Sunday, February 26, 2012

WHITEWASH-the report on the Warren Report: DEATH IN DALLAS

February 26, 2012

WHITEWASH-the report on the Warren Report: DEATH IN DALLAS

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) Today we begin our report on Harold Weisberg's "Whitewash-the report on the Warren Report", published by  Mr. Weisberg in 1965.

Mr. Weisberg writes in the introduction:

"The national honor & integrity, history & the memory of (JFK) demand that....the Report should have ignored no important question nor have any question unanswered, &, if (it) does not...then it (is) necessary to rectify it.  This book is one man's effort to do just that."*

The title of Chapter 1 is DEATH IN DALLAS.

Harold Weisberg begins by writing that 9 of JFK's secret service agents were "engaged in a diversion, including moderate drinking" in the early morning hours of November 22, 1963.

He, then, adds that JFK "desired the removal" of the protective bubble top on his car & that he did not allow agents to ride on the car itself.

Mr. Weisberg then includes excerpts from the Warren Commission testimonies of Secret Service agent Roy Kellerman & both Governor John B. Connally & his wife, Nellie.

Kellerman, who is described as an "experienced & careful veteran" & the agent "responsible for the entire Texas trip,"  testified that as...

"we passed this highway sign to the right (on Elm Street)...there is a report like a firecracker.  I turned to the right (&) heard a voice from the back seat (say) 'My God, I am hit.'"

"Now, in...seconds....a flurry of shells come into the car."**

               Agent Kellerman (far right)
           John & Nellie Connally (center)
                       November 22, 1963
      Warren Commission Exhibit #697

Nellie Connally testified:

"Then very soon there was a 2nd shot (after the 1st shot hit JFK) that hit John (Connally)."

Governor Connally said to the Commission:

"The thought (was) that there were either 2 or 3 people involved...or someone was shooting with an automatic rifle."

Note: The Warren Report denied both of these possibilities saying that there was only 1 person involved (Oswald) & he was shooting with a manual rifle. 

The Manlicher-Carcano rifle (said by the Commission to be the only weapon used in the assassination) is "bolt-action" requiring a shooter to manually operate the bolt mechanism in between shots while with an automatic rifle a shooter simply pulls the trigger with no delay between shots.

Mr. Weisberg writes:

"The Commission elected not to believe the testimony of the Connallys, even though it was supported by (the Zapruder film)."

Even Dallas Police Chief Curry, riding in front of JFK's car, said on his police radio just after the shooting:

"Get someone up in the railroad yard & check those people."

At Parkland Hospital, the emergency room physicians believed the wound in JFK's throat was one of entrance.

Mr. Weisberg concludes Chapter 1 by writing:

"after taking millions of words of testimony & examining thousands of exhibits, the Commission concluded Oswald acted alone.  

Never in history have such crimes been 'solved' by such a consistent disregard for truth."

*Harold Weisberg is considered a leading expert on the JFK assassination.  He collected more than 250,000 documents on the topic.  His 1st self-published book sold 30,000 copies.  

He would write 4 more in the "Whitewash" series.

Mr. Weisberg was a graduate of the University of Delaware, served in the OSS during WWII & afterwards worked in the State Department.

Harold Weisberg died at his home in Frederick, Maryland at the age of 88 in 2002.

                           Harold Weisberg

**Weisberg does not include, at this point, the part of Kellerman's testimony in which he says: "If (JFK) had....4 wounds, Connally 3, there has got to be more than 3 shots, gentlemen."

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