JFK

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After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, on November 22 1963, a seven- member Commission, the Warren Commission, headed by Earl Warren, was assembled to create a statement concerning the events surrounding the assassination.(1) The final product ultimately stated that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in murdering the president. However, due to a lack of credible support, the Warren Commission's conclusions that Oswald was the lone assassin involved in President Kennedy's murder can be discredited, thus leaving a greater possibility of a conspiracy. The Commission's failure to examine all documents and utilize all resources restricted the resulting conclusions.(2) Also, the generalized claims of the Commission's conclusions faulted its credibility as it supported its arguments from a very one sidded approach. Such faults were examined and further claims of the Commission were discredited with the investigations of the 1979 House Select Committee on Assassination (HSCA) resultantly supporting the conspiracy theory.

The Commission's failure to examine all documents and utilize all resources restricted its resulting conclusions stating that Kennedy's assassination was the result of a lone assassin. The role of Bobby Kennedy (RFK) in supporting the Commission's efforts is unclear. As the brother of the assassinated president, RFK was concerned with protecting JFK's reputation. Evidence suggests that he had motives to hide possible connections of operations against Fidel Castro and that he obviously "Did not want the Warren Commission investigating Cuba." (3) When questioned about the Cuban connections, RFK gave no response to Earl Warren. (4) Awareness and exposure of such plots may have created new areas of investigations into the Cuban connection and Oswald's involvement with the pro-Castro movement. Thus, information of a possible conspiracy was withheld and un- investigated in order to protect the lone assassin theory

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