Something Must Be Done About JFK

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Something Must Be Done About JFK
Southwest News-Herald Friday, October 18, 2013

It’s not enough that we have learned over the years that government has lied to us. Republicans and Democrats. Seems that humans lie regardless of their level of power.

The Gulf of Tonkin lie, in which we were told the Viet Cong attacked one of our naval vessels, allowed us to send 500,000 American soldiers to fight in Vietnam.

The Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq that didn’t exist, combined with the anger of Sept. 11, 2001, allowed us to send 250,000 soldiers to Iraq.

We’ve been lied to. So why shouldn’t we suspect that the Warren Commission also lied to us about the details of the murder of President John F. Kennedy, who planned to dump LBJ as vice president, withdraw our soldiers from Vietnam, and was planning a major assault against organized crime, a group that FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover insisted did not exist?

The shame of all this is that in the past 50 years since the assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, no real investigation has been conducted.

All of the questions — and yes conspiracy theories that have been put forth — have never been officially explored.

Isn’t it possible that on that morning, a rookie Secret Service Agent with no experience handling an automatic weapon (AR15 rifle) accidentally discharged his gun in response to Oswald’s wild shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository building?

The Secret Service agents were not asked to testify. The bullets in the two weapons, the AR 15 that the Secret Service carried and the Mannlicher Carcano rifle that Oswald used, are not even similar. The Carcano bullets are full metal jacketed, meaning they are covered with a copper shell so they pass through bodies cleanly, to satisfy the demands of the Fourth Geneva Convention that outlawed hollow point bullets with no jacket that explode upon contact.

President Kennedy’s head exploded. Pieces of the third bullet were scattered in his head. Was it Oswald’s rifle or another?

We don’t know because his brain disappeared. We don’t know because the Secret Service immediately got a hold of Abraham Zapruder’s film and had it processed, to determine what exactly? Life Magazine purchased the film and it has never been allowed to be closely scrutinized by the public.

What were they hiding that might be on the film?

LBJ’s security guards responded immediately when the first shot was fired, pushing LBJ down onto the limousine seat.

But not the security around JKF and Mrs. Kennedy. They were out late drinking, first at a club and later at a strip joint. They were drinking all night, but we were not allowed to explore that because it was embarrassing to the Secret Service. In fact, it’s more than embarrassing. It is a felony crime for the Secret Service to be drinking while on assignment. One drink or 12 drinks.

Maybe the conspiracy was to cover up how badly they screwed up.

And what about Hoover. What a disgrace he has been to America. His lies, spying and threats. His failure to recognize the criminal threat of organized crime. Why? Because some of his friends were mobsters?

We need a new investigation. We need every conspiracy theory and every possibility examined. We need to know what the Secret Service did or didn’t do, and we need to conduct a professional criminal investigation. That’s never been done.

In the meantime, we should strip Hoover’s name from the FBI Building in Washington D.C., and instead, rename it in honor of President John F. Kennedy just to tell those liars they won’t get away with their negligence or their crimes.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. You may reach him at and follow him on Twitter at

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning former Chicago City Hall reporter and Columnist who began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He covered Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992 (Mayor Daley to Mayor Daley) and has expanded to writing for newspapers around the world focussed on Middle East and American politics.

Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.

Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites and (Illinois News Network at

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post,, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.

Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.

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