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John McCloy: Warren Commission member and ‘chairman of the establishment’

By Laurie Bennett

November 22, 2013 at 8:28am

Few government investigations have met with as many doubts and questions as the Warren Commission’s probe of John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

The panel, chaired by former Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, found that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, as did his killer, Jack Ruby.

The commission’s seven members, all now dead, were an august group, shown in the interactive Muckety map above.

Nevertheless, their report, issued 10 months after Kennedy’s death, did little to quell the many conspiracy theories. Indeed, it fueled them.

John J. McCloy
John J. McCloy

One of the commission members, John J. McCloy, may well be the conspiracy theorists’ brass ring.

McCloy, described as “chairman of the establishment,” headed several organizations targeted by the subcultures that warn of a New World Order.

He was president of the World Bank, U.S. high commissioner of Germany after World War II, and chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank, the Ford Foundation and the Council on Foreign Relations.

He was also among the few advisers to President Franklin D. Roosevelt who knew of the Manhattan Project and development of the atomic bomb. He advised six other presidents, including Kennedy.

“I saw my public service in terms of getting things done,” he once said.

Later in life, he would be criticized for his role in persuading Roosevelt to require the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. He also advised against bombing Auschwitz.

McCloy died in 1989 at age 93. Among those giving eulogies at his service were former Secretaries of State James Baker and Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller and former German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt.

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