Author says, What if the second plot against JFK succeeded and a guilty-looking Oswald landed in Havana? Matthew Smith and Jim Marrs suggest a failed second plot against JFK to understand the confusing events in Dallas. In this conspiracy theory, Lee Harvey Oswald is a CIA Agent. Framed by rogue operators in the Agency, Oswald was to fly to Cuba with the visa he had collected in Mexico City. Smith and Marrs conclude that the consequence would have been World War Three, and we should be grateful the second plot failed..
In 1963 at a dramatic Press Conference in Havana on this day a Cuban journalist asked Lee Harvey Oswald the million-dollar question Did you shoot the President? Watch the Youtube Clip
I have not been accused of that. responded Oswald. The reporters answered that he had been. In fact, I didn't even know about it until a reporter in the hall asked me that question. I didn't shoot anyone, they're accusing me in because of the fact I lived in the Soviet Union. I'm just a patsy!
In the United States, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was personally leading the investigation1. And by now a seemingly water-tight chain of evidence had been collected to prove the existence of a Cuban plot :
Lyndon Baines Johnson had been informed in advance of the assassination at a party thrown by oil-baron Clint Murchison on November 21st. Also present was an impressive guest list including John Tower, oil billionairre H.L. Hunt, Chase Manhattan's John McCloy and former Vice President Richard Nixon when J. Edgar Hoover had arrived with the news. Those damned Kennedys will not be poking fun at me after today Johnson told his mistress Madeleine Brown.
Johnson needed the immunity offered by the Office of the President to escape from the Bobby Baker scandal. In fact LBJ had suspected that Kennedy had insisted on a dangerous tour of the south-west to garner votes, because he was planning to throw him off the 1964 presidential campaign ticket. Such was his need for haste that LBJ was sworn in on Air Force One before the departure from Dallas, insisting that Jackie Kennedy join them in her blood-splattered clothes.
Whilst Johnson was more than happy to be a beneficiary of the conspiracy, he
soon suspected a deeper game, a second plot in fact. Not unaccustomed to
dirty tricks himself, the pieces were falling in to place far too conveniently.
On November 25th LBJ asked his friend J. Edgar Hoover how their consciences
would be if forty million Americans died as a result of the assassination of JFK2.
Because the majority of Americans were now demanding an invasion of Cuba. Both
Johnson and Hoover suspected that this third Cuban crisis was manufactured by
rogue agents in the CIA as a false pretext to finally overthrow Fidel Castro and
recover their prestige from the Bay of Pigs fiasco.
Source - JFK: Say Goodbye to America by Matthew Smith (2001)
In this scenario we imagine that the Second Plot, a conspiracy theory developed by Matthew Smith and Jim Marrs succeeds. The authors suggest that almost all of the above evidence was manufactured, with decoys and imposters used to prevent Oswald himself from suspecting the plot. They also suggest that Jim Garrison was correct to identify Clay Shaw, David Ferrie and Guy Bannister as partcipants but misjudged their involvement in the direction of the plot.
1) This was Lyndon Johnson's original plan, until unofficial
investigations threatened to reveal the truth forcing Johnson (to Hoover's
anger) launch a Presidential investigation.
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