posted by BartIV
He wasn't that good of a shot. First shot completely missed. The first shot should have been his best. The second shot was not on target, it was
meant for JFK's head, instead it hit him in the back. And the last shot was just a lucky shot, he probably took a little more time on this shot as
well. But he did play with guns in the [USMC], so he knew his way around with one, he was conformable with using a gun. Given that, he performed just
about right, Not perfect, but lucky. [Edited by Don W]
I believe LHO earned either Marksman or Sharpshooter badge in the MC. LHO was Honorably Discharged from the USMC in pay grade E3, corporal. He had
enlisted for 3 years and that was a normal rate of progression. Taken together this points to him as having been a satisfactory marine.
He last duty assignment was as a ground radar operator in a base in northern Japan. I believe this was in the 1958-1959 time frame. The US was
engaged in overflights of the Kamchatka Peninsula which was a no fly zone enforced by the Soviets as KAL007 can confirm. For political reasons the US
always denied over-flying the USSR. It is after all a violation of international law and just not politic.
In his capacity as a long range ground radar operator he would have had many instances of monitoring our overflights and the Ruskie’s response,
i.e., sending up fighters and etc. When he defected to the USSR, the KGB would have debriefed him. His info while not new nor in any way treasonous,
would have gone to confirm what the USSR already knew. As a low level person, LHO would not have known what type of planes he was watching on his
screen, necessarily, nor for sure he would not have known their mission. Need to know, and all.
When LHO returned to the US, the CIA would have debriefed him. They found him of no value. The FBI, with different responsibilities, would have
interviewed him and then, IMO, they “hired” him as a stinger. It was cheaper to pay him $100 a month and get some gossip on the Cuban Committee as
a bonus, then it would have been to put a”tail” on him.
J Edgar Hoover was embarrassed to learn one of his “stringers” had murdered the president. The CIA knew this but were constrained not to go public
by the FBI. Who knows what was “traded” for that? The KGB was scared a wiled Texan might strike first and ask questions later. They laid low.
Cuba, with the best motive, was in the dark. They had denied a visa to him in Mexico City. Loose cannons you do not want. So, that’s what I think.
Mark Lane proved there is more money in a conspiracy than in the truth, anytime. And here we are, 43 years later, still buying conspiracy books.
Debunking books do not sell.
[edit on 8/30/2006 by donwhite]