U.S. Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren, fifth from the left, presents President Lyndon Johnson the Warren Commission's report on the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Third from the right is former CIA Director Allen Dulles, who resigned under pressure in the fall of 1961.
Sept. 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission's report on President John F. Kennedy's murder.
This unique, landmark date sets the stage to review the commission's findings, consider what many scholars consider to be a longstanding cover-up -- and thus provides a chance to reverse their damaging impact on the nation's government and watchdog institutions.
"Because of new revelations few serious scholars any longer believe the Warren Report's core finding on Oswald as a lone killer, acting alone," says Assassinations Archives and Research Center (AARC) President James Lesar.
This non-profit group has organized "The Warren Report and the JFK Assassination: A Half Century of Significant Disclosures," which he describes as "what may be one of the most important JFK assassination conferences in history."
More than 40 authors, medical doctors, academics, lawyers and other research experts will convene from Sept. 26 to 28 in Bethesda, MD to reveal recent findings differing from the Warren Commission's 1964 report.
I have been working the past month as AARC's communications director to help prepare this conference exploring the assassination, the investigations, the new revelations, and their relevance to today's world.
The purpose? Hopefully, to inform the public about what has happened in this country and to lay a foundation upon which we can reclaim rule of law under the Constitution. In turn, this could create a framework for the public better to understand today's oft-time baffling news, particularly on matters involving intelligence and politics.
My talk will be "The Long Shadow of the JFK assassination" about the continuing impact of the JFK killing in undermining democracy.
AARC's executive director Jerry Policoff is doing even more. He is a senior editor at OEN and one of the nation's pioneering experts on covert relationships between the CIA and the news media.
With the encouragement of OEN Publisher Rob Kall, Policoff plans a series of columns in coming weeks reporting for OEN the significance of presentations by conference speakers.
One presentation, for example, will be by former Notre Dame Law School Prof. Robert Blakey, who was general counsel for the 1970s House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). In 1979, it concluded that JFK fell victim to a conspiracy by unspecified people.
Blakey and former HSCA staffers Ed Lopez and Dan Hardway are expected to comment on the HSCA's working relationship with the CIA and the CIA's overt and covert attempts to impede and frustrate the HSCA's investigation.
Others making rare or unprecedented appearances will be: