Robert Kennedy Jr. accuses CIA of involvement in JFK's assassination

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Date: 2023/05/08

Difficulty: Advanced C1

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Vocabulary Match

contender -   - gathering
overwhelming -   - dominant
compiling -   - believable
credible -   - ignited
fueled -   - plot
conspiracy -   - candidate

Article

Robert Kennedy Jr., a Democratic White House contender, has accused the CIA of being involved in the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy Jr. believes that there is overwhelming evidence supporting this claim. He cited the book "JFK and the Unspeakable" as compiling the most evidence on the topic.

The official investigation, The Warren Commission Report, concluded that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the fatal shooting, and that there was no credible evidence he was part of a conspiracy to assassinate the 35th president. The CIA's own website calls the claims of their involvement in JFK's murder a "lie." Kennedy Jr. believes that this is a "60 year cover-up." This accusation has fueled many conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, which occurred on November 22, 1963, during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

Quiz

  1. Who accused the CIA of being involved in JFK's assassination?
  2. What did The Warren Commission Report conclude about Lee Harvey Oswald's involvement?
  3. What does the CIA's own website call the claims of their involvement in JFK's murder?

Conversation

A: I can't believe Kennedy Jr. is accusing the CIA of being involved in the assassination.
B: It's not that far-fetched. There's a lot of evidence supporting his claim.
A: But the Warren Commission Report concluded that Oswald acted alone.
B: Yes, but there's still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the assassination.
A: I guess we'll never really know what happened.
B: Maybe not, but it's important to keep asking questions and seeking the truth.
A: I agree. The truth always comes out eventually.

Discussion

  1. What do you think about Kennedy Jr.'s accusation against the CIA?
  2. What other famous conspiracy theories do you know about?
  3. Do you think the media tries to manipulate public opinion? Why?

Vocabulary Answers

contender → candidate
overwhelming → dominant
compiling → gathering
credible → believable
fueled → ignited
conspiracy → plot

Quiz Answers (examples)

  1. Robert Kennedy Jr., a Democratic White House contender.
  2. That he acted alone in the fatal shooting, and that there was no credible evidence he was part of a conspiracy to assassinate the 35th president.
  3. A "lie."

Source Material

https://nypost.com/2023/05/07/robert-kennedy-jr-blames-cia-for-john-f-kennedy-assassination/


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