Questions remain on assassination
On the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, various media presentations have included authors like Gerald Posner and Vincent Bugliosi who apparently see it as a problem that 70 percent of Americans are skeptical of the Warren Commission report. Many of us believe that the real problem may concern the intellectual integrity of trusted figures like Douglas Brinkley and Tom Brokaw, who still promote the idea that Oswald was the lone gunman despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
In the case of the fatal shot to Kennedy’s head, 17th century conspiracy theorist Isaac Newton tells us that the transfer of momentum would have pushed the president’s head in the direction of the projectile that impacted his skull. The president’s head was pushed violently back and to the left in the direction of a bullet coming from the right front grassy knoll area. Witnesses saw pieces of the president’s skull expelled along this same trajectory as the bullet smashed through the back of his head. Every doctor who examined Kennedy at Parkland Hospital observed wounds consistent with this type of hit. The closest witnesses to the assassination heard a shot from the right front, several even saw the shot being fired from behind the picket fence.
In 1979, based on acoustic evidence, the U.S. House Committee on Assassinations concluded that there was at least a 95 percent probability that a shot was fired from the grassy knoll. The committee’s conclusion was that the evidence suggested Kennedy died as the result of a conspiracy. It is unclear how many of our conspiracy-averse media personalities realize that this was the conclusion of the last official government investigation into the assassination, or that in 1992 Congress established the Assassination Records Review Board releasing thousands of documents, many of which have corroborated material presented in the film “JFK.”
On the list for Kennedy’s second term was the break-up of the CIA, replacement of J. Edgar Hoover, prosecution of key Mafia leaders and ending the Pentagon’s project in Vietnam. The idea that the president’s enemies prevailed on Nov. 22, 1963, remains politically and emotionally unacceptable because it runs against a collective belief that the institutions of this country work automatically to protect our republic against the forces of brutality, intimidation and corruption. Kennedy took on these forces of war and fascism (which he often described in those terms), and we wish he had prevailed.