BUILDING ROOFTOPS WERE REGULARLY GUARDED DURING THE JFK ERA! ALSO: THE SECRET SERVICE WAS BOSS, NOT JFK

BUILDING ROOFTOPS WERE REGULARLY GUARDED DURING THE JFK ERA! ALSO, THE SECRET SERVICE WAS BOSS, NOT JFK

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE (See also my first book Survivor’s Guilt and especially the entire chapter devoted to this subject in THE NOT-SO-SECRET SERVICE)

Syndicated news story Summer 1963. Interestingly, many articles did not carry the highlighted information:

Milwaukee May 1962:

New York trip 1963:

Paris trip 1961

Caracas Dec 1961:

Chief Inspector Michael Torina, WHO WROTE THE SECRET SERVICE MANUAL, and Chief James Rowley (pictured) contributed to this 1962 book:

TAMPA, FL 11/18/63. Motorcycle officer Russell Groover confirmed to me that all multi-story buildings on the 28-MILE LONG MOTORCADE, the LONGEST DOMESTIC MOTORCADE JFK EVER UNDERTOOK (second only to the foreign trip to Berlin), were guarded by heavily armed officers. This Secret Service survey report was written by Frank Yeager and GERALD BLAINE OF KENNEDY DETAIL infamy! Author Larry Sabato, based on my tip (he acknowledges me in his book), contacted Blaine and called him out on this. Baine lamely stated that they didn’t have the manpower in Dallas—-a far shorter motorcade—to do what they did four days earlier in Tampa:

Former Secret Service Chief U.E. Baughman, author of the 1962 book SECRET SERVICE CHIEF, came clean in early December 1963…I guess this is why he wasn’t called before the Warren Commission:

From Baughman’s book:

Pittsburgh, PA October 1962:

Another New York trip:

Nashville Agent Paul Doster, a former JFK White House Detail agent, told the “Nashville Banner” back on 5/18/63:
“a complete check of the entire motorcade route” was done.  Also, Doster noted that “Other [police] officers were assigned atop the municipal terminal and other buildings along the route. These men took their posts at 8 a.m. and
remained at their rooftop stations until the president and his party
passed.”

Pueblo, CO 1962:

Washington, D.C. April 1961:

In keeping with Baughman’s comment above, the Secret Service was the boss, NOT THE PRESIDENT, when it comes to security:

From a 11/15/63 AP news story syndicated nationwide:

Chief James Rowley’s LBJ Library oral history 1969- President Truman says the agents were the boss and Rowley doesn’t dispute it:

LBJ said so, as well (including some disturbing info on agent Emory Roberts)

From THE ADVANCE MAN by Texas Trip advance man Jerry Bruno (1971):

11/25/63 national syndicated news story:

In 2010, with KENNEDY DETAIL author Gerald Blaine sitting beside him, Clint Hill came clean and confessed on video:

Secret Service Agent Clint Hill lets the truth slip: “He can tell you what he wants done and he can tell you certain things but that doesn’t mean you have to do it. What we used to do was always agree with the President and then we’d do what we felt was best anyway.”

Hill would know- he “disobeyed” the phony presidential “order” on Main Street:

WHAT CLINT HILL  STATED BEFORE BLAINE CAME ALONG:

“What continued to torment Agent [Clint] Hill as he replayed these images in his head, decades later, was the fact that he’d been pushed away. “If we had been in proximity, where we should have been,” he explained, “the event would not have happened as it did.” [Note: notice that Hill admits they should have been there – no later-day excuses about the speed of car, lack of spectators in the plaza, entering the freeway, etc.]Had Hill been allowed to do his job, a human shield would have been formed between the unseen shooter and President Kennedy, creating a near-impossible shot.” The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr by Ken Gormley (2010), pp 423-25.

 

 

 

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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, The Not-So-Secret Service and Who's Who in the 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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2 Responses to BUILDING ROOFTOPS WERE REGULARLY GUARDED DURING THE JFK ERA! ALSO: THE SECRET SERVICE WAS BOSS, NOT JFK

  1. William Kraemer says:

    Thanks for this comprehensive post, Vince Palamara.

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