Exposed! The Dark Side of the US Secret Service

2012-05-06 17:22

Three monumental books I ever  read on John F. Kennedy reveals the bad, dark and brutish scandals of the US Secret Service throughout history; these books are: The Dark Side of Camelot (1997) by Pullitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, A Woman Named Jackie: An intimate biography of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (1989) by C. David Heymann, a New York Times bestselling author of several biographies. The third book is The Kennedy Imprisonment (1981) by Gary Wills who is also Pulitzer Prize-winning author, journalist - a historian specializing in American history and politics.

All these three books provide a crystal clear picture of the shady dark secret dealings and nature of the work of the Secret Service agents that were posted to protect President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy during the Kennedy presidency from 1961 up until he was brutally murdered in November 1963.

C. David Heymann in writing  A Woman Named Jackie conducted hundreds of exclusive interviews with members of Jackie’s family, friends and acquaintances. In addition, he was given unprecedented access to personal correspondence and other primary materials. These included never before released FBI, Secret Service workings and White House secret reports about the Secret Service. The weight of the story’s details gives this biography a sense of authority and substance not found in earlier accounts about the Secret Service protection of American Presidents.

This book draws a comprehensive sketch about the dark dealings of the Secret Service as follows:

“President Kennedy enjoyed having them (Secret Service agents) around. They not only procured girls for him but they partied with him. They were young, handsome, well-educated fellows who enjoyed women and drinking and drugs. The secret service were not going to talk about Kennedy’s sexual proclivities because they were doing the same thing”.

“Being with Kennedy was like attending a travelling fraternity party. It was always party, party, party. There was a feeling that nothing could go wrong. You boarded Air Force One and you were in another world. The plane which Jackie decorated was as plush as a mansion. The President has his own bedroom facilities where he often entertained women when Jackie was not on board”

“Jackie’s major problem during her White House years was the Secret Service, which kept her in constant state of agitation. It was easy to be lulled into false sense of security by the Secret Service. They were a small, elite group and a tight-knit organization whose members were called “protectors”. They were dauntingly visible, purposely intimidating-looking, physically powerful, and muscular, with their weapons bulging in order to scare-off potential troublemakers. Many times the protector was the only human being with whom the President or First Lady came into contact. Members of the First Family became dependent upon them, came to trust them. They even confided in them”.

The President would keep taps on his wife by having his Secret Service agent maintain radio contact with Jackie’s Secret Service agent. In this way, he always knew her whereabouts”.

Four former secret service men who were assigned the Kennedy presidential detail were interviewed for The Dark Side of Camelot. They reported they “saw a president obsessed with sex, willing to take enormous risks to gratify that obsession, a president who came late many times to the Oval Office and who was not readily available for hours during the day”.

Seymour Hersh writes in the Dark Side of Camelot that “President Kennedy once told a friend, "You know, I get a migraine headache if I don't get a strange piece of ass every day." Apparently he didn't have many headaches. His affairs were legion. He even slept with one of his long time lovers in the Georgetown home he shared with his wife and two children the night before his inauguration”.

Hersh continues to write in the Dark Side of Camelot: “Secret service agents were frustrated by the many "unknown" women who were brought to the President for one-night stands. The women were not searched before meeting the President. When travelling, oftentimes local officials would bring call girls and hookers (often more than one at a time) to the President. The agents, rather than arresting the President or his aides, friends and supporters for procuring prostitutes, would say nothing”.

These reports are further supported by C. David Heymann: “On arriving at hotels on presidential trips, the President would immediately conduct two meetings, one of a political nature with his Chief of Staff, the other with the head of the Secret Service. The head of the secret service was usually an advanced agent coming to the city a week before the president, he was supposed to set up dates for the President”.

In the The Kennedy Imprisonment, Garry Wills show how women and girls were the centre of President John F. Kennedy and that President Kennedy was aided in his "nefarious illicit affairs" by the Secret Service agents.

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