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JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MEMO SAYS PUBLIC ‘MUST BE SATISFIED’ OSWALD WAS LONE ASSASSIN

November 25, 1963

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT MEMO SAYS PUBLIC ‘MUST BE SATISFIED’ OSWALD WAS LONE ASSASSIN 


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) As the remains of our martyred 35th President of the United States were interred at Arlington National Cemetery today, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach* sent a memorandum to Bill Moyers**, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s assistant, which said:


“It is important that all the facts surrounding President Kennedy’s Assassination be made public in a way which will satisfy people…that all the facts have been told.”


Three main points are then made by Mr. Katzenbach:


“1. The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he did not have confederates who are still at large; & that the evidence was such that he would have been convicted.


2. Speculation about Oswald’s motivation ought to be cut off.


3. The matter has (not) been handled….with….dignity…Facts have been mixed with rumor & speculation.  We can scarcely let the world see us totally in the image of the Dallas police when our President is murdered.”***



*Nicholas Katzenbach, born in 1922 in Philadelphia, served in the US Army Air Force in WWII & was a POW for 2 years.  


He earned a degree from Princeton & graduated from Yale Law School in 1947.  


Katzenbach served as Assistant Attorney General & Deputy Attorney General in the Kennedy administration & then was appointed Attorney General by LBJ in Feb. 1965.

 

Nichoas Katzenbach, Attorney General, White House Photo, 1968


              

**Bill Moyers, born in 1934 in Hugo, Oklahoma, was an intern for Senator Lyndon Johnson in 1954.  He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas in 1956.  


Moyers was liason between LBJ & JFK in the 1960 presidential campaign & served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps in the Kennedy administration.


After JFK’s death, he became Special Assistant to President Johnson.

 

Bill Moyers, Assistant to the President, 1965

                     

***This memo, of course, would not have been public knowledge on 11-25-63.  It was issued on the day following Oswald’s murder by Jack Ruby.

 

JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: SEVENTH CONVERSATION XXIII

April 22, 2012

JACQUELINE KENNEDY, HISTORIC CONVERSATIONS: SEVENTH CONVERSATION XXIII

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today JFK+50 continues our report on the seventh conversation from “Jacqueline Kennedy, Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” published by Hyperion.


The seventh conversation was recorded on June 3, 1964.

Arthur Schlesinger asks:

“Did the President often talk much about the things he would like to do?”

Jacqueline Kennedy answers:

“I know (Jack) was going to get rid of J. Edgar Hoover*, the minute (he was re-elected????) & he always said that those were the two things he did first-(keeping) Hoover & Allen Dulles**, which I guess he had to do at the time.

He couldn’t have not.”

Mr. Schlesinger then asks:

“Did he….ever talk about….what he would do with the FBI?”

Mrs. Kennedy responds:

“No, he didn’t say who he’d make, & then Bobby was going to leave the Justice Department.  I think he might have made Nick Katzenbach*** the head, I’m not sure.

I know there was going to be a domestic peace corps….& I know he was going to do this (war on) poverty thing.

And I know he really cared about….Appalachia.  And he was going to Russia.”

*J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) served as FBI director under 6 Presidents.  His long tenure only ended with his death at the age of 77.


J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director, 1961


**Allen Dulles (1893-1969) served as CIA director under Ike & JFK.  He was forced to resign after the Bay of Pigs.  LBJ appointed him as a member of the Warren Commission.

***Nicholas Katzenbach (1922-    ) served as RFK’s deputy at the Justice Department & as Attorney General under LBJ.

JFK+50 COMMENT:

Tomorrow’s entry will be the final report on Jacqueline’s Kennedy’s Historic Conversations.  We thank Caroline Kennedy for making the decision to release them on the 50th anniversary of the beginning her father’s presidency (1961-2011).

We should remember that some of the views Mrs. Kennedy expressed were from, as Caroline has said, “a moment in time” & some of these views changed as the years passed.

If you have not listened to the recordings which are available with the book, JFK+50 recommends you do so.

You can access the Hyperion website by clicking on the icon on the lower right side of this blog.

Thank you for your interest.

John White

Knoxville, Tennessee

April 22, 2012





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