11/22/63

This is the title of a really great Stephen King book about a time portal, but which unfortunately depicts Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin of JFK. I guess it supports another by Manson prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi who researched the assassination extensively and validates the findings of the Warren Commission, and what has been the official story in schoolbooks for 52 years, that Oswald shot the President from behind in a window of the 6th floor of the Texas Schoolbook Depository. I don’t see it that way.

Oliver Stone did a service and a disservice to the truth of the assassination in his excellent film JFK. The historical revisionism (disservice) is explained in his annotated screenplay, and bringing to light the work of Jim Garrison (service) in revealing the Zapruder film and other information to the public as evidence in case against Clay Shaw is compelling. “Back and to the left” is almost a meme, but it has not changed the official story.

While there is ample evidence of a conspiracy, the kill shot in the Zapruder film should be proof enough that Oswald was not the assassin, he was a “patsy.” The initial shot to Kennedy’s neck, the impact of the next bullet to his head (“back and to the left”), and the fragment of his head that Jackie crawls out on to the trunk of the limo to retrieve, are all proof that the shooter was likely positioned at the infamous “grassy knoll.”

On this very same day 52 years ago in Santa Monica another great man died, Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World” and many other books and essays of clarity, import, and insight. A number of those were about sight, seeing, and perception, since Huxley spent his life overcoming near blindness (The Art of Seeing, etc.), and I’d love to know what he would have to say about what we see in the Zapruder film. When does seeing become truth, and when does truth become the official story? Is it merely belief?

It is still important 52 years later because the course of history, deposited so often myopically in schoolbooks, is still being manipulated by a power elite (Eisenhower’s Military Industrial Complex?) so often nefariously and we the people should not allow it. No truth, no freedom. JFK does not RIP.

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