jfk assassination conspiracy theories (pt. 2 of 2)
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The JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theories
The JFK Assassination Conspiracy TheoriesBrookdale Investigates(Pt. II)
Presented by Greg Caggiano
RFKs ReactionWhat did his brother think?
Project FreedomRFK felt that many aspects of Project Freedom (Castro Assassination Plot) were seen in JFKs assassinationControlling of evidence by CIALow-level operatives working with mafia on the groundTrafficante and Marcello knew about planRFKs reaction to assassinationPhones Project Freedoms leader, Harry Williams, and blatantly asked, Did one of your guys do it?Confirmed by writer Haynes Johnson who was presentHe was also under the impression that RFK had known LHOs name from somewhereSome theorists argue that RFK helped orchestrate a benign cover-up due to the embarrassment of his brother being killed in his own plan
Personal EffectsRFKs power as attorney general essentially ended when JFK was killed. He lost his strongest allyNever got along with LBJ, but this was made worse following a phone call immediately after the assassination For the rest of his life, RFK stood by the Warren Commission in public, but privately to his associates, he didnt believe it. However, he never opened up as to who he think did it."It is evident that he believes that the Warren Commission was a poor job and will not endorse it, but that he is unwilling to criticize it and thereby reopen the whole tragic business.- Arthur Schlesinger On the campaign trail before his death four years later, he told an audience that he would go into the Warren Commission files to investigate for himself but only at a time he deemed appropriateMany associates felt that if he had become president, he would have examined the files
What Jackie Kennedy said:On the day Jack was murdered, I happened to be looking at the large green Stemmons Freeway sign, as we were passing the grassy knoll. I saw a chunk of the green wooden sign suddenly shatter outwards and fly towards Jack and me. Then Jack was hit in the throat. I reached out to him. As I did, he was shot in the right side of his head. Just above his right eye. It was horrible. I saw the right side of his head fly onto the back of the car. I leaned back and reached for it. I just wanted to put Jack back together. It was an instinctual response. In hindsight, I guess that was the first bullet smashing through the freeway sign that hit Jack in the throat. I heard five shots fired at Jack from behind the freeway sign. I can still hear those five shots in my dreams. All shots seemed to come from behind that freeway sign.- As told to historian Arthur Schlesinger
A Review of the HSCA (1976-1979)The committee that was the best and worst thing to ever happen to jfk conspiracies
For conspiracy?The HSCA concluded that JFK was assassinated as part of a probable conspiracy and it was likely 4 shots were firedIt was probable that the second shooter fired from the Grassy Knoll and/or picket fence area HOWEVER, it agreed with many of the Warren Commissions findings, including:Oswald firing 3 shots from the TSBDThe Single Bullet Theory causing all of Kennedys woundsThe fatal head shot coming from Oswald
What they said:Lee Harvey Oswaldfired three shots at Kennedy. The second and third shots Oswald fired struck the President. The third shot he fired killed the President.Scientific acoustical evidence establishes a high probability that at least two gunmen fired at the President. Other scientific evidence does not preclude the possibility of two gunmen firing at the President. Scientific evidence negates some specific conspiracy allegations.The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of aconspiracy. The committee was unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy.The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Soviet Government was not involved in the assassination of Kennedy.The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the Cuban Government was not involved in the assassination of Kennedy.The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that anti-Castro Cuban groups, as groups, were not involved in the assassination of Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved.The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that the national syndicate of organized crime, as a group, was not involved in the assassination of Kennedy, but that the available evidence does not preclude the possibility that individual members may have been involved.The Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Central Intelligence Agency were not involved in the assassination of Kennedy.Agencies and departments of the U.S. Government performed with varying degrees of competency in the fulfillment of their duties. President Kennedy did not receive adequate protection. A thorough and reliable investigation into the responsibility of Lee Harvey Oswald for the assassination was conducted. The investigation into the possibility of conspiracy in the assassination was inadequate. The conclusions of the investigations were arrived at in good faith, but presented in a fashion that was too definitive.
What the critics say:The HSCA failed to thoroughly examine all of the available evidence, using many of the same pieces the WC usedThe evidence they claim helped establish a conspiracy was then sealed for 50 years (the year of release keeps changing)They made no effort to investigate their own conspiracy claimsNot one person they established was lying or hiding information in their testimony to them was charged with perjury
The Chief Counsel of HSCA:I no longer believe that we were able to conduct an appropriate investigation of the [Central Intelligence] Agency and its relationship to Oswald.... We now know that the Agency withheld from the Warren Commission the CIA-Mafia plots to kill Castro. Had the commission known of the plots, it would have followed a different path in its investigation. The Agency unilaterally deprived the commission of a chance to obtain the full truth, which will now never be known. Significantly, the Warren Commission's conclusion that the agencies of the government co-operated with it is, in retrospect, not the truth. We also now know that the Agency set up a process that could only have been designed to frustrate the ability of the committee in 1976-79 to obtain any information that might adversely affect the Agency. Many have told me that the culture of the Agency is one of prevarication and dissimulation and that you cannot trust it or its people. Period. End of story. I am now in that camp.- Robert BlakeyAfter the proceedings it was revealed that the CIAs liaison to the HSCA (George Joannides) was involved with the same covert Castro groups as Oswald in the 1960s
The Dictabelt Recording
Came to the HSCAs attention in 1978Recorded on a policemans dictabelt on Dallas PD Channel 1Some claim there are 4 shots present, but only 3 are definitely heardHowever, 2 of the shots on simultaneous, therefore they could not have been fired by the same personThere is also something else interesting heard on the recordingLink: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq-ZJ99qaCc
THEORY: A conservative plot to kill Kennedyin Miami
The Miami ConnectionOn November 4, 1963, a FBI informant named Willie Somersett working for the Miami PD recorded a conversation he had with Joseph Milteer (who was being investigated for something else). It eventually led to the topic of JFK and a planned hit:Milteer said that an assassination attempt was in the works and it would be done from an office building with a high-powered rifleSecret Service could not offer adequate protectionGun could be transported in piecesKennedy was to be taken out in Miami during a motorcade on Nov. 18Miami PD changes motorcade route to a helicopter transport upon hearing this informationMost telling quote of all: Theyll pick someone up within hours after he is killed to throw the public off.Milteer is interviewed by FBI after assassination, but not by Warren Commission. Deemed to be not credible.
Joseph Milteer, the right-wing extremist who said two weeks before the assassination that the President's murder was "in the working," told a police informant afterward that "Everything ran true to form. I guess you thought I was kidding you when I said he would be killed from a window with a high-powered rifle." Asked whether he was guessing when he made the original remark, Milteer replied, "I don't do any guessing." According to the informant, Milteer said there was no need "to worry about Lee Harvey Oswald getting caught because he doesn't know anything." The right wing, said Milteer, was "in the clear," adding that "the patriots have outsmarted the Communist group in order that the Communists would carry out the plan without the right wing becoming involved.- Anthony Summers, from his book CONSPIRACY
Lucky guess, or really involved?Other than these explicit recordings, there is nothing to suggest he was involvedInvestigators are split on how serious Milteer may have beenHe could have just been blowing off steam (he hated Kennedy) and his plans of assassination just happen to make senseBut then theres this photo
Either way, what went wrong?Col. Fletcher Prouty:Area should have been studied by Secret Service for weeks before tripMilitary Units normally called up to patrol the streets during a motorcadeSecret Service should have made sure all windows were closedThere were no Secret Service deployed on the ground in Dallas that dayMany agents were out partying until 4 a.m the night before and were still allowed to work (strictly forbidden)Should have been a straight run on Main Street where they