A FRAGMENT OF TRUTH?
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© Joseph Backes
In an effort to learn more about the testing results of CE
567 Debra Conway made some inquiries of the people involved
in the initial discovery of the organic material and from the
people at Archives II who are overseeing the testing. In response
Deb received some interesting materials from Steve Hamilton
of Archives II.
The first item of the materials Mr. Hamilton sent is most
peculiar. It is an undated, unsigned, press release, of sorts,
that is not on NARA stationary at all. [NARA
Press Release] The last sentence of the first paragraph
"testing is now complete." It is this announcement,
yet the lack of information as to what the results of the testing
is that has been the impetus for these now two articles on
This piece of paper states that a panel of experts from the
FBI lab, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner, the Department
of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of the Maimonides Medical
Center, the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL),
and the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education,
met at NARA to examine CE 567. These experts were not named.
This document states that some evaluations were performed at
Archives II. What these examinations were are not specified.
Further testing was to be done at the FBI Lab, described as "instrumental
analysis of a portion of the fibrous material." Histological
preparations of samples taken from the four organic fragments
were processed at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (Walter
Reed Complex). Mitochondrial DNA examinations of samples taken
from the four organic fragments were conducted at AFDIL.
Apparently, the FBI tests are done. The FBI lab concluded,
"the fibrous debris recovered from the bullet fragment
of CE 567 was determined to consist of paper fibers and
unidentified proteinaceous material of non-textile origin,
and accordingly did not originate from the clothing of
John F. Kennedy or John B. Connally."
Unfortunately, this piece of paper does not state whether
testing was done to compare the cotton wadding the bullet fragment
was once stored in with the mysterious "paper fibers and
unidentified proteinaceous material of non-textile origin"
There is a statement about the organic matter but it is unspecified
as to which testing and by whom this result is supposedly coming
"The four smaller fragments of organic material
were determined on microscopic examination to consist of
human skin tissue, but it was not possible to establish
the precise body area of origin. DNA analyses of these
tissue fragments yielded inconclusive results, accordingly,
no comparison of the questioned material with known sources
is currently possible."
Now one assumes this is coming from AFDIL, but this paper
doesn't state the source of the statement. I find this paragraph
to be extremely troubling. It is my understanding, and I grant
I know little or nothing about DNA testing procedures, however,
that it is possible to get a DNA sample from organic matter,
use that as a fingerprint and compare it to a DNA sample of
other organic matter to get a match or not get a match, then
make a conclusion. And that it is similar to fingerprint testing
in that way. There are four samples. It is not explained if
a DNA print was found on any of the four at all. There must
be DNA in each sample. There just has to be. That they may
or may not match with each other is irrelevant, and it is in
this author's opinion that AFDIL found differences in one or
perhaps all of the four samples, decided that that was an "inconclusive"
result and stopped the testing procedure, never testing any
of the four samples with any known DNA sources for JFK or Connally.
It is this author's opinion that samples for President Kennedy's
and Gov. Connally's DNA exist, either in material in NARA,
or through still living blood relatives, such material should
be collected and tested against each and every one of these
four samples. It seems that based on this piece of paper and
this particular paragraph that the decision to go with an inconclusive
result is what happened. I find this to be totally unacceptable.
Lastly, and somewhat surprisingly, the paper implies some
testing is still going on, or was when this was written. "On
completion of final laboratory reports by the participating
agencies, NARA will make available to the public all documentary
materials generated in the course of these recent examinations." Debra
Conway, and myself were led to believe that testing was completed,
which may be the case, but it is the language of this particular
piece of paper that seems to indicate otherwise, at least up
to the time it was written.
Recent attempts to contact Steve Hamilton have not been successful,
leading Debra Conway and this author to believe we were never
supposed to see the contents of this piece of paper, and strengthening
in our own minds ideas as to why it is not on NARA stationary,
why it is not dated or signed.
In addition to this troubling non-press release press release
were some pieces of paper from the HSCA related to the firearms
examination panel's report. First, is what appears on it's
face to be page 22 of their
report. Of note is the first sentence describing CE 567, "This
exhibit is a small lead fragment and the nose portion of a
damaged 65. mm caliber full metal jacketed lead core bullet." That
means there are or were two bullet fragments for CE 567. Not
one. Two! There appears to be only one bullet fragment in the
current photos of CE 567. Where did the other bullet fragment
Also included with the materials Hamilton faxed to Conway
is a sheet of paper used as a
form for noting distinguishing characteristics of the samples
the Firearms Panel examined. It clearly states, "White
(fiberous) substance should be subjected to microchemical analysis
to determine origin." This is repeated on page
33 of the report in the panel's recommendations. It is
this recommendation which was deleted from the HSCA's final
report and buried.
TWO FRAGMENTS EQUALS FOUR BULLETS
The panel was asked if CE 567 the nose portion of a bullet
and CE 569, (which is not a subject of any current testing,)
the base portion of a bullet came from the same bullet. The
panel could not identify or eliminate whether CE 567 and CE
569 came from the same bullet.
In a call from Conway, the FBI's Fire Arms Examiner, Robert
"They [the fragments] were copper jackets. They represented
and back [sections of bullets].
I reported the edges were not suitable for comparison [to
tell if one
bullet or two] They matched as type, but [you] couldn't tell
were from the same bullet or not."
He stated much the same to the Warren Commission:
Mr. EISENBERG. Can you determine whether this bullet fragment,
567; and 569 are portions of the originally same bullet?
Mr. FRAZIER. No, sir.
Mr. EISENBERG. You cannot?
Mr. FRAZIER. There is not enough of the two fragments in
unmutilated condition to determine whether or not the fragments
actually fit together.
However, it was determined that there is no area on one fragment,
such as 567, which would overlap a corresponding area on
section of 569, so that they could be parts of one bullet,
and then, of
course, they could be parts of separate bullets. (WC V 3,
As we have seen in many instance with the WC and the HSCA,
when they couldn't rule something in or out they pretend they
got the result they wanted and ran with it.
To review, you are supposed to believe that a full metal copper
jacketed 6.5mm Western Cartridge Company bullet struck JFK
in the head, fragmenting when it was designed not to, expelling
a recognizable nose portion and base portion, leaving a nearly
perfect round cross section fragment behind JFK's right eye
that could be measured as coming from a 6.5 mm bullet, as though
it was a slice of baloney, which is an apt description of the
whole official story. You are supposed to believe they came
from the same bullet. If they did not, if they came from two
separate bullets that is proof positive of a fourth shot, and
prime facia case for conspiracy, regardless of what the DNA
testing results are.
Could not a test be done today to determine if CE 567 and
CE 569 came from one bullet or two different bullets? I would
think that would be possible.
Irrefutable proof of a fourth shot, and a conspiracy rests
on this question.