Conspiracy Sunday by Daniel T. Zanoza
AUTHOR'S NOTE: For a number of weeks, RFFM.org will write a series of columns on the conspiracies which have helped to form the world we live in today. From the killers themselves to the media's role in conspiracies, RFFM.org will attempt to separate the wheat from the chaff. There will be no discussions of flying saucers, USO's (unidentified submerged objects) or the like in this series. RFFM.org encourages readers to submit intelligent comments about the existence of conspiracies and, who knows, perhaps one of the real killers of JFK might actually write in.
Now, before I start receiving weird comments about strange things, let me make one thing perfectly clear. I don't believe aliens landed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. I don't believe thousands of people are being abducted by little gray men every year and I don't believe President George Bush knew that two of the most important buildings in the financial world would be attacked on 9/11 and didn't do anything about it. Folks, that would be the last place a capitalist nation would have destroyed.
However, I think it's almost a certainty that John F. Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy that took his life on November 22, 1963. I also believe the killings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were collaborative efforts. Then, there are unanswered questions about the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995; Flight 800--which blew apart over the Atlantic Ocean in 1996; and the crash of an Airbus in Queens, New York that went down in November of 2001.
Though over 70% of the American public agrees with me regarding the killing of JFK and has questions about the other events I brought up above, I'm sure there is already someone out there calling me a "conspiracy nut". You see, those who have been assigned to defend the company line have used the "conspiracy nut" phenomenon to explain away all these monumental occurrences. Indeed, those who believe Sirhan Sirhan had an accomplice with him on that dreadful night in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel in 1968 are grouped together with those who claim they have been impregnated by little men with watermelon-sized heads from outer space.
It's part of the modus operandi used by conspiracy debunkers. We are either mistaken or we're crazy. And have you heard this one? Those who believe in conspiracies have a need to fill a psychological void within themselves. "They just can't believe one man could have killed such an important individual," say the skeptics. "These people can't be blamed for their delusion. It's just a natural reaction to a horrific experience."
After hearing this baloney more times than I can count, I've come to the conclusion conspiracy debunkers are crazier than those who think they have been taken to the Crab Nebula and beyond in a cylindrical-shaped object. Either that or they have received fair compensation for an extraordinary inability to deny facts and accept poppycock.
In fact, have you noticed something? All the assassinations of the 20th century have a common theme. It's as though there is a playbook somewhere which must be followed to the "T" no matter how ridiculous that scenario may be.
World War 1 began when Archduke Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo by a lone anarchist. Remember that theme. A lone mad man who changes the world all by his itty bitty self. The same play book was used when Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was knocked off by Giuseppe Zangara ... you guessed it, another anarchist who missed the President of the United States with an errant shot that hit the Chicago Mayor who just happened to be fighting Al Capone's mob in an attempt to institute reform.
Could you just hear it? Somewhere, conspirators were saying, "they're buying this line." So, they pulled out the same old story in Dallas, Texas. The loner, Lee Harvey Oswald, somehow squeezed off three shots at the President of the United States. "It was an easy shot," conspiracy debunkers claim. Except for the fact Oswald was shooting at the leader of the Free World. Do you think there was any pressure involved with that situation? It's like a two foot putt and, if you miss it, you die.
But the quickest way to notice that something is fishy in Denmark is by watching the press. When the media runs away from a certain angle to a story, while everyone else thinks that story makes sense, there's usually something up.
I remember coming across a 10 year anniversary issue from the Chicago Tribune which commemorated the Kennedy assassination. It was an actual copy of a late edition of the Chicago Tribune from November 22nd, 23rd and 24th of 1963 As hard as I looked at the combined coverage of Kennedy and Oswald's killing, there was no mention of a possible conspiracy in the entire newspaper. Even though every person with an ounce of common sense knew the jig was up when Jack Ruby stuck his pistol in Oswald's gut and pulled the trigger as NBC covered the event live. At one point, Ruby claimed he killed Oswald to save Jackie Kennedy from going through the hardship of a trial. Yeah right and the check's in the mail.
The obvious story was Jack Rubenstein, a Dallas strip club owner, who once was a small time mob wanna be in Chicago, fulfilled a very dirty, but necessary job and he did it quite well. As Oswald was loaded into the ambulance to be taken to Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital, even I as a ten year old knew we wouldn't see Mr. Oswald again, at least not in this life time. By the way, Parkland was the same hospital John Kennedy was taken to after the miraculous single bullet wiped out half of those sitting in the presidential limousine.
It was a very neat package, wasn't it? That is until a small business owner named Abraham Zapruder brought a remarkable piece of film to Time magazine. Good thing Mr. Zapruder didn't share his film with the FBI or the Dallas Police Department because, like many other pieces of film that were confiscated that fateful day in Dealey Plaza, Mr. Zapruder would have never seen his footage again.
Countless witnesses who took shots of Dealey Plaza on that sunny Friday afternoon, sacrificed their cameras to ... I don't know what or who they were sacrificed to. But they didn't get their cameras or film back and you can take whatever you'd like from that bit of information. However, by the time the FBI and other interested governmental parties got their hands on Mr. Zapruder's piece of cinematic gold, the government couldn't confirm how many copies were made of Zapruder's historical masterpiece. So, in 1968, Geraldo Rivera, of all people, introduced the Zapruder film to the American public.
Well, there it was. Absolute proof of a conspiracy that took the life of the 35th President of the United States was shown on television coast to coast. It was irrefutable. Kennedy's head went back and to the left...back and to the left...back and to the left. It was a famous phrase used by Oliver Stone in his classic docudrama "JFK" and Stone certainly sounded like he hit the target, pardon the pun.
"Nope, our eyes were deceiving us," said Gerald Posner, a member of a group of conspiracy debunkers who published book after book explaining why our eyes had deceived us.
Literally thousands of books have been written about the Kennedy assassination, some credible, some not explaining why we were not seeing what we saw on the Zapruder film But Posner always seemed to find a publisher when his books sold a small fraction of those who wrote about a conspiracy that took place regarding the murder of Kennedy. I wonder if Posner had another funding source because, if he didn't, his meager book sales should have left him looking for another job long ago, but maybe that was Posner's job all along.
The American public was told: The fact the President's head snapped backwards from a bullet which blew away the front right part of his brain was a natural occurrence. And, the impression I received from the whole thing was, if we didn't like this explanation, it was essentially too bad. In fact, Hollywood made a movie titled "Executive Action" released in 1973, directed by David Miller and starring Burt Lancaster and Robert Ryan which probably described the plot to kill Kennedy to a "T". You see those who are sent out to debunk a conspiracy must look like they are being transparent. However, in some situations, these individuals know they are beyond reach of the American people and they shove it in our face, like one of those shaving cream pies Soupy Sales used to toss around.
During the next few weeks, I will discuss conspiracies and how they have worked to change the world we live in. If you want to find more detailed information on issues like the Kennedy assassination for example, authors Mark Lane and Professor G. Robert Blakey are two great suggestions for openers.
But, in this series, I will look at the conspiracy playbook, including some of the alleged "killers" who changed the world, if you believe the powers that be. Then, I will discuss the media's role in conspiracies. How can a conspiracy to kill the President of the United States be kept secret for 45 years? Well, it hasn't been kept a secret at all and that's part of the beauty--or the horror--of it. Who is to blame for conspiracies? In other words, who has the power and the ability to conceal the facts behind tragedies which have altered the course of time. And, finally, what would happen if the American people knew will be looked at in a future installment.
If the men in black suits don't come to take me away, look for Part 2 of this series next Sunday. In the meantime, don't let the bed bugs bite, don't take any wooden nickels and never trust anyone over 30 or maybe never trust anyone under 30. Excuse me, I think I hear a helicopter above my home. No paranoia here.
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