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Paul Bleau Chokes, Part 14

Paul Bleau's first chokehold is that "the official record impeaches the Warren Commission." He believes that: (page 38 in the Kindle edition of his book Chokeholds)

U.S. investigations into the assassination, statements made by investigation insiders and foreign government conclusions about the assassination prove that there is a strong consensus by the independent investigative authorities that there was a conspiracy in the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

Bleau's chapter then lists out a variety of statements that seemingly prove conspiracy. Of course, Bleau doesn't tell readers the full truth about these viewpoints.

President Lyndon Johnson

Bleau Assertion: (page 58)

In a 1969 interview with Walter Cronkite, Lyndon Johnson said that he had not completely discounted the possibility of international connections to the murder. 
He is also on the record for stating the following: “I never believed that Oswald acted alone ….” He added that the government “had been operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean.”

What Bleau Doesn't Tell You:

Yes, the United States was trying to kill Fidel Castro. So, Johnson thought perhaps the assassination had been a retaliation for these attempts. Johnson didn't have any special knowledge about a plot, just a suspicion, much like Robert Kennedy, that the Cubans might have retaliated.

Johnson: I can't honestly say that I've ever been completely relieved of the fact that there might have been international connections.

Cronkite: You mean you still feel that there might have been?

Johnson:  Well, I have not completely discounted.

Cronkite:  That would seem to indicate that you don't have full confidence in the Warren Commission report.

Johnson:  No, No, I think the Warren Commission study and I think, first of all, it’s composed of the ablest, most judicious bipartisan men in this country. Second, I think they had only one objective and that was the truth. Third, I think they were competent and did the best they could, but I don't think that they, or me, or anyone else, is always absolutely sure of everything that might have motivated Oswald or others that could have been involved.

During coffee, the talk turned to President Kennedy, and Johnson expressed his belief that the assassination in Dallas had been part of a conspiracy. "I never believed that Oswald acted alone, although I can accept that he pulled the trigger." Johnson said that when he had taken office he found that "we had been operating a damned Murder Inc. in the Caribbean." A year or so before Kennedy's death a CIA-backed assassination team had been picked up in Havana. Johnson speculated that Dallas had been a retaliation for this thwarted attempt, although he couldn't prove it. "After the Warren Commission reported in, I asked Ramsey Clark [then Attorney General] to quietly look into the whole thing. Only two weeks later he reported back that he couldn't find anything new." Disgust tinged Johnson's voice as the conversation came to an end. "I thought I had appointed Tom Clark's son — I was wrong."

Bleau left out this bit: " ... although I can accept that he pulled the trigger."

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Paul Bleau

Bleau leaves out some important details about the beliefs of Burt Griffin.

Bleau leaves out an important paragraph from Alfredda Scobey's article on the Warren Commission.

Bleau misleads readers on the testimony of John Moss Whitten.

Bleau gets it all wrong on Dr. George Burkley.

Bleau doesn't tell the whole story about John Sherman Cooper.

Bleau claims that J. Lee Rankin questioned the findings of the Warren Report. This is just true.

Bleau tries to make it appear that Dallas policeman James Leavelle had doubts that Oswald could be found guilty at a trial.

Bleau gets it all wrong on the FBI Summary Report.

Bleau discusses the conclusions of the HSCA but leaves out it most important finding.

Bleau leaves out some important details about a Warren Commission staffer.

Was Oswald a loner? Bleau says no, and then says yes.

Bleau leaves out some important details about Malcolm Kilduff.

An introduction to Paul Bleau's new book, Chokeholds.

Was David Ferrie Clay Shaw's pimp?

Did Lee Harvey Oswald have an escort?

Edward Girnus was in prison for forgery, and he told a fanciful story about Clay Shaw and Lee Harvey Oswald.

Leander D'Avy told the HSCA he saw Oswald and Ferrie with the three tramps.

Bleau's analysis of Garrison's files is full of errors.

Bleau believes there were seven plots against JFK before Dallas.

Bolden's allegation that there was a plot against JFK in Chicago has changed over the years.

There is no evidence that there was a plot against JFK in Tampa.

There is no evidence that there was a plot against JFK in Chicago.


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