Read the original article. As long ago asscientists with the National Research Council noted that no forensic method except for nuclear DNA analysis can reliably and consistently connect evidence to a specific individual or source. The Innocence Project has exonerated many hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, and bad forensic science was found to be a contributing factor in about half of the original cases.
Our Secret History," by Susan Cheever. Copyright c by Susan Cheever. A second, fatal shot ripped through his brain and his skull almost four seconds later.
He turned to see the president grasping his neck. William Greer, at the wheel of the presidential limo, did not at first speed up or swerve away from the noise. Lyndon Johnson, riding two cars back, was startled by the sound of the first shot.
Even the official commissions disagree about what happened that day. Were there three shots or four? Did the first bullet pass through President Kennedy and continue on to wound Texas governor John Connally, who was sitting in the forward jump seat of the limousine with his wife, Nellie?
Those fatal seconds, although they were caught on film by several amateur cameramen, still elude our understanding. But one thing about those moments—one thing on which all the commissions agree—has gone relatively under-reported during the five decades since.
Nine of the twenty-eight Secret Service men who were in Dallas with the president the day he died had been out in local clubs until the early hours of the morning—in one case until five a.
Three of the Secret Service agents riding a few feet from the president in the follow-up car had been, by their own accounts, up very late and drinking, an activity prohibited in the Secret Service rulebook. A week after the events in Dallas, President Lyndon Johnson ordered the first official investigation of the assassination.
Earl Warren, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, who had had a distinguished career as the governor of California. The Warren Court, during his fourteen years as chief justice, had heard many pivotal cases, including Brown v.
Board of Education inwith its landmark civil rights decision. Three days after reluctantly taking the job, Warren learned that Secret Service agents had been out on the town socializing and drinking until early morning the day of the assassination. The revelation came not from depositions but from a radio report followed up by a December 2 newspaper column in The Washington Post by Drew Pearson, the establishment journalist and close friend of Chief Justice Warren well known for speaking truth to power.
Pearson wrote that the Secret Service agents had visited the Fort Worth Press Club after midnight and that six of them had proceeded to an offbeat place called the Cellar Coffee House.
Some of the agents were out until nearly three a. The Warren Commission duly questioned the Secret Service agents in question about their activities the night before the assassination and found they had been drinking. But in the s the pastime of drinking with peers or colleagues was considered normal, acceptable behavior in many circles.
Indeed, the agents themselves were already devastated by their failure to protect the president, who most of them had revered. Although the agents had broken the rules, many involved with the commission were eager to protect them from going down in history as the men who had made the mistakes that may have doomed the president.
Chief Justice Warren, however, was outraged. His ire finally found a voice in Junewhen the commission questioned James Rowley, the director of the Secret Service. Lee Rankin hammered him. Even though drinking was a firing offense, according to the manual, Rowley had fired no one.
He had thought about punishment, he admitted. These answers seemed to infuriate Warren. None of the Secret Service agents had noticed it. Although there have been a handful of Secret Service drinking scandals since then, the early s seem to have been a particularly difficult time for Secret Service agents.
Hersh would note in his book The Dark Side of Camelot. All of this rule-breaking behavior among members of the extended Kennedy family should have made the Secret Service more alert and more responsible. Instead, it seemed to have the opposite effect.
Whether or not they were hungover on November 22, several agents were certainly sleep deprived, a not-uncommon state among Secret Servicemen at the time. Agent Gerald Blaine, also in the Dallas motorcade, remembered struggling to stay awake on numerous occasions and spoke of being afraid to sit down or lean against a wall lest he nod off:If you are asking whether JFK was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald or by a conspiracy of unknown assassins, the answer is: we don’t know.
I have read many books, articles, and web sites on this subject in the 53 years since it happened and none of them are completely convincing.
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