Follow the evidence

Allen Dulles, former director of the CIA and the member of the Warren Commission most knowledgeable of covert activities of every sort, was addressing in executive session the possible reception of the panel’s conclusions:

“But nobody reads. Don’t believe people read in this country. There will be a few professors that will read the record . . . the public will read very little.”

Celebrity journalists Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, and Jim Lehrer, on the other hand, have all contributed to television specials in recent days defending the Kennedy assassination “lone assassin” and “single-bullet” theories. All three of these ambitious young Texans got their big national “break” by way of the events of November 22-24, 1963, in Dallas. All three have been thoroughly career-minded. All three have countless connections with the political and media elite that for 50 years has systematically attempted to discredit critics of the Warren Report.

These three conspicuously representative establishment figures, and many of their ilk, believe that with their superficial 50th anniversary contributions they can put “the JFK case” to bed forever.

They can’t, because quite literally the truth is not on their side. Follow the evidence.

For decades I have told friends and strangers alike that “If somebody can kill the president of the United States and get away with it, all bets are off.”

That’s precisely what happened, and it wasn’t Lee Oswald who did it.

I’ve also said that “If you haven’t studied the JFK case, it’s unlikely that you understand what has happened since.”

In 1995 historian John Newman, a 20-year veteran of Army intelligence, published “Oswald and the CIA: The Documented Truth About the Unknown Relationship Between the U.S. Government and the Alleged Killer of JFK.” A quotation:

“As diverse a people [as] we Americans are, we are unified by the democratic concepts we share: That ultimate power belongs with the people, and that the government cannot govern without the consent of the governed. For thirty years we have watched aghast as one lie begat another and as one half-baked solution gave way to the next, and our confidence in our institutions slowly dissipated.

At the heart of this situation is a relatively new development in American history: The emergence of enormously powerful national intelligence agencies. . . . The unsavory truth confronting American citizens, just as it confronts the citizens of Russia and China, is this: Unbridled power cannot reform itself. The reform of the intelligence system is something the people, not the intelligence agencies, must control.”

Would the Sun-Gazette’s most complacent and uninformed readers be interested to know that both the CIA and the Office of Naval Intelligence found Lee Oswald psychologically “incapable” of killing Kennedy?

And would the Sun-Gazette’s readers be surprised to learn that the most important book on the assassination to emerge in recent years, Douglas P. Horne’s 2009 “Inside the Assassination Records Review Board: The U.S. Government’s Final Attempt to Reconcile the Conflicting Medical Evidence in the Assassination of JFK” is nowhere to be found in any of the libraries of Lycoming County?

Re-enter Allen Dulles.

H.C. (Harry) Nash


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