Did the Central Intelligence Agency kill JFK? Why so many conspiracy theories?
My question is; is there some more recent evidence I should know about that the C.I.A. assassinated JFK?
I recently moved from Washington D.C. to California and I have found that most people, I meet here and ask the opinon of, are convinced that the C.I.A. Killed Kennedy. Some years ago I had a conversation with an employee of said Agency, who happened to be a statistician, he gave the JFK conspiracy theories as an example of peoples natural dislike of random occurrences of a violent nature.
His argument: People want answers they can feel comfortable with, and answers that leave them better able to anticipate risk in the future. A conspiracy, he argued, did this better then the Warren Commissions finding that Oswald had acted alone. He went on to explain that when people are confronted with a traumatic event they prefer a equally intense explanation of why the event occurred, like a conspiracy, as oppose to less palatable; it was a kook with a gun. In regards to risk assessment; real conspiracies of this sort are typically formed in relation to very important people or issues, not Joe Six-pack. Therefore if a conspiracy killed Kennedy then Joe Six-pack is probably safe. OTOH if JFK was killed by a kook with a gun then nobody is safe. So, he concluded, a world where conspiracies subvert the government and assassinate our elected officials, is preferable to a world in which one can die, or be killed, without warning for little or no reason. Thus the preponderance of conspiracy theories around socially traumatic events or deaths.