Conspiracy theories are like lovers: They come in pairs. There’s the original plot — and then there’s the cover-up, often more elaborate and dastardly than the underlying crime.
Take the JFK assassination. Various conspiracist camps will bicker about whether the 35th U.S. President was killed by the mafia, or Cubans, or henchmen hired by LBJ. The one thing they agree on? The Warren Commission was a sham, its report a pack of lies perpetuating the “official” lone-gunman thesis.
If you think about it, that second theory is even more outrageous. I’m not personally prone to paranoia, but even I sometimes wonder if Lee Harvey Oswald had some underworld help. Suggesting the commission was corrupt, though, seems crazy. Are we really to believe that Chief Justice Earl Warren, House Minority Leader Gerald Ford, former CIA Director Allen Dulles and numerous other commission members, counsel and staff, would risk destroying their…
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