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John F. Kennedy - JFK Released Files: What Do They Say About The CIA, FBI, or Mafia machinations?

JFK Released Files: What Do You Say About The CIA, FBI, or Mafia machinations?

Do the files released on Thursday bring clarity? About who shot US President John F. Kennedy? Or commissioned the murder?

November 22nd, 1963 in Dallas Texas, a sunny Friday. The president on an election campaign tour, it couldn't hurt to stir up some mood in the south. The mood was good, with many people lining the streets where the President's convoy drove to lunch. "You cannot deny it, Mr. President," said Nellie Conally, the governor's wife, "Texas loves her." And the President really couldn't say much about that. He was also very busy, greeting the cheering people and giving them a friendly wave.

Then the motorcade turns onto Elm Street towards a railroad underpass. A couple of multi-story buildings tower up behind her. One of these is the Texas Schoolbook Depository, where the state of Texas stores school books. From there, three shots rang out in quick succession. The first one fails. The second bullet hits Kennedy in the back, emerges in the neck and then seriously injures Governor Connally, who is sitting in front of him. And the third bullet smashed the President's head.

Trump's friend pushed for publication

The fact that the secret Kennedy files were due to be published on Thursday is also thanks to Roger Stone. The political strategist, who earned his spurs alongside President Nixon in the 1960s and 1970s, is a supporter of Donald Trump - and has long been interested in the background to the crime in Dallas. It is true that Stone is considered a supporter of confused conspiracy theories in the historians' guild. But because Stone has a direct line to the White House, serious historians worked with him to convince the President of the merits of publishing the latest secret files as comprehensively as possible. (RR)

Connections to Moscow

At least that's what the official story wants. And the shooter will be presented soon. Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old ex-marine employed by the TBS. Shortly afterwards, a rifle with a telescopic sight was found on the fifth floor, a sniper position made of cardboard boxes on a window, nicely arranged with three cartridge cases. And it gets even better: soon it becomes known that Oswald left for Moscow after his time with the Marines and lived there from 1960 to 1962 and even got married. He was also a Marxist and various postal receipts showed that he had ordered the ominous rifle from a gun dispatcher.

That made the US administration nervous. After all, it was the Cold War, and if the Russians got their hands on it ... President Johnson followed his Attorney General's recommendation and set up the Warren Commission. Under the chairmanship of the Honorable Judge Earl Warren, high-ranking personalities were to investigate the assassination.

That was necessary because the case made waves. Two days after Kennedy's murder, the alleged assassin Oswald was shot dead by nightclub owner Jack Ruby in the basement of the police building in Dallas. Ruby said he wanted to spare the first lady the suffering of a lawsuit. The fact that it soon got along that he was deep in the Mafia swamp raised doubts about his empathy.

The Warren Commission soon delivered. 26 volumes full of evidence and testimony and also the desired result: the crazy, disaffected and frustrated Oswald was it, and alone.

Despite the weight of its size, the Warren Report failed to have an impact. Doubts grew. Critics revealed that not only had the volumes been put together somewhat hastily and sometimes sloppily, but that the tendency to make Oswald the sole culprit was evident. The reconstruction of the seven seconds of Dallas and their pre- and post-history made it necessary to do some violence to the material from time to time. The fact that the poor and untrained shooter Oswald was able to fire three shots with the rickety shotgun from the Second World War and still hit in this short time was not easy to explain. The ballistic, forensic and pathological evidence left some loopholes open. Witnesses also claimed to have seen and heard that Kennedy had also been shot at from the front, from the so-called grass hill. And to explain all of Kennedy and Connally's wounds, Exhibit CE 399, an almost intact rifle bullet that verifiably came from Oswald's rifle, had to be turned into a magic bullet. It came from Parkland Hospital, where Kennedy and Connally had been operated on, but how it was connected to the assassination remained unclear.

FBI, CIA - or the mafia?

The longer one poked around in Oswald's life, the more contradictions and absurdities came to light. Was he a communist or an FBI informer now? Castro friend or enemy? Or did he even have connections with the CIA? Parliamentary committees examined the material twice. A commission concluded that there must have been more than one shooter after all. And the Church Committee exposed that the CIA had tried to assassinate foreign politicians since the 1950s. In order to get rid of Fidel Castro, the help of the mafia was called in. Had Castro "redirected" a plot to his person on Kennedy?

If the rest of the JFK files (which still exist) are now released, the hope is that two questions will be answered: What was really going on with Oswald? Or was it the mafia? Oswald was involved in all sorts of things and was hardly a lone perpetrator, whatever he had done or not done. How were his connections with the CIA? Many conspiracy theories - some call them "alternative explanations" - assume the involvement of the CIA or other authorities. Watergate has not strengthened confidence in those in power. Was Dallas a CIA operation - possibly wrong - in 1963? Or did mafia bosses take revenge on the president because they were ruthlessly persecuted by his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy? Or were they both tied together? The remaining files were released yesterday. Now it's time to evaluate them. You will probably not find a Ā«smoking gunĀ». But maybe a few traces of all too eager trace makers.