JFK Assassination Was a Conspiracy According to 61% of Americans

    November 15, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy fast approaches, it’s a good time to remind everyone that the majority of Americans still think the official story is bullshit.

According to a new poll from Gallup, 61% of Americans think that other individuals were involved in the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy. Put another way, 6 out of 10 Americans identify themselves as JFK assassination conspiracy theorists.

That means that the majority of Americans still aren’t buying the findings of the official government inquiry, the Warren Commission, who concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in carrying out the assassination.

Although 61% may seem like a high percentage – it actually represents a marked decline in conspiracy believers over the past few decades. In 2001, for instance, a whopping 81% of Americans believed that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone or that other men were involved in a conspiracy. That number has been steadily declining since.

As Gallup’s chart shows, the “lone gunman” theory failed to fly with most Americans even in the years following the killing of Kennedy.

While a majority of Americans feel that the official story leaves much to be desired, many of them of hard pressed to decide on who the other conspirators actually were. In fact, 40% of Americans could not name a single person or group that they felt were part of a conspiracy to kill President Kennedy.

Among those who could, the Mafia and the Federal Government (unspecific) were the top vote getters with 13% each. Other names that topped the list of possible conspirators were the CIA, Fidel Castro, KKK, Russia, Communists, J.Edgar Hoover, Teamsters, and Big Business (unspecific).

“It is possible that new evidence in the Kennedy assassination will never materialize. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, enacted in 1992, declassified 98% of the unreleased documents in the Warren Commission’s investigation, with other unreleased assassination documents scheduled for release in 2017. Thus far, public documents not originally released in or part of the Warren Commission’s report from 1964 have not demonstrated that there was any kind of conspiracy, yet clearly most Americans disagree with the official findings. Speculating about who was really responsible for Kennedy’s death will likely remain a topic of fascination for the American public for many years to come,” says Gallup.

And there’s the rub. As with many famous historical events, the public perception is at odds with what the government officially puts out there. And though the JFK “conspiracy theorists” are waning, at least according to this poll, there’s no doubt that the assassination of Kennedy will remain one of the most hotly-debated events in American history for quite some time.

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  • Of Course

    I have read polls were as high as 85% of America claim it was a conspiracy. I know in my circle of friends, all of whom are highly educated leaders in this country, there is not one person who believes the official story. To them, it is not even an issue. We are not talking about “lunatic conspiracy theorists” either. In fact, they believe those who believe the official story are actually the crazy people because there is overwhelming evidence that contradicts the official story. You would have to be a fool to believe the official story. Heck, the House Select Committee on Assassinations ruled that it was a conspiracy. The Committee investigated until 1978 and issued its final report, and concluded that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

    To me, the story is this simple. Oswald was captured in 88 minutes. Just 88 minutes. Now imagine the scene that day. The President was shot. The Governor shot. A police officer was shot. Panic in the streets. Most of the police were there trying to clamp down the crime scene. Chaos everywhere. People in shock. Then a police dispatcher gets a call about a man who did not pay a 75 cent movie ticket. No one at that theater knows it is Oswald. The dispatcher doesn’t know it is Oswald. The dispatcher is getting hundreds of calls about the shooting. Yet, the police drop everything, send 8 squad cars and 17 officers to go arrest the movie ticket thief. All within 88 minutes. This does not make logical sense.

    Oswald’s handlers told him to go to the movie theater. His handlers then told the cops. It is that simple. You would be a fool to believe otherwise.

  • Sal

    I don’t know a single person who believes the official story. Not one. In fact, the people I know make fun of the official story and roll their eyes at the Warren Commission findings. It has gotten to joke status because the official story is so ludicrous.

  • T.K.

    Yeah, I have to agree with the other commentors. I can tell you right now that no one in the younger generation believes Oswald did it. We actually read and have access to more information. Most of the older people just watch the nightly news and actually don’t read or research. They just believe NBC, CBS or CNN. I also don’t believe this chart. Since 9/11 the nation has lost complete trust in the government. Heck, there was even an article on this website reporting that Congress has a 9% approval rating. So you mean to tell me that somehow, magically, the country has somehow gained more trust in the official account of the assassination? That doesn’t make sense. Heck, we can’t trust present day events. How could we gain more trust in event that happened half a century ago? I think the survey is BS.

  • Yep

    The only people who believe Oswald was the real shooter are the same people that believed hiding under your desk was going to save you from a nuclear bomb or that reefer caused madness.

  • http://na James Gary

    Why did the President’s head convulse (snap) back when the lethal sjot was fired. Some of you army or marine snipers know that on a head shot, the head moves in the direction of the bullet.

    • JL

      Many snipers have gone on record saying that they could not make the shots Oswald fired even today. Oswald was a 6741 Aviations radio operator. Lot of folks say Oswald was a poor shot.

      Retired Gunnery Sergeant Carlos Hathcock is likewise skeptical of Oswald’s alleged shooting feat. Hathcock is a former senior instructor at the U. S. Marine Corps Sniper Instruction School at Quantico, Virginia. He has been described as the most famous American military sniper in history. In Vietnam he was credited with 93 confirmed kills. He now conducts police SWAT team sniper schools across the country. When Hathcock was asked about the marksmanship feat attributed to Oswald by the Warren Commission. Hathcock answered that he did not believe Oswald could have done what the Commission said he did. Added Hathcock, let me tell you what we did at Quantico – we reconstructed the whole thing: the angle, the range, the moving target, the time limit, the obstacles, everything. I don’t know how many times we tried it, but we couldn’t duplicate what the Warren Commission said Oswald did. (KILL ZONE, pp. 89-90)

      From Marine Sniper Craig Roberts – the impossibility of Oswald’s alleged shooting feat was what led former Marine sniper Craig Roberts to reject the lone-gunman theory. Roberts explains as he recounts the first time he visited the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository: I turned my attention to the window in the southeast corner–the infamous Sniper’s Nest. . . . I immediately felt like I had been hit with a sledge hammer. The word that came to mind at what I saw as I looked down through the window to Elm Street and the kill zone was: IMPOSSIBLE! I knew instantly that Oswald could not have done it. . . . The reason I knew that Oswald could not have done it, was that *I* could not have done it. (KILL ZONE: A SNIPER LOOKS AT DEALEY PLAZA, p. 5)

      The above quotes are from real snipers..

  • Sam

    Personally, I think we are being lied to about so much in this nation. I think the lies are so deep that it would cut to the core of who we are. If we knew the truth in America, it would be like opening Pandora’s box. The sad part is that we think we are free and we are not. Of all the countries in the world that have the potential of being a fully functional police state, the United States is at the top of the list.

    Just look around you. Which country in the world locks up the most people? Which country spys the most? Which country has the most control at its borders and airports? Which country plans for martial law? Which country has the most laws period? Which country is flying drones over its own country? Which country is financing nano drones so that they can be given to all member of law enforcement at the county level? Which country is creating an internet infrastructure that will centralize all citizen records into a single file? Which country is putting security cameras on every street corner and within every traffic light? Which country is increasing capacity so that facial recognition can be run on those cameras? Which country has had a rash of lone, crazy gunman who killed key political figures? Which country is compiling a national DNA database and is pursuing the collection of DNA of infants at hospitals?

    Really America. Look at this. All of this is only happening in one place. Here.