This week, the Trump administration released 3,000 documents about the Kennedy Assassination. Initially, there were some holdups, but they’re finally out to the public. One memo from former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is questionable. It’s sure to raise questions amongst conspiracy theorists.
In the memo, Hoover wants to squash any possible alternative timelines. He wanted to “convince” the American public Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin. By doing so, he hoped to discourage alternative timelines or conspiracies.
Even though the investigation was still underway, the FBI quickly pushed the Oswald narrative.
Owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald as he was being escorted from prison. On this matter, Hoover wrote, “There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead.”
“The thing I am concerned about, and so is (deputy attorney general) Mr. Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin,” the FBI director continued.
There are two ways to interpret this.
First, there is the possibility that the FBI had their doubts about the Oswald timeline. However, they followed through in order to halt questions from the public.
That’s not exactly surprising. According to a CBS poll, 61% of Americans believe that Oswald did not act alone.
Second, perhaps the director wasn’t trying to cover anything up. Rather, he was just trying to put the matter to bed before conspiracies arose.
Either way, this memo shows the FBI was ready to push a narrative before all possible information had been gathered. Quite unsettling, yes?
Considering the government has done this fifty years ago, who’s to say it hasn’t happened since then? Over the years, many claimed mass shootings had more than one culprit. Usually, it ended up being only one gunman.
In recent memory, Stephen Paddock was almost immediately called a “lone gunman”. The investigation is still ongoing.