Fifty Years Later,
Kennedy Shooting Less Certain than Lincoln Conspiracy
By William Boardman
Coalition on Political Assassinations by [COPA]
Is Dead Kennedys Just a Hard Core Punk Band to Younger Americans?
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 don't know what happened is that our government has kept assassination-related material secret -- 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 Assassinations' lengthy inquiry concluded that JFK "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." 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
That'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: "Legacy of Secrecy" with Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro (the Mafia did it) and "Parkland" with Colin Hanks and Paul Giamatti (Oswald did it alone). Academy Award winner Erroll Morris is working on a documentary of the assassination (he hasn'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 they're Russian or something).
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