Skip to comments.Oswald had help, ex-agent says
Posted on 12/07/2003 7:38:21 PM PST by ambrose
Coloradan convinced that more than one
By Ellen Miller, Special To The News
GRAND JUNCTION - Lee Harvey Oswald didn't act alone when he killed President John F. Kennedy, and the president died because Secret Service agents failed at their jobs, a retired agent says.
"Officially, the answer to Oswald when somebody asks - because we were ordered to say it - is that the Warren Commission found that he acted alone," retired agent Jerry O'Rourke said. "But was there more than one gunman? Yes, personally I believe so. And my personal opinion about Jack Ruby is that he was paid to kill Oswald."
O'Rourke said his group of about 10 agents had protected Kennedy the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, at a breakfast speech in Fort Worth. Then the group left by air for Austin, the next stop planned on the president's Texas tour.
"We got the word (of the assassination) in the air, and we didn't believe it at first," he said. "Most of the agents had tears in their eyes. Agents believed in Kennedy, and we knew we failed our job in Dallas."
After his White House tour ended during Johnson's presidency, O'Rourke spent a year in the Secret Service intelligence division, which offered him glimpses into the investigation of Kennedy's death.
Those glimpses, and the accounts of other agents, have convinced O'Rourke that Oswald didn't act alone.
He cited several reasons:
Kennedy had a number of enemies, any of whom could have plotted against him. They included people angered by his insistence on civil rights; organized crime; labor unions unhappy with investigations of them by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; Cuban dissidents angry over the failed Bay of Pigs invasion; and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
The shots attributed to Oswald were impossible to make. O'Rourke learned to shoot as a boy and trained as a military marksman. He said his visits to Oswald's perch at the Texas Book Depository have convinced him that no one could have fired a rifle three times so quickly, hitting the president and Texas Gov. John Connolly.
The trajectory of one of the shots could not have been made by a gunman on the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository. The shot entered Kennedy's body at his lower back and traveled up, to exit near his throat.
The circumstances of the autopsy were irregular. Texas law requires autopsies to be done in state, but agents, acting on the orders of White House, took Kennedy's body back to Washington, D.C. The autopsy was performed at Bethesda Naval Medical Center under secrecy that prevails to this day.
Evidence was destroyed. O'Rourke said that on the day of the assassination, one agent was ordered to clean out the cars used in the motorcade, getting rid of blood and other evidence. The agent told O'Rourke that he found a piece of skull, asked the White House doctor what to do with it, and was told to destroy it.
Instructions were given to lie. The agent in charge of motorcade protection told O'Rourke that he was told by the Warren Commission during his testimony that he did not hear a fourth shot and did not see someone running across the grassy knoll. But the agent insisted that his account was accurate.
Evidence about the shots is in conflict. An open microphone on a motorcycle in the motorcade picked up four shots, not three.
"In my opinion, Hoover wanted the commission to find that Oswald acted alone," O'Rourke said.
"The complete file won't be released until 2027, and the reason for that is most of us will be dead by then."
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Howard Dean: "There is a theory, and it has not been proved, that George W. Bush had a hand in assassinating President Kennedy. Now, the fact that he won't release all of his records is troubling."
I didn't do it!
Nobody saw me do it!
You can't prove anything!
OK - everyone relax. Think about the circumstances of Oswald's murder - how much $$$ would you take to do that, knowing you'd never see a penny?
I've been offered $50,000 to jump into a volcano - wish me luck!
You'll need some of this:
*I didn't actually bother reading the link past the first paragraph, so can't comment on details.
In "Mortal Error" (Menninger) an NRA instructor/sharpshooter/ballistics expert not only repeated, but bettered the performance attributed to Oswald. The subsequent forensic analysis is also quite interesting. The shooter was hired to write a report backing up the Warren commission, but insisted on making an independent study rather than say 'because I could do it then Oswald must have done it'. He puts the 'magic bullet' theory to bed, and concludes, convincingly, that although there may have been only 1 assassin, more than 1 gun was fired. A must read for conspiracy buffs and ballistics/forensics geeks alike.
A retired agent states the obvious. Yes, claptrap, our government lies and most citizens swallow the lies like potato chips.
What are you crazy?!
Hold out for $100,000.