- Hardcover: 488 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 4, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700613900
- ISBN-13: 978-0700613908
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Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation And Why Hardcover – October 4, 2005
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This meticulous but tendentious dissection of the official JFK assassination probe commits the very sins it condemns. Historian McKnight (The Last Crusade: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the FBI and the Poor People's Campaign) argues that the commission embraced the politically safe lone-gunman theory from the outset and therefore slanted its investigation, ignored crucial leads and discounted contradictory evidence and witnesses. Examining mountains of documents, McKnight presents a well-researched, if dense and disjointed, indictment of a biased and sloppy commission and an obstructionist FBI. He interprets the errors and irregularities as the cover-up of a conspiracy, as he revisits such conspiracist touchstones as the Zapruder film, the position of Kennedy's neck wound, the single-bullet theory and the "false Oswald" reports. Insisting on Oswald's innocence, he floats the far-fetched conjecture that "CIA hardliners" killed Kennedy and implicated Fidel Castro in the murder as a pretext for war against Cuba. By restricting his discussion largely to Warren Commission findings, McKnight sidesteps later research supporting the Oswald-acted-alone scenario, particularly Gerald Posner's 1993 study Case Closed, which answered most of his objections and remains the best account of the assassination. 21 b&w photos.
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"The Warren Commission Report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy . . . was instantly implausible because the authors hid the secrets they knew (and ignored the ones they didn't)."—David Ignatius, Washington Post Book World "A shrewd, well-researched, deeply provocative investigation into the gross delinquencies of the Warren Commission. Essential reading."—Douglas Brinkley, author of Cronkite "An extraordinary and exceptionally well-written work that convincingly proves that political reasons, not high investigative standards, formed the Warren Commission, guided its inquiry, and dictated its conclusions."—David R. Wrone, author of The Zapruder Film: Reframing JFK’s Assassination "It’s impossible in brief to do full justice to McKnight’s persuasive study, which adds immeasurably to our knowledge of the assassination and ensuing investigation."—Michael L. Kurtz, author of The Crime of the Century: The Kennedy Assassination from a Historian’s Perspective "Reopens old questions and poses new challenges to the ‘official story.’ No one interested in the Kennedy ‘case’ can afford not to read it."—Lloyd C. Gardner, author of The Case That Never Dies: The Lindbergh Kidnapping
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My anger is further stirred by being mystified as to how the commissioners could, in a "conclusion" of about 900 words, blatantly condemn Oswald when 26 volumes of evidence being the real substance of the report say otherwise. I would argue that this provides prima facie evidence for the impeachment of the commissioners. But unlike the commissioners themselves I would not condemn them without the proper procedures being adopted, particularly their being given all the rights that were denied Oswald.
In particular I would considering a case for the impeachment of the chairman - Earl Warren. I would refer readers to "definitions" in the website uslegal.com Go to "abuse of discretion". There is a general article on the subject. At the end there a a series of click-ons.
On the basis of those definitions, what should have happened back then is then that impeachment proceedings should have been considered. But, naturally, no firm action should have been taken against the Chief Justice without the proper procedures of justice being taken.
All of which was denied Lee Harvey Oswald in the report of the Commission chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren.
McKnight explains, "The government's own documents establish the transparent truth that Oswald did not kill President Kennedy."
"Where there is no mystery, no shadow of a doubt, is that planning for provocation to justify major US military action against Cuba was a persistent theme in some government circles, most notably the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the CIA, during the Kennedy presidency."
In regard to the early leaking of stories to the press about Castro being behind the assassination: "The unappreciated irony in this whole business was that the first JFK conspiracy theory to find its way into print was paid for by George E. Joannides, a CIA psychological warfare specialist."
era in modern American history. Professor McKnight is one of the few genuine scholars of the first Kennedy assassination and the commission
that substituted too many sham efforts instead of remaining true to the normal protocols used in something as standard as accurate representation
of an individual's comments in an affidavit, or testimony given to commission researchers, or the same given to members of the Commission the few times they convened as a group in search of the facts and the truth of the events that unfolded 11-22-63 to 11-25-63.
Any serious citizen expecting honest scholarly conception and absolutely rigorous pursuit of pertinent documents and reliable conclusions derived therefrom, must read Dr. McKnight's, " Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commission Failed the Nation and Why."