Most Americans Believe JFK Conspiracy Theories

Nearly 54 years on from President John F. Kennedy's assassination, tens of thousands of documents are set to shed more light on what happened in Dallas that day, with President Trump excited...

As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, conspiracy theories about the assassination continue to circulate and few events in modern history have been enshrouded the public in so much doubt.

The official version is that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president with a high-powered rifle from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.

Many people have unofficial theories of their own, ranging from a second shooter on the grassy knoll to the CIA and Fidel Castro's involvement.

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In fact, 61 percent of Americans believe JFK was not killed by Oswald alone and that others were involved, according to a survey carried out by website FiveThirtyEight. Only 33 percent of people think Oswald acted alone. Even though today's document release is going to be extensive, it is widely expected that it won't put the conspiracy theories to rest.

Here, via RT, we take a look at what different people say happened on that tragic day...

Lone wolf – the official version

Following the tragic event, the Warren Commission was set up by President Lyndon B. Johnson to shed light on Kennedy’s murder. In 1964, the commission concluded that Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin – former US Marine Lee Harvey Oswald.

The shooter fired three shots from a sixth-floor window in the Texas School Book Depository and two bullets reached his target – President Kennedy – and wounded Texas Governor John Connally, who was travelling in the car with Kennedy.

Although the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald was not part of any conspiracy, the findings were criticized for allegedly ignoring some witness accounts and for the fact that the CIA and FBI, who assisted the investigation, withheld some information.

A second shooter?

Over a decade later, Kennedy’s death was once again investigated – this time by the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). Established in 1976, the committee issued its final report in 1979, which agreed with the Warren Commission’s findings, though it added there was a “high probability” that two gunmen fired at Kennedy.

The HSCA also found that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy,” although it did not go into details.

Communist conspiracies

It’s no secret that Oswald visited the Soviet Union and attempted to obtain citizenship due to his Marxist beliefs. After being denied, however, he grew disillusioned with the USSR, which seems to have provided the grounds for alleged Soviet involvement in Kennedy’s assassination.

Several months before the assassination, Oswald reportedly visited the Cuban and Soviet embassies in Mexico to re-apply for a Soviet visa, but failed.

Amid speculation of a US plot to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro, this added fuel to the theory that Oswald colluded with the Cuban government to kill Kennedy.

This was dismissed by the Warren Commission, however, with the report stating that neither the Soviet Union nor Cuba were “involved in the assassination of President Kennedy.”

CIA conspiracy

As tensions with communist Cuba continued to grow, the CIA attempted to oust Castro, which included their ill-fated Bay of Pigs operation.

Despite Oswald having no connections with the CIA, according to the Warren Commission and the HSCA, some theories emerged claiming that the agency wanted revenge for the failed operation, which it blamed on Kennedy, and for the president’s alleged plan to cut its budget.

Often presented as “proof” is the fact that CIA agent E. Howard Hunt and US soldier Frank Anthony Sturgis were among three men, also known as the “three tramps,” spotted in photographs being escorted by police near the Texas School Book Depository.

Hunt was involved in the Bay of Pigs operation, while Sturgis was an anti-Castro activist.

Others says that Oswald himself was a CIA agent, although this, and the involvement of Hunt and Sturgis, was also dismissed by the Warren Commission.

Umbrella man

Witnesses spotted what they said was a “suspicious” man holding an umbrella as Kennedy’s motorcade was driving by, despite it being a clear, sunny day. One theory is that ‘umbrella man’ fired a tranquilizer at the president, signaling to the shooter to fire the kill shot.

The man was later identified as Louie Steven Witt, who explained that the umbrella was a form of protest aimed at Kennedy’s father Joseph, and his support for British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain.

Chamberlain, who was known for carrying an umbrella, was seen as “appeasing Hitler” in the lead-up to World War II, and Joseph Kennedy supported Chamberlain.

Comments

Got The Wrong No Killtruck Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:34 Permalink

This video "Everything Is A Rich Man's Trick" is simply amazing. It shows who has been controlling the narrative from WW1 and 2, the Nuremberg Trials, Vietnam, the Kennedy Assassination, Watergate, 9-11, and all Terrorism until today.  If Trump is not part of the game, it would explain why he has been compromised and why people like the Clinton's get away with murder and the complete breakdown of the Justice System. This is a must see video. I'm surprised that it is even available to watch. There is an in depth part about the Kennedy Assassination planning, execution and cover up including the murder of many of the players. It is mind blowing.There is absolutely no hope of ever changing the evil that is controlling the narrative without a Revolution. The problem with that is, they probably already figured that into the Narrative and will welcome it. We have been Fucked.    https://youtu.be/U1Qt6a-vaNM

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Not Too Important Escrava Isaura Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:45 Permalink

It was proven in Miami Federal District Court that the CIA killed Kennedy, with E. Howard Hunt the head of the kill team. The court case was thoroughly documented by the attorney that won the case, Mark Lane, in 'Plausible Denial'. The CIA never appealed the ruling.On his deathbed, E. Howard Hunt - of Watergate fame - confessed to leading the kill team, corroborating everything in Mark Lane's book. A deathbed confession is legally admissible in any US court of law.Everything else is bullshit.

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Escrava Isaura Not Too Important Thu, 10/26/2017 - 16:55 Permalink

There is no way to confirm Hunt's allegations. Second, Kevin Costner offered Hunt $5 million dollars and Hunt still could not deliver any name.  Yea, you’re correct, everything about JFK conspiracy theories are BS.   I don’t understand the conservative’s fascination with the neocon JFK.A liberal Neocon, if I may add. Why would you care about this liberal neocon conspiracies’ nonsense? We have an array of problem to be addressed in this nation and you’re wasting your time of how a liberal neocon died? Are you kidding me? Are you sure you are a conservative? Get real, darling.    

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Endgame Napoleon Shitonya Serfs Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:24 Permalink

How about the obvious, low-hanging fruit of mob participation? Bobby Kennedy went after the mob, aggressively, in a series of televised hearings. He focused on the part of the mob involved with organized labor. This was back in the day when TV was king, and few entertainment options were available, maximizing the impact of the bad publicity.Why does The Swamp ignore that theory?

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Endgame Napoleon The Wizard Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:30 Permalink

I did not watch the video. I don’t know what theory you are talking about, but you are probably right about the ire raised by Kennedy’s swamp-draining activities. People also hated that they were young, beautiful, rich and seemed above it all. It might have appeared disingenuous to some, considering that their family fortune was created through selling a banned product. There was also a lot of anti-Catholic sentiment in the USA at that time.

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lasvegaspersona EmployedMillenial Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:26 Permalink

Most Americans (who actually think and read...so just a handful) know that the government is so deep in the shit that they simply cannot tell the truth about almost anything. If they must lie about all economic data and do lie about international affairs why would a thinking voter trust them to be truthful about anything else. Sorry but that is where we are in these troubled times. (Oh wait the DOW is UP...good times good times!!)

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Snípéir_Ag_Obair lasvegaspersona Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:44 Permalink

http://americanfreepress.net/PDF/Final_Judgment.pdf

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2015/06/roger-stone/the-uss-liberty-and-lbj/

http://theantimedia.org/new-evidence-proves-israel-attacked-uss-liberty…

https://www.europeanknightsproject.com/lyndon-johnson-was-the-first-jew…

Jacob Rubenstein was not concerned with Jackie O's enduring a trial.

LBJ helped Israel's nuke program including theft of US material and he conspired with them to sink a US ship to blame Egypt to get us into the '67 war which Israel started on a pretext to grab more land.

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Gorgeous EmployedMillenial Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:55 Permalink

Hmmm, what to believe....LBJ...who had the most to gain...assigning "Fire everyone named Dulles" Kennedy-hating, and former CIA-Patriarch Dulles...to investigate the CIA's role...and defacto run the entire investigation..."under" the figurehead leadership of the aging and inept Warren,Or, rougue, supposed-Soviet-loving-but-not-really, dim bulb, wanna be activist, Oswald drilling a moving object and then causually taking in a movie.Woah, kind of a toss up.... 

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Justin Case TeamDepends Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:27 Permalink

I think the label first became widely used to slander people who questioned the details surrounding the JFK assassination, and forty years later, there aren't too many thinking people who still believe the Warren Commission's "lone gunman" explanation. That explanation is doubted by everyone who has taken the time to look into the details, and believed only by people who refuse to.   Which is "theory" and which is fact? In the absence of a full confession, this can only be decided by a preponderance of evidence, and it would be silly to come to a conclusion on any matter without looking at all the evidence available. This is only common sense, just as it is safe to assume some degree of guilt or complicity on the part of anyone who lies about an event, or tries to hide, plant, or destroy any type of evidence.   Conspiracy theories arise from evidence. After the government releases an explanation of a particular event, a conspiracy theory is only born because evidence exists to disprove their explanation, or at least call it into question. There's nothing insane about it, unless you define sanity as believing whatever the government tells you. In light of the fact that our government lies to us regularly, I would define believing everything they tell you as utter stupidity. The orthodox, for their part, dismiss the unorthodox as conspiracy theorists (by which term they mean: people whose opinions are based in something other than objective reality – if it were objectively real, the sources which provide the orthodox with their opinions would have told them about it).  In July of 1996, flight 800 exploded over Long Island. Shortly after their terrorist explanation failed scrutiny, our government then explained the event by claiming that a faulty electrical system caused a spark that ignited a fuel tank, and the people who doubted this explanation were quickly labeled "conspiracy theorists." More than a hundred witnesses saw a missile travel from the ground up to the plane just prior to its explosion, but rather than being treated as eyewitnesses to an event, they were labeled "conspiracy theorists," which label allowed all subsequent investigation to ignore the strongest evidence in the matter.   Our "investigative" news agencies decided to accept and disseminate the official story, and they helped us forget the U.S. naval station nearby, the fact that missiles were regularly test fired there, and naturally, they paid no heed to more than a hundred "conspiracy theorists" who saw the plane get blown out of the sky by a missile. I believe that the U.S. Navy accidentally shot down flight 800, and that's my belief because it's the most sensible explanation that can be drawn from the available evidence. I'm not theorizing about conspiracies, but there are conflicting explanations of the event, and if the Navy did accidentally blow a passenger plane out of the sky, who would have a motive to lie about it? The U.S. government, or a hundred witnesses?  

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sgt_doom TeamDepends Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:20 Permalink

If, ". . .61 percent of Americans believe JFK was not killed by Oswald alone. . " then they certainly most do believe in those gov't conspiracy theories, since no proof has ever been offered pointing towards Lee Oswald.Having read all 26 volumes (and perused the indices of the "evidence" boxes) several times over (thanks, Mr. Mort Sahl), and read over 1,000 books on this subject, and numerous papers and government papers and studies, I can safely and inequivocably state that Lee Oswald had nothing to do with any assassination, other than trying to tip off his contact at the White House, and failing that as he was out of the country, attempting to tip off the dirty, dirty Dallas office of the FBI (unfortunate move).Nor is there any evidence (never picked out of the police lineup) that Lee Oswald had anything to do with the murder of Officer Tippit (who worked part-time at the Texas Theatre after his day shift, which was why Oswald ended up there, to meet his DPD contact).OK, so no non-zombies are expecting anything from this latest JFK Files dump:  we are all reasonably certain that Allen Dulles, his cousin, Tracy Barnes, and William Harvey and McGeorge Bundy never filed their assassination plans with the CIA or National Archives.Besides, anyone politically connected can waltz right into the National Archives and waltz back out with an unknown number of files, remember Sandy Berger??!?!?!?Anywho, back in 1978 there was a large fire, which began in the Audio-Visual Division of the National Archives, which destroyed 1 million feet of film, and who knows how many other important files!?The chief of that AVD was one James Moore, who was retired from the CIA and when young went by the name J. Walton Moore, who was the CIA man stationed in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.Now, if you should ever come into contact with any of the endless fake news whorescum swine out there who claim to be "reporters" or "journalists" or even worse, "investigative journalists" just run the Linkage Analysis by them and dare them to debunk it!(Doubt if you'll see the names on the Linkage Analysis under FBI/SIS declassified as they have been classified since WWII!) LINKAGE ANALYSIS The CIA and the FBI/SIS The following individuals belonged to the same FBI/SIS (Special Intelligence Service) unit operating in Central and South America during World War II. Cartha Deloach (FBI on 11/22/63 --- had a cousin who was a doctor at Parkland Hospital who would later order electroshock treatments to be administered to George DeMohrenschildt after he penned the manuscript about Oswald titled, “I’m a Patsy, I’m a Patsy” which would occur shortly before DeMohrenschildt’s apparent suicide) William Harvey (CIA station chief in Italy on 11/22/63 --- cables intercepted between that CIA station and the OAS by Pfc. Eugene B. Dinkin with details on the presidential assassination.  Harvey was the creator of the CIA’s assassination bureau and would claim in 1975 that the order for its creation came from President Kennedy --- Harvey was the sole source for this assertion.) J. Gordon Shanklin (FBI/SAIC in Dallas on 11/22/63) J. Walton Moore (CIA man stationed in Dallas on 11/22/63) Guy Banister (CIA paymaster in New Orleans on 11/22/63) SIS headquarters was located at the Rockefeller Center tower. They reported to Nelson Rockefeller, who was the Coordinator for Inter-American Affairs. Rockefeller’s administrator was George deMohrenschildt, who would later be either Lee Oswald’s handler or supposed close friend. Interesting to note that Frank Holloman was a manager with the FBI’s SIS and would later be the Police and Fire Director in Memphis in 1968 when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated.  The CIA and the Secret Service Deputy Chief of the US Secret Service on 11/22/63 was Paul J. Paterni who served in the same OSS unit as the future head of the CIA’s Counterintelligence Division, James Jesus Angleton, and his assistant, James Rocca.  They were all commanded by Clifton Carter who was the chief advisor to Vice President Johnson on 11/22/63, and Carter’s brother at that time was the deputy director of the CIA, Gen. Marshall Carter, recommended for that position by Nelson Rockefeller. [This work was built upon the extraordinary research of the following superlative individuals:  Mort Sahl, Mark Lane, Mary Ferrell, Bernard Fensterwald, Harold Weisberg, Douglas Valentine, David Talbot, James Douglass, James DiEugenio, Joan Mellen and Sherry Fiester.]The Dinkin Memo here: http://www.history-matters.com/archive/jfk/cia/russholmes/pdf/104-10438-10145.pdf  

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sgt_doom TeamDepends Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:59 Permalink

Yo, yo, all you witless douchetards out there . . . "Over a decade later, Kennedy’s death was once again investigated – this time by the US House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). Established in 1976, the committee issued its final report in 1979, which agreed with the Warren Commission’s findings, though it added there was a “high probability” that two gunmen fired at Kennedy.The HSCA also found that Kennedy was “probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy,” although it did not go into details." Let's get something straight, as soon as we got close to the CIA --- when David Atlee Philips refused to answer any more questions of the HSCA --- the committee was immediately shutdown, with CIA types who came in and confiscated ALL our notes and classifying them, period!While some valuable facts were uncovered during the brief time it existed, the end report should be ignored as nothing more than a tepid whitewash.Stop with all the official disinformation, already!!!!!  (The final report did not come out of the HSCA, but out of the CIA.)

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Shitonya Serfs Jim in MN Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:39 Permalink

They don't buy used cars, they lease new ones. They also believe office supply fires brought down building 7. They also believe no parents wanted to view their toddler's body. They also believe that Boston was Strong while they cowered in place. They also believe the govt is looking out for us and would never tell us a fib or elaborate lie. They also believe the Fed Res is a govt agency.

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Son of Captain Nemo Thu, 10/26/2017 - 12:20 Permalink

How bout the conspiracy facts that kill 2977 with 2 planes and 3 buildings to sell wars and occupations for 16 years and counting?...

What difference does it make if you believe them but are unwilling to do anything to make certain they never happen again?!!!