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Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy Paperback – October 22, 2013
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"I am impressed with your research, accuracy, and willingness to 'tell it like it is'"- Secret Service Agent Robert DeProspero, former head of President Reagan's Detail
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"Based on research that includes interviews with former agents, the author raises plenty of questions and exposes many problems involving the Secret Service's conduct and protection of Kennedy on that fateful day."- The Post & Courier
"As agent John Norris explained in an interview for Vincent Michael Palamara's book Survivor's Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy: "Except for George Hickey and Clint Hill, [many of the others] just basically sat there while the president was gunned down in front of them."- Vanity Fair
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Several former agents denigrate Palamara for being called a Secret Service expert but they also have a book to sell. As well as a heavy dose of Survivor's Guilt. A very good read.
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After reading Vincent Michael Palamara’s exhaustively researched book, Survivor’s Guilt, I am now convinced that some high-level Secret Service members were complicit in both the assassination plot and the subsequent cover up.
In the first in-depth investigation of this subject, Palamara reports the finding of more than twenty years of research on Secret Service involvement before, during and after the assassination. His work is based on examination of the written and visual record and interviews of more than 70 former agents, White House aides and family members. His conclusion: despite very real threats to his life and a dangerous anti-Kennedy mood in Dallas, Kennedy was set up as a “sitting duck” in a slow-moving open limousine with no proper security arrangements on November 22nd. The guilt of those whose duty was to protect the President, he suggests, goes well beyond negligence to actual complicity of some SS members in the assassination conspiracy.
Palamara provides chapter and verse on the Secret Service’s egregious security failures in Dallas (pages 387-389). He also speculates on the possibility that lax security was part of a “Security Test” gone wrong involving a fake assassination attempt to justify an increase in SS funding (and possibly even an invasion of Cuba). After the assassination, the Secret Service lies, falsifies evidence and attempts to shift blame to the victim by dishonestly insisting that the President was uncooperative in allowing security precautions such as permitting agents to ride on the back of his limousine.
The author helpfully includes a fascinating four-chapter “Roll Call of Participants,” assessing the individual background, involvement and potential culpability of each member of the Secret Service team. These chapters are a real eye opener.
Having made a compelling case for Secret Service complicity, Palamara observes that, although “it’s too late for justice in this case, it’s never too late for the truth.” Every living former agent and official, he says, “should be subpoenaed and subjected to serious cross-examination about the conduct of the agency before, during and after Dallas.” The real question, he says, is “Why did the Secret Service allow President Kennedy to be such an open target against their fine traditions, abandoning standard security measures mere days, if not hours, before his assassination?”
Based on the revelations in Vincent Palamara’s book, members of the Secret Service Detail have every reason to be haunted by survivor’s guilt. His book is an invaluable addition to the historical record and a must read for every serious Kennedy buff.
There are no false allegations and there is no hysteria. What you get is an array of facts. These facts point toward Secret Service culpability in the murder of President Kennedy.
Acting virtually alone, and without government resources, Palamara has achieved what should have been done by the Warren Commission and the HSCA over a generation ago.
If the US government ever summons the courage to face up to history they will owe a very large debt indeed to this author.
As I was reading, I began to think it would be good to see opinions on whether any of the agents involved were good guys or bad guys. It was very enjoyable to see that Mr Palamara provided this with evidence for his conclusions. I'd recommend this to anyone either before or after you cover the primers on the subject, such as Jim Marrs or Mark Lane in my opinion.
I hope Vince Palamara writes some more or uses his skills to take us in another direction. Well done!