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Did JFK’s Assassination Result from Having Interest in UFOs?

Though less famous than theories like whether Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, many with interest in conspiracies about the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy have also asked if he might have had access to information about UFOs before his death. But of greater importance, perhaps, is the question of whether this interest could have somehow actually been associated with his untimely assassination.

Now, according to an interview with author William Lester, The British Daily Mail has argued recently that this may have actually been the case. “Alien researchers say the latest documents, released to Mr Lester by the CIA, add weight to the suggestion that the president could have been shot to stop him (from) discovering the truth about UFOs,” the piece reads.

Granted, information pertaining to JFK’s UFO interest, as well as the inevitable speculation about his subsequent assassination, have been around for a while now. Writing for UFO Magazine last year, I pointed out in my article “All The President’s Little Green Men” that JFK had made references to distinguishing between “knowns and unknowns” while working with NASA director James Webb to secure a joint US-Soviet space program at the time. “One of his concerns was that a lot of these UFOs were being seen over the Soviet Union,” Lester notes. “He was very concerned that the Soviets might misinterpret these UFOs as U.S. aggression, believing that it was some of our technology.”

Though the Daily Mail points out that the documents containing the info in question were only recently released for the first time, obviously parts of this, and perhaps other information, have existed in the public sphere for some time (in fact, this 2000 article at the Rense.com website shows that at least one of the same documents mentioned in the Daily Mail piece has indeed been around for a while). But of perhaps greater interest is the mention made by the Mail of a classic document uncovered years ago, appropriately called the “burned memo” due to burn marks that suggest an attempt at it’s destruction. This piece, which famously contains the line, “As you must know LANCER (this was a code name for Kennedy) has made some inquiries regarding our activities which we cannot allow,” is a part of a number of famous–and controversial–documents pertaining to a purported series of UFO-related files called The Majestic 12 documents.

The authenticity of the directives contained in the so-called “burned document,” according to the website MajesticDocuments.com, “seems beyond question,” considering the variables present. These include original “onionskin” paper stock used to print the document, as well as red ink that has been matched with the proper time period forensically, counter intelligence stamps, and a handful of other points of interest. Indeed, it seems that the case to be made here is a good one (however recent or not), and well worth exploring further… if it were indeed found that JFK’s association with UFOs was valid, and could have even contributed to his death, what does it tell us about the serious treatment UFOs may be getting to this day by those in government?

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Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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