Vince Palamara

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Vincent Palamara was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology.

Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions - and inactions - of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world's record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over seventy former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and supboena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result was Survivor's Guilt; The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect The President, a very successful self-published book that sold thousands of copies in the 1990's before becoming a free online e-book in 2006.

In addition, the aforementioned corresponding project on the John F. Kennedy assassination medical evidence, JFK: The Medical Evidence Reference, Vince's second book, although almost an afterthought to Vince's main area of research, still sold hundreds of copies and was favorably mentioned in books by William Law, R. Andrew Kiel, James Fetzer, and even Vince Bugliosi. Like his first book, Vince's medical evidence tome became a free online e-book in 2006.

All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 42 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service - and even medical evidence - areas of these works.

Vince has appeared on the History Channel, local cable access television, YouTube, radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince's original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library.

Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003) "the Secret Service expert." As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: "You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do," while fellow JFK Secret Service agent Chuck Zboril stated: "You might be helpful to the official Secret Service historian who works out of Washington!"

Agent Roberts would later write (28 April 1964) that "there was no question in my mind as to (the agents') physical and mental capacity to function effectively in their assigned duties". Like Chief Rowley and Inspector Kelley before both the WC and the HSCA, Agent Roberts covered up the drinking incident, despite Secret Service regulations which stated that this was grounds for removal from the agency. Sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption wreak havoc on even the best trained reflexes. While leaving Love Field, Agent Roberts rose from his seat and, using his voice and several hand gestures, forced agent Henry J. Rybka fall back from the rear area of JFK's limousine, causing a perplexed Rybka to stop and raise his arms several times in disgust. Rybka would then remain at the airport during the murder, having been effectively neutralized. Although Paul Landis made room for him on the right running board of the follow-up car, Agent Rybka did not budge. Although Rybka worked the follow-up in Houston the day before [18] and was a gun-carrying protective agent, he was not allowed to do his job on 22 November 1963.

I wanted to share my views on the state of the JFK case that I think are important for everyone to read. In my humble opinion (and you know what they say about opinions) I think, with all due respect, that the days of big-time, formal conferences are over. Between the networking going on via the "information superhighway" and the expense of these formal venues, there no longer seems to be a burning need or desire to have these type of conferences (unlike even up to the early 1990's, when the print journals - particularly the Third Decade - ruled and "snail mail" was it). With the advent of technology, the average researcher can get all the "state-of-the-art" information he/she may care to get, and then some. In addition, there is a wide variety to choose from: websites, e-mail, newsgroups, etc.

This is NOT to cast any aspersions against COPA's impressive-looking Fall conference; I wish them nothing but the best and I hope they get 1,000+ people ... but don't bet on it. The attendance has fallen drastically at all conferences since the very early nineties and, again, the expense, coupled with the information options available to everyone who can handle a computer mouse, has greatly curtailed the need for formalities, so to speak.

What is needed - especially as we approach the new Millenium - is a different course of action. The general public, while overwhelmingly on our side, does not attend any of our conferences. The days of best-selling JFK books are probably a thing of the past (not so much because of Posner but because of the muddying of the waters caused by so many conflicting theories - another problem in and of itself). There are many, many researchers/authors doing great work out there, and the ARRB/the Archives is supplying us with millions of pages of documents we never dreamed we would get our hands on even up to a short four or five years ago (pre-Stone film/legislation). However, the press rarely reports on anything released, much less of anything significant, and, when they do, they report on "straw men" that are easily toppled over (i.e. the long-dismissed ruminations that the KGB had a hand in the plot in Dallas on 11/22/63).

It is time to stop living in denial: there definitely was a conspiracy. The public believes it ... they just do not know it. Why? Because the "state-of-the-art" research is restricted via expensive conferences and many conflicting theories (again, unlike some recent writers, I am not casting aspersions on these conflicting theorists or even the sponsors of these expensive conferences - I have indulged both many times; we all have).

It seems to me, at this late date, that we should concentrate all our efforts on reporting, to the best of our abilities, the facts as we see and know them, not necessarily just to the media, the public, or to the government... but to history. Ultimately, what history writes about this case - not the media pundits, the mortal men alive today, or the transitory public officials - will be the accepted, final word; not the Warren Commission, the HSCA, or Posner (thank God).

What can we do? Keep active on this information superhighway, share your information with all who request it (within reason), and stay on course about what we can all agree with and that which we know to be true:

1. JFK was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.

2. The government covered up much in regard to this case.

You want specifics? Here they are:

1. Lee Harvey Oswald, if he "acted" in any fashion, did not act alone;

2. J. Edgar Hoover, who hated the Kennedys, covered up much in this case;

3. The CIA did not share much information about their joint efforts with the Mafia (to kill Castro);

4. The government investigations were seriously biased/flawed;

5. The Secret Service was extremely negligent in Dallas (this author goes beyond this, but that's another story);

6. JFK suffered a non-penetrating back wound and a separate neck wound: an entrance wound from the front;

7. The majority of the witnesses indicated that a shot or shots came from the front. This, coupled with the majority of witnesses at Parkland and Bethesda who stated that JFK had a gaping exit wound in the right rear of his head (including SS agent Kinney), and the timing/ sequence of the shots themselves (and the wound patterns on all three men - JFK, Connally, and Tague (remember him?), indicates, in and of itself, a conspiracy (more than one gunman).


Vince Palamara - History

A FACT SHEET : On Security and Secret Service
Inconsistencies in the JFK Assassination


Summary : Recent interviews with many of the Secret Service agents that protected JFK, a number of whom where in Dallas on November 22, 1963 -- along with recently declassified documents -- contradict history's official verdict that President Kennedy was difficult to protect and was somehow indirectly responsible for his own death by foregoing security measures that would have aided in saving his life. The following "fact sheet" was prepared as a basic and general summarization of some of the more salient points in the author's research for the book "THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE . "

Contrary to recent testimony before Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr by current Secret Service Director Lewis Merletti and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Gary Grindler, President Kennedy did not instruct agents not to ride on the rear bumper of his car several days before Dallas. Former agents Gerald A. Behn (#1 man on JFK s detail), Floyd M. Boring (the #2 man), Arthur L.Godfrey (another top man, one of the three Shift Leaders on Kennedy's Texas trip), Rufus W. Youngblood (#2 man on LBJ s detail on 11/22/63, riding in the V.P.'s car), Samuel A. Kinney (the driver of the Secret Service follow-up car in Dallas), Dave Powers (loyal Kennedy aide who rode with Kinney), Cecil Stoughton (White House photographer in the Dallas motorcade), Donald J. Lawton (also on the Texas trip), Martin E. Underwood (Democratic National Committee advance man for JFK's trip to Houston), Robert I. Bouck (head of the Protective Research Section), Robert Lilley (a member of JFK's detail from election night until one month before Dallas), Maurice G. Martineau (the agent in charge of the Chicago office), Abraham W. Bolden (the first black member of the White House Detail), and John Norris (a member of the Uniformed Division), collectively and in no uncertain terms, told me that President Kennedy never ordered the agents off the rear of his car, was not difficult to protect, and , in fact, was very cooperative with the Secret Service. Jerry D. Kivett (who rode in the V.P. follow-up car in Dallas) and June Kellerman (widow of the #3 man on Kennedy's detail) also confirmed to me that Kennedy was not difficult to protect for the Secret Service. More than anything else, this debunks the "JFK as scapegoat" notion of history -- and the buck stops with the Secret Service.

Fact #2:

Contrary to all prior accounts, including those attributed to President Kennedy himself, former agent Samuel A. Kinney was adamant to me, on three occasions, that he was SOLELY responsible for the bubbletop's removal on that fateful day in Dallas.

The Secret Service was knowledgeable about prior recent threats to President Kennedy but, not only was nothing done to relay this information to the agents in Dallas, at least 3 separate checks of the Protective Research Section for any threats or harmful subjects in Dallas yielded nothing, something two agents, Roy H. Kellerman (to the Warren Commission) and Abraham Bolden (to me), said was highly unusual, to say the least. DNC advance man Marty Underwood told me that he was getting all sorts of rumors, merely 18 hours before the assassination, that JFK was to be assassinated in Dallas, even conveying this information to President Kennedy himself, who told Underwood not to worry (indeed, JFK had told San Antonio Congressman Henry Gonzalez that the Secret Service had taken care of everything and, thus, there was no need for worry)! Agent Kinney told me that there was a scare four days before Dallas when Kennedy was in Florida, separate from the accurate assassination prediction of one Joseph Milteer (an ardent right-wing supporter), in Miami on November 9, 1963. Agent Bouck told me he was aware of this threat knowledge before Dallas (and documents confirm that the Secret Service did indeed have material regarding this in their files). Five years before the revelations of the four agents who spoke to Seymour Hersh, Bouck told me he also was aware of Kennedy's philandering, crucial compromising information for a top man in Kennedy's detail to have.

Although Kennedy normally had much motorcycle "coverage" in his motorcades, including at least 3 to 6 motorcycles riding on each side of the car on all prior Texas stops, as well as many other foreign and domestic trips in 1963, the plans were altered by the Secret Service for Dallas, giving JFK a measly 4 non-flanking outriders: the reason being that, as with the allegations that JFK did not want the men on the car (debunked) or the bubbletop (debunked ), the president did not want a lot of motorcycles, especially ones right by his side, which effectively opened him up to crossfire and/ or eliminated more key professionally-trained eye and ear witnesses from the scene (and out of harm's way). My interviews with agents Sam Kinney and Arthur Godfrey dispelled the notion that JFK ever said that he did not want motorcycles by the car, as films, photos, and the prior Texas stops make quite clear in and of themselves.

Although Secret Service Chief James J. Rowley adamantly denied to the Warren Commission that his agency was responsible for the printing of the motorcade route in Dallas, the author has traced the critical decision back from LBJ aide Bill Moyers to what Moyers described as "the agent in charge of the Dallas trip"!

In a related matter, the motorcade route itself went against both common sense and Secret Service protocol by involving turns of 90 and 120 degrees, which slowed the limousine down to a dangerous speed by both the Texas School Book Depository (Oswald's alleged lair) and the infamous grassy knoll area --- DNC advance man Underwood and uniformed agent Norris were two men who strongly criticized the route in interviews with this author. Furthermore, the #1 agent in the president's detail, Jerry Behn, told me that the Dallas route was changed from some other (unknown) choice, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations asked him in Executive Session in still unpublished testimony in the late 1970s. Furthermore, agents Kinney and Winston G. Lawson confirmed for this author that there were indeed alternate routes (two, according to Kinney), and the author discovered much confusion in the newspapers and perhaps unwitting obfuscation in the strangely conflicting accounts of the route Kennedy was to take in Dallas.

The press photographers who normally rode in a flatbed truck directly in front of JFK's limousine, as they had done countless times before, were relegated to a position "out of the picture" well behind the president's limousine. According to reporter Tom Dillard, this change occurred at "the last minute" at Love Field, where two Secret Service agents, Winston G. Lawson (who the author interviewed) and Roger Warner, were responsible for lining up the cars for the motorcade, including the use of numbers for the automobiles. In addition, JFK aides Godfrey McHugh and Ted Clifton -- one of whom usually rode in the front seat of the limousine taking notes between the two agents -- were also relegated to a position behind JFK and out of sight. McHugh said that this was unusual and that this was achieved through a first-time ever request by the president's aide Ken O'Donnell and the Secret Service. Furthermore, official White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, who normally rode in the Secret Service follow-up car taking films and photos, including even riding on the rear of Kennedy''s car from time to time, was also moved to a position far out of view ofthe presidential limousine (Stoughton rode in the back-up car from July 1963 until 11/21/63, the day before the assassination). Stoughton would not give the author a reason for this change in seating arrangements in Dallas. Finally, the White House and pool Press Busses, which also normally rode close to JFK, were positioned far to the rear and out of harm's way.

Dallas Sheriff Bill Decker, who rode in the lead car in front of JFK's limousine in Dallas, ordered his men not to participate in the security of the motorcade, according to Dallas Deputy Sheriff Roger Craig.Surprisingly, as this author discovered, Decker had offered his "full support" to the agent in charge of the Dallas office, Forrest V. Sorrels (a fellow passenger in the lead car), a mere day before the assassination. In addition, the car that Decker, Sorrels, Lawson, and Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry were riding in was a CLOSED SEDAN, not a convertible, which was a most ineffective choice for monitoring windows and other security concerns.

An important discovery by the author was found in the video from ABC television's Dallas/ Fort Worth affiliate WFAA depicting the start of the fateful motorcade at Love Field: agent Henry J. Rybka is shown being recalled by shift leader (and commander of the follow-up car detail) Emory P. Roberts. As the limo begins leaving the area, Rybka's dismay and confusion is made manifest by his unambiguous body language of throwing his arms up several times before, during, and after the follow-up car passes him by, despite agent Paul E. Landis making room for Rybka on the running board of the car. After the assassination, the author discovered three different reports, two of which were written by Roberts on 11/22/63, which mistakenly place Rybka IN the follow-up car! Emory Roberts would go on to make a mysterious radio broadcast (depicted in the famous Altgens's photo), separate from his calls before and after the shooting, which is unaccounted for in the record (the Secret Service's radio transmissions, if transcribed, have yet to surface) offered no assistance to the president himself --- not even a shout of alarm or an alert to his men recalled agent John D. Ready, which was erroneously blamed on the speed and distance of the two cars (as borne out by the descriptions and changes---in Roberts and Ready's reports) and, amazingly, according to the driver of the follow-up car seated right beside
Roberts, Sam Kinney, the shift leader ordered the men not to move -- although Roberts was one of a select few who recognized the first shot as a rifle blast. As nine agents were involved in the infamous late-night drinking incident the night before the assassination, including four on the follow-up car, the actions and inactions of Roberts were crucial to JFK's security (even the late arrival of agent Clinton J. Hill, who was assigned to Jackie).

Windows were not systematically watched in Dallas, since no order was given (as confirmed by Dallas policeman Perdue Lawrence), although it was agent Lawson's "usual instructions" to do so. Also in regard to Lawson's responsibilities, the Dealey Plaza triple underpass was NOT cleared of spectators (as Lawson himself testified that he was trying to wave them off shortly before the shooting began). In addition, ambulances (such as the one on standby for JFK that was called to Dealey Plaza five minutes before Kennedy arrived to pick up an alleged "epileptic seizure" victim) were called to this same area on false alarms in the days and weeks before November 22, as ambulance driver Aubrey Rike told me ( He even stated that the FBI believed there was something to this)!

The president and the vice president were permitted in the same city in slow, open vehicles in close proximity to each other -- former agents Lawson and Bolden stressed how unusual this was. In Bolden's case, he stated that this was a security hazard, as common sense would seem to dictate (keeping in mind that the First Lady was ALSO in this motorcade). Further complicating and confounding matters, the driver of the presidential limousine car, Secret Service agent Bill Greer, slowed the limousine down during the shooting, looked back twice at the president, disobeyed his superior, Roy H. Kellerman, who told him to get out of line before the fatal shot was fired, and,at least part of the way, led the race to Parkland Hospital -- actions that agent Greer later denied to the Warren Commission -- despite the testimony of others, the films, and the photographs (this author is the first researcher to put ALL of these elements together).

Surprisingly, several of these agents told the author that they believe there was indeed a conspiracy to murder President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963---Sam Kinney, Abraham Bolden, Maurice Martineau, Marty Underwood, and John Norris are the men that believed this to be the case. In addition, June Kellerman, widow of the late Roy Kellerman, as well as their daughter, stated that both Roy and Bill Greer knew there was more to the assassination than what was officially pronounced. Finally, two key elements discovered by the author may be the "living answers" to the security concerns and planning for JFK's Texas trip: Lawson's forgotten partner, David B. Grant, who joined Lawson in Dallas four days beforehand -- and was working with him since November 13, 1963 -- and Floyd M. Boring, who, although back in Washington, was in charge of all of the advance work during the Kennedy years AND was in charge of planning the Texas trip from the Secret Service's viewpoint!


About Vince Palamara

Vincent Palamarawas born in Pittsburgh and graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in Sociology. Although not even born when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Vince brings fresh eyes to an old case. In fact, Vince would go on to study the largely overlooked actions – and inactions – of the United States Secret Service in unprecedented detail, as well as achieving a world’s record in the process, having interviewed and corresponded with over eighty former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and supboena power from Congress), not to mention many surviving family members, White House aides, and even quite a few Parkland and Bethesda medical witnesses for a corresponding project. The result is five major books that have sold surprisingly well: Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service & The Failure To Protect President Kennedy (2013). Vince is also the author of JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda (2015) ,The Not-So-Secret Service (2017), Who’s Who in the Secret Service (2018) and “HONEST ANSWERS ABOUT THE MURDER OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: A NEW LOOK AT THE JFK ASSASSINATION” (2021) .All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 148 JFK and Secret Service related books to date (including two whole chapters in Murder in Dealey Plaza, The Secret Service: The Hidden History Of An Enigmatic Agency by Philip Melanson, and the Final Report of the Assassination Records Review Board, among many others), often at length, in the bibliographies, and in the Secret Service – and even medical evidence – areas of these works. Vince has appeared on the History Channel 2003 (+ DVD/VHS) and Newsmax TV 2019-2020 (+ DVD) for THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (PART 7), C-SPAN 2010-2012 (+ DVDs), the DVD/ BLU RAY of A COUP IN CAMELOT (2016), the DVD of KING KILL 󈨃 (2013/2014), the DVD of THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (2016), PCN (+ DVD), National Geographic 2013/2020 (+ DVD), local cable access television (2002-2007 + 2010-2011), YouTube (2007 to the present), radio, newspapers, print journals, at national conferences, and all over the internet. Also, Vince’s original research materials, or copies of said materials, are stored in the National Archives (by request under Deed Of Gift by the ARRB), the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Harvard University, the Assassination Archives and Research Center, and the Dallas Public Library. Vince Palamara has become known (as he was dubbed by the History Channel in 2003 and by actor Peter Coyote in 2016) “the Secret Service expert.” As former JFK Secret Service agent Joe Paolella proclaimed: “You seem to know a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I do!” Agent Dan Emmett calls me a Secret Service expert in his new book

tags: John F Kennedy Secret Service Agents, JFK Secret Service Staff The Kennedy Detail, JFK Conspiracy, JFK Assassination Story Gerald Blaine, Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin

DOCUMENTARY OUTTAKE 2013- the director wanted me to do an unrehearsed book pitch for my book “Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy”

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On your recommendation I was just finishing “Mrs. Kennedy and Me” and I have not started reading “Within Arm’s Length”. Is there any way I could get a copy of your book other reading or printing it on the computer.

Thanks, Sandra! Clint Hill and Dan Emmett have written great books. My book WAS available in hard and soft covers from 1991-2005. Since 2006, it is only available here, free, online:
http://www.assassinationresearch.com/v4n1.html

Hi Mr. Palamara,, I am wondering if u have a picture of Lane Bertram. I have looked everywhere and can’t find one.

I don’t believe I do. I will look–he MAY be pictured in a 1991 AFAUSSS book. That would be the only place I can think of

I have searched online and can’t fine the actual 1991 AFAUSSS book.. It keeps directing me to your page….. Can you help me please? Give me any ideas on how to find it.
My mother was a wild character back in the late 50″s and early 60’s and she was involved in some counterfeiting. She ended up helping Bertram catch a couple fellas. Anyway, I was born in Houston in 1957 and was named after him. Debbie Lane Bethune. I have been curious since I found a baby booklet with his first and last name written by my mother saying that was the man I was named after. Thanks.

Very interesting, indeed. I know he is mentioned for a fact (with no photo) in “The Secret Service Story” by Michael Dorman and “Murder From Within” by Fred Newcomb & Perry Adams (both on Amazon). Some people think HE was the “Clay Betrand” that Lee Harvey Oswald was refering to! I looked and could find no photo–save yourself the big money for that 1991 book I was refering to: he’s not in there


Kennedys and King

Vince Palamara is without a doubt the leading expert on the Secret Service. His 20 years spent reviewing documents and interviewing agents assigned to the Kennedy detail culminated in his book, Survivor's Guilt. He has made numerous media appearances, and his original research materials are now stored at NARA. Vince has also written JFK: From Parkland to Bethesda, a compendium of the medical testimony. He is currently finishing a third book presenting a wider ranging look at the Secret Service under several administrations. Read more here.

Zero Fail: Déjà vu All Over Again

Vince Palamara laments the resurrection of the &ldquoKennedy ordered the Secret Service off of the back of the limousine&rdquo myth in Carol Leonnig&rsquos new book Zero Fail and details some bizarre shenanigans happening on his Amazon author page as her book was released.

Clint Hill, with Lisa McCubbin, Five Presidents

On the second to last page, Hill/McCubbin write: &ldquoAs with our previous two books, our overriding concern was to present a factual account to preserve history, while also abiding by the Secret Service pledge to be worthy of trust and confidence.&rdquo I would say it is the latter part of that statement that has guided McCubbin, Hill and Blaine through all four books, concludes Vince Palamara.

Clint Hill, Mrs. Kennedy and Me

Unlike The Kennedy Detail, Clint Hill has written (again, with Lisa McCubbin) a fine book. That said, it is best to take some of his pre-assassination &ldquoreenactments&rdquo of statements made by others with a huge grain of salt, while also noting&ndashwith interest&ndashthose assassination and post-assassination revelations and statements that do ring true and are of interest to all, writes Vince Palamara.

Gerald Blaine, The Kennedy Detail

Although very well written, along with some nice photographs, as well, The Kennedy Detail is really a thinly veiled attempt to rewrite history . and absolve the agents of their collective survivor's guilt . In the eyes of those from the Kennedy detail, the assassination was the act of TWO "lone men": Oswald, who pulled the trigger, and JFK, who set himself up as the target, writes Vince Palamara.

Slick Propaganda: A Review of The Discovery Channel documentary, The Kennedy Detail (based on the 2010 Gerald Blaine book of the same title)

A documentary designed to blame President Kennedy for his own assassination by falsely stating that he ordered the agents off his limousine, as well as to perpetuate the official Warren Commission story, writes Vince Palamara.


NEW JFK ASSASSINATION BOOK

Thousands of books and articles have been written about the murder of JFK, many of which are large in volume and short on facts. Quite often, these works try to reinvent the wheel, attempting to cover every single area of the assassination, as well as many tangential and unessential points, as well. The reader is often left exhausted and confused. The sheer volume of pages, conflicting facts, and theories leaves one unsatisfied and, quite frankly, not sure exactly what did happen on 11/22/63. This book seeks to separate the wheat from the chaff. It is 55-plus years later: it is time for real, honest answers in an easy-to-read and understand format. Proof of a conspiracy no theories to-the-point a perspective on the assassination for the millennial age and beyond. Based on years—decades—of primary source research and having read countless books on the subject.

"I continue to be impressed with your research." - Lynn Meredith , Secret Service agent assigned to JFK's children

" You are, unquestionably, the main authority on the Secret Service with regard to the assassination." - Vincent Bugliosi , best-selling author of Helter Skelter and numerous other books

"Vince Palamara is a Secret Service expert."
- The History Channel (2003) and Newsmax TV (2019)

"No one has studied the actions of the Secret Service and the assassination more than Vince Palamara." - A ctor Peter Coyote in the DVD/Blu Ray A Coup In Camelot

"Your ground breaking and persistent work has made you the foremost authority on the role of the Secret Service during that day in November. Your work is meticulous and accurate. You are mentioned several times in my last book on the assassination called Last Word." - Mark Lane , best-selling author of Rush to Judgment and several other books

"You know a heck of a lot about the Secret Service, maybe even more than I!"- JFK Secret Service agent Joseph Paolella

A tremendous benefit for those with a short attention span in the soundbite/social media/meme society we live in today(especially for millennials but geared for all ages). Actual proof of conspiracy in the death of President Kennedy! Proof of a conspiracy no theories to-the-point a perspective on the assassination for the millennial age and beyond. Based on years--decades--of primary source research and having read countless books on the subject. An essential guide through generations of mind-numbing information to get to the heart of the matter: honest answers and a frank appraisal of the state of the case.

Favorable comments about Palamara's work in both the October 2014 issue of Vanity Fair and in the 8/28/2000 edition of Publisher's Weekly


HONEST ANSWERS ABOUT THE MURDER OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: A NEW LOOK AT THE JFK ASSASSINATION


HONEST ANSWERS ABOUT THE MURDER OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY: A NEW LOOK AT THE JFK ASSASSINATION COMING SPRING 2021

Monday, November 23, 2020

The Kennedy Detail documentary (also a DVD) 2010 and all of Clint Hill's books

The Kennedy Detail documentary (also a DVD) 2010 and all of Clint Hill's books

This Discovery Channel documentary originally aired—twice—on 12/2/10 and, again, on 12/4/10 (It was originally supposed to debut on the 47 th anniversary of the assassination on 11/22/10 but, for some reason or reasons unknown, the show aired a week and a half later. Like the release of the book on 11/2/10, Election Day, the marketing strategy of Blaine’s work was a tad suspect, in my opinion, but I digress). As one who has interviewed and corresponded with most of the Secret Service agents who served under JFK , I was most looking forward to this documentary, as there can be an appeal to an audio/visual format of one’s point-of-view that can get lost in translation in strict black and white writings. That said, as with the book of the same name, there are some things to commend in The Kennedy Detail television special, while there are also several noteworthy items to condemn or, at the very least, tread cautiously on.


I must give credit where credit is due: I was most impressed with many of the visuals—the many sundry films and photographs used—in this documentary. In addition, I was also heartened to see then-and–now photographs of the agents and some of their wives, as well. For the record, the JFK Secret Service agents involved in the production were (naturally) Gerald Blaine (in Austin on 11/22/63), Clint Hill (in Dallas on 11/22/63), Paul Landis (same), Winston Lawson (same), David Grant (same, albeit at the Trade Mart), Ron Pontius (the 11/21/63 Houston lead advance agent), and, oddly enough, Toby Chandler (attending Secret Service school in Washington, D.C. on 11/22/63), as well as Tom Wells (with Caroline Kennedy at the White House on 11/22/63). The non-assassination aspects of this program were, by and large, entertaining and somewhat riveting at times in this regard, I don’t have much of a problem with these areas of the production, per se , except with the almost too saccharine “Camelot” portrayal of the Kennedys and the “choir-boy,” near angelic image that was portrayed of the agents themselves, traits also to be found in the book, as well. Then again, regarding the latter image portrayal, one would think it would be in Blaine’s best interest to put the best foot forward, so to speak, and present the agents in the finest light possible, especially in regard to their miserable failings on 11/22/63, the day President Kennedy was assassinated under their watch.

There is an old saying: “The devil is in the details.” It is with this in mind that a look at some of those details, mentioned in the program or avoided, as they pertain to the Secret Service and the assassination of JFK, is in order now.

In a curious and ironic program note, the 2009 Discovery Channel documentary Secrets of the Secret Service aired right before both initial airings of The Kennedy Detail program and, in this show, an official Secret Service documentary, the narrator, as well as a couple former agents, Joseph Funk and Joe Petro, briefly mention the mistakes the agents made with regard to the assassination that go directly against what is being espoused in the Blaine production quite a noticeable contrast, to say the least, and one that many people, myself included, noticed immediately. In general, the “blame-the-victim” (i.e., JFK) notion that is such part and parcel of both the Blaine book and documentary is largely replaced by rightfully noting the mistakes made by the agency: taking the president through Dealey Plaza, in particular, as well as the equally false “blame-the-staff” idea, a notion Blaine does not even mention in his book and is, for the record—like blaming JFK for the security deficiencies—false. Specifically, the most alarming contrast with The Kennedy Detail program is what The Secrets of the Secret Service decided to deal with that the Blaine show strangely avoided.

Although it is mentioned in his book, the infamous WFAA/ABC black and white video of an agent being recalled at Love Field during the start of the motorcade in Dallas was not included in The Kennedy Detail program. The Secrets of the Secret Service program did show the clip of an agent---Don Lawton---complaining for being left behind at Love Field, which is quite an endorsement considering that, once again, this is an official Secret Service documentary made with agency input. (As mentioned in my first book, many other people agreed with my opinion of what is being shown in this footage, including, notably, former JFK agent Larry Newman, the Henry Rybka family, and countless authors and researchers who have viewed the video, not to mention the millions of people who have viewed this controversial video, popularized by myself, on YouTube.) It is strange that Blaine's program chose not to show this footage even to debunk it. Equally disturbing is the aforementioned contrast between his views, as espoused only in his book, and my views, as displayed on the very same network on the very same night of Blaine’s documentary! To his “credit”, Blaine and Hill both endorse their book point-of-view regarding the Love Field agent recall video during their joint appearance on C-SPAN on 11/28/10.

Ironically, my view that my letter to Mr. Hill was the catalyst for the Blaine book was discussed by the agents and C-SPAN host Brian Lamb on the show (I was also noted in a major review of the book in the Vancouver Sun ). For her part, co-author Lisa McCubbin posted the following on 11/24/10 on the official Facebook edition of The Kennedy Detail :

“Contrary to Vince Palamara's claims, the book was absolutely NOT written to counteract his letter to Clint Hill. Mr. Hill never read Palamara's letter—it went straight into the trash. Gerald Blaine wrote this book on his volition, and Mr. Hill contributed after much deliberation.” (emphasis added) For his part, Hill told Brian Lamb on the aforementioned C-SPAN program four days later: “I recall receiving a letter which I sent back to him. I didn’t bother with it…he called me and I said ”Hello” but that was about it. But he alleges that because he sent me a letter 22 pages in length apparently, and that I discussed [it] with Jerry. I forgot that I ever got a 22-page letter from this particular individual until I heard him say it on TV and I never discussed it with Jerry or anybody else because it wasn’t important to me.” (emphasis added)

Yet, in the biggest contradiction of all, Blaine quoted from my letter to Hill when I spoke to him on 6/10/05 and mentioned his deep friendship with Hill, as well, extending back to the late 1950’s. For the record, I received Hill’s signed receipt for the letter and it was never returned to me. For his part, Blaine stated on the very same C-SPAN program: “I have never talked to any author of a book,” another blatant falsehood that went unchallenged: Blaine was interviewed on 5/12/65 for Manchester’s massive best-selling The Death of a President (Blaine is also thanked in Manchester’s One Brief Shining Moment, as well [1] ) and he was interviewed 2/7/04 and 6/10/05, not to mention e-mail correspondence, by myself for my book Survivor’s Guilt.

Bear with this seeming digression just a tad more, for it does indeed bear directly on both Blaine’s book and on the documentary under specific discussion herein. On the C-SPAN appearance with Hill, regarding myself, Blaine stated: “I am familiar with him, I don’t know him… My assessment of Mr. Palamara is that he called probably all of the agents [true], and what agent who answers a phone is going to answer a question “was President Kennedy easy to protect?” [many of them did, and, like Blaine , told me that JFK was a very nice man, never interfered with the actions of the Secret Service at all, nor did President Kennedy ever order the agents off his limousine] Well, probably he was too easy to protect because he was assassinated [what?]. But the fact that the agents aren’t going to tell him anything [many told me information of much value, Blaine included] and he alludes to the fact that when I wrote the book, most of these people were dead. Well, I worked with these people, I knew them like brothers and I knew exactly what was going on and always respected Jim Rowley because he stood up to the issue and said ”Look, we can’t say the President invited himself to be killed so let’s squash this.” So that was the word throughout the Secret Service and he—Mr. Palamara is—there are a number of things that have happened [sic] that he has no credibility [your opinion, Mr. Blaine], he is a self-described expert in his area which I don’t know what it is, he was born after the assassination [as was your co-author, Lisa McCubbin] and he keeps creating solutions to the assassination until they are proven wrong [again, your opinion, Mr. Blaine].”

Blaine continued: “The Zapruder film, when the Zapruder film was run at normal speed, another theme that Palamara throws out is that Bill Greer stopped the car, when it’s run at its normal speed, you will notice the car absolutely does not stop at all. This happened in less than six seconds after the President was hit in the throat and moving along.” (emphasis added) Oh, so you agree with my “theory” that JFK was shot in the neck from the front, do you, Mr. Blaine? And there were close to sixty witnesses to the limousine slowing or stopping, including seven Secret Service agents and Jacqueline Kennedy —not my theory, just the facts.

Returning directly to The Kennedy Detail documentary, Ron Pontius specifically refers to one of my articles (also a part of a chapter in my first book) without naming me. As the narrator, Martin Sheen, notes: “The most painful theories point fingers at the agents themselves.” To his credit, Pontius mentioned earlier in the program how the threats to Kennedy’s life increased dramatically over those directed toward Eisenhower when JFK took office. That said, the same narrator later mentioned that “Dallas worried the men on the detail,” a notion seemingly not made manifest in the security preparations for the fateful Dallas trip.

Keeping all of these points into focus, as with the book itself, it is the fraudulent allegations that JFK ordered the agents off the limousine in Tampa, Florida on 11/18/63, which allegedly were made into standing orders for Kennedy’s trip to Texas four days later, that is given a spotlight herein. Blaine’s words are simply incredible (literally, not credible) and deserve to be quoted, verbatim, here: “President Kennedy made a decision, and he politely told everybody, ‘You know, we’re starting the campaign now, and the people are my asset,’" said agent Jerry Blaine. "And so, we all of a sudden understood. It left a firm command to stay off the back of the car."

Huh? “Everybody”? That alleged statement “left a firm command”? As I stated earlier, not only do many films and photos depict the agents (still) riding on (or walking/ jogging very near) the rear of the limousine in Tampa, including a few shown in this documentary, Congressman Sam Gibbons, who actually rode a mere foot away in the presidential limo with JFK, wrote to me in a letter dated 1/15/04: “I rode with Kennedy every time he rode. I heard no such order. As I remember it the agents rode on the rear bumper all the way. Kennedy was very happy during his visit to Tampa. Sam Gibbons.” Also, photographer Tony Zappone, then a 16-year-old witness to the motorcade in Tampa (one of whose photos for this motorcade was ironically used in The Kennedy Detail!), told me that the agents were “definitely on the back of the car for most of the day until they started back for MacDill AFB at the end of the day.” Agent Hill fibs and blames the entering of the freeway via Dealey Plaza as the reason agents weren’t on the back of the car during the shooting, neglecting to mention the fact that, during prior trips, the agents rode on the rear of the car at fast highway speeds, including in Tampa four days before, as well as in Berlin and Bogota, Columbia, to name just a couple others.

While it is nice to see Toby Chandler and David Grant talk about JFK, they add little or nothing to the assassination debate itself (and neither Grant nor Hill mention the fact that Grant is Clint Hill’s brother in-law, a fact revealed to me when I spoke to Gerald Blaine on 6/10/05). For his part, Paul Landis lambastes researchers for “having a field day” with conspiracy theories, yet doesn’t mention that he, himself, tremendously helped these “theorists” via his reports (plural) describing a shot to JFK from the front . Hill further confirms that the back of JFK’s head was gone. Finally, Agent Lawson says that there were only three shots, yet fails to mention that, around the very same time as the filming of this documentary, he also stated that he “saw a huge hole in the back of the president’s head.”

Is it any wonder, then, why I refer to The Kennedy Detail Discovery Channel documentary as being slick propaganda, designed to blame President Kennedy for his own assassination by falsely stating that he ordered the agents off his limousine, as well as propagating the whole Oswald-acted-alone mantra? Viewer beware.

The third major result of my letter to Hill- Clint’s book Mrs. Kennedy & Me (2012):

Introduction: Bad precedent

I so wanted to dislike this book. I had previously----and rightfully---lambasted Lisa McCubbin's prior effort entitled The Kennedy Detail for its rewriting of history, blaming JFK for his own death and putting words in the late president's mouth that he never once uttered, as verified by the prior accounts of numerous top agents and White House aides, many of whom were there in Dallas (unlike former agent Gerald Blaine). As previously stated, it was my 22-page letter to former agent Clint Hill that angered him and his best friend to whom I had also spoken to, the aforementioned Blaine, that directly led to the writing of The Kennedy Detail and, by extension, the need to write a follow-up tome, Mrs. Kennedy & Me (whenever a book is even a mild best-seller, which their first effort was, it is almost a guarantee that, if there is any gas left in the tank, so to speak, a further literary work will be forthcoming). In fact, both agents Blaine and Hill debated the merits of my research on television and, if that weren't enough, I was mentioned on pages 359-360 of The Kennedy Detail (without naming me, of course). One could argue several other pages refer to my work, directly or indirectly, but I digress from the matter at hand.

My initial review: honesty prevails


Simply put, Mrs. Kennedy & Me is excellent: a literary home run, second only to another work, the outstanding 2012 book Within Arm's Length by former agent Dan Emmett, as attaining the mantle of being the best book on the Secret Service by a former agent ever to date (1865-2020 and counting). I have to say in all honesty: Mr. Hill and Ms. McCubbin have a lot to be proud of in this book. It is consistently everything The Kennedy Detail is not: truthful, honest, no axe to grind, not dry or boring, well written, and coming from the perspective of a brave and dedicated public servant who was truly there. (To be fair, even The Kennedy Detail, and certainly the documentary it was based on, had its moments, although my judgment is rightfully clouded by what I and others feel are the purposeful untruths and propaganda contained throughout, as well as the exasperating third-person narrative interwoven throughout the book, making it hard to pin down exactly who was responsible for specific passages. President Kennedy did not order the agents off his limousine in Tampa, in Dallas, or anywhere else, for that matter- agents Behn, Boring, Godfrey, many of their colleagues, and several prominent White House aides said so).

Do I still have misgivings about some of the agents on the Kennedy detail? Sure that will never change. Am I also an ardent admirer of the Secret Service? You bet: the agency has a whole lot to be proud of. Clint Hill at least tried to do something that fateful day in Dallas and carried much guilt and depression over the sad events of that time and place. That is a whole lot more than several of his colleagues can lay claim to.

That aside, Mrs. Kennedy & Me is highly recommended to everyone for its honesty and rich body of true, first-hand accounts of guarding First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Too bad this book wasn't longer and The Kennedy Detail did not exist, but one cannot ask for everything.

On second thought

The assassination-related part of this book aside, I obviously quite liked this book- there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. However, upon reflection, there are several items in the assassination-related section (and elsewhere) that should be duly noted. On pages 55-56, Hill talks about the benefits of Jackie Kennedy keeping a low profile during her trip to New York as beneficial to security: “The fewer people who know your intended destination or route, the better. A police escort would have just drawn attention to us, so we kept the motorcade to as few vehicles as possible.” Indeed, on yet another trip to New York in early 1963, this one involving both Jackie and JFK, Hill records Jackie as stating: “We want to keep it private…No police escorts, no motorcades, no official functions. We just want to enjoy the city like we used to.” However, this very same situation for President Kennedy in New York, the very same city, in mid-November 1963 was viewed not as a virtue but as a detriment to his safety and welfare by several writers after his assassination. [2] Today, these kinds of trips are known by the Secret Service as “OTR”s, or “off the records”, and they are quite effective, now as then, in their element of surprise from potential assassins. Indeed, Hill writes: “It was a real challenge for the Secret Service agents to keep these presidential movements private yet still maintain an adequate amount of protection, without police escorts or blocking the streets, but we managed.” That was their job and they did it well…until November 22, 1963.

In addition, this book vividly demonstrates that Jackie did indeed travel with JFK on many trips other than the fateful Texas venture in November 1963: New York, Florida, Boston, Mexico, Costa Rica, Canada, Germany, etc.

Page 136 has an item of much interest to those contrasting the measures used in Dallas: “The lead vehicle in the motorcade was a press truck---an open flatbed truck with rails around the outside---filled with about a dozen photographers. This was typical when you expected large crowds along a motorcade route for a president, but I’d never seen it, prior to this trip [Pakistan], for a first lady (Hill’s emphasis).” Dallas Morning News reporter Tom Dillard testified to the Warren Commission: “We lost our position at the airport. I understood we were to have been quite a bit closer. We were assigned as the prime photographic car which, as you probably know, normally a truck precedes the President on these things [motorcades] and certain representatives of the photographic press ride with the truck. In this case, as you know, we didn’t have any and this car that I was in was to take photographs which was of spot-news nature.” (Emphasis added) [3]

On page 202, there is a photo of the agents surrounding the presidential limousine at the Orange Bowl in Miami in December 1962: agents Gerald Blaine (of Kennedy Detail infamy), Ken Giannoules, Clint Hill, Paul Landis, Frank Yeager (uncredited), Ron Pontius (uncredited), and Bob Lilley (also uncredited). Hill writes: “I and the other agents jogged alongside the car, constantly scanning the crowd for any sign of disturbance or disruption, as we headed toward the waiting helicopter outside the arena.” On page 212, Hill says: “There would always be at least five or six Secret Service agents around the president, and trailing close behind the president’s limousine was the not so unobtrusive follow-up car.”

Déjà vu All Over Again

Still, all things considered, pretty smooth sailing so far- a good book about Jackie Kennedy and Clint Hill great human-interest anecdotes and dialogue. However, the party ends briefly on pages 270-271, wherein Hill does his best Gerald Blaine “imitation” and seeks to rewrite a little history to suit his own ends. Hill states that it was November 20, 1963, when he saw ASAIC Floyd Boring (the planner of the Texas trip) and, conveniently [4] , fellow ASAIC Roy Kellerman (the agent nominally in charge of the Dallas trip) by the Secret Service office in the White House, as he correctly notes that SAIC Gerald Behn was on vacation at the time. It was here that Boring—with Kellerman strangely silent by his side---conveyed to Hill that JFK allegedly ordered the agents off the limousine in Tampa on 11/18/63, something this author is adamant, based on years of research and interviews with Boring, Behn, and many of their colleagues, never happened.

It is as if this section was written to tie up the “loose ends” from my prior criticism of McCubbin’s first book with Blaine (including the absence of Kellerman at the phony “meeting”). I definitely get the distinct impression that she (as well as Blaine and Hill) read my online critique (that garnered a lot of web hits and was on the first page of Google at that time and for several years afterward) and decided to treat this section of Hill’s book as an “answer” to my criticisms. She knew she had a second major avenue to spread her propaganda.

When asked if Hill was aware of what allegedly went down in Tampa, Hill states: “I didn’t recall anything out of the ordinary [on the radio].” Hill, “quoting” Boring (who passed away 2/1/08), writes: “(as Boring) We had a long motorcade in Tampa, and it was decided that we should keep two guys on the back of the car for the entire route---just for added precaution.” Hill further writes (as himself): “I nodded. That wasn’t all that unusual.” Then, in a little jumbled thought/ sentence, Hill (once again as Boring), adds: “So, we had Chuck Zboril and Don Lawton on the back of the car the entire way,” Floyd said. “But partway [I thought it was the entire way?] through the motorcade, in an area where the crowds had thinned, the president requested we remove the agents from the back of the car.” On page 271, Hill writes: “Really? I asked. I had never heard the president ever question procedural recommendations by his Secret Service detail.”

Hill continues: “What was the reason?” Writing “as” Floyd Boring again (with, again, a strangely silent Roy Kellerman, assuming he was really there and this really took place as written, which I severely doubt): “He said now that we’re heading into the campaign, he doesn’t want it to look like we’re crowding him. And the word is [from whom?], from now on, you don’t get on the back of the car unless the situation absolutely warrants it.” “Okay,” I said. “Understood.” Nothing is in writing, Kellerman is silent, Behn is on vacation, and we are to just take Hill at his word that this 2012 reconstruction is the gospel.

Congressman Sam Gibbons, who actually rode a mere foot away in the car with JFK, wrote to me in a letter dated 1/15/04: ““I rode with Kennedy every time he rode. I heard no such order. As I remember it the agents rode on the rear bumper all the way. Kennedy was very happy during his visit to Tampa. Sam Gibbons.” Also, photographer Tony Zappone, then a 16-year-old witness to the motorcade in Tampa (one of whose photos for this motorcade was ironically used in The Kennedy Detail), told me that the agents were “definitely on the back of the car for most of the day until they started back for MacDill AFB at the end of the day.” (Emphasis added)

Win Lawson wrote to me on 1/12/04, before this book was even a thought, and said: “ I do not know of any standing orders for the agents to stay off the back of the car. After all, footholds and handholds were built into that particular vehicle. it never came to my attention as such .” Floyd Boring himself told me “[JFK] was a very easy-going guy . he didn’t interfere with our actions at all.” In a later interview, Boring expounded further: “Well that’s not true. That’s not true. He was a very nice man he never interfered with us at all.” If that weren’t enough, Boring also wrote the author: “He [JFK] was very cooperative with the Secret Service.”

As for ASAIC Floyd Boring, I have no doubt that Boring did indeed convey the fraudulent notion that JFK had asked that the agents remove themselves from the limo between 11/18-11/19/63, but that the former agent was telling the truth of the matter when he spoke to me years later. You see, Clint Hill wrote in his report:

I . never personally was requested by President John F. Kennedy not to ride on the rear of the Presidential automobile . I did receive information passed verbally from the administrative offices of the White House Detail of the Secret Service to Agents assigned to that Detail that President Kennedy had made such requests. I do not know from whom I received this information . No written instructions regarding this were ever distributed . [I] received this information after the President’s return to Washington, D.C. This would have been between November 19, 1963 and November 21, 1963 [note the time frame!]. I do not know specifically who advised me of this request by the President. (emphasis added)

Mr. Hill’s undated report was presumably written in April 1964, as the other four reports submitted to the Warren Commission were written at that time. Why Mr. Hill could not “remember” the specific name of the agent who gave him JFK’s alleged desires is very troubling. As noted previously, he revealed it on March 9, 1964, presumably before his report was written, in his (obviously pre-rehearsed) testimony under oath to the future Senator Arlen Specter, then a lawyer with the Warren Commission: Floyd Boring. [5]

However, keeping in mind what Boring told me, the ARRB’s Doug Horne—by request of this author—interviewed Mr. Boring regarding this matter on 9/18/96. Horne wrote: “Mr. Boring was asked to read pages 136� of Clint Hill’s Warren Commission testimony, in which Clint Hill recounted that Floyd Boring had told him just days prior to the assassination that during the President’s Tampa trip on Monday, November 18, 1963, JFK had requested that agents not ride on the rear steps of the limousine, and that Boring had also so informed other agents of the White House detail, and that as a result, agents in Dallas (except Clint Hill, on brief occasions) did not ride on the rear steps of the limousine. Mr. Boring affirmed that he did make these statements to Clint Hill, but stated that he was not relaying a policy change, but rather simply telling an anecdote about the President’s kindness and consideration in Tampa in not wanting agents to have to ride on the rear of the Lincoln limousine when it was not necessary to do so because of a lack of crowds along the street.” (emphasis added)

I find this admission startling, especially because the one agent who decided to ride on the rear of the limousine in Dallas anyway—and on at least four different occasions—was none other than Clint Hill himself.

Returning to Hill’s book, Hill writes on pages 276-277: “What was most useful, from the Secret Service standpoint, were the special handles on the trunk and the steps on the rear bumper area where two additional agents could ride, and have immediate access to the occupants, should the need arise.” Then, in an awkward sentence, Hill continues: “But, as I’d been told the day before, the president did not want us there, on the back of the car.” Lisa McCubbin was also the co-author of Gerald Blaine’s The Kennedy Detail: boy, does this stuff sound familiar---the mantra of JFK-is-to-blame.

Other items of interest

After noting that President Kennedy---sadly, as it turned out---trusted Kellerman “completely” (page 274)---probably feeling the need to mention the agent once again due to his absence from the phony “meeting” in her first book---and wrongly noting that the SS-100-X was in service since March 1961 (page 276 it was actually in service since June 1961, 3 months later), Hill totally gleans over the infamous drinking incident of 11/21-11/22/63 involving nine agents of the Secret Service, including Clint Hill himself, Paul Landis, Glen Bennett, and Jack Ready. Interestingly, they were all from Shift Leader Emory Roberts’ particular shift. Significantly, none of the agents from the V.P. LBJ detail were involved in the drinking incident.

Regarding the issue of the bubbletop, although Hill states (on page 284) that agent Lawson conveyed to Sam Kinney, the driver of the follow-up car, that the bubbletop was to be removed in Dallas, Sam told me on 10/19/92 and, again, on 3/4/94 and 4/15/94: “It was my fault the top was off [the limousine in Dallas]—I am the sole responsibility of that.” In addition, Kinney’s oft-ignored report dated November 30, 1963 confirms this fact [6] , as does the former agent’s February 26, 1978 HSCA interview released in the late 1990’s:

“. SA Kinney indicated that he felt that his was the responsibility for making the final decision about whether to use the bubble-top.” [7]

Hill, in his zeal to show how “normal” it was for JFK not to use the bubbletop, makes an error, as well as many omissions- he writes: “It was the same whether he was in Berlin, Dublin [wrong-JFK used the top on part of this trip, in bad and good weather], Honolulu, Tampa, San Antonio, or San Jose, Costa Rica.” What Hill omits are the many times JFK used a partial top (just the front and back with the middle open) or the full top (New York Spring 1963, several motorcades in D.C., Venezuela, and many other trips).

On page 286, Hill states that Bill Greer, the driver of JFK’s car, was “a Catholic”, yet his own son Richard told me on two occasions that his father was a Methodist. (When asked, “What did your father think of JFK?”, Richard did not respond the first time. When this author asked him a second time, Greer responded: “Well, we’re Methodists … and JFK was Catholic.”)! In addition, Hill states that Greer “spoke with a bit of a brogue”, something not in evidence whatsoever in his lengthy 1970 interview available on my You Tube Channel. In other words, more lies.

VERY interesting

On page 287, Hill describes the makeup of the follow-up car and writes: “Glen Bennett from the Protective Research Section, handling intelligence (emphasis added).” Oh, really? Thanks for the confirmation, Clint. Officially-speaking, he was not acting as an active PRS agent that day…well, at least according to your own colleagues who spoke to me. For his part, former WHD agent J. Walter Coughlin, who assisted fellow agent Dennis R. Halterman on the advance for the San Antonio part of the Texas trip (November 21, 1963), wrote the author: “I can only add the following—I was not in Dallas so my knowledge is hearsay from good friends who were there." Glen Bennett was on all these trips [second New York, Florida, and Texas] not as a member of PRS but as a temporary shift agent in that so many of us (shift agents) were out on advance. "This I do know to be a fact and read nothing more into it.”

Furthermore, the author must have touched a nerve in Coughlin. Winston Lawson wrote the author: “I understand from my friend Walt Coughlin that you wondered why Glen Bennett from PRS was on the trip [note: the author did not tell Coughlin, who lives in Texas, about the author’s contact with Lawson, who lives in Virginia, regarding this or any other question]. Nothing sinister about it and had nothing to do with threats or intelligence. There were so many trips, MD and FL, just prior to TX and so many stops in TX that the small WH Detail was decimated supplying advance people. A number of temporarily assigned agents were on all 3 shifts in TX … I believe Walt had been on an advance before he went to his stop in TX.”

Clearly, we have a conflict: the written record, my research, and Clint Hill’s account versus Walt Coughlin’s and Win Lawson’s statements to myself. Was PRS Agent Glen Bennett monitoring mortal threats to JFK’s life, made in the month of November, and was this covered up afterwards? Is this the reason for the conflicting accounts—and the timing—of Bennett’s participation in the second New York trip, the Florida trip, and the Texas trip?

Did Bennett ride in the follow-up car and participate on these trips for this purpose? I strongly believe this to be the case. Thanks again, Clint, for the confirmation.

And another thing (or two)

On pages 288-289, Hill mentions that JFK looked back at him on two different occasions during the fateful Dallas motorcade--when Hill briefly rode on the rear of the car on Main St, as depicted in the photo on page 289-- yet did not say anything. JFK not saying anything speaks volumes, in and of itself. Mainly, that he did not care, one way or the other, if the agents were there doing their duty or not. But what is most troubling is the fact that no films or photos this author has ever seen reveal JFK allegedly turning to look at Hill in the first place! Hmmm… Another reason one knows that this is a total lie is the fact that Hill got back up on the rear of the limousine a total of four times. If JFK looking at him was supposed to be some sort of deterrent- epic fail. But, again, don’t believe it: Hill and McCubbin made this up.

Just to reiterate the point of SAIC Behn’s absence from the Texas trip and its importance further, Hill writes (on page 297): “Jerry Behn…was with the president all the time, just like I was with Mrs. Kennedy. They had a great relationship. The president loved him, trusted him…Jerry decided to take a week off…His first annual leave in three years.” Kind of convenient.

Another mantra: the back of the head

On pages 290, 291, 305, and 306, Clint Hill states firmly, as he has many times in the past [8] , that the back of JFK’s head was gone, thus indicating that President Kennedy was shot from the front, as entrance wounds leave small holes, while exit wounds leave large holes. Page 290: “…blood, brain matter, and bone fragments exploded from the back of the president’s head. The president’s blood, parts of his skull, bits of his brain were splattered all over me---on my face, my clothes, in my hair.” Page 291: “His eyes were fixed, and I could see inside the back of his head. I could see inside the back of the president’s head.” Page 305: (at the autopsy) “the wound in the upper-right rear of the head.” Page 306: “It looked like somebody had flipped open the back of his head, stuck in an ice-cream scoop and removed a portion of the brain…”

In the final analysis

Unlike The Kennedy Detail, Clint Hill has written (again, with Lisa McCubbin) a fine book, minus some of the lies in the assassination section. That said, it is best to take some of his pre-assassination “reenactments” of statements made by others (“faction”?) with a huge grain of salt, while also noting—with interest---those assassination and post-assassination revelations and statements that do ring true and are of interest to all.

Lisa McCubbin was not happy with this late 2011 hardcover/2012 paperback book (with Hill on the cover and The Kennedy Detail book negatively dissected within), nor was she happy about Mark Lane’s appearance on TMZ wherein he ripped the Kennedy Detail a new one. It was indeed an honor to have my work noted favorably on several pages of Mark Lane's final JFK book. The paperback edition even had my review on the cover

The fourth major result of my letter to Hill- Clint’s second book Five Days In November (2013):

Essentially just an edited version of his second book (the assassination section) with many photographs, I view this book as a 50 th -anniversary cash opportunity and not worthy of any real detailed analysis.

Also in 2013, the 50 th anniversary of the assassination of JFK:

Then something occurred that greatly alarmed Blaine, Hill and McCubbin: my first book was published just in time for the 50 th anniversary. Gerald Blaine immediately took to Good Reads and listed my book as one “to read.” Lisa McCubbin gave my book a one-star rating, although I doubt she even bought it or read it. Former agent Chuck Zboril gave me a one-star “review” on Amazon. Blaine’s friends also gave my book a one-star review and one of his colleagues, in particular, began to harass me at my place of employment! They were scared. They had a reason to be scared: my first book Survivor's Guilt.

More than just a co-author:

“Hill, who lives in Virginia, is “happier than I have ever been” with Lisa McCubbin, the journalist he co-wrote the memoir with. “The calendar says I’m 81 and she’s 48, but I feel 52.” In his book he credits McCubbin “…for bringing me out of my dungeon, where I languished for years in my emotional prison … you helped me find a reason to live, not just exist.” Hill continued: “I was there for [Jackie Kennedy’s] children, but I wasn’t there for the birth of either of my sons [Chris and Corey, 56 and 51 respectively in 2013]. They grew up without a father. My wife Gwen raised them herself.” (They separated, “emotionally,” years ago, but have not divorced.) [9] From page 241 of Hill and McCubbin’s 2013 book Five Days In November: Lisa says of Hill: “For some reason, we were brought together at the right time in both our lives, and I am so grateful we were. You are extraordinary.”

The fifth major result of my letter to Hill- Clint’s third book Five Presidents (2016):

While serving five different presidents is somewhat noteworthy, Hill is hardly the first or only one to have served five or more presidents or to have written books about their service. SAIC Edmund Starling (author of the 1946 book Starling of the White House ), SAIC/ Assistant Director Rufus Youngblood (author of the 1973 book Twenty Years in the Secret Service: My Life With Five Presidents ), Chief/Director (and former SAIC) James Rowley, SAIC Gerald Behn, ASAIC Floyd Boring (who contributed to David McCullough’s 1993 book Truman and the 2005 Stephen Hunter book American Gunfight ), ASAIC Roy Kellerman, Art Godfrey, Chuck Zboril (misspelled “Zobril” on page 451), Winston Lawson, Emory Roberts, Vince Mroz, Howard Anderson, Morgan Gies, SAIC of PRS Bob Bouck, John Campion, Ron Pontius, Stu Stout, Hill’s brother-in-law David Grant, Director Stu Knight, and others served five or more presidents (the number is quite large if one were to include agents from field offices and/or on temporary assignments, as it was not unusual for an agent from the FDR-Ike era to serve for many years on the White House detail, later known as the Presidential Protective Division, or in the Washington field office, among many other field offices around the country and, indeed, the world. The number is even larger if one was also to include those agents who also protected former presidents or vice presidents who later became president such as Truman, Nixon, LBJ, Ford, and Bush 41).

Part 1 of the book, encompassing the first seven chapters, details Hill’s time protecting President Eisenhower. After learning that Hill served in Army Counter Intelligence from 1954-1956 (pages 8-10), serving duty at Fort Holabird (where Richard Case Nagell and fellow agent Win Lawson also served), Hill makes a troubling error, claiming that James Rowley was the Special Agent in Charge of the White House detail since the FDR days (page 14) when, in actual fact, he became SAIC on 5/3/46 during the Truman era, replacing George Drescher. [10] In yet another contradiction to the writing of Gerald Blaine and Lisa McCubbin found on page 398 of The Kennedy Detail , wherein they state that Ike usually rode in a closed car, there are seven photos of Eisenhower in a motorcade and every photo depicts him in an open vehicle. This is in addition to various times in the actual text where Hill mentions Ike riding in an open car (I have found dozens and dozens more photos online of President Eisenhower in an open-topped vehicle. In fact, one is hard pressed to find any photos of Ike in a closed car). In the coup de grace, Hill (and, presumably, McCubbin) writes on page 44, not realizing the stark contradiction, “[the canvas roof] really bothered Ike, who liked seeing the crowds, but more important, wanted them to have the opportunity to see him…President Eisenhower preferred to use the car as an open convertible whenever possible so he could stand up and be even more visible to people viewing the motorcade.” I guess McCubbin forgot the lie she wrote in Blaine’s book.

On pages 40 and 46, in particular, the heavy use of well-armed military guards on Ike’s foreign trips paints a picture in sharp contrast to Dallas circa 11/22/63. On page 48, there is a minor contradiction: Hill states that Ike’s eleven-nation tour was his first time out of the United States, yet, on page 24, he writes of an earlier one-day trip to Canada with Ike.

On pages 53-55, Hill describes working with Harvey Henderson, a controversial and racist agent from Mississippi who harassed fellow agent Abraham Bolden to no end. [11] While Hill describes Henderson as “a good ol’ Southern boy," he was more forthcoming to author Maurice Butler: “Now there were certain individuals in the service, I won’t deny that, who were very, very bigoted. Most of them came from Mississippi or Alabama or somewhere in the South. Sometimes we had problems with them. They didn’t want to work with a black agent.” [12] Fellow agent Walt Coughlin told me, “Harvey Henderson he [Bolden] is probably rite (sic) about.” Yet The Kennedy Detail’s Gerald Blaine, in typical fashion, wrote to me on 6/12/05: “I don’t remember anybody on the detail that was racist. Merit was perceived by a person’s actions, their demeanor, reliability, dependability and professional credibility – not race! Harvey was not even on the shift that Bolden was during his thirty day stay. Even though Harvey Henderson was from Mississippi, I never heard of him discriminating nor demeaning anyone because of race.” Can the reader see why I have major problems with history as seen through the Blaine and McCubbin prism? There’s a real tendency to whitewash and omit crucial information. They know better…and they know I know better, but they are hoping you do not, if that makes any sense. But I digress a tad.

Also on page 55, Hill notes that local police helped secure buildings and routes of travel, as well as checking out the local medical facilities (which he further notes on page 81). Yet, again, when President Kennedy goes to Dallas, officially speaking, no buildings were secured, the motorcade route was woefully short staffed, and they allegedly did not know that Parkland Hospital was the closest hospital in case of emergency.

Overall, I would assess Part 1 of the book-the Ike era- as a fairly decent perspective of an agent’s time protecting the former World War II hero. Although glimpses of Eisenhower come through, I was left more with Hill’s outlook on trying to do his job than any deep analysis of Ike.

Part 2 covers the Kennedy era and encompasses chapters 8-19 and much of it will be familiar to anyone who has read the three previous Lisa McCubbin co-authored books lots of repetition here. That said, there are some items of interest. On page 112, it is noted that the 27-mile motorcade route in Caracas, Venezuela was massively guarded by the host country’s heavily-armed military, involving more than 30,000 soldiers and 5,000 police officers. The bubbletop was used, despite the nice weather, and agents rode on the rear of the limousine. [13]

On page 133, while discussing President Kennedy’s European tour (in an obvious allusion to the upcoming Dallas trip several months later), Hill writes: “There was no way to check every building or every rooftop," yet that is precisely what they were able to do on past trips, at least those involving multi-story buildings. [14] Chapters 16 and 17 (pages 141-160) cover the Texas trip and the assassination. On page 142 McCubbin, as she did with Blaine in The Kennedy Detail and in the prior two books with Hill, mentions once again the alleged “order” from President Kennedy, via Floyd Boring, to not have the agents on the back of the car. I have written at length on this specific topic, as I am extremely skeptical of the veracity and timing of this situation. My first reaction when reading this section was “McCubbin just had to put that one in there again." On page 152, not realizing the huge contradiction, Hill/ McCubbin write: “I knew the president didn’t want us on the back of the car, but I had a job to do.” Hill jumped off and on the back of the limousine four different times on Main Street. So much for the president’s “order." And didn’t Jack Ready and the other agents have “a job to do” just like Hill? No other agent attempted to get on the back of the car.

Hill deals with the infamous drinking incident at Kirkwood’s the night before JFK’s death in a very dismissive fashion on page 147. Hill was one of nine agents who drank the early morning of the assassination. Hill was also one of the four agents who drank alcohol who would go on to work the follow-up car in Dallas (the others were Paul Landis, Jack Ready and Glen Bennett).

On pages 153-154, Hill writes of the shooting sequence and, as he has done in the past (echoing the same thoughts as Dave Powers and Governor Connally on the matter), Hill states that all three shots made their mark and there was no missed shot: the first shot hit JFK, the second hit Connally, and the third was the fatal head shot. Again, he does not realize the grave contradiction to official history. In this regard, he once again repeats what he has written (and said) many times before: JFK had “a gaping hole in the back of his skull” (page 155).

Once again, as was noted in their prior works (and as I was the first to note in my own work): ”Normally [SAIC Gerald] Behn would be on the [Texas] trip, but as fate would have it, he had decided to take a few days off-his first vacation in years…” (page 156). “As fate would have it.” huh?

On page 178, Hill states his disagreement with the “magic bullet theory," stating that Governor Connally and his wife Nellie agreed with him. Hill cannot seem to understand you cannot have your cake and eat it, too: either there was a “magic bullet” or there were two assassins. Still, it is nice to have him on the record about this vital issue. And he seems unaware that, as authors like Joe McBride have shown, Connally actually disagreed with the entire thesis of the Warren Report. [15]

Overall, I would assess Part 2 of the book-the Kennedy years- as largely repetitive from his and McCubbin’s past books, which all seem to tout the same recurring agenda in two parts: his adamant stand that there was only one assassin (despite his contradictory views as expressed by his statements about the wounds and the shooting sequence), and that the agents did the best they could, despite their feelings of failure (and making sure to put that false blame-the-victim nugget in there once again for good measure). That said, there were some new tidbits of information about prior trips and, to be fair, the Kennedys shine through in a positive way in this section.

Part 3, the LBJ section, encompasses chapters 20-29 and is arguably the best part of the book- Hill really captures Johnson and the so-called “Johnson treatment” quite well. Even before the formal Johnson section of the book begins, the JFK section ends with Hill’s auspicious first greeting to LBJ in October 1964 when the President visited Jackie Kennedy in New York. Hill extended his hand to Johnson and said “Hello, Mr. President, I am Agent Clint Hill." LBJ simply ignored him, reached into his back pocket, pulled out a handkerchief, and blew his nose. Hill said the experience, witnessed by the agents of the White House detail who were guarding LBJ, was “humiliating."

Another minor error occurs on page 227 when Hill states that the Kennedys visited Mexico in 1961-it was actually 1962, as is correctly noted on page 114.

Hill succeeds the best here when he vividly describes Johnson’s interactions with himself and others, as well as the impromptu nature of the brusque Texan. Like the travels of Ike and JFK, the many travels, domestic and foreign, of Johnson are duly noted and Hill (and McCubbin) do an admirable job describing the interaction the president had with the hosts and with the spectators, as well as with the agents themselves. When the McCubbin “team” (either with Blaine or Hill) aren’t treading into controversial waters, they actually succeed with some well-written stories and presidential anecdotes. Perhaps this is why I liked Mrs. Kennedy and Me the most- other than a couple pages, it was harmless fun about the elegant First Lady and a touch of Camelot, albeit a tad maudlin and trite in places. In this regard, I believe Five Presidents is a very close second to that work, with Five Days In November being disposable and forgettable and The Kennedy Detail as the worst by a country mile for its deceit and deception. In fact, one could argue that Five Presidents , despite the Kennedy-era repetition and one page (page 142, to be exact) of controversy, is the best of the lot, but I digress.

What I think makes the LBJ section such a winner is not just that it is the longest section of the book, but that the “safe” button was switched to off and Hill is telling the true stories with the bark off, so to speak. It is actually a shame, for history’s sake, that an agenda pervaded two of the three earlier books (and a very small part of the other two, this one included) because, again, when McCubbin and Hill just tell the tales, I find myself begrudgingly admiring the vivid pictures of the presidents they draw. In hindsight, perhaps it was Blaine as the true culprit in all of this and Hill merely thought it was good to have in-house symmetry when a touch of the blame-the-victim (JFK) mantra was repeated in his books so readers wouldn’t be left to wonder why he appeared to disagree with his adamant colleague. Paradoxically, when it comes to Ike, Hill is diametrically opposed to Blaine (the above-mentioned open car versus Blaine’s claim of an Eisenhower preference for a closed car).

Funny enough, there is also fodder for the LBJ-did-it crowd on page 235: Hill, describing Johnson’s 1966 trip to Australia, wrote that the president “crouched down in the backseat…it was the only time I ever saw a president duck down in the rear seat of a car to avoid being seen.” Roger Stone and Phil Nelson: take note.

On pages 236-237, Hill describes the Melbourne, Australia trip, wherein angry Vietnam War protestors threw balloons filled with paint at the presidential limousine and, by extension, several of the agents surrounding the car. Hill again makes a minor error, stating that agents Rufus Youngblood and Lem Johns rode on the rear of the car when, in actual fact, it was Youngblood and Jerry Kivett, as several clear films and photos of the motorcade incident demonstrate, although Johns was indeed there and was also splattered with paint, albeit in his position walking by the automobile.

The travels and tribulations for LBJ continue through 1967 and 1968, as Hill does a good job of documenting the activities of President Johnson in relation to the monumental events of this two-year period. In particular, the assassinations of MLK (pages 278-286) and RFK (287-295), as well as the turbulent 1968 Democratic convention (pages 303-306), are remarkably described in the context of Hill’s and LBJ’s reaction to them. Interestingly, although Hill’s brother-in-law, fellow agent David Grant, is mentioned on one page (page 303), once again, as he did in his previous two books, Hill does not mention their family connection (although Blaine did so in The Kennedy Detail and in a conversation with myself in 2005, although nothing was mentioned when Grant and Hill appeared, separately, on the television documentary of the same name). As I describe in my book The Not So Secret Service , I believe there was bad blood between the two near the end of Grant’s life, having something to do with his writing partner, among other things (Grant passed away 12/28/2013). Hill’s wife Gwen is mentioned in his obituary but Clint is not. As mentioned above, Hill is still legally married to Gwen.

Part 4 covers Hill’s involvement in the protection of Presidents Nixon and Ford and encompasses chapters 30-38. Although quite interesting in its own right. Hill was off the front lines of presidential protection and relegated to, first, the SAIC of the vice president’s detail for Spiro Agnew and, shortly thereafter, to Secret Service headquarters. He was first Deputy Assistant Director of Protective Forces, then later Assistant Director of the Presidential Protective Division (PPD). The intimacy and interaction with both President Nixon and Ford pales in comparison to the prior three presidents, especially LBJ. That said, it is what it is Hill was where he was in those moments in history. Still, there are several items of special interest. On page 367, after describing how fellow agent (since the Kennedy days) Hamilton Brown was angered by President Nixon’s disregard for security protocol by visiting anti-war demonstrators at the Lincoln Memorial on 5/9/70, Hill writes: “all of us were disgusted with the attitude of the president for placing himself in such a vulnerable position.”

On page 376, Hill reveals that he was "one of very few people who knew about the [Nixon] taping system, and, as with all types of similar privileged information, it was kept very private, limited to people on a need-to-know basis.” After learning on page 381 that then-Secretary of the Treasury John Connally was instrumental in promoting Hill to his highest position in the Secret Service (the aforementioned Assistant Director of PPD), Hill describes the inner turmoil he felt in having to witness multiple viewings of the Zapruder film of the JFK assassination during Secret Service training classes.

On pages 388-391, Hill totally whitewashes the Bob Newbrand-as-informant matter. As readers of my third my book The Not So Secret Service know, Agent Newbrand was used as a plant by Nixon and his henchmen to try to obtain information of a derogatory nature against Ted Kennedy. Interestingly, Hill was in contact with Alexander Butterfield and James McCord (and agent Al Wong), principal people in the Watergate mess.

While the dismissal of agents Bob Taylor, the SAIC of PPD, and his assistant, Bill Duncan, by the Nixon/ Haldeman gang is relatively old news for those like myself who study these things (page 403), Hill adds that agent Art Godfrey was also a victim of the purge. To my knowledge, there is no evidence that Godfrey, whom I spoke to and corresponded with, was removed by Nixon’s hand (Director Rowley retired in October 1973. Deputy Directors Rufus Youngblood and Lem Johns were ousted by the Haldeman gang a few years earlier). In fact, Godfrey was a favorite of Nixon, belonged to the February Group (die-hard Nixon loyalists), watched the Grand Prix with Nixon after the president’s fall from grace, and was even asked by Nixon’s best friend Bebe Rebozo to work for him. [16] Further, it is a matter of record that Godfrey retired in 1974, a year after this all took place, as ASAIC of PPD, not from some field office. Godfrey served on PPD protecting Presidents Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ and Nixon. Needless to say, I am skeptical of Hill’s assertion. Perhaps Hill is simply mistaken.

Chapters 37, 38 and the Epilogue contains some fascinating personal details of Hill’s final days as an agent and the troubled aftermath, as Hill has had trouble coping with his failure on 11/22/63. He goes into detail about his appearance on 60 Minutes in November 1975 (which aired the next month). Hill states that Mike Wallace’s interview was the first time, other than his Warren Commission testimony, that he had ever spoken to anyone about the assassination (pages 429 and 430). This is wrong Hill was interviewed by William Manchester for his massive best-seller The Death of a President (on 11/18/64 and 5/20/65, to be exact). Manchester also talked to The Kennedy Detail’s Gerald Blaine, Gerald Behn, Bill Greer, Roy Kellerman, Lem Johns, and a host of other agents. However, to be fair to Hill, Blaine also denies ever talking to any author (including Manchester) before he wrote his book. In addition, Hill also spoke about the assassination for 60 Minutes once again (November 1993), The History Channel’s The Secret Service (1995 also a home video), The Discovery Channel’s Inside the Secret Service (1995 also a home video), and National Geographic’s Inside The U.S. Secret Service (2004 also a DVD still available).

On the second to last page, Hill/McCubbin write: “As with our previous two books, our overriding concern was to present a factual account to preserve history, while also abiding by the Secret Service pledge to be worthy of trust and confidence.” I would say it is the latter part of that statement that has guided McCubbin, Hill and Blaine through all four books. Sometimes to extremes - don’t embarrass the agency (what J. Edgar Hoover would call “the bureau”) and protect reputations as they would protectees.

Nevertheless, with all the aforementioned points and previous disclaimers in mind, Five Presidents must be considered a worthy addition to anyone’s library. The first was the worst…they saved the best for last.

Postscript number one : Blaine, Hill and McCubbin almost had a Hollywood movie come out…almost:

Blaine's movie onc e had a super impressive website. Many Emmy-award winning (and even Oscar winning) production people were involved in the making of the movie, including the LIFE OF PI animator and a host of others. I definitely did my part to kill the movie, too: I e-mailed director Steven "Jake-and-Maggie's-father" Gyllenhaal (copying Clint Hill and Gerald Blaine) a list of all the errors and outright lies Blaine and company were spewing. then, within a week or so, the movie website was massively streamlined to just Hill, Blaine, Mccubbin and a few other non-noteworthy folks. and then the movie was dead on IMDb and elsewhere (it was supposed to come out late 2013/ early 2014 at the latest). One of the people directly connected to the movie told me that PARKLAND bombing at the theaters was the main reason Blaine's movie went under, but my letter to the director was, quote, "troubling" and made him doubt the whole thing.

Director Stephen Gylenhaal and the gang: Blaine attempted to make a Hollywood movie about his book, but it was scrapped. I contacted the director the rest is history.

Postscript number two: Sadly, former Kennedy agents Gerald Blaine, Clint Hill, Paul Landis, Ken Giannoules and Winston Lawson have made a habit of signing tasteless JFK assassination images, often for big money.

[1] However, when I called him out on this, demonstrating that he had to have been Manchester’s source for the phony “Ivy league charlatans” nonsense, he now denies that he spoke to Manchester, yet he admitted to me that he did back in 2005! In addition, he corroborates what Boring told me: Boring was not interviewed by Manchester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxZVgPIt05o

[2] See my first book Survivor’s Guilt (2013)

[3] 6 H 163. As the author presented at the COPA 󈨤 and 11/22/97 JFK Lancer conferences, the press photographers frequently rode in a flatbed truck in front of the motorcade pro-cession [films courtesy JFK Library see also John F. Kennedy: A Life in Pictures , pp. 178�, 183, 231]. Photographer Tony Zappone confirmed to the author on December 18, 2003 that a flatbed truck was used for the photographers in Tampa, Florida, on November 18, 1963.

[4] Kellerman was conveniently absent from Blaine’s alleged 11/25/63 meeting (The Kennedy Detail).

[8] Hill’s November 30, 1963 report: 18 H 740𔃃. WC testimony: 2 H 141, 143 (See also the 2004 National Geographic documentary Inside the U.S. Secret Service ). See also The Kennedy Detail, pages 216-217, 266+ media appearances

[10] George Drescher oral history, Herbert Hoover Library.

[11] Survivor’s Guilt (2013), pages 174-175, 403, 407-408.

[12] Out From The Shadow: The Story of Charles L Gittens Who Broke The Color Barrier In The United States Secret Service by Maurice Butler, KY: Xlibris, 2012, pp. 125-126

[13] See photo in Survivor’s Guilt .

[14] See my books Survivor’s Guilt and The Not So Secret Service .

[15] McBride, Into the Nightmare , p. 418

[16] The Arrogance of Power: The Secret World of Richard Nixon (2000) by Anthony Summers, pages 247 and 262.


KENNEDYS AND KING: ZERO FAIL - DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

I am mentioned in "the number one best-selling book on planet Earth at the moment"!

The plot thickens--- # 158 book I am in (that I know of). and it is a doozy! OMG! I am in "the number one best-selling book on planet Earth at the moment", according to CNN (and as echoed by other networks)!! The three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author (who is getting massive publicity, as she did for her #1 book on Trump) appeared, at first glance, to have ignored my work. She thanks Clint Hill, Gerald Blaine, Tim McIntire, Larry Newman, Win Lawson and several other non-JFK era agents. After a quick perusal, it looked like nada for me. then I get to page 504. referencing my last (fourth) book! Not happy about the blaming-JFK part (no doubt influenced by her personal interviews with Blaine et al), but I cannot lie (and sorry if this seems hypocritical or contradictory): this is kinda cool (!)


I think Judyth cured his back issue with the laying on of hands.

I'm personally worried about the guy in the background. This wasn't what he expected when he was invited to be a judge in the Best Ass competition.

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Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy

Vince Palamara&aposs exhaustive research, found in “Survivor&aposs Guilt”, into the Secrete Service and it&aposs role in the assassination of JFK, either by complacency or something more sinister has spanned the last 24 years of Mr Palamara&aposs life. Simply put no-one has interviewed more agents involved in the case than Vince Palamara. The accuracy of his research and “willingness to tell it like is” has be praised by no less an authority as Former Reagan Secret Serv AN ESSENTIAL HISTORY OF THE ASSASSINATION

Vince Palamara's exhaustive research, found in “Survivor's Guilt”, into the Secrete Service and it's role in the assassination of JFK, either by complacency or something more sinister has spanned the last 24 years of Mr Palamara's life. Simply put no-one has interviewed more agents involved in the case than Vince Palamara. The accuracy of his research and “willingness to tell it like is” has be praised by no less an authority as Former Reagan Secret Service chief Robert DeProspero. Even the most ardent of conspiracy deniers, Vincent Bugliosi, has acknowledged that Vince's work is “exhaustive, reasonably well researched”, and acknowledges he make's a strong case for the Secret Service's incompetence even if for him it did not add up to proving complicity in the murder.

Mr Palamara details changes that were inexplicably made to the protection of President Kennedy on that fateful day in Dallas. To note a few: Agents on the back of the car, escort by Police Motorcycles to the side of the Motorcade, and use of the bubble-top were frequent elements of his protection in other cities both in and out of the US but were absent in Dallas where JFK's popularity was low and hostility was openly expressed.

I have known the author for over 40 years. No-one has pursued the truth of this case more selflessly, for less personal profit and in a less prejudiced way than Vince. He started merely curious about the subject and was led by the Agent's own admissions to conclusions that were contrary to his initial preconceptions Ironically, I was personally present for a couple of the calls made to the agents involved in the case as they occurred from my home (“I still have my phone records Mr. Hill”) and can attest to the accuracy of what is stated here

While the book holds up amazingly well whether from the perspective of a “lone-nut” or a second shooter, it is essential to anyone's understanding the larger implications of what occurred to that day and the new America that was midwifed with those gunshots in November 1963. . more

Survivor&aposs Guilt is a unique work. While most JFK assassination books focus on one of two things 1) rehashing the Warren Report and trying to convince the reader that LHO was the lone assassin (despite there never being a trial and the legal right of presumption of innocence).

Or 2) Disproving the Warren Report. The first is done by those who stand to benefit by keeping the status quo and protecting the guilty. The Second endeavor is more valuable but still falls a bit short in terms of getting Survivor's Guilt is a unique work. While most JFK assassination books focus on one of two things 1) rehashing the Warren Report and trying to convince the reader that LHO was the lone assassin (despite there never being a trial and the legal right of presumption of innocence).

Or 2) Disproving the Warren Report. The first is done by those who stand to benefit by keeping the status quo and protecting the guilty. The Second endeavor is more valuable but still falls a bit short in terms of getting us closer to exactly what happened and who was involved.

That's where Survivor's Guilt is different. Instead of focusing on Lee Harvey Oswald or a faceless shooter on the grassy knoll, Palamara looks at the Secret Service and its activities that day (as well as before and after). He interviews over 80 agents and is THE expert on the subject. No other book to my knowledge has been totally devoted to researching the secret service as it pertains to the assassination. Examples of questionable behavior and suspicious activity are revealed and well documented in the work. In fact, several agents believe that there was in fact a conspiracy. Was the secret service incompetent that day or was it part of an inside job? Read Survivor's Guilt and judge for yourself. . more

The sole reason that I stuck with this book is because it is chock full of detailed information. Having said that, I must be honest and say that barely a quarter of the way into it, I was forced to start skimming. It was just too much work to read! It is liberally sprinkled with eye-glazing acronyms and over-seasoned with parenthetical phrases.

I have read dozens and dozens of books related to the JFK assassination over the past 40 years, so believe me--I am very much interested in the details! I The sole reason that I stuck with this book is because it is chock full of detailed information. Having said that, I must be honest and say that barely a quarter of the way into it, I was forced to start skimming. It was just too much work to read! It is liberally sprinkled with eye-glazing acronyms and over-seasoned with parenthetical phrases.

I have read dozens and dozens of books related to the JFK assassination over the past 40 years, so believe me--I am very much interested in the details! I frequently refer to footnotes, and as far as I am concerned, I never find minutiae to be tedious. Quite the contrary!

My problem with the book is that it was a slog to get through. A pity that the editing wasn't crisp. . more

I was slow to buy this book because I have the internet version of it released years ago. But this edition contains new, updated information. It really is a phenomenal piece of research, and I have to give Palamara a lot of credit for his diligence and persistence in getting former Secret Service agents and other key people to speak on the record. For many years he has made his research available for free on the internet, but it deserves to be preserved in printed form.

One of the points discusse I was slow to buy this book because I have the internet version of it released years ago. But this edition contains new, updated information. It really is a phenomenal piece of research, and I have to give Palamara a lot of credit for his diligence and persistence in getting former Secret Service agents and other key people to speak on the record. For many years he has made his research available for free on the internet, but it deserves to be preserved in printed form.

One of the points discussed in the book is something that I've always been troubled by: the last-minute cancellation of the photographers' vehicle (directly in front of the Presidential limo) which had been expected by newsmen that day at Love Field (Thomas Dillard of the Dallas Morning News: "We lost our position out at the airport. I understood we were supposed to have been quite a bit closer. We were assigned as the prime photographic car which, as you probably know, normally a truck precedes the President on these things and certain representatives of the photographic press ride with the truck. In this case, as you know, we didn't have any and this car that I was in was to take any photographs which was of spot-news nature. and the whole parade, the whole trip to town, I could only distinguish the President's car on very few occasions in high rises in the ground, when we got on hills. It was difficult because the people in the cars ahead of me were sitting on the backs of cars which pretty well covered the President's car for me. We had a very, very poor view of the President's car at any time from the time the parade started.") Instead, photographers were forced to scramble for rides farther back in the motorcade, where even the White House photographer could not do his job of photographing the President. Consequently, the only photographic witnesses to the assassination were those on foot in Dealey Plaza. . more

This is an exceptionally researched book about the perpetrations and intentional staging of the JFK motorcade route in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was killed. It&aposs amazing how many sources the author got to email or call him to answer questions, and how many people angrily refused his requests.

This, I believe, is the first major work on the Secret Service&aposs culpability in the assassination, including the names of several suspected conspirators. The assassination couldn&apost have occurred This is an exceptionally researched book about the perpetrations and intentional staging of the JFK motorcade route in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was killed. It's amazing how many sources the author got to email or call him to answer questions, and how many people angrily refused his requests.

This, I believe, is the first major work on the Secret Service's culpability in the assassination, including the names of several suspected conspirators. The assassination couldn't have occurred without the blatant lack of protection of the president's limousine as it drove down Elm Street into the ambush. Several photos of other presidential motorcades show the huge difference in the lack of agents in place on Elm Street the other photos show police or agents all standing facing the crowd as the car drives behind them. None of these were used in Dallas.

No discussion of Lee Harvey Oswald's participation or lack thereof in the assassination. Some sources think Oswald did it, but the House Committee on Assassinations in the seventies found evidence of a conspiracy, which was blithely ignored by sources that didn't want it to be true.

Some discussion of how the Secret Service, as is well-known, essentially illegally hijacked JFK's body from Parkland Hospital to prevent a local autopsy. Not much mention of how the shots strangely altered from front-to-back to back-to-front between Parkland and Washington, DC, in order to conform with the chosen narrative of one lone-nut killer firing from the Book Depository.

Lots of information about the Secret Service's lies about JFK's demanding that the SS riders on the limousine's back bumper be eliminated. That was a powerful lie going around at the time. Also the odd formation of no motorcycle cops immediately ahead of the president's car, and only two behind him, one of which was splashed by brain and blood when it happened.

Evidently a significant body of SS agents were disgusted by JFK's womanizing and decided he no longer had the right to live. This book lays out exactly what happened with the SS. Many other books have dealt with the fraudulent autopsy in Wash. DC, and the crossfire, etc. at Dealey Plaza. This book goes into the framing of SS agent Abraham Bolden by other SS members so they could conveniently find a black agent obstructing justice. Bolden had been outspoken in his criticism of the shoddiness of the Secret Service's work well before Dallas, and the SS wanted him out of the way and shut up before Dallas even happened.

Of the 50+ books on the JFK assassination that I've read, I'd put this one in the top five or six. It's particularly important because no one had previously examined the fault of the Secret Service in the entire sordid event.

I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who's trying to reach the level of the truth regarding the planning, purposeful negligence of the SS, execution of the president, and fraudulent autopsy results. The author has an enormous number of endnotes. I believe he's now considered one of the foremost of the Kennedy assassination researchers. . more



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