I'm a conspiracy theorist. I love conspiracies of any sort about any topic. Not saying I believe in all of them, but they sure make for interesting reading and lively discussions.
Living in southern Italy has only amplified this fascination as I'm constantly being told to never trust anyone--above all "lo Stato." I've always been an annoying, questioning type, so at least in this regard, the transition hasn't been a tough one. Whether the attitude of non-trust is Italian, southern Italian, both, or neither is worthy of an entire other post, but for now, I'm just going to share the latest in a 44-year-old murder investigation at the center of my favorite conspiracy theory.
There's a new video showing JFK moments before the assassination. Apparently the big development is that President Kennedy's jacket was bunched up in a way that could further call into question the Warren Commission's assertion that only three shots were fired.
Quick show of hands: Does anyone *really* still believe the Warren Commission's report? OK, Senator Specter. You can put your hand down. Now please put your Magic Bullet to rest and redeem yourself by getting habeas corpus rights back for detainees.
Despite not being born until 13 years after JFK's assassination, I've always been fascinated by this particular conspiracy. In fact, back in the States, I have a rather respectable collection of books and articles written on JFK's life and death, his presidency, and his brother Bobby's 1968 murder, which I really hope will make it here one day. Ah, the joys of an international move.
Maybe some of you are thinking "Hey, this dude's been dead for almost half a century. Can't we just move on?"
Quite simply, no.
Ever hear the saying about those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it? How is it possible that our government has been able to cover up the truth about what happened on and around November 22, 1963 for so long--all while under extreme scrutiny regarding the case?
The President of the United States, in a car with his wife, was murdered in broad daylight in the middle of an American city while surrounded by Secret Service agents.
Can you imagine what they do when we're not looking?
-President John F. Kennnedy, Speech to United Nations Assembly
September 25, 1961