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KENT, Ohio -- A noisy, violent altercation and four pistol shots took place about 70 seconds before Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on antiwar protesters at Kent State University, according to a new analysis of a 40-year-old audiotape of the event. The discovery adds new perspective to -- and raises new questions about -- one of the signature events of the 20th century, after four decades of spirited discussion and research.
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Re: Kent State tape indicates pistol fire preceded National Guard shootin
Read this yesterday, and agree to just let things die.. also read where Kucinich wants to open it up...
At first glance the story reads that the Guardsman were actually provoked by the protesters, but more details indicate that this guy Norman was not a protester, but a photographer??? Sounds a whole lot weird... could he have provoked this whole unsavory incident for what???
Would like to know more about Terry Norman, sure there is a file somewheres on this guy...
Though the tussle and pistol shots, if authenticated, match some key details of a confrontation several witnesses reported seeing or hearing involving a pistol-waving Kent State student named Terry Norman, they raise many new questions.
Norman was photographing protestors that day for the FBI and carried a loaded .38-caliber Smith & Wesson Model 36 five-shot revolver in a holster under his coat for protection. Though he denied discharging his pistol, he previously has been accused of triggering the Guard shootings by firing to warn away angry demonstrators, which the soldiers mistook for sniper fire.
The apparent order for the Guardsmen to fire that is captured on the recording, as well as passage of more than a minute between the last supposed pistol shot and the Guard's gunshots, raises doubts about a connection between the two events.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....