The assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on the 22nd of November, 1963, is recognized as the most influential murder of the second half of the 20th Century. Indeed the JFK assassination has become a cultural phenomena, in the way the murder of Arch Duke Ferdinand in the first half never has.
Forget UFO’s Earthlings, forget 9/11… The brutal murder of JFK is the well from which serious modern conspiracy thought sprung.
Some exceptionally intelligent, articulate and credentialed Americans view the 22nd of November, 1963 as the catalyst for the decline of the United States reputation at home and abroad.
These people are not kooks or cranks, and those still alive are definitely not the sorts of easy targets incompetent academics like Michael Barkun and Daniel Pipes want to attack and who figures like Noam Chomsky run from.
Here is but a small sample of people whose opinions on the JFK assassination I recommend one take a peek at.
–> David Talbot
While there is much pointless discussion about JFK’s personal life, the reality is that, while Kennedy was no saint, he was less of a rake than first made out. Indeed, he was in many ways ahead of his time, and the image of Kennedy as a sex crazed “Cold warrior” is a huge myth. (2)
As we have discussed verbatim here at Top Secret Writers, false paradigms are present all over any conspiracy debate. As a researcher and writer, it is my duty to try to give you, the reader, the best research and insight available to make up your own mind.
Pass the Nuts Please
The “nutty” no JFK conspiracy line runs roughshod over most of the mainstream media. Despite the plethora of credible voices available to debate in the media, what serious JFK researchers often get landed with is the latest kook of the month.
While digging into the Diana mystery, I found that bar the fine minds at the Deep Politics Forum, all the so-called serious researchers in that case were awful. Hence it was no surprise that notions of conspiracy in that case are widely derided.
In the more politically astute Kennedy assassination circles… Sure, there are embarrassments like Jesse Ventura (utterly rudderless without co-author Dick Russell), Jim Fetzer and their lunatic pals running amok. Yet, there are also some extremely well researched rational people in the “serious” JFK assassination zone.
These are individuals whose views about conspiracy deserve a voice. Yet, those voices will sadly be drowned out by both the nay sayers, and the cranks in the mainstream media.
In 2009, an important four-hour debate occurred between Jim DiEugenio of CTKA and professor John McAdams of Marquette University. The venue was Len Osanic’s Black Op Radio show.
In conspiracy circles, it is often extremely hard to get any sort of universal agreement. Yet, in the JFK zone DiEugenio’s work meets with near unanimous approval even by the kooks in the community who loathe him.
Even staunch “Oswald did it” advocate Vincent Bugliosi was a fan of DiEugenio’s earlier publication PROBE. Indeed, he and DiEugenio were once friends.
Thus, it was good for Bugliosi that he did not front up for a debate. DiEugenio had amassed a long list of Bugliosi’s sins to which he never replied. (3)
This is not surprising when challenged by a conspiracy pee brain like Jesse Ventura. Who, with one simple question, had Bugliosi call off an interview merely for discussing Oswald’s background. (4)
After seeing this, a fan of Bugliosi wrote on Youtube:
“Come on Vince WTF? I almost bought your book. I won’t now. You’re a crock of bull.” Beezy2127
DiEugenio’s opponent John McAdams once had the largest web presence of any JFK assassination site. He has also been involved in nefarious arguments with critics. (5)
DiEugenio had to wait months for a reply from McAdams, whose allies Gary Mack, Dave Reitzes and a fellow called David Von Pein refused to pick up the baton for their cause.
Von Pein is the most bizarre of them. After a DiEugenio’s debate with McAdams, he was the only member of the non-conspiracy group to promote the debates (John McAdams does not – I’ll leave it up to the reader to decide).
He then offered to debate Jim DiEugenio, yet without the proper and balanced terms McAdams agreed to.
McAdams had some time earlier engaged with researcher Tom Rossley. Rossley, though a sincere man, was not in the same caliber as DiEugenio. The debate turned into a pointless free for all. Oddly enough, this was the sort of worthless debate on the JFK assassination that Von Pein had wanted.
The JFK Assassination Debates
Thus, Top Secret Writers, is proud to help bring to light a debate that genuinely needs a rational voice, from the critical side.
However, the DiEugenio vs. McAdams debate, is not the only good one. Additional contemporary debates took place in the sixties between Mark Lane, a pioneer of the early Warren Commission critics and its defenders like William F. Buckley, Jr. and Warren Commission attorney Joseph Ball.
References & Image Credits:
(1) Louis Nizer
(2) 22 November 1963
(3) Citizens for Truth about the Kennedy Assassination
(4) Oswald’s Mother
(7) Mark Lane Debates with William F Buckley Jr.
(8) Mark Lane Debates with Joseph Ball, Herman Selvin & A.L Wirin at Beverly Hills High, Dec 4 1964
(9) Presidential Limo Photo
(10) Assassination Science: Kennedy Assassination Image
(11) Tumblr: Jackie Kennedy after President was Shot