A former law school professor and Warren Commission staffer, David Slawson, reckons that both him and the investigation into the JFK Assassination, were victims of what he called a “massive cover-up”.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson on November 29, 1963 to investigate the assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy that had taken place on November 22, 1963.
The final report from the commission was presented to President Johnson on September 24, 1964 and made public three days later. It concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing Kennedy and wounding Texas Governor John Connally and that Jack Ruby also acted alone when he killed Oswald two days later.
Determining whether or not the assassination of JFK involved a foreign conspiracy, was the mandate of David Slawson, now 83 years old.
Investigative reporter Philip Shenon’s new book “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination,” quotes Slawson stating “I was convinced then that we had it right.” Quite sure that Oswald was a “true lone wolf” and that there was no conspiracy. However, “I now know that Oswald was almost certainly not a lone wolf.”
Slawson does not have any doubts that Oswald was indeed the lone shooter and he does not buy into any of the more popular conspiracy theories.
However, he does now think that the CIA knew at the time of Oswald’s meetings with pro-Castro diplomats and activists in Mexico City.
The CIA were aware that the Cubans had egged on Oswald, when he told them: “I’m going to kill Kennedy.”
The CIA did not report to the Warren Commission that the cubans knew Oswald’s intentions.
According to Shenon, the CIA had Oswald under more aggressive surveillance in Mexico, than was stated. After all, the CIA did not want the commision stumbling upon information that would show JFK’s administration had been trying to assassinate Castro for years.
According to Slawson, Robert Kennedy as attorney general had prevailed upon the chairman of the commission, to ensure that any information known to the US spy agencies about Oswald’s time in Mexico was not aggressively pursued.
Slawson was blocked by Warren from interviewing a Mexican woman who had been employed in the Cuban consulate in Mexico and had dealt with Oswald face-to-face during his application for a visa.
Slawson stated “I know I did the best I could.” He added that he had “no way of knowing what he wasn’t being told.” He went on to say that in those days “we assumed that government officials would tell us the truth.” Of course, these days, “no one makes that assumption anymore.”