There are things that I believe and then there are things I know. I BELIEVE in a God but I KNOW that JFK was killed as the result of a conspiracy. Early in my career in journalism there were many conspiracy theories that I dismissed out of hand, such as the one about we never went to the moon, that JFK was killed to prevent him from revealing the reality of UFOs and that people were being abducted by aliens.
But as I got older and gained more experience, I came to understand that things are not as black and white as they seem when one is young and
unaccustomed to the ways of the world. Most of my colleagues in journalism would never venture past the conventional worldview of the day but I was
always inquisitive and curious about life.
Today, there is an abundance of evidence calling our initial moon landing into question, not the least of which is the question of how our astronauts
managed to survive the Van Allen radiation belt without heavy shielding on their space capsule. Although I am still not absolutely convinced that we
never went to the moon, I recognize that there are many hard questions which have not been satisfactorily answered. Likewise, there is now intriguing
evidence that JFK was well aware of the UFO situation and, in fact, had demanded that the CIA turn over to his White House all its UFO files by
February, 1964. I still doubt that this was the reason for his assassination but I am now ready to accept that it may have played a part in that
decision. With the immense amount of data and narratives now available regarding people who claimed to have been abducted by aliens and considering
the tremendous work of the late Dr. John Mack of Harvard, it is evident that something outside of normal reality is happening to these folks.
Today, I remain open to any conspiracy theory but I generally place them into one of three niches --- the “bogus” file which is for stories with
only one source and which seem to be questionable or obviously some marketing ploy; my “Huh?” file which is for fascinating but unprovable
stories; and my “real” files which are filled with unbelievable, yet well documented, accounts from separate sources on a wide variety of
One conspiracy theory to which I do not subscribe is the idea that JFK was shot by his driver. I have looked into this closely and I know the genesis
of this story. A careful examination of the Zapruder film will show that the driver, William Greer, never takes his hands off the steering wheel of
the Lincoln limousine. What appears to be a gun and a shot are illusions created by sun highlights reflecting off the greased hair of SS Agent
Kellerman riding shotgun and a flash of sunlight off the metal frame of the car’s privacy window separating the driver from the rear of the car.
In my time as a journalist I have covered several strange stories which turned out to have a mundane explanation. I have never been hesitant to report
fakery or mistaken conclusions when the evidence proves such.
Always keep an open mind but not so open that some BS can fall into it. Don’t believe everything you hear and certainly not everything you see in
the corporate controlled mass media. Just absorb the information, file it away and wait to see if further developments confirm or deny the story.
It’s called critical thinking and I think most Americans could do with a healthy dose of it.
PS: Watch for an Above Top Secret book due out next year which will address many of the greatest conspiracies and mysteries of today.