Friday, August 8, 2008

FBI files released to Washington Post; Gerald Ford served as spy for Hoover on Warren Commission

It has long been known that Gerald Ford functioned as a spy for J. Edgar Hoover on the Warren Commission. But today's Washington Post has an "exclusive" story which includes new details on how Ford not only spied for Hoover, but also actively worked to manipulate other Warren Commission members into believing that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. In times past, Ford stoutly denied that he operated in such a way for Hoover and tried to suggest that previously released FBI documents were just a result of FBI official Cartha DeLoach trying to "puff" his own reputation. Today's documents give the lie to the late president's previous denials. Ford's reputation has already suffered considerably in recent years, such as in 2001 when documents were released which showed both he and Henry Kissinger aided and abetted Indonesia's 1975 attack on East Timor, which resulted in 25 years of slaughter in that country. (See: By arming Indonesia for this purpose Ford and Kissinger plainly violated U.S. law which does not allow arms to be sold to any country except for defensive purposes. The revelations in today's Post will further besmirch his reputation as it leaves no doubt his work on the Commission was tarnished by an all too cozy relationship with the FBI. This too casts a shadow over the independence of the Warren Commission itself. Ford sought from the beginning to paint Oswald as a lone assassin as Hoover wanted.
From the article:
"A December 1963 memo recounts that Ford, then a Republican congressman from Michigan, told FBI Assistant Director Cartha D. "Deke" DeLoach that two members of the seven-person commission remained unconvinced that Kennedy had been shot from the sixth-floor window of the Texas Book Depository. In addition, three commission members "failed to understand" the trajectory of the slugs, Ford said.
Ford told DeLoach that commission discussions would continue and reassured him that those minority points of view on the commission "of course would represent no problem," one internal FBI memo shows. The memo does not name the members involved and does not elaborate on what Ford meant by "no problem."
Ford also told DeLoach that Chief Justice Earl Warren, who headed the commission, had told its members that "they should strive to have their hearings completed and the findings made public prior to July, 1964, when the Presidential campaigns will begin to get hot. He stated it would be unfair to present the findings after July." They missed their deadline, concluding in a report issued Sept. 24, 1964, that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination. "




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