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.
There have been many investigations of the assassination. Probably the most explosive, 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. The report raised far more questions than it answered. Although it raised the possibility of a conspiracy its investigation of the underlying facts, potential perpetrators and motives was cursory at best. It was almost as if the Committee was giving itself an out to say to future generations: “We told you so, ” without having to name the names. As of this date, the Justice Department had done nothing to follow up.
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, overlook and misconstrue 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.
Conspiracy buffs jump to conclusions about the conspiracy and its participants without considering some fundamental issues:
If there had been a conspiracy, 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?
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