Nation: Supposition

House report on assassinations is short on hard evidence

After two years of investigation and the expenditure of $5.4 million, the House Select Committee on Assassinations last week released a final, 686-page report on the murders of President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The study finds, with an unseemly amount of fanfare and self-justification, that both assassinations were the result of "probable" conspiracies. But the committee's conclusion appears to have outstripped its evidence.

The committee was fascinated by a tape of a broadcast taken from a police motorcycle radio transmitter that had been left on when Kennedy motored...

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