Attorney General Ramsey Clark, appointed by President Johnson, and in office less than a month before new revelations and allegations over the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy started pouring in. The latest was a declaration by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison that there was new evidence surrounding the assassination. That Garrison had just arrested a Clay Shaw, whom Mr. Garrison asserted was an alias for a man named Clay Bertrand, who was mentioned in the Warren Report. One of Clark’s first actions as AG was to consult with the FBI and to clear Clay Shaw of any part in the assassination of the President. Yet Shaw’s name was never mentioned anywhere in the Warren Report. Clark responds by saying a hearing was scheduled to take place in New Orleans later on during the upcoming week and he wasn’t at liberty to discuss the situation. Clark did say that Garrison had provided no evidence as to why he arrested Shaw and that Clark was standing by J. Edgar Hoover’s assessment that there wasn’t a shred of evidence to counter the claim that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Despite an FBI investigation of Shaw, and no mention of Shaw in the Warren Report, it was unclear how and when it happened.
The report, the questions, the theories and the complex puzzle that appeared to be unfolding all have a familiar ring to them – certainly you could apply certain aspects of the Warren Commission Report and its aftermath from 1966 and 1967 to events going on today. Not saying there are any direct correlations, but the quest at getting to the bottom of a series of charges and a tragic episode in our history and how it is presented to the American people are no easy matter to get closure on. That even today, conspiracies still abound over the assassination of John F. Kennedy some fifty-six years later – and one wonders if a flood of questions and conspiracies will erupt at the end of the presentation of the Mueller Investigation. Which is probably why presenting a heavily redacted report will only fuel speculation and not provide concrete answers.
To get an idea of the climate and the nature of the Warren Commission Report on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, here is an episode of CBS Radio’s Face The Nation from March 12, 1967 and an interview with Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
History is loaded with events that wind up repeating in one form or fashion – over and over and over again.