Saturday, November 23, 2013
A JFK Assassination Theory I'll Bet You Haven't Heard Before
On this 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination, there are TV documentaries galore -- most of them pooh-poohing the various "conspiracy theories", except that they're finally willing to admit (50 years later) that there were at least three shots fired, not one. The Official Story, though, is still that all the shots came from behind and were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald from the School Book Depository. And, of course, that Oswald acted alone.
You wouldn't believe some of the excuses the Official Story supporters have come up with to try to explain away what witnesses -- and the famous Zapruder film -- showed: that the second (at least) shot hit Kennedy in the head, and his head snapped BACKWARD. Anyone who knows anything about shooting, or basic Physics for that matter, knows that an impact from behind knocks the impacted object forward. Therefore, JFK was shot from in front as well as behind; therefore, there was a second shooter. This implies a conspiracy.
But it ain't necessarily so. Rasty, who (like me!) has a lot of connections in weird places, came up with this one:
The first shot came from high and behind all right; it hit Kennedy high in the back and exited low in the throat, then went through Connally (who was half-turned toward JFK) going through his shoulder, then his wrist, and finally burying itself in his thigh. The Secret Service man who was sitting directly in front of Connally realized what had happened, and grabbed for his rifle -- which was concealed under a rug between the two front seats, loaded, with the muzzle pointing backward. In his haste and excitement, as he lifted the gun and started to pull the rug away, he accidentally hit the trigger -- and that was the shot that hit Kennedy from the front, and killed him.
This would explain the cover-up; the last thing the federal govt. would ever want to admit in public is that the president of the US was killed by the incompetence of the Secret Service.
Ah, but was it just incompetence? Here's my addendum to Rasty's theory. Admittedly, there's only one piece of evidence for it: JFK's route through Dallas wasn't originally supposed to go through Dealey Plaza, but the route was changed -- by the Secret Service -- at the last minute, so how did Oswald (or whoever the first shooter was) know when to be in place? So yes, there was a conspiracy -- and at least part of the Secret Service was in on it. So that killing shot from the front wasn't an accident after all.
As to who could have -- and wanted to -- put such a conspiracy together, more than a few people have come up with that one, based purely on motive and opportunity:
LBJ did it!
Well, why not? He had the ambition, ruthlessness, bigotry (he was originally part of the Texas right-wing crowd), connections (he had lots of rich and powerful friends, including Hunt, in the Texas right-wing crowd) and sheer arrogance to pull it off. There was a rumor (quickly quashed) soon after the assassination, that someone on the plane that took JFK's body back to Washington saw Johnson standing over the body and chuckling -- but that by itself doesn't mean he set up, or helped set up, the actually killing. A clever playwright wrote an underground play (widely seen, and the script widely circulated) called MacBird, which was a rewrite of MacBeth with LBJ as the title character, but again, the writer had nothing to go on but motive and opportunity.
Still, there had to be some reason -- other than presiding over the highly unpopular Dirty Little War which Kennedy hadn't wanted to pursue -- that LBJ decided to quit the presidency after only one term. Guilty conscience, possibly? Or fear that enough digging into both of the Kennedy assassinations might finally come up with the shocking truth?
After 50 years, and most of the involved personnel having died off, it's unlikely that we'll ever get the whole story. Still, even today, less than a quarter of the American populace believe the official version of the JFK assassination. Indeed, despite -- or possibly because of -- the overgrowth of government in the US since then, that incident marked the turning point in America's trust of its governments, from the federals on down. We've become a lot more cynical since then, with no end in sight.
--Leslie <;)))>< )O(