There is no longer significant historical controversy as to the question of whether or not John F. Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy. That question has been settled as an official truth: Kennedy was assassinated by a conspiracy. This was confirmed by the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1979 and is based on its simple conclusion that there were at least two gunmen. The scientific evidence available to the committee indicated that it is probable that more than one person was involved in the President’s murder. That fact compels acceptance. And it demands a re-examination of all that was thought to be true in the past. Further, the committee's investigation of Oswald and Ruby showed a variety of relationships that may have matured into an assassination conspiracy. Neither Oswald nor Ruby turned out to be ‘loners,’ as they had been painted in the 1964 investigation. Nevertheless, the committee frankly acknowledged that it was unable firmly to identify the other gunman or the nature and extent of the conspiracy.-HSCA Report, p. 180
Not specifically confirmed by the HSCA, but later confirmed by its chief counsel, G. Robert Blakey, was that organized crime was part of the conspiracy. This conclusion was based, among other things, on the evidence that Jack Ruby stalked and killed Oswald and was connected to organized crime. The conclusions of the House Select Committee on Assassinations were summarized in Blakey's book, Fatal Hour:
On the question of conspiracy, that is, the involvement of others with Oswald, the evidence was also compelling. The Warren Commission and the FBI investigations of conspiracy were so seriously flawed that their conclusions of no evidence of conspiracy could not be given any weight. But most important, there was scientific evidence, as well as human testimony, of two gunmen shooting at the President in Dealey Plaza. The Committee was also aware that the most plausible explanation for the murder of Oswald by Jack Ruby within forty-eight hours of the assassination was to silence him, and it took into account the evidence of significant associations of both Oswald and Ruby with groups and individuals with strong motivation to assassinate the President. While it could not identify the other conspirators, the Committee voted to reverse the verdict of history. It found that President John F. Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy. I As the years have passed in writing this book, I have observed how almost everyone I know is not aware of this very important historical fact: The Congress of the United States actually did officially declare that John Kennedy was killed as a result of a conspiracy. What is going on here that not even our informed citizens a urant meal any time...
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