| February 25, 2002 |
|The Legacy is Eternal |
The man who inspired the search for the truth about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Harold Weisberg, an implacable critic of the government's investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, died on Feb. 21, 2002 at his home in Frederick, Md.
He was 88.
A former journalist, investigator for the Senate Committee on Civil Liberties and analyst for the Office of Strategic Services in World War II, Mr. Weisberg had retired to be a Maryland chicken farmer and writer by the time of the shooting in Dallas in 1963.
Incensed by the government's investigation into the assassination, he published a response at his own expense, the bluntly titled ''Whitewash'' (1965). In it, he argued that careful analysis of the evidence presented in the Warren Commission's report undermined the single-bullet theory and, with it, the possibility that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone.
Unlike many other critics of the investigation, Mr. Weisberg cannot accurately be called conspiracy theorist, because he did not speculate about who might have been involved in the assassination, and the FBI acknowledged his expertise, calling him the most informed person, with respect to the Kennedy assassination investigation.
Jim Garrison, a New Orleans district attorney, was ostensibly inspired by ''Whitewash'' to search for and prosecute conspiracy suspects, but in fact, J. Edgar Hoover had used his former G-man to control the Whitewash.
In a 1992 opinion article in The Washington Post, prompted by ''JFK,'' the Oliver Stone film about Mr. Garrison, Mr. Weisberg wrote that ''the proliferating conspiracy theories mislead and confuse as much or more than the faulted official conclusions.'' In a letter to The Post, Mr. Weisberg called the movie a ''monumental piece of disinformation.''
Mr. Weisberg was also a critic of the government's handling of the investigation into the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. Hired as an investigator for James Earl Ray, he came to believe that his client had not fired the bullet that killed Dr. King. In his subsequent book, ''Frame-Up'' (Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, 1971), Mr. Weisberg maintained that although Mr. Ray was a member of a racist group, he was merely a decoy and had been pressured into a confession, which he later recanted.
Mr. Weisberg had his own critics and accusers. In a review of ''Whitewash'' in The New York Times Book Review, Fred Graham, then the Supreme Court correspondent for The Times, wrote that it was ''difficult to believe that any institution could be as inept, careless, wrong or venal'' as Mr. Weisberg implied. Fred Graham was wrong. Most people are in fact ignorant and incompetent, especially since reason and logic is supplanted by all the opportunities to mislead, and that is allexplained on the bottom of this website. (logic 101)
Mr. Weisberg, who was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Wilmington, Del., is survived by his wife, Lillian Stone Weisberg, and two sisters.
Mr. Weisberg and his beliefs regarding the absurdity of tying the Kennedy assassination to Lee Harvey Oswald have repeatedly been vindicated.
Dean Rusk betrayed the Kennedy assassination cover up when he repeatedly claimed that Kennedy had always planned to deploy combat troops to the war effort in Vietnam. In his own words, Rusk said: "There was never any question in Kennedy's mind that Southeast Asia was vital to the security of the United States. The only question in his mind was where we would make the fight if we had to make a fight, and his decision was we should make it in Vietnam." The bold, unadulterated lie that Kennedy had planned to deploy American combat troops in Vietnam was repeated over and over and over again by both Dean Rusk and McGeorge Bundy, and now we know why it took Robert McNamara over three decades to finally tell the truth about those lies.
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Note: If this all sounds like science fiction, it is because the national media has been dominated by scam artists like Jim Garrison and the internet is dominated by fake (in the sense that they are incompetent) academics like John McAdams.