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Alan Dale

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JFK Assassination Quotes by Government Officials
« on: January 15, 2014, 08:03:24 PM »
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"We were at war with the national security people."

Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. - told to acquaintance Wilmer Thomas when asked whom he believed was behind the assassination of President Kennedy. Quoted by Joan Mellen in How the Failure to Identify, Prosecute and Convict President Kennedy's Assassins Has Led to Today's Crisis in Democracy, and paraphrased in her A Farewell to Justice, p. 162.


"I think the [Warren] report, to those who have studied it closely, has collapsed like a house of cards.....the fatal mistake the Warren Commission made was not to use its own investigators, but instead to rely on the CIA and FBI personnel, which played directly into the hands of senior intelligence officials who directed the cover-up."

Senator Richard Schweiker - speaking on Face the Nation on 27 Jun 1976. Schweiker was with Sen. Gary Hart the co-chairman of the JFK subcommittee.
Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny.

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Re: JFK Assassination Quotes by Government Officials
« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2014, 06:59:51 PM »

".....the fatal mistake the Warren Commission made was not to use its own investigators, but instead to rely on the CIA and FBI personnel, which played directly into the hands of senior intelligence officials who directed the cover-up."

Senator Richard Schweiker.

Yes, but ...

This assumes that the Warren Commission ever wanted to find out the truth.  I'm not at all convinced that it did.  The Three "Blind" Monkeys trick suited everybody and worked out quite well.

Alan, have you got a link to Mellen's "How the failure ..." article?


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Re: JFK Assassination Quotes by Government Officials
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2014, 09:02:30 AM »
12/9/1963 Arthur Schlesinger talked with RFK: "I asked him, perhaps tactlessly, about Oswald. He said that there could be no serious doubt that Oswald was guilty, but there was still argument if he had done it by himself or as part of a larger plot, whether organized by Castro or by gangsters...McCone thought there were two people involved in the shooting." (RFK and His Times)

Oct 30 1966 RFK talked to Arthur Schlesinger about the WC: "he wondered how long he could continue to avoid comment on the report. It is evident that he believes that it was a poor job and will not endorse it, but that he was unwilling to criticize it and thereby re-open the whole tragic business." (RFK and His Times)

In July 1966 Richard Goodwin, a former advisor and close associate of President Kennedy, reviewed Inquest for Book Week. He called the book "impressive" and called for the convening of a panel to evaluate the findings of the Warren Commission and determine if a completely new investigation was warranted. He later added that there were other associates of the late President "who feel as I do."  (Book Week, July 24, 1966, p.1 20. New York Times, July 24, 1966) Arthur Schlesinger Jr. also called for a new investigation around this time.

Sen. Russell B. Long, D-LA. - AP 22 Nov 66: "Sen. [Long] said yesterday in New Orleans he has always thought a second person was involved in the assassination who was 'a much better shot than Oswald.'  Long said he thinks there should be further investigation."

11/22/1966 Los Angeles Times quoted Sen. Richard Russell as saying he wanted his dissenting view included in the WR: "Warren was determined he was going to have a unanimous report. I said it wouldn't be any trouble just to put a little asterisk up here and then down at the bottom of the page saying: 'Senator Russell dissents to this finding as follows,' but Warren wouldn't hear of it. He finally took that part and rewrote it himself." 

12/27/1966 On December 27, 1966, Representative Theodore R. Kupferman of New York, who had previously expressed serious doubts about the accuracy of the Warren Report and who, three months earlier, had introduced in the House a Resolution calling for a new investigation of the Kennedy murder, wrote to Robert H. Bahmer, Chief Archivist of the United States, asking for permission to examine the autopsy photos and X-rays. "In order to have an informed judgment on the subject,” Mr. Kupferman added, he would like to take Dr. Halpern and Dr. Wecht along with him to the viewing, as well as author Sylvia Meagher, a recognized authority on the contents of the Warren Report which she has indexed.

From "Robert Kennedy and His Times" by Arthur Schlesinger (1978): "In 1967 Marvin Watson of Lyndon Johnson's White House staff told Cartha DeLoach of the FBI that Johnson "was now convinced there was a plot in connection with the assassination. Watson stated the President felt that CIA had had something to do with this plot." (Washington Post, December 13, 1977)

The January 14, 1967 Saturday Evening Post also carried a cover story challenging the Warren Report, and it also ran an editorial calling for a new inquiry. Others who publicly expressed doubts about the conclusions of the Warren Commission included Senators Russell Long, Eugene McCarthy, Strom Thurmond, William Fulbright, and Thomas Dodd; Congressmen Ogden Reid, John W. Wydler, and William F. Ryan; Arthur Schlesinger Jr., William Buckley, Norman Mailer, Murray Kempton, Max Lerner, Pete Hammill, Walter Lippman, Dwight MacDonald, Richard H. Rovere, Cardinal Cushing and many others.