Lisa McCubbin’s response to the VANITY FAIR article

Lisa McCubbin’s response to the VANITY FAIR article

A friend graciously shared Lisa McCubbin’s response to the VANITY FAIR article:

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/2014/10/secret-service-jfk-assassination

[My response in CAPS and/or in bold and in brackets]
“Thank you for the link. I am aware of the article. There are many errors and egregious claims in the article — it was obviously a sensational ploy to sell Ms. Cheever’s upcoming book [THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR THE MANY ARTICLES PUBLICIZING YOUR BOOKS]. Her comments that no agent acted are preposterous [ONE AGENT, CLINT HILL, DID REACT…TOO LATE].  There is photographic evidence that Clint Hill reacted within a second or two of the first shot [“‘The Kennedy Detail’ repeats the legend that Clint Hill was within a split second of saving JFK and taking the fatal bullet. But he’s not even in the Moorman photo (taken at the moment of the fatal head shot) and in the Muchmore film he’s only climbing down from the follow up car AFTER the head shot. Also, in the Altgens photo (which was taken AFTER the second shot), Hill is still on the running board and staring at JFK- but not running towards him.”] People seem not to realize that when something unexpected happens — like the sound of an explosive noise –you must first process this. No human being could react immediately [the agents reacted immediately to save presidents on 11/1/50 and 3/30/81, not to mention during the two attempts on President Ford, among others].  Clint Hill reacted as quickly as was humanly possible–clearly anything that occurred the night before did not affect his reaction [Clint Hill, Paul Landis, Jack Ready, and Glen Bennett, all from the follow-up car, as well as 5 other agents, drank and stayed out late the morning before the JFK assassination. As Landis even admits in a new interview for the article: “Landis, when asked what, if anything, might have impeded their actions that day, says… I think you could say, ‘lack of sleep.’” The article calls out Hill, as well: “Secret Service Agent Clint Hill tells Vanity Fair that he left the Cellar before two A.M., went back to the hotel, and put in his breakfast order for six A.M. (He told the Warren Commission that he had stayed until 2:45.)” Note the time discrepancy. The drinking incident is totally avoided in Hill’s last book- I wonder why…].  The fact is, no man is faster than a speeding bullet [But they are trained to cover and evacuate. Proper security before and during, let alone after, the fact makes this point moot].  To place blame on these agents 50 years later to sell her own book is, in my mind, reprehensible [the United States government criticizes the Secret Service  in the Warren Report and the HSCA Report, not to mention countless other books and articles…even Clint Hill said “It is my fault.”].

I was also disappointed in the reporter for quoting from Abraham Bolden — and her mistakes in identifying him as a member of the White House Detail — which he was not.

[see the numerous articles identifying Abraham Bolden as a member of the White House Detail here: http://abrahambolden.blogspot.com/]

[here is a sample (click on article to view larger):]

The only African American on the White House detail at the time of the Kennedy assassination was Robert Faison [NO ONE ARGUES THAT POINT]. Mr. Bolden was in the Chicago office and had never been on any trips with President Kennedy [WRONG- BOLDEN PROTECTED JFK WHENEVER HE VISITED CHICAGO, SUCH AS OCTOBER 1962 AND MARCH 1963, FOR EXAMPLE- SEE (click on article to make larger):]

, having only served a 30-day temporary assignment on the WH Detail in 1961.  Thus, his comments that agents bought liquor and then drank while on duty are preposterous and unfounded [NOT ONLY DID BOLDEN OBSERVE THIS FIRST-HAND DURING HIS 30-DAY ASSIGNMENT, HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SECRET SERVICE FROM 1960-1964 AND HAD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THIS ON OTHER OCCASIONS, AS WELL. THE DRINKING INCIDENT OF 11/22/63 IS WELL DOCUMENTED, AS ARE OTHER OCCASIONS- SEE MY BOOK. IT IS NOT “JUST BOLDEN” WHO MAKES THESE CLAIMS. SEE WHAT WARREN COMMISSION ATTORNEY ARLEN SPECTER, WHO INTERVIEWED HILL, HAD TO SAY HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFZcZQ_6szw]. [ALSO- SEE WHAT HILL HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW 9 AGENT DRINKERS HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbttGvM27dc ]

Unfortunately, many people who do not know otherwise, will believe the claims in the article.  I am glad that Mr. Hill and Gerald Blaine have contributed their personal perspectives and recollections in the three books I co-authored [OH, I AM SURE YOU DO- $$$$$$$$$].  Those books contain the truth [AND A WHOLE LOT OF FIBS, TOO] from the men who were actually on the White House Detail [GEE, I GUESS ABE’S 30 DAYS DON’T COUNT, HUH? HOW ABOUT WHAT MANY OF THE AGENTS WHO SERVED LONGER HAD TO SAY TO MYSELF AND OTHERS NOT NAMED BLAINE AND HILL, AS WELL?] and know exactly what happened. If you haven’t read them, I highly suggest you read THE KENNEDY DETAIL, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME, and FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER. [As for Clint Hill and Gerald Blaine signing assassination photos, REGULARLY on sale for big money on eBAY, another reader had this comment:

“What an embarrassment! That would be like Bill Buckner signing a picture of the ball going through his legs give me a break!”

“These guys are always whining about “oh we’re traumatized we have nightmares” blah blah blah I know let’s sign pictures of that day what a joke.”]

Best,
Lisa McCubbin”

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About vincepalamara

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 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 President Kennedy. Vince is also the author of the books JFK: From Parkland To Bethesda and The Not-So-Secret Service. All told, Vince has been favorably mentioned in over 120 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, C-SPAN, A COUP IN CAMELOT, KING KILL '63, THE MAN BEHIND THE SUIT, National Geographic, 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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4 Responses to Lisa McCubbin’s response to the VANITY FAIR article

  1. Roger Clayton says:

    As always nice work Vince. Thanx digging the truth out of the muck for those who do not have the time. Thanx again.

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