The JFK War: The Case of Federal Judge John Tunheim

by James Norwood (with Jim Fetzer)


In 1995, John R. Tunheim was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the United States Senate as a federal judge for the District of Minnesota.  In the late 1990s, he served as chair of the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB), which oversaw the declassification of government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

As mandated by the 1992 JFK Records Act (formally called the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act), Congress responded to public outrage at the withholding of so many government records.

This unprecedented act was due to Oliver Stone’s “JFK” (1991), wherein at the end of the film, the public was informed that documents from the most recent government investigation (the House Select Committee on Assassinations) had been sealed until the year 2029.

On 2 May 2013, Judge Tunheim spoke on the JFK assassination to the Lions and Rotary International Clubs in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Over a decade has now passed since the ARRB completed its mission.  Tunheim underscored the success of the ARRB in releasing six million pages of records pertaining to the assassination.  However, he did not mention that those records are not easily accessible to American citizens.  There is no internet site in which the ARRB documents may be read online, and one must make a special trip to the National Archives on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to sift through the records without the benefit of a carefully prepared index.

Judge Tunheim underscored that the purpose the ARRB was not to interpret the documents or provide an investigation like the Warren Commission or the House Select Committee.  At the same time, he has chosen not to offer his own observations about the implications of the unsealed files.  In fact, the refrain of Tunheim for over a decade has been that of silence on the actual content of the newly-released documents.

Speaking in Minneapolis (1999)

As a federal judge with extraordinary freedoms and powers, shouldn’t Tunheim have an obligation to explain what his committee learned about a major turning point in our history?  But, as he indicated in Stillwater, the committee’s goal was merely “to open records to the public and let them decide for themselves what happened in the days after the assassination.” [1]  In 1999, I recall vividly a keynote address Judge Tunheim delivered at Professor James H. Fetzer’s conference on “The Death of JFK” in Minneapolis.  In the most pedestrian manner imaginable, Tunheim reiterated how the ARRB’s goal was to gather the documents, not evaluate them.

The discovery that Gerald R. Ford (R-MI) had changed the description of a back wound to a neck wound to support the Warren Commission’s “magic bullet” theory appears to be a “smoking gun” from the ARRB. It actually hit JFK 5.5″ below the collar, thereby rendering the Commission’s conclusion of “a lone assassin” indefensible.

He also offered the platitude that the committee discovered no “smoking gun” from the enormous repository of information.  Surely out of six million documents, there was something new that Tunheim could have identified in his speech.  But he offered no clues as to what the ARRB collection might tell us.  As the first speaker at the 1999 conference, Tunheim arrived at the hotel forty-five minutes late, completely throwing off the evening’s agenda.  His tardiness made it convenient for him (in the interest of time) to avoid fielding many questions from conference participants who had studied the JFK assassination for decades.

Speaking in Grand Forks (2008)

During a national conference, “John F. Kennedy: History, Memory, and Legacy”, held at the University of North Dakota 25-27 September 2008, Judge Tunheim gave a keynote address along with Theodore Sorenson, who had been JFK’s principal speechwriter.  His presentation was consistent with his position in Stillwater, where he maintained that the ARRB had no investigative function and that it had discovered no “smoking guns”.  Even more interesting, therefore, is that he introduced Professor Fetzer, who outlined evidence for conspiracy and cover-up in the assassination of JFK.

Fetzer explained that Oswald had passed his nitrate test, that the backyard photos were faked, that witnesses had seen him in and around the lunchroom before and after the shooting, that the wound to the throat was a wound of entry, that the windshield bullet hole could be seen in the Altgens’ photograph, that the “magic bullet” theory was untenable and actually anatomically impossible, that there had been a fist-sized blow-out at the back of that head, that the X-rays had been altered, that the Zapruder film had been revised, that there had been shooters at six different locations and much more.

Since Judge Tunheim was in attendance for the entire presentation, he is familiar with the evidence Professor Fetzer presented–and took copious notes during the lecture.  It is more than difficult to believe how anyone who had understood this presentation could persist in the belief that Lee Oswald was the lone assassin, much less that there was no conspiracy or cover up.  Take time to review this chapter, which you can download and study at your leisure.   If Judge Tunheim finds fault with any of Fetzer’s arguments, it would be valuable to discover which they are and why.

Speaking in Sillwater (2013)

For his more recent talk in Stillwater, Tunheim has slightly modified his position, and is now offering more of a personal interpretation of the assassination.  But, astonishingly, his perspective seems nothing more than restating the original findings of The Warren Report!  For example, Tunheim suggests that, despite new evidence available to the ARRB, Lee Harvey Oswald was a genuine defector and malcontent, apparently driven to killing the president to etch his name in history:

“His [Oswald’s] motivation is, I think he thought he was supposed to be someone famous in his own mind, and if he did this he would be viewed with great glory in the Soviet Union and Cuba.  He was a really mixed-up 24-year-old who was on a parade route that had changed to go near his workplace.” [2]

The ARRB also discovered that Lee had told Homicide Detective Will Fritz that he was “out with Bill Shelley in front” during the shooting, which new research on the Altgens photograph has confirmed. (See, for example, recent studies at “The Oswald Innocence Campaign”.)

So, all that Tunheim is capable of concluding about Oswald is that he was a “mixed-up 24-year old”?  If we compare Tunheim’s statement to The Warren Report’s summary of Oswald, it is a virtual paraphrase of the vague and insubstantial conclusions of the Commission, as well as those of the pseudo-biography of Oswald entitled Portrait of the Assassin later published by commissioner Gerald R. Ford:

“Oswald was moved by an overriding hostility to his environment.  He does not appear to have been able to establish meaningful relationships with other people.  He was perpetually discontented with the world around him.  Long before the assassination he expressed his hatred for American society and acted in protest against it.  Oswald’s search for what he conceived to be the perfect society was doomed from the start.  He sought for himself a place in history—a role as the ‘great man’ who would be recognized as having been in advance of his times.” [3]

The Soviet Analysis of JFK

One of the documents unearthed by Tuheim’s ARRB was a top secret memo prepared by Director J. Edgar Hoover and other FBI officials.  The memo summarized the findings of the assassination based on an analysis in the Soviet Union conducted by the KGB.  The memo conveyed what the Soviet newspapers, including Pravda and Izvestia, were informing the people in the USSR.  According to the FBI memo, “the KGB was in possession of data purporting to indicate that President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy.” [4]

With its unparalleled information-gathering capacity, the KGB had come to the conclusion that Johnson had played a key role in the assassination, and Hoover was eager to share this information with Johnson personally.  It was obvious from the memo that Soviet officials never believed Oswald was responsible for the assassination.  Tunheim studiously avoids mentioning this remarkable document.

Given his prominence as a GOP political strategist, Roger Stone’s new book may open the public’s mind to Lyndon’s involvement in the assassination and inspire many to read those by Madeleine Duncan Brown, Billy Sol Estes, Barr McClellan, and especially Phil Nelson, not to mention the “Last Confessions” of E. Howard Hunt and Jack Ruby’s observations on the pivotal role of LBJ. This is not news for serious students of JFK.

Tunheim seems to force upon the public the theme that “we’ll never know the truth” about the assassination of JFK.  But it is also revealing about what the ARRB was unable to uncover or release to the public.  For example, Tunheim informed the Stillwater audience that “what we didn’t declassify at the time were documents related to protection of the President.” [5]  But he did not disclose that those documents were unavailable because the Secret Service had destroyed the records of the president’s travel activities in the crucial period of fall 1963.  The abysmal failure to protect the president in Dallas is of concern.

The Chicago Attempt on JFK

But of perhaps even greater significance is the destruction of documents about the president’s planned trip to Chicago in early November, which was canceled due to an assassination threat.  The attempt to kill the president in Chicago was nearly identical to the final scenario presented to the public about the killing of JFK in Dallas.  Due especially to the revelations of SS Agent Abraham Bolden, we know that before the president left for Chicago, the authorities had disrupted a plan to shoot JFK from a high rise building, as his motorcade arrived from the airport and passed through downtown Chicago.

Hear the interview on “The Real Deal” with Abraham Bolden here at this link.

As part of the plan, a scapegoat named Thomas Arthur Vallee had virtually the same profile as Lee Harvey Oswald—a disaffected loner with a military background.  Tunheim apparently has not made any connection between Chicago and Dallas and how inconvenient it would have been to have documentation linking to the two events in nearly every conceivable detail.  Why didn’t he and the ARRB take the Secret Service to task about the willful destruction of vital evidence?  Why didn’t he offer a complete version of the lost Secret Service records to his audience in Stillwater?

During his speech on May 2nd, Tunheim apparently wanted the listeners to understand that “the FBI was not involved in the investigation because at the time, shooting the president was not a federal crime.” [6]  Tunheim is surely aware that the FBI controlled the entire investigation from start to finish.  The establishment of the Warren Commission effectively closed off alternative investigations in the state of Texas or by Congress.  Before the Warren Commission had even convened, the FBI had completed a preliminary report that would serve as the template for The Warren Report.

LBJ speaking with J. Edgar Hoover

On the very day that the new president Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission — 29 November 1963 — he had a phone conversation with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.  Hoover underscored that three bullets were fired at the president by a lone shooter.  This became the basis for The Warren Report’s conclusions that Lee Harvey Oswald was the “lone nut” assassin, who was able to fire three shots from his Mannlicher-Carnano carbine on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.  The FBI provided its conclusions to the Warren Commission, and when investigative questions arose, it was the FBI that provided the answers to back up its initial findings.

The ARRB discovered Cmd. James Humes, USNMC, had taken a cranial saw to the skull of JFK and enlarged the wound from its original condition as described by the physicians at Parkland (on the left) to the much larger wound (center), which was contracted by the HSCA to a small entry wound (on the right). If that’s not a “smoking gun”, what would be?

Tunheim’s passive, noncommittal approach to the six million pages of documents may be seen in contrast to the work of ARRB analyst Douglas Horne, who published a 2,000-page personal interpretation of the medical evidence in the JFK assassination. [7]  Using documents, x-rays, photographs, and personal interviews conducted by his committee, Horne has demonstrated how much new information we have, thanks to the ARRB.  Horne carefully defines the term “smoking gun,” and he identifies and describes in painstaking detail a myriad number of examples of breakthrough discoveries.  And those “smoking guns” are primarily in the area of the medical evidence of the case!

Responsibility and Democracy

The difference between John Tunheim and Douglas Horne touches on the very nature of personal responsibility in a democracy. The authors of the United States Constitution took great pains in establishing the judiciary to limit the powers of the executive and legislative branches.  The Judiciary Act of 1789 carried out the wishes of the framers of the Constitution by investing authority in judges.  As a result, there was a structure of checks and balances with judges awarded lifetime appointments to ensure the integrity of the system.

The power of the judiciary was apparent almost immediately from the landmark ruling of “judicial review,” which was established by Supreme Court justice John Marshall in the Marbury v. Madison case (1803).  In 1954, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education that would transform civil rights in America.  In the year 2000, the judiciary effectively determined the outcome of a controversial presidential election.  The judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court make their way up the ranks though the system of which Judge Tunheim is a part.

As a federal judge, John R. Tunheim has the power and arguably the obligation to inform the American public of the implications of the release of six million documents about the murder of JFK.  But to listen to Judge Tunheim is to believe that all of the work of the ARRB amounted to no more than an enormous blank in the evidentiary trail of the death of President Kennedy.  To casually state that the records are available in the National Archives (if one has the time and financial resources to travel to Washington, D.C.), that there was no “smoking gun,” and that we by necessity have to rely on the conclusions of the Warren Report, is in this writer’s opinion, an abdication of patriotic responsibility.  Will our republican institutions remain true to the spirit of the Constitution, or will they become closer to what was depicted by George Orwell in 1984 as the totalitarian “Ministry of Truth”?

James Norwood, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley) taught humanities and the performing arts at colleges and universities throughout the country until his retirement in 2011.  Among forty different courses, he frequently offered a semester course on the JFK assassination.


[1]  “In the Interest of History” by Avory Cropp, Stillwater Gazette, May 3, 2013, http://stillwatergazette.com/2013/05/03/in-the-interest-of-history/.

[2]  Ibid.

[3] Warren Report summary, 423.

[4]  Douglas Horne, Inside the Assassination Records Review Board ( five volumes, 2009), Vol. V, 1494.

[5]  “In the Interest of History,” op. cit.

[6]  Ibid.

[7] Horne’s five-volume opus is the only work to offer a systematic appraisal of the findings of the ARRB.  See especially the sterling reviews on Amazon from the readers who have taken the time to read and absorb the stunning implications of this monumental work.

Jim Fetzer

A former Marine Corps officer, Jim Fetzer has published widely on the theoretical foundations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and evolution and mentality.

McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has also conducted extensive research into the assassination of JFK, the events of 9/11, and the plane crash that killed Sen. Paul Wellstone.

The founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, his latest books include The Evolution of Intelligence (2005), The 9/11 Conspiracy (2007), Render Unto Darwin (2007), and The Place of Probability in Science (2010).

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  1. Chandler  May 16, 2013 at 8:02 am

    LBJ was approached with a proposition. Many people wanted Kennedy dead for choosing to support the people, instead of backing business interests. LBJ played the innocent buffoon he was, and merely went from day to day awaiting his time to be president knowing in Dallas he would finally get his lifelong obsession. He would later give them what they wanted, the war, and priorities to business not people.

    Threats were mad in Miami, and Chicago, so why would agent in charge of security Emory Roberts wave off agent Rybka at Love field after JFK sat down in the limousine?

    Many threats were made, and Chicago trip had to be cancelled because of it. Two arrests were made in that city. Men with rifles, and plans to take JFK out of the picture.

    Sometimes it is what people do not do, or say that indicates a connection with an event. To me. GHW Bush has taken the 5th Amendment pertaining to JFK murder. Why would he oppose any committee investigating the assassination of another president? Why would he oppose this effort?

    The one time public statement he is known to have made about the assassination at Gerald Ford’s memorial he smiled the Dick Cheney smile out of the corner of his mouth. He stated Ford was an honest man despite knowing Ford altered evidence to support the one gunman nonsense. Altered evidence?

    JFK is dead now near 50 years. No we’ll never know who pulled the triggers, but we do know rogue elements of the FBI, CIA, Secret Service played a part in it in some way. Thus a conspiracy.

    What is so obvious has been so denied by this government. They have made it almost impossible to disprove their lies.

    Mr. Norwood is correct, a plethora of incriminating evidence is being kept from all of us in those boxes he speaks of. Either decision they make, to release this evidence or continue the lies will do, and is doing damage to this country’s credibility.

    This government has Oswald doing the deed and so this case is closed. The Dallas Morning News has been running articles on JFK’s demise and the slant is so sickening I no longer read the propaganda. I am not sure how writers can ignore such objective data and write such BS. Down there in Dallas, the truth would renew the city’s image.

    I watch the film of Oswald being led to his death between two armed detectives. Off the the camera’s left, Oswald’s right is Captain Will Fritz. He veers of the the left and walks to the far side of the care sitting there awaiting Oswald.

    Watch his slow reaction to the the first shot Ruby fires. Don’t watch Oswald or Ruby or the struggle to get the gun. Watch Fritz. Look off to your left, and keep your eye on him while listening for the sudden blast of the pistol in a concrete garage with no acoustics.

    Unlike the others who immediately reacts to the blast, Fritz almost is choreographed in his slow delayed reaction. A reaction that is everything but one of a sudden startle or surprises. It, to me, proves foreknowledge of the silencing of Oswald. Fetzer is right. Oswald shot no one on that day. This American government continues to pour salt onto the wounds of the majority of its citizens demanding answers .

    It continues to ignore the pleas and valid data uncovered by our independent investigators like what Mr. Fetzer is unraveling trying to get at the truth, and find some justice for JFK.

    And some people thought JFK was a traitor back during his presidency? What would they think of the betrayal and deception our treasonous acts within this government today?

    Excellent Mr Fetzer! Thank you.

    • Jim Fetzer  May 16, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Very thoughtful commentary, Chandler. But you are wrong about LBJ. He was the pivotal player. He forced himself on the ticket with JFK in Los Angeles in 1960. JFK had extended the invitation to run with him to Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri and gave him the night to sleep on it. When Bobby visited the LBJ suite to make a pro forma offer, Lyndon leaped on it. When they tried to work their way out of it, using information he had been given by J. Edgar Hoover, LBJ threatened to expose that JFK had had an affair with a beautiful woman who turned out to be an East German spy, that JFK suffered from Addison’s disease and was not expected to live a long, healthy life and that, if he were not on the ticket, then he would make sure that any legislative proposals send down from the White House were “dead on arrival”. He and Bobby could not figure out a way to avoid it and accepted their fate. LBJ would later claim that he had studied American history and that one in four presidents had not survived their term(s) in office and that he was a “gambling man”, but Lyndon only bet on “sure things”.

      What I am explaining has been confirmed by multiple sources. Try Madeleine Duncan Brown’s TEXAS IN THE MORNING, Billy Sol Estes’ A TEXAS LEGEND and Barr McClellan’s BLOOD, MONEY & POWER. As Billy Sol told French investigative journalist William Raymond, Lyndon sent his chief administrative assistant, Cliff Carter, down to Dallas to make sure all the arrangements for the assassination were in place. His personal hit man, Malcolm “Mac” Wallace, who killed a dozen people for Lyndon, including one of his own sisters, appears to have been one of the shooters. Or read E. Howard Hunt’s “Last Confessions”, in which he enumerates the chain of command for the assassination as LBJ, Cord Meyer, David Atlee Philips, William Harvey and David Sanchez Morales. Even Jack Ruby observed that, had someone else been vice president, this would not have happened. While I mention Roger Stone’s book, the better bet is Phil Nelson’s LBJ: MASTERMIND OF JFK’S ASSASSINATION. Many powerful special interest groups wanted JFK out, but Lyndon was the most important.

  2. James Norwood  May 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

    I am offering a correction to the section “The Soviet Analysis of JFK” in the article above. The KGB’s conclusion that LBJ was involved in JFK’s assassination was not published in Pravda or any of the organs of the Soviet media, as I inaccurately observed in the article. In fact, the KGB conclusions were known only to a select staff, such as that of the KGB Residency in New York City (where the FBI had its electronic bugs). The fingering of LBJ was the result of the Soviets’ own internal investigation, revealed to a select audience in private, only in September of 1965, after their investigation had concluded. Thus, it cannot be easily dismissed by LBJ supporters as “Soviet propaganda.”

    Even worse, Hoover’s FBI sat on this information from September of 1965 until 1 December 1966, when Hoover’s staff finalized its report on the bugs that recorded the information from 1963 to 1965. The delay of more than one year in communicating this information to the president suggests a taint of blackmail, or threatened blackmail, about it.

    Hoover often made the pretense of being “helpful” to American presidents by revealing scurrilous material he had personally collected about the chief executives, ensuring his longevity as Director of the FBI. LBJ once told his mistress Madeleine Brown that Hoover was “calling in his marker” with a veiled threat to reveal LBJ’s affair with Brown. Perhaps Hoover was once again fighting for his job, or feuding with LBJ, in a way that made him feel insecure. Hoover could have been calling in another marker with the memo about the findings of the KGB. I am indebted to Douglas Horne for this important correction.

  3. stephanaugust  May 16, 2013 at 3:49 am

    “Will our republican institutions remain true to the spirit of the Constitution …”

    When reading American history in German text books I always had the impression reading the history of The Enlightenment, Part Deux. As for the question above I thought the spirit of the Constitution was Christianity, but now I would guess the Constitution never mentions Christianity, Christian values, or the bible.

    I also find it a strange coincidence that two centuries ago, when most European countries had the symbolism of the Christian cross on their national flags, the American flag looks somehow secularly enlightened?

    With that in mind I would ask:

    Will the American institutions remain true to the spirit of the Constitution, or will they become closer to the French Enlightenment?

  4. chizzlinsam  May 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I do fear we have become closer to 1984…

    “Were the Soviet Union to sink tomorrow under the waters of the ocean, the American military-industrial complex would have to remain, substantially unchanged until some other adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy.”
    –George F. Kennan in forward to The Pathology of War (1987)…(Kennan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by GHW Bush in 1989)…

    Those words struck me quite a bit when I first read them a few months ago and began to realize their full implications. I believe our country has become too accustomed to one-line answers and lacks the focused concentration inherently required to adequately question the MYTHS we have been fed. Benjamin Franklin said “It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority”–yet those who do so today are quickly given derogatory labels. The main stream media seems to have become a One Note Drone as Orwell described.

    Our current president has quoted both JFK and MLK with regularity in many of his major speeches–as if he truly respects these men. After he became president he has insulted JFK and MLK by not releasing their complete, unredacted files. Even worse, he has not acted as JFK or MLK would have–think JFK would continuously press that drone kill button for 6 years? Think MLK would approve of Trillion dollar wars? Would JFK approve of our current justice system which routinely operates behind closed doors?

    As a final note–I would like to thank VT for consistently offering readers thought provoking material. Also really enjoyed Dr. Fetzer’s “Getting Him to the Ambush” slideshow on youtube…(any more info on those trucks parked at the corner which may have been control booths?)…

    • chizzlinsam  May 15, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      oops–the Kennan quote is from The Pathology of POWER (1987)

    • Dublinmick  May 15, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      “underscored the success of the ARRB in releasing six million pages of records pertaining to the assassination.”

      6 million, say no more, that clears it up for me.

    • chizzlinsam  May 16, 2013 at 5:24 am

      you must get excited every time you see mcdonalds then…i’ll take quality over quantity anyday.

    • Jim Fetzer  May 16, 2013 at 5:37 am

      There is an interesting history here. The ARRB was created by an act of Congress, as James explains, which was adamantly opposed by George H.W. Bush, who was then President and former head of the CIA. When it passed over his opposition, he refused to appoint its members, which awaited the incoming Clinton administration. That created an 18-month delay that telegraphed to the agencies that the ARRB was coming and they should clean up their files.

      The ONI, which appears to have recruited Oswald while he was undergoing Marine Corps training in San Diego, was “a black hole”. When the ARRB signaled to the Secret Service that it wanted its presidential protection records for previous motorcades, instead of providing them, the SS destroyed them. The CIA has withheld the files on George Joannides, who was in charge of psy ops for the agency, and who may also have been involved in the death of RFK.

      See, for example, “RFK: Outing the CIA at the Ambassador”. On Bush, see “Was George H.W. Bush involved in the assassination of JFK” with John Hanky and especially “Did George H.W. Bush supervise a JFK hit team?” with Richard Hooke. I believe GHWB has had a malevolent influence upon our nation’s recent history, perhaps rivaled only by the evil done by Dick Cheney. For more about both and others, see TRANCE by Cathy O’Brien. Sickening!

  5. Allesandro  May 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Is he a Tribe Member?

    “As a federal judge, John R. Tunheim has the power and arguably the obligation to inform the American public of the implications of the release of six million documents about the murder of JFK.”

    Another in a long list of dis-services to American citizens. I wonder how and why he got the job.

    • Preston James, Ph.D  May 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Actually Judge Tunheim has had a very good reputation for fairness and honesty. He did what he was tasked to do and I’m sure he was not informed about the top secret executive session sealed records. And even if he was, he would not have had the power to take on the criminal CIA or the DOD/DIA/JCS, or the FBI which was responsible for coordinating most of the immediate coverup, and actually deserves credit for what he did. The docs that were disclosed have shown substantial support for the numerous claims made by Prof. James Fetzer and his research teams, which provides great credibility for Prof. Fetzer’s work on the JFK Assassination. If you dig deep, you will NOT find any corruption on this particular Federal Judge, Judge Tunheim.

    • Jim Fetzer  May 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

      Like Preston, I believe that Judge Tunheim is an honorable man. I have met him and I like him. But he may have taken his role responsibilities as the head of the ARRB a bridge too far. Not telling all he knows is one thing, but actually promoting false information–about Lee Oswald, for example–is another. Oswald had neither the means, the motive nor the opportunity to assassinate JFK. He wasn’t even on the 6th floor but in the doorway during the shooting, as we have discovered. (See “JFK believe it or not: Oswald wasn’t even a shooter!” with Richard Hooke.)

      The very idea of classifying these documents and records for 75 years–the average life-span of an American citizen–on the ground of national security was self-incriminating on its own. After all, if the official account were true–that the assassination was done by a demented “lone gunman” who wanted to make himself famous–then there was no “national security” aspect of the case. And the very voluminousness of the files is a telling indication that the roots of the conspiracy were extremely deep and very wide-spread throughout the agencies of our own government.

  6. James Norwood  May 15, 2013 at 12:26 pm


    In response to your posted comment about Michael Collins Piper, I would offer this commentary:

    (1) I wrote the text of the article above, and Professor Fetzer assisted with insets, photographs, links, and captions. If you have criticism that you wish to voice about the article, you should direct it to me, not Professor Fetzer.

    (2) This blog will be most successful if we focus on the primary materials discovered by the ARRB: documents, interviews, photographs, and medical evidence. That is the principal subject of the article.

    (3) The blog will not be successful if the discussion ranges into secondary sources like the internet conversations with Piper. Hopefully, the goal we share is to get to the bottom of the assassination of President Kennedy. Sorry, but a discussion of Michael Collins Piper is irrelevant here.

  7. robert  May 15, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Mr Fetzer.

    You have done it again. It must be deliberate?

    Again you refuse to mention Lyndon Johnson’s partner in crime, David Ben-Gurion, and the role Israel played in the assassination? KFK was against a nuclear Israel. The assassination has Israeli DNA all over it, but you continue to steadfastly refuse, or even make reference to any Israel’i connection.

    Folks, read the banned book “Final Judgement” by Michael Collins Piper and judge for yourself. It runs rings around the articles by Mr Fetzer in exposing plausible dots that indicate an unarguable Israeli link.

    Mr Fetzer has interviewed the author on his radio podcast and acknowledged that Mr Collins-Piper had many valid points but again fails to even mention any Israeli complicity. Is Mr Fetzer hindering the search for the truth by continuing with the barrage of obfuscating information which leaves most readers confused and mentally switched off.

    • Jim Fetzer  May 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

      There are any number of twits out there who assail me if I do not adhere to their take on the assassination of JFK or the atrocities of 9/11. The Israeli link has never struck me as preeminent. The death of JFK was a classic case of overdetermination, since there were so many special interests–including LBJ, the CIA, the Joint Chiefs, the FBI, the Secret Service, the FED, the Mafia, the Texas oil men and others yet–so the Israeli faction can get in line.

      I call it as I see it. You are welcome to disagree and add your own emphasis, as indeed you are doing here. By the way, how many conversations did Michael Collins Piper have with Madeleine Duncan Brown? or with Chauncey Marvin Holt? What does he know about the medical evidence in this case? the alteration of the X-rays? or the substitution of a brain? the recreation of the Zapruder film? He has his niche, but that does not make it central.

      For anyone who may want to listen to my interview with Michael Collins Piper, it is available here: http://www.nwopodcast.com/fetz/media/jim%20fetzer%20real%20deal-mike%20c%20piper.mp3.

    • mevashir  May 16, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Do you consider it significant that supposedly Y. Rabin was in Dallas the day before the shooting?

      Are you familiar with the American Jews in the US Military who gave U$rAel nuclear assistance (such as air force secretary Hans Mark) as revealed by the Seymour Hirsh book The Samson Option?

    • Jim Fetzer  May 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

      Rumors about Dallas are dime a dozen. Do you have some actual evidence that Rabin was there on 22 November 1963? That would be most peculiar and tend to support a role for Israel in the assassination. I of course agree that the conflict between JFK and Ben-Gurion over Israel’s desire to acquire nuclear weapons gave Israel motive to want JFK out and LBJ in, which would transpire in the course of events. But that is far removed from proof that Israel was complicit in the death of JFK, even though Piper builds a case for its indirect involvement behind the scenes by way of James Jesus Angleton.

      As for Hans Mark, he served as Undersecretary of the Air Force and then as Secretary of the Air Force, but that was in the 1970s. So while I am perfectly willing to believe that he was betraying the United States by sharing classified information with Israel, an activity in which he is only one of many, I am at a loss as to what significance that is suppose to have for the assassination of JFK. If I am missing something, please fill me in. And “The Samson Option” of Israel destroying the world if it believes that its own survival is at stake is well-known and completely grossly corrupt. On Hans Mark,

      In February 1969, he became director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, located in Mountain View, California. In this role, he managed the center’s research and applications efforts in aeronautics, space science, life science and space technology.

      He subsequently served as Undersecretary of the Air Force from 1977 until July 1979, when he was promoted to Secretary of the Air Force. Concurrently, he served as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office, from August 1977 to October 1979.[3] He remained as this position until 1981, when he was appointed Deputy Administrator of NASA by President Reagan, a position he served in from July 10, 1981 to September 1, 1984.

    • Allesandro  May 15, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Excellent Points: And maybe the entire reason Israel eliminated the Kennedys, but then there’s the order to coin Silver.


      This and the fact that JFK had established an order 11110 to the U.S. Treasury to coin Silver in denominations that infringed on the Federal Reserve Board’s Monopoly of the U.S. Dollar. The U.S. Treasury had every right to coin it’s own money, the U.S. Constitution demands it, yet the “Jew” dominated FED, may have wanted to taken action, along with the other conspirators. Just another possible intertwined motive, not the only one.

      They certainly are a sleazy bunch, who pretend to be U.S. Loyalists.

  8. Preston James, Ph.D  May 15, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Excellent article. The sealed “executive sessions” of the HSCA should be released. These were the highly classified executive sessions with folks like Marita Lorenz and Frank Sturgis of OP40 who testified and provided numerous photos and docs. They were given immunity in exchange for cooperating. The records provided included a photo of the Op40 crew at the Motel the night before with Jack Ruby and much more. Ask Gaeton Fonzi, he knows but I’ll bet he won’t admit it.

    When Frank Sturgis was arrested in NYC right before the HSCA Hearings, he made one phone call, supposed to Gaeton Fonzi, who then contacted infamous mob attorney Frank Nelson who came and bailed Sturgis out of jail the next morning. The executive sessions boxed and sealed evidence is filled with so much smoking gun evidence that it would have brought down the whole US intel system and much of the USG, which basically was transformed into a huge criminal syndicate by those who murdered JFK. What is in the sealed files?

    That the JFK Assassination was a deep black USD covert operation run right out of the JCS with LBJ, Bush1, Nixon, J. Edgar Mary, Lemnitzer, Lansdale, E Howard Hunt, Phillips, and CIA/Op40 doing the shooting with numerous others ops and mafia brought in to provide false leads. If the boxes were opened now and released 100% as is, they would still probably bring down much of the USG and American Intel, since many of the same power control groups who did it are still in power and are completely illegitimate. One of the boxes contains a “signed finding” by LBJ that JFK was a clear threat to US national security. And there are numerous videos taken from Dealey Plaza which show what really happened. These videos are the real deal, not morphed and edited like the faked Zapruder film.

    • Allesandro  May 15, 2013 at 8:03 pm

      WOW. And HOLY SHIT. We Need To See This Stuff ASAP. Now Is Past Time.

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