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The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 11

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The Kennedy Assassination Series:

The Kennedy Casket Conspiracy, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Shot That Killed Kennedy, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 1, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 2, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 3, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 4, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 5, by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 6 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 7 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 8 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 9 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 10 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 11 by Jacob G. Hornberger

The Kennedy Autopsy, Part 12 by Jacob G. Hornberger

 

In the previous segment, part 10, we examined a paradigm in which the governments aim was to conceal evidence of shots that hit President Kennedy from the front and to create the appearance that all shots came from the back, i.e., from Lee Harvey Oswald.

Why would the government do that?

Because the evidence pointed to a Cuban-Soviet assassination of Kennedy, given Oswald’s sympathies for Cuba and Fidel Castro and his connections to the Soviet Union and given that shots were fired from both the front and the back.

Under that paradigm, Lyndon Johnson decided that he could not in good conscience take the retaliatory steps that would almost certainly lead to all-out nuclear war between the superpowers, for the CIA, along with the Mafia, had begun the assassination war against Castro with repeated efforts to assassinate him during the Kennedy administration.

Therefore, Johnson, on grounds of national security, ordered the Secret Service to take control of the presidents body at Parkland and deliver it to Air Force One for transportation back to Washington, whereupon he ordered military personnel at Bethesda Naval Hospital, again on grounds of national security, to conceal evidence of shots from the front and to make it appear as though all the shots came from the rear.

Within this paradigm, the anomalies and unusual circumstances surrounding the investigation into Kennedy’s assassination and the subsequent autopsy disintegrate. The governments strange conduct during the autopsy and the governments quick conclusion that Oswald was a lone-nut assassin now become logical and rational, in that they were considered necessary to spare America and the world from an illegitimate nuclear war that would kill countless millions of people in the United States, the Soviet Union, Cuba, and elsewhere around the world.

However, as well as the pieces of the puzzle fit under this paradigm, it has a fatal flaw in it and, therefore, must be discarded, at least in part, and replaced with another paradigm, one in which everything once again fits together and has no fatal flaw to it.

Consider the following timeline:

1:50 p.m. Oswald is arrested at the Texas Theater.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. The casket departs Parkland Hospital for Love Field, where it is loaded onto Air Force One at 2:15p.m.

Do you see the problem?

In part 1 of the Autopsy series, I described the amazing encounter between the Secret Service and the Dallas County medical examiner at Parkland Hospital. Led by Secret Service agent Roy Kellerman, the Secret Service agents at Parkland refused to permit the medical examiner to conduct the autopsy on the body and insisted on removing it from the hospital so that it could be delivered to Love Field, where Johnson was waiting for it.

Even though the medical examiner told Kellerman that Texas law required the autopsy to be conducted in Texas, Kellerman and his men, screaming and yelling and employing profanities and, most amazingly, opening their coats to expose their guns, forcibly overcame the medical examiners resistance, and transported the casket to an ambulance, which carried the casket to Love Field, where Johnson’s people had removed some seats in the rear of Air Force One to make room for it. The casket was loaded onto the plane and taken to Andrews Air Force Base, where it was transported to Bethesda Naval Hospital, albeit without Kennedy’s body in it, as I detailed in my article The Kennedy Casket Conspiracy.

Do you see the fatal flaw now?

First of all, consider once again that that is not how we would ordinarily expect the Secret Service to act. Wouldn’t we instead expect the Secret Service to comply with the law and also to cooperate with local officials to help get the person or persons responsible for the murder convicted and punished? They had to know that the criminal prosecution of people ultimately charged with the crime would necessarily turn, at least in part, on the autopsy report. Why violate the law? Why threaten to use force against medical personnel who had just tried to save the presidents life? Why jeopardize the criminal prosecution of whoever was later charged with the crime?

There is only one reasonable explanation for the Secret Services conduct. They had been ordered to get the casket out of that hospital, come hell or high water. There is no way that they would engage in such extraordinary conduct without having been ordered to do so. And the only person who would have had the moral authority to issue such an extraordinary order was the man who was waiting at Love Field for the casket the man whose personnel were already removing seats from the back of his plane to accommodate the casket.

That man was Lyndon Johnson. There is just no other reasonable explanation for the Secret Services extraordinary conduct at Parkland Hospital.

If the Secret Services conduct in the removal of the casket from Parkland Hospital was all there was to the situation, one might say, Oh well, people sometimes do dumb things in a crisis, and let it go.

But not here, and not given the extraordinary measures that later surrounded the autopsy, as detailed in this entire series of articles. In retrospect, it is clear that the Secret Services conduct in forcibly removing Kennedy’s casket from Parkland Hospital and delivering it to Johnson’s plane was the first step in the process of getting the autopsy under the control of the military in order to conceal the evidence that shots had been fired from the front.

Do you see the problem now?

Under the paradigm we are considering, the decision to conceal evidence of shots from the front necessarily depended on having a communist in custody. Thus, the problem is that when the first step of this national-security plan to protect America from an illegitimate nuclear war was implemented, there was no communist in custody yet. Or more precisely, there had not been enough time to ascertain Oswald’s connection to Cuba and the Soviet Union and to think about what to do about it before implementing a national-security plan to suppress evidence that shots had been fired from the front.

That’s the fatal flaw. Johnson implemented his national-security plan too soon. He implemented it before there was a national-security problem that was later used to justify the plan.

Consider, once again, the timeline:

1:50 p.m. Oswald is arrested at the Texas Theater.

Shortly after 2:00 p.m. The casket departs Parkland Hospital for Love Field, where it is loaded onto Air Force One at 2:15p.m.

Since the casket departed Parkland Hospital shortly after 2p.m., that means that the altercation between the Secret Service and the Dallas medical examiner occurred at, say, 1:55p.m.

Five minutes (1:50p.m. versus 1:55p.m.) is obviously not enough time to take Oswald to the police station, have the FBI and CIA establish his communist background, including his recent trips to Mexico City, deliver the information to Johnson, have Johnson ponder and deliberate over the consequences, and then have Johnson decide to implement a plan, based on national security, to have the military take control over the autopsy in order to suppress evidence of shots fired from the front.

If Oswald had been killed at the School Book Depository, say at 12:45, then that would have provided a respectable period of time 1 hours to do all that. But he wasn’t killed at the School Book Depository. He departed the building and wasn’t captured until 1:50p.m., which was about the same time that the Secret Service was implementing the first step in a national-security plan that had no communist with ties to Cuba and the Soviet Union in hand to justify the implementation of the national-security plan.

At this point, the reader might note that Kellerman, the Secret Service agent who led the contingent of Secret Service agents who forcibly removed the casket from Parkland Hospital, was also the Secret Service agent in the front passenger seat of the presidents car during the Dallas motorcade. He was also one of the two Secret Service agents (the other being William Greer, the driver of Kennedy’s car in the Dallas motorcade) who were involved in the middle casket switch that took place before the start of the formal autopsy at the Bethesda morgue, as detailed in my article The Kennedy Casket Conspiracy.

So where does that now leave us?

It leaves us with the Secret Service implementing the first step in a national-security plan to suppress evidence that shots had been fired from the front of Kennedy’s motorcade without having the communist on which the plan turned in custody long enough to justify the plan.

When he was at Parkland waiting to ascertain Kennedy’s condition, Johnson raised the prospect that the assassination might be part of a Soviet attack on the United States. After Kennedy died, Johnson stated at Parkland, I think I had better get out of here … before you announce it. We don’t know whether this is a worldwide conspiracy, whether they are after me as well as they were after President Kennedy….

Johnson’s actions, however, belie any concern for the real possibility of a potential attack from the Soviet Union.

For one thing, he waited at the hospital some 40 minutes until Kennedy had been declared dead. Would Johnson have sat around waiting at the hospital if he honestly believed that the Soviets might be launching nuclear missiles at the United States? Not on your life.

Then, once he departed the hospital and got to Love Field, he decided to take the time to transfer from Air Force Two to Air Force One, including having his luggage transferred from Air Force Two to Air Force One. The planes were duplicates and they were both returning to Washington.

Then the personnel on Air Force One began removing seats from the back of the plane to accommodate Kennedy’s casket, which they were waiting for. Getting the casket onboard was obviously of greater importance to Johnson than the possibility of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union.

Then Johnson waited for a federal judge to arrive to swear him in before he finally took off at 2:38CST more than two hours after Kennedy had been assassinated.

Does that look like a man who was terribly concerned about the possibility that the assassination of Kennedy might well be the first step in a Soviet attack on the United States? Or does it look like a man who was certain that the Soviets had nothing to do with the assassination and who knew that his national-security rationale for taking the body out of Parkland and delivering it into the hands of the military at Bethesda Naval Hospital was bogus?

Lets now examine another paradigm, this one also based on national security, a paradigm in which the pieces to the Kennedy assassination puzzle will, once again, fall into logical and rational place, but this time with no fatal flaw to it. Well do that in the final segment of this series.

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    Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.