Ventura: Facts Surrounding JFK Assassination Still Hidden
In his new book They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK, Jesse Ventura lays out a damning case against the official story of President Kennedy’s assassination.
In this first in a series of excerpts from the book, Ventura rounds out his arguments by making his boldest claim: most Americans have never seen the evidence that will prove once and for all that a conspiracy acted and successfully completed the shooting.
Eighty percent of the American people still refuse to believe the Warren Commission’s conclusion that President Kennedy was murdered by one “lone nut” gunman. Because—to put it bluntly—we’re not stupid!
I’ve made this point before as I’ve gone around the country speaking and teaching, and it bears repeating:
During my first year as governor, I caused a pretty big stir when I told an interviewer from Playboy that I did not believe the official conclusion on Oswald. I think I may have been the highest ranking official who ever said that, at least publicly. I started by simply applying common sense. If Oswald was who they told us he was—a Marine private who gets out of the Marine Corps and decides to defect to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, then comes back home with a Russian wife and does minimum-wage jobs—why would any records need to be locked away in the National Archives because of “national security” for seventy-five years?
As a Navy SEAL, I had to have Top-Secret clearance. That was higher than Oswald’s, and I know a few secrets, but not enough to endanger national security. But in Oswald’s case, thousands of documents are still being withheld. My point is this: It’s now fifty years after the assassination and the story is still suppressed! WHY?
Here’s a recent example of what I’m talking about:
On January 11, 2013, Robert Kennedy Jr. told Charlie Rose in front of a large Dallas audience that his father, Robert F. Kennedy (brother to JFK), privately believed the Warren Commission was ‘a shoddy piece of craftsmanship,’ and that ‘the evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman.’
Kennedy said his father had ‘asked Justice Department investigators to informally look into allegations that the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had received aid from the Mafia, the CIA or other organizations. He said the staff members found phone lists linking Jack Ruby, Oswald’s assassin, to organized crime figures with ties to the CIA, convincing the elder Kennedy that there was something to the allegations.’
Now get a load of this: The Rose interview was taped but not broadcast by the media, which evidently does not ‘go there.’ The presentation was apparently taped at a public “town hall” presentation in Dallas, but was not actually aired on television. In fact, a transcript of the presentation was apparently never made available either.
And don’t think for a second that you’ll actually be seeing everything the government has been hiding all these years, because they’re still keeping crucial documents sealed! You may think the November 22, 1963, assassination of President Kennedy is ancient history, but as we approach the fiftieth anniversary of the murder of the president, there are still government administrators who actively oppose the idea of the full truth being known today. To high level officials, some government records on the assassination are still a matter of national security, and many thousands of historical records are so sensitive that they won’t allow you to read them nearly a half-century after Kennedy was killed.
Researcher William Kelly notes that “we know that records have been intentionally destroyed, some gone totally missing and others are being wrongfully withheld, without any enforcement or oversight of the law.” Now I ask you, ISN’T THAT OUTRAGEOUS? The National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] estimates that one percent of the records still remain classified, which would mean there are still an estimated 50,000 still-secret records.
Release of the remaining documents, under the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, can be postponed until October 26, 2017. Not so bad, you say? Actually, the Act further states that even in 2017, the president may decide to drag this on further, by withholding records indefinitely.
Author Jefferson Morley knows this sad state of affairs better than most, as a result of years of litigation with the CIA to try to get a judge to force them to release specific records that it’s known the CIA has in their possession. Morley filed a lawsuit against the CIA, demanding the release of records pertaining to CIA Officer George Joannides. Joannides was called out of his CIA retirement in the 1970s and served as the CIA’s liaison with the Congressional
investigation of the House Select Committee on Assassinations.
Neither Joannides—nor the CIA—informed Congress that Joannides had been the CIA case officer for a major Cuban exile group, the DRE, that Lee Harvey Oswald had been involved with. That just goes to show you the disdain that they have sometimes for our Democratic processes. Can you freaking believe that? This guy was directly involved with Oswald’s intelligence actions, and they don’t even bother to mention that to Congress!
So Jefferson Morley—who has a long and distinguished career as an investigative reporter—knew that the CIA had records on Joannides and sued the CIA to get those records released. To make a long story short, he’s still suing them. In October of 2006, a federal judge upheld the CIA’s right to block disclosure of records about Joannides’ operational activities in August of 1963. Morley is still suing them and that’s a lawsuit that every one of us should follow.
So at least Morley is battling it out with the white shirts in Washington, I’ll say that for him! We’ll see if he gets them to release the records. I don’t know about you, but I’m not holdin’ my breath on that one!
William Kelly summed up the whole situation beautifully:
In 1962, on the twentieth anniversary of the Voice of America,
President Kennedy said, ‘We seek a free flow of information. . . .
We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant
facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For
a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood
in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.’
Today, the American government is afraid of its people, afraid to
enforce its own laws and afraid to allow its citizens to know the
complete truth about the assassination of President Kennedy.
Excerpted with permission of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., New York, NY.
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