Death in Dallas
It is of paramount importance to “show the world that America is not
a banana republic, where a government can be changed by conspiracy.”
--Member John J. McCloy, at the first meeting of
LBJ-appointed Warren Commission
Last November marked the 42d anniversary of the assassination of John F.
Kennedy and virtually everyone in America past the 50-year-old mark remembers where
he or she was that day. People were stunned. Former Canadian diplomat and
assassination researcher Peter Dale Scott wrote, “[A]s a foreigner who lived through it, I
could not but observe the depth and centrality of everyone’s response to the assassination
of the President.” The assassination still resonates today.
The Warren Commission printed 10 million words in 26 volumes, with yawning
gaps between its report and the available testimony and evidence, and there have been
thousands of books written on JFK, so things are complicated but, as usual, not that
To solve a crime, detectives look at cui bono, and more specifically motive,
means and opportunity. In his short time in office JFK managed to provoke a swamp full
of vicious and powerful enemies. Here are the Big Eight by
• Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose ambition, pride and ruthlessness
were unexcelled, was going to be dumped from the ticket after three years of
inside ridicule at the hands of the Kennedy crowd, and further the Billy Sol Estes
and Bobby Baker scandals were about to end his powerful political career.
• The CIA hated JFK for his coitus interruptus of its (and Dick Nixon’s) all-out
Bay of Pigs scheme, his crack down on assassination attempts against Castro, his
hands-off-Cuba pact with the Soviets after the missile crisis and his threat to
scatter the criminal CIA into a thousand pieces. JFK fired Director of Central
Intelligence Allen W. Dulles [future Warren Commission member!] and cronies
after the Bay of Pigs, and Dulles is suspect #1 for top supervisor of the JFK
ambush. A Fort Worth Press front page photo a few days before the assassination
showed Allen Dulles at the LBJ Ranch.
• J. Edgar Hoover and his FBI hated everything about the Kennedys, including their
boss, RFK, attorney general of the United States, and Hoover knew that JFK
planned to “retire” him after reelection in 1964.
• Texas independent oilmen like H.L. Hunt and Clint Murchison hated JFK for
many reasons, especially his promise to eliminate the 27.5% oil depletion
allowance, which would have raised their taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars
• The Pentagon and the military industrial complex were agitated because JFK had
already signed a National Security memorandum to begin a phased withdrawal of
American military “advisers” from Vietnam, had rejected the Joint Chiefs
proposal to stage a false-flag terrorist Operation Northwoods to provide a pretext
to invade Cuba, and more generally, JFK’s drive for peace and perceived
“softness” on communism.
• Wall Street and investment banking powers were threatened by JFK’s intention to
terminate the Federal Reserve under his silly theory (!) that a privately-owned
central bank served the interests of Wall Street and bankers, not those of America,
and it had no right to issue currency under the Constitution. JFK further alienated
the business community with his confrontation over price increases by big steel.
• Organized crime, which had worked with the CIA since it began as the OSS in
World War II, wanted its lucrative casinos back in Havana, plus its drug- and gunrunning
and money laundering profits from Cuba. The mob helped get Kennedy
elected and showered him with molls to bed, and for their troubles Bobby cracked
down on them. Resentment can be traced back to Joe Senior, who made his
fortune running booze during Prohibition, generating plenty of underworld
• The Israeli government’s determination to go nuclear was fiercely opposed by
JFK on the grounds that it would destabilize the middle east and ignite an arms
race. Ben Gurion and successors believed that JFK’s resolve threatened Israel’s
very existence. Prior to launching its 1981 attack on Iraq’s Osirak nuclear
facility, the Israeli commander told his pilots with unusual emotion, “The
alternative is our destruction.” After JFK’s demise, LBJ generously supported the
Israeli war machine.
• Miscellaneous outsider groups like rednecks, Russians and Cubans, both pro- and
anti-Castro, do not make my Big Eight, even though individual Cubans were
Clint Murchison threw a party at his Dallas residence the night before the
assassination and his guest list included H.L. Hunt, Richard Nixon, Texas Senator John
Tower, John McCloy [‘head of the establishment’ and future Warren Commission
member], J. Edgar Hoover, and Lyndon Johnson (pp. 109-10). They went into a private
meeting and Lyin’ Lyndon came out and told Madeleine Brown, one of his mistresses,
“Those damned Kennedys will not be poking fun at me after today.”
In contrast to this intense cauldron of hatred toward the charismatic Irish Catholic, all
the establishment offers us about Oswald’s motive is the loose suggestion that he was a
publicity-seeking, lone nut. Like most propaganda about what happened to JFK, little
evidence supports the official theory. For example, upon arrest Oswald protested, “Now
everybody will know who I am!” This comports with the compelling evidence that
Oswald was a CIA and FBI asset.
• Key to opportunity in this case, as Air Force pilot Fletcher Prouty said, is who had
“the power to call off or reduce the usual security precautions that are always in
effect whenever a president travels?” Only powerful insiders, not outsiders, have
• The Secret Service violated rule after rule of presidential protection, including an
blatantly slow 110 degree left-hand turn from Houston onto to Elm Street, no
motorcycle escorts alongside the presidential limo (instructed to stay behind the
rear wheels), no shield of Secret Service agents on limo running boards, people in
the streets and in open upper-story windows, the presidential limo braking during
the shooting and even coming to a complete halt as shooters finished their work,
secret service agents reacting slowly during and after the shooting, and so on. It
was a set up, beyond reasonable doubt.
• One particularly telling fact is that the press photographers’ flat bed truck which
usually traveled in front of the presidential limo was cancelled in favor of a
station wagon far back in the motorcade, thwarting a major media photo and film
record of the assassination.
Fall guy Oswald was in the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the
assassination, so he superficially had opportunity. The trouble is that within ninety
seconds of the shooting TSBD superintendent Roy Truly and Dallas policeman Marrion
Baker found Oswald standing in the lunch room on the second floor calmly drinking a
coke, despite (allegedly) committing the “crime of the century.” He did not have enough
time to fire on the president, run to the opposite corner of the sixth floor where the
weapon was discovered, hide it, race down four flights of stairs without being seen (the
elevators were locked in the wrong position for descent), get a coke and show no sign of
exertion or emotion. Other TSBD employees concurred that they heard no footsteps and
did not see Oswald racing down the stairs for his encounter with Truly and Baker.
• The assassination required money, expert planning, coordination and skilled
shooters to insure success.
• Accused clandestine services like the CIA, Mossad, and the French SDECE had
money and plenty of experience in assassination. Likewise the FBI and military.
The mob had it too, although the military-style triangulation that killed JFK was
not their style, favoring instead up-close-and-personal techniques like garroting
and 38 caliber slugs. LBJ and Texas independent oilmen were quite familiar with
employing professional killers. The list of possible and self-confessed killers is
long (E. Howard Hunt, Frank Sturgis, Charles Harrelson, Bernard Barker, Mac
Wallace, etc.) yet the key is that the professional killers depended on powerful
insiders, especially in terms of supplying compensation, a patsy and the cover up
that continues four decades later.
Oswald, by contrast, had military experience but was a poor marksman by all
accounts. No expert marksman has ever been able to reproduce the Warren Commission
script on the first attempt that the lone assassin fired three deadly shots within six seconds
from behind a moving limo with a bolt-action Mannlicher-Carcano rifle. The absurdities
of the Warren theory are countless, but one is that a real lone gunman on the 6th floor of
the TSBD would have shot the president as his limo approached the TSBD on Houston
Street rather than waiting until it turned onto Elm Street and went away from the sniper.
A leafy tree obstructed half the good shots along Elm Street. Further, the rifle in the
fabricated backyard photos used by the Warren Commission to link Oswald to the
Mannlicher-Carcano rifle found in the TSBD is not the same weapon! And Oswald’s
assassination? The conspirators could not allow Oswald to stand trial since he could
easily prove his innocence and implicate insiders as well. Oswald eluded his own
scheduled murder on the streets of Dallas following the assassination, so mob figure Jack
Ruby was given an order he could not refuse.
The final area proving that JFK’s death was an inside job is the systematic
destruction of evidence, fabricated evidence, omissions in gathering evidence and dead
witnesses and potential squealers. The medical data—body, autopsy, and X-rays—were
criminally tampered with and forged in the case of X-rays, primarily to hide the evidence
of the frontal shots and the huge hole shot out the back of the president’s head with the
attendant brain loss. He was shot in the head at least twice. The limousine was
immediately sent to Michigan for a makeover, covering up the multiple shots and
especially to replace the windshield with its bullet hole from the front, likely a fatal
headshot. Eyewitnesses were intimidated and their testimony distorted and inverted
beyond recognition. The federal government stonewalled New Orleans prosecutor Jim
Garrison, governors refused to extradite witnesses and dozens of witnesses and insiders
were murdered. Garrison’s chief suspect, David Ferrie, was found dead less than a week
after the newspapers broke the story of Garrison’s investigation.
It is not difficult to disprove the lame lone assassin theory in favor of multiple
gunmen. Try this out: Oswald could not drive a car, yet he pulled off the crime of the
century without help. Then supposedly a second lone nut with no known connections to
organized crime according to the Warren Commission, a complete lie, but plenty of cop
connections, whacked Oswald in the cops’ stronghold because he said he wanted to prove
Jews were not weak, and later that he was worried about Jackie’s health. Who makes this
stuff up? We are supposed to believe that these are real motives for murdering a
president and his accused assassin?
Shortly after the assassination, national polls showed that 52% doubted Oswald
did it alone and this skepticism reached 90% in intervening years. The evidence is
overwhelming that multiple gunmen did JFK in at the behest of powerful interests.
Why care today? Surely most of the perpetrators are dead. Yet that rogue
network inside and outside the national government remains. It was never rooted out. It
would sound familiar to a Roman citizen who experienced the transformation of the
Roman Republic into despotic empire and then eventual dissolution to barbarism. Rome
shriveled from the first city to attain perhaps 1 million people to a local trading center of
The network concealed in deep politics has grown more audacious since the
Kennedy triumph, with individual assassination still popular (e.g., Senator Paul
Wellstone) but escalating to mass murders like the Oklahoma City bombing and the
World Trade Center. Do we need CNN to televise the federal government slaughtering
Americans in a Tianneman-square-style massacre, more open and visible than the FBI’s
massacre of women and children at Waco, before people understand the constitutional
crisis? I fail to see how America’s current head-in-the-sand approach can succeed.
This is a revised and expanded version that appeared on wingtv.net November 2005.