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Oswald Conference Examines New Orleans Ties To JFK Assassination

New Orleans is famous for many things. But more than 100 people gathered over the weekend to reflect on another aspect -- its connections to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

It was a spectacular fall day outside, but inside a windowless conference room of a Kenner hotel, dozens of people listened intently to an author who’s looking into the Kennedy assassination.

Russ Baker has written a book about the Bush family. And when he read that George H. W. Bush couldn’t remember where he was that day in 1963, he just didn’t buy it.

“In a sense this country, you know, was effectively taken over by the military and they never gave it back," he told the audience.

It’s a belief that many still have more than 50 years after sometime-New Orleanian Lee Harvey Oswald was named the assassin. They gathered on his birthday to review the case.

Baker says New Orleans is a national-security town. Conference coordinator Kris Millegan is a musician and book publisher from Oregon.

“It’s a port city, and ports are things that, you know, a lot of things happen in," said Millegan. "So it lends itself to being a national security town because the powers that be want to stay in power.”  

Baker said after his speech that he doesn’t want to be known as a “conspiracy theorist.”

He said that saying conspiracy theory is a clear way to end a conversation.

Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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