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COLD WAR DIPLOMAT BLAMES SOVIETS FOR JFK ASSASSINATION
express.co.uk ^ | January 6,2013 | Greg Christison

Posted on 01/07/2013 3:18:34 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe

AN explosive new book by a former Foreign Service diplomat reveals evidence which proves the Soviets were behind the assassination of the US President John F Kennedy five decades ago.

Robert Holmes, who worked for the British Government in Moscow for two years in the early Sixties, claims the KGB coerced US-born Lee Harvey Oswald into committing the shooting on November 22, 1963.

Mr Holmes, from Houston, Renfrewshire, believes the Soviet Union – seeking revenge for the West’s “victory” during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis – sent officers to meet Oswald weeks before the murder.

The 72-year-old who held a number of jobs in the diplomatic services during the Cold War, said his theory is supported by “compelling circumstantial evidence” collected during three-and-a-half years of research.

His 325-page book, A Spy Like No Other, focuses on the actions of little-known Stalinist and one-time head of the KGB Ivan Serov, who Mr Holmes believes played a vital role in the assassination.

“There is no doubt in my mind that circumstantial evidence points to Serov having the right characteristics and capabilities to implement such a scheme,” he said. “I truly believe that Serov was responsible for the assassination of Kennedy.

“The book is based on my experiences working in the Foreign Office in London and the time I spent in Moscow in 1961 and 1962.

“That’s when there was a lot going on with espionage, and things were exciting in the British Foreign Service.”

Mr Holmes insists that Serov, along with Stalinist allies Yuri Andropov and Vladimir Kryuchkov, conspired behind the back of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to take revenge on Kennedy for forcing the removal of Russian weapons from Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

He surmises that Oswald was given his orders during a meeting with three Russian “diplomats” – who were, in reality, officers of the KGB – in Mexico City on a Saturday morning 55 days before the assassination.

One of those officers involved was Valery Kostikov, who was known by the CIA to be a specialist in assassination.

It was later said that the discussions were in relation to Oswald’s application for a Soviet Union visa, but Mr Holmes disagrees.

Pointing out that Serov undoubtedly would have known Kostikov, Mr Holmes said: “Three KGB officers would never give up their Saturday morning to discuss visa issues – he would have simply been handed a form and told to return on Monday.

“Immediately after the meeting, they then sent a classified telegram to Moscow – there was something special going on there.”

Serov disappeared in apparent “disgrace” in March 1963 after one of his officers, Oleg Penkovsky was unmasked as an undercover British agent. It was rumoured Serov became an alcoholic and killed himself, but he lived until 1990. However, Mr Holmes believes this was merely a front, masking his involvement in the assassination eight months later.

Providing a detailed account on what was going on behind the scenes between Stalin’s death in March 1953 and President Kennedy’s assassination 10 years later, the book reveals a web of espionage activity and throws light on the actions of the Soviet, American and British security services.

It covers incidents such as the Berlin Spy Tunnel built by US and British agents to intercept Russian phone calls; the treachery of George Blake, a Soviet spy working within MI6; the 1956 Hungarian uprising, and the CIA’s efforts to remove Castro.

Recalling his two years in Moscow, Mr Holmes admitted he had mixed memories of the time he spent in the capital.

He said: “There was very little food, especially fruit and vegetables, and we were always aware that we were constantly being followed by members of the KGB.

“We had to suspect that every room we were in, including our own personal residences, were bugged and we were not allowed to socialise with the Soviets at all.

“Security was paramount and we had to be very, very careful in Moscow. It was difficult at times, but very interesting. There was a feeling that we were part of what was happening.”

Mr Holmes was born and educated in Northern Ireland and was recruited to the British Foreign Services in 1957 as a junior before working his way up the ladder.

He held various positions, which involved consular, political, commercial and management roles, and was posted to Moscow in 1961. He also served in Budapest, Santiago, Chicago and Madrid.

After retiring in 1994 with the rank of First Secretary, he worked for the University of Glasgow for four years and then went on to set up his own consultancy company before turning to writing.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: kennedyassassination

1 posted on 01/07/2013 3:18:39 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Only a mad man would roll the dice to risk nuclear war on a punk like Oswald. However, even the museum at the Texas depository hints at cover up to avoid war.


2 posted on 01/07/2013 3:33:01 AM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: LittleBillyInfidel

How does Jack Ruby fit into all of this?


3 posted on 01/07/2013 3:41:56 AM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
Nah. No way would the KGB "wetworks" people gamble on one guy with a Mannlicher-Carcarno with a Brand-X telescope, surplus ammo and indifferent boresighting. Too big a chance that Oswald would have missed, been captured, and then spilled his guts (assuming that Jack Ruby wouldn't always have been available to silence him). The KGB was much better at things than this.

Much more likely some part of our own government got JFK and pinned it on Oswald who was more than likely already a government informant. JFK was way, way out of control - we almost went to World War III at least twice, he was chasing every skirt he could find, on drugs, and was going to have Hoover replaced when he was reelected.

If I were to guess, a really good shooter took out JFK, Oswald's rifle was planted and while everybody was still in shock, Oswald's dead. Our government issues the Warren report and all is smoothed over..

4 posted on 01/07/2013 3:53:04 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: LukeL
How does Jack Ruby fit into all of this?

exactly.... Jack Kennedy courted Mafia types and his family were bootleggers...the source of all the family money. the Chicago mob probably helped Daley with the Illinois vote theft in the 1960 election....

then brother Bobby decides to get religion and go after them and their buddies in the unions. Can't have it both ways. Sam Giancanna and the Chicago Mob probably set the wheels into motion..

5 posted on 01/07/2013 3:59:05 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: LukeL

Ruby was dieing of cancer.
He was a two bit gangster.


6 posted on 01/07/2013 3:59:57 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I still believe LBJ and Lady Bird were behind this.


7 posted on 01/07/2013 4:17:03 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Ann Archy
"We are going to try to take all the money that we think is unnecessarily being spent and take it from the ‘haves’ and give it to the ‘have nots’ that need it so much." - Lyndon Baines Johnson
8 posted on 01/07/2013 4:34:53 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Chainmail
No way would the KGB "wetworks" people gamble on one guy with a Mannlicher-Carcarno with a Brand-X telescope, surplus ammo and indifferent boresighting. Too big a chance that Oswald would have missed, been captured, and then spilled his guts (assuming that Jack Ruby wouldn't always have been available to silence him). The KGB was much better at things than this.

Exactly! And, Oswald was not that good of a marksman.

9 posted on 01/07/2013 4:37:28 AM PST by mc5cents
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Obma’s MENTOR!! EVIL.


10 posted on 01/07/2013 4:49:55 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: mc5cents

I won’t argue the point but I will point out that I’ve stood at the window next to the one Oswald shot from at the book depository building in Dallas. Oswald was a Marine and I’m not but I have about an 80% certainty that I could have made those shots. Oswalds window is blocked by a plexiglass barrier and the point on the roadway where Kennedy was hit is marked by a painted “X” on the pavement. Dealey Plaza is surprisingly small.


11 posted on 01/07/2013 4:52:16 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: mc5cents

Sounds good, but a “brand x” sight that is sighted in can work as well as any other, and “surplus ammo” seems to fire just fine. Do you expect them to send him in there looking like a super equipped Russian special forces guy?


12 posted on 01/07/2013 4:53:01 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

This is all crap.


13 posted on 01/07/2013 4:57:03 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Chainmail
JFK was way, way out of control

JFK was way, way out of control

JFK was way, way out of control

14 posted on 01/07/2013 5:03:11 AM PST by varon (If it is to be, then let it start now while my aim is still true!)
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To: Ann Archy

I still believe LBJ and Lady Bird were behind this

LBJ HATED Kennedy!


15 posted on 01/07/2013 5:06:19 AM PST by jimmyo57
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To: mc5cents
"Exactly! And, Oswald was not that good of a marksman."

Internet lore and Oliver Stone rewrite of history. One of my instructors was a retired Marine. After a day on the range we all sat down at the local watering hole, and the JFK assassination came up during a discussion of marksmanship. As expected, the discussion was lively and became quite, ahem, animated. When one of the rookies made the mistake of disagreeing with the instructor's assertion that Oswald did indeed pull the trigger. My instructor slammed his beer mug down on the bar top and bellowed, "OF COURSE HE MADE THAT SHOT! HE WAS A GODDAMNED MARINE, WASN'T HE?" The place fell silent.

Yup. Every Marine a marksman. "Brand X" scopes, mail order Carcano, whatever. If something isn't leaking oil, or missing treads; if no "field expedient" is required, the Marines don't want it. They'll take whatever they've got and use it to the utmost lethality. No question.
16 posted on 01/07/2013 5:10:53 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: bmwcyle

‘zackly.


17 posted on 01/07/2013 5:13:12 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: jimmyo57

http://viewzone2.com/lbj/indexx.html


18 posted on 01/07/2013 5:13:49 AM PST by gitmogrunt
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The Democrats took out JFK. He was one miscue after another. The final straw was the affair with the communist spy. How do you explain that to a nation already wary of the Soviets? The press reports of that back in the 1960s would have set the Democrats back twenty years. So, they made a martyr out of him.


20 posted on 01/07/2013 5:56:50 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Chainmail

I think it was organized crime.

John and Robert Kennedy as AG, both assassinated, both were coming down on the organized crime figures clamping down on the mob, while their father was part of that life as a bootleggger,,, and the Mob has a particularly nasty tradition of dealing with traitors harshly. And covering their tracks.

The KGB would have done it better than Oswald, I agree. The mob would be even better.


21 posted on 01/07/2013 5:59:48 AM PST by Wildbill22 (They have us surrounded again, the poor bastards- Gen Creighton Williams Abrams)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

We have been consistently lied to about the Kennedy assassination, beginning with the leftist Mark Lane’s “Rush to Judgment”.


22 posted on 01/07/2013 6:09:44 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Vaquero
A friend of mine said his grandfather was a union boss in Mass. (Mafia) and knew the Kennedys quite well. Couldn't stand them.

One of the big myths of the Kennedys was they were trying to destroy the Mafia. His grandfather said the Kennedys were trying to get control of The Business, not destroy it.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, one thing they learned was the USSR wasn't a govt as we understand it, but was an organized crime syndicate.

Had the Kennedys gotten control of organized crime in this country with the entire backing of the US govt., they would have been in direct competition with organized crime in the USSR which was backed by the govt.

I believe there was a combination of organized crime and the USSR behind it.

23 posted on 01/07/2013 6:13:02 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Happy New Eric


24 posted on 01/07/2013 6:28:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Wildbill22
You could be right; after all, Jack Ruby had mob connections - but no way would the mob have depended on Oswald to do the job and it would have been harder for them to have found an framed him.

Most of the evidence points to Lee Oswald being an informant for the feds (how else do you explain his easy return with Russian wife to the States and his "Fair Play for Cuba" office being located in the same building as the FBI?).

Don't get me wrong - if some arm of our government did get JFK, praise to them. JFK was an enormous danger to the world and getting worse every day. People forget how incredibly dangerous things were back then, how hair-trigger our relations got with the Sovs and how close we came to worldwide extinction. He was infamously fast and loose with the Constitution and the press let him get away with everything. Remember that JFK was responsible for several successful and attempted assassinations (Patrice Lumumba, Dag Hammerschold, Ngo Dinh Diem, and tries at Castro) so in a sense, he died by his own sword.

25 posted on 01/07/2013 6:34:07 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: bmwcyle
Back at cha.

You'll be pleased to know I invested in one of those Heiney vehicles...

26 posted on 01/07/2013 6:39:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: PowderMonkey

We Marines appreciate your vote of confidence but even we can miss a critical target if a weapons isn’t properly zeroed: remember that Oswald supposedly to a shot at a General Walker earlier and missed him at close range with that same rifle.


27 posted on 01/07/2013 6:39:57 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: PowderMonkey

We Marines appreciate your vote of confidence but even we can miss a critical target if a weapons isn’t properly zeroed: remember that Oswald supposedly took a shot at a General Walker earlier and missed him at close range with that same rifle.


28 posted on 01/07/2013 6:40:35 AM PST by Chainmail (A simple rule of life: if you can be blamed, you're responsible.)
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To: IMR 4350

yeah lots of unanswered questions....
scary to think our ‘free society’ is controlled by so many criminals....like right now for instance.

by the way, I buy and use your powder...
also use IMR 4320 and IMR 4831 and H 4831 and IMR 3031...
...for pistols W-231(target and subsonic) and IMR 4227 (magnum and +P loads) I could go on....


29 posted on 01/07/2013 6:41:15 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Being in high school freshman English class when this occured, the teacher suggested that we all write down our feelings.

I blamed Castro’s Cuba...which then and now takes in a lot of ground.


30 posted on 01/07/2013 6:50:20 AM PST by onedoug
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To: LukeL
How does Jack Ruby fit into all of this?

Interestingly, Ruby visited Cuba in 1959, shortly after Castro came to power, but the Warren Commission didn't probe extensively into this trip.

In the months following the assassination, some conservatives raised the question as to whether Jack Ruby was the same person as Jack Rubinstein, a prominent member of the Young Communist League in the late 1920's.

31 posted on 01/07/2013 6:51:23 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Ann Archy

“I still believe LBJ and Lady Bird were behind this”You’re not alone:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBird!

From the link:

MacBird! was a 1967 satire by Barbara Garson that superimposed the transferral of power following the Kennedy assassination onto the plot of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Thus John F. Kennedy becomes “Ken O’Dunc”, Lyndon Johnson becomes “MacBird”, Lady Bird Johnson becomes “Lady MacBird”, and so forth. As Macbeth assassinates Duncan, so MacBird is responsible for the assassination of Ken O’Dunc; and as Macbeth is defeated by Macduff, so MacBird is defeated by Robert O’Dunc (i.e. Robert Kennedy). This action is significantly influenced by the Three Witches, representing Students, Blacks, and Leftists.

Garson says she was not seriously accusing Johnson of complicity in the Kennedy assassination:

“People used to ask me then, ‘Do you really think Johnson killed Kennedy?’ “ Garson, now 65, recalls. “I never took that seriously. I used to say to people, ‘If he did, it’s the least of his crimes.’ It was not what the play was about. The plot was a given.”[1]

The play parodies sequences from Shakespearean tragedies including Macbeth, Hamlet, and Richard III, albeit with Texas and Boston accents. The action follows MacBird from the Democratic Convention of 1960, when he becomes Ken O’Dunc’s Vice-President (”Hail, Vice-President thou art!”), to Ken O’Dunc’s assassination (at the urging of Lady MacBird), to Robert O’Dunc’s victory over MacBird at the next convention.

Macbird! started out as a short satirical sketch by Garson, a recent graduate of the Berkeley anti-Vietnam war movement. It was developed into a full-length play with help from writer/director Roy Levine (and Shakespeare).

The production, which opened a mere three years after the Kennedy assassination, was quite controversial. It has been said that pressure from local authorities was applied to theaters in New York who were considering it. The Village Gate was the only theater willing to defy this pressure and mount the play. Macbird opened there on February 22, 1967, and closed and closed on January 21, 1968, after 386 performances.


32 posted on 01/07/2013 6:53:39 AM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: muir_redwoods
I’ve stood at the window next to the one Oswald shot from at the book depository building in Dallas.

Me too. It was an amazingly easy shot.

33 posted on 01/07/2013 6:58:58 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Fiji Hill
Also did Jack Ruby know Oswald? Witnesses say that he did but the Warren Commission didn't care.
34 posted on 01/07/2013 7:04:07 AM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I have always believed Oswald to have been the sole and only assassin. However, if he was part of a conspiracy, I believe the Cubans may have been involved. In his book Red Friday: November 22nd, 1963 (Chicago: Hallberg, 1969), Carlos Bringier makes a strong case for a Cuban connection.
35 posted on 01/07/2013 7:05:22 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
a former Foreign Service diplomat reveals evidence which proves

...and what follows is a bunch of conjecture and pretty much paraphrases what Mailer wrote in Harlot's Ghost.

But I understand...he's trying to sell his book.

36 posted on 01/07/2013 7:07:22 AM PST by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: Vaquero
Hand loading really doesn't save you money since you are always buying new toys to experiment with.

19 different calibers so far.

The Clintons pretty much got control of organized crime in 1993 with the firing of the US Attorneys and the cover up of their investigation into official corruption.

That investigation came from the R King beating when bush ordered a review of complaints filed against police with the FBI.

Organized crime, particularly the drug trade, cannot function without corrupt law enforcement, police, prosecuting attorneys, judges, etc.

Pretty much everything the dems do can be traced to some type of corruption is involved.

37 posted on 01/07/2013 7:10:07 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Chainmail
JFK was responsible for several successful and attempted assassinations (Patrice Lumumba, Dag Hammerschold, Ngo Dinh Diem

Lumumba was executed by his enemies on January 17, 1961, during Eisenhower's administration.

38 posted on 01/07/2013 7:11:55 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: LukeL

Mafia member they had a hard on for JFK.


39 posted on 01/07/2013 7:37:23 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: mc5cents

It was a relatively easy shot from short range. Oswald didn’t need to be an expert to pull it off. With two weeks of snapping in and practice even somebody with your skill could have pulled it off.


40 posted on 01/07/2013 9:54:51 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

The Zapruder film makes the distance appear more than it really is, not that it was not a skilled shot.

He was standing right in the SE doorway/porch of the SBD best I can tell.


41 posted on 01/07/2013 10:02:42 AM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Andrei Bulba

There’s no accounting for “Luck’’ — as in “Lucky Shot” either. Oswald might have just gotten off a one-in-a-thousand shot. It’s hard to accept, I know.


42 posted on 01/07/2013 1:50:01 PM PST by Tallguy (Hunkered down in Pennsylvania.)
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To: Tallguy
There’s no accounting for “Luck’’ — as in “Lucky Shot” either. Oswald might have just gotten off a one-in-a-thousand shot. It’s hard to accept, I know.

The same could be said of the bullet that nearly killed Ronald Reagan (although I wish I could think of a better term than "Lucky Shot.") John Hinckley did not hit Reagan directly. The bullet that struck the President ricocheted off the side of the presidential limousine, and went through the opening between the side of the car and the edge of the linousine's open door. If the bullet had been a fraction of an inch to either side, it would not have cleared the opening and struck Reagan.

43 posted on 01/07/2013 2:17:44 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Chainmail

The Walker shooting was at closer ranger, but he didn’t completely miss. His bullet hit the window frame, and got deflected, so Walker was only hit with fragments. That was only the first shot though, and we know the first shot at Dallas missed also. If Oswald had time for a second shot at Walker, Walker would probably be dead too.


44 posted on 01/07/2013 3:26:27 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Clay Moore

“He was standing right in the SE doorway/porch of the SBD best I can tell.”

There was a guy photographed in that location that was a dead ringer for Oswald, however it wasn’t Oswald. That gentleman has been located, and his identity verified.


45 posted on 01/07/2013 3:40:45 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Chainmail

Don’t forget JFK and the issuance of silver certificates, redeemable in silver. Amazing bills. That would have been b’bye Federal Reserve.


46 posted on 01/07/2013 3:45:29 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

There’s no way to say, really. There are a few witnesses who said they knew each other, but they were mostly strippers who worked for Ruby, and you can find one of those strippers who backs up nearly every conspiracy theory. So, they don’t appear to be very reliable witnesses.

There are some tantalizing connections back in New Orleans though. Ruby owned bars and strip clubs there too, and some of Oswald’s close relatives worked for the organized crime outfits that ran the vice in NO. However, as far as a photograph, phone record, or scrap of documentation that can prove they ever met each other, there is nothing.


47 posted on 01/07/2013 3:48:34 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Fiji Hill

I wouldn’t put much stock in Bringuier, because he himself was an intelligence asset. The whole encounter with Oswald on the street, followed by the media coverage of the altercation and arrest, and the radio debate between Oswald and Bringuier was a classic setup. Someone wanted to establish Communist bona fides for Oswald, and what better way to do that than to have him involved in a public altercation with anti-Communists, followed by a media spectacle documenting just how much of a Communist Oswald was?

It only adds up if it was a set-up. Oswald had already tried and failed to join many Communist organizations, including the FPCC. Yet, all of a sudden, he is trying to join anti-Communist organizations? Then, he is handing out FPCC literature, from an organization that wanted nothing to do with him, but the literature has the address of an FBI agent stamped on it? The anti-Castro Cubans, the press, and the police all just happen to show up on the one afternoon that Oswald decides to hand out pro-Castro pamphlets?

Remember, this was during the heart of the Cold War, when it was not fashionable to be a Communist. At that time, there were probably more federal, state, and local informants who were members of Communist groups than actual Communists. So, when you see someone proclaiming very publicly that they are Communist, and staging a publicity stunt along with that, but they do nothing in their day to day lives that corresponds with the activities of real Communists, then it smells like a set up.


48 posted on 01/07/2013 4:10:53 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Sorry I did not make that clear. That appears to be where Zapruder was standing.


49 posted on 01/07/2013 7:00:20 PM PST by Clay Moore (The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of a fool to the left. Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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