Those who have been following recent posts know I’ve been dealing with the bits and pieces of information we now have, which are strongly suggestive that the official Warren Commission story line should now be called into serious question. My thought is that those bits and pieces need to be the most serious, best documented and most explosive story we can provide to the media during the 50th anniversary.
To date we have dealt with the issue of the Oswald impersonations in Mexico City, the related 14 min Hoover-Johnson tape erasure and the indications that the Bethesda autopsy “evolved”, eventually producing an autopsy report which would have been in no way legally viable if the murder had come to trial. A jury would have been less than responsive to the lead autopsy doctor not being able to produce labeled films or X-rays clearly showing the wounds described in the report. And a remark, similar to the one given by Dr. Humes to the ARRB, wishing the jury luck in figuring it all out, would have routed the prosecution.
Basically, as the facts start to pile up (after 50 years) what we begin to see is that over the weekend following the assassination, the most senior people in the government were clearly seeing strong indications that Lee Oswald was not a lone nut, that others had been involved and that there was a conspiracy in play. Their problem, as reflected in the data from Mexico City, was that indications also suggestd the involvement of intelligence officers and their surrogates.
This seems to have driven those senior people to order some very impromptu damage control activities (either in the interest of national security, self interest or both). I plan to itemize more of these in upcoming posts. One of the more obvious such actions has only emerged in recent years, and that relates to certain “games” being played with the Zapruder film over that weekend. When I reworked the third edition of SWHT I was able to take advantage of Doug Horne’s work and Peter Janney’s NPIC inquires – which led me to an almost total rewrite of Chapter 15 in SWHT to address their findings.
A very brief synopsis of the matter is that over the weekend, the Zapruder film was brought to the National Photographic Interpretation Center twice – this is the highly secret CIA service facility responsible for the most advanced film interpretation and analysis the country can muster…from satellite photos to covert high altitude reconnaissance efforts. However, rather than calling on NPIC for actual study and analysis of the film, which would have been perfectly standard procedure and actually expected, instead, on two separate occasions the NPIC staff were only tasked with taking individual frames and blowing them up for the preparation of “story boards”, obviously for some sort of high level presentations. It appears that such a briefing did occur but no documentation of that remains. The second set, however, ended up as a Warren Commission exhibit.
For those wanting a more detailed discussion of these games I would recommend Chapter 15 in SWHT and a brand new study of the matter by former ARRB staff member Doug Horne. It can be found at the above link. While I might have a couple of high level points of disagreement with Doug, I find his work and the article compelling and reflective of what we see in other instances i.e. senior people coping with the probable reality of a domestic conspiracy and pulling out all the stops to manage information as much as possible in order to forestall any broad realization of that fact.
The time constrained actions Doug describes are very much in line with the what was going on with the Mexico City tapes – they exist, we can check them, its not Oswald on the call, no actually the tapes have been erased (we know they were not, at least all of them) but now we are going to lie about it and everybody is going to shut up on the subject. Not only that, we are going to erase the tape of the Hoover-Johnson conversation and the transcript will be seriously sanitized. Or when the Secret Service starts looking for missing material from the Bethesda autopsy, they eventually conclude that it would be best just not to go there.
We’ll continue this theme with other posts, including the fact that they were pressed so hard that they actually had to substitute a bullet, leaving a totally broken chain of possession and a very baffled ballistics panel – which offered a report into evidence that had to be aggressively ignored by WC staff- but they got away with that too.