A Sniper Looks at Dealy Plaza:
The Craig Roberts Interview
In 1987, former U.S. Marine sniper Craig Roberts, a seasoned veteran of the Vietnam War, stood for the first time at the 6th floor "sniper's nest" window of the Texas School Book Depository. As he looked down into what the U.S. Government maintains was the kill zone used by Lee Harvey Oswald, he immediately knew that the Warren Commission's verdict that Oswald, acting alone from that position, fired three shots in 5.6 seconds from a bolt-action rifle, with the fatal head shot being the last shot fired, was a lie. Why? Because Roberts, a combat experienced marksman, knew that he could not have duplicated Oswald's supposed feat, even if armed with the modern sniper rifle he had used with devastating accuracy in Vietnam.
At that moment, Roberts, by then a 20 year veteran police officer and a recognized authority on sniping, began an investigation that would last 6 years, take him into the shadowy world of the clandestine intelligence community and beyond, to discover the existence of a sinister organization that resides far above the CIA, the KGB, the Mafia, and even government itself. An entity so powerful that the elimination of a country's leader was little more than business as usual.
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Q: Craig, why do you suppose the investigation into
J.F.K.'s death these days is left up to guys like yourself, Harold Weisberg,
Mark Lane, Cyril Wecht, John Newman and Harrison Edward Livingstone. Where's
Ted Kennedy? Where's J.F.K., Jr.? Where's Caroline Kennedy? Where's anybody
from the Kennedy Family when it come to this matter?
A: I think that question was probably answered when Bobby Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan and/or whoever was in the room with him, such as the security guard. If we go back, Bobby Kennedy made the statement, to paraphrase, that he couldn't dig into this any more until he became President, which was during the time he was trying to run for President. Of course, that never happened. Edward Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy probably would have been the ones that should've jumped on the bandwagon. I can only speculate on this. I think if I was told the same thing would happen to me, I would probably back-off as well, if I were a member of that family, having been very close to that act. I think it does take independent investigators considering how much covering up the government has done on this. Government agencies will never get to the bottom of it. To them, it's old history. It's stuff better left locked up in a vault. It's the American people who want the truth, not the government. So therefore I think it takes independent investigators like us to look at this thing and see if we can't piece it together. We're having to work off of old records, altered evidence. Most of the witnesses are dead now, from one means or another, whether it be suicide, murder, heart-attack, whatever.
I think we're having a more difficult time investigating this late in the game than when the crime scene was fresh. However, we are coming up with a lot of discrepancies. We are turning up new evidence, as new documents are starting to surface.
Q: What would it take to get the J.F.K. Files declassified?
Could we get all the files released this year if President Clinton authorized
such an action?
A: Well, first of all, I think that has been answered by Madeline Brown, Lyndon Johnson's girlfriend, who stated that she had heard him say when they open the files, there'll be nothing there. I think they probably went through the shredder a longtime ago. I don't know that there's that much valuable information still left some place, unless it's been kept by some political power to be used as blackmail later on regarding the powers behind the assassination. There may still be some good stuff there, but I don't think any of it will be released to the public that hasn't been redacted, which means blacked out or removed. I think most of the documents that have come out so far have been redacted in certain areas that are extremely important in the case.