U.S. Army Ranger Marty Skovlund Jr. served three tours in Iraq, and two in Afghanistan. He came from a unit that specializes in hunting down high-value targets.Image Credit: Marty Skovlund
In his last two deployments, he leveraged technology and targeting methodology to find high-value leaders within Al-Qaeda and the Haqqani Network.
In the History Channel’s new show “JFK: Declassified,” Skovlund is working on a whole different kind of hunting now. Along with a CIA and LAPD veteran, Skovlund is part of a team investigating whom Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of killing President John F. Kennedy, might have been working with.
The team is acting on recently declassified files surrounding the historical assassination.
Independent Journal Review talked to Skovlund about the show and what viewers can expect to see.
Image Credit: Marty Skovlund
“The three of us go and do an active investigation on the declassified documents surrounding the JFK Investigation. The investigation starts in Mexico City, Mexico, where Oswald met with the Soviets six weeks before shooting Kennedy.
Think about [it] like this: if I were to go over and meet with ISIS, and six weeks later I returned to assassinate the President of the United States. It’s worth looking into.”
Some of the other cities that the show takes place in are Moscow, Dallas, New Orleans, and Miami.
Skovlund addressed how “JFK: Declassified” is not a show that promotes any conspiracy theories:
“We ignored all the conspiracy theories and look at the verifiable things like the release documents and investigated them like you would investigate a crime. The active investigation took about two months.”
“We know that Oswald pulled the trigger. But was he a lone wolf like they portrayed him to be? By going back and retracing his steps, and by implementing our skill sets into the investigation, we fill in the gaps the best as we can. If he met with this person, did that have anything to do with the assassination attempt or was that pure happenstance?” Skovlund said.Image Credit: Marty Skovlund
Things got really interesting, though, when Skovlund told IJR they talked to people who were in some way tied to the event 54 years ago:
“You’re going to hear people in history that have never been on camera before.
There are even times when we are in literal physical danger. You would think that 50 years later, it would be easy to talk to people or find these we are looking for. There are a lot of people alive today that [are] actively trying to protect secrets surrounding the assassination.
There are people still actively avoiding press and media. And they are acting like it happened yesterday. I didn’t expect that much pushback. They were passionately against any exposure. These were people involved in one way or another with one part or piece of what we are investigating.”
“JFK: Declassified” premiers on the History Channel on April 25 at 10/9 CT.