History Matters Site Guide


Archive of Quotes

This page lists all of the quotes which have appeared in the banner at the top of the home page. They are presented in order from most-recent to least-recent:

"Now, in the seconds that I talked just now, a flurry of shots come into the car."
Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman, who rode in the front of the Presidential limousine during JFK's assassination, describing what the Warren Commission would later describe as a single fatal shot.

"It was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated."
President Richard M. Nixon, discussing the Warren Commission on May 15, 1972, the day presidential candidate George Wallace was shot.
CORRECTION: This quote appears to have been a grave error on the part of BBC writer Kevin Anderson. According to a transcript on the CNN website, in describing "the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetrated" Nixon was referring to the idea that the JFK murder was attributable to the John Birch Society. Even casual students of the assassination will note that the Warren Commission did not reach such a conclusion, instead declaring that Oswald acted alone. My apologies for passing along the BBC's bizarre mistake. As an interesting aside, among those who did allude to the involvement of the John Birch Society is none other than Jack Ruby, murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald., in his jail cell testimony to the Commission— see 5WH198.

".....most likely the belt was intentionally erased by the bar magnet included in most models of the magnetic belt machines but a small portion was missed."
excerpted from a memo provided to the LBJ Library from the Cutting Corporation, describing the erasure of the LBJ-Hoover 11-23-63 phone call.

CIA cable 1018 from the Mexico City CIA station, urging that the Warren Commission be prevailed upon to alter photographic evidence."

"And he started crying and said, well I won't turn you down, I'll just do whatever you say." Lyndon Johnson telling Senator Richard Russell how he overcame Chief Justice Earl Warren's reluctance to serve on the President's Commission, by telling him "what Hoover told me about a little incident in Mexico City."

"The public must be satisfied that Oswald was the assassin; that he had no confederates who are still at large; and that evidence was such that he would have been convicted at trial." Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Katenbach to Presidential Assistant Bill Moyers, November 25, 1963.

"He looked far ahead and he wanted to change a great deal. Perhaps it is this that is the key to the mystery of the death of President John F. Kennedy." — Former Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, speaking in Dallas in 1998 (quoted in RearView Mirror by William Turner, Penmarin Books, 2001, p.301).

"Phase-out of US forces. SECDEF advised that the phase-out program presented during 6 May conference appeared too slow. In consonance with Part III request you develop a revised plan to accomplish more rapid phase-out of U.S. forces." — From the Proceedings of the 8th SecDef Conference on Vietnam in May of 1963.

"We have up here the tape and the photograph of the man who was at the Soviet Embassy, using Oswald's name. The picture and the tape do not correspond to this man's voice, nor to his appearance." — FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, informing President Johnson of an Oswald impersonation. This phone call itself appears to have been erased..

Q. "Can you identify that in any reasonable way as appearing to be the-what the brain looked like of President Kennedy?"
A. "No...................It appears to be too much."
— FBI agent and autopsy witness Francis O'Neill, Jr., reacting to the National Archives photographs purported to be JFK's brain.