The Secret Service failed to make a move
Since the assassination of JFK was caught on several cameras depicting the gruesome murder from many angles, the occurrence has been reviewed and studied by many. As we all know, the Secret Service is most known for their fast reflexes and intimidating demeanor, but during JFK’s time in the White House, that had changed. According to Vanity Fair [quoting that article that mentions my book: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2014/10/secret-service-jfk-assassination, the President’s lax attitude had rubbed off on his staff and, as each year passed with him in office, the Secret Service grew lazier and lazier. Several former members of the Secret Service came forward about that day years later, claiming they were slow to respond to the shots fired since they’d been out partying the night before, and were sleep-deprived and even hungover.
One particular agent, Abraham Bolden, described the details of that day in his book The Echo from Dealey Plaza. He describes how he specifically remembers that after JFK was shot, an agent shouted, “I knew it would happen. I told those playboys that someone was going to get the president killed if they kept acting like they did. Now it’s happened.” Bolden also discussed what it was like being one of the only African-Americans on the Secret Service team, and the racism he had to deal with. Soon after the book was released in 2008, Bolden was accused and convicted of attempting to sell a secret government file for $50,000 to the defendant in another case. Bolden claimed that he’d been framed for going public about the partying ways of the Secret Service, and how he feels it led to the death of JFK. Framed or not, it’s clear in the videos that the everyone nearby, aside from his wife, failed to react until the third and final gunshot was fired.
The Secret Service stole Kennedy’s body
After JFK was shot, he was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Texas where he was pronounced dead. Texas state law rightfully stated that the President’s body wasn’t allowed to leave the hospital until an autopsy had been performed, but the Secret Service felt differently. According to Jacob G. Hornberger, president and founder of the Future of Freedom Foundation, a dispute broke out in the hospital when Dallas medical examiner Dr. Earl Rose attempted to prevent the Secret Service from taking JFK’s body. According to Hornberger’s article “The First Step In The JFK Cover-Up,” there was a lot of shouting and cursing, before the situation forced agents to draw their guns and push their way out of the hospital with JFK’s body.
The casket holding JFK’s body was then taken on Air Force One to Anders Air Force Base, where the military supposedly conducted the autopsy. Many have speculated that this move was the first of many performed by the government to cover up the assassination of the president. When reports surfaced about exactly what happened at the hospital, the public was led to believe that this was all normal, and that breaking Texas law by practically stealing the president’s body was totally consistent with Secret Service training. However, many see this as a precaution taken to ensure that the details of JFK’s autopsy weren’t leaked to the public, especially if those details prove his assassination was a conspiracy involving our own government.