Disclosures and analysis at two research conferences last weekend in Dallas confirmed the U.S. majority popular opinion that conspirators murdered President John F. Kennedy in a 1963 plot that authorities have continued to cover up.
Similar analysis shows a cover-up in the 1968 assassination of the leading Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. The combination illustrates the ongoing threat to American presidents since then of attempted assassination, which continues to threaten independent leaders and ultimately democracy itself.
Longtime Republican strategist Roger Stone, a friend and occasional advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, was one of several conference speakers from diverse political viewpoints warning new generations how assassinations poison politics.
"The fact that President-elect Trump has Secret Service protection does not give me solace," said Stone (shown at right), author of the 2013 best-seller The Man Who Killed Kennedy. It blames Kennedy's Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson for using his extensive ties with the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Mafia and Texas law enforcement to orchestrate JFK's murder and a cover up.
"I pray for him every night," Stone said of his friend Trump, whom he described as like JFK threatening corrupt, war-mongering elements of the nation's power structure, "and I urge each of you to pray for the safety of him and his family."
Today, we summarize research presented at these two conferences commemorating the 53rd anniversary of JFK’s death in downtown Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Although speakers aired many differences (with only some placing Johnson as an active planner of the death, as opposed to presiding over the cover up) virtually all speakers cited evidence of horrific government misconduct in the assassination that is trivialized or ignored by current authorities and watchdog institutions.
This editor delivered a featured Saturday evening lecture at the annual JFK Assassination Conference and helped also at the concurrent JFK Lancer November in Dallas event to recruit members of the new research group Citizens Against Political Assassinations (CAPA).
In personal views that are independent of CAPA's or its other directors who spoke at the conferences, I summarized research showing that a high cabal of U.S. oligarchs worked through the CIA to coordinate JFK's death and the frame-up of accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald. This set in motion a murderous cover-up and a series of corrupt civic catastrophes such as the Vietnam War that continue to hurt the nation.
I cited evidence also that all recent presidents after Jimmy Carter benefited from covert ties to the CIA or FBI before they entered politics. These relationships with the power structure that controls those agencies helped them win the presidency. But those relationships also tied each president's hands from providing the kind of justice and other independent decision-making that Americans might expect, resulting in the kinds of outrageous injustices summarized in my recent pre-Thanksgiving column, President Obama, I Beg Your Pardon.
Thus, the government's failure to expose JFK's actual killer set the stage for a cover-up that involves more recent frauds upon the public. Such cowardly watchdog institutions as Congress, the courts, the media and academia ignore these new threats, I argued, as did many other Warren Commission critics supplying specifics from their observation or research.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., JD, a pioneering critic of official versions of both the JFK and RFK murders, was a featured speaker at both conferences. Shown in his Pittsburgh lab, he detailed forensic medical evidence showing that official conclusions were medically and otherwise scientifically impossible.
Wecht, 85, drew upon his vast experience as a physician, coroner, professor and attorney to document the physical impossibility that Oswald or accused RFK killer Sirhan Sirhan could have acted alone.