Secret Service rental stolen ahead of Biden visit to Detroit
Posted by Krissah Thompson on September 3, 2012 at 8:19 am
DETROIT — Vice President Joe Biden will take the stage at a big outdoor Labor Day rally here this afternoon. It is his third visit in the Motor City in recent weeks, but it has not gone off without a hitch.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan acknowledged that overnight Saturday a U-Haul the service rented to move equipment was stolen. “There was Secret Service property inside the vehicle at the time of the theft,” Donovan said in an e-mail. The Detroit Police Department is investigating, he said.
Fox-News station WJBK reports the U-Haul contained metal detectors and was recovered Sunday afternoon. Biden arrived in Detroit Sunday evening.
It is not the first time a high profile visitor has had a vehicle stolen in Detroit. The Rev. Jesse Jackson had his Cadillac Escalade stolen when he was in the city for a rally two years ago. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing also had his Yukon Denali stolen that year.
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 80 former agents (the House Select Committee on Assassinations had the old record of 46 with a 6 million dollar budget and subpoena 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 President Kennedy.
Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda, The Not-So-Secret Service, Who's Who in the Secret Service, and Honest Answers about the Murder of President John F. Kennedy: A New Look at the JFK Assassination.
All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 140 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's THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (VHS and DVD), C-SPAN, Newsmax TV, A COUP IN CAMELOT (DVD/BLU RAY), KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT (DVD), National Geographic's JFK: THE FINAL HOURS (including on DVD), PCN, BPTV, 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!" Agent Dan Emmett calls Vince a Secret Service expert in his new book.
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Should I be surprised that the vehicle the SS were to use in short order was not secured? Especially if it has valuables in it, why treat it the same “as any other car on the lot”?