The 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination is this Friday, making it an important week for conspiracy trackers and a perfect time for Alex Jones to reaffirm his dedication to being America's most mainstream conspiracy theorist. "People now learn that that means someone who questions known liars in government and media," Jones told New York this weekend. "I find myself proud to be listed as a thought criminal against Big Brother."
Of course, there's also a conspiracy theory about the term conspiracy theorist (as Media Roots reports, it's "an establishment tool to shut down critical thinking"), but the Establishment hasn't stopped Jones from speaking the "truth" about the government's false flag attack at the Boston Marathon bombing or its ammunition hoarding. It also hasn't stopped him from trying to get Piers Morgan deported for promoting gun regulation or being anti-government frenemies with Glenn Beck.
And and at least one of his theories is commonly held. A 2003 ABC News poll found that 70 percent of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone when he assassinated Kennedy. A November 2013 Gallup poll found that 61 percent of Americans believe there's more to the story — of that group, 13 percent think the federal government was behind it, and 7 percent suspect the CIA. Secretary John Kerry recently told NBC he was a Kennedy truther. "To this day, I have serious doubts that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone,” Kerry said. "I certainly have doubts that he was motivated by himself."
Jones said it's about time the higher ups start telling the truth. "It shows that people like him, they understand that they’ve lost the public. And that he can now say what he really thinks about it," he said, adding:
I had family live right here in Austin. And it was just openly powerful people bragging that we killed that son of a bitch Kennedy. I’ve met famous Texans that just laugh about it, that say he deserved to die, off the record. I’ve lived out here. I’m not going to go any further than that. But I’ve had family that dated folks that worked for LBJ. I’ll just leave it at that.
As far as Kennedy is concerned, most of America is just fine with him leaving it at that.
(Top Photo: Lee Harvey Oswald. Body: The Kennedys. Via AP Photo.)
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