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Joe Backes wrote: Kennedy Assassination Bullet Fragment Testing

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JFKCountercoup2: Another Look at CE 567

Re: WC CE 567 – Bullet fragment found under the front seatof limo.

In an article at A New Look at CE 567,

20 April 1999©JosephBackes

(From http://jfklancer.com/fragtest.html)

Joe Backes wrote: "….someone brought to the attention of Attorney General Janet Reno in 1995 that this fragment may have embedded in ittiny strands of fiber that this unknown writer believed came from PresidentKennedy's shirt collar. In January 1996, John Keeney, Acting Assistant AttorneyGeneral, wrote to FBI Director Louis Freeh requesting that the FBI"Initiate an inquiry into specific aspects of the assassination theoryrelated to collected bullet fragments and residues now in the possession of thefederal government."7 - 7.) Assassination Records Review BoardFinal Report p. 127

Joe Backs: "Who made this request to Janet Reno isunknown to this author."

Bill Kelly: Well, Hey Joe, I've learned the identity of this guy - John T. Orr, Jr., former U.S. Anti-TrustDivision Attorney Atlanta, Ga., who apparently on his own time, studied the hardballistic evidence in the assassination of President Kennedy and discovered the possibility that CE 567 contained fiber reside, which if true, would negate the single bullet theory and increase the odds that there were two guns firing different types of ammo.

According to the reports I've read that refer to him, Orr noticed that the HSCA Firearms panel had recommended the Justice Dept. conduct further tests on CE 567 to determine if the residue on the bullet head fragmentis fiber or human tissue because if it is fiber, then the single-bullet theoryis positively proven wrong and there were probably two gunman.

In addition, Orr suggested that the bullet that hit thePresident in the head and shattered, was not the same composition as the full-metal copper jacketed bullet like CE 399, found nearly intact on a stretcher at Parkland and deemed the bullet that did all of the non-fatalwounds in both JFK and Connally.

DOJ Memo Jan. 4, 1996 from Acting Chief of Gen. Litigation and Legal Advice Section to John C. Keeney, Acting Asst. Attorney Gen. Criminal Division

"John T. Orr, Jr., Chief of the Antitrust Division's Atlanta Field Office, wrote to the Attorney General in April t advise her of his conclusions that President Kennedy was killed by a second gunman acting inconcert with Lee Harvey Oswald. John Hogan, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Attorney General, referred Mr. Orr's submission, which Mr. Orr indicated was the result of research conducted during non-duty hours, to the Criminal Division for review."

"We met with Mr. Orr, while he was in Washington to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Attorney General, and we have since reviewed the report which he prepared. It is our opinion that Mr. Orr's observations justify the performance of certain modest preliminary investigative measures to test the foundation of his assassination conspiracytheory."

"Jurisdiction. Federal criminal statutes covering the assassination of the President and assaults against federal officials generally were enacted after 1963. Accordingly, the criminal statutes of Texas represent the best, and probably only viable, mechanism for prosecution of any living person determined to have been involved in the assassination of President Kennedy. Despite the lack of apparent federal prosecutorial jurisdiction over the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, Congress and the Executive Branch have historically recognized Department ofJustice investigative jurisdiction over the matter, concurrent with Texas investigative jurisdiction. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been deemed the appropriate federal investigative agency for this matter, partly in recognition of the potential appearance of a conflict of interest which the Secret Service, as the protective force at the time of the assassination, would confront."

"…It is our view that the Department has retained investigative jurisdiction over the assassination, though such investigation is restricted to activities which are not based upon the expectation of an eventual federal prosecution. Thus, the examination of evidence in federal possession is seemingly appropriate, which obtaining evidence by grand jury subpoena would like be inappropriate. This position was adopted by the Divisionand endorsed by the Office of the Deputy Attorney General when we declined to seek a court order for exhumation of former Governor Connally's body following allegations that bullet fragments remaining in his body from the incident would reveal, by weight or composition, the existence of additional bullets."

"Mr. Orr's Theory. Mr. Orr has challenged the Warren Commission and House Select Committee trajectory findings. It is his view that Mr. Oswald and a conspirator fired two distinctly different types of ammunition from different locations in a coordinated attack. He believes that Oswald shot both the President and Governor Connally, while a marksman shot the President once in the center of the back of the head, actually causing the President's death."

"Mr. Orr believes that the second gunman assassinated the President with a single shot to the President's head, fired after Oswald's second shot. He believes that the ammunition used was very different from Oswald's – a soft-nose or hollow-point bullet very different from the military style full-metal-jacket bullets which have been attributed to Oswald. He believes that the trajectory and impact of this "third shot" provesconclusively that neither Oswald's ammunition nor Oswald's location could have been the source of that fatal shot. Mr. Orr cites the fragment pattern documented by x-rays, in general, and the presence of fragments (visible inx-rays), outside the skull next to the entry would, or a type associated withsoft-nose ammunition."

"While Mr. Orr has suggested rather complex measures, such as computer recreation of the assassination, to confirm his theory, he has also proposed certain investigative tasks which are relatively simple and inexpensive but which have the potential of confirming or refuting the foundation of his theory."

"…We endorse Mr. Orr's proposal that a complete study of the bullet and bullet fragments housed at the National Archives be conducted, to include their color, texgture, density, and shape, and the presence of any foreign matter contamination. Alleged fiber evidence embedded in the bullet nose recovered from the front seat of the limousine should have characteristics consistent with the President's shirt collar, tie, and tie liner – thus establishing a different trajectory than that previously identified."

"A comparison of suspected pieces of the same round shouldbe conducted. If Mr. Orr's theory is correct, evaluation of identified wounds and bullet fragments should confirm the use of two very different types ofammunition, suggesting but not proving the involvement of two shooters…."

"…If the fabric evidence confirms Mr. Orr's view of thelikely trajectory of the 'first shot' and the ammunition 'footprint' andresidue confirm that the 'third bullet' was very different in composition fromthe others, we believe that there will then be a sufficient basis to furthertest Mr. Orr's theory."

For more on this see:

JFKCountercoup2: Another Look at CE 567

For Joe's original story:

Kennedy Assassination Bullet Fragment Testing

Joe's blog

Justice For Kennedy

Edited by William Kelly
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