Originally posted by lestweforget
Does anyone have any theories on what was wrong with JFK before the fatal shot, looks like hes already in some discomfort.
if you look through the links provided you will learn that some form of toxic respiratory attack on kennedy was necessary to incapacitate him before
the shot could be taken. this toxin would have made kennedy a harder target for any shooter outside of the car.
President Kennedy's reaction is not that of a victim of a gunshot or an electric shock, but that of someone who has been exposed to a lachrymatory
agent (or lachrymator). These cause difficulty in breathing, paralysis and general respiratory discomfort. Even relatively mild ones can be very fast
acting: "Tear gas is so fast-acting it's amazing. It affects your throat more than it affects your eyes, in fact. I honestly felt like if I didn't
drink something my throat was literally going to fall out of my body." (Source.)
There were many chemical and/or biological agents known to research laboratories and the military, even back in 1963. These are classified in various
categories, three of which are the harassing agents (such as CN and CS gas), blister agents (such as mustard gas) and nerve agents (such as sarin -
discovered in 1939 - and tabun).
They are all incapacitating in nature and their characteristics depend upon the type of agent, the concentration and the method of dissemination.
"Usefulness," in the military sense of the word, depends upon the time taken to have the desired effect, the predictability of behaviour and the
antidotes available for friendly personnel.
There is insufficient information available to the public to be able to identify which agent was used to incapacitate John F. Kennedy, but we can
narrow the field down a little.
Blister vesicants, such as mustard gas, burn the skin and respiratory tract, but can be ruled out because their effects do not manifest themselves
until long after exposure.
Harassing gases or sprays can be eliminated, since they would be highly likely to incapacitate Jacqueline Kennedy as well, and would not render the
victim totally incapable or unaware.
An agent which is liquid in its normal state, highly incapacitating, very rapid in taking effect, safe to handle (constituents being kept apart) and
for which antidotes are available, would be needed.
A nerve agent developed by the British at Porton Down Chemical Weapons Research Centre between 1952 and 1954, subsequently called VX gas after its
production technology was traded with the Americans in return for nuclear weapons secrets, or one of the variants thereof, is a distinct possibility.
Although called a gas, it is actually a clear, odourless liquid at room temperature.
A stronger candidate though is cyclosarin, cyclohexyl methylphosphonofluoridate (or GF). This is a colourless and odourless liquid at room temperature
in its pure form, which is highly persistent (i.e., gives off almost no vapour) and is highly toxic when absorbed through the skin. It was initially
developed by Germany in the Second World War (not used by them) and then further studied and developed by both Britain and the United States in the
It was necessary to get the liquid nerve agent onto JFK's skin and to facilitate this the murderers made use of the fact that President Kennedy had a
long-term back problem and always wore a steel-boned brace. The following two sets of photos purport to show this contraption after it had been taken
off his body. They cannot be showing the original, of course, since there is no blood on the material. It is more likely that they are photos of one
of JFK's bona fide back supports (probably off Air Force One). Special precautions would have been necessary to remove and dispose of the one he was