It was the Robert F. Kennedy, the president’s brother, notes Mark Lane, author of “Rush to Judgment,” one of the first books criticizing the Warren Commission report. In a speech today at the Duquesne Univerisity JFK conference, Lane recounted that on the day JFK was killed, RFK asked CIA director John McCone if agency personnel were involved. McCone said no.
Lane’s work has been subject of much criticism but he is correct on this point.
Lane also noted that former president Harry Truman connected the CIA to JFK’s assassination in late 1963, long before any JFK conspiracy theorists had done so. In a piece written for the Washington Post on December 22, 1963, Truman called for the abolition of the CIA.
“This quiet intelligence arm of the President has been so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue – and subject for cold war enemy propaganda,” wrote Truman who had overseen the creation of the CIA in 1947.
Truman said he knew the first two directors of the CIA, Gen. Hoyt Vandenberg and Allen Dullesk, and knew them to be “men of the highest character, patriotism and integrity.” He pointedly added he could only assume the same about “all those who continue in charge.”
He said the CIA’s “operational duties” should “be terminated.”
While Truman never mentioned JFK’s assassination, there is little doubt that his views on the CIA were prompted by Kennedy’s murder.