes. The brain went missing. The limo was destroyed by order of LBJ.
Oswald was not a good shot, and said he had not shot anyone. He never said anything against JFK.
Multiple authorities in law enforcement and CBS News said the weapon found in the alleged shooter´s lair was a German Mauser with a scope, and the DA for Dallas also said it.
The guy who gave Oswald a ride to work that day said he did not have anything big enough to be a Mannlicher-Carcano that was the alleged murder weapon with him on the ride...
I was very young but I saw the Ruby assassination live on TV. The first words uttered by the grown ups in the room was "this is very fishy." It looked as though the police officers who were escorting Oswald knew something was coming. They seemed to thrust Oswald in front of Ruby to ensure he had a great shot.
I do not believe the Warren report. The magic bullet, and the fatal shot theory is very far fetched. JFK was killed by a bullet fired from the grassy knoll. The shooters were behind the fence. It was a very easy shot. The distance was less than 200 ft. This was a professional hit, but the truth will never come out.
Sure are a lot of "experts" here who were young kids, or not even alive at the time, who seem to know more about this than those of us who were grown up(29) at the time. And anyone who believes an Oliver Stone movie needs to survey his grasp on reality. I´ll bet some of you believe 9/11 was an inside job, perpetrated for some unknown reason by government lackys. And Lincoln really wasn´t assassinated. He was kidnapped and brought to Africa, where he died in the Sahara. And Santa is real.
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D S Craft, 11/2/2013 10:29:58 PM (No. 9595778)
I have watched the Zapruder film over, and over, and over again. There is absolutely no way the kill shot came from behind Kennedy. You can see as clearly as the nose on your face that the right front of his face explodes in a mist of blood and tissue and his head snaps back and to the left. To suggest that the shot came from the back and to the right is ridiculous and defies logic. I mean, who are you going to believe, the Warren Commission or your own lying eyes.
I have a considerable collection of books concerning the assassination. Kennedy knew he was a target. Dallas was the third attempt in a week. What ghastly heavy knowledge for any to endure. The world was stunned by the news - so many people had pinned their hopes on JFK for a change of direction and hope for the future. There are too many glaring inconsistencies to naively believe the Warren Commission. Too many people who were connected to JFK or knew something died in strange ways or just disappeared within months after the assassination. MKUltra had perfected a form of mind control which was probably employed on the patsies of the political killings at that time. Eye witnesses placed Oswald in the second floor lunch room during the assassination. Trajectory of bullet that blew his skull and brain out backwards had to be caused by a sharp shot from in front, not possible from the book depository. I cannot believe that in the face of overwhelming investigative findings that people still subscribe to the Oswald being the lone shooter.
Look for ´Farewell America´ - written in the mid-to-late 60s, purportedly by French and British intelligence folks. Published in Europe, but banned in America. Yes -banned in America. Quite a convincing book.
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