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1966 William F. Buckley, Jr. Interview of Mark Lane, Warren Commission Critic

Here is William F. Buckley, Jr., founder of National Review, interviewing Warren Commission critic Mark Lane on Firing Line in 1966.

Please try to ignore Buckley’s constantly clearing his throat, which is somewhat a distraction and a bit rude, if you ask me. And please try to ignore Buckley’s manner of speech, that snotty-sounding “I know more than you, I am smarter than you, I’m better than you” tone of voice, his Locust Valley Lockjaw thing that we have also heard from Thurston B. Howell III and Miss Jane Hathaway. Of course, being a CIA asset takes a great deal of intelligence as we all know. But how much intelligence does it take to think that we really have to “accept Big Government” and a “totalitarian bureaucracy” in the U.S. to fight the Commies? (But it does take an emotional devotion to the State and an indoctrinated following of “national security” games and toys to propagandize on behalf of a totalitarian police state.)

Mark Lane wrote the books, Rush to Judgment, a critique of the Warren report, and A Citizen’s Dissent, in which he responded to efforts to silence his investigations which contradicted Warren Commission findings. (And by the way, Lew Rockwell interviewed Lane last August, 47 years after this Buckley interview.)

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