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A Festering Wound

By Richard Girard

"My heart burnt within me with indignation and grief; we could think of nothing else. . . . All night long we had only snatches of sleep, waking up perpetually to the sense of a great shock and grief. Every one is feeling the same. I never knew so universal a feeling."

Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist. Letter, 28 April 1865, to Harvard professor Charles E. Norton, on the news of Lincoln's assassination reaching England.

"The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions."

Claude Le'vi-Strauss, French anthropologist. The Raw and the Cooked, "Overture," section 1 (1964).

It has been almost forty-nine years since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was murdered from ambush in the streets of Dallas.

And we are no closer to ending the pain of that awful moment today then we were then.

Like an ulcerated wound, our nation can never fully heal from the effects of this crime until we know the truth.

The findings of the Warren Commission are regrettably not the truth. It is a mass of hypothesis and conjecture dependent on investigative agencies who were more interested in covering up their own mistakes or culpability than finding the truth. This is best demonstrated by the March 3, 1964 memo from CIA Director John McCone to Secret Service Chief James Rowley revealing that Lee Harvey Oswald was a trained CIA operative. This information was never given to the Warren Commission, according to an October 17, 2009 NY Times article by Scott Shane, "C.I.A. is Still Cagey About Oswald Mystery." If Jim Garrison had this information, would Clay Shaw have been declared "not guilty?" I doubt it.

There is also the recently discovered film of Secret Service Agents Henry Rybka and Don Lawton being ordered off of the back of JFK's limousine as it was leaving Love Field that fateful November day. These orders were vital to the assassination, because it opened up JFK to being shot from the rear, and prevented the immediate shielding of the President's and First Lady's bodies by those of the Secret Service agents on the back of the limousine. The reason for, as well as the ultimate source for this stand-down order has never been properly investigated. There is photographic evidence that Secret Service agent's were on the back of the limousine for the motorcade in San Antonio the day before. The surviving members of Kennedy's Secret Service detail deny receiving an order from President Kennedy to stay off the rear of the limousine. In fact the order seems to have come from Assistant Special Agent in Charge Vincent M. Boring, without authorization by any other superior. (Vincent Palamara, "The Secret Service on the Job in Dallas;" Murder in Dealey Plaza: What We Know Now That We Didn't Know Then About the Death of JFK ; James H. Fetzer PhD., editor; Catfeet Press; Peru, Illinois; copyright 2000; pp. 159-174)

Other evidence was withheld from the Warren Commission. One of these pieces of evidence was the photograph of the two empty shell casings and one unfired round of 6.5 mm ammunition that were found in the area of the so-called "sniper's nest" on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository (TSBD) (photographed in the Baltimore Field Office of the FBI), as well as the original evidence sheets submitted to the Dallas Office of the FBI by Special Agent Vincent E. Drain on November 23, 1963.

This means whoever was up on the sixth floor of the TSBD may have pulled the trigger three times, but that sniper only sent two bullets hurtling downrange towards President Kennedy that murderous Texas afternoon. If the 6.5 mm Mannlicher-Carcano carbine (not rifle) found "hidden" among the boxes of books at TSBD only fired twice that afternoon, there has to be--by the Warren Commission's own logic--more than one assassin. (This also explains why the FBI tried so hard to get James Teague to say he was not grazed by concrete from a bullet that hit the curb when he reported it after the assassination.)

I say whoever because I have very strong doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald was anything other than what he claimed to reporters in the Dallas jailhouse, "a patsy." I think he served the exact purpose he was supposed to at the TSBD that afternoon--slow down any initial police response to the sixth floor (by being present in the building's central second floor lunchroom), while the gunman hid the carbine, and assumed an identity (either Secret Service or Military Intelligence credentials) that permitted his escape in the chaos.

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