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Title: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 01, 2018, 02:54:50 PM
Was the Warren Commission (WC) looking for the truth as they claimed?  Or were they looking to manufacture a theory for what happened and avoid the areas that may shed light on the real culprits?

This has been debated for nearly 55 years now, and the only way one can really answer the question for themselves is to study how the WC approached their ?search for the truth.?

Let?s look at the statistics of the WC in terms of the type of questions they asked of the witnesses before them.  We will rely on a man who has studied this area for a long time and has written several books on the assassination.

He will show that LESS THAN 2% (1.87%) of all the questions asked were DESIGNED to gather vital information pertaining to the death of JFK. The exhibits section (26 volumes) is even worse as ONLY 1% of them are serious and to the point of who killed President John F. Kennedy (JFK)!

This is NOT CT ?nuttiness? either as he simply used the WC?s own questions along with the standards our legal system has used for a long time!  Here goes!


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In his book, "Treachery in Dallas" (pp.279-85), Walt Brown looks at the questions that were asked by the commission and the counselors.

He breaks the questions into 7 categories:
 
1) Preliminaries - intro questions designed to learn of the witness's background, education, and nature of employment or family.

2) To the point - questions that would materially add to the investigation or have the potential to add such value.

3) Not vital - questions that did not, or did not lead to, anything being added to the record.

4) Clarification - questions that clarified earlier answers.

5) Leading/hearsay - "The WC shattered the rules of evidence, frequently telling the witnesses the answers to the questions and then having the witnesses harmlessly -- and meaninglessly -- rattle of a string of "yes?s" and "no's"."

6) Conclusionary - questions that called the witness to draw a conclusion.

7) Foregone conclusion - questions that reflected the official verdict yet could not be substantiated by the witness.

Commission witnesses (meaning some or all of the 7 members were present) were asked a total of 39, 097 questions.  Here are the breakdowns by types:

1. Preliminaries - 805 (2.10%)
2. To the point - 1,537 (4.10%)
3. Not vital - 16,073 (43.30%)
4. Clarification - 7,354 (19.80%)
5. Leading/hearsay - 9,676 (26.00%)
6. Conclusionary - 922 (2.40%)
7. Foregone Conclusion - 323 (0.80%)
8. Nonsense - 407 (1.09%)

Mr. Brown points out that ONLY 4.1% were probative while 69.3% were either NOT vital or of a leading nature. He further points out that if the 43.30% of the NOT vital questions were constant for all witnesses, this would have taken up the same percentage of the 7,909 pages of published testimony.  IOWs, 43.30% of the report and 26 volumes were of a NOT vital variety.

How about the questions asked by the counselors? Let's add them in and this brings the total to 109,930 questions being asked.  Here is the breakdown:


Commission

1. Preliminaries - 805 (2.10%)
2. To the point - 1,537 (4.10%)
3. Not vital - 16,073 (43.30%)
4. Clarification - 7,354 (19.80%)
5. Leading/hearsay - 9,676 (26.00%)
6. Conclusionary - 922 (2.40%)
7. Foregone Conclusion - 323 (0.80%)
8. Nonsense - 407 (1.09%)
{Off the record - 185}

Total Questions: 37,097

Additional Counselor questions

1. Preliminaries - 6,200 (5.60%)
2. To the point - 4,928 (4.40%)
3. Not vital ? 48,164 (43.80%)
4. Clarification - 15,233 (13.80%)
5. Leading/hearsay - 30,796 (28.00%)
6. Conclusionary - 2,580 (2.30%)
7. Foregone Conclusion - 610 (0.005%)
8. Nonsense - 1,419 (1.20%)
{Off the record - 342}

Total questions -- 109,930

Of the 109,930 questions posed, ONLY 4,928 were to the point! As Walt Brown kids though, "...a decent number of the 30,796 leading questions were abruptly to the point."

Leading a witness is NOT allowed in a court of law, yet we see an astonishing number of leading questions in this case! So much for it being treated the same as a court of law, huh?  How about the nearly 45% of NOT vital questions?  How can one say they were searching for the truth when nearly half of the questions they asked were NOT relevant and did NOT add anything to the case?

It gets worse.  ONLY 30,530 (27.77%) questions were related to the JFK killing! The LHO murder warranted over half this amount at 16,836.  By far the largest group was the "Character" sections that dealt with witnesses who had NO provable knowledge of the crime or gave testimony to the fact they had NO knowledge of the crime.  They also knew, well or poorly as Brown points out, LHO, Ruby or Tippit.

The questions for this group with no provable knowledge of the crime totaled 57,254!!!!  This was 52.05 percent of the total!!!! Some search for the truth, huh?

Walt Brown lays out the top 10 witnesses in terms of questions asked of them.  Here they are:


1) Ruth Paine (5,236)
2) Curtis LaVerne Crafard+ (3,972)
3) George Senator (2,792)
4) Marina Oswald (2,615)
5) Robert Oswald (2,351)
6) George DeMohrenschildt* (1,628)
7) Andrew Armstrong (1,592)
8 ) John Edward Pic (1,325)
9) Michael Paine (1,019)
10) Jesse Curry (1,002)

*DeMohrenschildt went to Haiti in April 1963 so what information could he possibly have about the assassination?  And yet, he was asked 1,628 questions!  What about?  Mostly LHO's character and his inclinations in regards to shooting people.

+Crafard worked for Jack Ruby and even the Commission was forced to admit he "bears a strong resemblance to Oswald." Why was the WC asking a man who worked for Ruby so many questions (3,972 -- 2nd most)?  I can bet NONE of them dealt with the suggestion that LHO and Ruby knew each other or exploring the idea Crafard could have been impersonating LHO in the weeks leading up to the assassination. Crafard would skip town for northern Michigan and was ONLY available to be questioned because the FBI found him and brought him back to be questioned.

Walt Brown points out neither Robert Oswald nor John Edward Pic had seen LHO for over a year BEFORE the assassination.  Senator, Crafard and Armstrong were employees or acquaintances of Ruby and added virtually nothing to the record.  ONLY 554 to the point questions were asked of these top 10 and more than 200 were asked of Marina alone.

If we take the number of to the point questions (2,065) and compared to the total number of questions asked (109,930) we get a whopping 1.87%!  This means as Brown points out, the WC's work was made up of 1.87% of the questions asked!

He moved on to the Exhibits then and gives this chart:


Number of Exhibits
           
Useless - 2,668 (68.20%)     
Of little value - 437 (11.10%)                   
Of some value - 458 (11.70%)                 
Of interest - 270 (6.90%)                       
Of serious interest - 79 (2.00%)           

Totals  3,912 (100.00%)

Pages of Exhibits

Useless - 5,492.33 (55.86%)
Of little value - 1,583.33 (16.10%)
Of some value - 1,473.91 (15.00%)
Of interest - 1,191.58 (12.12%)
Of serious interest - 89.93 (0.90%)

Totals  9,831 (100.00%)
                       
As you can see in all of the 26 volumes the WC committed less than THREE PERCENT space on pages and exhibits that were of a serious interest nature in their VAST TWENTY-SIX VOLUMES! This sums up their work better than anything a CTer could say!

If we are generous and add in the "of some interest category" we go up to twenty-two percent level which is somewhat better, but when we look at what space and words were committed to things of a USELESS nature this number is tiny.  In the exhibits section of the volumes the WC committed SIXTY-EIGHT percent of USELESS pieces of "evidence" and committed nearly FIFTY-SIX percent of their pages to useless things! Why would you do this IF you were really searching for the truth?  The WC had a huge budget behind them.  They had the best of the best helping them (FBI, CIA, SS, and other federal agencies) and this is the best they could come up with?

Any lawyer would be out of business if they committed this much time and effort to "useless" stuff and NON-probative questions.  IT is the job of the DA (and the WC was playing DA no matter what they claimed) to find the truth and PROVE it beyond a reasonable doubt.  How can you do this when you ask LESS THAN TWO PERCENT of probative questions?

It can't be done of course.  This breakdown shows us that the word Henry Wade got on the night of the assassination from LBJ, via his aide Cliff Carter, was still IN EFFECT when the WC was doing their work.  It can't be any more obvious a CONSPIRACY occurred and the truth was buried based on these statistics.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Jerry Freeman on October 03, 2018, 06:36:34 PM
Where 'truth was their only goal' ....the Commission scavengers provided quantity rather than quality of 'evidence' and testimony. Filling an array of voluminous print with nonsense  [interviews with Oswald's baby sitter and their friends] Adding a splurge of meaningless documents that contributed nothing. I doubt that the commissioners had ever sat down and actually read their own report ::)
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Mike Orr on October 03, 2018, 07:42:30 PM
WC's 26 volumes to say that a Lone nut did it all by himself . What else could you ask for ? Rob I always love the # of facts that you present in your postings . Don't ever stop writing your post .  Mike
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: John Mytton on October 05, 2018, 12:56:17 AM
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4,928 were to the point!

Wow, almost 5000 questions were right on target, no wonder the WC came to a comprehensive conclusion which still hasn't been challenged in 54 years!

JohnM
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 05, 2018, 02:15:18 AM
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WC's 26 volumes to say that a Lone nut did it all by himself . What else could you ask for ? Rob I always love the # of facts that you present in your postings . Don't ever stop writing your post .  Mike

Thanks Mike. I won't.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 05, 2018, 02:16:29 AM
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Wow, almost 5000 questions were right on target, no wonder the WC came to a comprehensive conclusion which still hasn't been challenged in 54 years!

JohnM

Taken out of context, but what else is new?
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: John Iacoletti on October 05, 2018, 08:04:09 PM
"Mytton" is living in a fantasy world.  The WC conclusions started to be challenged before the ink was even dry on the Warren Commission Report and have continued to be challenged for 55 years.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 05, 2018, 11:28:55 PM
Think about it -- less than two percent of the questions asked by the WC members and legal staff were probative! And yet, LNers think that the WC "solved" the case. Hilarious.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Mitch Todd on October 06, 2018, 06:38:10 PM
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"Mytton" is living in a fantasy world.  The WC conclusions started to be challenged before the ink was even dry on the Warren Commission Report and have continued to be challenged for 55 years.
And Darwin was challenged even before On The Origin of the Species had been published, and evolution has continued to be challenged for almost 200 years now.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Jerry Freeman on October 06, 2018, 11:15:40 PM
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And Darwin was challenged even before On The Origin of the Species had been published, and evolution has continued to be challenged for almost 200 years now.
Because like the official JFK Report, evolution is based purely on circumstantial evidence [at least concerning the origin of people]
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Alan Hardaker on October 06, 2018, 11:42:12 PM
" in his book"....gave "his book" away free did he. How is it all these serious conspiracy theorists write books about the assassination and all these other conspiracy experts have read most of these books. There is a conspiracy going on alright....and it's based on writing books about assassination.

And yet all these books, probably hundreds of them by now, have not proved anything apart from a few minor discrepancies in the case.

Obviously there is nothing new in saying people are profiting from the " conspiracy deal" but that doesn't detract from the fact that they are and as long as there is a market for these books, films, lecture tours or whatever it will rumble on.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Brian Walker on October 07, 2018, 05:42:25 PM
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Think about it -- less than two percent of the questions asked by the WC members and legal staff were probative! And yet, LNers think that the WC "solved" the case. Hilarious.

Can you tell me what percentage of questions are probative in an average trial or deposition? IF you don;' know the answer to then than I am not sure why you think you are making a decent point here.

5000 questions seems a lot to me.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 07, 2018, 09:45:30 PM
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Can you tell me what percentage of questions are probative in an average trial or deposition? IF you don;' know the answer to then than I am not sure why you think you are making a decent point here.

5000 questions seems a lot to me.

Sure, dump the burden on me. I would think to solve a case and then prosecute it successfully more than 1.87% of the questions asked are probative.

Why don't you show that less 2% is normal since you support the WC's conclusion?
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: John Mytton on October 07, 2018, 10:13:57 PM
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Sure, dump the burden on me. I would think to solve a case and then prosecute it successfully more than 1.87% of the questions asked are probative.

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Sure, dump the burden on me.

It's your thread Rob and you're supposed to support your OP.

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I would think to solve a case and then prosecute it successfully more than 1.87% of the questions asked are probative.

Why is almost FIVE THOUSAND totally focused spot on questions specifically on this case not enough to successfully prosecute? Where do you live, Nazi Germany?

JohnM
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 07, 2018, 10:50:02 PM
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It's your thread Rob and you're supposed to support your OP.

Why is almost FIVE THOUSAND totally focused spot on questions specifically on this case not enough to successfully prosecute? Where do you live, Nazi Germany?

JohnM

The OP was supported in the OP. Did you bother to read it? Walker's question was shifting the burden.

Over 109,000 questions were asked so your spin won't work. The WC asked way more not vital and leading/hearsay questions. If you are comfortable with their work then we see who would be more comfortable living in Nazi Germany.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Jerry Freeman on October 08, 2018, 01:13:01 AM
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Why don't you show that less 2% is normal since you support the WC's conclusion?
Can't be done. Again, the WC relied on the FBI which relied on the DPD which relied on bogus circumstantial evidence.
 There was no counsel for the 'defendant' therefore no cross examination/ objection to leading witnesses/ calling for conclusions/ and so on...a kangaroo court with not even kangaroos to have to deal with.   
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Brian Walker on October 08, 2018, 07:40:45 AM
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The OP was supported in the OP. Did you bother to read it? Walker's question was shifting the burden.

Over 109,000 questions were asked so your spin won't work. The WC asked way more not vital and leading/hearsay questions. If you are comfortable with their work then we see who would be more comfortable living in Nazi Germany.

Sometimes I think you are just joking. You are the one who tried to make the point that 1.87% of questions being probative is a sign that the WC was not looking for the truth. The first thing you would have to do is point out that 1.87 is low for a trial or deposition to even make the point.  Unless you want to make the case that 1.87 is not low and that no trials or depositions are designed to read the truth.

The number of non probative questions is totally irrelevant here. The only important number is the 5000 probative questions. If you don't think 5000 is enough than could you at least tell us how many should have been asked? You have to know that answer to know that 5000 is not enough.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 08, 2018, 03:41:06 PM
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Can't be done. Again, the WC relied on the FBI which relied on the DPD which relied on bogus circumstantial evidence.
 There was no counsel for the 'defendant' therefore no cross examination/ objection to leading witnesses/ calling for conclusions/ and so on...a kangaroo court with not even kangaroos to have to deal with.

True.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 08, 2018, 03:44:08 PM
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Sometimes I think you are just joking. You are the one who tried to make the point that 1.87% of questions being probative is a sign that the WC was not looking for the truth. The first thing you would have to do is point out that 1.87 is low for a trial or deposition to even make the point.  Unless you want to make the case that 1.87 is not low and that no trials or depositions are designed to read the truth.

The number of non probative questions is totally irrelevant here. The only important number is the 5000 probative questions. If you don't think 5000 is enough than could you at least tell us how many should have been asked? You have to know that answer to know that 5000 is not enough.

I don't have to do anything. If you think asking less that 2 percent of 109,000 plus questions in a probative manner is normal and proper for finding the truth then that explains why you accept the official fairytale.

Enough said.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 08, 2018, 04:09:30 PM
Here is something to consider from real judges.

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The Warren Report? All three judges in the case [Clay Shaw] agreed that it was inadmissible as evidence in judicial proceedings.

"If we are going to accept the Warren Report as factual, then we have wasted a week of time", Judge Bagert declared near the end of the hearing.

Another judge, Matthew S. Braniff, said of the Warren Report: "It is fraught with hearsay and contradictions."

"And that's putting it mildly," Bagert commented.

A few days later, Judge Edward A. Haggerty Jr., who had been appointed to preside at the trial of Clay Shaw, also said the Warren Report could not be admitted as evidence at the trial.

(Excerpted from "The Garrison Inquiry" by Joachim Joesten, 1967, p. 70)

Quote off
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Brian Walker on October 12, 2018, 08:42:06 PM
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I don't have to do anything. If you think asking less that 2 percent of 109,000 plus questions in a probative manner is normal and proper for finding the truth then that explains why you accept the official fairytale.

Enough said.

I guess Rob is never going to understand that the number 5000 is the only number that matters. Rob doesn't know if 1.87 percent is normal for a trial or a deposition or not.  Even if he was correct and the 1.87 is low it still doesn't mean anything at all because it could just  show that 5000 was enough probative questions but they asked more than normal of other types of questions because they were trying to cover all the bases.
Title: Re: Only 1.87% Of The WC's Questions Were Probative...No Interest In The Truth
Post by: Rob Caprio on October 12, 2018, 11:25:54 PM
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I guess Rob is never going to understand that the number 5000 is the only number that matters. Rob doesn't know if 1.87 percent is normal for a trial or a deposition or not.  Even if he was correct and the 1.87 is low it still doesn't mean anything at all because it could just  show that 5000 was enough probative questions but they asked more than normal of other types of questions because they were trying to cover all the bases.

Still can't show that less than 2% of questions asked being probative is normal, huh? Anyone not drinking the WC koolade would find this number pitifully low when compared to the amount of LEADING and HEARSAY questions asked.

The onus is on you.