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Who killed John F. Kennedy? Show more Show less

On November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Decades later, his death is still considered one of the biggest mysteries of American history. Despite the Warren Commission concluding that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated JFK, there is still a conspiracy surrounding whether or not he was the actual assassin, and if he was working alone. Who actually assassinated John F. Kennedy, and were they working for a larger organization?

Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK Show more Show less

Most people believe that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy.
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The Warren Commission

The U.S. government concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy.
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Context

The Argument

After the assassination of JFK, President Lyndon B. Johnson established the President Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy and appointed Chief Justice Warren to lead the investigation. The following year, the investigation was finished and the entire report was made available to the public. It ruled that Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin and he was acting alone.[1] Since the official investigation concluded that Oswald was the killer, citizens should believe this theory. The U.S. government thoroughly investigated and researched all possibilities and aspects of the case, so their opinion should be trusted.

Counter arguments

The conclusion from the Warren Commission cannot be trusted because the government excluded relevant information from the report. Warren denied other Commissioners access to Kennedy's autopsy photos because he believed them to be "too disturbing." There have also been members of the Kennedy family and other politicians who have spoken publically about disagreeing with the conclusions of the Warren Commission.

Framing

Premises

[P1] The Warren Commission was established to investigate JFK's assassination. [P2] The Warren Commission concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald was responsible for assassinating JFK. [P3] Therefore, Lee Harvey Oswald killed JFK.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] This does not necessarily mean that Lee Harvey Oswald did it, as the report left things out.

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Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/warren-commission-report

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