50th Anniversary of the Day “The Chickens Came Home to Roost”: Lee Harvey Oswald Speaks

Oh, we’ve had about enough of this nauseating tribute to the late-and-not-at-all-great John F. Kennedy’s assassination!  He was a crappy president who was a staunch anticommunist; he tried to drown the Cuban revolution in blood; then he launched the escalation of the Vietnam War into the long-running crime against humanity that it became (again due to his knee-jerk anticommunism); then he and his brother Bobby nearly plunged the planet into World War III over a handful of Soviet nukes in Cuba.  His “Justice” Department was busy trying to crush the civil rights movement (the FBI was unleashed against Martin Luther King and the Freedom Riders while his brother was Attorney General); JFK was a monumental turd!  Malcolm X was right when he stated to the press, who had asked him what he thought about the assassination, that  “President Kennedy never foresaw that the chickens would come home to roost so soon…Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad; they always made me glad.”

We couldn’t have put it better.

This week we stumbled across a copy of the New York Times’ version of the much-reviled Warren Committee Report on the Kennedy Assassination, published one month less than a year after Kennedy got what was coming to him.

It’s an interesting book in a historical sense, and it has a section that we thought you might find interesting – Appendix XI – a collection of the reports of interviews held by the Dallas cops, the FBI, the Secret Service and the US Postal Inspector with Lee Harvey Oswald.

Of course, everyone knows that Oswald denied that he had anything to do with either the shootings at Dealey Plaza or the killing of the Dallas cop later that day.  But there is a wealth of information in these interviews that make them interesting reading – including the fact that the FBI had been hounding Oswald and his wife for weeks BEFORE the assassination – they had him under close surveillance since his return from Russia after an abortive attempt at defection.

Oswald also states that he had seen several men – his coworkers and bosses – at the Texas School Book Depository handling a rifle in the days before the Kennedy assassination.  He also burst out in indignation when he was presented with the famous photo of himself holding a rifle in one hand and a copy of the Trotskyist newspaper “The Militant” in the other, denouncing the photo as an obvious fake.  It’s well worth taking a look at – and it’s food for thought that the cops immediately pounced on Oswald and never really seemed to bother to look at anyone else as a suspect in this crime, in a city and region of the US that harbored thousands of men and women who hated Kennedy’s guts for a multitude of reasons.

Enjoy!

WarrenreportAppendixXI_OswaldInterrogations

 

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