The Warren Commission was not vindicated

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I was disappointed to see Howard Willens present his defense of the Warren Commission's conclusions without any questions raised either by Oak Parkers in attendance at his Oak Park Public Library speech or by Wednesday Journal staff [Vindicated by history, LifeLines, Nov. 20]. 

The Warren Commssion was not a neutral fact-finding body presenting a review whose only objective was the truth. Your article even admits as much, noting, "The commission had to 'prove a negative' that there was no conspiracy and that Oswald ...  acted alone." 

The Warren Commission presented a prosecutor's brief to make a case against Oswald, not an objective reading of all available evidence. Mr. Willens claims that evidence against Oswald was "iron-clad," but his own commission's printed findings refute that. A majority of witnesses present in the proceedings reported hearing additional shots fired from the grassy knoll. The rifle was inspected and no prints from Oswald were found on it; the palm print was found only later after the chain of evidence for the weapon was broken. Of course Oswald's prints were found on the boxes on the third floor since it was his job at the time to move boxes in the building. 

The doctors in Dallas testified that the wound in Kennedy's throat was an entrance when they examined it, not an exit. There were more fragments of metal found just in Governor Connally's body than could have come from CD 399, the "magic bullet." 

Mr. Willens tipped his hand with his final quote: "We have to move on." He wants to end the questions and end the discussion, to forget rather than remember and learn. 

Despite his claim, however, like the Bush administration's policies of torture and preventive war, history will not prove that the Warren Commission was right. History will only prove they got away with it. 

Benjamin Iglar-Mobley 

Oak Park 

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