(PART 971)


This memorandum written by Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach on Monday, November 25, 1963, says that "ALL THE FACTS" concerning Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of President Kennedy should be MADE KNOWN TO THE PUBLIC.

Some "cover-up" memo that was, huh?

Another interesting non-conspiratorial portion of the Katzenbach memo is this part:

"I think this objective may be satisfied by making public as soon as possible a complete and thorough FBI report on Oswald and the assassination."

Do conspiracy theorists think that Katzenbach was really talking in some kind of secret code or something when he said that a "complete and thorough FBI report on Oswald and the assassination" should be made public "as soon as possible"?

I.E., was Katzenbach REALLY saying that only a "phony" or a "fake" FBI report about Oswald and the assassination should be made public? Because if Katzenbach really knew about Oswald's rumored involvement with the FBI (and CIA), and Katzenbach was "in" on some cover-up operation from the get-go, he certainly wouldn't REALLY want the FBI to release a "complete and thorough" report concerning Oswald, now would he?

Vincent Bugliosi puts it this way in his book, "Reclaiming History":

"The conspiracy theorists have converted Katzenbach's and Warren's desire to squelch RUMORS that had no basis in fact into Katzenbach's and Warren's desire to suppress the FACTS of the assassination.

But how could Katzenbach and Warren have known way back then that they had to spell out that ONLY false rumors, rumors without a stitch of evidence to support them, had to be squelched for the benefit of the American public?

How could they have known back then that there would actually be people like Mark Lane who would accuse men like Warren, Gerald Ford, John Cooper, and so on...of getting in a room and all deciding to deliberately suppress, or not even look for, evidence of a conspiracy to murder the president...or that there would be intelligent, rational, and sensible people of the considerable stature of Michael Beschloss and Evan Thomas who would decide to give their good minds a rest and actually buy into this nonsense?"
-- Vincent Bugliosi; Pages 367-368 of "Reclaiming History"

The Katzenbach memo:

Footnote -- Full credit needs to go to Bud here for emphasizing in his previous posts [in early May 2007, HERE and HERE] the "All the facts" language in the Katzenbach memorandum. An excellent observation, as are all of Bud's conspiracy-smashing observations.

Of course, I suppose the conspiracy theorists will shrug off Katzenbach's words as just another ruse of some sort by the people covering up the facts surrounding the assassination.

But if Katzenbach's November 25th memo to Bill Moyers had, indeed, truly been "conspiratorial" in some fashion, then the CTers have an even bigger (logical) question to answer:

Why on Earth would Nicholas Katzenbach write such a crazy memo in the first place if he was part of some kind of a cover-up operation that was in place right after President Kennedy's assassination?


With a following of dimwits, dullards, disturbed and the dishonest, David Von Pein replied [in this post]:

"Why would [J. Lee] Rankin admit to something stupid and wholly incorrect like that, Dexter?"

See Katzenbach's memo, written while Oswald was still above ground, then kindly point out the differences between it and the WC's conclusions.


Here is a higher-quality version of the complete Katzenbach memo from the
Mary Ferrell website:

PAGE 1 --- PAGE 2

And here is Nicholas Katzenbach himself explaining the meaning of that memo:


Katzenbach was nothing but a rotten liar, right Dexter?


The following paragraph from page 2 of the memo certainly doesn't sound like Katzenbach is part of any kind of cover-up or conspiracy to me:

"I think...that a statement that all the facts will be made public property in an orderly and responsible way should be made now. We need something to head off public speculation or Congressional hearings of the wrong sort."

And I completely agree with Vincent Bugliosi's assessment on this topic. That is, when Katzenbach said he wanted to "head off public speculation...of the wrong sort", he was talking only about "heading off" UNWARRANTED speculation and FALSE RUMORS concerning the assassination. That's the "wrong sort" of stuff that Nicholas Katzenbach was talking about there, IMO.

In addition, there are the following comments that appear in this 11/25/63 cover letter that was sent to Assistant FBI Director Alan Belmont concerning the Katzenbach memorandum:

"It is Katzenbach's feeling that this matter can best be handled by making public the results of the FBI's investigation. He thought time was of the essence, but that the report, of course, had to be accurate."

Allow me to stress these words from that cover letter that was sent to the FBI's Alan Belmont:

"...the report, of course, had to be accurate."

David Von Pein
October 27, 2007
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