I’ll be back with more news on Unidentified and its availability (in both Kindle and Print) shortly, but this past week Chuck Ochelli invited Carmine Savastano and I back onto his program for another episode in our JFK 101 series. We had a full two hours to dig into the fundamentals of the commission’s formation and its intrinsic weaknesses – some of which apply to any Presidential panel, especially as compared to an actual legal inquiry as might be conducted by the Justice Department or in particular by a Special Investigator empowered by the Justice Department.
We explored the standard problems and issues with the Warren Commission, as well as certain points which don’t get talked about much these days. However we also delved into the significant disconnects between its purported charter and how its work was actually conducted.
In the end we did a bit of a comparison between the Warren Commission and its “report” with the work of the HSCA – keeping in mind that the Warren Report was basically no more than a fleshing out and endorsement of the FBI report. Of course the FBI report itself was largely prepared over some three days and submitted within a couple of weeks and its “shooting scenario” actually conflicts with that of the Warren Report – but that was not obvious at the time since the FBI report was not made available to the public for comparative purposes.
We will be returning to the HSCA in a future show but the contrast in the two pieces of work is certainly dramatic. The Warren Commission essentially certified the lone nut position of the FBI report (something internal FBI memos show was considered to be quite a challenge by the Bureau) while the HSCA submitted a conclusion of conspiracy and handed the matter to the Justice Department to pursue with the full weight of legal action – something Justice managed to totally dodge.
I think the dialog was quite educational; if it sounds interesting you can listen to it at the following link: