The assassination of JFK was a conspiracy of powerful forces. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

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The assassination of JFK was the result of a conspiracy of powerful forces. On the 22nd of November 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was fatally shot while riding with his wife, Jacqueline in a presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas. The suspicious circumstances of the assassination have been debated greatly over time and most historians have come to the conclusion that the assassination of JFK was a conspiracy. However it is still unclear as to who is responsible for this conspiracy. Hundreds of theories have been presented including JFK being assassinated by the Russians, the US Military and Castro. There are other theories such as the "Oswald double" theory. However the most popular and tangible theories are that the CIA, FBI, organized crime or LBJ and associates were responsible for the assassination of the president.

Firstly, to prove that the assassination was in fact a conspiracy you must disprove the findings of the Warren Commission.

Shortly after the death of JFK, the newly elected president, Lyndon Bailey Johnson, set up the Warren Commission to investigate the cause of JFK's death. This commission aim was not to discover who killed JFK, but to prove that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin. In the words of FBI director J. Hoover - "The thing I am most concerned about is having something issued so that we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin".

The commission claimed that Oswald shot 3 shots from the 6th floor of the Book Depository on Dealey Plaza and killed the president. However Oswald was using a gun which was used in WWII and very inaccurate. Oswald was a mediocre shot at best and not even the best of shots could have fired the required shots from Oswald position. To explain the...