[quote=“Cold Front”]This is the silly kind of reasoning that I dislike so much and find so often in the people who are fascinated by the Kennedy assassination; the normal relationships and history that are a part of all politics are construed as something maleficient.
If you want to whip up guilt by association, I can argue that the Church Committee’s findings were nothing more than an echo of their times. It was the mid-70s; protest politics in the U.S. had finally culminated in the removal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and the fall of Saigon; Nixon had left office under the scandal of Watergate; books with a negative slant on the CIA’s role in Latin America and overseas were becoming widely available.[/quote]
I agree with your point on the hodgepodge of conspiracy theorists. It reminds me of the saying that “half knowledge is dangerous.” However, I take issue that the Church Commitee or the later House Select Committee on Assassinations were a product of their time. Sure, they express the cynacism of the Watergate era, but until the late 1960s, people accepted what the government said at face value. After Watergate so many laws were changed to promote greater transparency in government (and, in some respects, abuse – Campaign Financing laws etc). Journalism also became aggressive with a “take no prisoners” ethos.
With your rationale, you could say that the Warren Commission was accepted at the time because Americans had yet to question and understand that their own government could be capable of great evil as well as good - the Hegelian dialectic. Regardless of political affiliation, one can recognize that Vietnam, Watergate etc. changed the rules of the ball game entirely. Things that happened in the past had to be re-evaluated by government institutions. So regardless of whether it is one gunman that killed JFK, the Mob, Angry Cubans, or Captain Long Dong Silver, I think it is good that polemics and the interested public are talking about the shooting and looking at new evidence as it is made available. It sure beats the silence and secrecy that permeated through government corridors for far too long.