Thursday, May 23, 2013

50 Years Since JFK Assassination Retrospective: Revisiting The Warren Report

As Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy by Jim Marrs noted, "the Warren Commission Report was made public on September 28, 1964, with the news media voicing virtually unanimous praise and support for the document."

Yet the same book asserted:

"The Warren Commission was in part the result of an attempt by President Lyndon Johnson and his close advisors to blunt independent assassination investigations both in Texas and in Congress.

"Johnson hand-picked commission members--all of whom had long-standing connections with either the military, defense industries, or U.S. intelligence...

"...There were serious conflicts between the commission's pat report and its attendant 26 volumes of testimony and evidence. Likewise, there were serious conflicts between witness testimony as published by the commission and statements to newsmen and researchers by those same witnesses..."

Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba and the Garrison Case by James DiEugenio also stated the following in reference to the U.S. Establishment's official version of what happened on November 22, 1963 in Dallas:

"Finally what sinks the Warren Report is its lack of respect for itself and the reader. We are asked to believe a string of happenstance, improbabilities, incongruities, and flat-out impossibilities...

"...To convict the dead Oswald, the commission could mold the alleged facts to fit its portrait of the accused...

"Yet it served its purpose. It incriminated a lone assassin and shoved the issue under the table for the 1964 election...

"The American people have been lied to before, but the Warren Report moved this phenomenon to a higher plane. The lie was so big, the attendant praise was so lavish, the holes in the story so gaping, thatit quickly sparked a countermovement to the official story..."

(Downtown 9/21/94)

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