Originally Posted by jcat
I waver between the two theories. I read Garrison's book (the one Stone's "JFK" was based on), and some of the things he claimed seemed plausible (Ruby's connections to the Mob, and the latter's financial interests in Cuba, which could have led to cooperation with exile Cubans who'd expected more help from the U.S. government), while others impressed me as very far-fetched (I can't remember which ones, specifically). I've still got a copy of the Warren Commission report around here somewhere, but haven't looked at it for years. The one thing that really makes me think there may have been a real conspiracy was Oswald's murder. Also, why was he given such lenient treatment after having defected to the Soviet Union?
It's interesting, too, that Marilyn Monroe's death is considered by many to have been homicide, given her connection to Kennedy.
I do want to point out that while I admire Kennedy as a poltician and I truly believe his death was an end of innocence in this country. He was tring to get us out of Vietnam, among other things. I do think if he was murdered it might have been a direct connection to some of his own mistakes.
I don't know if you knew about the CIA mob thing that Kennedy not only apporoved but supported. The CIA was working with actual mob members to have Castro murdered. It was called "Operation Mongoose" and completely proven as fact. I mean to lie down with mob and then have your brother go after them as criminals...well can't lead to anything good.
It's every possible some of those elements got him killed. Oswald's uncle was in the mob, his Mother dated many mob member. Yeah LHO got in and out of the country too easily, plus he traveled so much. In those days, traveling like that was for the elite only. There weren't frequent flyer miles, so some guy without much income couldn't just do it.
There is a lot of other stuff, that points to some kind of conspiracy. Also some Cuban's as well as CIA felt betrayed by Kennedy about the bay of pigs. The operation was actually planned by the Eisenhower administration. When Kennedy won, Dean Rusk, who I think was Sec of State was against it, but they went through with it. BUT Kennedy wouldn't approve overhead support, so it was a flop and many were killed. They hated Kennedy for this. Howard Hunt, who helped plan it (also happened to be a Nixon plumber) stil openly admits his hatred for Kennedy about this. Hunt is still alive and was recently interviewed, he said "no comment" when asked about a certain CIA agent involvement in Kennedy's death. The interviewer said he was visably uncomfortable saying that.
There is so much more, the people who befriended Oswald in Dallas, like this one oil guy, really rich who was long thought to be CIA. Yeah i amsure he just randomly befriends "Loner nuts" cause he wants to. And it's so hard to prove cause as we saw with the recent scandal in the BushWH about the outing of that one reporters wife as an operative, you can't find a trail to who is and who isn't often!
I think we may know more and more, remember in JFK they said "in 30 years we'll know" cause more papers are being released. Also interestingly Don Hewitt, the 60 minutes producer said he was told by a prominent republican house member who wishes to remain annonymous, but whom Hewitt trusts, that when this repub asked Nixon what he knew about the assassination Nixon replied " you don't want to know". Hewitt is convinced there is an conspiracy and wanted to break a story about a women who came forward as Oswalds girlfriend who knew things. They coudln't run the story though cause unlike Dan Rathers group, they didnt' have enough cohoberation and didn't feel it was journalistically right.