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Jeanne told me on the phone last night she was surprised by my several references to LBJ arranging for the death of JFK. “I didn’t think you believed in conspiracies, for the most part.”
And for the most part she’s right. I don’t believe human beings are honest enough and consistent enough to pull off successful conspiracies over the long haul. Someone’s going to let the cat out of the bag. And I think the cat has been coming out of the bag about the Kennedy assassination gradually for a considerable while.
I don’t know or care who was directly responsible for the Dallas shooting. To me, JFK was just another US President, no better, no worse than the last several. I’m not offended, not in any way exercized by the fact someone offed him.
But I do believe there’s a fair body of evidence LBJ knew ahead of time Kennedy was going to be killed. And he knew who knew everything else about it. Other than that he mightn’t have been involved, beyond giving it his tacit approval.
The LBJ Library in Austin has the tapes of all the White House LBJ telephone conversations of the time. Here’s a conversation between LBJ and J Edgar Hoover, FBI Director, shortly after the Dallas event. LBJ starts by grilling Hoover about why his friend John Connally, Governor of Texas, got a bullet. Then he goes on to discuss how the investigation into the assassination can be kept small.
LBJ TAPES: Kennedy Assassination 1 (J. Edgar Hoover) .
Seems to me it’s clear that Hoover knew exactly who did the shooting and what the shooter intended to hit. And that LBJ knew that Hoover knew.
The people who upload YouTube videos frequently intend to use the videos to help watchers interpret them as the uploaders think they should. I believe this has happened with a number of the Kennedy assassination YouTube videos. For instance, I don’t believe LBJ’s mistress knew whether LBJ engineered the killing of JFK. But I believe it’s clear from what she describes that LBJ knew about the plans to kill Kennedy before it happened.
LBJ’s Mistress Blows Whistle On JFK Assassination .http://youtu.be/79lOKs0Kr_Y
Again, I don’t think this means LBJ told anyone to kill Kennedy. He might just have tacitly approved of them doing it and agreed to keep his mouth shut.
By one of those strange coincidences of history, Richard Nixon, a man who hated Kennedy as much as anyone alive at the time, happened to have been in Dallas for a couple of days when Kennedy came to town.
November 21, 1963 – Richard M. Nixon in Dallas, Texas .
Nixon evidently believed there was a middling good chance LBJ had Kennedy shot, as he joked years later.
NIXON jokes about LBJ killing JFK .
E. Howard Hunt, one of the guys who went to prison for the Watergate affair, admitted on his death bed he’d been involved in the Kennedy killing and named others.
E. Howard Hunt Outs Lyndon Johnson in JFK Assassination Plot
This one’s hokey and unreliable, but I think at least it can be said RFK probably believed LBJ had John Kennedy killed.
RFK to Johnson: “Why did you kill you have my brother killed
The conversation you hear on tape isn’t about LBJ, JFK, though. It’s about Hoover investigating RFK and whether RJK is trying to violently overthrow LBJ and the US Government by force.
Lyndon Johnson Admits To Walter Cronkite That He Killed Kennedy .
This Walter Cronkite interview with LBJ years later is probably the strongest testimony that LBJ didn’t actually give the orders for the killing. But that he thoroughly believed there was a conspiracy involved involving several others.
As I’ve said, I don’t think it matters who was behind the Kennedy killing. Nor why they did it. But I don’t blame LBJ for being pissed Connally got shot with JFK. Connally was still alive, knew a lot about LBJ and was able to talk. LBJ needed to be able to assure Connelly it was an accident, him getting hit.
John Connally’s first interview after 11/22/63
Collateral damages, no harm intended. “Sorry old buddy. Someone screwed up.”
And 50 years later, who the hell cares? Human beings make lousy conspirators. People eventually talk.