THE ASSASSINATION of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was a cruel and shocking act of violence directed against a man, a family, a nation, and against all mankind. This is the first statement made on page 1 of the Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, informally known as the Warren Commission Report'. In light of the tragic events surrounding Kennedy's sudden and premature death, President Lyndon B. Johnson created a commission by Executive Order No. 11130 (Report, p ix) to investigate the President's assassination.
[...] As far as the performance of the Secret Service in protecting the President, the report basically excuses it by reason that their job is difficult and the “President can never be protected from every potential threat.” 23) The commission even makes recommendations on improving the protection of the President. In reaching these conclusions, the Commission considered many documents. Principally they relied on the five-volume report furnished by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). This report was reviewed, and the FBI was required to submit their evidence. [...]
[...] The conclusions of the investigations were arrived at in good faith, but presented in a fashion that was too definitive.” (Select report, p The report credits the Warren Commission on its thorough investigation of Oswald, but denies the Commission's attempt at investigating a conspiracy. The Warren Commission was put together by a President trying to comfort a grieving nation. The lack of information and the circumstances surrounding Kennedy's assassination cut out a difficult job for the commission. In conducting a long investigation, the commission was able to identify Oswald, who is still maintained as Kennedy's assassin. [...]
[...] Two subcommittees were created--a subcommittee on the assassination of President Kennedy, with Representative Richardson Preyer of North Carolina as its chairman, and a subcommittee on the assassination of Dr. King, with Walter E. Fauntroy, Delegate of the District of Columbia, as its chairman. The staff was divided into two task forces designated to assist each of the subcommittees.” http://www.archives.gov/research_room/jfk/house_select_committee.html According to the Senate select committee, the CIA withheld information from the Warren Commission during the assassination investigation about plots against Fidel Castro by the US Government. [...]
[...] The Warren Commission published its findings in the Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy on September Soon after came a 26 volume publication of the Commission's hearings, which supplemented the report, all of which can be found in the National Archives and are 99% available to the public. Since the Warren Commission published its report, questions arose as to the conclusiveness of the report. The Warren report was re-examined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations. [...]
[...] After stating that all members of the commission are in agreement as to their conclusions and the content of the report the report says that the commission conducted its own investigation which satisfied Commission that it: has ascertained the truth concerning the assassination of President Kennedy to the extent that a prolonged and thorough search makes this possible.” 18) The conclusions of the commission are then outlined. First is the assertion that the shots which killed Kennedy were in fact from the sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository, and rules out any other locations such as the Triple Underpass or ahead of the motorcade. [...]
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