100,000 trillion to one odds of Oswald as Kennedy's assassin

This is according to one LewRockwell.com writer. Do
the facts support his argument? Photo: Lee Harvey Oswald (public)

OCALA, Fla., November 21, 2013 — Since this month marked the fifty year anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, many have discussed the how and why of his death.

The Warren Commission seems to have answered fewer and fewer questions as time rolled on. Today, the Commission is held in low regard by many academics and conspiracy theorists alike.

Some say that Kennedy was murdered by a Fidel Castro-backed hit team. Others claim Kennedy aggravated American intelligentsia so much that its leading members conspired to destroy him. Yet more believe his successor, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, had something to do with the execution.

It has even been claimed that Kennedy was killed by accident. That would really cast a damper on Commission devotees and conspiracy theorists alike.

Not long after Johnson completed his final term in 1969, he was interviewed by CBS News legend Walter Cronkite. Kennedy’s death ultimately entered the conversation. Johnson asked that certain words of his not be aired, and they weren’t until several years later.

Considering these words, one can see why.

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Johnson: “I can’t honestly say that I’ve ever been completely relieved of the fact that there might have been international connections.”

Cronkite: “You mean you still feel that there might, might have been?”

Johnson: “Well, I have not completely discounted.”

Cronkite: “Well, that would seem to indicate that you don’t have full confidence in the Warren Commission report.”

Johnson: “No, no. I think the Warren Commission study and — I think, first of all, it was composed of the ablest, most judicious, bipartisan men in this country. Second, I think they only had one objective and that was the truth. Third, I think they were competent and did the best they could, but I don’t think that they or me or anyone else is always, absolutely sure of every thing that might have motivated Oswald or others that could have been involved.”

Whatever the case might be, this much is for certain: Lots of witnesses to the Kennedy slaying died under mysterious circumstances in a short period of time. Officially, these deaths are unrelated; a giant web of coincidences.

In 1973, a very controversial film was released concerning the Kennedy assassination. Despite featuring Burt Lancaster and a host of others, the Hollywood establishment avoided it like the plague. Titled “Executive Action”, the movie theorized that Kennedy was targeted by a consortium of wealthy businessmen and high-ranking bureaucrats.

Lee Harvey Oswald is not portrayed as the lone gunman, but a troubled young man framed by far more skilled operatives. At the end, something very interesting, and indisputably factual, is mentioned.

Richard Charnin of LewRockwell.com explained that The Sunday Times of London enlisted an actuary who “calculated the odds of 18 material witnesses dying within three years of the JFK assassination. as 1 in 100,000 TRILLION. Assuming the data and calculation methodology were essentially correct, then it was clear proof of a conspiracy and refuted the Warren Commission conclusion that Oswald was the lone assassin.

“There has been much controversy about the actuary’s calculation. Apparently, no one at the Sunday Times even remembers the actuary’s name. And even more strange, the Times editor did not provide the 1977 House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) the actuary’s calculation assumptions or methodology. The editor claimed that the problem was not clearly defined and therefore the calculation of the odds was suspect. This analysis indicates that the calculation was essentially correct – and that the editor’s response to HSCA was misleading and incomplete.”

Above all else, it stands that there is no clear explanation or motivation for why Kennedy was murdered. The number of plausible theories floating around prove this beyond the shadow of a doubt.

What seems certain is that the world will never know the absolute truth. In an odd sort of way, this might be for the best. Who knows about the names behind Kennedy’s demise? If the public learned, then images of beloved, and surely long gone, national heroes may be sullied forever.

The aesthetically pleasing distortions of our time would morph into an ugly, accurate portrait of power gone mad.

Accepting a story that rests on one-in-100,000 trillion odds is the price for peace of mind. 


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Joseph Cotto

Joseph F. Cotto is a social journalist by trade and student of history by lifestyle choice. He hails from central Florida, writing about political, economic, and social issues of the day. In the past, he was a contributor to Blogcritics Magazine, among other publications. He is currently at work on a book about American society.

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