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'The police were in on the job. Either they ordered it to be done, or else they allowed it to be done. In any case, they're in on the job.' This is the considered judgment of President Charles de Gaulle, (one of the most knowledgeable statesmen of our time) about what really happened at Dallas on November 22 1963.

De Gaulle's pungent remarks were made, of course, off the record almost four years before they became publicly known. For this is the salient point of the amazing disclosure just made by the French historian Raymond Tournoux * concerning President de Gaulle's views on the assassination of President Kennedy: it was immediately upon his return from Washington, where he had attended the funeral of the slain president, in late 1963, that the French Chief of State, talking freely to an intimate crowd, drew a picture of the Dallas events that was diametrically opposed to the official version and to the subsequent Warren Report: 'What happened to Kennedy almost happened to me. The assassination of the President of the United States at Dallas is the assassination that could have struck down the French Chief of State in 1960, 1961, and 1962, in Algiers or here (in France).' De Gaulle was referring to the many attempts that had been made on his own life, especially by the militantly right-wing OAS (Secret Army Organization), in the last phase of the Algerian war. 'It looks like a cowboy and Indian story,' De Gaulle went on to say, 'but it's really only an OAS story. The police are in cahoots with the ultras. In this case, the ultras are represented by the Ku Klux Klan, the John Birch Society and all those secret extreme rightist associations.' General de Gaulle, it has now been revealed, never for one moment believed the story of Lee Harvey Oswald, Kennedy's alleged killer. He expressed his skepticism, and his view of what really happened, in candid terms: 'they got hold of this Communist who wasn't really one, a nullity, and a fanatic. He was just the man they needed, ideal or the accusation: A fable was created to make people believe that this guy had acted out of fanaticism and love for communism. It was designed to set off an anti-Communist witch hunt to divert attention…’

I have always prided myself on having been the first person to make a detailed case for the thesis that Oswald was nothing but a preordained scapegoat who never killed anybody in Dallas and that he had been, moreover, a phony Red manipulated by cunning wirepullers, but now I must concede that De Gaulle beat me to it. For his remarks were made - or at least his impressions were gathered - before I even arrived in Dallas to conduct my private investigation. De Gaulle also visualized the sequel. 'They' had planned to shoot Oswald on sight to prevent a trial, but things went wrong. Oswald got suspicious and took flight. A policeman was killed...

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