Digital Forensics Expert: Controversial Lee Harvey Oswald Photo is Not A Fake

OswaldMELANIE PLENDA writes in the Union Leader:

Kennedy conspiracy theorists appear to have one less bullet in their arsenal. Hany Farid, a computer science professor and expert in digital forensics at Dartmouth College, spent two months evaluating a photograph of John F. Kennedy shooter Lee Harvey Oswald.

“You can’t really authenticate a photo in all honesty,” Farid said of the image, which shows Oswald holding a Marxist newspaper and a rifle. “But I can say pretty definitively that the things that people thought made the photo a fake, well, those people are wrong. And it doesn’t make them stupid. I was wrong too. But that photo is not the proof they think it is.”

It’s long been the contention of conspiracy theorists that photos of Oswald were doctored as part of an elaborate cover-up after the President’s Nov. 22, 1963, assassination.

Farid said over the years, he’s received dozens and dozens of requests to analyze the photo. What helped him decide to take on the project was a recent study he worked on looking at how the human brain processes images.

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  • Gee

    i could have told you that. the history channel did a show about him…..this might be a surprise to you, but he had a russian wife..he lived in russia for a while and also theres video footage of him passing out pro castro papers in america (pauses for dramatic effect) dun dun duuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn. so why would it be such a big deal that he had marxist papers and the rifle that killed kennedy? oh yeah even when he was in the military he talked alot of marxist stuff to anyone who would listen…he got out of the military and went to russia to live his commie dream…and yet the rooskies thought he was useless…they thought of him as a nobody…he slit his wrists while he was in russia because it depressed him so much. so in conclusion next time just do some real reporting..talk about president obama being a extraterrestrial space lizard whos trying to pass a human cook book… errr i mean health care reform >.0

  • Lance

    This article on Oswald is part jaded journalism, part non-sense. ANYBODY that has ever served in the military (combat or not) knows that part of the art of hitting your target includes the MUST of firing several hundreds of rounds, in order to gain REAL TIME proficiency. You CAN NOT gain proficiency by dry firing/pointing your rifle at target. The weight of the rifle, coupled with the discharge of the weapon is a MUST that the shooter has to get accustomed to. To site in, with a loaded, working rifle, that WILL RECOIL after firing, is part of the art of managing a weapon efficiently. You can not approach even mediocre proficiency, looking through the rifle sight, dry firing the weapon. All that amounts to screwing around in your back yard. Even IF Oswald had help, he couldn't have been the Ace Sharpshooter that “nailed” the Prez. We have corroborative proof of that, by the government's own FBI crack-marksman, that COULD NOT duplicate the timing of the shots. The Mannlicher Carcano was genuine piece of SHIT. Let's remember that it was a bolt action rifle, with a TWO STAGE trigger.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mettaya Mettaya

    If anything, this is more proof in the pile that says Oswald was a PATSY. Look at that photo – this DORK killed Kennedy in a feat of marksmanship godliness? Really. I guess that’s the mythic rifle that shoots magic bullets then, too. I’m guessing this was a slow news day, or that some idiot somewhere with hardly two neurons to rub together would think this is some kind of ‘smoking gun’ photo in favor of the laughable Official Story.

    I can add to the previous commentator – I haven’t spent a lot of time firing real guns. But I was certified Sharpshooter via the NRA with an air rifle when I was 11. And yeah, the physical act of shooting, and the uselessness of even a decade’s worth of dry shooting, applies even with such a light recoil.

    Draw a line on as wide a piece of paper as you can with a ruler. Line it up with a point on a table, and move the end closest to the point chosen say 2mm. Notice the very slight change in angle it takes – just on one axis, mind you – to be far off the point you’re trying to hit. Picture looking down that line through rifle sites, 50 yards or more away, dry firing – you know you hit the target, how?

    While training in another discipline entirely later on in life, I was taught that “If this was easy, everyone would be doing it.” You can hold a Stratocaster for the rest of your life, you’ll never play like Jimi unless you put in the time and have it in you to begin with. LHO doesn’t strike me as a one-in-a-billion shot, he strikes me as a classic Useful Idiot – if he was growing up in the 90′s he would have been Rage Against The Machine’s biggest fan and a subscriber (and probably contributor) to Red Star News now. People like that – ‘radicals’ ‘just waiting’ for the shit to hit the fan, like they have a clue of what to do when that time comes – are like those ‘Survivalists’ that don’t even go camping at a KOA much less traverse some real wilderness, but tell you how ‘ready’ they are, and they make great Patsies!

    If that was shot in the 80′s, he’d have a Rising Sun headband on, the gun would be a guitar shaped like an AK-47, and it would have been a pair of panties in his hand. And he’d still have been a dorky-ass wannabe…

    I’ll bet ol’ H.W.’s a crack shot though, although perhaps the credit goes to Woody’s father or that other guy dressed like ‘hoboes’ on that grassy Golgotha that day…

  • http://www.myspace.com/mettaya Mettaya

    If anything, this is more proof in the pile that says Oswald was a PATSY. Look at that photo – this DORK killed Kennedy in a feat of marksmanship godliness? Really. I guess that's the mythic rifle that shoots magic bullets then, too. I'm guessing this was a slow news day, or that some idiot somewhere with hardly two neurons to rub together would think this is some kind of 'smoking gun' photo in favor of the laughable Official Story.

    I can add to the previous commentator – I haven't spent a lot of time firing real guns. But I was certified Sharpshooter via the NRA with an air rifle when I was 11. And yeah, the physical act of shooting, and the uselessness of even a decade's worth of dry shooting, applies even with such a light recoil.

    Draw a line on as wide a piece of paper as you can with a ruler. Line it up with a point on a table, and move the end closest to the point chosen say 2mm. Notice the very slight change in angle it takes – just on one axis, mind you – to be far off the point you're trying to hit. Picture looking down that line through rifle sites, 50 yards or more away, dry firing – you know you hit the target, how?

    While training in another discipline entirely later on in life, I was taught that “If this was easy, everyone would be doing it.” You can hold a Stratocaster for the rest of your life, you'll never play like Jimi unless you put in the time and have it in you to begin with. LHO doesn't strike me as a one-in-a-billion shot, he strikes me as a classic Useful Idiot – if he was growing up in the 90's he would have been Rage Against The Machine's biggest fan and a subscriber (and probably contributor) to Red Star News now. People like that – 'radicals' 'just waiting' for the shit to hit the fan, like they have a clue of what to do when that time comes – are like those 'Survivalists' that don't even go camping at a KOA much less traverse some real wilderness, but tell you how 'ready' they are, and they make great Patsies!

    If that was shot in the 80's, he'd have a Rising Sun headband on, the gun would be a guitar shaped like an AK-47, and it would have been a pair of panties in his hand. And he'd still have been a dorky-ass wannabe…

    I'll bet ol' H.W.'s a crack shot though, although perhaps the credit goes to Woody's father or that other guy dressed like 'hoboes' on that grassy Golgotha that day…

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