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Jim Marrs – 2002-03-07

Newly released tape recordings made in the Richard M. Nixon Oval Office reveal that the former president called the Warren Commission “the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetrated,” according to BBC News,

The Warren Commission in 1964 concluded that former Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of President John F. Kennedy, who opposed Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. The commission was named after its chairman, Chief Justice Earl Warren.

Nixon was fixated on the Kennedy assassination, according to former aides. H. R. Halderman, in his 1978 book The End of Power, wrote, “It seems that in all of those Nixon references to the Bay of Pigs, he actually was referring to the Kennedy assassination.”

Typically, the corporate mass media chose to quote the Nixon tapes on other matters. U.S. News & World Report for example (March 11, 2002, p. 6) published Nixon’s comment regarding an unnamed ambassador who got drunk and molested flight attendants. “It’s better to chase girls than boys,” the news magazine quoted the former president.

Some 1,000 White House tape recordings were recently released to the public and contain several eye-brow raising comments, such as religious icon the Rev. Billy Graham complaining that Jews control the U.S. media. He added, “…this stranglehold has got to be broken or the country’s going down the drain.” On another tape, Nixon ordered Halderman to spread the word that Arthur Bremer, the would-be assassin of presidential candidate George Wallace, was a supporter of Democrats George McGovern and Edward Kennedy.

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