(Article changed on November 12, 2013 at 14:50)Reprinted from Digital Journal.
In the year of the 50th anniversary of the day which many Americans say broke their hearts, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said, to virtually no media coverage, that his father Bobby believed that Oswald did not act alone, and neither does he. RFK Jr.'s comments mirror the conclusion of the 1976 official government commission on the assassination of the 35th president, which stated that:
"The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy."
Although the 1976 commission's evidence and conclusions are still hotly disputed, acoustics analysts Professor Mark Weiss and Ernest Aschkenasy of Queens College concluded that "with the probability of 95% or better, there was indeed a shot fired from the grassy knoll."
When prodded by television host Charlie Rose to discuss his feelings on likely perpetrators, RFK Jr. turns aside Rose's questions leading to a Mafia or Cuban connection, and says:
"KENNEDY: I think my father was fairly convinced at the end of that that there had been involvement by somebody "
ROSE: Organized crime, Cubans "
KENNEDY: Or rogue CIA ""
A 2013 AP poll shows that 85 percent of Americans now believe that Oswald did not act alone.
RFK Jr. appeared at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas with his sister Rory in January of this year, but the bombshell was reported only by one American media outlet. USA Today reported the comments the next day. The Dallas Morning News skewed its coverage by omitting the explosive charge against a faction of the CIA, and included only RFK Jr.'s remark that his father was "dismissive" of the Warren Commission Report, and had called it a "shoddy piece of craftsmanship."
Online the Huffington Post covered the story.
As renewed interest builds upon the approach of the biggest anniversary yet of the president's murder, such buried facts surrounding the assassination are beginning to resurface, and take on new meaning. Journalist Russ Baker, author of the best-selling "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government," has unearthed the startling coincidence that Lee Harvey Oswald's principle handler, after he arrived back in the states from self-imposed exile in the Soviet Union, was George de Mohrenschildt, and that De Mohrenschildt's nephew had roomed with George H. W. Bush at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.
PBS's Bill Moyers has praised Baker's work for its "fierce independence." On September 5, 1976 George De Mohrenschildt wrote a letter to Bush, who had recently become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The letter said:
"You will excuse this hand-written letter. Maybe you will be able to bring a solution to the hopeless situation I find myself in. My wife and I find ourselves surrounded by some vigilantes; our phone bugged; and we are being followed everywhere. Either FBI is involved in this or they do not want to accept my complaints...I tried to write, stupidly and unsuccessfully, about Lee H Oswald and must have angered a lot of people -- I do not know. But to punish an elderly man like myself and my highly nervous and sick wife is really too much. Could you do something to remove the net around us? This will be my last request for help and I will not annoy you any more. Good luck in your important job. Thank you so much."
Through his research Baker uncovered a letter from Bush to De Mohrenschildt, from CIA official records, in which Bush wrote back (here in its entirety):
"Let me say first that I know it must have been difficult for you to seek my help in the situation outlined in your letter. I believe I can appreciate your state of mind in view of your daughter's tragic death a few years ago, and the current poor state of your wife's health. I was extremely sorry to hear of these circumstances. In your situation I can well imagine how the attentions you described in your letter affect both you and your wife. However, my staff has been unable to find any indication of interest in your activities on the part of Federal authorities in recent years. The flurry of interest that attended your testimony before the Warren Commission has long subsided. I can only speculate that you may have become "newsworthy" again in view of the renewed interest in the Kennedy assassination, and thus may be attracting the attention of people in the media. I hope this letter had been of some comfort to you, George, although I realize I am unable to answer your question completely. George Bush, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency." [CIA Exec Reg. # 76,51571 9.28.76]