Profiles in Courage: Jim Garrison

District Attorney Jim Garrison prosecuted New Orleans businessman Claw Shaw for conspiring to kill President Kennedy. Photo courtesy of

After the murder of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963, New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison became aware of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s presence in his city prior to the killing, and began investigating his activities and associates there.  In 1964 successor Lyndon Johnson launched the Warren Commission which concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin.  However, witness testimony, forensic evidence, and other suspicious aspects of the case prompted Garrison and many other Americans to doubt the “official story.”

Though demonized on the most recent anniversary of the assassination by the History Channel as incompetent or dishonest, Garrison’s failed prosecution of Clay Shaw as well as the media flurry leading up to it brought much needed attention to the nuances of a case almost completey ignored by major media.  Johnny Carson’s obviously hostile interview with Garrison in 1968 was typical of the media’s treatment of anyone interested in investigating the details of the JFK assassination:

CarsonInterviewsGarrison1968 (click to listen)

Carson’s bizarre attacks only served to bring more attention to the investigation and led many to believe the media was hiding something. 

In this interview Garrison reflects on the Shaw trial and subsequent developments in the case.  It was later revealed that Shaw had been employed by the CIA:

Garrison Interview (click to listen)

The History Channel’s recent attacks on Garrison follow a tradition of mainstream media obfuscation of the murder of President John F. Kennedy.

These and more interviews are available at:

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