In 1963, a little over 50% of Americans thought that there was a conspiracy on some level with the Kennedy assassination, that Oswald acted with others in the plot. By 2001, the number was 81%. Why have so many people questioned the events surrounding the death of one of our most beloved presidents?
If you can stomach it, take a good look at this stabilized version of the Zapruder Film. The shot that kills JFK is quite clear, an explosion is visible on the front right side of his head. His head jerks backwards immediately. Where do you think this shot came from? If you thought that the front right of the car would make the most sense, then your senses would agree with many of the witnesses that day. There was a grassy knoll located to the front right of the vehicle, a great place for a sniper to hide, as you can see from this Dealey Plaza diagram. The problem is that Lee Harvey Oswald was not located at the grassy knoll, but rather at the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository roughly 180 degrees behind Kennedy.
Over 200 witness testimonies were collected that day, November 22, 1963. This master list compiles 216 witnesses, of which 109 claimed to know the location of where the shots fired. Of these 109, 52 claimed to have heard or witnessed shots fired from the white picket fence upon the grassy knoll, and 48 claimed that they heard or witnessed shots fired from the Depository. 5 claimed to have heard shots from both, and 4 listed other areas. (You can crosscheck this list here, which hosts the transcripts of the witness testimony).
The official story from the FBI and the Warren Commission is that three total shots came from a window on the sixth floor, shot by Oswald. This statement is true, and there are plenty of witnesses who claimed to have seen or heard shots from this area. But based on witness testimony alone, not to mention the Zapruder film and dictabelt audio analysis, one would think that there had to have been a second shooter, who fired a fourth bullet that killed Kennedy.
I mentioned dictabelt audio evidence. In 1982, the National Academy of Sciences disputed audio evidence of a second gunman, originating from a microphone on a police motorcycle in the motorcade near Kennedy's vehicle, claiming that the dictabelt recording of four shots was actually random noise occurring minutes later. It is worth mentioning that the Chief Officer of Operations of the NAS at the time was ex-CIA director James Woolsely, who has been implicated in the JFK assassination. Anyways, the assertion that the audio was irrelevant has since been debunked by a peer reviewed article in Science and Justice, a quarterly publication of Britain's Forensic Science Society, which revealed that the NAS ignored crucial parts of the dictabelt recording of a police officers conversation, showing that it did indeed line up directly with the assassination with a 96.3% statistical chance of certainty, proving a fourth shot from a second location.
There is a lot more equally flimsy 'debunking' of legitimate evidence of a conspiracy, as one would expect when there is no other recourse but to admit that the murder occurred. For example, the Zapruder film was proclaimed to be a hoax for a significant period of time, before the revelation that Abraham Zapruder had forbid the publishing of a few specific frames (the frame of Kennedy's head exploding had given him nightmares), which have been retrieved and included in the video I posted. Not to mention the video had never left his possession, he had only given copies to the secret service. And the ridiculousness of making a hoax video when multiple other real videos of the incident existed. Anyways I do not wish to respond here to every single instance like this but I would be happy to respond to anything specific in the comments.
So we have audio, visual, and eyewitness evidence of a second shooter in the grassy knoll. There are a lot more anomalous circumstances surrounding the assassination but there is SO MUCH DISINFORMATION out there that I decided to cut the wheat from the chafe, so to speak, and only address the most important aspects, as this evidence already speaks for itself. Everything else is icing on the cake.
Why Would Someone Want JFK Dead?
*By 1963 there were plans on the books to withdraw from Vietnam. Between military contractors and mob interests (Most of the worlds heroin was produced in this region, the Golden Triangle, and the CIA is notorious for being complicit in drug smuggling.), the Vietnam war was a trillion dollar profit making enterprise.
*Kennedy was soft on Cuba, which was considered to be a very important asset to the CIA. Furthermore, he embarrassed the CIA with the Bay of Pigs by refusing to aid with air support when their assault began failing. He also rejected Operation Northwoods, which would have used false flags to incite the public to go to war with Cuba. He fired CIA leadership over this.
*Kennedy supported a coup against Portuguese dictator Antonio Salazar, who was propped up by the CIA.
*Executive order 11110, returning the power to print money back to the federal government. Regardless of the intent or application of the executive order, the facts are that it prevented the private Federal Reserve from having sole control over money creation, a battle that bankers had been fighting since the founding fathers. The order wasn't reversed until Reagan but the policy of accepting silver certificates was reversed immediately in 1964.
*Kennedy supported the liberal Sukarno government with billions in aid. After his death, America would prop up and aid the murderous Suharto dictatorship, who is responsible for between an estimated 200,000 and 1 million deaths.
*Ally of Patrice Luamba, who was assassinated by the CIA.
*Supported the independence of Guinea, which was considered to be within the Soviet sphere of influence.
*Kennedy took many actions trying to diffuse the Cold War, such as revising SIOP-62, the US's plan to use nuclear weapons against every Communist country in the world, even if Russia was the only aggressor. It is important to understand that the continuation of the Cold War was critical to the continuation of the military industrial complex, they could not exist if there are no enemies to fight (Parallels to today's War of Terror are significant).
*Horrible relations with the head of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover, who not so coincidentally was great friends with LBJ.
*Was about to end the Oil Depletion Allowance, a huge Oil industry tax break that is still in effect today and worth billions. LBJ and Hoover had many, many oil tycoon friends. And when we mention big Texas oil, we need to remember the Bush family, who was recently funding the Nazis.
*Far right elements, institutionalized in places such as the very influential American Security Council, who's members included the former Joint Chiefs of Staff Lemnitzer, who was fired by Kennedy after he proposed Operation Northwoods.
So this list is not entirely comprehensive and if you guys can add more in the comments I would certainly appreciate it, as I love learning and adding more information to my arsenal. But I have already established that essentially every major center of power in America had a reason to want to kill Kennedy, and that these power structures would certainly have the power to orchestrate a cover-up.
Who is responsible?
When we look at who benefits from each policy that changed from the transition of Kennedy to Lyndon B. Johnson, a few names pop up repeatedly. This section is pure speculation and cannot be proven, but I think there are some interesting arguments to be made.
*Richard Helms. His biographer described Helms as a 'gentlemanly planner of assassinations'. Helms was instrumental in the creation of the CIA, helping tailor the original 1949 bill that gave the new organization vast, sweeping powers to perform covert operations. At the moment of Kennedy's assassination, Helms was overseeing a (failed) assassination attempt of the revolutionary Cuban Ronaldo Cubela. There was significant public backlash when this coincidence was leaked. He was deputy Director of the CIA at the time of the assasination.
*John McCone. Became the Director of the CIA after Dulles was fired following the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Industrialist who profited immensely from World War II. He has been described as an 'Ardent Cold War Warrior'. Known member of the powerful secret society the Knights of Malta. Joined forces with the Bechtel corporation to profit immensely from WWII and subsequent covert wars in the proceeding decades. The essential Military Industrial Complex man.
*David Morales. Cuban exile, anti-Castro, and a CIA operative. He has been widely accused of organizing the assassination by a large amount of researchers. Anecdotal evidence from another Cuban exile shows that Morales was furious over the lack of support from Kennedy over the lack of support during the Bay of Pigs, 'having to see all of the men he recruited and trained wiped out.'
*The Mafia. They had the means, motive, and opportunity (As did the MIC). They were furious that Bobby Kennedy was named Attorney General and was prosecuting mobsters at an unprecedented rate. This answer does not preclude any of the previous ones, either. Here is a wikipedia article detailing a few joint operations of early intelligence agencies and the mafia. It would not have been the first time the CIA and Mafia colluded, and would not be the last.
*Allen Dulles. Served as the Director of the CIA until the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Humorously, he was on the Warren commission that investigated Kennedy's death. He was instrumental in Operation Ajax that was the Iran coup in 1953, among other covert activities. Also instrumental in Operation Paperclip, bringing over hundreds of top Nazi scientists and engineers to be seeded in the military industrial complex. This is important to remember! At the time of Kennedy's assassination, there were hundreds of Nazis operating in America, in the very institutions that had reason to kill him! Dulles German wikipedia page mentions that he was a lawyer for I.G. Farben, one of the companies that owned and operated a concentration camp in Nazi Germany.
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