The forgotten tapes of Lee Harvey Oswald
There was a lot of media coverage of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination—but I never heard anyone talk about Lee Harvey Oswald’s radio debate.
When I was in high school, active discussion was still taking place about who really shot President John F. Kennedy.
And over the years, many movies and books have been written to try to prove the theory of whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assassination or whether the CIA, Lyndon Johnson–or the Mafia–was involved.
Quite frankly, many crazy characters with strange theories can be found online, in magazines and in short films.
Again, back in school, somebody gave me a record–yes vinyl–of a debate, which took place in 1963, with Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans. It was an intriguing debate I will never forget. The debate was hugely ignored by those who made movies and wrote books about the JFK assassination.
You see, most of the people with their theories were Progressives or Liberals who could not stomach the idea that a left wing Marxist or Communist could have pulled the trigger and killed JFK–or that Cuba or the Soviet Union could have been behind a Marxist’s trigger.
Here are the facts we know about Lee Harvey Oswald:
- He was 24 when he killed President Kennedy.
- 45 minutes following the shooting, Oswald fired three shots across the hood of Police Officer J. D. Tippit’s police car during his search for Oswald. Oswald then fired a fourth fatal shot to Officer Tippit’s head, killing him instantly.
- As people were exiting the movie theatre in Dallas because of the assassination, Lee Harvey Oswald entered the movie house. He pulled his revolver when the police came to arrest him but the gun did not fire.
- Lee Harvey Oswald was an expert sharp shooter–trained as a sniper.
- In 1959, he went to the Soviet Union and tried to renounce his U.S. citizenship.
- He returned to the United States in 1961, after spending 2 years in the Soviet Union.
- He was a leader in the Fair Play for Cuba Committee: A pro-Castro, pro-Communist front organization.
- He went to the Cuban embassy and secretly met with Cuban embassy personnel.
- He participated in an intriguing debate in New Orleans, of which the recording still exists.
Listen to this recording and hear what he has to say about his political beliefs and his support of Cuba and the Soviet Union.
The bottom-line conclusion leaves little doubt as to his political sympathies. Yet it is these political sympathies that frightened the Liberals at the time and could have led to more anti-Communism.
JFK was known for his anti-Communism. In fact, Liberals in those days criticized him because he was so anti-Communist and anti-Cuban.
You can listen to the recording in two parts by clicking these links.
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