A New Look at the JFK Assassination; Ted Cruz on the ACA; and the Gulf of Mexico Still Has Not Recovered from the BP Disaster11/13/13 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll talk with former New York Times reporter Phil Shenon who has written a new book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
And we’ll talk about the lingering danger to the Gulf of Mexico and the human population along the coast from the BP oil disaster……
On November 22nd of this month the nation will mark the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination. There is still quite a debate about whether his accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, was part of a conspiracy or whether there is some other explanation. President Johnson- who became president after JFK’s assassination appointed a commission- the Warren Commission- to investigate what happened and whether it was result of a conspiracy. Almost immediately after the assassination there were rumors and conspiracy theories. Former New York Times reporter Philip Shenon was approached by the now aging lawyers who served on the Warren Commission. They told Shenon that they wanted the public to know the truth and that they needed him to tell their story before they all passed away!!!!
Longtime WMNF listeners will remember that two people who were prime witnesses to aspects of the assassination lived here in the Tampa Bay area for years. One was Ted Lee- a labor activist who signed Lee Harvey Oswald’s Fair Play For Cuba membership card. And the landlady for Oswald’s family in Dallas- Ruth Hyde Paine- lived in St. Petersburg for years. Both appeared as guests on Radioactivity. One of the ideas generated by a staffer of the warren Commission that linked Oswald to the killing was the single bullet theory. It answered the question- how were so many wounds in two people generated by one bullet? According to the single-bullet theory, a rifle bullet- a little more than an inch long fired from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository passed through President Kennedy’s neck and into the back of Governor Connally’s chest, then into his wrist and finally embedded itself in the Governor’s thigh. The bullet travelled through 15 layers of clothing, 7 layers of skin passed through a necktie knot, removed 4 inches of Governor Connolly’s rib, and shattered his radius bone. The bullet was found on a stretcher in the corridor at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, in Dallas, after the assassination. The Warren Commission found that this gurney was the one that had borne Governor Connally. This bullet became a key Commission exhibit, identified as CE 399. Its copper jacket was completely intact. While the bullet's nose appeared normal, the tail was compressed laterally on one side.
I spoke with Phil Shenon yesterday and asked him about the single bullet theory.
Tape Philip Shenon author of “A CRUEL AND SHOCKING ACT: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination” (Henry Holt)
Ted Cruz on FOX news this morning talking about health care:
April 20, 2010: An explosion and fire on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 workers. Thousands of gallons of oil begin gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown-out well. The gusher last for months- and now more than three years later we are still experiencing the effects.
This week- an oil and gas trade group calling itself “Clean Gulf” is gathering in Tampa for its annual conference, even as BP’s toxic tarballs continue to wash up on Gulf coast beaches. Jonathan Henderson, Gulf Restoration Network's leading organizer in uncovering the ongoing BP disaster and in pushing for oil and gas accountability is here along with Kathy Harrelson who is the Florida organizer for the network