Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Warren Commission Got It Wrong

Committee says Warren Commission got it wrong in JFK assassination


By Dennis Bartholomew

As the anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy approaches, the debates will resume about "whether the Warren Commission got it right." But what most people do not realize is the United States Congress already decided, many years ago, that the Warren Commission did not get it right.

In the late 1970's, the Congress formed the House Select Committee on Associations (HSCA) to investigate the assassinations of President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King. The HSCA had access to much more information than was available to the Warren Commissions and spent two years researching and reviewing the relevant issues. Its final conclusion regarding President Kennedy was that the President's assassination was "probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy."

In effect, the HSCA determined that the Warren Commission's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald "acted alone" was incorrect. But equally important was the HSCA's explanation of why the Warren Commission was incorrect. The HSCA emphatically stated that the CIA and the FBI had not provided complete and accurate information to the Warren Commission. The HSCA summarized the CIA's performance by stating that "the Central Intelligence Agency was deficient in its collection and sharing of information both prior to and subsequent to the assassination." With respect to the FBI, the HSCA stated that it "failed to conduct an adequate investigation into the possibility of a conspiracy in key areas, and it was deficient in its sharing of information with the Warren Commission."

To be fair to the Warren Commission, its conclusion recognized its dependency on the investigative agencies, as the final report stated "[o]n the basis of the evidence before the Commission, it concludes that Oswald acted alone."

Another issue of great importance in the HSCA report was its discussion of Oswald's association in New Orleans with the right-wing anti-communist community. Oswald was found to have had well-substantiated contacts with Guy Banister, an ex-FBI agent, and David Ferrie, both of whom were extreme right-wingers who worked with the anti-Castro Cubans in their effort to overthrow the Castro regime. The HSCA expressed puzzlement about why Oswald, the alleged disaffected Marxist who defected to the Soviet Union, would be associating with the anti-Castro community. In all likelihood, the HSCA was aware of an obvious explanation for Oswald's confusing behavior, but, as a committee of the House of Representative, it could not state everything it knew for political reasons.

The obvious explanation is that Oswald was not a disaffected Marxist, but was really an intelligence operative working in that role in New Orleans. In the late 1950's and early 1960's, several U.S. citizens defected to the Soviet Union, then changed their minds and returned home. These individuals are now believed by many to have been part of a false defector project that was intended to get CIA operatives into the Soviet Union.

Assassination researchers have long noted the ease in which Oswald received an early dismissal from the Marines, the lack of an explanation or how he was able to find his way into the Soviet Union, and the ease in which he was able to return to the U.S. Clearly, Oswald has assistance from some organization in getting into and out of the Soviet Union. His activities in New Orleans were undoubtedly part of another intelligence operation. Then, in the fall of 1963, Oswald abruptly left New Orleans and made a strange visit to the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. After leaving Mexico City, he did not return to New Orleans, but instead went to Dallas, where he became involved with the Kennedy assassination. It is still not clear whether he was a willing participant or merely a patsy, as he claimed.

All of the above information is well-know to assassination researchers. It can easily be found by reading the HSCA reports or by reading any of a number of books on the assassination. So why do many government officials and members of the news media continue to focus on the Warren Commission, ignoring the more recent HSCA findings? Is it because people are reluctant to admit that one of our intelligence operatives somehow got mixed up in the assassination of President Kennedy?

Anyone who performs a through and unbiased review of the available information, will clearly see Oswald's involvement with what appear to be various covert operations. Isn't it time for the intelligence community and the media to admit the Kennedy assassination was not the work of one "lone nut"?

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