This Thursday the legendary ‘Secret JFK Papers’ are due to be released, and as the subject fascinates me so much, I thought I’d write a quick blog about it. I have no conspiracy theories to advance, I simply want to question the reliability of the conclusion Oswald acted alone, given it was reached by one of the shadiest characters in American history.
Who conducted the investigation and blamed the killing solely on Oswald?
The FBI, under the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was in charge of the agency for some fifty years; people were terrified of him due to the vast number of secret ‘dirt’ files he held on every public figure in America. No president was able to get rid of him, in fact he died still in office aged seventy-seven.
Who had recently come under pressure from the Kennedys to investigate the mafia, after steadfastly ignoring their activities for two decades?
J Edgar Hoover. He long turned a blind eye to organised crime, preferring to hunt down sexual deviants and commies.
Which leading persecutor of homosexuals did the mafia claim to have photographed in a compromising position with a man?
J Edgar Hoover. There is no evidence to suspect he was gay, other than his constantly being seen kissing and holding hands with his lifelong male lover.
Who was in charge of collating FBI evidence to hand over to the Warren Commission, which would ultimately back the agency’s findings?
J Edgar Hoover.
Which agency was found to have been in contact with Oswald in the months before the assassination, but destroyed documentary evidence in a bid to hide the fact from the Warren Commission?
The FBI, under the leadership of J Edgar Hoover.
Who was discovered to have illegally conducted secret ‘COINTELPRO’ operations, aimed at discrediting left wing figures, including Martin Luther King Jr?
J Edgar Hoover. He even had one of his goons write a letter to MLK urging him to commit suicide, on the day he won his Nobel Peace Prize.
Who, in the decades since his death, has been described variously as ‘The worst public servant in history’, ‘Corrupt’, ‘Virtually a Nazi’ and ‘Possibly suffering a personality disorder’?
Richard Nixon. No – just kidding – it was J Edgar Hoover.
So, there you have it. Do we really have any reason to doubt the integrity of a corrupt, self-loathing Nazi? Should we simply dismiss as lies the words of a man, purely on the basis he lied about every other single fucking thing in existence?
I don’t know. You be the judge.
And see how I never even mentioned the fact he liked to wear a dress?