Kerry doubts Warren Commission report
November 10th, 2013
01:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Kerry doubts Warren Commission report

Washington (CNN) - John Kerry thinks President John F. Kennedy's assassin had help.

As the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination approaches, Kerry made clear that he does not agree with the conclusions of the Warren Commission, which found Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone.

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"To this day, I have serious doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone," Kerry told NBC's Tom Brokaw, in a report timed to coincide with the anniversary of the tragedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963.

On NBC’s "Meet the Press," host David Gregory asked Kerry to elaborate on the statement.

"I’m not going to do more than say that it’s a point of view that I have," Kerry said.

Kerry met Kennedy in 1962, when he was working as a volunteer for his brother Ted Kennedy’s senatorial campaign.
Kerry visited the White House and was promptly treated to a sailing trip around the District of Columbia with the leader of the free world.

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  1. walter wood

    I like John Kerry. At least he served in the U.S. military and had the guts to finally oppose a god-awful waste of lives and resources called Vietnam. America should listen to him now......

    November 10, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    It's a question likely never to be answered. But what a nice place this could have been had he been allowed to serve out his first term, then be reelected in 1964. My God, what we missed out on. What a shame.

    November 10, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Stuffit

    And yet he believed the lies Obama told about the ACA?

    November 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Why do we dig deep into the past?

    November 10, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Rusty Krus

    The CIA killed Kennedy and George Herbert Walker Bush was the man who coordinated it.

    November 10, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Rich States

    Read Gerald Posner's book Mr. Kerry and learn how Oswald acted alone. Sad and sensless that a single man could change history.

    November 10, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Matt

    Posner's book is full of holes. All of the actual evidence points to at least 4 gunmen, Oswald may have been involved, set up by the CIA, under LBJ's orders. And then, as Nixon said "the mother of all coverups."

    November 10, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. don in albuquerque

    When the Warren Report was issued is when most Americans figured out the government will lie to you.

    November 10, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. don in albuquerque

    @Gurgyl–In hopes that we do not repeat the same mistakes. However the GOTP just rewrites the past to suit.

    November 10, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    At one point I thought right wingnuts would accept the truth and stop their lies. I was mistaken.

    November 10, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. YouSimon

    Do we really need to know that LBJ had a part in it? Fix the ACA mess first before digging up 50 yr old stories.

    November 10, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    I remember the day President Kennedy was killed. I was in college at a laundromat doing my laundry, and two RWNJs came in cheering that Kennedy was dead. I began to realize that most RWNJs were sick people.

    November 10, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Would someone please cite an instance when a republican was correct?

    November 10, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. ED1

    I served in Viet Nam too but didn't turn my back on the people that did like Kerry.

    Only person I know that turned in the paper work in for a himself Purple Heart because his Commanding Officer didn't think he had he earned it and that was number three and a ticket home wonder about the first two now we didn't ask for a Purple Heart like Kerry did such a jerk.

    November 10, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    A word of caution to the Warren Commission believers: Oswald was never tried in a court of law. What does that mean? Well, it means that the "lone gunman" theory is just that: another theory, no more compelling than the others. The Warren Commission consisted of political appointments, some of whom were JFK's enemies, like Allen Dulles, who was fired as head of the CIA by the President. It was a political commission, not a proper trial by judge and jury. I'll also feel free to believe my own eyes: the Zapruder film clearly shows that the final shot came from the front. If Oswald participated, he had help.

    About a decade ago, some computer artist tried to demonstrate that the "magic bullet" actually did hit Kennedy and Connally just the way Arlen Specter described. Problem is, we in tech have a word for that: "GIGO" - Garbage In, Garbage Out. You can make a model demonstrate anything you want to, if you program it correctly.

    Our country was never the same again after November 22, 1963. Never the same again.

    November 10, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Charles

    On November 22, 1963, a coup d’état by Lyndon Johnson and the highest echelons of the National Security State was accomplished with the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy. Andrew Gavin Marshall has written an excellent and concise online summary article, “The National Security State and the Assassination of JFK,” which compliments the definitive, path-breaking research of author James W. Douglass in JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.

    The “smoking gun” in the cover-up of the assassination is found in CIA Dispatch #1035-960 (available online). This was the crucial covert directive to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird elite media assets to vigorously denounce critics of the Warren Commission Report as “conspiracy theorists.” This is when that particular derogatory term of denunciation and disinformation entered the national conversation in an attempt to cut off and stifle informed debate on the president’s murder because the path of evidence would lead directly to those elements behind the sinister cover-up.

    These facts are discussed in detail in Lance deHaven-Smith’s authoritative Conspiracy Theory in America (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press). Dr. Smith is a widely published scholar in peer-reviewed academic journals and is Professor in the Reubin O’ D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in Tallahassee. DeHaven-Smith has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and other national TV and radio shows

    November 10, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  17. Thomas

    So many people wanted JFK dead , it's hard not to believe in a cover up. A modern day Julius Caesar with out Brutus.

    November 10, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  18. Hector Slagg

    Well, Conspiracy Theories make a helluva lot better copy than the simple truth. Oswald did it and acted alone. I don't know of a political assassination that there was a conspiracy. It is amazing the concocted stories out there.

    November 10, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  19. ironmike

    Let us not forget that Kennedy launched the Bay of Pigs invasion. Was there ever a more blatant abuse of US power. The Cuban Missile crisis where the world was almost destroyed. The over throw of the Dhiem Government in Vietnam which was approved by JFK. Which led to Dhiems assassination and the widening involvement of the United States in Vietnam. A war that eventually Kerry protested against. Does anyone really think that Kennedy would have been that different than LBJ . On domestic issues he would have been far more conservative.

    November 10, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  20. davecu

    With respect, John, nobody gives a fat rat's what you think.

    November 10, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. Ben

    It seems that our leaders are more worried about the past than the present. Get to work and help us get through the current mess.

    November 11, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  22. Name Uche Agonsi

    The Warren Report is one classy production that always reminds me of El Salvador, and some other lawless clout. America should go spiritualism, invite witchcraft, prophets, whatsoever to solve the JFK's death. But for now Warren Report should remain popular as the biggest cover up report history ever known.

    November 11, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |

    Kerry is right,many Americans know that. The film clearly shows him being shot from in front of the car.

    November 11, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  24. Marie MD

    Knowing and having worked with one of those involved with the Warren Commission I tend to agree with him.

    November 11, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |