**VERY IMPORTANT POST***PRS Agents Glen Bennett & Howard Norton: covert monitors of threats to JFK

PRS Agents Glen Bennett & Howard Norton: covert monitors of threats to JFK

[many images below; text excerpts from my first book Survivor’s Guilt (see chapter two for text in entirety and footnotes/sources) and, near the bottom, from my third book The Not-So-Secret Service]

Right-wing fanatic Joseph Milteer said something very profound to Willie Somersett on 11/9/63 in Miami: “Well, if they [the Secret Service] have any suspicion they do that [i.e. cover all office buildings], of course. But without suspicion, chances are that they won’t [emphasis added].”16 And so, the alleged lack of threats in Texas, especially Dallas, produced the desired results: security was stripped down.

Interestingly, PRS agent Glen A. Bennett, “temporarily assigned to the White House Detail,” rode in the follow-up car.17

In regard to Agent Bennett, the following is a detailed chronology, using many recently released documents, demonstrating the Secret Service’s pre-November 22 knowledge of threats to President Kennedy’s life, as well as the author’s discovery of a covert monitor of those threats put in place during the days and weeks before the assassination. This chronology further strains the credulity of the notion that one man, Lee Harvey Oswald, “got lucky” during the very same time that the agency assigned to protect his alleged victim were on the look-out for other threats on JFK’s life.

11/1/63: South Vietnam’s President Diem is assassinated in a CIA-backed coup.18

11/2/63: JFK’s trip to Chicago, Illinois is canceled at the last minute due to threats against his life:19 apart from subjects Thomas Arthur Vallee, Thomas Mosely, and Homer Echevarria, there was a team of four Cuban gunmen, two of whom eluded surveillance and escaped. Former agents Sam Kinney, Bill Greer, Robert Kollar, J. Lloyd Stocks, Gary McLeod, Robert J. Motto, Edward Tucker, David Grant, James Griffiths, Abraham Bolden, and Chicago SAIC Maurice Martineau told the HSCA that this trip was cancelled at the last minute – the excuses were varied: JFK had a cold (a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis alibi), Diem’s death (refuted by Salinger), the Thomas Arthur Vallee arrest, and others […]

11/8/63: Kennedy’s first, low profile trip to New York City.24 It is important to keep in mind that there were no PRS special agents, those administrative agents that monitor threats to the president, on this or any previous trip in 1963.

11/9/63: In Miami, Florida, FBI informant Willie Somersett tapes his conversation with Joseph Milteer about plans to kill JFK during a visit to Miami on 11/18/63. This is known by the Secret Service before Dallas, as SAIC Bouck told the author and as Secret Service records reveal.25

11/10/63: PRS agent Glen Bennett is “temporarily assigned to the White House Detail.”26 – Although Bennett told the HSCA that he “was not on the Florida trip [11/18/63],”27 the recently released Secret Service shift reports for that trip and the Survey Reports28 not only state that Bennett was indeed present at all four stops on this trip, but that he rode in the follow-up car on three different occasions: in Palm Beach and in Cape Canaveral, as well as in Tampa. It was not until many years later – 2013, to be exact – that the author discovered, via photographic confirmation, that PRS Agent Bennett briefly rode on the rear of the limousine, walked beside the limousine, and also rode on the running board of the Secret Service follow-up car in Tampa!29

[…]Miami WHD advance agent Bert DeFreese told the HSCA, “In 1963 it was rare for a PRS agent from Washington to accompany an advance agent into the field, and that no PRS agent accompanied [him] on this trip,”31 yet Bennett was with De Freese in Miami and in Houston32 on 11/21/63. Bennett further told the HSCA on 1/30/78 that he “was detailed from PRS to the White House Detail for the Dallas trip [11/22/63]. This was because there was a manpower pull for the Dallas trip,” a statement not backed up by the aforementioned shift reports. Furthermore, Sam Kinney told the author that Bennett was making his first trip on 11/22/63.33 While Kinney’s statement is at least orally corroborated by Bennett’s story to the HSCA, it is also contradicted by the shift reports and Survey reports for the Florida trip of 11/18/63, and  Bennett was also on the second NYC trip JFK made (11/1411/15/63.)34 Agent Tim McIntyre also told the HSCA that he did not believe he was assigned to either the Miami or the Chicago trips for November 1963.35 However, like Agent Bennett’s seeming amnesia, as proven by the Secret Service Shift Reports released by the ARRB in the 1990’s, McIntyre was actually on both trips. It should be noted that McIntyre, who rode in the follow-up car with Bennett, was also Bennett’s roommate in Fort Worth 11/21-11/22/63.36 Perhaps this was why Bennett felt the need to be accompanied by Secret Service Counsel John Meenan during his HSCA interview.

11/11/63: SAIC of PRS Robert Bouck is notified about JFK’s upcoming second trip to NYC for 11/14-11/15/63: Bennett was then promptly dispatched to JFK’s suite at the Carlyle Hotel, prior to Kennedy’s arrival, “to conduct a technical survey.”38 This was not done on any prior trips in November, including the first New York trip, nor on any other trips known to this author. With Bennett’s temporary assignment, his denials to the HSCA, and everything above in context, there is something going on here: the timing is everything. Also, by performing these specific duties, Bennett was still wearing his PRS hat, so to speak. In addition, Bennett is listed on the Secret Service shift report of 11/14/63 as “SA-New York City,” under the same grouping of agents, six in all, who were advance agents for JFK’s upcoming trips to Elkton, Md., Miami, Fl., Austin, Tx., Ft. Worth, Tx., and Tampa, Fl.39 Was Bennett also part of the advance team in his newfound WHD assignment?

11/13/63: Army code-breaker Eugene Dinkin, who had foreknowledge of a threat and attempted to warn officials, is taken into custody by Army officials and hospitalized (a Secret Service agent even interviews him).40

11/14-11/15/63: The second New York trip. Shift leader Art Godfrey, the advance agent on both NY trips, (he actually stayed in New York between trips) did not know the purpose of JFK’s first trip, but he was aware of the second: “I have no idea why Pres. Kennedy went to New York City twice in Nov. 1963 … I did the advance for both [of] these trips. I do not remember the 8th and 9th trip but the 14th and 15th trip was to address a convention at the Americana Hotel after which we went to Palm Beach for the weekend.”41 In addition, former agent J. Frank Yeager wrote, “I went to New York with the President, but I do not remember the trip that you are referring to [11/8-11/9/63].”[…]

It was not until many years later, 2013, to be exact, that the author discovered, via photographic confirmation, that PRS Agent Bennett briefly rode on the rear of the limousine, walked beside the limousine, and also rode on the running board of the Secret Service follow-up car in Tampa!54

11/18/63: JFK’s Florida trip:  Miami office agent Talmadge W. Bailey told the author, in an incredible understatement, that the level of threats toward JFK in Miami was “a little bit above normal.”55 Former WHD agent Walt Coughlin, who assisted in the advance for the Miami trip,56 wrote, “Miami had a lot of Cuban threats but that is about all I recall. We did remove some waiters (Cuban I believe) from the hotel. I went from Miami to San Antonio. Recall Miami being ‘hairy’ but that is about all. As far as questions, you have more info than I!!!!”57 Gerald Blaine, the advance agent for the Tampa trip, told the author on 6/10/05 that there were “more characters in Tampa [than in Dallas]. We were really concerned about that. We did a lot of work on that.” Blaine added that he was riding in the lead car with the chief of Police for the Tampa leg of the Florida trip.  WHD advance agent Lubert “Bert” DeFreese admitted to the HSCA that “a threat did surface in connection with the Miami trip … there was an active threat against the President which the Secret Service was aware in November 1963 in the period immediately prior to JFK’s trip to Miami made by a group of people [emphasis added].”58 In addition to this threat information, and separate from the 11/9 Milteer threat, a CO2 PRS file, released to the HSCA on 5/3/78 and available only recently, reveals yet another threat subject: John Warrington.59 Kinney told the author, “we had a scare” down there, an unspecified “organized crime” threat related to this same trip.60 In fact, there were six pages of threat subjects and information, including the subjects Orlando Bosch, Pedro Diaz Lanz, Enrique Llaca, Jr., and others.61 The CIA’s Ted Shackley and William Finch assisted the Secret Service on this trip.62 This is also the trip where, despite numerous films, photos, and interviews to the contrary, JFK allegedly ordered the agents off the rear of his limo, cited as causing peril in Dallas on 11/22/63 from such diverse people as William Manchester and Clinton Secret Service Director Lewis Merletti (see chapter one). It is easy to see, then, why JFK said to Dave Powers, upon his return from the Florida trip, “Thank God nobody wanted to kill me today!”63 Kennedy further told Powers that an assassination “would be tried by someone with a high-power rifle and a telescopic sight during a downtown parade when there would be so much noise and confetti that nobody would even be able to point and say, ‘It came from that window.’”64 JFK also told Jackie on 11/22/63 in Fort Worth: “You know, last night would have been a hell of a night to assassinate a President. I mean it. There was the rain, and the night, and we were all getting jostled. Suppose a man had a pistol in a briefcase. Then he could have dropped the gun and the briefcase, and melted away in the crowd…Jackie, if someone wanted to shoot me from a window with a rifle, nobody can stop it. So why worry about it?”65 The odd, preternatural obsession JFK had with death that developed right before Dallas was likely due to his knowledge, directly or indirectly, of the threats on his life. As Secret Service Officer John Norris said, “We knew there were people who wanted him dead…and those of us regularly assigned to the White House detail had a pretty good idea that somebody had been stalking [JFK] for a long time. I think Kennedy also knew some kind of attempt might be coming. I was assigned to Johnson at the time, but I went so far as to tell one of the guys who worked with Kennedy to warn him he could be in danger. The guy said JFK just kind of shrugged it off and said, ‘If they get me, they get me.’”66 As Presidential aide’s O’Donnell and Powers wrote, “President Kennedy was well aware of the hostility toward him and his administration in Dallas.”67

11/21/63: U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson and Senator William Fulbright warn JFK not to go to Dallas.68 DNC advance man Marty Underwood gets “all sorts of rumors,” 18 hours before the assassination, that Kennedy was to be killed in Dallas. Marty even conveys this to JFK, who tells him, “Marty, you worry about me too much.”69 Indeed, JFK told San Antonio Congressman Henry Gonzalez, “Henry, the Secret Service told me they took care of everything. There’s nothing to worry about”70 In an article that appeared on the morning of the assassination, the headline read: “Secret Service Sure All Secure.”71 Advance agent Winston Lawson wrote in his report: “Agent Bennett was reminded that he would work [the] Presidential follow-up car on the movement.”72 11/22/63: While SA Bennett rides in the Secret Service followup car, scanning the people lining the streets, President Kennedy is murdered right in front of him. After the assassination, Bennett’s observations, via his allegedly contemporaneous handwritten notes from 11/22/63,73 were used by Chief Rowley to buttress the notion that Kennedy was struck from the rear, in spite of the films and photos that appear to depict Bennett looking away from JFK. Perhaps HSCA attorney Belford Lawson summed up the situation best: “How could SS Agent Glen Bennett have been able to see JFK, who was 38 feet away and partially concealed by several persons, yet be able to state clearly that the first shot hit JFK four inches down from [the] right shoulder? Why didn’t the distance and commotion prevent such an observation? Why [wasn’t] Bennett called to testify?”74 However, this is almost ancillary to the major point: Was PRS agent Glen Bennett monitoring threats to JFK’s life, made in the month of November, and was this covered up afterwards? Is this the reason for the conflicting accounts, and the timing, of Bennett’s participation in the second New York trip, the Florida trip, and the Texas trip? Did Bennett ride in the follow-up car and participate on these trips for this purpose?

Unfortunately, former agent Winston Lawson informed the author that Bennett is now deceased, so no more answers will be forthcoming from the principal person in this mystery.75 Bennett to the HSCA: “He stated that he does not recall any talk or information on alleged threats in Miami or Chicago. He doesn’t recall any names of persons to be checked out relative to the Dallas trip, filtering back to PRS.” Incredible.

Former PRS agent Frank G. Stoner told the author on 1/17/04 that he didn’t know why Bennett, a PRS man, would have been on these trips. Stoner, genuinely puzzled about the matter, thought perhaps Bennett was an “intelligence liaison” in his capacity of riding in the follow-up car. Officially speaking, Bennett was not. Stoner did not elaborate further when pressed on this issue in writing; in fact, he avoided it all together on three different occasions (see below).76 Former WHD agent J. Walter Coughlin, who assisted fellow agent Dennis R. Halterman on the advance for the San Antonio part of the Texas trip (11/21/63), wrote the author, “I can only add the following – I was not in Dallas so my knowledge is hearsay from good friends who were there. Glen Bennett was on all these trips, not as a member of PRS but as a temporary shift agent in that so many of us were out on advance. This I do know to be a fact and read nothing more into it.” Interestingly, Coughlin founded ‘J. Walter Coughlin & Associates’, a security firm based in Dallas.77 If this was the case, why did Bennett perform PRS functions on the New York trip (what SAIC Bouck referred to as a “technical survey”)? These comments by Coughlin sound like Bennett’s “manpower pull” comment to the HSCA that was in reference specifically to the Dallas leg of the Texas trip. However, was there also a “manpower pull” for the other trips Bennett was on?78 Also, the vast majority of the agents who went on these trips did return to Washington, D.C. afterward, ready for further action on future trips. If there was a genuine shortage of men, why not just follow common procedure and add an agent, from the Washington Field Office (WFO), for example?79 This was the case when WFO agent Roger C. Warner came along to Dallas for his very first Presidential protective mission. Why were Bennett’s services needed in the ultra-important follow-up car, of all things? And, to top it off, Bennett just happened to be one of the agents involved in the infamous drinking incident the night of November 21, at both the Fort Worth Press Club and the “Cellar” (more on this event later). It would seem that Bennett did not take his special duty very seriously. All this must have touched a nerve in Coughlin. Winston Lawson wrote the author: “I understand from my friend Walt Coughlin that you wondered why Glen Bennett from PRS was on the trip.” [Note: The author did not tell Coughlin about any contact with Lawson]. “Nothing sinister about it and had nothing to do with threats or intelligence. There were so many trips, MD and FL, just prior to TX and so many stops in TX that the small WH Detail was decimated supplying advance people. A number of temporarily assigned agents were on all 3 shifts in TX…I believe Walt had been on an advance before he went to his stop in TX.”80 Still, why was Bennett performing PRS functions in New York if he was just another agent? The author decided to make further inquiries to former agent Coughlin in this matter, and asked, “In light of the fact that Bennett, temporarily assigned to the White House Detail on 11/10/63, was on all the stops on JFK’s trips [11/11/63-11/22/63] to NY, FL [four], and TX up to Dallas [four; not including Austin], and the fact that he was performing ‘technical surveys’ on the trip to NY, doesn’t his presence concede the seeming fact that he was performing some sort of intelligence function?” [Note: this info on Bennett only came to light because the author ordered the documents from the National Archives. It is far from common knowledge]. In response, Coughlin wrote, “Nothing sinister- in l963 we had about 300 agents and we were not that clever to be sinister. He was there as a temp.”81 Former agent Larry Newman dismissed the author’s notion of Bennett’s true role, yet said, “What they were starting to do was assign a PI [Protective Intelligence/ PRS] guy to help the advance guy.”82 However, this practice was officially adopted only after 11/22/63 in response to the assassination, unless Newman was also aware of the true roles of Bennett, Norton, and Wunderlich on the trips in November 1963. That said, Newman added that Bennett, who he knew “worked somewhat in on Protective Intelligence,” was part of a team and his presence on the trips was in relation to “no specific thing.” (It is also important to note that Newman left the WHD in October 1963.)83 Likewise, former agent Jerry D. Kivett said that members of PRS, later renamed Protective Intelligence, “traveled with us sometimes” and that this was a manpower issue having “nothing to do with – that I know of – special threat levels.” However, Kivett added the caveat that the PRS travels were made only “until after” the assassination, as mentioned above. More importantly, when the author asked Kivett if Bennett may have been on the NY, Fl, and Tx trips to monitor threats, the former agent said, “That’s very much a possibility [emphasis added].”84 Fellow Texas trip agent Gerald S. Blaine, who had also been on the Florida trip with Bennett, told the author, “I don’t know what he had.” When asked if Bennett could have been (as PRS agent Stoner claimed) an “intelligence liaison,” Blaine said, “I guess. I don’t really remember. It’s hard to say. I don’t know what he was doing. They [PRS agents] operate independently.”85 During a later interview conducted on 6/10/05, Blaine admitted it was “kind of strange” for Bennett to be riding in the followup car on the Dallas trip. Former agent Vincent P. Mroz, when asked if Bennett was on these trips to monitor threats, told the author, “Right, uh-huh. It’s their job to sort out that information. They go there to work [it] out.” Mroz also said that this was “not abnormal.”86 Another agent on all three trips, Samuel E. Sulliman, told the author, “I remember him [Bennett]. He was sort of a quiet guy. I don’t know what he was there for [emphasis added].” Likewise, Darwin Horn wrote, “I recall Glen Bennett. I don’t know what he was doing in Dallas.”87 Perhaps the biggest surprise of all came from former agent Gerald W. O’Rourke, another Texas trip veteran who also was on the second NY trip and a part of the FL trip. The former agent, who came out on the 40th anniversary of the JFK assassination to reveal his conviction that a conspiracy took the life of President Kennedy,88 was friendly, cordial, and quite informative in response to the author’s first letter of inquiry, answering every question in detail. In fact, O’Rourke ended his letter by stating, “If you have other questions please feel free to contact me. Jerry.”89 Taking the hint, the author promptly wrote another letter to O’Rourke but did not receive a reply. The author’s second letter asked for information about Bennett’s role on the NY, FL, and TX trips. When the author phoned O’Rourke on 2/11/04, obviously all was not well on the other end. When asked about Bennett, the former agent said forcefully, “I don’t want to do it. I don’t want to do it. I’m afraid for my agency.” O’Rourke then abruptly ended the conversation. As the Rocky Mountain News reported on 11/20/03: “O’Rourke spent a year in the Secret Service intelligence division [where Bennett worked], which offered him glimpses into the investigation of Kennedy’s death. Those glimpses, and the accounts of other [unnamed] agents, have convinced O’Rourke that Oswald didn’t act alone.” Bennett was still a member of the USSS, in the Intelligence Division, during the HSCA era. In fact, he initiated a letter to G. Robert Blakey, the General Counsel of the HSCA, regarding the then-current whereabouts of several former agents. Not to be outdone, Clint Hill writes in his memoirs about the formation of the follow-up car agents in Dallas on 11/22/63 and confirms my suspicions: “Glen Bennett from the Protective Research Section, handling intelligence.90

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So, of the seven agents (some of whom were merely replacements, not new agents, per se), only Bennett came from PRS.99 President Kennedy’s next trip would not be until 11/14/63 when he would visit Elkton, MD for the dedication of the Maryland-Delaware Turnpike (a non-motorcade, ribbon-cutting affair),100 then to New York once again (11/14-11/15/63). Bennett next appears on the 11/12/63 and 11/13/63 shift reports as part of the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift that “reported for duty at [the] White House.”101 According to these same reports, President Kennedy stayed in the mansion that day, so Bennett evidently stood post in a doorway.102 Then, as we know, Bennett was a Special Agent on JFK’s trips to New York, Florida, and Texas. Of the seven recent WHD additions, only the lone PRS agent, Bennett, is dispatched on all three major trips, and all the major stops on these tours, from 11/14-11/22/63.103 Again, the question is: why? The covert monitoring of a threat (or threats) to President Kennedy’s life remains the most compelling reason. And, as discovered by the author via a recently released Secret Service shift report, yet another PRS agent, Howard K. Norton, was covertly on the Texas trip, this time in Austin.104 According to former PRS Agent Dale Wunderlich, “Howard K. Norton was the first “Security Technician” that was hired by the USSS. He was retired from the Air Force where I believe that he was a Sergeant Major in OSI. He was never a Special Agent but was extremely knowledgeable in the field of electronics and electronic countermeasures. In fact, I was told by a friend of his that he was one of the technicians that discovered the resonance cavity that the Russians planted in the U.S. seal that was given to the U. S. Ambassador to Moscow, Russia. Regarding the makeup of the advance team in Palm Beach for the opening of the Ambassador’s residence…Howard and I were the only two on the advance from PRS. Howard was primarily responsible for oversight of the technical sweeps, which I assisted him with, and I was also involved in doing backgrounds on employees, CO-2 cases and contractors that were doing some repairs to the kitchen floor at the Ambassador’s residence. CO-2 cases were individuals who were of record with the Protective Research Division of the USSS.”105 Only from ATSAIC Godfrey’s Secret Service Shift Report, not released until the late 1990’s via the ARRB, do we even know that Norton was on the Texas trip (in Austin) – his name is unknown until we get to the afternoon of 11/23/63 when, along with fellow PRS employee James Fox, he photographs the bloody limousine. Even the Austin Survey Report, released around the same time in the 1990’s, does not mention Norton’s name. Finally, it should be kept in mind that the Florida Survey Report that does mention Norton was also not released until the late 1990’s. J. Frank Yeager, a member of the WHD who assisted in the advance of the Austin leg of the Texas tour, wrote, “I do not remember Norton…I do not remember Bennett.”106 Former agent Joe Paolella, a WHD agent on the New York and Florida trips, wrote, “I am sorry but I do not know why Agent Bennett was on the New York, Florida, or Texas trips in November 1963, nor do I remember Agent Howard Norton.”107 When asked if he remembered Norton or Bennett, former agent Robert Snow wrote the author, “Why don’t you contact the Secret Service, Office of Public Affairs at [number deleted for privacy]–they have all that information.”108 Another former agent on JFK’s Austin trip, Gerald Blaine, also twice claimed not to remember Norton.109 If that weren’t enough, another Texas trip veteran, Walt Coughlin, wrote, “I do not recall Norton.”110 When pressed on this matter further, Coughlin responded, “I believe I have answered all your emails!”111 (Coughlin later relented and resumed responding to the author’s inquiries.112) Yet, four of these men, Yeager, Paolella, Blaine, & Coughlin, were also on the Florida trip with both Bennett and Norton! When asked if he could provide a thumbnail sketch of what he knew about Norton, former agent Darwin Horn wrote the author, “I do not recall.”113 Former agent Jerry Kivett, yet another Texas trip veteran assigned to then-V.P. Lyndon Johnson, wrote, “I do not recall a PRS Agent named Howard K. Norton. However, that does not mean he did not exist. Nor do I recall him being in Dallas, but again that doesn’t mean that he was not there.”114 The author tried yet again with former PRS agent Frank Stoner, asking him, “Do you remember a PRS agent named Howard K. Norton? He was on President Kennedy’s trips to Florida and Texas (Austin)?” I also asked Stoner, “Do you remember working with PRS agent Glen Bennett (he was on the NY, FL, and TX trips)?” Stoner answered, “No I did not know any of the agents you named.”115 (Stoner did remember Bennett from the author’s previous three inquiries on the matter.) Jerry O’Rourke later responded to the question of his familiarity (or lack thereof) with Norton in this fashion: “No, I do not recall anyone by the name. He could have been in PRS (Protective Res[ea] rch Division), now called Intelligence Division and I wouldn’t have known him at the time as I was on the White House Division, now called Presidental Protective Division. Much later, I served, for a short time, at PRS and I don’t recall him. Today, the retired agents association are very active and had he retired or served for at least one year, the requirements to belong to the retired agents, I would have heard of him and/or he would be listed on our web site. Is it possible he could have been a political advance man? I do not have a copy of the Warren Commission Report which would have listed him and his activities. Sorry that I could not have been more help!” […]The author wrote to Secret Service Public Affairs Assistant Director George M. Rogers on 7/5/05 asking for tenure dates for Howard K. Norton (Mr. Rogers previously helped the author on other inquiries). In the same message, the author matter-of-factly mentioned Norton’s presence on the Austin leg of the Texas trip. Rogers’ reply, dated 7/15/05, was surprising: “Dear Mr. Palamara: A search was conducted in response to your electronic message received on July 5, 2005, requesting tenure dates for former Secret Service employee Howard K. Norton…We were unable to locate any reference that provided information regarding the length of time [Norton] spent with the Secret Service [emphasis added].” It should also be noted that Rogers did not comment on or dispute the issue of Norton’s participation on the ill-fated Texas tour. 

PRS AGENT GLEN BENNETT WITH PRESIDENT KENNEDY AND JACKIE AT LOVE FIELD:

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IN 2013, I FINALLY HAD PHOTO CONFIRMATION OF WHAT GLEN BENNETT LOOKED LIKE, THANKS TO THE OUT-OF-PRINT FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT’S 1990 BOOK “LOOKING BACK AND SEEING THE FUTURE” (PHOTOCOPY/BOOTLEG OF THE BOOK I OBTAINED FROM A FORMER AGENT WHO WORKED IN PRS WITH BENNETT!)

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THE SAME PHOTO AS ABOVE, FROM RICHARD TRASK’S BOOK THAT DAY IN DALLAS:

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MORE BENNETT AT LOVE FIELD:

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BENNETT SEATED IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE SECRET SERVICE FOLLOW-UP CAR IN DALLAS, LOOKING UP AND SIDEWAYS:

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PRS Agent Glen Bennett is riding in the front passenger seat of the follow-up car, the spot traditionally reserved for the Shift Leader! I knew he rode the follow-up car in NY, FL and TX and this was mostly hushed up afterwards (and, with regard to Dallas, the INTENTIONS behind his placement there), but this is a new one on me. Other arrows- police lining street, good motorcycle formation, agent Don Lawton looks upward to scan buildings, Shift Leader Roberts BETWEEN Bennett and the driver, Kinney.
FORTY members of the military police from Ft. Sam Houston, Texas:
traffic control, motorcade route security, and intersection control;
police helicopter utilized along route [other agents depicted: Ready, Hill; Powers taking home movies] 11/21/63 SAN ANTONIO, TX

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BENNETT LIES TO THE HSCA AND, WITH ATTORNEY NEARBY, SAYS HE WASN’T ON THE FLORIDA TRIP!!

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The evidence, the Secret Service shift reports (only released in the late 1990’s), that demonstrates that Bennett was on all the stops in Florida!

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Agents Tim McIntyre (far left) and Glen Bennett (far right) walk in front of JFK’s limo in Tampa:

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McIntyre (FAR RIGHT) and Bennett (next to JFK) in Miami:

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Yet, despite the photos above and the record, MCINTYRE ALSO LIES TO THE HSCA about both Florida AND Chicago!! it was only 15 years later and McIntyre was a young man and ACTIVE AGENT, as was Bennett, so forget the time and senility excuses.

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Interestingly, Bennett and McIntyre were roommates in Fort Worth 11/21-11/22/63!

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Discovered in early 2014, after publication of my first book, PRS (Intelligence Division) agent Glen Bennett admits being on the NY, FL, and TX trips. As revealed in chapter two from my first book, he lied under oath to the HSCA and stated that he was not on the Florida trip – he was on every single stop (Cape Canaveral, Palm Beach, Miami, and Tampa, often riding in the follow-up car)-and did not volunteer that he was also on the NY trip. Bennett’s presence on all these trips was only confirmed via document releases in the late 1990’s by myself.21 Bennett was a PRS agent – an administrative agent who monitored threats to the president and stayed back in D.C. His presence on these trips (and later denials) confirms my suspicions that he was a covert monitor of mortal threats to JFK’s life in-progress and that this was covered up afterwards for fear of reprisals from Congress and the public, as many people would cry out “wait – you knew there were mortal threats and plots to kill JFK and even had a special agent on these trips just for that purpose, yet Kennedy died?” Bennett rode in the follow-up car in Tampa and Dallas, as well. 

Bennett on the rear of the limo at Lopez Field, Tampa, 11/18/63:

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Bennett on the front right fender of the follow-up car (dark hair, sunglasses) scanning the crowds in Tampa:

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HERETOFORE UNKNOWN PRS AGENT HOWARD K. NORTON ON THE AUSTIN TRIP:

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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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