PRESIDENT'S COMMISSION ON JFK ASSASSINATION SET UP 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy was established 50 years ago today, November 29, 1963 just one week after the death of the 35th president.
The commission, appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, included the following members...
Chief Justice Earl Warren
Richard Russell, Jr.
John Sherman Cooper
Gerald R. Ford
John J. McCloy
The final report included 469 pages with 410 pages of appendices. It was presented to LBJ on September 24, 1964 and made public 3 days later.
Earl Warren Gives Report to LBJ
September 24, 1964
Photo by Cecil Stoughton
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The Warren Report was also accompanied by 26 volumes of supplementary documents.
552 witnesses were called to testify before the Commission. All were given the opportunity to be interviewed in open session but only one chose to do so.
Witnesses were free to share their testimony with anyone outside the Commission hearings.
The Warren Commission determined that the shots which killed President Kennedy and wounded Governor Connally were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald and added...
"On the basis of the evidence before the Commission, it is concluded that Oswald acted alone."
While more than 60% of American's surveyed do not agree with the basic conclusion of the Commission, Larry J. Sabato, director of the Center For Politics at the University of Virginia, says...
"Despite everything, a large part of the Commission's basic conclusion turns out to be true."
Sabato, however, does agree that...
"The investigation...was inadequate, rushed and manipulated..."
More than 98% of the Commission's records have been released and on October 26, 2017 the remainder will be made public.
As Larry Sabato writes...
"The right time came long ago for complete disclosure. Transparency cannot bring President Kennedy back but at long last it can help bring America to terms fully with November 22, 1963."
"Is there more to JFK's assassination?," by Larry J. Sabato, November 21, 2013, CNN Opinion, www.cnn.com/