- This is clearly some of the most damning evidence ever
captured on tape from the Oval Office. It makes the NIXON Smoking Gun tape
look like a game of "Charades" -- Here, the President [LBJ] discusses
obstructing justice with the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
one week after the assassination.
- You say the Magic Bullet Theory MIGHT be true? Non-sense!
- Just this ONE sentence from Hoover's mouth, on the day
the FBI would conclude their investigation and give Johnson their report,
which took place only hours before LBJ announced to the public his having
appointed the Warren Commission to submit a report to him and the American
People which would evaluate the FBI's investigation and conclusions:
- HOOVER QUOTE ON:
- "The President then asked, if Connally had not been
in his seat, would the President [JFK] have been hit by the second shot?
I said yes... he no doubt would have been hit by ALL THREE SHOTS!"
- HOOVER QUOTE OFF
- There is NO question as to the cover-up that the two
of them conspired to initiate and perpetuate. At no time was CONNALLY in
a position to "take a bullet" for JFK! How could Connally (in
front of JFK) ever have been between OSWALD and JFK to have shielded JFK
from ANY shots? Later LBJ asks: "So, if Connally hadn't *been in
the way* would the president have been hit by all three shots?" Again,
Hoover replies: "YES" -- to that as well. Don't take my word
for it. Listen to the whole conversation.
- I have included the ENTIRE ACTUAL TAPE RECORDING OF THIS
CONVERSATION IN REAL AUDIO [linked below].
- Hoover says that OSWALD's gun was found on the 5th floor,
(NOT the SIXTH) no less than a half a dozen times. He says that FOUR (4)
shells were found there [5th floor], NOT THREE (3) shells - That three
were spent shells and one was unspent. It was not fired because of a dent
or defect in its base... etc.
- Below is an internal memo from J. Edgar Hoover to his
top eight (8) assistants, summarizing in great detail, his conversation.
- J. EDGAR HOOVER AND LBJ 29-NOV-63 [RealAudio] LINK: http://www.fortunecity.com/meltingpot/park/1097/lbjeh.html
- UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FEDERAL BUREAU OF
INVESTIGATION WASHINGTON, D.C.
- 1:39 p.m. November 29, 1963
- MEMORANDUM FOR MR. TOLSON MR. BELMONT MR. MOHR MR. CONRAD
MR. DE LOACH MR. EVANS MR. ROSEN MR. SULLIVAN
- The President called and asked if I am familiar with
the proposed group they are trying to get to study my report - two from
the House, two from the Senate, two from the courts, and a couple of outsiders.
I replied that I had not heard of that but had seen reports from the Senate
- The President stated he wanted to get by just with my
file and my report. I told him I thought it would be very bad to have a
rash of investigations. He then indicated the only way to stop it is to
appoint a high-level committee to evaluate my report and tell the House
and Senate not to go ahead with the investigation. I stated that would
be a three-ring circus.
- The President then asked what I think about Allen Dulles,
and I replied that he is a good man. He then asked about John McCloy, and
I stated I am not as enthusiastic about McCloy, that he is a good man but
I am not so certain as to the matter of publicity he might want. The President
then mentioned General (Lauris) Norstad, and I said he is a good man. He
said in the House he might try (Hale) Boggs and (Gerald R.) Ford and in
the Senate (Richard B.) Russell and (John Sherman) Cooper. I asked him
about Cooper and he indicated Cooper of Kentucky whom he described as a
judicial man, stating he would not want (Jacob K.) Javits. I agreed on
this point. He then reiterated Ford of Michigan, and I indicated I know
of him but do not know him and had never seen him except on television
the other day and that he handled himself well on television. I indicated
that I do know Boggs.
- Johnson, President Lyndon B. Assassination of President
John F. Kennedy Presidential Commission on Assassination of President John
F. Kennedy Security - Presidential Presidential Conferences Presidential
- Memorandum for Messrs. Tolson, Belmont, Mohr, November
29, 1963 Conrad, DeLoach, Evans, Rosen, Sullivan
- The President then mentioned that (Walter) Jenkins had
told him that I have designated Mr. DeLoach to work with them as he had
on the Hill. He indicated they appreciated that and just wanted to tell
me they consider Mr. DeLoach as high class as I do, and that they salute
me for knowing how to pick good men.
- I advised the President that we hope to have the investigation
wrapped up today but probably won't have it before the first of the week
as an angle in Mexico is giving trouble - the matter of Oswald's getting
$6500 from the Cuban Embassy and coming back to this country with it; that
we are not able to prove that fact; that we have information he was there
on September 18 and we are able to prove he was in New Orleans on that
date; that a story came in changing the date to September 28 and he was
in Mexico on the 28th. I related that the police have again arrested Duran,
a member of the Cuban Embassy; that they will hold her two or three days;
will confront her with the original informant; and will also try a lie
detector test on her.
- The President then inquired if I pay any attention to
the lie detector test. I answered that I would not pay 100% attention to
them; that it was only a psychological asset in investigation; that I would
not want to be a part of sending a man to the chair on a lie detector test.
I explained that we have used them in bank investigations and a person
will confess before the lie detector test is finished, more or less fearful
it will show him guilty. I said the lie detector test has this psychological
advantage. I further stated that it is a misnomer to call it a lie detector
since the evaluation of the chart made by the machine is made by a human
being and any human being is apt to make the wrong interpretation.
- I stated, if Oswald had lived and had take a lie detector
test, this with the evidence we have would have added that much strength
to the case; that these is no question he is the man.
- I also told him that Rubenstein down there has offered
to take a lie detector test but his lawyer must be consulted first; that
I doubt the lawyer will allow him to do so; that he has a West Coast lawyer
somewhat like the Edward Bennett Williams type and almost as much of a
- The President asked if we have any relationship between
the two (Oswald and Rubenstein) as yet. I replied that at the present time
- not; that there was a story that the fellow had been
in Rubenstein's nightclub but it has not been confirmed. I told the President
that Rubenstein is a very seedy character, had a bad record - street brawls,
fights, etc.; that in Dallas, if a fellow came into his nightclub and could
not pay his bill completely, Rubenstein would beat him up and throw him
out; that he did not drink or smoke; that he was an egomaniac; that he
likes to be in the limelight; knew all of the police officers in the white
light district; let them come in and get food and liquor, etc.; and that
is how I think he got into police headquarters. I said if they ever made
any move, the pictures did not show it even when they saw him approach
and he got right up to Oswald and pressed the pistol against Oswald's stomach;
that neither officer on either side made any effort to grab Rubenstein
- not until after the pistol was fired. I said, secondly, the chief of
police admits he moved Oswald in the morning as a convenience and at the
request of motion picture people who wanted daylight. I said insofar as
tying Rubenstein and Oswald together, we have not yet done so; that there
are a number of stories which tied Oswald to the Civil Liberties Union
in New York in which he applied for membership and to the Fair Play for
Cuba Committee which is pro-Castro, directed by communists, and financed
to some extent by the Castro Government.
- The President asked how many shots were fired, and I
told him three. He then asked if any were fired at him. I said no, that
three shots were fired at the President and we have them. I stated that
our ballistic experts were able to prove the shots were fired by this gun;
that the President was hit by the first and third bullets and the second
hit the Governor; that there were three shots; that one complete bullet
rolled out of the President's head; that it tore a large part of the President's
head off; that in trying to massage his heart on the way into the hospital
they loosened the bullet which fell on the stretcher and we have that.
- He then asked were they aimed at the President. I replied
they were aimed at the President, no question about that.
- I further advised him that we have also tested the fact
you could fire those three shots in three seconds. I explained that there
is a story out that there must have been more than one man to fire several
shots but we have proven it could be done by one man.
- The President then asked how it happened that Connally
was hit. I explained that Connally turned to the President when the first
shot was fired and in that turning he got hit. The President then asked,
if Connally had not been in his seat, would the President have been hit
by the second shot. I said yes.
- I related that on the fifth floor of the building where
we found the gun and the wrapping paper we found three empty shells that
had been fired and one that had not been fired. that he had four but didn't
fire the fourth; then threw the gun aside; went down the steps; was seen
by a police officer; the manager told the officer that Oswald was all right,
worked there; they let him go; he got on a bus; went to his home and got
a jacket; then came back downtown, walking; the police officer who was
killed stopped him, not knowing who he was; and he fired and killed the
- The President asked if we can prove that and I answered
- I further related that Oswald then walked another two
blocks; went to the theater; the woman selling tickets was so suspicious
- said he was carrying a gun when he went into the theater - that she notified
the police; the police and our man went in and located Oswald. I told him
they had quite a struggle with Oswald but that he was subdued and shown
out and taken to police headquarters.
- I advised the President that apparently Oswald had come
down the steps from the fifth floor; that apparently the elevator was not
- The President then indicated our conclusions are: (1)
he is the one who did it; (2) after the President was hit, Governor Connally
was hit; (3) the President would have been hit three times except for the
fact that Governor Connally turned after the first shot and was hit by
the second; (4) whether he was connected with the Cuban operation with
money we are trying to nail down. I told him that is what we are trying
to nail down; that we have copies of the correspondence; that none of the
letters dealt with any indication of violence or assassination; that they
were dealing with a visa to go back to Russia.
- I advised the President that his wife had been very hostile,
would not cooperate and speaks only Russian; that yesterday she said, if
we could give assurance she would be allowed to remain in the country,
she would cooperate; and that I told our agents to give that assurance
and sent a Russian-speaking agent to Dallas last night to interview her.
I said I do not know whether or not she has any information but we would
learn what we could. The President asked how Oswald had access to the fifth
floor of the building. I replied that he had access to all floors. The
President asked where was his office and I stated he did not have any particular
place; that he was not situated in any particular place; that he was just
a general packer of requisitions that came in for books from Dallas schools;
that he would have had proper access to the fifth and sixth floors whereas
usually the employees were down on lower floors. The President then inquired
if anybody saw him on the fifth floor, and I stated he was seen by one
of the workmen before the assassination.
- The President then asked if we got a picture taken of
him shooting the gun and I said no. He asked what was the picture sold
for $25,000, and I advised him this was a picture of the parade showing
Mrs. Kennedy crawling out of the back seat; that there was no Secret Service
Agent on the back of the car; that in the past they have added steps on
the back of the car and usually had an agent on either side standing on
the bumper; that I did not know why this was not done - that the President
may have requested it; that the bubble top was not up but I understand
the bubble top was not worth anything because it was made entirely of plastic;
that I had learned much to my surprise that the Secret Service does not
have any armored cars.
- The President asked if I have a bulletproof car and I
told him I most certainly have. I told him we use it here for my own use
and, whenever we have any raids, we make use of the bulletproof car on
them. I explained that it is a limousine which has been armorplated and
that it looks exactly like any other car. I stated I think the President
ought to have a bulletproof car; that from all I understand the Secret
Service has had two cars with metal plates underneath the car to take care
of hand grenades or bombs thrown out on the street. I said this is European;
that there have been several such attempts on DeGaulle's life; but they
do not do that in this country; that all assassinations have been with
guns; and for that reason I think very definitely the President ought to
always ride in a bulletproof car; that it certainly would prevent anything
like this ever happening again; but that I do not mean a sniper could not
snipe him from a window if he were exposed.
- The President asked if I meant on his ranch he should
be in a bulletproof car. I said I would think so; that the little car we
rode around in when I was at the ranch should be bulletproofed; that it
ought to be done very quietly. I told him we have four bulletproof cars
in the Bureau: one on the West Coast, one in New York and two here. I said
this could be done quietly without publicity and without pictures taken
of it if handled properly and I think he should have one on his ranch.
- The President then asked if I think all the entrances
should be guarded. I replied by all means, that he had almost to be in
the capacity of a so-called prisoner because without that security anything
could be done. I told him lots of phone calls had been received over the
last four or five days about threats on his life; that I talked to the
Attorney General about the funeral procession from the White House to the
Cathedral; that I was opposed to it. The President remarked that the Secret
Service told them not to but the family wanted to do it.
- I stated that was what the Attorney General told me but
I was very much opposed to it. I further related that I saw the procession
from the Capitol to the White House on Pennsylvania and, while they had
police standing on the curbs, when the parade came, the police turned around
and looked at the parade.
- The President then stated he is going to take every precaution
he can; that he wants to talk to me; and asked if I would put down my thoughts.
He stated I was more than head of the FBI - I was his brother and his personal
friend; that he knew I did not want anything to happen to his family; that
he has more confidence in me than anybody in town; that he would not embroil
me in a jurisdictional dispute; but that he did want to have my thoughts
on the matter to advocate as his own opinion.
- I stated I would be glad to do this for him and that
I would do anything I can. The President expressed his appreciation.
- Very truly yours,
- [signed J. E. H.]
- John Edgar Hoover Director
- Gregory Burnham
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