2013 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Even after half a century, rumors persist about his assassination. Was there a conspiracy to kill the President? Was there a subsequent conspiracy to cover up the crime? If so, who was behind these plots? What were the motives? What became of the perpetrators?
While many believe that the truth would surely have come out by now, some of the most famous secrets remain undiscovered for decades. The extent of the extramarital affairs of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson ; President Roosevelt’s foreknowledge of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; J. Edgar Hoover’s gay lover – all have been unearthed recently. Secrets, especially explosive ones, can remain secret for decades. Especially when revelation would have catastrophic consequences.
Concealment comes with its own consequences, however. People who know have the power to threaten and extort. The conspirators feud among themselves. Feuds turn into enmities. Enmities turn into plots. Things happen that the public can’t understand. The conspirators appear to act irrationally, in ways that are contrary to their own interests. Some fall from power; some become suddenly wealthy; some have innocent loved ones who learn the secret and are destroyed by it; some fall victim to unexplained disasters. And, of course, there is the evidence – what is to be done with the evidence?
The evidence must be controlled, concealed. But how? First it must be located. Then it must be hidden or destroyed. Sometimes destruction is impossible. Sometimes the conspirators themselves want to keep the evidence. It may be of use to them. Sometimes the conspirators don’t know about all the evidence. It is discovered later, by accident, perhaps by someone outside of the original conspiracy.
The public is well aware of the evidence reviewed by official investigators of the Kennedy Assassination. The initial Warren Commission report is a matter of public record, although some of the evidence the Commission reviewed is still sealed. The Commission found that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. There was no conspiracy.
Probably the most explosive investigation after the initial Warren Commission Report was the House Select Committee on Assassinations report (House Report 95-1828 United States House of Representatives, January 2, 1979), which concluded that there was a “probable conspiracy” in the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and recommended the Justice Department investigate further. As of the date of this blog, the Justice Department had done nothing. See the complete House Report at http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/select-committee-report
The files of the Committee’s investigation were to be locked away until the year 2029; but the conclusion created a public uproar that led Congress to enact the “JFK Act”. The JFK Act mandated that all postponed assassination records be opened to the public no later than the year 2017. Government offices could continue to postpone public release of material in assassination records after the year 2017 if “the President certifies” that (1) “continued postponement is made necessary by an identifiable harm to the military, defense, intelligence operations, law enforcement, or conduct of foreign relations” and (2) “the identifiable harm is of such gravity that it outweighs the public interest in disclosure.” Without such certification, all postponed records or portions of records will be released in 2017.
The continued efforts of members of Congress and the Administration to conceal evidence gives greater credence to a significant conspiracy, the discovery of which would wreak major havoc on the United States. Why else go to such great efforts for evidence that is half a century old? A conspiracy involving the assassination of the President of the United States and a subsequent attempt to cover up the evidence would be so unsettling to America that anyone who learned of it would be motivated to keep it hidden even if they were not part of the plot. In addition, as with other conspiracies (such as Watergate) the attempts to cover up the evidence, and the participants in such attempts, would be as illegal as the conspiracy itself, and probably cause even more disruption in the image of America as a transparent democracy.
The most critical witnesses to the assassination, the alleged shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, the person who killed the shooter, Jack Ruby and the passengers in the Kennedy car, are all dead. Most of the other key players, President Johnson, FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, Warren Commission head Justice Earl Warren and other Commission members are all dead.
In 2011, 17 years after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died, her secret diaries were released. They indicated that she believed Lyndon Johnson was behind her husband’s killing.
Jackie Kennedy Onassis believed that Lyndon B Johnson and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in the assassination of her husband John F Kennedy, ‘explosive’ recordings are set to reveal. The secret tapes will show that the former first lady felt that her husband’s successor was at the heart of the plot to murder him. She became convinced that the then vice president, along with businessmen in the South, had orchestrated the Dallas shooting, with gunman Lee Harvey Oswald – long claimed to have been a lone assassin – merely part of a much larger conspiracy. Texas-born Mr Johnson, who served as the state’s governor and senator, completed Mr Kennedy’s term and went on to be elected president in his own right. The tapes were recorded with leading historian Arthur Schlesinger Jnr within months of the assassination on November 22, 1963, and had been sealed in a vault at the Kennedy Library in Boston. http://www.theblogmocracy.com/2011/08/08/jackie-onassis-blames-lbj-for-jfks-shooting/.
Lee Harvey Oswald claimed he had been set up shortly before he was killed. For a video of the killing, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xU7Lhd7Wwo
The FBI’s involvement with Osawld is discussed in the House Report pages 195-196. According to FBI Agent James Hosty, two days after the assassination, Dallas FBI Special Agent-in-Charge J. Gordon Shanklin ordered Hosty to destroy a note that Oswald had left with a receptionist at the Dallas FBI office about seven to ten days before the assassination. The note allegedly contained some sort of threat. In testimony before the Warren Commission, Shanklin denied ordering Hosty to destroy Oswald’s note, and denied having any knowledge of the note. The FBI acknowledged that Hosty’s and Shanklin’s accounts contradicted each other, but said that it would not investigate the matter further. Oswald’s killer, Jack Ruby, claimed someone had injected him with cancer.
The other two passengers in the car were John Connally and his wife, Nellie. Connally died in 1993. His wife, Nellie was the last surviving passenger. For Connally’s account of the assassination, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q40kO48nrs&feature=related
Conspiracy theories abound. The Russians, the Mafia, President Johnson have all been accused of the plot. Each of the proponents can muster facts to support their conclusions. None of these conclusions is supported by any definitive evidence. The question is – why? Is lack of evidence proof that Oswald acted alone, or does it mean that the plot outlived the original participants–that it infected the American political system like a virus that is so powerful it must never be revealed–that even now, those who learn of its existence become involved in the cover up, perhaps out of the most innocent of motives.
You are invited on a trip–a journey of exploration and discovery to explore the following issues:
If there had been a conspiracy, what would have been the most compelling motive; who would have been the most likely beneficiaries?
Who would have known?
Who would have wanted to cover it up?
What would the informed have done with the knowledge?
What evidence would remain?
How would the knowledge have affected subsequent events?
How would the evidence be protected?
Has all the evidence been uncovered through the various investigations?
If not, where would the evidence be?
This blog is divided into two parts. The early blogs tell the story behind a possible conspiracy. They examine the evidence and the possible conclusions.
The later blogs (immediately following this one) tell the story of a story – a book “Trip In The Dark” that is based on the facts. It recounts how I came up with the idea, how the book was written and what’s happening with the book now.