Three assassinations, three cover-ups Part 2
Much of American politics today is based on lies. Because politics plays such a key role in shaping society, much of American society is based on those same official illusions.
The conservative nature of our country, our major political parties, our Congress, our presidency and our Supreme Court, stems from the effective manipulation of modern American history for we, the people of The United States. For the sake of our dysfunctional, inhumane society, and the egregious effect we have had on human democracy, the nature of our current social culture must change.
The lies must be exposed.
The most recent sighting of the web of these official lies was the public emergence in April 2012 of an eyewitness to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
(The following is a condensed version of an article that appeared in the Vancouver (B.C.) Sun on May 7, 2012.)
Nina Rhodes-Hughes waited in the Ambassador Hotel for Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Then a Los Angeles-based actress, Rhodes-Hughes worked as a fundraiser for Kennedy’s presidential campaign. Because of the success of several fundraisers she had organized for him in the Los Angeles area, she was asked to greet the candidate after what turned out to be his victory speech on the night of the June 4, 1968 California presidential primary. She was to escort Kennedy to the “Pierre Salinger press room.” But Kennedy’s entourage hustled him in the wrong direction, into the hotel’s kitchen.
“No, no, that’s the wrong way, that’s the wrong way,” Rhodes-Hughes called out to Kennedy’s group. “He’s supposed to come over here.”
Rhodes-Hughes ran down a ramp toward the kitchen. She could see the back of Kennedy’s head in front of her. “(A)s I’m looking at him, I heard ‘pop, pop.’” Rhodes-Hughes thought at first that the sounds came from camera flashbulbs. Then, ahead of Kennedy, she saw Sirhan Sirhan standing on top of a steel kitchen table. “He was higher, not floor level.”
Rafer Johnson and Rosey Grier, two celebrity, world-class American athletes, were with the Kennedy entourage. Rhodes-Hughes saw the two men run towards Sirhan. She saw Sirhan turn to protect himself as Johnson and Grier moved toward him.
Rhodes-Hughes had heard two shots. As Sirhan was being subdued, she heard many more shots sound from her right, near the back of Kennedy: “Rapid gunfire, 12, maybe 13 in all.” Rhodes-Hughes collapsed and fainted.
Kennedy died later that night in a hospital. An autopsy determined that the “kill shot” had come from close range, in the back of his head, behind his right ear. The gun had been fired so close to him that powder burns were found on strands of his hair.
Sirhan Sirhan had fired his gun from in front of Kennedy. His gun had an eight-bullet capacity.
The police did not take a statement from Rhodes-Hughes after she came to in the hotel kitchen. The FBI interviewed her at her home a month later. “I told them everything. I told them if you need me to testify I would be most happy to testify because I really would like to see whoever the other person was (sic). I would like the other person to be found because it was more than just Sirhan Sirhan.”
The FBI agents took notes. They asked Rhodes-Hughes if she had worn a polka dot dress on the night of Senator Kennedy’s assassination. (She had not.) Another witness reported seeing a woman in a polka dot dress with Sirhan at the hotel, including in The Ambassador’s kitchen, earlier in the evening. A separate witness stated they saw a girl in a polka-dot dress running away from the hotel after the shooting, screaming, “We shot him! We shot him!”
Rhodes-Hughes was not called to testify in the official Robert Kennedy assassination investigation. She did not learn until the early 1990s, when a Dartmouth University professor was given FBI investigation notes of the assassination after filing a Freedom of Information Act request, that the FBI men’s report stated that Hughes had told them that she heard eight shots, the same number of bullets in Sirhan Sirhan’s gun, and that she had seen red flashes come from the weapon. “I was flabbergasted. Devastated,” Rhodes-Hughes said. “I never said I saw red flashes. I never said eight shots.”
CNN first reported Rhodes-Hughes story on April 28, 2012. On April 29, United Press International ran a short item about the story on their News Desk Top New Item feed. The Huffington Post also ran a story on the 29th on their website. The rest of America’s national free press apparently did not believe the new revelation about the assassination of one of The United States’ most beloved political leaders of the 1960s was fit to print.
The national media’s silence has been matched throughout American society. Neither the White House nor any member of Congress has called to reopen the investigation into the Robert Kennedy assassination. No public groundswell demanding action has been observed.
It is business as usual in these disunited states.