Forty-eight years ago today. Look what they did to your 35th POTUS. Take a good look. When people speak of the JFK assassination, this is what it looked like. Familiarize yourself with the horrors of head-shot murder. I’ll never understand why murder is sanitized and euphemized.
The body looks waxen, mannequin-like. Lifeless misses the point. It’s devoid of animation. The life force, energy: gone. Life is projected from the eyes. Look. This is murder. Imagine, this is the same vibrant JFK now reduced to this. This is what the JFK assassination is all about. And this is why my country’s nonchalance even 48 years later infuriates me.
Brain, dura. Look. This is what they did. That’s right — they! For to truly understand the implications of this story, the object of the conspiracy is really irrelevant. The horror of murder is what this is about. This was the most famous conspiracy in my lifetime. That’s right. It was a conspiracy.
Who said anything about a conspiracy? These guys. The House Select Committee on Assassinations. The House as in Congress. And its findings are absolutely crystal clear.
Report of the Select Committee on Assassinations of the U.S. House of Representatives
I. Findings of the Select Committee on Assassination in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
I.B. Scientific acoustical evidence establishes a high probability that two gunmen fired at President John F. Kennedy. Other scientific evidence does not preclude the possibility of two gunmen firing at the President. Scientific evidence negates some specific conspiracy allegations.
I.C. The Committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy. The Committee is unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy.
The Committee noted that SCOTUS Mr. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes defined conspiracy as a partnership in criminal purposes. The Committee’s footnote notes the following.
1It might be suggested that because of the widely varying meanings attached to the word “conspiracy,” it ought to be avoided. Such a suggestion, however, raises another objection– the search for euphemistic variations can lead to a lack of candor. There is virtue in seeing something for what it is, even if the plain truth causes discomfort.
Perhaps the committee presaged our hysteria today over the term conspiracy. Conspiracy today is synonymous with baseless, insane or paranoid.
But wait, you’re thinking, “I didn’t know this.” You didn’t know that a specific finding of a conspiracy was made. Trust me, you don’t know a lot. But join the club.
This is an episode from Nigel Turner’s 1988 BBC documentary The Men Who Killed Kennedy. It’s the most fascinating assassination documentary I’ve seen to date. It describes inter alia the famous Badgeman reference. Watch at 06:00 and listen to Gordon Arnold’s story. Tell me this guy’s lying. Go ahead; I dare you. Then at 20:57 begins the portion with Stephen Rivele. Absolutely fascinating. Especially his description of Lucien Sarti and the Marseilles-Corsican assassins. It just shows you how much you’ve never heard. And the reason may be in part because so many folks just don’t want to know anything about this. Or any high level government conspiracy. They protect their precious innocence, their sensibilities. They’ll quickly refute the veracity of the claimants and dismiss the story for a host of reasons. As is their right.
Ignorance is as American as stupidity.