The trouble with the Warren Commmision

Historian Gerald McKnight, author of “Breach of Trust: How the Warren Commision Failed and Why,” talks to Len Osanic at Black Ops Radio in this video:



  1. Mark Barsotti says:

    Mr. McKnight’s book, using almost exclusively the government’s own evidence and internal documents, is required reading for any serious student of the assassination. All those cable and network specials last November on the 50th anniversary of Dallas, yet not one intrepid “investigative” team thought to interview a historian who has deeply researched the case. Instead, trot out Messrs. Bugliosi and Posner to prop up the thread-bare, puddle-deep work of the Warren Commission, with the occasional dash of Oliver Stone for “balance.”

    Such passes for “journalism” in modern America.

  2. Alan Dale says:

    My recent conversation with Professor McKnight may be heard here:

    We are working to provide transcriptions of each program. Here’s what is currently have available:

    Peter Dale Scott Program Transcript:

    David Talbot Program Transcript:

    More to come.

  3. Jonathan says:

    I’ve learned that intelligent, successful, educated individuals sometimes do really stupid things. This comes from practicing law in a specialized niche.

    So it’s no surprise to me that Earl Warren and his fellow commissioners did something stupid. Think about it. They were politicians handed a political hot potato. What group of politicians has ever behaved honestly and forthrightly in such a situation?

    Warren et al did act stupidly because they were preparing a report of historical importance; yet they openly fudged the facts. Openly. That’s stupid.

    The American people (a majority) have never bought the report. The report has become the number one reason for distrusting the U.S. Government.

    And now the government, so corrupted by misdeeds, cover-ups, and secrecy, lashes out at Snowdens, Mannings, and Kiriakous in ways that remind one of the USSR. The government does this because it has become weak by corruption.

    Earl Warren was no dummy, yet he fed a poison pill to the system that had placed him in an invincible position of great power. Stupid politics.

    • TLR says:

      I really think Earl Warren believed that he was doing what was right for the country. He had been convinced by LBJ that 40 million Americans might die in a war with the USSR and/or Cuba if they didn’t blame the whole thing on a lone nut who was already dead. That, plus the fear of a new McCarthyism at home, was enough to convince him that a “noble lie” was necessary for peace and tranquility.

  4. William Kane says:

    Mr Morely, it’s Black Op Radio. No s. It may seem a minor point however…… to avoid confusion etc.

  5. Bill Callahan says:

    I think that the real problem for the Warren Commission was in them having to serve two masters here. On the one hand they were THE WORD on the Assassination and all of America was waiting for them to finish their work. On the other hand, sadly, was the fact that they were forced to rely on the FBI (who had secrets to keep), and the CIA (who had secrets to keep) to do the footwork.

    The Warren Commission did not have the expertise to conduct a single test on their own and the 2 powers that did wanted to keep themselves as clean as boy-scouts in the aftermath of Kennedy’s death. They didn’t want an coincidence/connection at all…and they got their wish.

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