There has been such a crapload of "info" given about this family, mostly dis-info, over the years that we have been bombarded with so much that we don't even know what to believe. How many different "Revelations" as to who shot JFK from the limo driver to men on the grassy knoll who were later involved with Watergate, the CIA....freemasons, etc.
I think it's like any other "news" item, we've heard so much talk about the stuff that when the names are mentioned now, we shudder and don't pay much mind to it anyhow. What's next? Having a psychic talk to JFK from beyond to tell us who shot him? Have Geraldo Rivera host it, and bring in expert talking heads to share in the discussion.
Like coverage on JFK Jr's funeral..seriously, it was on a boat, no cameras allowed, we get talking heads babbling about what may be going on as we see a long shot of the boat that is supposed to have relatives there. Seriously? Hours of coverage of a boat with people who were not even there or knew these people talking to someone who may have known JFK Jr some time in his life. Seriously, like an old school friend, college buddy. Looking at a boat and listening to people talk about it.
What did they really tell us? It took them days to tell us that the plane went down, as if they couldn't find a downed plane in the waters off Martha's vineyard...really?
We're given this mythology of the great royal family of the United States...seriously...Old Joe was a dirty old fart and this was supposed to be the patriarch of a great dynasty....Really?
"JFK items auctioned 50 years after his assassination
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - President John F. Kennedy's Air Force One bomber jacket sold for $570,000 at an auction on Sunday of items that belonged to a longtime aide, nearly 50 years after the president's assassination.
The jacket was among thousands of items, including letters, photographs and books, that had been tucked away in drawers and file cabinets at the home of David Powers, who died in 1998, said Dan Meader, auction appraiser at John McInnis Auctioneers.
They were discovered in recent years by relatives as they prepared Powers' Arlington, Massachusetts, residence for sale, Meader said.
Powers was close to the president throughout his political career, from 1946 until his assassination in 1963. He later remained close to the Kennedy family and became curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston before retiring in 1994.
The auction included personal effects that reflected Powers' years of shared history with Kennedy and his family. Among them are dozens of letters from former first lady Jackie Kennedy and books inscribed by the president.
"The amazing thing about this whole thing is that it shows the personal connection," Meader said. "This is stuff that's true, it's pure, it's right from the family home ... right from the president's best friend."
The auction began on Sunday morning and continued into the night, with Kennedy's Air Force One leather bomber jacket selling for $570,000 plus a buyer's premium, he said. The jacket was initially expected to fetch $20,000 to $40,000 or more.
"There's never been an auction like this," Meader said, adding that the auction was taking a long time and would likely continue until late at night.
Also among the items to be sold was a schedule kept by Powers that documented in minute detail his last two days with Kennedy in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas, before the November 22, 1963, assassination.
A pen JFK used to sign an interdiction order during the Cuban missile crisis also was scheduled to be up for auction.
Powers traveled with Kennedy, riding in motorcades, monitoring the reaction of crowds and informing the president of what his constituents wanted, Meader said.
"He was basically the eyes and ears of the American public," he said. "Dave was the pulse of the nation."
"50 years on, finding profit in 'truth' on JFK case
On the very day John F. Kennedy died, a cottage industry was born. Fifty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it's still thriving.
Its product? The "truth" about the president's assassination.
"By the evening of November 22, 1963, I found myself being drawn into the case," Los Angeles businessman Ray Marcus wrote in "Addendum B," one of several self-published monographs he produced on the assassination. For him, authorities were just too quick and too pat with their conclusion.
"The government was saying there was only one assassin; that there was no conspiracy. It was obvious that even if this subsequently turned out to be true, it could not have been known to be true at that time."
Most skeptics, including Marcus, didn't get rich by publishing their doubts and theories â€” and some have even bankrupted themselves chasing theirs. But for a select few, there's been good money in keeping the controversy alive.
Best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits since 1963. And now, with the 50th anniversary of that horrible day in Dallas looming, a new generation is set to cash in.
Of course, the Warren Commission officially concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone â€” and issued 26 volumes of documents to support that determination. But rather than closing the book on JFK's death, the report merely served as fuel for an already kindled fire of doubt and suspicion.
Since then, even government investigators have stepped away from the lone assassin theory. In 1978, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations ended its own lengthy inquiry by finding that JFK "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."
That panel acknowledged it was "unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy." But armed with mountains of subsequently released documents, there has been no shortage of people willing to offer their own conclusions.
Among the leading suspects: Cuban exiles angry about the Bay of Pigs fiasco; Mafiosi enraged by Attorney General Robert Kennedy's attacks on organized crime; the "military-industrial complex," worried about JFK's review of war policy in Vietnam.
One theorist even floated the notion that Kennedy's limousine driver shot the president â€” as part of an effort to cover up proof of an alien invasion.
Anything but that Oswald, a hapless former Marine, was in the right place at the right time, with motive and opportunity to pull off one of the most audacious crimes in American history.
"As they say, nature abhors a vacuum, and the mind abhors chance," says Michael Shermer, executive director of the Skeptics Society and author of "The Believing Brain," a book on how humans seem hardwired to find patterns in disparate facts and unconnected, often innocent coincidences.
Polls underscore the point.
About 6 in 10 Americans say they believe multiple people were involved in a conspiracy to assassinate Kennedy, while only one-fourth think Oswald acted alone, according to an AP-GfK survey done in mid-April. Belief in a conspiracy, though strong, has declined since a 2003 Gallup poll found 75 percent said they thought Oswald was part of a wider plot.
The case has riveted the public from the start. When the Warren Commission report was released in book form, it debuted at No. 7 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.
Two years later, attorney Mark Lane's "Rush to Judgment" dominated the list. The Warren Commission, he argued, "frequently chose to rely on evidence that was no stronger and sometimes demonstrably weaker than contrary evidence which it rejected."
The book has since sold millions of copies in hardcover and paperback, says Lane.
Since then, dozens of books with titles like "Best Evidence," ''Reasonable Doubt," ''High Treason" and "Coup D'Etat in America: The CIA and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy" have sought to lay responsibility for JFK's death at the highest levels of the U.S. government â€” and beyond.
British journalist Anthony Summers, whose BBC documentary became the 1980 book "Conspiracy," says many conspiracy buffs "are fine scholars and students, and some are mad as hatters who think it was done by men from Mars using catapults."
Unlike the later coverage of Watergate, there were no reporters like The Washington Post's Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were told by their editors, "Get on this and don't get off it," says Summers, whose works focused on people and events largely ignored or treated cursorily by the official investigations. "Nobody went down there and really did the shoe leather work and the phone calls that we're all supposed to do," he says.
For many, the Kennedy assassination has become "a board game: 'Who killed JFK?' So you feel free to sit around and say, 'Oh! It's the mob. Oh! It's the KGB' ... and have no shame," scoffs Gerald Posner, whose 1993 book "Case Closed" declared that the Warren Commission essentially got it right.
The Oswald-as-patsy community has vilified Posner.
But the lawyer says he didn't set out to write a defense of the Warren Commission. Instead, he planned to go back through the critical evidence to see what more could be determined through hindsight and more modern investigative techniques â€” "and then put out a book that says, 'Read THIS book. Here are the four unresolved issues of the Kennedy assassination, with the evidence on both sides.'"
Halfway through the allotted research time, Posner went to the editorial staff with a new idea: A book that says flat-out who killed Kennedy.
"Who?" one of the editors asked, as Posner retells it.
"Oswald," he answered.
"Oswald," Posner says he repeated. "And they literally looked at me as though I had just come in from Mars. And you could tell there was this feeling of, 'Oh my God. He's read the Warren Commission and that's all he's done.'"
"Case Closed" went on to sell 100,000 copies in hardcover. "I would have never thunk it," Posner says.
Unlike Posner, Vincent Bugliosi, author of 2007's "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy," embarked on his book expecting to vindicate the Warren Commission.
What he didn't expect was for it to balloon into a 1,650-page behemoth â€” with a CD-ROM containing an additional 960 pages of endnotes â€” that cost $57.
"STOP writing," he recalls his wife telling him. "You're killing the sales of the book."
The 78-year-old lawyer blames the conspiracy theorists. "We're talking about people," he explains, "who've invested the last 15, 20, 25 years of their life in this. They've lost jobs. They've gotten divorces. Nothing stops them."
"Like a pea brain," he says, he responded to all of their allegations. "It's a bottomless pit. It never, ever ends. And if my publisher ... didn't finally step in and say, 'Vince, we're going to print,' I'd still be writing the book."
Despite its girth and hefty price tag, "Reclaiming History" had a respectable first printing of 40,000, says Bugliosi, best known as the former deputy Los Angeles district attorney who prosecuted Charles Manson.
But in a 9,400-word review, Gary L. Aguilar, a director of the Washington-based Assassination Archives and Research Center, wrote that the only thing Bugliosi's book proved was "that it may not be possible for one person to fully master, or give a fair accounting of, this impossibly tangled mess of a case."
Bugliosi omitted or distorted evidence and failed to disprove "the case for conspiracy," Aguilar wrote.
Lamar Waldron is not surprised at the success of people like Bugliosi and Posner.
"The biggest money has been generated for the authors ... who kind of pretend it all was right back in 1964 and nothing really has happened since," says Waldron, who has co-written two books on the assassination. "The large six-figure advances and everything like that don't go to the people who dig through all those millions of pages of files and research for years."
In "Ultimate Sacrifice" and "Legacy of Secrecy," Waldron and co-author Thom Hartmann used declassified CIA documents to make the case that JFK (and later his brother Robert) were killed because of plans to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro â€” and the Mafia's infiltration of that operation. Waldron says the books have sold a combined 85,000 copies since 2005.
And now, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro are set to star in a feature film version of "Legacy of Secrecy" â€” with a reported price tag of up to $90 million.
That's one of a pair of major movies â€” landing on opposite sides of the Oswald-as-lone-gunman debate â€” due out this year.
Oscar winners Marcia Gay Harden and Billy Bob Thornton have signed on for the Tom Hanks-produced "Parkland," named for the Dallas hospital where Kennedy was pronounced dead. That project, which Hanks' website describes as "part thriller, part real-time drama," is based on a small portion of Bugliosi's magnum opus.
A TV movie is to be made from another new book, "Killing Kennedy," co-written by Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, which had sold 1 million copies within four months of its release in October. In a note to readers, O'Reilly wrote: "In our narrative, Martin Dugard and I go only as far as the evidence takes us. We are not conspiracy guys, although we do raise some questions about what is unknown and inconsistent."
Academy Award winner Errol Morris is working on a documentary about the assassination. He did not respond to an interview request.
One film, critics say, has done more than anything to shape the public's perception of the assassination: That's Oliver Stone's 1991 drama, "JFK."
"He made this kind of paranoid conspiracy theory respectable," says New York writer Arthur Goldwag, author of "Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies."
The movie tells the story of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, played by Kevin Costner. Garrison remains the only prosecutor to bring someone to trial for an alleged conspiracy to kill Kennedy.
The film is "a remarkable litany of falsehoods and misrepresentations and exaggerations and omissions," Posner says. "The reason that I'm so hard on Stone is because he's such a good filmmaker. If he was a schlocky filmmaker, it wouldn't matter."
Shermer, of the Skeptics Society, agrees that Stone's role in stirring the conspiracy pot is "huge."
"You tell somebody a good story, that's more powerful than tons of data, charts and graphs and statistics," he says. "And Oliver Stone's a good storyteller. He's biased and he's very deceptive, and I don't trust him at all. But the movie's great."
Stone's publicist said the director had "chosen to pass on this opportunity" to comment.
"JFK" took in more than $205 million at the box office, nearly two-thirds of that overseas, and has since raked in untold millions more in television royalties, pay-per-view, and videocassette and DVD rentals.
In the recent AP-GfK poll, respondents were asked how much of what they knew about the JFK case came from various sources. Only 9 percent cited movies or fictional TV shows, while the greatest portion, 37 percent, said history texts and nonfiction books.
About two dozen JFK-related titles are due on bookstore shelves in coming months, says Patricia Bostelman, vice president of marketing for Barnes & Noble booksellers. Among them is "They Killed Our President: The Conspiracy to Kill JFK and the Cover-Up That Followed," by former pro wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura.
Other authors are taking advantage of the anniversary to reissue or expand on previous works.
Waldron is working on a book focusing on mob figures who confessed to being part of a conspiracy to kill the president. Summers is publishing a sequel to "Conspiracy," incorporating material released since 1980, while Bugliosi has a "Parkland" paperback to accompany the movie release.
And "Case Closed" will soon appear for the first time as an e-book. Despite the mountains of documents released since its publication, and a mountain of criticism of his conclusions, Posner says there is no plan to update it, other than perhaps including a new foreword.
"I moved on to other subjects," he says.
On Nov. 22, 1963, John Kelin was a 7-year-old second-grader in Peoria, Ill. He says the Kennedy assassination is "my earliest clear memory in life."
But he didn't really give the case much thought until 13 years later, when as a sophomore at Eastern Michigan University he attended a lecture by Mark Lane. It was the first time he saw the Abraham Zapruder film that captured the moment when Kennedy was fatally wounded.
"Using slow motion and freeze frame, Lane made sure that all of us sitting in that hot, poorly ventilated auditorium understood that Kennedy's head and shoulders were slammed backward and to the left, and that Lee Harvey Oswald's alleged shooting position was behind the presidential limousine," Kelin wrote in a book, "Praise from a Future Generation," about early critics of the Warren Report. "In a way, that lecture was the genesis of this book."
Kelin bristles at references to a conspiracy theory "industry," preferring to think of himself as part of a grass roots response to the government's "severely flawed, unsatisfactory explanations for what really happened in 1963."
His publisher, Wings Press, has "made intimations" about releasing a digital edition of "Praise" for the 50th anniversary. Meanwhile, Kelin has written another JFK book â€” a fictional account of how he came to write the first one.
"It's kind of a satire of the present-day research community," he says, "with a love story thrown in to try to broaden the interest level."
"10 fascinating facts about President John F. Kennedy
On the occasion of President John F. Kennedyâ€™s birthday, hereâ€™s a look at one of the most documented figures of the 20th century.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917, and died while in office on November 22, 1963. He spent a good portion of his life as a public figure, from one of the wealthiest, most well-connected families in New England. After his tragic death, most of his life has been written about in great detail.
From among the wealth of knowledge about President Kennedy, here are 10 interesting facts about the 35th president.
1. His family was very, very rich.
President Kennedy was the richest president ever, based on the estimated value of his familyâ€™s fortune. In fact, his part of that fortune may have been worth $1 billion at the time of Kennedyâ€™s death. His father, Joseph Kennedy, was involved heavily in Wall Street and other investment opportunities.
2. His father was near a terror attack before JFK was born.
Joseph Kennedy escaped the infamous 1920 Wall Street bombing. An unknown group of anarchists planted a bomb in a wagon full of lead weights on the street. The explosion killed 38 bystanders on Wall Street. The elder Kennedy was thrown to the ground by the blast, but was unharmed.
3. He grew up partly in the Bronx.
The stereotype of Kennedy is that he was a born-and-bred Bostonian. In reality, Kennedy spent the first 10 years of his life in Brookline, in suburban Boston, until his family moved to the Bronx. The future president spent his middle-school years in the Bronx area until his family sent him to private school in Connecticut.
4. President Kennedy played the role of movie producer.
Warren Beatty almost played Kennedy in the movie PT-109, which was based on the sinking of Kennedyâ€™s boat in the Solomon Islands. President Kennedy wanted Cliff Robertson to play a young Lieutenant Kennedy in the war movie, but the first lady wanted Beatty. The presidentâ€™s choice wound up appearing in the 1963 movie, which also features a lot of familiar faces who wound up on baby boomer TV shows. Kennedy also helped pick the movieâ€™s director.
5. He was the only president to win a Purple Heart.
Kennedy was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in the Pacific during World War II. Two recent presidential candidates, John Kerry and John McCain, were Purple Heart recipients.
6. Kennedy wasnâ€™t the youngest president ever.
That title goes to Theodore Roosevelt, who was a little more than nine months younger than Kennedy, at the age of 42 years, 10 months, when he succeeded William McKinley as president in 1901. However, Kennedy was the youngest person elected president, at the age of 43 years, seven months, when he became president in 1961. Bill Clinton was the third youngest president, as 46 years of age.
7. Kennedy was an experienced politician at a young age.
In 1946, Kennedy ran for the House of Representatives at the age of 29 and won. His older brother had been expected to be the familyâ€™s political standard bearer, but he was killed in action during World War II. Kennedy was elected three times to the House and two times to the U.S. Senate before becoming president, and he had more national political experience than our two most recent presidents. Health problems did keep Kennedy from attending Congress for some periods.
8. Kennedyâ€™s popular vote win over Richard Nixon was very, very narrow.
Kennedy defeated Nixon in the 1960 election when votes were counted in the Electoral College, by a margin of 303 to 219. But in the popular vote, Kennedy won by 112,000 votes out of 68 million cast. Also, arguments persist to this day about vote-counting in two states: Illinois and Texas. If Nixon had won those two states, he would have defeated Kennedy by two votes in the Electoral College.
9. JFK recorded conversations in the White House.
Actually, Kennedy wasnâ€™t the first president to record private conversations in the White House (that was President Franklin D. Roosevelt). One theory for the Kennedy taping system was that the president had already written two books and wanted the tapes for when he wrote his memoirs after leaving office. Many of the tapes have been declassified over the past decades.
10. Kennedy almost died twice before he became president.
Not including his run-in with a Japanese ship on the PT-109, Kennedy long suffered with health problems. Today, those health issues are well-documented, and two incidents resulted in a priest giving Kennedy last rites in a hospital. In 1948, when Kennedy was in Great Britain, his health looked dire after he was diagnosed with Addisonâ€™s disease, according to author Robert Dallek. And in 1954, Kennedy nearly died from an infection after back surgery."
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"Kennedy Assassination. 50th Anniversary Commemoration. No One Knows the Full Story of What Happened
Fifty Years Later, Kennedy Shooting Less Certain than Lincoln Conspiracy
50th anniversary commemorations of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy will include a tickets-only memorial at the scene of the crime, Dealey Plaza, in Dallas, Texas. No doubt there will also be celebrations in some places, just as there were in the aftermath of the November 22, 1963, killing.
Whatever events are held, whether formal or impromptu, they will all have one thing in common: no one knows the full story of what happened. The official version put out by the Warren Commission, is long since discredited, but independent investigations have yet to present a coherent alternative narrative.
That there is such a narrative is certain, since that would be the event as it happened. One reason we donâ€™t know what happened is that our government has kept assassination-related material secret â€“ protecting national security secrets say secrecy defenders. Others say stonewalling.
Polling in April 2013 suggests a waning interest in the Kennedy assassination, since only 59% of Americans now believe the official version is false. That number is considerably lower than a 2003 Gallup poll in which 75% of Americans said the Kennedy killing was a conspiracy.
In 1978, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinationsâ€™ lengthy inquiry concluded that JFK â€œwas probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.â€ The official version holds that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone and fired only three shots. The House Committee produced evidence that at least four shots were fired. While coming to the inevitable, evidence-based conclusion that a conspiracy killed Kennedy, the committee did not reach a conclusion as to who was part of the conspiracy.
We Know It Was a Conspiracy, But Not Who Were The Conspirators
Myriad books have been published arguing various versions of events, but for the most part the big money from publishers has gone to writers (Gerald Posner, Vincent Bugliosi). But other, conspiracy-centered writers (Mark Lane, Jim Marrs, Anthony Summers) have far out-sold the official version
Thatâ€™s perhaps to be expected when the majority of Americans have believed for almost 50 years that their government is lying to them about the Kennedy assassination, just as the government has lied about so many other important things, such as the Viet-Nam war, and weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and assassination by drone.
A couple of Hollywood movies are in the works, both based on books: â€œLegacy of Secrecyâ€ with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro (the Mafia did it) and â€œParklandâ€ with Colin Hanks and Paul Giamatti (Oswald did it alone). Academy Award winner Erroll Morris is working on a documentary of the assassination (he hasnâ€™t said who did it).
From the start, other suspects have included the CIA (because Kennedy wanted to get out of Viet-Nam), Castro (because the CIA was trying to assassinate him), and the KGB (because theyâ€™re Russian or something).
Another popular suspect has long been Lyndon Johnson, who was Kennedyâ€™s Vice President at the time, when there were rumors that Kennedy was going to replace him on the 1964 presidential ticket. Johnson is the most obvious first choice, at least based on the traditional analysis of means, motive, and opportunity.
Texas attorney Barr McClellan put the case against LBJ pretty strongly in his 2003 book, â€œBlood, Money & Power.â€ McClellan was one of LBJâ€™s personal lawyers, but his book did not get wide notice in the mainstream media at the time â€“ when his son, Scott McClellan was serving as White House Press Secretary for President Bush.
â€œBlood, Money & Powerâ€ Did Not Appear on 2003 Bestseller Lists
The New York Times referred to McClellanâ€™s book dismissively in early 2004: â€œIt is the most serious of public accusations, but it is so serious that serious people dismiss it as nuts. â€œ
The only reason the Times brought it up then was that Barr McClellan had repeated his accusation on a History Channel program about the Kennedy assassination, â€œThe Guilty Men.â€ The Times was reporting on serious, and eventually effective pushback against the program by â€œBill Moyers and other powerful men who worked for President Johnson,â€ as the Times put it.
Early in May 2013, the same charge against LBJ was lodged by Roger Stone, in early publicity for his book, â€œThe Man Who Killed Kennedy â€“ The Case Against LBJ,â€ due out in the fall. The publisher, Skyhorse Publishing in Manhattan, begins its description of the book this way:
â€œLyndon Baines Johnson was a man of great ambition and enormous greed, both of which, in 1963, would threaten to destroy him. In the end, President Johnson would use power from his personal connections in Texas and from the underworld and from the government to escape an untimely end in politics and to seize even greater power. President Johnson, the thirty-sixth president of the United States, was the driving force behind a conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.â€
Skyhorse started publishing in 2006. In 2011, the company issued a paperback edition of Barr McClellanâ€™s â€œBlood, Money & Power. Skyhorse has some 2,000 titles in print, including â€œGuns Across the Borderâ€ (about Operation Fast and Furious), â€œHit Listâ€ by Richard Belzer (about mysterious deaths of JFK assassination witnesses), â€œShooterâ€™s Bible,â€ and â€œBig Breasts & Wide Hipsâ€ (a novel).
Roger Stone Hinted at Running for Governor of Florida as a Libertarian
As described on Huffington Post,
â€œRoger Stone is a legendary American Republican political consultant who has played a key role in the election of Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Long a an outspoken libertarian Republican Stone stunned the political world when he announced he would leave the GOP over itâ€™s lurch to the far-right on social issues and join the Libertarian Party. The Libertarians will be on the ballot in all 50 states.â€
Roger Stone (along with Karl Rove) worked for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP), Richard Nixonâ€™s 1972 campaign committee. Reportedly, Stone has a tattoo of Nixon on his back.
According to Stone, when Nixon was in the House, Johnson told him to hire Jack Ruby, which Nixon did. In 1963, Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald in the Dallas police department.
Richard Nixon was in Dallas on business for his client Pepsi Cola at the time of the assassination, leaving Dallas on the morning of November 22.
There was a fingerprint on the rifle found in the â€œsniperâ€™s nestâ€ in the Texas School Depository on November 22, 1963, that did not belong to Lee Harvey Oswald. That fingerprint belong to an associate of the vice president, a convicted murderer named Malcolm (Mac) Wallace, according to Barr McClellan and others.
According to LBJ biographer Robert Caro:
â€œIn attaining this influence, [LBJ] displayed a genius for discerning a path to power, an utter ruthlessness in destroying obstacles in that path, and a seemingly bottomless capacity for deceit, deception and betrayal in moving along it.â€
â€œJFK Assassination 50th Anniversaryâ€ is the name of a facebook page dedicated to encouraging a grassroots letter writing campaign to get the U.S. to release all its information relating to the 1963 assassination. Started in August 2012, this page had 286 â€œlikesâ€ as of late May 2013."
TVWHO: Obama Admin Bottles JFK Assassination Records By James Huang on Mar 15, 2013
It’s the 50th anniversary of JFK’s untimely death. So why is the Obama Administration still refusing to release assassination records? Abby Martin, host of RT’s show Breaking the Set, interviews WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker about this. Russ also articulates the larger picture surrounding this enduring mystery.
When all was, in fact, just another psyop/false flag....
"'Dallas 1963' paints pix of city twisted by anger
"Dallas 1963" by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis provides a chilling portrait of a city terrified by the election of a young, charismatic leader viewed by many as a threat to their way of life.
It stays clear of conspiracy theories about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and takes a "just the facts" approach in painting a vivid picture of a volatile city during the Kennedy administration.
The book tracks Dallas from early 1960 to late 1963 and introduces a colorful cast of Texas characters from the Rev. W.A. Criswell, who ranted about communism and integration, to Congressman Bruce Alger, who sang the praises of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the floor of Congress, to the rich oilman H.L. Hunt, who passionately agreed with both of them. Among the most dynamic of these was Maj. Gen. Edwin Walker, a daring military leader relieved of duty by Kennedy because of his increasingly outspoken views that "the enemy" was taking over the country.
That cast of Dallas characters included a strip club owner named Jack Ruby and eventually a confused young communist sympathizer named Lee Harvey Oswald.
Late in 1960, it became clear Texas was going to be a pivotal state in a close presidential election, and Sen. Lyndon Johnson and his wife visited Dallas on a campaign trip. Congressman Alger whipped his legions of women supporters, many from the most powerful families in Dallas, into a "mink coat mob," who descended on the Johnsons at a top Dallas hotel, trapping them briefly. The scene backfired with negative publicity about the protesters, and may have contributed to a narrow Kennedy-Johnson win in the state.
The irony was almost unbearable for the conservative powerbrokers in Texas. "The November attempt to crush Kennedy in Dallas has catapulted him to the presidency of the United States," the authors write.
In late 1962, with conservative firebrands like Walker dominating the headlines and the attention of the Kennedy administration, Oswald settled into Dallas with his young family. He was uneasily watching the president's confrontations with Cuba and the communist world.
The accounts of events in 1963 unfold in the book like a thriller novel, with many associates fearing a disaster because of Kennedy's plans for a November trip to Dallas.
When Adlai Stevenson, Kennedy's ambassador to the UN, visited Dallas in October 1963, he encountered a large crowd of angry Texans booing and jeering him. A crowd of protesters descended on Stevenson as he left the hall, one striking him in the head with a placard. Stevenson told a friend "there was something very ugly and frightening about the atmosphere."
As Kennedy's Dallas trip approached, friends and political allies all raised similar concerns. One Texas Democrat suggested the climate could inspire an unstable person to take action against the president.
On the morning of Nov. 22, as Kennedy's motorcade headed through Dallas toward Dealey Plaza, Texas Gov. John Connally was relieved about the enthusiastic reception from the crowds lining the streets. His wife, Nellie, told Kennedy: "Well, Mr. President, you can't say that Dallas doesn't love you."
Then the first shot was fired.
Oswald was arrested for the assassination and was soon shot to death by Ruby, fueling conspiracy theories that live on today, though most accounts conclude Oswald acted alone.
A trip that Kennedy made to Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran's Day, more than a week before his Dallas trip, prompted an unintentionally ironic comment.
"This is one of the really beautiful places on Earth," Kennedy said as he surveyed the scene. "I could stay here forever."
Over the years there have been so many who fired the shot heard around the world...so to speak... Lee Harvey Oswalt, shots from men on the grassy knoll, someone from behind a fence, dressed as hobos, mafia hitmen, from the front, from the back, I recently seen a video where a man gave a lecture and said there were 14 gunmen hired to aim fire....one man in jailhouse interview said one he fired just missed JFK's face....the limo driver of the JFK limo and someone claimed he turned around a fired a shot. While it may appear to be possible, to drive the car and keep it on the road, turn around and fire a gun with his left hand and be able to aim and blow the brains of JFK out...quick aim shooting indeed....
Now a secret service agent, on the back of LBJ's limo shoot...how? How can you shoot from behind and blow the back of the head out? That had to have been shot coming from the front and the left side of the limo carrying JFK....
I would believe that 14 different people aiming at him.....with them placed from all directions....well, someone skilled in assassinations should "hit"....either that or fire these people for bad aim....It's coming to mind like a cartoon with all these "hunters" circled around the duck...someone's gotta get him....
Just like every November since 1963, we have to assist to the Kennedy circus....
"JFK was killed 'by a mystery bullet': Nurse who tried to save President claims she saw a DIFFERENT bullet in his neck to those later shown as evidence
A nurse who was part of desperate attempts to save the life of President John F Kennedy after he was assassinated has claimed he was shot by a 'mystery bullet'.
Phyllis Hall, who was 28 at the time, says she was dragged into the operating room by a secret service agent as medics scrambled to help the president, who was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963.
While cradling his head, which had been torn apart by gunshots fired from the famous 'grassy knoll', Mrs Hall says she spotted an unusual bullet, which was promptly removed and never seen again.
She described the bullet in an interview with the Sunday Mirror, which she said looked completely undamaged, and bore no resemblance whatsoever to bullets later shown as evidence in investigations into the President's murder.
She said: 'I could see a bullet lodged between his ear and his shoulder. It was pointed at its tip and showed no signs of damage. There was no blunting of the bullet or scarring around the shell from where it had been fired.
I’d had a great deal of experience working with gunshot wounds but I had never seen anything like this before. It was about one-and-a-half inches long – nothing like the bullets that were later produced.
'It was taken away but never have I seen it presented in evidence or heard what happened to it. It remains a mystery.'
Mrs Hall, who had six years of nursing experience at the time, says she was caught up in the effort to save the President by accident, as she had been visiting a friend who worked on another ward.
She described the chaos as Mr Kennedy's entourage burst through the doors, and recalled clearly the vacant expression of First Lady Jackie Kennedy.
Mrs Kennedy reportedly gripped the President's right foot as surgeons wages a losing battle to save him.
Mrs Hall, now 78, says she offered her condolences after a neurosurgeon pronounced Mr Kennedy dead after a 43-minute struggle by as many as 20 staff. However, she says the shocked First Lady simply stared into the distance.
As her shift didn't finish until the evening, Mrs Hall continued working for hours after the President was declared dead, and didn't even tell her husband what she had witnessed.
However, in recent interviews she revealed that she is 'a big believer in the conspiracy theories' surrounding the Mr Kennedy's death."