Those of us who have studied the assassination, and the mounting evidence of a government conspiracy, found that hard to believe and expected that sooner or later they would revise those comments. Sen. Edward Kennedy never did, and Robert Kennedy himself was dead for most that time. Now, at last, the silence has been broken by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. In an interview in Dallas he said his father doubted the lone assassin theory and thought the Warren Commission did a “shoddy” job. He also alluded to the involvement of organized crime and rogue CIA figures.
His comments give vast credence to what has been apparent for years. There is evidence that from the day it happened Robert Kennedy sensed a conspiracy and suspected who was behind it. It has been revealed that his first call was to John McCone, director of the CIA, wanting to know if the agency had been involved. McCone said no, but he would not know. As a Kennedy appointee, replacing the fired Allen Dulles, he was out of the loop. Dulles, meanwhile, wound up a key figure on the Warren Commision.
The Warren Commission was not merely shoddy. It was fixed, controlled by the FBI and people close to the CIA, such as Dulles. And recent books, notably David Talbot’s Brothers and James Douglass’ JFK and the Unspeakable have made it clear that the Kennedys knew that by saying they had not read the report, they gave themselves an out. Researchers have also learned that three of the seven members of the commission, including Sen. Richard Russell of Georgia, did not even want to sign the report that Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone assassin.
Those reluctant members did not know, but might have suspected, what researchers have concluded based on recently declassified documents and witnesses who have come forth over the years: Oswald was likely a government operative for both the CIA and FBI. That puts an entirely different face on the crime of the century. Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker, who reopened the investigation in the mid-1970s, certainly had that opinion, saying Oswald “had the fingerprints of intelligence all over him.”
It was Schweiker who hired Gaeton Fonzi, at the time a partner in Gold Coast magazine, to look into possible Oswald connections to the CIA-sponsored anti-Castro groups in South Florida. Fonzi made a link between Oswald and a highly placed CIA officer, and reported it in Gold Coast in articles that later became the book The Last Investigation. In 1980 his work was largely ignored. But over the years it became the basis for many other researchers and it elevated Fonzi to an iconic status among those seeking the truth about JFK’s death. Such was his place in history that Fonzi’s death last August was covered by The New York Times, and newspapers around the world. The guess here is that Robert Kennedy Jr. has heard of him.