Why Kennedy’s Assassination Matters

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Full-page advertisement by Klein’s Sporting Goods, of Chicago, in the February 1963 issue of American Rifleman magazine. The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald purchased an Italian Carcano rifle and telescopic sight (left column, third from top) from this advertisement in March 1963, and used it to assassinate U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why Kennedy’s Assassination Matters
Southwest News-Herald Newspaper Friday, October 11, 2013

Fifty years ago, Americans lived in a scary world. The Soviets were a serious threat, bringing us to the brink of nuclear war over the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The “Commies” were everywhere in Hollywood, in the media, in business, and, in politics. We feared they would get to space first and make the Martians Commies, too.

Lee Harvey Oswald was a Commie who renounced his American citizenship, lived in Moscow and had returned to “build a new life” with his Russian bride and daughter.

Oswald was well known to the Dallas FBI office, who said nothing to the Secret Service.

The problem with blaming the “Commie Oswald” too hard was it might provoke a nuclear war with the Soviets. Why wasn’t a Soviet conspiracy possible? Because maybe, they already knew Oswald was just a patsy, covering up for something more sinister right here in America.

The Warren Commission blamed Oswald and downplayed and ignored any evidence that suggested otherwise.

Here are some FACTS that should anger every American who cares about justice.

They said Oswald was a U.S. Marine sharpshooter. Oswald bought a mail order Mannlicher Carcano rifle so he could kill a retired General, Edwin Walker, in Dallas who was attacking Castro. As Walker stood in plain view in the window of his home. Oswald fired the rifle, and missed, hitting the windowsill. He was only 100 feet away.

But we’re supposed to believe that Oswald hit a moving target at a further distance. From the 6th Floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The first shot, that hit the street, was 175 feet away. The second shot hit at 240 feet and the third shot hit at 265 feet. Kennedy’s car had moved 40 feet between shot one and two but only 25 feet between shots 2 and 3?

Oswald probably did fire three times at Kennedy, but I think he missed or maybe hit Kennedy once in the neck.

Who fired the kill shot, bullet 3? Many believe it was an accidental discharge of an AR-15 automatic rifle that a Secret Service agent quickly lifted up in response to the first bullet that everyone heard.

After all the lies we’ve been told, it is hard to believe that maybe it was all about protecting the Secret Service. Or maybe even the FBI. Hoover hated Kennedy.

It might not be so hard to believe if the Warren Commission did its job, exploring all facts including that JFK’s Secret Service detail was drinking throughout the night at a strip club often frequented by Jack Ruby, the mobster and pal with the Dallas police.

The Secret Service agents were sluggish, tired and failed to respond properly. But they did quickly protect Vice President Lyndon Johnson, whom Kennedy was planning to dump. LBJ, whose detail did not hang with Kennedy’s detail, was pushed down immediately when the first bullet sounded.

Finally, where was Oswald? Exactly 79 seconds after the 3rd bullet fired, police rushed the Texas School Book Depository Building. With the manager, police confronted Oswald who was drinking a bottle of pop on the 2nd floor. Only 79 seconds to race from the 6th floor to the 2nd floor? Not winded, sweaty or rushed? So, they let him go.

Fifty years since this travesty, we need to do something. I’ll tell you what I think needs to be done in next week’s column. Check out Conspiradentalism on Facebook for more.

(Ray Hanania is an award winning columnist. You may reach him at http://www.TheMediaOasis.com and follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/RayHanania.)

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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 www.ArabNews.com. 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 TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).

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, YNetNews.com, 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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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com