Oliver Stone meets up with other conspiracy theorists

HIS big budget movie “JFK” sensationally claimed America’s first Irish Catholic President John F Kennedy was not killed by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald.

And 22 years on, controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone is still convinced JFK was the victim of a high level conspiracy.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Dallas assassination, Oscar winner Stone was joined by a whole host of fellow conspiracy theorists from all over America to swap stories on who they believed the real killers were.

Speaking at the “Passing the Torch” symposium held at Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, Stone, whose movie implied government elements were in on a plot to kill the President, said: “It’s our passion that scares people.

“There’s not enough young people here and that makes me sad because we need that to continue the torch of liberty.

Explaining why he thinks JFK was assassinated, he said: “Kennedy provoked such hostility and hatred.

“His death was cheered in the South because of his support for Martin Luther King. He was moving to change things on all fronts. He was starting to end the Cold War. He made a deal with Khruschev and Russia in 1962 to end the missile crisis, and he furthered the deal when he signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in 1963.

“He seemed to have an expanding vision of the world, much like Gorbachev did in Russia in the ’80s.”

Another speaker was pathologist and longtime Kennedy conspiracy theorist Dr. Cyril Wecht who works in an office surrounded by images of JFK. Dr Wecht claimed the whole story of Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone and firing a “magic bullet” was preposterous.

“This is a story that would be something fantastic for a fiction writer,” said Dr Wecht, the organiser of the gathering, who ridiculed the official findings of the Warren Commission.

Dr. Wecht said his symposium would help “keep alive the questions, the curiosity, the quest to find elusive and inconvenient truths.

“We realise that there’s not going to be an announcement by the government that, ‘Hey, Wecht’s conference took place and we now know the truth and we’re going to get into the JFK assassination.’ It’s not going to happen. But one day, it will.”

Dr. Wecht claimed  the country’ was on his side, citing polls that say eight out of 10 Americans don’t believe the conclusions of the Warren Commission.

“There was no way to beat Kennedy at the polls, his charm, his charisma, his money, his power, no way in the world do you beat him, no way in the world do you beat Bobby Kennedy,” said Dr. Wecht.  “There’s only one way, and that is to physically eliminate, and that was what it was, the overthrow of the government and that’s a coup d’état.”

Another speaker at the symposium, Dr. Robert McClelland, spoke to the audience in a video-conference feed from Texas and described a scene at Parkland Hospital that conflicts with the government account.

As a senior attending physician, McClelland personally treated Kennedy and described seeing a large exit wound from the back of the president’s head. He said he later saw an autopsy photo in which Kennedy’s head appeared to be patched up.

“I was 18 inches above the back of the president’s head,” he said. “I paid a lot of attention to that.”

Attendees heard and saw photographic and acoustic evidence, enhanced by new technology, that presenters say proves multiple shooters fired on Kennedy from several angles.

“A half century later, independent researchers are coming up with new proof,” said Robert J. Groden.

In 1975, Groden was the first man to publicly air the Zapruder film of the assassination and, like Wecht, he worked with the House Select Committee on Assassinations.

He was one of many who sneered at the “single-bullet” theory that the late Sen. Arlen Specter put forth as a lawyer for the Warren Commission.

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