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assassination yet he had not been flagged in any
way as dangerous, this was just one of the ways
in which the CIA and their actions provoked public
controversy and aided in creating the cloud of sus-
picion which formed around the events. It has been
widely acknowledged since that the CIA could have
responded better in the course of the investigation,
they were so anxious to promote the 'lone gun-
sman' sequence of events that they failed to enter-
tain any other possibility in dialogue with the public
leading many to become suspicious and angry.
There were many questionable tactics and activities
carried out by governing bodies in the aftermath of
the assassination that present more of an embar-
rassment for many, it is this which was found and is
expected to be found on the remaining files rather
than any critical information one file for example,
already corroborates this, informing us that the CIA
were in fact given a tip off about a potential attack
on Oswald from an anonymous source and were
instructed to tighten security accordingly, orders
which due to a mix up went un acted upon resulting
in the inevitable consequence of Oswald's death
before he could stand trial.
On the 22nd November 1963 the sun was
shining on Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas, people lined
the streets eagerly awaiting the imminent presi-
dential motorcade. The route by which the presi-
dent would drive through the town had been widely
publicised before and crowds of up to 200,000
had amassed. The president arrived at Love Field
airport at around 11.25, at 11.40 the presidential
motorcade left Love field, in less than an hour the
president would be dead. John F. Kennedy drove
through Dallas in an open topped limousine joined
by his wife and the governor of Texas John Connelly
with his wife Nellie Connelly. From an open window
of a factory building 3 shots were fired. The first
missed but the second hit the president in the back
and travelled through him out through his throat
and hit Connelly near his armpit. The third and final
bullet hit Kennedy in his head - this wound would
prove fatal.
There are many questions that are left
and need answering if we concur with the course
of events as they have been given to us; that lee
Harvey Oswald was indeed a lone gunman. For
example questions like; what was Oswald doing in
the Russian embassy in Mexico City several weeks
before the attack? How did he get a gun into the
building he fired from?Why was he previously
known to the CIA?Who killed Oswald as well as
how? Finally, why and, ultimately how, could this all
have happened through the actions of one man?
To properly understand the JFK assassination one
must look beyond conspiracy to what, in all the
sensationalist theories, facts and evidence, gets
lost. The gunman himself; Lee Harvey Oswald who
in the retelling of events, becomes not a human but
just the murder weapon, the trigger. It is fundamen-
tally important that in the question of conspiracy
we do not overlook him. As Robert Oswald Lee
Harvey’s older brother said in an interview from
a documentary made 10 years ago: it is ‘[his] be-
lief,[his] conviction. No one but Lee was involved’
, ‘ People need to look at what transpired before
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