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Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy by [Palamara, Vincent]
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Painstakingly researched by an 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. This book 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 canon 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Trine Day (22 October 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GF2MVMW
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required Reading for All!! 12 August 2016
By gwatson2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Vincent Palamara's, Survivor's Guilt, is a masterpiece of hard work and dogged determination to get at the truth of the Secret Service's role in or effort in the prevention of the JFK assassination.His interviews of 70 Secret Service agents and his supporting research reveals what a person reading the Warren report suspects. The Secret Service was criminally negligent in it's protection of JFK. Unlike, the Warren Report, however, Survivor's Guilt clearly indicts the Secret Service and narrows down the guilty men to a small number of Secret Service agents who without a doubt were participants in the "Security Test". Vince Palamara's treatment of Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent is very praiseworthy and lets us know what an informative witness he would be been had he been allowed to testify before the Warren Commission. Survivor's Guilt is not only a must read for a those who take serious the study of JFK's assassination but it should be required reading for all, including the media, the education community, the government officials and the American public in general.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential JFK assassination book 19 January 2015
By TLR - Published on Amazon.com
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I was slow to buy this book because I have the internet version of it released years ago (along with his Medical Reference, which is apparently coming out soon in book form as well). But this edition contains new, updated information. It really is a phenomenal piece of research, and I have to give Mr. Palamara a lot of credit for his diligence and persistence in getting former Secret Service agents and other key people to speak on the record. For many years he has made his research available for free on the internet, but it deserves to be preserved in printed form.

One of the points discussed in the book is something that I've always been troubled by: the last-minute cancellation of the photographers' vehicle (directly in front of the Presidential limo) which had been expected by newsmen that day at Love Field (Thomas Dillard of the Dallas Morning News: "We lost our position out at the airport. I understood we were supposed to have been quite a bit closer. We were assigned as the prime photographic car which, as you probably know, normally a truck precedes the President on these things and certain representatives of the photographic press ride with the truck. In this case, as you know, we didn't have any and this car that I was in was to take any photographs which was of spot-news nature...and the whole parade, the whole trip to town, I could only distinguish the President's car on very few occasions in high rises in the ground, when we got on hills. It was difficult because the people in the cars ahead of me were sitting on the backs of cars which pretty well covered the President's car for me. We had a very, very poor view of the President's car at any time from the time the parade started.") Instead, photographers were forced to scramble for rides farther back in the motorcade, where even the White House photographer could not do his job of photographing the President. Consequently, the only photographic witnesses to the assassination were those on foot in Dealey Plaza.
88 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than the Original Version 28 October 2013
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by Douglas P. Horne, author of "Inside the Assassination Records Review Board"

Vince Palamara's revised and expanded version of this book is a tremendous improvement over the 1990s version that was self-published in a spiral notebook format, under the same title.

Palamara remains the world's foremost expert on the behavior of the Secret Service during JFK's administration, and during President Kennedy's trip to Texas, in November of 1963.

The security stripping and malfeasance of this organization surrounding JFK's Dallas trip, and the treasonous behavior of "dirty" individuals in the White House detail during November of 1963, are exposed. Vince has shown tremendous courage and integrity in publishing this book.

Anyone who attempts to dismiss this book with political spin, and with "political correctness"---without discussing the evidence---should not be listened to. I have noticed a pattern this year in the mainstream media: pundits are attempting to dismiss the work of honest JFK researchers, and to support the Warren Commission, without discussing evidence at all. This is a bankrupt position, and a blatant appeal to "authority." If there is anything Americans have learned during the past 50 years, it is NOT to blindly accept the pronouncements of authority when it comes to issues like assassinations, or how wars begin.

I congratulate Vince Palamara, and urge everyone to buy this book now. It will be an invaluable addition to anyone's JFK assassination collection on this, the 50th anniversary of the event that forever changed America. END
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long awaited classic 20 November 2013
By Retired Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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Vince Palamara has the distinction of not only having interviewed virtually every secret Service gent on duty that day, but having done so long before the various investigations had created a coherent "story line" that created some consistency that many felt pressured to be followed. Although this book has floated around the internet many forms for years, and as been "almost published" many times, this is the first main stream publication of Palamara's definitive work with the Secret Service agents, much of which was on a personal level. This is the only work that I am familiar with that deals with SS actions (and inactions) that day and which was written while the events were still fresh in the minds of the interviewees.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Research For A Complicated Subject 10 January 2015
By Jeff Marzano - Published on Amazon.com
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This book attempts to provide some clarification for a very complicated and convoluted subject.

Author Vince Palamara explains his theories concerning the Secret Service's role in the JFK assassination and ensuing cover up.

Vince also includes the opinions of many former Secret Service agents that he spoke to or communicated with in other ways. Some do feel survivor's guilt, others not as much.

The artwork on the cover of the book captures the subject matter very well in my opinion. We can see the presidential limousine, JFK's casket, and the Secret Service agents but the images are obscured by a grey, misty haze and the Sun's reflection.

For many people today the assassination of president Kennedy (and his brother also) stinks to the high heavens and I'm one of those people. But finding out exactly who authorized, planned, and carried out this murder is where the problems come in.

Over the last 50 years people have made a lot of progress. Lyndon Johnson is now emerging as a prime suspect. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover is another very sinister figure in American history. The FBI had a critical role in protecting president Kennedy so once the FBI director became corrupted all was pretty much lost.

Then there's former CIA director and truth distorter Allan Dullles who was fired by JFK after the Bay Of Pigs invasion but who then turned up on the Warren Commission. It was Dulles who influenced the Warren Commission to pursue the theory that Lee Oswald acted alone and to exclude any other possible theories.

As American hero Fletcher Prouty stated and I agree, the conclusion of the Warren Commission that Lee Oswald shot JFK is patently absurd and anyone who is willing to take a few minutes to look into it can easily very this. So to me any FBI or Secret Service agent who says they believe the Warren Commission is either lying or they haven't ever taken the time to look into it. If anyone knows that Oswald could not have done this in the way that has been alleged it is those professionals.

Then we get into the questions about exactly why they are lying. There are different reasons and possibilities as Vince explains.

I wouldn't say I understand everything Vince says in the book. At some point he started referring to the assassination as a Secret Service 'security test'. As I understand it Vince's theory is the Secret Service knew something was going to happen in Dallas but they let it happen so the public and the government would realize how important the Secret Service is. Their concern was the FBI was going to take over the responsibilities for protecting the president so the SS would lose their jobs.

But if that's the case this sure was some 'test'.

This reminds us of the anthrax letter attacks which happened after 911. The anthrax was sent out by a scientist at Fort Detrick who didn't want the government to shut down their biological weapons program where he worked.

Vince says Secret Service agent Greer, who drove the presidential limousine, had some sort of sinister role in everything due to his erratic driving when the shooting started. But Greer could have easily gotten his own head blown off. So if Greer had advance knowledge of the assassination he was a very brave man.

Greer was given the assignment to drive the limo because the other driver died suddenly from what was reported to be a heart attack. Vince has suspicions about this death because it put Greer into the driver's seat. This is something else in the book I didn't follow too well.

I agree that the Secret Service played a sinister role in the cover up that followed the assassination. Many laws were broken as JFK's body was illegally taken out of Dallas without following required police procedures for maintaining a chain of evidence. The entire chain of events with the removal of the body and the government spooks inside the autopsy room at Bethesda is like something out of a macabre horror movie.

Probably the main question people want to answer is who in the Secret Service if anyone was involved with actually planning the assassination. Vince drops a few names of Secret Service agents who could have been involved in the conspiracy.

Lyndon Johnson called SS agent Youngblood a brave hero. Strangely Lyndon and Youngblood were talking secretly on walkie talkies during the assassination but nobody could hear what they were saying.

One of the many violations of Secret Service protection rules that day in Dallas is the president and vice president were in the same motorcade. That's not supposed to happen and it had never happened before.

I had read about other protection rules that were violated such as the police motorcycles were supposed to be positioned around the presidential limousine. Vince verified that this is in fact correct. Not doing this and not having SS agents actually riding on the car or running alongside the car provided the shooters with an open line of sight to JFK.

Vince shows how these rules were strictly followed during other trips JFK made as recently as a few days before. The HSCA hearings picked up on the motorcycles in particular.

There were also last minute changes of plans including right at the Love Field airport and the famous photo of the Secret Service agents being told not to ride on the presidential limousine which was designed specifically to allow them to do this. When agent Lawton was later asked what he said to Emory Roberts during that famous photograph Lawton replied:

"I'm am going to lunch; have a nice trip."

The flatbed truck which carried the press photographers and which always rode in front of the presidential limousine was mysteriously relegated to the very end of the motorcade, thus eliminating any chance of getting good video and pictures during the assassination.

I had also heard that the Secret Service destroyed very important files related to threat assessments in Dallas right when the Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) was conducting their investigation. The SS had to destroy those documents because they showed that the SS was well aware that Dallas was a very dangerous place for JFK to go even though they had testified under oath that they were not aware of these dangers. Vince cleared this up for me in the book.

By law the SS was required to comply with the ARRB. But they destroyed these files with impunity, knowing the lying government would not take the next step and start indicting people.

Very soon after the assassination now president Johnson ordered that the presidential limousine, a moving crime scene as Vince calls it, be gutted and overhauled. We have cases today where fingerprints, tissue samples, and bloody clothing are kept in police storage areas for decades for murders which were a lot less significant than this. But this critical forensic evidence for the JFK assassination was completely destroyed almost immediately.

Many questions about the JFK assassination could be resolved if JFK's body was exhumed and a normal autopsy performed. Using today's DNA analysis and imaging techniques the body would easily show that something is horribly wrong.

But the great lie machine that exists deep within the bowels of the government somewhere will never, ever allow that to happen.

A possible recommendation if a new edition of this book is published might be to move some of the pictures into the middle of the book rather than keep most of them at the end.

JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy

On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy

The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ

David Ferrie: Mafia Pilot, Participant in Anti-Castro Bioweapon Plot, Friend of Lee Harvey Oswald and Key to the JFK Assassination

Dr. Mary's Monkey: How the Unsolved Murder of a Doctor, a Secret Laboratory in New Orleans and Cancer-Causing Monkey Viruses Are Linked to Lee Harvey ... Assassination and Emerging Global Epidemics

Hit List: An In-Depth Investigation into the Mysterious Deaths of Witnesses to the JFK Assassination

Top Secret/Majic: Operation Majestic-12 and the United States Government's UFO Cover-up

Watch this documentary series on the internet. The hypocrites have pulled it off the market. Vince appears in The Smoking Guns:

The Men Who Killed Kennedy DVD Series - Episode List

1. "The Coup D'Etat" (25 October 1988)
2. "The Forces Of Darkness" (25 October 1988)
3. "The Cover-Up" (20 November 1991)
4. "The Patsy" (21 November 1991)
5. "The Witnesses" (21 November 1991)
6. "The Truth Shall Set You Free" (1995)

The Final Chapter episodes (internet only):

7. "The Smoking Guns" (2003)
8. "The Love Affair" (2003)
9. "The Guilty Men" (2003)

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