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Conspiracy vs. Facts: Who Killed JFK?

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Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
November 22, 2013

In all the media coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with its predictably misleading analysis of the attendant conspiracy theories, there are a few intriguing facts that you are unlikely to read.

Fact #1: When John F. Kennedy demanded in a personal letter dated May 18, 1963 that David Ben-Gurion end Israel’s nuclear weapons program — considered by one leading Israel advocate in a 2010 Jerusalem Post op-ed to be “necessary to ensure Jewish survival in a very hostile world” — the Israeli Prime Minister “abruptly resigned” in order to avoid answering.

Fact #2: Kennedy’s alleged lone assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was assassinated by Jacob Rubenstein, whose rabbi recently told The Jewish Daily Forward that he thinks Ruby told him when he visited the mobster from Chicago the next day in jail, “I did it for the Jewish people.”

Fact #3: Oliver Stone’s conspiratorial “JFK” movie was produced by Arnon Milchan, described in a 2011 biography as “one of the most important covert agents that Israeli intelligence has ever fielded,” who according to recently declassified FBI files played a key role in the stealth acquisition of U.S. nuclear triggers by the Middle East’s sole albeit “unmentionable” nuclear power.

An article in today’s Guardian by the head of the Anomalistic Psychology Research Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, wonders:

At no point have more than 36% of Americans believed Kennedy was assassinated by a lone gunman. What is it about human psychology that makes conspiracy theories so appealing?

Perhaps it has something to do with many people’s healthy, well-founded skepticism of the media’s rather selective reporting of the facts. Or that no matter how many conspiracy theories they are prepared to discuss, journalists will rarely, if ever, look into the one conspiracy that might tell us who had the most to gain from Kennedy’s abrupt death 50 years ago today.

Maidhc Ó Cathail is an investigative journalist and Middle East analyst. He is also the creator and editor of The Passionate Attachment blog, which focuses primarily on the U.S.-Israeli relationship. You can follow him on and Twitter @O_Cathail.

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November 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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  1. This is very, very interesting, especially Fact 1 and its followup links that you gave. I’ve not heard this before. I need to think about it. Is there additional evidence? It would cover the “why” question. As I say below, I’ve not followed the research on the JFK lies for years, although I followed the factual contradictions (and the destruction of the ceiling tiles that would have shown that SirhanSirhan’s shots could not have killed Robert Kennedy). So you’re saying that the U.S government/Secret Service was already that complict with Mossad (or whoever) that long ago? (See below about the hospital where JFK was taken.) What about Robert Kennedy?

    About JFK, I think you’ll likely find the video link below quite interesting.

    In contradiction to the NYT’s perhaps intentionally misleading question about “truth,” Thompson implies that the facts are in front of our eyes in the photographs taken by various people that day. He points out that the photos, especially when considered as a group, contradict the official story on JFK’s murder, and, although he does not bluntly say it, he refers to the shots coming from the grassy knoll in front of Kennedy’s car, AND points to the government’s disinclination to investigate the information shown in the photos. I recall from 1963 that a number of people at the scene specifically said they’d heard gun shots from the grassy knoll.

    What I have NEVER seen addressed (although I’ve not stayed up on this case for years) is the significance of the newspaper story from decades later about the two orderlies who examined Kennedy’s body at the military hospital to which Kennedy was taken (NOT the closest hospital as I recall) who were given military orders about what to report after they examined Kennedy’s body even though it contradicted what they saw. They were heavy threatened about ever telling anyone, but the weight of their secret prompted them to speak out at last, decades later.

    On Nov 21, 2013, at 5:36 PM, wrote:
    ‘November 22, 1963’
    In a short film by Errol Morris, Josiah “Tink” Thompson, who has been investigating the Kennedy assassination for nearly 50 years, looks to the photographic evidence. Will we ever know the truth?
    article and video at


    November 23, 2013 at 6:14 am

  2. Thanks, Louise.

    There are plenty more facts that point to Israeli involvement.

    Another important thing to note is that Robert Kennedy had ordered AIPAC’s original incarnation, the American Zionist Council, to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act in 1962.

    Before he could continue his assassinated brother’s work as president, and possibly initiate a proper investigation, he was allegedly assassinated by a Palestinian who still cannot remember what happened that day.

    Thanks for the link to the Errol Morris piece. I’ll look at it asap.

    Maidhc Ó Cathail

    November 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

  3. Some six or seven factions wanted JFK dead or out of the way – CIA, Mossad (Yisrahell), Joint Chiefs, the Fed/Bankers, Johnson, the Mafia …and probably more. Who actually pulled the trigger is moot, since all these factions represent the elitists loyal to Rothschilds and their money/power…so in fact it was the Rothschilds that killed Kennedy….no matter who pulled the trigger


    November 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

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