Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Get ready for the conspiracy theories to pop up again

Some newly released tapes from Air Force One after Kennedy was shot are sure to re-ignite all of the conspiracy theorists.  What will really stir them up is the 42 minutes of tapes that were not released originally by the White House Communications Agency.  There are also some poignant moments such as when LBJ and Lady Bird try to console Rose Kennedy on a condolence call.  However, the previously withheld audio transmissions and the part about USAF commander and Kennedy opponent General Curtis LeMay is what will set everyone off:
The full audio of transmissions from White House Communications Agency (which captured the tapes) that day includes 42 minutes edited out of the original public version. It's likely to peak the interest of conspiracy theorists who are already asking why this material was cut out of the original.
Then-Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Curtis LeMay had been a frequent opponent of Kennedy's. His whereabouts on the day of the assassination has always been a mystery.
In the newly public audio, we learn that LeMay was airborne, even as JFK's body was being flown back to Washington. And an aide to LeMay tried urgently to reach his boss.
"General LeMay," the aide said, "is in a C 140. ... He's inbound. His code name is Grandson. And I wanna talk to him. ... If you can't work him now, it's gonna be too late, because he'll be on the ground in a half-hour."
Historian Robert Dallek suggests doubters will wonder if the aide's comments about not reaching LeMay within 30 minutes may be "too late" could have some sinister meaning. "I'd doubt these tapes will put the conspiracy theory to rest," he says. "They continue to believe it was a conspiracy and again, they just can't accept the proposition that a lone wolf, a single, and someone as dysfunctional as Lee Harvey Oswald, could have carried off this assassination of the president."

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