Warren himself calmly dismissed the criticism, assuring his fellow commission members that "history will prove us right."
Now, in this eye-opening new account of the Commission and its findings, Howard P.
Willens, one of the few surviving staff members of the Warren Commission, supervised the investigation from the very beginning and has waited until now to silence the critics and well-intentioned armchair detectives.
For thirty years, the conflict lay undisturbed and unresolved. Finally, in the mid 1990s, the authors brought this conflict to the attention of the Assassinations Records Review Board, a federal body charged with opening the abundant, still-secret files concerning the Kennedy assassination. A search through newly declassified files led to the discovery of new information on this question. It turns out that the FBI’s own, once-secret files tend to undermine the position the FBI took publicly in its July, 1964 memo to the Warren Commission, and they tend to support co-author Josiah Thompson. Thompson got a further boost when a retired FBI agent, in a recorded telephone interview and in a face-to-face meeting, flatly denied what the FBI had written about him to the Warren Commission in 1964.
The story begins in a ground floor elevator lobby at the Dallas hospital where JFK and John Connelly were taken immediately after being shot. According to the Warren Commission, Parkland Hospital senior engineer, Mr. Darrell C. Tomlinson, was moving some wheeled stretchers when he bumped a stretcher “against the wall and a bullet rolled out.” He called for help and was joined by Mr. O.P. Wright, Parkland’s personnel director. After examining the bullet together, Mr. Wright passed it along to one of the U.S. Secret Service agents who were prowling the hospital, Special Agent Richard Johnsen.
The presidential commission tasked with finding the truth, headed by then-Chief Justice Earl Warren, published its findings the following year—Oswald had acted alone—but the report did little to quell conspiracy theorists.
Willens’s meticulous and exhaustive narrative of the inner workings of the Warren Commission and the vast evidentiary support for its much-maligned conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald in all probability acted alone.
Willens reviews and refutes the still-swirling conspiracy theories while painting a compelling portrait of the truth-seeking zeal of the seven-member commission's talented, twenty-three-person staff and of its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren.
“Of all the new books inspired by the fiftieth anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, the most valuable contribution to the historical record may well be Howard P.
The book's contents justify its title, derived from a 1965 prediction by Earl Warren: ." —Stuart Taylor, Jr., Contributing Editor for the and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution
. Last two pages of 7/7/64 FBI memo to Warren Commission, as published in C.E. #2011. Note that FBI states that both Dallas witnesses said #399 looked like the bullet they found on 11/22/63.
The second story has to do with the framing of Lee Oswald for the murder, something which has long been alleged by many who follow the case. But the "new news" concerns tapped phone calls, made by a self-identified "Lee Oswald" to the Soviet Embassy in Mexico City. FBI agents, listening to the tapes in the aftermath of the assassination while Oswald was still alive in police custody, determined that the voice on the tapes was not Oswald's. This impersonation, the reports of which were buried by the FBI and CIA immediately after Oswald's murder, has staggering ramifications. The caller referred to a previous meeting with a man named Kostikov, an Embassy official known to be KGB and, more ominously, suspected by the CIA and FBI of being involved in "wet affairs," i.e. sabotage and . The fear that World War III would break out if the Soviets were behind the assassination was then used by the new President Johnson to put together a coverup, as revealed in taped Presidential phone calls and other memos of the post-assassination week. The secret that it wasn't really Oswald, and thus that the "Soviet connection" was faked, seems to have been very closely heldthis guaranteed a coverup.
I believe that we Christians are called to be witnesses for Jesus Christ throughout our own nations and to the ends of the earth. This call is the Great Commission given by Jesus in Acts 1:8. We are commanded to tell people about Jesus' death and resurrection, and to live our faith in love towards our neighbors; the Holy Spirit will convert people's minds and hearts.