Saturday, November 1, 2014





The Dirty Secret of the Secret Service: President Kennedy Should Have Lived


Could the Secret Service Have Saved J.F.K.?















Monday, October 27, 2014

MAJOR NEWS ARTICLE: "The Dirty Secret of the Secret Service: President Kennedy Should Have Lived"

MAJOR NEWS ARTICLE: "The Dirty Secret of the Secret Service: President Kennedy Should Have Lived"


By Jacob Engels

“There wasn’t a thing we could have done to stop it” – so said former Kennedy Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine on his prosperous book tour and media blitz of 2010-2011 for his 2010 work titled The Kennedy Detail, an (extended list) NY Times best-seller which was also made into an Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel documentary and, rumor has it, will be made into a full length movie in 2014. The “it” Blaine is talking about is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, when the Secret Service lost a president for the first and only time in their officially-sanctioned watch (the other three presidents to die by the hand of assassins-Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley-did not have a White House Detail watching over them).

“All the advantages went to the shooter that day- we didn’t have a chance to do anything to prevent it”- so said fellow former Kennedy Secret Service agent Clint Hill during several even more prosperous book tours and multiple media blitzes for The Kennedy Detail (Hill wrote the Foreword and contributed), his own 2012 work Mrs. Kennedy and Me, a #1 NY Times best-seller, and yet another NY Times best-seller, 2013’s Five Days In November. All three books were co-written by Lisa McCubbin, a 48 year old journalist close to Gerald Blaine (she had once dated his son) and is now in a romantic relationship with the 81 year old Hill. We will leave it at that. Those statements by Blaine and Hill are compelling. They are thought-provoking. They appear authoritative. And they are dead wrong.

Let me back up a bit. I am not a conspiracy theorist. This past 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, while interesting on certain levels, bordered on overkill with the never ending barrage of internet articles, newspaper columns, television programs, and even movies in the theater. I would just as soon give it all a much needed rest. For the record, I join the majority of Americans in their disbelief that Lee Harvey Oswald (and, for that matter, his murderer Jack Ruby) acted totally alone with no assistance whatsoever. In fact, I even harbor much suspicion towards Kennedy’s successor, “Landslide” Lyndon Johnson (Roger Stone’s brilliant book The Man Who Killed Kennedy crystalized my thinking on the matter greatly). That said, all things being equal, I would just as soon see the country move on. Alas, it is time.

Well, that was the way I felt until very recently. Quite by accident (aren’t all good revelations born of these random acts and occurrences?), I came across the work of a gentleman by the name of Vincent Palamara, the author of Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy. If that title is daunting to you, as well, then you know how I initially felt, as well. Mr. Palamara’s book was incongruously placed in the Travel Section of my local bookstore (by accident or by design, we will never truly know, I suppose). The title and the design of the book seemed to call out to me; a true square peg in round hole, so to speak. Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. In fact, I had to sit down to finish reading several chapters before I purchased the book, took it home, and finished it in a couple days. The verdict? Blaine and Hill have some serious explaining to do. Simply put, President Kennedy could have and should have survived Dallas, either unscathed or, at the very least, only the victim of an assassination attempt a la President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

The country would have been spared Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, Richard Nixon and Watergate, and decades of doubt and Lord knows how many other crises, foibles and theories. Pretty bold conclusion, you say? Read the book. To summarize a bit: Contrary to popular mythology, it is the Secret Service, NOT the president, who is in charge of security. JFK’s two Secret Service Chiefs, U.E. Baughman and James Rowley (spanning careers in the Service from the 1920’s to the 1970’s between them), confirm this little known fact. Baughman conveyed this in his 1962 book Secret Service Chief, while Rowley testified under oath to the Warren Commission that “No President will tell the Secret Service what they can or cannot do”. Presidents Truman and (ironically) Johnson both said “The Secret Service was the only boss the President of the United States really had.” Indeed, an Associated Press story from November 15, 1963- a week before Kennedy’s death- stated: “The (Secret) Service can overrule even the President where his personal security is involved.”

Evidently with an eye toward distant history and posterity, none other than Clint Hill himself told the Sixth Floor Museum in a 2010 oral history: “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.” (During another Sixth Floor Museum televised appearance with both Hill and Blaine, co-author Lisa McCubbin mentioned that, during the writing of The Kennedy Detail, she would find things that contradicted what Blaine was telling her [no doubt Palamara’s prolific online writings]. Ultimately, she copped out, stating “he was there”…no, he wasn’t there in Dallas and what about these contradictions? Luckily for history (and honesty), Mr. Palamara documents the contradictions in spades) So, the onus is truly on the Secret Service agents themselves, NOT the dead president who cannot defend himself, for what transpired, security-wise, in Dallas that dreadful November day. As Truman would say, the buck truly does stop with the Secret Service.

This point becomes very important for one major reason: The Secret Service falsely blamed JFK for his own death after the assassination! No, he did not kill himself (surprised I never read that one before), but the president was not reckless with his own security to the level alleged in both Blaine and Hill’s works- the glad-handing JFK was fond of was no different than the kind that many other presidents have enjoyed thru the decades (and, notably, President Kennedy was NOT killed during at a crowded rope line but in his special limousine driven by a Secret Service agent on a motorcade route designed by Secret Service agents…and with security invoked by Secret Service agents).

You see, Blaine, Hill, and their brethren have adopted the blame-the-victim mantra for quite some time, even before their books were even passing thoughts in their long-retired brains. As Mr. Palamara deftly details in his book, this was an institutional cover-up of agency malfeasance and gross negligence (or perhaps worse) that actually has its genesis through the direct actions of one specific agent: Floyd Boring, second in command of the White House Detail and the planner of the Texas trip (from the agency’s perspective, at least). There is no doubt that Mr. Boring told Clint Hill (later LBJ’s #1 agent) and others not to ride on the rear of the presidential limousine right before the start of JFK’s ill-fated Texas tour…and there is also no doubt that the substance of these remarks was, at best, an exaggerated relay of presidential kindness (what Boring conveyed to the ARRB in 1996), or, at worst, a total fabrication with sinister connotations (what Palamara greatly alludes to in his book from many documented sources and former agent statements. Ironically, included in that mountain of evidence are the statements of Mr. Boring himself, who categorically denied that there was ANY truth to the allegation that JFK ever ordered the agents off his limousine!). If that wasn’t enough, President Kennedy was also blamed for the depletion of the motorcycle formation in Dallas (quantity and quality of outriders) that the HSCA deemed was “uniquely insecure”.

Again, through scrupulous documentation and testimony, Palamara has discovered that these were Secret Service decisions falsely blamed on the dead president. In addition, a Secret Service agent who drove the follow-up car that day in Dallas (and who believed there was a conspiracy, mind you), Sam Kinney, was adamant to Palamara that HE was solely responsible for the bubbletop’s removal from the presidential limousine and that JFK had nothing to do with this at all. I went to Palamara’s You Tube channel and the ghosts from the dead- deceased agents Kinney, Behn, Boring, and Lawton- confirm this and more. Chilling…and disturbing. But it gets even worse. Mr. Blaine writes, on page 74 of his book: "... the only way to have a chance at protecting the president against a shooter from a tall building would be to have agents posted on the back of the car." Blaine later writes, on page 184: “None of the agents understood why he [JFK] was willing to be so reckless [by allegedly ordering the agents off his limousine].” Both statements are false. In what can only be termed a major discovery of epic proportions, Palamara discovered that multi-story buildings were guarded countless times before Dallas (but not, unfortunately, during the Dallas trip)! Yes, you read that correctly: during many prior motorcades during the life of President Kennedy, not just as an after-the-fact reaction to his murder, agents and/ or police and/ or the military manned and guarded multi-story buildings. Obviously, the implications are disturbing: why was this NOT done in Dallas? Even if one chooses to believe that Oswald was a lone-nut assassin acting alone, he would have been spotted and neutralized long before a shot was fired. Ironically, it was Mr. Blaine himself who was the lead advance agent for the President’s trip to Tampa, Florida, the major trip before Dallas. Want to know what kind of security JFK received (as compared to Dallas)? Here you go: As confirmed by Tampa motorcycle police officer Russell Groover and the Final Survey Report of Mr. Blaine himself (yep, it’s in writing), multi-story buildings were guarded during the motorcade. And, get this: this was the longest motorcade JFK ever was involved in…ever! Far longer and more involved than the one in Dallas.

So, they found the manpower and wherewithal to protect President Kennedy in this fashion, yet, during a far shorter route that, obviously, required much less manpower in comparison, NO BUILDINGS WERE GUARDED! Does that make sense…at all? To add insult to injury, Chief Inspector Michael Torina-who wrote the Secret Service’s own manual, for God’s sake- confirmed to both Palamara and in an obscure 1962 book that guarding buildings was a matter of routine protocol, as also confirmed by Chief U.E. Baughman and in several contemporary newspaper articles from 1961-1963 that Palamara, once again on his own, uncovered. Amazing.

The implications are, once again, mind-boggling:

President Kennedy was not guarded as he should have been.

What else happened in Tampa that did not happen (as it should have) in Dallas:

-agents on the rear of the limo (other than Clint Hill, briefly, 4 times before they got to Dealey Plaza. And, by Hill’s brief presence on the limousine, this further demonstrates that there was NO order from JFK not to be there);

-military aide in front seat between driver and agent in charge (McHugh was asked, for the first time in Dallas, not to ride there!);

-press photographers flatbed truck in front of limo (canceled at last minute at Love Field);

-fast speed of cars (slow in Dallas);

-ASAIC Boring on trip (SAIC Gerald Behn and his immediate assistant Boring always accompanied JFK in motorcades. A third-stringer, Kellerman, goes in their place);

-multiple motorcycles running next to JFK in a wedge formation (they did 11/18-11/22/63 [morning in Fort Worth]...until Dallas);

-White House Press Photographer Cecil Stoughton riding in follow-up car taking photos (he did 11/18-11/21/63...until they got to Dallas);

-Pierre Salinger on trip (Assistant Malcolm Kilduff makes his first trip on his own to Texas; Salinger said he missed only "one or two trips" with JFK...Texas was one of them!);

-Dr Burkley close to JFK (Burkley protested being placed far away from JFK in Dallas, for this was the only time, save in Rome, this ever happened to him);

-military and/ or police lining the streets and overpasses and facing the crowd.

If the agents were closer to JFK, the assassination either does not happen or is prevented; if the military aide was present, he would have been yet another important eye and ear witness (and in the line of fire, as well);

if the press- and still and motion photographers- would have been there, we would not need Abraham Zapruder’s grainy, inconclusive, amateur footage to tell us what happened (and they would have been professional eye and ear witnesses themselves);

if the cars were going faster, the shots were much less likely to have found their mark (or even to have been fired in the first place);

if the #1 or #2 agent would have been on the scene in Dallas, it would have been far less likely that some of the insubordination that occurred would have stood a chance of happening (such as when a shift leader who later became very close to LBJ, Emory Roberts, ordered a couple agents away from the limousine at Love Field and during the assassination itself [it was Palamara who discovered/ popularized the video of the agent’s perplexed reaction at the Dallas airport]);

if there would have been more motorcycles next to JFK in their standard wedge formation, not only would there (again) have been more professional eye and ear witnesses, more importantly, JFK would have been more covered from an assassin or assassins;

if the White House photographer would have been where he was allowed to be beforehand (in the follow-up car behind JFK’s limousine and, intermittently, on the rear of the limousine[JFK didn’t seem to mind that, either]), as with his cohorts in the flatbed truck, he would have been yet another professional eye and ear witness with a camera;

if Salinger would have been on the trip, it would have been far less likely that the printing of the exact motorcade route- and the changes made to it-would have escaped his experienced notice;

if Dr. Burkley would have been allowed to be closer to JFK as he wanted to be (and normally was), not only would we have had yet another experienced eye and ear witness, the doctor would have been able to provide quality care to a wounded president;

and if the military and police would have been lining the streets and facing the crowd, no organized plot or lone nut would have stood a chance.

“There wasn’t a thing we could have done to stop it”-are you kidding me? “All the advantages went to the shooter that day- we didn’t have a chance to do anything to prevent it”- unbelievable. Indeed, the buck stops with the Secret Service. Blaine and Hill are peddling prevarications for profit. Kudos to Vincent Palamara for exposing them for what they are, what they did, and what they should have done and did not do. President Kennedy deserved much better than he received from his “Kennedy Detail”…and so do we.

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Clint Hill Secret Service scandal is going viral and worldwide (helping my sales, too-thanks, Lisa!)

The Clint Hill Secret Service scandal is going viral and worldwide (helping my sales, too-thanks, Lisa!)


Were Secret Service agents too hungover to protect JFK? Questions raised over whether late drinking session affected response of men charged with protecting President

  • The Warren Commission took issue with the conduct of several agents who had been out late the night before and were accused of drinking
  • One agent admitted to being out until 5 a.m 
  • According to Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, agents overlooked the barrel of a gun that witnesses claimed they saw in the Texas School Books Depository and reacted slowly to the gunshots
  • The owner of the Cellar, a late-night hangout in Fort Worth, later admitted to seeing agents 'giggling' in the bar at 3:30 a.m.
  • The manager claimed the agents were getting 'bombed' on grain alcohol 
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801042/forget-second-shooters-conspiracy-theories-evidence-suggests-jfk-lived-secret-service-agents-hadn-t-shown-sleep-deprived-late-night-drinking.html#ixzz3GpdzOPDq
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LBJ era Secret Service

FUTURE SAIC of PPD (Carter era) and Director (1981-1992) [also close to Reagan, as he protected him when he was a candidate] JOHN SIMPSON stares intently at the crowd in front of RFK and LBJ 1964
Rufus Youngblood and James Rowley with LBJ

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Most of the former SAICs of the Secret Service PPD/ WHD- David Carpenter, Eddie Marinzel, Vic Erevia, Clint Hill, (the late) Don Flynn, Joe Clancy, Nick Trotta, Brian Stafford, Ray Shaddick, Carl Truscott, Larry Cockell (Jerry Parr, John Simpson, John Magaw, Lew Merletti and Robert DeProspero not in attendance)

Most of the former SAICs of the Secret Service PPD/ WHD- David Carpenter, Eddie Marinzel, Vic Erevia, Clint Hill, (the late) Don Flynn, Joe Clancy, Nick Trotta, Brian Stafford, Ray Shaddick, Carl Truscott, Larry Cockell (Jerry Parr, John Simpson, John Magaw, Lew Merletti and Robert DeProspero not in attendance)

Friday, May 16, 2014

Don Flynn, RIP



Donald A. Flynn, Secret Service agent

Donald A. Flynn, a retired Secret Service agent who served on the detail that protected President Ronald Reagan and directed the detail that protected President Bill Clinton, died Jan. 19 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was 61.
The cause was a stroke, said his wife, Kathleen Flynn.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Secret Service agent in iconic LBJ photos, Lem Johns, dies

Secret Service agent in iconic LBJ photos, Lem Johns, dies


Johns' son, Jeff, and grandson Mike also have served in the Secret Service


3 of 3 people found the following review helpful

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding and informative! May 21, 2013


I was quite impressed with this movie/ dvd- great use of films and photos, many of which are previously unreleased, as well as the obvious love and care put into this production. This is an informative, moving tribute to the esteemed former Secret Service agent Thomas L "Lem" Johns. In addition to lengthy, thought-provoking interviews with the man himself, we are also treated to interviews with Lem's wife of over 65 years, Nita, as well as former agents Joseph Novak and Terry Oden.

Known for his presence in Dealey Plaza on 11/22/63 when JFK was assassinated, Johns offers some surprising and interesting revelations about exactly where he thought the shots were coming from that day, as well as the notion that he was allegedly the "agent" of unknown repute on the knoll. In addition, we learn about Lem's pre-agency career as an Alcohol and Tax (later known as the ATF) agent, as well as his illustrious Secret Service career protecting Ike, Nixon, JFK, and, of course, LBJ. There is much to learn and admire in this entertaining presentation, an obvious labor of love for the producer (s).

As well as his own legacy, Lem's son Jeff served 20 years in the Secret Service and now works for the Department of Homeland Security, while Lem's grandson Michael has been in the Secret Service for over 15 years now; impressive. I spoke to Lem on the phone in 2004 and I was pleasantly surprised to learn about the living legacy he has bestowed upon the agency. There have been Johns in the Secret Service since the 1950's!

You can do no wrong in purchasing this extremely well done dvd. I am very glad I did!
Thomas Lemuel "Lem" Johns Obituary Guest Book "Nita and family, I'm so sorry for your loss!Thomas Lemuel "Lem" Johns, age 88, passed away peacefully the afternoon of Saturday, May 10, 2014. Lem was the son of Dr. Lemuel Jefferson Johns and Mattie Lucille Creel. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in Norwood and Roebuck . Lem attended Woodlawn High School, was a member of the Woodlawn Hall of Fame and graduated in 1943. He served in World War II as an Aviation Cadet with the U.S. Naval Air Corps from 1943 to 1947. Lem attended the University of Alabama where he studied law, was a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity, and met Nita Parker, the love of his life and eventual wife. He joined the City of Birmingham and served as a firefighter until 1950, when he returned to Howard College (now Samford University) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduating from college, he joined the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as a criminal investigator in 1952, where he was a force to be reckoned with during the moonshine era. In 1954, Lem joined the U.S. Secret Service and served in the Birmingham, Atlanta, and Chicago offices. He served in the White House during the last two years of President Eisenhower's term and then with President Nixon. He served as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge on Vice President's Lyndon Johnson's detail and was in Dallas on the fateful day in history when President Kennedy was shot. He is seen in the famous photo of President Johnson being sworn in on Air Force One, directly behind Mrs. Kennedy. In 1965, Lem became Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division, also known as the President's Detail. In 1967, he became the Assistant Director of Protective Forces where he implemented and oversaw improvements to the Secret Service. Lem was known in the Secret Service for his "get things done" mentality. In 1969, Lem moved back to Birmingham, to be near family, where he became the Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham Field Office. Lem remained in this position until he retired in 1976. He was a legend in Secret Service lore and was followed in the Service by his son Jeff, who protected President's Ford, Carter and Reagan and now by his grandson, Michael, who has protected President's Bush and Obama. After retiring from the USSS, Lem went on to serve as the Executive Officer and Special Assistant to Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Joseph Califano, from 1977-1980. Lem and Nita lived in the Inverness community where he was instrumental in spearheading the formation of the Shelby Co. Salvation Army. Lem was also active in the Veterans of WWII group and the Woodlawn High School Alumni group. He has received many awards over his career, both in the Secret Service and private sector. He was a much sought after speaker for many groups in both the Jefferson County and Shelby County areas. He was active in his Veterans of WWII group and always stood proudly on their Veterans Day float in the Birmingham parade. He and Nita were active in the Woodlawn High School Alumni group and never failed to miss a luncheon. All who met Lem would describe him as a true gentleman. He treated everyone with respect and dignity no matter their race, gender, occupation or education. He was kind, caring, loving, generous, and honorable to all. He stood boldly for what is just and right with the full shield of God's grace at his side. He gave to those in need and felt that it was his privilege and honor to speak for those with no voice or resources. His sense of duty was deep, clear, and forthright. Lem is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nita Parker Johns, one son, Joseph Jefferson Johns, 3 grandchildren, Michael, Jill, and Brent, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of loving nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 13 at Johns-Ridout's Elmwood Chapel from 5:30 – 7:30PM. The memorial service will be Wednesday, May 14 at 11:00AM at the Elmwood Chapel followed by burial in Elmwood Cemetery. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project. Donations can be mailed to Wounded Warrior Project , P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or made online at woundedwarriorproject.org. - See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?n=thomas-lemuel-johns-lem&pid=170978580#sthash.jyNYU7er.dpuf

His son, Jeff, was on President Ronald Reagan’s Secret Service detail, and his grandson Michael was on the detail for President George W. Bush and for President Obama until 2010.

When Mrs. Johnson died in Texas in July 2007, Mr. Johns represented President George W. Bush in paying respects as she lay in repose.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Skype interview, hosted by Mark Howitt

My Skype interview, hosted by Mark Howitt


Published on Apr 26, 2014
Unveiling The Truth #28
Interview With Author Vince Palamara


Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Special Agent In Charge of the White House Secret Service Detail (approx. September 1961-Jan 1965) Gerald Behn, as he appeared on "What's My Line?" back on 12/27/59: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmmbV33twb4

Saturday, April 19, 2014



The Man Behind the Suit

The Man Behind the Suit is a feature length documentary on former Secret Service Special Agent in Charge during the Reagan Administration, Robert DeProspero.
I contributed 1,000 dollars to this documentary! Huge fan of Bob- he's the best. I cannot wait to see this documentary :)
Vince Palamara


Thursday, March 27, 2014

I helped in the writing of some of this article:

I helped in the writing of some of this article:



So what gives? Why are so many Secret Service agents embarrassing themselves lately?
"The Secret Service's main cultural problem has never been sexism or hypermasculinity. It's alcoholism," Marc Ambinder, a journalist who has written extensively about the inner workings of the agency, told me. This is nothing new: Tales of agents getting too drunk to perform their jobs date to at least the Kennedy years


Case in point is the agency's decision to send the three boozing agents home, a clear overreacton according to Dan Emmett, a 21-year veteran of the agency and author of the upcoming memoir Within Arm's Length. "Sending them home 24 hours before presidential arrival is counterproductive to the mission," he told me. "When you take three CAT agents out of a team, you just decimated that team by 50 percent, thus rendering them ineffective."


Monday, March 24, 2014

The Man Behind the Suit: a Documentary of Robert DeProspero

The Man Behind the Suit: a Documentary of Robert DeProspero

This documentary is about Robert DeProspero, a retired Secret Service Agent who was head of security during the Reagan Administration.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Vince Palamara on radio 1/24/14

Vince Palamara on radio 1/24/14

Down The Rabbit Hole w/ Popeye (01-24-2014) JFK: A Review of The Secret Service Stand Down
(FEDERALJACK)   On this edition of DTRH Popeye welcome back author, and JFK assassination expert Vince Palamara. They discuss, in detail, the Secret Service stand down leading up to, and during the assassination of the 35th president of the United States of America. As well as the evidence that was covered up, even continuing up to this very day. They also get into the recent 50th anniversary of the “Big Event,” and all of the propaganda that was being served up in the lead up to it. Vince just released a book that goes into detail about the Secret Service stand down titled SURVIVOR’S GUILT, THE SECRET SERVICE AND THE FAILURE TO PROTECT PRESIDENT KENNEDY. Make sure to purchase a copy for your personal research library.