By Roger Stone
WHERE WAS THE SECRET SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963?
If you don’t believe there was a government conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy reading Vince Palamara’s new book Survivor’s Guilt will change your mind. Palamara’s detailing of the breaking of all standard procedures by the Secret Service in Dallas on November 22, 1963 can only lead one to the conclusion that the Secret Service “laid down” on JFK.
Why was the Presidents motor-cycle escort reduced from six to two? Why were the two motorcycle cops told to ride behind the President’s car? Why did the Secret Service allow for a 90 degree turn that slowed the motorcade to a stand-still? Why didn’t the Secret Service secure all the building in Dealey Plaza? Why did the Secret Service call off the agents supposed to ride of the bumpers of the Presidential limousine? Why was the standard order of the cars in the motorcade changed in Dallas? Where were the two agents who were supposed to walk on either side of the Presidential limousine when the car came to a virtual stand-still?
Painstakingly researched by this authority on the history of the Secret Service and based on primary, firsthand accounts from more than 80 former agents, White House aides, and family members, this is the definitive account of what went wrong with John F. Kennedy’s security detail on the day he was assassinated. The work provides a detailed look at how JFK could and should have been protected and debunks numerous fraudulent notions that persist about the day in question, including that JFK ordered agents off the rear of his limousine; demanded the removal of the bubble top that covered the vehicle; and was difficult to protect and somehow, directly or indirectly, made his own tragic death easier for an assassin or assassins. Survivor’s Guilt also thoroughly investigates the threats on the president’s life before traveling to Texas; the presence of unauthorized Secret Service agents in Dealey Plaza, the site of the assassination; the failure of the Secret Service in monitoring and securing the surrounding buildings, overhangs, and rooftops; and the surprising conspiratorial beliefs of several former agents. An important addition to the body of works on JFK and his assassination, this study sheds light on the gross negligence and, in some cases, seeming culpability, of those sworn to protect the president.
Vince Palamara’s book Survivor’s Guilt is must reading in the glut of JFK 50th Anniversary books out in November.