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

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and at www.TheArabDailyNews.com, www.TheDailyHookah.com and at SuburbanChicagoland.com. He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper, YNetNews.com, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

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, Hanania 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. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

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