In the last post I discussed a key problem – lack of challenge – to the official evidence in the murder of JFK. Beyond that issue there is an even more fundamental problem, the murder investigation itself.
Documents confirm that the morning following the murder, Saturday morning, Director Hoover issued a directive identifying Lee Oswald as the principal suspect of the President, stating that in view of developments all offices should resume “normal” contacts with their informants. That directive ended the process of an open ended criminal investigation, focusing Bureau effort on Oswald and of course anyone who could be directly connected to Oswald. Certainly new leads brought to the FBI would get a response (fairly cursory in most cases) and reports would be filed on them, but if no direct connection to Oswald was indicated, the leads would have limited attention – and for those who have not read FBI investigations of other murders, that was standard procedure, not something unique.
And the following day, Sunday, after only two days, we find Alan Belmont writing a memo to Deputy Director Tolsen concluding that only Oswald had been involved, suggesting the investigation was largely complete and proposing a process by which a report could be generated which would “set forth the items of evidence which made it clear that Oswald was the man who killed the President.” Pretty darn quick for absolute certainty some might say. But it reflected the marching orders for the Bureau – collect the evidence on Oswald and package it to support a case against him. Which of course is what the FBI normally does to support a prosecution by the Justice Department, or even a local DA. Of course in this case there would be no prosecution so all the Warren Commission had to do was to admit the evidence into their historical record. Of course we know that members of the Commission privately discussed their beliefs that they were a) totally dependent on the FBI and b) that they could not necessarily be comfortable that Hoover would tell them the truth about everything – but they don’t seem to have translated that with having any problem with taking all the FBI evidence with virtually no challenge by independent sources.
Oh, and for any of you who watch much TV, the private detectives and defense investigators who put in longer hours and dig deeper than the police to catch the real bad guys (it seems like the police always get the wrong people in those shows) ….none of them were around to work the other side of the JFK murder.
And then we have the final issue, and that is the absolute lack of any consideration by either the FBI or the Warren Commission that Oswald could have been “framed”, could have been a “patsy”. That any of the evidence could have been manufactured, manipulated etc. If I’m being harsh there, somebody please give me a reference indicating where such concepts were ever even considered. Along those lines I would also love for someone to post a criminal case in which law enforcement found that its preferred suspect had indeed been framed – there must be some, but in the cases I’m familiar with it always to seems to be third parties that get involved (friends, family, investigators hired by friends or family) that go that direction.
So, not quite 24 hours before Oswald is declared the sole person of interest and a wide ranging, open ended investigation ceases, 48 hours or so before conspiracy is eliminated and Oswald is certified as the sole participant, and only a week or so after that until the draft of the FBI report setting forth the evidence is completed. And that evidence will never be challenged, or reviewed by independent experts (at least during the period of the Warren Commission). Does anybody else agree we may have a systemic problem going on..