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Event.png JFK/Assassination/Cover-up(Cover-up) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Date23 November 1963 - Present
DescriptionThe cover-up of the JFK assassination continues.

The JFK Assassination was followed by a cover-up operation, which promoted the "lone nut" story that gave all the blame to Lee Harvey Oswald. This policy was spelled out in a memo from US Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach to White House Press Secretary Bill Moyers. In it, Katzenbach expresses concern that "the public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates", and suggests that one tactic could be "the appointment of a Presidential Commission of unimpeachable personnel to review and examine the evidence and announce its conclusions."[1]


The autopsy on JFK's body was carried out at Bethesda military hospital, rather than at a civilian hospital in Dallas. The autopsy room was crowded with US military and secret service. Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the doctors who was present, wrote in his 1992 book, JFK: Conspiracy of Silence, “I believe there was a common denominator in our silence – a fearful perception that to come forward with what we believed to be the medical truth would be asking for trouble. Although we never admitted it to one another, we realized that the inertia of the established story was so powerful, so thoroughly presented, so adamantly accepted, that it would bury anyone who stood in its path… I was afraid of the men in suits as I was afraid of the men who had assassinated the President... I reasoned that anyone who would go so far as to eliminate the President of the United States would surely not hesitate to kill a doctor.” [2] Dallas Secret Service agent Elmer Moore would later confess to a friend that he “had been ordered to tell Dr. Perry to change his testimony.”[2]

Warren Commission

Full article: Stub class article Warren Commission

As Katzenbach had suggested, with the US public still unimpressed by the FBI's "Oswald did it, case closed" official narrative, LBJ constituted The Warren Commission to rubber stamp the FBI's conclusions. "In the mid-to-late 1960s the CIA initiated concerted efforts to defame independent researchers of the Kennedy assassination that contested the Warren Commission’s findings, seeking to suppress their message at every turn. By 1966 the most prominent of these researchers was New York-based attorney Mark Lane. “As part of the campaign to smear Warren Report critics,” writes historian David Talbot, former CIA Director Allen Dulles “compiled dirt on Mark Lane, whom he considered a particularly ‘terrible nuisance’ because of his growing media visibility and his influence overseas, where he was often invited to speak.”"[3]

Premature deaths

Full article: JFK/Assassination/Premature deaths

Many witnesses, reporters, and others connected to the Kennedy assassination suffered premature death of one kind or another. Over 100 murders, suicides, and mysterious deaths have been reported, of which the site currently lists 45.[4]

Suppression of evidence

In a parallel of the quick removal of the WTC debris, the JFK motorcade limousine was quickly washed.

C. D. Jackson, who had secretly been on the CIA payroll since 1948, bought the film of the assassination that was taken by Abraham Zapruder to "protect the integrity of the film". On viewing it he ordered it locked in a vault at the Time/Life building in Manhattan.[citation needed] He also bought the rights to Marina Oswald's memoirs and never published them.[citation needed]

Corporate Media

The CIA dispatch which lead to the phrase "conspiracy theorist" having negative connotations
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The US Corporate Media was used to try to promote the idea that anyone opposing the "lone nut" theory was a "conspiracy theorist". Indeed, a 1968 declassified CIA memo entitled Countering Criticism of the Warren Report reveals this to be the source of the derogatory connotation of the phrase.[5] "For decades, the mainstream media have been promoting, mostly through TV specials, the government-approved story of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. But those who were inclined to believe it before may have become more skeptical, ironically, because of these shows, most of which have been slick infomercials using junk science. And each one just provides more embarrassing evidence of a cover up."[6]

In 2013, Hector Tobar published an article in the Los Angeles Times entitled The book that cured me of JFK conspiracies once and for all which concluded "That conversation shed a clear light on the life of a small man with big dreams whose demented actions changed the course of American history. If I had not read Posner's brave book (which ran counter to the conspiratorial conventional wisdom of its time), I would never have known about it."[7]

"Conspiracy Theory"

Full article: Conspiracy Theories

The "Conspiracy Theory" label has remained popular as a tool for undermining serious examination of the JFK assassination. A 2020 article entitled 35 of the most popular conspiracy theories in the US sandwiched the Kennedy assassination theory between "Roswell, New Mexico, is a famous center for UFO-focused conspiracy theories" and "2,032 Bigfoot "sightings" in Washington state."[8]

House Select Committee on Assassinations

Full article: House Select Committee on Assassinations

After more political assasinations in the US in the 1960s, pressure built to try to get to the root causes. The result was the 1970s House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) re-investigated the assassination of JFK. The cabal had only partial control of the group, which concluded that there was a high probability that the JFK assassination was not carried out by a "lone nut". However, deep state control of corporate media remains such that even as of 2018, many US citizens remain unaware of this.



Page nameDescription
Document:Countering Criticism of the Warren ReportAn explanation of how the CIA added pejorative connotations to the phrase "conspiracy theory". The document instructs spooks in the use of "propaganda assets" in the commercially-controlled media to undercut any criticism of the JFK assassination official narrative, especially suggestions that Oswald may not have been the "lone nut" as the Warren Commission claimed.
Document:Nicholas Katzenbach on the importance of reassuring the US public about Oswald"The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; and that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial. Speculation about Oswald's motivation ought to be cut off..."
JFK/Assassination/Premature deathDozens of people were killed in a vain effort to suppress the truth about the JFK Assassination. Where convenient, deaths have been made to look accidental or illness related. Sometimes people were "suicided", making it hard to know exactly how many were murdered.
Lee Harvey Oswald/AssassinationThe JFK assassination plan was that Oswald, the "lone nut" patsy, would be shot, but he was captured alive. This presented a problem, so Jack Ruby was tasked with eliminating him.
Warren CommissionA "Presidential Commission of unimpeachable personnel" (in the words of Nicholas Katzenbach) convened to "head off public speculation [about the JFK assassination] or congressional hearings of the wrong sort."


Related Quotations

Mort SahlGarrison was the man and he's quite correct. These people, they don't say anything, they just sit there. They don't challenge any of the reports or any of the conclusions [about the JFK assassination]. They left me out there. For me to go on the air and say that the CIA is the #1 dope dealer and adventurers within the CIA will bank the money from the [drug] imports from South East Asia and not to get a letter to challenge it or ask for documentation. Not to hear from anyone. And to know that that went out over 211 television stations to an audience of between 9 and 14 million. The silence is deafening. How can that be? How can you get no reaction? Where are we? What the hell is this, 1984?”Mort Sahl1970
Merriman Smith“Reporters struggled to find pay phones or other phones so they could get out the story. A few, like UPI reporter Merriman Smith — an unparalleled hustler — had amazing access to the scene. Smith got right next to the blood-spattered presidential limousine outside Parkland Hospital even before Kennedy was taken to the emergency room, and later witnessed Lyndon Johnson's historic swearing-in aboard Air Force One.”Merriman Smith


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