Special Report in Observance of the 50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination — November 22, 2013
The assassination of John F.Kennedy arouses more controversy and skepticism among Americans than any other event of the last century. His death before the end of his term in office was a blow to the hopes and aspirations of many. JFK’s appeal was truly multi-generational which is why his death is hotly debated to this very day. He was not only a World War II hero, he inspired many with his writings in PROFILES IN COURAGE.
The Warren Commission Report (WCR) is the most questioned and doubted of all Congressional inquiries of the 20th century. There are so many obvious shortcomings and questionable conclusions contained in this report that it was destined to create many more doubts than sound answers. Because there are so many contested facts, it is now believed by many that a highly coordinated coverup took place at the highest levels of government.
“Single-bullet theory” undercut the credibility of the Warren Commission Report
The single greatest problem with the WCR was the advancement of the “Single-bullet theory”. This theory posited the notion that the same bullet struck both President Kennedy and Governor John B. Connally of Texas. The governor himself, an eye-witness and victim in the presidential limousine, insisted that he was struck by a different bullet than those that hit Kennedy.
“According to the single-bullet theory, a three-centimeter (1.2″)-long copper-jacketed lead-core 6.5-millimeter rifle bullet fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository passed through President Kennedy’s neck and Governor Connally’s chest and wrist and embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. If so, this bullet traversed 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin, and approximately 15 inches of tissue, struck a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of rib, and shattered a radius bone. The bullet was found on a gurney in the corridor at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, in Dallas, after the assassination. The Warren Commission found that this gurney was the one that had borne Governor Connally. This bullet became a key Commission exhibit, identified as CE 399. Its copper jacket was completely intact. While the bullet’s nose appeared normal, the tail was compressed laterally on one side.”
(Per Wikipedia – Single-bullet theory)
The primary reason why this single bullet theory became so untouchable is because it was the only way to explain that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin. Simply put, “there would not have been enough time between the wounding of the two men for Oswald to have fired two shots from his bolt action rifle” according to FBI marksmen, who test-fired the rifle for the Warren Commission. Regardless, it has been proven scientifically that the number of bullets fired at the scene of the crime indicate more than one gunman.
Which begs the question: Why was the Warren Commission so determined to push the lone assassin theory, and then aggressively cover up the obvious truth?
Clearly, such an initiative came from the highest levels of the US Federal Government. Only with the cooperation of all the concerned law enforcement agencies, as well as the US Secret Service, FBI and CIA could such a coverup be held firmly in place. Much circumstantial evidence, which has surfaced over the intervening decades, corroborates that this is exactly what happened.
The main purpose for such a complex and extensive coverup, that has often been proposed, is that those who assumed power in the wake of the assassination were either directly or indirectly involved in the actual murder. Therefore, every effort had to be taken to establish Lee Harvey Oswald as a lone gunman, acting without orders or in collaboration with any other party. In this way the real perpetrators would get away scot-free. And so they did … until now.
For the many federal and state agencies which were materially involved in the investigation of the JFK assassination, it appears that an order(s) came down from on high which demanded compliance from all concerned. Such an investigative regime was imposed from the outset of the investigation and ensured that no one strayed from the preordained narrative. In this way all participating attorneys, physicians, investigators and law enforcement personnel stayed very much in line.
One very influential Senator refused to tow the line.
The following account has been given many times over the years regarding the breaking of ranks by Senator Richard Russell of Georgia. Senator Russell refused to believe the “Single-bullet theory” and went to great lengths with the Warren Commission to officially place his doubts in the final report. Quite unbelievably, equally great initiatives were taken to prevent his wishes from being carried out. As follows:
“The commission failed to mention in its report that one of its members, Senator Richard Russell, had very strong doubts about the single-bullet theory, and that two other members of the commission shared some of Russell’s doubts. We now know that Russell outright rejected the theory, and that the commission suppressed from the official record Russell’s objections to it. Russell forced one last executive meeting of the commission, in order to put on the record his objections to the single-bullet theory. The meeting was held on September 18, 1964. At the meeting, Russell distributed copies of a memo in which he outlined his objections to the single-bullet scenario. Russell naturally expected that the minutes of the meeting would reflect his objections. However, someone created a fake transcript of the meeting. The existing transcript of the September 18 meeting says nothing about Russell’s strong objections to the single-bullet theory. Nor does it mention that Russell forced the meeting to have his objections recorded for the official record. Nor does it mention that Russell handed out a copy of his written objections at the meeting. None of these things is even mentioned in the extant transcript of the meeting. When the fake transcript of the meeting was brought to light in 1968, Russell was very upset after reading it. The Assassination Records Review Board attempted to locate the original transcript, but was unable to do so. (Incidentally, one year after the bogus transcript was released, Russell stated in a filmed interview that he was not convinced Oswald had acted alone.)”
The point of this discussion is that someone with a lot of power must have pulled many strings in order to pull the official statements of a Senator who even LBJ courted because of how politically powerful has was at the time. Thus, this unpublicized sideshow presents more compelling circumstantial evidence that a very high level coverup was ongoing from the very start.
There are many other serious flaws with the WCR which are too numerous to take up in this short article. However, that a bystander — James Tague — was also shot at the same crime scene completely undermines the most fundamental conclusion of WCR. The shooting of James Tague is rarely discussed in the mainstream media because of how thoroughly it invalidates the “Single-bullet theory”.
“Connally’s testimony was particularly challenging to the Warren Commission’s claim Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone-gun assassin,” Corsi stressed. “If Connally was hit by a separate shot, and a shot missed to hit bystander James Tague, then at least four shots were fired at the JFK limousine.
“Corsi notes that the Warren Commission already had determined the maximum number of shots Oswald could have fired with the manual bolt-action Mannlicher-Carcano rifle was three.”
“If four shots were fired at JFK, there had to have been a second shooter.
There are numerous, well-researched articles and investigative reports which shed much more light on the JFK assassination than the Warren Commission Report ever did. The internet has become a literal repository of high integrity technical analysis and authoritative historical fact evaluation of many different aspects related to this crime against the American people. On this 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, the world will certainly move one step closer to the truth.
At the end of the day, many of us who were alive on November 22, 1963 will always remember where we were and what we were doing. Truly, this unresolved and highly consequential event has proven to be a defining moment in the history of the USA. Perhaps the day is not far off when those individuals who were responsible for this heinous crime will be brought to justice. In the meantime the official coverup continues unabated, but not without legions of armchair investigators who successfully debunk the Warren Commission Report at every turn. As follows:
State of the Nation
November 16, 2013
 THE WARREN COMMISSION’S FAILED INVESTIGATION by Michael T. Griffiths (2/19/2002)
 WOUNDED EYEWITNESS CHALLENGES WARREN COMMISSION by JEROME R. CORSI (11/14/2013)
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