In an article in the Los Angeles Times this week, former Warren Commission staffer Richard Mosk expresses the hope that, on this 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination, the public will be skeptical of criticism of the official finding that Oswald alone shot at the President. He thinks “most Americans have come to accept the conclusions of the Warren Commission.” Not so.
Respectable polls this year indicate that more than 70% of Americans believe that there was a conspiracy, an official cover-up and that the full truth will never be known. The public has reason to think this.
The second official investigation, the House Assassinations Committee, found that there had “probably” been a conspiracy. The Committee’s then Chief Counsel, Robert Blakey, professor emeritus of law at Notre Dame until very recently, now says he feels even more firmly that there was a conspiracy.
In my book, Not in Your Lifetime, out now, I point to the interview Blakey and I conducted in 2007 that resulted in the first plausible identification of an anti-Castro Cuban exile who may have participated in the assassination.
Mr. Mosk refers to the reports and documentation of the Commission, as if to indicate that all assassination related documents are in the public domain. In fact, many thousands of documents, from various agencies, are still withheld. Why?