Post by bigdog
Several people have maintained that if the federal agencies and the DPD
been more diligent and had shared what they knew about Oswald with each
other that the assassination could have been prevented. I have long taken
the view that is nothing more than 20/20 hindsight and I just saw John
McAdams express that same sentiment in another thread. It's easy to say
now that he should have been watched more closely but prior to 11/22/63,
what reason would there have been to do that. Up until then he had only
one minor brush with the law in New Orleans that summer and he apparently
wasn't even the instigator in that event. Nobody in law enforcement knew
he had taken the shot at Walker earlier that year. As far as anybody knew,
he was just an insignificant little screwball who had defected to the
USSR, married a Russian girl, and then repatriated. Naturally they would
have a file on him but it's not as if the people in the CIA and the FBI
didn't have other cases on their plate. What was there that should have
made Oswald standout? What was there that would have justified the level
of surveillance that would have told them that he was working in a
building along the motorcade route and that he posed a danger to the
In the aftermath of the recent tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, we
learned the shooter had given ample warning of his intentions and yet even
then those in law enforcement failed to take actions that would have
prevented that tragedy. Oswald had given no such signals prior to his
actions in Dallas. He had shown himself to be a screwball. There are lots
of screwballs in this world and most of them aren't dangerous. A few do
prove to be a danger but identifying which ones those are is often
difficult if not impossible to do. I see nothing in what authorities knew
about Oswald prior to 11/22/63 that should have alerted them that he was a
danger to the POTUS.
In this case the perp was too obvious, hiding in plain sight we might say.
He wanted attention and succeeded in NO and Dallas. The local police
were aware he was handing out Fair-Play-for-Cuba sheets in both cities.
This is a most interesting observation by FBI Agent Hosty :
The article ended with some enlightening comments from the police:
"Dallas police officers watched several known extremists prior to the
Kennedy visit and even sent representatives as far as 75 miles to
interview others thought to be planning demonstrations.
[Police chief Jesse] Curry privately has told friends, 'If we had known
that a defector or a Communist was anywhere in this town, let alone
on the parade route, we would have been sitting on his lap, you can
bet on that.' But he refused public comment."
The police were blatantly trying to wriggle out from under a rock. . . . I
wanted to laugh. The police had a long list of well-known Communists in
Dallas, and not one had a police officer sitting on his lap on November
22. In fact, Detective H. M. Hart told me that the police neither picked
up nor watched anyone the day of November 22. Clearly, someone from the
police department had fed this story to [reporter Hugh] Aynesworth. . . .
A few questions:
How did Hosty know: "The police had a long list of well-known Communists
in Dallas, and not one had a police officer sitting on his lap on November
Did the local FBI office and home office in DC have that list prior to the
Dallas visit? If so, who developed that list and was it available to the
Was it made available to the DPD, DCSD, and TXDPS?
What about Dallas area Federal Marshalls?
The big question: Was LHO on that list? If not, why not?
Did any other well-known Communists work on the parade route?
Again, was this information shared with all law enforcement and protective
agencies involved? It would appear there was plenty of manpower to
provide adequate protection in the Dealey Plaza area of downtown Dallas