James Tague was wounded in the attack that killed President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. One of the bullets that missed the presidential limousine struck a curb and a fragment of cement hit Tague who was watching the approach of the presidential motorcade.
He’s written a book blaming President Johnson for the gunfire. I’m not endorsing his allegations about the identity of multiple gunmen. I am saying that his interpretation of November 22 is more important than, say, Tom Hanks’s upcoming “Parkland.” He’s not a Hollywood mythmaker. He’s an eyewitness to history.
Here’ what Tague has to say in a recent promotional message about his book:
“This book started by me being in Dealey Plaza that day, November 22, 1963. It was an accident I was there, it was un-planned, I just happened to get stopped in traffic. Being injured in the shooting was minor, a sting on the cheek from the debris from a missed shot that had hit the street in front of me.
“I am proud that I spoke up 6 months after the assassination when it appeared the Warren Commission was about to make a total cover-up on the assassination of President Kennedy. My Warren Commission testimony was important, it changed history.”
Tague, now 77 years old, blames the crime on President Lyndon Johnson.
“Once you understand that Lyndon Johnson and his cronies were behind the assassination of John F. Kennedy and that J. Edgar Hoover was in charge of the cover-up, the questions you have had start giving you answers.
“The Warren Commission did not stand a chance of presenting the truth. The 7 men appointed by President Johnson contributed little to finding the truth, Commission staff lawyer Wesley Liebeler probably said it best, and that was that ‘the 7 men we know as the Warren Commission were a joke.’ The staff lawyers complained that these commissioners were absent most of the time, and while a staff lawyer was taking a deposition from a witness they would ‘step in for a few moments, ask a question and leave.’ This would blow the staff lawyers line of questioning.
“The Warren Commission had 14 staff lawyers, to start with, hired to do the majority of witness questioning and take statements/depositions from the witnesses. When one of these staff lawyers ran into something that needed farther investigation, he would go to J. Lee Rankin, who was chief Counsel for these lawyers. Rankin would turn down their request with the statement, ‘we are here to close doors not open new ones.’
“It is evident that when one of these staff lawyers stumbled onto the truth of who was behind the assassination and was controlling the investigation, they quit the Warren Commission. When they quit the Commission, they were were warned that whatever they had learned on the Commission, was considered to be lawyer client information and not to be discussed with anyone or they could face disbarment. The fact that several of the Commission lawyers quit the Commission was not made public, the lawyers that quit the investigation were still listed as staff lawyers in the Warren Report.
“Through the years if someone discovered something important that differed from the Warren Commission, not only would that person’s discovery be attacked as false but he would be attacked personally. New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison is a good example of these attacks.
“One problem is that there have been too many crazy theories advanced in the 2,000 books written in the last 50 years. That 2,000 books could probably be reduced to 25 reliable books that have been printed. The misleading conspiracy books have been a big contributor to the attacks, and they well deserved to be attacked for the misinformation they contained.
“That leaves the 25 or so good honest books that did not deserve to be attacked. But some of these honest books have been attacked. To understand why a well documented book can be attacked, a book that names two of our country’s most honored men as being part of a murder plot puts our country in the same category as a ‘Banana Republic.’ Some people simply want our country’s dirt swept under the rug.
“It has been 50 years and it is time for the truth, at least what we know of it, to be told. The attacks on the facts has to stop.”