A new, peer-reviewed article in Science and Justice, the publication of Britain?s prestigious Forensic Science Society, proves there was a gunshot from the grassy knoll during the Kennedy assassination at Dealey Plaza in Dallas in 1963.
This means that there must have been two gunmen. Lee Harvey Oswald, accused of shooting at Kennedy from the a window of the Texas School Book Depository, could not have been in two places at once. The assassination was therefore a conspiracy, and the murder of the President remains an unsolved crime. There is no statute of limitation on murder.
The National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. disputed the evidence of a 4th shot from the grassy knoll, which could be heard on a police recording of the sounds from Dealey Plaza that day, saying that it was simply random noise. D.B. Thomas, author of the British article, says this viewpoint is seriously flawed, since it failed to take into account the testimony of a Dallas patrolman who said the gunshot-like noises from the knoll occurred ?at the exact instant that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.?
Former House Assassinations Committee member Robert Blakey said the NAS study always bothered him. ?This is an honest, careful scientific examination of everything we did, with all the appropriate checks,? he said of the article. ?It shows we made some mistakes too, but minor mistakes.
?The main thing is when push comes to shove, he [Thomas] increased the degree of confidence that the shot from the grassy knoll was real, not static. We thought there was a 95 percent chance it was a shot. He puts it at 96.3 percent. Either way, that?s beyond a reasonable doubt.?
Physicist Norman Ramsey of Harvard, who was chairman of the NAS panel that dismissed possibility of a knoll bullet, said he was ?still fairly confident? of his group?s work but wants to study the journal article carefully before making a comment.
Although the evidence is now legally strong enough to justify re-opening the Kennedy murder case, it is doubtful that the FBI, already strongly committed to the ‘single gunman’ theory, would mount an effective investigation.
Meanwhile, in a last-minute good deed that has went unnoticed amid the scandal surrounding his pardons, President Clinton on January 19 rejected an appeal by the secretive President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) and directed that hundreds of pages of historical PFIAB records related to the assassination of President Kennedy be released to the National Archives.
Several years ago, the JFK Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) ruled that excerpts from 17 PFIAB documents, dating from 1961 to 1963, were subject to a 1992 law requiring their release to the public.
Despite the clear language of the requirement, the PFIAB objected to the action. The PFIAB then waited until late 1998 when the ARRB was about to be disbanded, then filed an appeal to the President seeking to block disclosure of the designated JFK records. Due to the lateness of the appeal, the Review Board was unable to reply. But President Clinton rejected the appeal the day before his term ended.
The newly released records relate to U.S. operations against Cuba during the Bay of Pigs incident and the Cuban Missile Crisis, said Professor Anna Nelson, a historian at American University and a member of the JFK Assassination Records Review Board. “These are records that will give you new insight into that period,” she said. The documents are now open to researchers at the JFK assassination records collection at Archives II in College Park, Maryland.
As a larger consequence of President Clinton’s action, it may now become easier to win public access to other historical records of the PFIAB. Using the same legal fiction that NASA uses to prevent the public from having direct access to Mars photos, the PFIAB has contended that it ?owns? its records and that they are beyond the reach of the law. In a December 2000 report to the Secretary of State, the State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee warned it was ?gravely concerned about the efforts of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (PFIAB) to block access to and to delay declassification of its documents.?
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