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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-22-08 06:15 PM
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30. I'd be pleased if
more of the classified information was released.

If I were to identify one key point of information on the case, it would be that two of JFK's closest friends were in a car behind the President. Dave Powers and Kenny O'Donnell said that they saw and heard shots coming from the grassy knoll.

Within hours of the killing, both men had told RFK what they saw and heard. However, their story did not become known publicly for years.

When interviewed by the FBI afterward, they were pressured to lie. O'Donnell, of course, testified to the Warren Commision, and told the lies that he had been instructed to tell. Powers did not testify to the Warren Commission.

After RFK was killed, Powers, O'Donnell, Tip O'Neill had lunch. The two told O'Neill about what they knew about Dallas. Before this, O'Neill had believed the Warren Commission; what he heard that day changed his mind.

Any investigation that depends, even in part, upon those entrusted to investigate and enforce the laws, is contaminated when they pressure witnesses to knowingly lie. A good investigator may believe that a witness is confused, or had an error in perception. But they deal with that. And they do not pressure the witness -- or witnesses -- to knowingly lie.

Why would they have pressured Powers and O'Donnell? Perhaps it was because their actual knowledge of the events could convince even a man like Tip O'Neill.

Thank you for this OP and thread.

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