I read somewhere, maybe in an article someone posted in this group, that neither Robert nor Jackie Kennedy believed that Oswald acted alone. If they didn't believe the final report, how can anyone else be expected to believe it?
I also read that the parade route was changed at the last minute. If that's true, how would Oswald, or anyone else, have known where to build the sniper's nest?
A man I work with reads everything in the news about the assassination and he has a whole shelf full of books about it. He said that there was a memo that J. Edgar Hoover wrote when Oswald was living in Russia about there being somebody in the United States impersonating Oswald who was trying to get a copy of his birth certificate. The only reason a person could have for trying to get a birth certificate is if he wanted to pass himself off as that person.
I believe that Oswald was the kind of person who would agree to take part in something like shooting the President, maybe for money. If someone told him to put a gun in his pocket and be at a certain place to act as some kind of diversion, I think that he would have done it. If there was another man that looked a lot like him, wearing clothes like him and who was on that same street and shot the officer, and then went in the theater, where Oswald was already in the theater, it would have been easy for the other man to get away by going out another door or just walking out the front door with a crowd of people.
Little Green Book Shows Oswald Wanted to Kill Gov. Connally, Not JFK
In the hours after the Kennedy assassination, after Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J. D. Tippit and was identified as the president’s assassin, a Secret Service officer named Mike Howard was dispatched to Oswald’s apartment. Howard found a little green address book, and on its 17th page under the heading “I WILL KILL,” Oswald listed four men: an FBI agent named James Hosty; a right-wing general, Edwin Walker; and Vice-President Richard Nixon. At the top of the list was the governor of Texas, John Connally. Through Connally’s name, Oswald had drawn a dagger, with blood drops dripping downward. Agent Howard turned the address book over to the FBI and, ultimately, to the Warren Commission. Only some time later did he learn that the list with its hugely important insight into the killer’s motive had been torn out of the book.
I didn’t hear about Howard until after I published my book The Accidental Victim three years ago on the 50th anniversary of the assassination. In it I argue a circumstantial case that it was Connally, not John F. Kennedy, who was Oswald’s target in Dallas. It is the story of a smoldering grudge in which Oswald came to associate Connally with all the setbacks in his disastrous, hopeless life. This grudge got started in January 1962. Oswald was in the Soviet Union, where he’d gone after being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps. When the Marines learned he wanted to defect, Oswald’s discharge was summarily downgraded to undesirable. (The defection was never consummated.) Oswald was angry and for good reason; his actions after his discharge had nothing to do with his three years as a Marine.
By early 1962, Oswald was disenchanted with Soviet life and wanted to return home. He was now saddled with a wife, Marina, and a child, and he knew that someone with a ninth-grade education, who had spent time in Russia and had an undesirable discharge on his record, would have few prospects in America. Oswald wrote a heartfelt plea to Connally, a fellow Texan and the head of the Navy Department, the civilian overseer of the Marines. In poignant terms, Oswald asked Connally to redress what was a transparent miscarriage of justice. What he got back a month later, in February 1962, was a classic bureaucratic brush-off. The dismissive letter arrived in an envelope with Connally’s smiling face on the front, bursting from a Texas star and announcing his bid for the Texas governorship.
In the months after Oswald’s return to America, his worst fears were realized. He did, indeed, have serious trouble finding and holding jobs in Texas. According to the testimony of Russian emigres in Dallas who knew him during this period, every time his discharge came up in a job interview, Oswald froze, and his blame of Connally deepened.
In her testimony to the Warren Commission, Oswald’s wife, Marina, definitively named Connally and not Kennedy as her husband’s target. She repeated this belief in testimony to the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978. Dallas emigres also testified to Oswald’s obsession with Connally. Moreover, there was ample testimony that Oswald bore no animus toward Kennedy. Indeed, he admired JFK’s important initiatives like the president’s efforts at detente with Russia.
Why was this evidence on motive ignored and buried in the official investigations? More pointedly, why is Oswald’s little green book – which I’ve examined in the National Archives – missing that pivotal page? For many years, in a community college class he teaches, retired Agent Howard has put forward his view of the assassination: Connally, not Kennedy, was Oswald’s target. To the question of the missing address book page, Howard suggests two possibilities. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover would not have wanted his agency, through agent Hosty, to be implicated in Oswald’s murderous rage. As it turns out, Hosty had vigorously interviewed Marina Oswald over her immigration status just weeks before the assassination. An infuriated Oswald left a written threat at the Dallas FBI office in early November 1963. Hosty testified to Congress that on orders from higher-ups he deep-sixed the threat after the assassination. President Lyndon Johnson might have had an even stronger motivation: He would not have wanted Connally, his closest friend, to be identified as the catalyst for the crime.
For 53 years, a cottage industry has developed over the motive for the Kennedy assassination. It had to be connected to the Mafia or the Russians or the Cubans or Oswald’s Marxist beliefs or Jack Ruby’s petty crimes in the Dallas underworld. The public has embraced the notion that the greatest crime of the 20th century must have been the product of an equally grandiose conspiracy.
But none of these conspiracy theories hold up when the events of the six months prior to Nov. 22, 1963, are carefully studied. Oswald was no cold-hearted professional assassin under orders. The real answer to the reasons he took aim are to be found in his frustrations and obsessions. And the real tragedy of Dallas lies in the accidental death of a president who just happened to be in the line of fire.
James Reston Jr., The Los Angeles Times, November 22, 2016.
Post by Graveyardbride on Aug 23, 2017 13:56:04 GMT -5
Oswald in New Orleans.
Documents Reveal CIA Withheld Information about JFK Conspiracy
In May 1964, top CIA officials stonewalled the official investigation of the murder of President John F. Kennedy by concealing or downplaying evidence about the Cuban contacts of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused assassin, according to newly declassified documents. The documents, released online last month by the National Archives, show how two CIA spymasters concocted a series of false and misleading statements that served to steer the Warren Commission investigation away from evidence that might point to a conspiracy.
The long-secret records, stamped with the words “Reproduction Prohibited,” shed new light on two key issues related to the death of JFK: (1) the agency’s plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro at the time JFK was killed; and (2) the CIA’s pre-assassination knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald, the 24-year-old ex-Marine, who was arrested for killing Kennedy. The JFK Story. Kennedy, a popular president, was shot and killed as his motorcade passed through downtown Dallas, Texas, on Friday, Nov. 22, 1963. At least 40 bystanders (including 21 police officers) said gunfire came from in front of the motorcade, as well as behind. A bystander’s home movie footage lent credence to the notion, but was suppressed by the government. In custody, Oswald denied responsibility. “I didn’t shoot anybody,” he told reporters. Within hours, he was killed in police custody by a strip club owner with organized crime connections. These shocking and baffling events traumatized the country and the world, like no other single event, at least until the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
A solid majority of the American public immediately suspected more than one person was involved. The Warren Commission concluded that Oswald had killed JFK for no discernible reason. A congressional investigation in 1978 concluded JFK had been killed by a conspiracy, but the perpetrators could not be identified.
A half-century later, conspiracy theories about who killed JFK are still favored by a majority of Americans. Many of the theories are absurd. Others are quite plausible. Washington insiders such as President Lyndon Johnson, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and JFK’s brother, Robert Kennedy, privately concluded that JFK had been killed by his enemies who opposed his policies.
Politico’s Version. The JFK story is back in the news. Under a law passed by Congress in 1992, all the government’s JFK files had to be released within 25 years, by 2017. The July 24 release was the first in a series of document dumps that the National Archives says will take place before October 24, the statutory deadline for full disclosure.
Politico claims the first batch of new files show “How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder.” In the article, reporter Philip Shenon and professor Larry Sabato revive the theory that Fidel Castro might have been behind the crime. The “Castro done it” theory, it is worth noting, was first floated within hours of JFK’s murder – by CIA propaganda assets. The Cuban Student Directorate, a Miami-based organization funded by the agency, published a broadsheet less than 48 hours after JFK’s death, declaring that Oswald and Castro were the “presumed assassins.” The group was funded under a covert program with the code name AMSPELL. A declassified CIA memo shows the group was receiving $51,000 a month (the equivalent of $350,000 today) from the agency at the time of its conspiracy-mongering. The “botched” investigation by the Warren Commission failed to pick up on the possible Oswald-Castro connection in 1964, Shenon and Sabato say. Not until 1975, they claim, did CIA officials realize that “no one had properly followed up on clues about an especially mysterious chapter in Oswald’s life – a six-day, apparently self-financed trip to Mexico City.” As a result of these lapses, they say, Oswald’s ties to Cuban intelligence were never properly investigated.
Botched vs. Controlled. This is a charitable reading of the new files, as WhoWhatWhy has noted. A more thorough reading of the new records tells a different story: The JFK investigation was not “botched” or “bungled” – it was controlled by two top CIA officials.
If no one in the ranks of the CIA or FBI followed up obvious questions raised by Oswald’s trip to Mexico City and other key issues, it was because deputy director Richard Helms and counterintelligence chief James Angleton made sure they didn’t. Helms and Angleton were the second and third ranking officials in the agency in 1963. They proceeded to crush colleagues like John Whitten, chief of the agency’s Mexico desk, who dared seek a real investigation of Oswald. Helms, who served as CIA director from 1967 to 1973, was the first director to be convicted of a felony. In 1978, he pled guilty to lying to Congress about an assassination plot in Chile. Helms died in 2002. Angleton was fired as counterintelligence chief in December 1974 after the New York Times revealed he had presided over a massive program to spy on opponents of the Vietnam War. He died in 1987.
The new documents show how these two spymasters relied on a series of deceptive memoranda to steer investigators away from evidence that indicated a possible pro- or anti-Castro Cuban conspiracy. If the official investigation was botched, it was because Helms and Angleton intended it to fail.
The Politico story, while rightly focusing on the most important new records to surface, whitewashes the reality they disclose: that the CIA leadership effectively gained control of the JFK investigation within a few months of the assassination and corrupted it. It’s not a pretty picture. The two senior CIA officers, opposed to JFK’s policy on Cuba, blocked and impeded investigation of a possible conspiracy behind his murder. At the same time, they concealed their own role in the monitoring of the accused assassin and conspiring to kill Fidel Castro.
Four Lies. The new records, available on the National Archives website and searchable in more accessible form at BlackVault.com, document how the CIA misled JFK investigators on four key issues:
1. The agency’s conspiracy in November 1963 to assassinate Fidel Castro. 2. The date CIA personnel first opened a file on Lee Harvey Oswald. 3. What CIA operations officers knew about Oswald’s contacts with an agency-funded anti-Castro group in New Orleans in the summer of 1963. 4. What top officials knew about Oswald’s visit to the Cuban consulate six weeks before the assassination.
These misrepresentations ensured the Warren Commission never knew about, much less investigated, the CIA’s role in the events leading to the tragedy of Dallas.
The new JFK revelations, found in a 157-page file called “Helms Hearing Duplicate,” documents these lies. The file is a collection of papers gathered by former director Helms as he prepared to testify to the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978. The memos tell the story of how the CIA dealt with the Warren Commission in the spring of 1964, when a senior counterintelligence officer named Harold Swenson began raising some uncomfortable questions that the CIA did not want to share with investigators. Swenson’s findings and recommendations were suppressed for a decade. Other memos from 1975 recount the agency’s defensive reaction when the CIA manipulation of the Warren Commission was first exposed. The file, in short, tells the story of a coverup, how the CIA gained control of the official investigation of Oswald and effectively killed it. There is no theory here, no anonymous sources, no Alex Jones BS. All the evidence is clickable.
Controlling the Commission
Lie No. 1: All CIA information was furnished to the Warren Commission. “There is no conclusive evidence of conspiratorial sponsorship of Oswald. … all Agency information bearing on the problem has been furnished to the Commission.” So declared a May 1964 memo, prepared at Angleton’s direction (read it on p. 39).
Not true. Helms and Angleton were both aware of the CIA’s efforts to assassinate Castro in 1962-1963, which were highly relevant to the question of conspiratorial sponsorship, and motive. If the CIA was trying to kill the Cuban leader, perhaps Castro had taken preemptive action in Dallas. Helms and Angleton hid these plots for the next decade. The new JFK files include a letter from investigators, written 12 years later, asking if the CIA had been plotting to kill Castro at the time JFK was killed (p. 34). The subsequent investigation confirmed the CIA knew about multiple plots to kill the Cuban leader at the time the agency assured the Warren Commission that “all information” bearing on the conspiracy “problem” had been shared. Lie No 2: The CIA wasn’t initially interested in Oswald. “The CIA file on Lee Harvey Oswald was opened December 9, 1960, to accommodate biographic information developed by the CIA in response to an inquiry from the Department of State on a list of American defectors in Soviet Bloc countries.”
False. Actually, the first CIA file on Oswald had been opened a year before, according to agency records declassified in the 1990s. Intelligence historian John Newman tells the story of Oswald’s file in his pioneering book, Oswald and CIA. The date of Oswald’s CIA file is not a trivial detail, but a tell-tale indicator of the agency’s early interest in the accused assassin. The first Oswald file was opened and held by the agency’s Office of Security in December 1959, shortly after Oswald moved to the Soviet Union. This file was controlled by Betty Egerter, an aide to counterintelligence chief Angleton, who worked in an office called the Special Investigations Group. All information about Oswald received by the State Department, FBI and Office of Naval Intelligence was funneled to the SIG (Special Investigations Group). Just a year later, on Dec. 9, 1960, Egerter opened a “201 file” on Oswald.
This misrepresentation (found on p. 95 of the file) led the Warren Commission, the Washington press corps and the American people to believe that agency officials thought so little of Oswald they took a year to open a file on him, and did so only at the request of another agency. The effect, if not the intention, of this lie was to conceal Angleton’s early interest in Oswald from investigators.
Lie No. 3: Under the AMSPELL, “all information in the possession of the Agency regarding Oswald’s activities and associations outside of the United States has been made available to the Commission ....”
Elegantly false. This artful lie (found on p. 38 of the file) is impressive in its audacity. Yes, the CIA had turned over information about Oswald when he was outside the United States. But the agency had not turned over all information about Oswald’s activities and associations inside the United States.
It was a telling omission. The CIA’s charter bars the agency’s operating on U.S. soil, a prohibition that was honored mostly in the breach in the early 1960s. In the summer of 1963, Oswald had repeated encounters in New Orleans with members of a CIA-funded anti-Castro group, the Cuban Student Directorate (aka AMSPELL). After JFK was killed, AMSPELL agents disseminated the first version of the “Castro done it” conspiracy theory to Miami supporters and unwitting newspaper reporters. The CIA did not share any information about the Oswald-AMSPELL contacts or AMSPELL’s conspiracy theory with JFK investigators.
This lie is still a sensitive subject with the U.S. government in 2017. Some AMSPELL records were made public only last month. Other AMSPELL documents from 1963 remain off-limits to the American people. When I sued the CIA for AMSPELL files, the CIA refused to make them public on grounds the release of these ancient records would harm U.S. “national security.” In reporting on my lawsuit, the New York Times described the agency’s response to my lawsuit as “cagey.”
Lie No. 4: The CIA didn’t know about Oswald’s Cuban contacts before Kennedy was killed. “After the assassination of President Kennedy and the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, an intensive review of all available sources was undertaken in Mexico City to determine the purpose of Oswald’s visit. It was learned that Oswald had also visited the Cuban Consulate ....” So Helms told the Warren Commission in a Jan. 31, 1964 memo (p. 97).
Untrue and incriminating. This is perhaps the most revealing lie of all to emerge from the new JFK files. In fact, senior CIA officials knew about Oswald’s visit to the Cuban consulate on Sept. 27, 1963, almost as soon as it happened. I tell the story in my book, Our Man in Mexico and JFK scholars do not dispute the details.
The CIA’s audio and photo surveillance teams picked up on Oswald’s visit and reported it immediately to Mexico City station chief Win Scott. When the CIA’s lie was repeated on p. 777 of the Warren Commission report, Scott repudiated it. In an unpublished memoir, Scott wrote: “Every piece of information concerning Lee Harvey Oswald was reported immediately ... and included in each and every one of these reports was the entire conversation Oswald had, from Cuban Consulate ....”
The CIA’s profession of ignorance about Oswald’s visit to the consulate was intended to deceive. As I show in my forthcoming biography of James Angleton, the counterintelligence chief was paying close personal attention to the Cuban consulate in Mexico City at the time Oswald arrived there in late September 1963 to apply for a visa to travel to Cuba. The lie was intended to conceal Angleton’s knowledge of Oswald’s Cuban contacts while JFK was still alive.
Who to Believe? Are these misrepresentations evidence of an investigation that was “bungled” or “botched,” as Shenon and Sabato say? Or are they evidence that the JFK investigation was cunningly compromised?
These are sensitive questions. Mainstream news organizations in Washington, like Politico, now seem willing to air the unthreatening “Castro might have done it” conspiracy theory, while still loathe even to mention the possibility of a plot from within the U.S. government. To me, Shenon and Sabato, while well-informed, are less convincing than French president Charles de Gaulle and Cuban president Fidel Castro. The former was a stodgy center-right statesman, the latter a canny leftist revolutionary. They didn’t agree on much, but they were both astute men of power and had both survived CIA-backed assassination plots. De Gaulle and Castro agreed JFK was killed by enemies in his own government.
The JFK files to be released in the next two months will not yield “smoking gun” proof of conspiracy one way or another. They will, however, shed more light on the disturbing story of how top CIA officials, including Helms and Angleton, conspired to kill the truth about who killed JFK.
Source: Jefferson Morley, The National Memo, August 14, 2017.
De Gaulle and Castro agreed JFK was killed by enemies in his own government.
I've never believed that Castro had anything to do with the assassination. If the CIA lied about one thing, they would lie about another. There have been rumors that Oswald was working for the CIA and passing out "Fair Play for Cuba" flyers and pretending to be a communist was just a front. Others, like the woman at the employment office in Dallas, swore there were two Oswalds. I hope President Trump releases the rest of those records.
Post by Graveyardbride on Nov 3, 2017 19:49:05 GMT -5
As Long-Suspected, Oswald Was a Trained CIA Operative
Lee Harvey Oswald was a trained CIA operative and his American spymasters covered up the secret after he allegedly blew away the president of the United States! This incredible, long suspected – yet never proven – revelation is finally verified through a bombshell smoking gun memo obtained by RadarOnline.
The memo was written by John McCone, then-director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to James J. Rowley, chief of the Secret Service. The explosive document is dated March 3, 1964 and ominously carries a subject heading, “Central Intelligence Report on the Assassination of John Kennedy.” McCone indicates he is writing Rowley, “In response to the request made by your office on 24 February 1964 re: Lee Oswald’s activities and assignments on behalf of this agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation, there follows a narrative summary of the internal subversive activities of the Oswald subject.”
The memo continued: “Oswald subject was trained by this agency, under cover of Naval Intelligence, for Soviet assignments. During preliminary training in 1957, subject was active in aerial reconnaissance of mainland China and maintained a security clearance up to the ‘confidential’ level. His military records during this period are open to your agency and I have directed they be forwarded to the Commission.”
McCone’s communication comes to Radar by way of Stephen Jaffe, who worked with legendary New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison on the only investigation, to date, to bring charges in connection with Kennedy’s murder on Nov. 22, 1963. “I have reviewed hundreds of thousands of JFK assassination documents over my 50-year career as a forensics expert and it is my firm opinion the McCone-Rowely memo is authentic,” Jaffe tells Radar. “The tone of secrecy between agency directors is typical of how they worked to suppress the truth about Kennedy’s assassination. That tone of secrecy rings true. It’s the way these people talked to each other.” What’s more, Jaffe adds: “The sentence structure also rings true and the way Oswald is referred to. The fact that they call him ‘Oswald subject’ – that’s agency speak!”
The memo also emerges as the National Archives is poised to release thousands of pages of never-before-seen and previously classified documents pertaining to the Warren Commission’s investigation into the president’s death. But, as Jaffe explains to Radar, the McCone-Rowley memo will likely not be part of that document dump – and for the simple reason that, in the letter, McCone instructs Rowley not to turn over evidence Oswald worked for the CIA unless the Warren Commission specifically asked for it! “I recommend,” McCone writes, “that unless the (Warren) Commission makes a specific request for specific information contained herein, that this information not be volunteered.
“This agency has reason to assume that some junior Commission staff members may be potential sources of leaks to the news media or to other agencies; due to the highly sensitive nature of the enclosed material, it would certainly be in the national interest to withhold it as this time – unless there is, of course, a specific request made,” McCone continues. “I am concerned that if this information were in any way disclosed to the wrong persons, it would lead the media to erroneously claim this agency, and perhaps others, were directly involved in the Dallas action.”
For decades, Americans have suspected Oswald worked for the CIA, although proof remained elusive. As history has recorded, he enlisted in the Marine Corps on Oct. 24, 1956, and was posted to Naval Air Facility Atsugi, near Tokyo. That same base was also home to a super-secret CIA facility.
“Subject received additional indoctrination at our own Camp Peary site from September 8 to October 17, 1958,” McCone writes, referring to a Virginia military base. He adds that Oswald “participated in a few relatively minor assignments until arrangements were made for his entry into the Soviet Union in September of 1959.”
Historians have long asserted Oswald defected to the U.S.S.R. – although McCone’s letter proves it was all part of a CIA plot! “While in the Soviet Union, he was on special assignment in the area of Minsk. It would not be advantageous at this time to divulge the specifics of that assignment,” McCone writes, adding that while there, Oswald may have been flipped by Soviet spies – and turned into a Manchurian candidate! “Speculation within this agency – and this is only speculation at this point,” McCone notes, “is that Oswald subject became unstable following surgery April 1, 1961, in the Minsk Hospital. He may have been chemically or electronically ‘controlled’ … a sleeper agent. Subject spent eleven days hospitalized for a ‘minor ailment,’ which should have required no more than three days hospitalization at the most.” Following this medical procedure, McCone informed Rowley the CIA found Oswald had grown “unreliable and emotionally unstable” – and his career with the agency was wound down. He further insists the CIA had no involvement in JFK’s murder, or, as he called it, “the Dallas action.”
But incredibly, McCone hints the conspiracy to suppress vital information regarding Oswald’s U.S. intelligence ties extended beyond the CIA to FBI head J. Edgar Hoover! “It is my understanding,” he writes, “Mr. Hoover has certain sensitive information within his agency, which has [been] transferred to his own personal files for safekeeping; he concurs that no material should be voluntarily given to the Commission which might affect the status of field operatives or their safety.”
Source: Mike Jaccarino, RadarOnline, November 1, 2017.
Today, November 22nd, is the 54th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. And for weeks now, the government has been releasing large batches of long-secret JFK assassination records – but it’s been mainly hype as the documents lack any substantive content and “at least two-thirds of the never-seen JFK files that were supposed to be released – some 2,538 records – remain secret,” according to AlterNet.
But one thing’s for certain, much of the mainstream media perpetuates the Three Big Lies of the assassination. For instance, several weeks ago, I watched and listened in astonishment as Chris Matthews of MSNBC repeated those lies without batting an eye. Matthews – a liberal pundit – has just written a book about Bobby Kennedy and feels he’s an expert on the brother John. Here are the Three Big Lies repeated by Matthews:
1. The Warren Commission was right. 2. Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy. 3. And Oswald did it alone.
Just the opposite is actually true:
1. The Warren Commission was not right. 2. Oswald could not have shot Kennedy. 3. And Oswald was not acting alone.
I have studied the assassination for a long time – since the 1970s – and am convinced (like most Americans) that there was definitely a subsequent cover-up . Four years ago, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder, I engaged in a massive study, reading everything available – and there was a wave of new books, articles and videos back then – and ended up writing a two-part series. Following are Parts 1 and 2:
Noting how the anniversary was dealt with by some media, I wrote: Continuing the country’s exoneration, a number of television stations have been broadcasting films and videos about our history from 50 years ago. And now we can safely announce that CNN has just joined the History Channel and the National Geographic channel in continuing the cover-up, as all three networks fully back the Warren Commission and Oswald as “the lone assassin.”
Despite the plethora of “new” material back then, I cautioned readers: Of course, if you really want to get down to brass tacks, you have to pick up the original and seminal critique of the Warren Report, a book by attorney Mark Lane, The Rush to Judgement. His Plausible Denial picks up and updates the data surrounding the unsolved murder.
I focused on the mass media’s role in continuing the cover-up, concluding that the corporate media wants us to believe the Warren Report. Yet the Warren Report was debunked decades ago! By whom, you might ask? Well, by Congress itself. In the late 1970s Congress convened an investigation of the Warren Report and created the House Select Committee on Assassinations. The Congressional investigation concluded in 1979 that Lee Harvey Oswald was not alone and that at least one shot came from the Grassy Knoll.
I wrote: Between CNN, the History Channel and National Geographic at least – as well as numerous books and current articles, it’s almost as if the Select Committee and its conclusions never existed. Yet, one thing about time, it allows for continued research – and there’s been a mountain of research on the assassination and cover-up these past 50 years. Here’s what most researchers have concluded:
• Oswald was involved in intelligence services on behalf of the U.S. government;
• There is an overabundance of evidence that demonstrates that Oswald was framed for the assassination;
• That he could not have physically pulled it off – from firing a decrepit rifle within a few seconds, to hitting a moving target, through tree leaves, to getting down four flights of stairs to end up in the lunch room, to returning to his boarding house, to shooting officer Tippet.
• There’s also evidence that someone was impersonating Oswald for months before the Dealey Plaza incident.
• Oswald did not act alone;
• The existence of a cover-up, of a conspiracy – is proved by a combination of the successful framing of Oswald, coupled with successful attempts to suppress vital evidence;
• Individuals within the federal government were involved and/or aware of the conspiracy;
• Two very powerful men in government – besides JFK and his brother Robert, the Attorney General, – were Vice-President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover. Both men were close friends of the other, and both were facing the probable ending of their careers, either before or after the upcoming 1964 Presidential elections. Kennedy was going to fire Hoover after his reelection and probably remove Johnson as his running mate (also Johnson faced several significant scandals and even possible prison time).
• Hoover, the FBI head, had almost veto power as to whom Johnson appointed to the Warren Commission. His agency was the only investigative arm of the Commission and controlled the flow of evidence to the Commission’s staff.
Another chilling aspect of studying the assassination is simply the extraordinary high number of mysterious deaths of material witnesses or people with information. Author and assassination researcher Jim Marrs determined that: “In the three-year period which followed the murder of President Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald, 18 material witnesses died – six by gunfire, three in motor accidents, two by suicide, one from a cut throat, one from a karate chop to the neck, three from heart attacks and two from natural causes.” The London Times hired an actuary who concluded that on November 22, 1963, the odds against these witnesses being dead by February 1967, were one hundred thousand trillion to one.
According to Marrs, because so many of the these deaths involve persons either working with or connected with the CIA or other domestic intelligence services, the Agency has gone to some lengths to discredit the idea of mysterious deaths plaguing assassination witnesses. Also crucial to note is how the deaths are grouped. Much of the early ones occurred during the period that the Warren Commission was conducting its investigation – and just afterwards. Also, some deaths came in the late 1960s as New Orleans DA Jim Garrison was doing his investigation. Marrs says: “Other suspicious deaths occurred during the mid-1970s, as the Senate Intelligence Committee was looking into assassinations by U.S. intelligence agencies. And finally, another spate of deaths came around 1977, just as the House Select Committee on Assassinations was gearing up its investigations.”
Near the end of Part 2, I included a list of people who had connections – even tenuous ones – to the assassination and who are dead now, listed by date of death.
Also fascinating is the infamous Life magazine cover photo of someone – supposedly Oswald – holding a rifle in a backyard. Look at it and see if you can see the contradictory characteristics of the photo the government and mass media wanted us all to believe was real.
But beyond all of this, here we are – still in the midst of the Three Big Lies. Just don’t accept it – most Americans, as I said, don’t. And most of all, don’t repeat these lies to your children – they deserve better.
There's a Netflix show about a Mexican assassination called 1994 and the assassin, who killed a presidential candidate, was apprehended, although they allegedly tried to kill him on the spot, and interrogated so we get to see the assassin up close. Skip to Episode 3 if you want to get to the assassination and see the suspect in custody.
I remember the JFK assassination and it affected the American people much more than the 9/11 attacks. There are also a lot more books, movies and documentaries about it than any other death in U.S. history.