According to vet Randy Barnes, Kerry opposed the assassination idea and orally resigned right after the vote. Barnes heads Missouri Veterans for Kerry. Musgrave says the assassination idea was voted down on Nov. 15, after Kerry had resigned and left Kansas City. But, Musgrave adds, Kerry could not have been ignorant of the rancorous argument about assassinations.
What makes this deadly serious is that 1971 was mid-point in an 18-year period in which JFK, Malcolm X, George Lincoln Rockwell, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated, and killers stalked Nixon, shot George Wallace, twice tried to shoot Gerald Ford and wounded Ronald Reagan. Eighteen months after Kansas City, Sen. John Stennis was shot outside his D.C. home, reportedly by robbers.
How do we know Kerry was in Kansas City? Because the FBI was there. Why were they checking on VVAW and Kerry? Perhaps because VVAW harbored hotheads like Camil. Perhaps because Kerry had met with the Viet Cong in Paris in 1970.
But the FBI has disclosed no record of assassination talk at Kansas City and absolves Kerry of any suggestion of violence.
Still, Kerry's conduct raises questions. Why did he and his campaign so hotly deny he was at Kansas City to the point that fellow vets and Gerald Nicosia, the pro-Kerry author of "Home to War," now believe Kerry and his campaign have been lying and covering up?
Why deny he was at Kansas City, unless he knows something rotten went on in Kansas City? And if Kerry took the assassination talk seriously enough to resign there, why did he not take it seriously enough to tell police?
Kerry cannot answer these questions credibly now. Having told reporters repeatedly he has no recollection of being at Kansas City, how can he say what is likely the truth, that he heard the crazy talk, deplored it, denounced it, and got out of Dodge.
Nevertheless, America has a right to know if Kerry ever heard talk of assassinating U.S. senators, and, if so, what he did about it, and what were those philosophical differences that caused him to quit the VVAW so hastily in the middle of that meeting in Kansas City?