How the Warren Commission misrepresented JFK witnesses


JFK researcher Walt Brown talks to Len Osanic about the Warren Commission’s curious and selective use of witnesses, including:

— Interviewing witnesses in groups, a practice usually avoided by law enforcement officers
— Asking more questions of character witnesses than of witnesses to the crime
— Cutting off Abraham Zapruder when he started to raise the possibility of two gunmen

Brown is the author of the four volume “Master Chronology of JFK Assassination,” available in hard copy or ebook form.

13 comments

  1. Jonathan says:

    One important question is whether the Warren Report constitutes “evidence” for purposes of the law. It does not. It was never meant to have legal significance, only to convince the public there was no conspiracy.

    What the Report has done quite effectively is shift the “burden of proof” to Report critics. Report defenders know this and wield the burden-of-proof argument on this site.

    That is why, in my opinion, any decisive clarification needs to begin with a well-founded, complete repudiation of the Warren Report. So that the playing field becomes level and there are no a priori presumptions as to guilt or other matters.

  2. John Kirsch says:

    The items mentioned in the list above (and others not included) raise the question of whether the commission was trying to discover the truth or conceal it.

    • Paul Turner says:

      They were told not to “open new doors”, which tells me they weren’t supposed to “discover” anything-such as what might have really happened. Clearly, some people were being protected, here, such as LBJ and the shooters.

      • John McAdams says:

        Another quote taken out of context.

        Rankin told Liebeler “at this stage we should be closing doors, not opening them.”

        But that “stage” was the very day the final draft of the Commission’s Report was submitted to the Commissioners.

        The WC was under huge pressure from the White House to get the report out. At some point you really do have to finish the job.

        If you want to claim it would have been better if the Warren Commission had had five years, be my guest.

        But it didn’t.

        • Paul Turner says:

          John, I think the general idea of my quote matches that of Rankin to Liebler. You say “at some point, you really do have to finish the job”. There were some within the WC who felt the job wasn’t finished.

          • John McAdams says:

            You said:

            Clearly, some people were being protected, here, such as LBJ and the shooters.

            You have no evidence at all of that. Clearly, the WC was under huge pressure from the White House to get the report out (see Shenon). So of course Rankin was telling people, in effect, “wind it up.”

  3. Thank you for running that piece. The full statistical matrices that prove the event(s) were done by the “Dulles Commission” are available in both “Treachery in Dallas,” and “The Warren Omission.” I stand behind the statements I recorded for Len 100%. The Master JFK Chronology, cited in the tease to this, is not available in “hard copy” unless you want all 32,000 pages; it is a CD rom or a series of e books, and contains the material cited herein–and much more.

  4. Ronnie Wayne says:

    The list of such occurrences is astounding and it’s not limited to the statements.
    Beinavedes (sp?) threatened, brother shot, changed ID of O.
    Powers and O’Donnel, front shot, then no front shot.
    Malcolmb Perry, throat entrance wound 3x, after talk w/SSA Moore, could have been exit.
    Statement of Victoria Adams recently revealed by Barry Ernst in Girl on the Stairs.
    Jut the tip of the iceberg.

  5. John Kirsch says:

    One of the shortcomings of this site is the habit some people have of getting involved in long, inconclusive discussions about material from the Warren report, a 50-year-old document of questionable integrity.

  6. Otus Chambers says:

    Where are the audio tapes reportedly made during the Warren Commission testimony process (as reported in numerous post-testimony interviews)? According to some people that gave testimony sometimes the recorder was turned off & then back on. Who has the tapes? Are they part of the unreleased material the public has been waiting over 50 years to be released?
    I’m particularly intere3sted in what Abraham Zapruder had to say. In his published written testimony Zapruder discussed film alteration, that he thought he cleared the Stemmons sign & didn’t recognize the structure surrounding the reflecting pool as being what he filmed, among other unclarified Zapruder comments. Without the tapes, there is no way of knowing if what any of the testimony is accurate & true or a fabrication of words.

  7. Kennedy63 says:

    The Warren Report was/is a disinformation campaign document, from inception of the august members on the commission, to the delivery of the “bound and scripted whitewash” handed to LBJ before cameras feeding the images of “ponderous, official decorum” to the world – Cut! Just a second…replay that scenario!? Does this position posit that the official “story” is not how the events of Dealy Plaza actually occurred? Yes! In fact, we don’t have to prove any other scenario; we simply show that the Warren Report is not a legal document and was not tasked with finding conspirators behind JFK’s assassination. The Warren Commission and its Report was tasked with finding the “truth” (which is always relative to one’s perspective)in the JFK assassination.
    The Commission decided the “truth” was that LHO shot JFK, firing 3 shots at the motorcade; and, LHO also shot DPD Tippit. Two days later, Ruby shot LHO; neither were part of a conspiracy. 50 years later, the Commission’s “truths” are rejected by the majority of people on planet Earth.

    • And 50 years later, the evidence proving Lee Harvey Oswald’s guilt is still there on the table, like it or not. All of those bullets, guns, shells, prints, and his guilty-like actions etc., are still there for all conspiracy theorists to continue to ignore and/or pretend it’s ALL been “faked” or “manufactured”.

      But if ANY of the evidence that hangs Mr. Oswald is legitimate (and who besides a rabid Internet “CTer” could possibly even begin to believe that ALL of it was fraudulent, including the Tippit evidence?), then Lee Oswald is almost certainly guilty of murdering both JFK and Officer Tippit. It’s as simple as that.

      Plus, this sure doesn’t sound like a crooked Commission to me. What kind of a Commission (with “cover-up” and “whitewash” at the forefront of their collective minds) would operate in this manner?…..

      http://jfk-archives.blogspot.com/2010/09/warren-commission-objectives.html

      • Rob Truitt says:

        “and who besides a rabid internet CTer could” Mr. Van Pein et al,
        The only folks that are rabid on the internet are those folks trying to stuff that 888 page Warren Commission down the public’s throat. On this forum in some cases, every other reply is from the “Big 3″, Paul May, The Professor or Ms. Jean. The so called “evidence” presented in the WC is not evidence at all. Evidence would be Grand Jury testimony or a trial. Most know that the evidence that you purport is rock-solid like “all those bullets, guns, shells…” is not rock solid at all. Of course, the major and only suspect at the time in not only the crime of the century but the biggest crime against the office of the President (save Lincoln) L. H. Oswald, was handcuffed to policemen while policemen watched as he was gunned down in their own building. The authors of the fairy tale even including a “tell”, the lengthy discussion of Jack Ruby’s mother’s teeth. That discussion cements the Warren Commission forever in the non-fiction section.

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