The Kennedy Assassination 50 Years Later

Those who want to know already know

November 22, 2013, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The true story of JFK’s murder has never been officially admitted, although the conclusion that JFK was murdered by a plot involving the Secret Service, the CIA, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been well established by years of research, such as that provided by James W. Douglass in his book, JFK And The Unspeakable, published by Simon & Schuster in 2008. Ignore Douglass’ interest in the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and Merton’s prediction and focus on the heavily documented research that Douglass provides.

Or just turn to the contemporary films, taken by tourists watching JFK’s motorcade that are available on YouTube, which show clearly the Secret Service pulled from President Kennedy’s limo just prior to his assassination, and the Zapruder film that shows the killing shot to have come from President Kennedy’s right front, blowing off the back of his head, not from the rear as postulated in the Warren Commission Report, which would have pushed his head forward, not rearward.

I am not going to write about the assassination to the extent that the massive information permits. Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

To briefly review, the facts are conclusive that JFK was on terrible terms with the CIA and the Joint Chiefs. He had refused to support the CIA organized Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs’ “Operation Northwoods,” a plan to commit real and faked acts of violence against Americans, blame Castro and use the false flag events to bring regime change to Cuba. He had rejected the Joint Chiefs case that the Soviet Union should be attacked while the US held the advantage and before the Soviets could develop delivery systems for nuclear weapons. He had indicated that after his reelection he was going to pull US troops out of Vietnam and that he was going to break the CIA into a thousand pieces. He had aroused suspicion by working behind the scenes with Khrushchev to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis, leading to claims that he was “soft on communism.” The CIA and Joint Chiefs’ belief that JFK was an unreliable ally in the war against communism spread into the Secret Service.

It has been established that the original autopsy of JFK’s fatal head wound was discarded and a faked one substituted in order to support the official story that Oswald shot JFK from behind. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and President Johnson knew that Oswald was the CIA’s patsy, but they also understood, as did members of the Warren Commission, that to let the true story out would cause Americans to lose confidence in their own government at the height of the Cold War.

Robert Kennedy knew what had happened. He was on his way to being elected president and to holding the plotters accountable for the murder of his brother when the CIA assassinated him. A distinguished journalist, who was standing behind Robert Kennedy at the time of his assassination, told me that the killing shots came from behind past his ear. He submitted his report to the FBI and was never contacted.

Acoustic experts have conclusively demonstrated that more shots were fired than can be accounted for by Sirhan Sirhan’s pistol and that the sounds indicate two different calibers of firearms.

I never cease to be amazed by the gullibility of Americans, who know nothing about either event, but who confidently dismiss the factual evidence provided by experts and historians on the basis of their naive belief that “the government wouldn’t lie about such important events” or “someone would have talked.” What good would it do if someone talked when the gullible won’t believe hard evidence?

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Paul Craig Roberts, Boiling Frogs Post contributing author, is a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has been reporting on executive branch and cases of prosecutorial abuse for two decades. He has written or co-written eight books, contributed chapters to numerous books, and has published many articles in journals of scholarship. Mr. Roberts has testified before congressional committees on 30 occasions on issues of economic policy, and has been a critic of both Democratic and Republican administrations. You can visit his website here.


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  1. Yes, I hold Jim Douglass’ book in high esteem. However, it never ceases to amaze me that Douglas P. Horne’s 5 volumes go unnoticed and for the most part unread. I have read all 1806 pages. There are gems within Doug’s research which would have been kept secret, until 2029, if not for the 1992 JFK act. Horne was a military analyst from 1995 to 1998. He and Jeremy Gunn proved conclusively how the Bethesda doctors covered up the autopsy and altered the forensics of Kennedy’s body. Doug also showed through sources who handled the Abraham Zapruder tape on how it was altered at the Kodak Plant (Hawkeye Works) with two different sets of boards made at NPIC (National Photographic Interpretation Center). Yes, Jim Douglass’ book in my humblest opinion illustrates the dynamics of the Kennedy administration and the assassination. His book is that good. Horne will show how it was done and covered up. His books are that great.

  2. I’ve read a lot of books about the JFK assassination but I haven’t gotten to Horne’s stuff yet. I just ordered volumes 1 through 4 this evening. (5 seemed like it would mostly be about the sociopolitical context…I get that bit already and it’s outside the author’s particular special expertise, although I’m sure he does a fine job of it.)

    I’ve recently finished Jim DiEugenio’s Reclaiming Parkland, which is also excellent. This is the one to get if you want to rebut anyone who thinks Bugliosi’s book is the bible. Takes him apart piece by piece with relentless documentation.

    While we’re talking books, by the way, let me give a little plug to a new novel that people here might find interesting. It’s called Gladio: We Can Neither Confirm Nor Deny by Steve Chambers. This is based on Operation Gladio and its possible involvement in the UK, e.g., vis-a-vis the miner’s strike. Again: it’s a novel, not a history book, so his main concern is creating a thrilling page-turner. Which he does quite a good job of!

    I’m enjoying it as a thriller and also learning about British Gladio, which is an under-reported branch it seems to me.

  3. Excellent, John. I look forward to hearing your analysis of Horne’s books. Wait to you read the Bethesda “shell game” with the caskets and how the FBI’s Sibert and O’Neil lost the chain of custody of the body when inside Bethesda Hospital.

  4. IMO, you’re absolutely right about Horne’s work, pick. Probably the most under-appreciated and most overlooked work on the JFK assassination.

    I’ve noticed over the last week listening to the lone assassin defenders on the radio and TV that one of their new talking points is the alleged assassination attempt by Oswald on General Edwin Walker. Anyone who wants to be prepared to take these people on needs to read up on this event

    My tribute to JFK on the 50th anniversary of his murder:

  5. Down here in good ol’ Kiwiland, all 5 eyes of public broadcasting are well and truly shut. Fastened steel traps of contempt toward question. Not possible to discuss the head shot without ridicule, without the follow on ‘experts’ telling you why if you ‘believe the conspiracy’ you are mental. Or FREE FALL for that matter. S A M O. No discussion allowed about why 81 columned 47 storied steel framed high rises do NOT drop suddenly AT FREE FALL unless someone really fkn WANTS them to ! And ARRANGES it .
    Mainstream, especially the ‘high-end’, presents the 50th ‘commemoration’ of this coup without any adult supervision….no objective reference to or analysis of ANY of the extraordinary evidence gathered by the experts over these past bitter years countering the magic bullet. Done and dusted. Dulles was a clever boy.
    In fact, on the open air, it feels WORSE than ever, the suck-fish host getting whatever pleasure they can presenting ‘science commentators’ to tell us why these conspiracies ‘could not exist without them already being known by us’, like some primeval swamp knowledge making us all cleverer than the deep state creating these events right in front our stupid faces RELYING on us thinking exactly that ! ..the broadcaster transfers exceptionalist group-think to the listener… leading into ‘conspiracy theorist badger baiting’; them, with microphone ALWAYS ON so we can hear how clever they are, totally and righteously opining JFK and 911 are DONE ! us, No microphone. No camera.
    There is no platform in the swirl to raise these issues to any proper degree. No language for this vast body of circumstantial and forensic evidence to have a place on the day. For it to contest the narrative. There is no RIGHT to it. all swept aside – shut OUT – of radio/tv LaLa by this insistence of broadcasting to already KNOW what the ‘truth’ is. To the point that the ‘Zapruder’ film is shown here on the ’news’ WITHOUT the kill shot so that nobody gets upset……

    If I ever needed any more clue to the fix being in, going through this 50th ‘anniversary’ JFK day , filled the gap.

  6. CuChulainn says:

    interesting to see the voice of russia spreading this disinformation

  7. Thanks, Hal. Horne had picked knat-s**t out of pepper with his work.

  8. HAL:

    Can you recommend a good source for the Edwin Walker assassination attempt story?

  9. @remo, I still like your “Magic Bolt” phrasing for the failure of Column 79 in Building 7. Funny how all these myths involve magic.

  10. gogetem,

    I went back and reviewed my copy of “Harvey and Lee” by John Armstrong. He covers this in fine detail.

    But let me point out a couple things:

    Oswald was never arrested or charged with this alleged murder attempt because he was not connected to the Walker incident until after the JFK assassination. The connection was based primarily on testimony from Oswald’s widow, Marina, and a bullet removed from General Walker’s house. Marina Oswald is not a reliable witness because she was an easy target for manipulation by the FBI given her situation post-assassination, and because her testimony was often contradictory. As for the bullet, that’s a very interesting story.

    The bullet removed by Dallas police from a wall inside General Walker’s house was a steel-jacketed 30.06 caliber bullet. This fact was is documented in Dallas police records and reported by multiple Dallas news outlets which obtained the information from the Dallas Police Dept. Moreover, the assassination target, General Edwin Walker, was present when the bullet was removed, and he held it in his hand. Of course, after the JFK assassination, the FBI insisted that Dallas police hand over the bullet as part of the JFK investigation, and Dallas police complied. But when the bullet showed up in the Warren Commission investigation it had magically changed into a copper-jacketed 6.5mm bullet that matched Oswald’s rifle and the bullets fired at Kennedy. When General Walker testified before the House Select Committee on Assassinations, he immediately recognized that this was not the bullet he held in his hand on the night someone fired a rifle at his home. Here is a link to the correspondence General Walker and his attorney had with the US Govt reading the evidence tampering.

  11. Excellent, Hal. A couple of points to consider, though. If we accept the premise there were other Oswald[s], which I do, then perhaps there was someone other than the real Oswald shooting at Walker. Jim Marrs and I talked at length on this topic, especially the Oswalds in the Texas movie theater. Two, read Jim Douglass’ account (JFK And The Unspeakable) of Robert Vinson USAF. It is one of the most bizarre testimonies to the possible multiple Oswald scenario. By the way, the fact Vinson was put on an airplane (MATS flights) at Andrews AFB by a unsuspecting clerk is an excellent example of how the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. Luckily Vinson kept his mouth shut during the whole adventure and everyone who was on that flight thought he was part and parcel to the “program.” In essence, this is a good example of how under the JFK Act the public was able to obtain the Northwoods document. Again, the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing.

    As for Marina Oswald not being a reliable witness, I concur; Especially just after the assassination. One only has to read Trevor Aarnonson’s contemporary book – “The Terror Factory” – to consider how control is put on witnesses or informants. Marina had two kids and I’m sure the state was reminding her of the prospects of being deported. Or, worse, having her kids taken away from her by social services. Again, if the state can tamper with evidence, then tampering with witnesses is no doubt within their means.

  12. pick,

    I am inclined to accept there were multiple “Oswalds” because it is impossible to explain what is known without accepting this premise. There is simply too much physical evidence, and too many witnesses, that put Oswald in different places at the same time, not to mention the many different physical descriptions of Oswald in witness testimony and official records.

    In any case, by no means was I addressing the totality of the evidence, or lack thereof, in the Walker event. For example, there was witness testimony in the Warren report about this. One witness saw three men flee the scene in two cars. He was able to get a good look at one man, whom he described as “medium build” with “long black hair.”

    There is no credible evidence that ties any Oswald to the Walker shooting. It was just one of many post-assassination fabrications.

  13. Agreed, Hal. On another note, I wonder after the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination and the huge brouhaha that ensued, will people let up? I fear that many will have spent their emotional and intellectual energy regarding the assassination and quietly will succumb to the effects of time. I pray and hope this will not be the case. Yes, the JFK assassination will continue to haunt the American people. But, will we continue to dig and hold those accountable even after their passing?

  14. Xicha. yep. IllusioNIST black magic.

  15. I think that it is interesting that Robert Oswald still claims to believe that his “brother” Lee Harvey was the lone assassin. This in spite of the mountain of evidence exonerating him. The paraffin test, for example, proved that the Oswald held for Tippit’s murder could not have fired a gun in the proceeding 24 to 48 hours. Or Douglass Horne’s evidence from the ARRB that the autopsy on Kennedy had been faked, and evidence altered. What real brother would continue to insist on Lee Harvey’s guilt in light of this? The only mystery is why he is still alive.

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