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2013-Crossfire:The Plot That Killed Kennedy
INTRODUCTION TO THE REVISED EDITION
“Will we ever know the truth about the Kennedy assassination?” This is a question I have been asked many times over the years. The answer is unequivocally yes. We know the truth today. It has been staring us in the face at least since the public was able to see in the Zapruder film Kennedy’s body being thrust to the rear by a frontal shot. If Lee Harvey Oswald was solely involved, then all information regarding him and the assassination should be available and Oswald should be as forgotten as Charles Guiteau, a disgruntled office seeker who was the lone assassin of President James A. Garfield in 1881. Unlike with Guiteau, because of the ongoing questions and controversy over the JFK assassination, virtually everyone in the educated world knows the name Lee Harvey Oswald.
Fifty years after the event, basic evidence, such as location of wounds, autopsy photographs and X-rays, fingerprints, accuracy of the weapon, even
the famous Zapruder film, remain controversial. This is indicative of conspiracy and cover-up. But, it is argued, if there was a conspiracy, wouldn’t someone have spoken out by now? They have. For years now, many books and speakers, along with myriad witnesses and whistle-blowers, have brought forward bits of the truth, only to be ignored, drowned out, and ridiculed by the corporate-controlled mass media, which to this very day has failed to present the full range of assassination information in a comprehensive manner.
Anyone could have shot the president—Castro agents, Mafia hit men, rogue CIA operatives, KGB assassins, even the proverbial lone nut. But only high officials of the federal government and their financial rulers had the power to misdirect an honest investigation and keep the truth of the JFK
assassination from the public for half a century. So, the real question being asked is: “Will there ever be a news conference in which a ranking government official gives us the truth about the assassination?” The answer to this question is probably no. Too many careers are involved. The Establishment fears the loss of public trust even though their attempts through the years to stifle the truth of many issues have merely resulted in that very loss.
In the case of the JFK assassination, trust has long been part of the problem. When it comes to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy,
don’t trust any one source. Don’t trust this book. Don’t trust even the government’s basic documentation and pronouncements. Today the
evidence of duplicity and fraud is too apparent to ignore. The assassination today is recognized as a turning point in American history. Beginning on November 22, 1963, American attitudes slowly changed from post–World War II optimism and idealism to cynicism and mistrust of government. This loss of faith in government accelerated in the wake of the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Waco deaths, the Oklahoma City bombing cover-up, and the many unanswered questions about the attacks of September 11, 2001. The wide gulf between the official government version of the Kennedy assassination and the findings of those who have objectively studied the case has prompted cynicism and controversy.
This updated edition of Crossfire provides detailed background information on the men and organizations most likely to have been involved
in a plot against the president. Also covered are the various attempts by governmental bodies to investigate and resolve what happened in Dallas.
Attention is paid to the people behind these investigations, how they arrived at their conclusions, the reliability of the information made available to
them, and the possibility of misdirection and deceit. As an award-winning Texas journalist with more than fifty years of news-gathering experience, I have been in the singular position to learn the true story of the assassination. I have talked with many people involved, including Dallas-area government and law-enforcement officials and news reporters. I spent time with Oswald’s wife, Marina, his mother, Marguerite, and Jeanne DeMohrenschildt, who along with her husband, George DeMohrenschildt, was a close friends of Oswald’s. I have interviewed assassination witnesses, including James Tague, Jean Hill, Bill and Gayle Newman, Charles Brehm, Malcolm Summers, Phil Willis, and many others.
I have interviewed witnesses never questioned by the official investigations, such as Ed Hoffman, Gordon Arnold, Ester Mash, Beverly Oliver, and
Madeleine Brown. And I have kept in contact with serious researchers of the assassination, collecting and correlating their work. Most important, I lived in the Dallas area during the time of the assassination.
As a university journalism major, I met Jack Ruby while visiting his Carousel Club in the fall of 1963. In the fall of 1964, I interviewed Major
General Edwin A. Walker, himself a suspect. Within five years of the assassination, I was working as a professional reporter in the Dallas–Fort
Worth Metroplex. A native Texan who grew up in this area, I understand its people, history, and politics. Yet, as a journalist, I have tried to maintain a professional objectivity. I was fortunate to have the time to study the JFK assassination as both a working newsman and a researcher. I have no
personal associations or theories to protect.
In 1976 I was invited to teach a course on the JFK assassination at the University of Texas at Arlington. I am told that mine was the first university-level course in the United States to cover the assassination. Through this course, many new leads were developed—such as a witness to
a gunman on the Grassy Knoll and the intimidation of Dallas witnesses by Warren Commission staff members and FBI agents. After thirty years, I
retired from UTA with my view of the assassination unchanged. Only by gaining a broad view of the assassination can we begin to detect the outlines of the conspiracy that resulted in the deaths of Kennedy, Officer J. D. Tippit, and the accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Any one
particular issue can be rationalized away as coincidence or happenstance. Always keep in mind that the United States in 1963 was an entirely
different place and time than today. The public had a blind faith in government, which seems hard to believe in light of today’s cynical standards. The news media uncritically accepted official pronouncements and police work was conducted in an unsophisticated, even slipshod manner that would shock the highly trained and educated officers of today. Witnesses tried to distance themselves from the accused assassin. Some, due to either ignorance or a desire to be helpful, or on orders, lied about critical evidence in the case, while the statements of others were misrepresented by investigating officials—for reasons both benign and otherwise. Government agencies were fearful of rumors that might have linked Oswald to them.
Not one single matter of fact in this case can be accepted uncritically.
Evidence of deceit, misrepresentation, and manipulation abounds. The very people charged with finding the truth engaged in fabrication, alteration, and suppression of evidence as well as intimidation of witnesses. So, what is the truth of the assassination? The front page of the December 1, 1976, edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram carried my story concerning a new congressional committee tasked with investigating modern American assassinations. My lead paragraph stated:
The new House Committee on Assassinations may find itself faced with the distinct possibility that a coup d’état occurred in 1963—with the complicity of U.S. Government officials. Today, nearly forty years after that statement, nothing has been made public that warrants changing that conclusion. With the hindsight of events such as Watergate, Vietnam, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., Ruby Ridge, Waco, the attacks of 9/11, the economic meltdown of 2008, and unfounded wars in the Middle East, Americans have begun to see the lies, corruption, and outright criminal activity within their own government.
Within the probable coup that was the JFK assassination we can find efforts by certain US government officials not only to cover up critical
evidence but to block any meaningful investigation. Such attempts at coverup in a murder case are a serious crime. Obviously, such activity cannot be
ascribed to a lone individual or even organized-crime members and certainly not Fidel Castro or Nikita Khrushchev. The plot, though not a conscious action of the government as a whole, nevertheless was homegrown, cultivated within government agencies, especially the military.
It was a palace revolt. Can this be proven? Turn the page and join me in studying the information that collectively reveals the plot that killed Kennedy. Why seek the truth of this man’s death? The answer is simple. Unless we as a nation come to a truthful understanding of what happened to our chief elected official in 1963, we obviously cannot begin to correctly understand the events that are affecting us today or take action to correct
past wrongs. Not only do I seek the killers of President Kennedy, I seek the persons who planned the probable coup against Camelot—those who killed the confidence and faith of the American people in their government and institutions. I seek elementary justice—for both the accused assassin and for the United States of America.