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JFK’s Assassination Transformed Secret Service into Heavy-Weight Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When JFK was assassinated, the Secret Service was in store for major changes.

The Warren Commission, which was formed to investigate the Nov. 22 shooting, found what it called “certain shortcomings and lapses from high standards which the Commission believes should prevail in the field of Presidential protection.”

The ill-prepared Secret Service, which neglected to check buildings along the motorcade route, transformed the small agency into a $1.6 billion service that has counter-sniper units and assault teams, NPR reports.

“Not criticizing what happened in 1963, but I think it’s fair to say that protections changed quite a bit, and how we do things on a day-to-day basis,” says Special Agent Brian Leary, who serves as a spokesman for the agency.

FBI, CIA Could Have Prevented Assassination of JFK Had They Heeded Warnings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and CIA missed opportunities to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by not taking seriously enough threats from Lee Harvey Oswald, according to Philip Shenon’s new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” reports the Orland Sentinel.

Days before the assassination, the president’s administration found a threatening note addressed to JFK.

The existence of the letter was never investigated by the Warren Commission because it had been destroyed.

The commission also didn’t know about a memo from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who said Oswald even announced he was going to kill JFK, the Sentinel reports.

“There’s tremendous amount of material, much of it has only been released in recent years, that shows that both the FBI and the CIA were very aware of the threat that Lee Harvey Oswald posed,” Shenon said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

FBI and Secret Service Reports on JFK Assassination Available

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For those who still have fascination about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this is for you.

PaperlessArchives.com has announced that it’s publishing FBI and Secret Service reports on the assassination of JFK, according to the Webwire.

The reports were provided to the Warren Commission and held at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The earliest, dated July 3, 1961, nearly 2 1/2 years before the assassination, includes info on FBI interviews with Oswald.

The website has posted a sampling, but is charging $12.95 for the complete collection on a CD-Rom.

 

FBI Agent James Hosty Who Investigated Oswald Dead at Age 86; He Got Letter From Oswald Weeks Before the JFK Assassination

 
 
 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald quickly became a household name. For the most part, many to this  day, have never heard of former FBI agent James P. Hosty. But there was a well-known link between the two.

Hosty, who died of prostate cancer on June 10 at age 86 in Kansas City, Mo.,   started investigating  Oswald, a suspected communist agitator, weeks before the assassination of President Kennedy, according to the New York Times. In early November, he tried to track Oswald down, but had no luck.

The Times reported that Oswald had come to the attention of authorities after returning to the states in 1962 with his Russian wife after trying, without success, to settle in the Soviet Union.

The Times reported that Oswald had previously been interviewed by other FBI agents, who noted in reports that he was an avowed communist, a potential spy and a heavy drinker. It said nothing about him being a potential assassin.

The Times reported that Hosty finally caught up with Oswald on Nov. 22, 1963, at Dallas Police headquarters where he was being held after being accused of killing  Kennedy and a Dallas cop.

At a Congressional hearing, according to the Times, years after the assassination, Hosty  told a  Congressional committee years  why he did not alert the Secret Service about Oswald: “The only thing that we could tell the Secret Service was a direct threat to the president. He made no direct threat to the president. Therefore we could not tell them.”

In 1964, before the Warren Commission, he admitted getting a letter from Oswald weeks before the assassination, protesting Hosty interviewing his wife Marina twice at their home while Oswald wasn’t there, the Times reported.  He admitted destroying the letter on the day Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby was killed.

The Times reported that Hosty admitted some mistakes.

But he wrote in his memoirs that the FBI erred by trying to eliminate any evidence that might suggest  the bureau might have had a hint of Oswald’s plans to kill Kennedy. The bureau also tried to portray him as a bumbler.

“I came to understand that one of our jobs was to protect the bureau’s image at all costs,” he wrote.

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