Kennedy Assassination Amnesty Project
What will heal the wounds that began on November 22,
1963 with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy? We believe
the creation a Kennedy Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Researcher and author David Lifton stated in his best-selling
book, "Best Evidence,"
"This position...presumes the gullibility
and timidity of the electorate, and the absolute sanctity of vested
authority. It is a view that I do not want to accept. Yet I must
concede that even if there is a new investigation, it is unlikely
that the architects of this plot can be identified or brought
to justice. But that is not the point. The disguise they erected
must be torn down, and it must be done officially. That would
be the most important outcome of a new investigation. If we cannot have justice, perhaps we can at least have truth."
"Kerry McCarthy, a cousin of the slain President,
"His death was not an act of anger. It was the premeditated
murder of our nation's leader, motivated for very specific reasons,
and benefiting those who ordered it. The people of this nation
know that, and they still hope for answers."
"...There are people who took orders....There are people who acted
in this case.
Generally, the way these cases are prosecuted, witnesses are sought.
And they are sought by an individual grant of immunity from prosecution
for that individual witness. That is still a way to do it. But, given
that there is no pending criminal investigation, given that there is
no pending federal criminal charge and the state has been dormat in Texas
to procecute this matter, what I think would be critical would be somehow
to adopt the Amnesty principal in a way that would be properly defined
for the circumstances of this case. And not only tell people if they
are called under power of subpoena, they would have amnesty or immunity,
but somehow encourage these people to come forward in acknowledgement
of the political nature to some extent of their activities. And to say,
'We want in the testimony of these indiviuals for the truth to come out.'
When you look at this Amnesty approach, it has been subjected to alot
of criticism in So. Africa. It's not without criticism. And I think that
there would be people in this room who would debate this and disagree
on this. And the way the debate have focused on this in South Africa
is: Whether people want truth or justice.
The fact is that if an amnesty type program is put into place, there
is not compete justice. It means that people who participated in this,
who did bad things in this will not go to jail. There would be no justice
in that sense. And there is debate and trade-off between truth and justice.
I heard one of the earlier speakers say, he wants truth. I, myself, would
like to err in the face of truth. We've had 34 years and the fact that,
if we can bring out the truth and do anything possible to encourage the
formal authorities to finally take those steps to bring out the truth
-- which is really through the compelling of witnesses to give the final
testimony, I think we will have accomplished another great thing."
Past Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 24, 1997
JFK RESEARCH GROUP TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVE
JFK LANCER, at its 1997 November In Dallas Conference, announced
the formation of an independent task force to draft legislation
establishing a legislative amnesty initiative. Its goal will be
to encourage surviving material witnesses in the assassination
of President John F. Kennedy to come forward.
The initiative is designed to be the logical successor legislation
to the historic JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.
It is modeled on the South
Africa Commission of Truth and Reconciliation, and is intended,
in the words of Conference Chair George Michael Evica, "...to
make historical sense of the flood of new and important documents
made available by the Assassination Records Review Board."
Evica added, "We are offering what most likely will be the
last opportunity for these witnesses to clear their conscience,
serve their country, and tell the truth."
JFK Lancer supports a grass roots historical research group
consisting of physicians, attorneys, engineers, and law enforcement
persons, all providing professional analysis to the JFK assassination
case; its mission is to make JFK assassination information available
in full to the citizens of the United States and the world. Also
attending the 1997 conference were Kerry McCarthy, JFK's cousin,
who spoke in Dealey Plaza and at the conference, and Tom Samoluk,
from the Assassination Records Review Board.
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