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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Over half a million blog views- thank you!

Incredible- over half a million blogs views; millions of views on my You Tube channel; tens of thousands of sales of my books...thank you for making a difference!


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

The JFK assassination: was it a conspiracy? What happened? My thoughts.

The JFK assassination: was it a conspiracy? What happened? My thoughts.

There was a conspiracy- two shooters (not three or more or any of that silliness), one from the front and one in Oswald's window using Oswald's rifle BUT IT WAS NOT OSWALD- this is how he was framed! Same type ammunition, possibly using a sabot, to ensure ballistics would match THE (one) rifle. A SMALL element (half a handful) of (former) CIA employees- Allen Dulles, David Atlee Philips and Cord Meyer (NOT including those who knew or suspected something was "in the breeze" and chose not to say anything [Hoover, LBJ]) or the actual assassins [silly and pointless parlor game to speculate on WHO they were...54 years later, we will never know THAT]. JFK was killed because it was perceived, right or wrong, that he was going to end our involvement in Vietnam and seek peace with Castro's Cuba (after both the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis, those in the secret corridors of power were enraged by JFK's Peace Speech at American University). To a lesser extent, those involved were angered at President Kennedy's private life (a few Secret Service agents who chose to let a few precious seconds go by to ensure a new President: agent Roberts was VERY close to LBJ) and his views on Civil Rights (although, ironically, LBJ pushed the Civil Rights Bill thru in tribute to JFK and, a la Trump, to boost his ego and popularity).

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Bill Greer retirement

Bill Greer retirement- click on image to enlarge

Friday, December 15, 2017

DECEMBER 2017 SAIC of PPD reunion at the White House! All the still-living SAIC's of PPD- Don White, Joe Clancy, John Magaw, David Carpenter, Clint Hill, Richard Keiser, President Trump, Rich "Skip" Miller, Lew Merletti, Carl Truscott, Michael White, Brian Stafford, Robert Buster, Eddie Marinzel and Nick Trotta (not pictured: Robert DeProspero and Vic Erevia)


DECEMBER 2017 SAIC of PPD reunion at the White House! All the still-living SAIC's of PPD- Don White, Joe Clancy, John Magaw, David Carpenter, Clint Hill, Richard Keiser, President Trump, Rich "Skip" Miller, Lew Merletti, Carl Truscott, Michael White, Brian Stafford, Robert Buster, Eddie Marinzel and Nick Trotta (not pictured: Robert DeProspero, Ray Shaddick and Vic Erevia)



Thursday, December 14, 2017

President Kennedy’s Secret Service Agents: the JFK Detail- A Complete Oral History. OVER 4 HOURS LONG!

THE ACTUAL VOICES (film/video/audio) of Secret Service agents Gerald Blaine, Clint Hill, Ron Pontius, Paul Landis, Bob Foster, Chuck Zboril, Jerry Parr (a rookie agent in 1962/1963), Paul Paterni, U.E. Baughman, Gerald Behn, Bob Bouck, Rufus Youngblood, James Rowley, Thomas Kelley, Bill Greer and son Richard, David Grant, Abraham Bolden, Win Lawson, Sam Kinney, Roy Kellerman, Floyd Boring, Don Lawton, Tim McIntyre, Joe Paolella, Tony Sherman, Larry Newman, Robert Burke, Henry Rybka (photos), Howard Norton (info), Glen Bennett (photos/ info), John Marshall (photo/ info), Andy Berger (info), Ken Giannoules, Walt Coughlin, Rad Jones, and Mike Howard + Presidential aide Dave Powers, Congressman Sam Gibbons (letter/info) and Ken O’Donnell and daughter (letter/info). Much other information, rare motorcade photos and films, etc. The quality varies at times due to the source material mainly. That said, this is a unique and priceless video! President Kennedy’s Secret Service Agents: the JFK Detail- A Complete Oral History. OVER 4 HOURS LONG!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The members of the ARRB presenting President Clinton with the Final Report September 1998: I AM IN THE REPORT!

The members of the ARRB presenting President Clinton with the Final Report September 1998: I AM IN THE REPORT!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The forgotten FIRST team snake bit by the CURSE OF THE TERRIBLE TOWEL: the 1994 San Diego Chargers, AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh, 1/15/1995

[ a rare interlude from my JFK/ Secret Service research]

The forgotten FIRST team snake bit by the CURSE OF THE TERRIBLE TOWEL: the 1994 San Diego Chargers, AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh, 1/15/1995- THE VIDEO

This is deep and surreal, so be patient and watch (and listen): The forgotten FIRST team snake bit by the CURSE OF THE TERRIBLE TOWEL: the 1994 San Diego Chargers, AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh, 1/15/1995!
I have been talking about this for years but proof eluded me…until now, ALMOST 23 YEARS LATER! We all know about THE CURSE OF THE TERRIBLE TOWEL affecting the Titans, the Bengals, and the Ravens, but the first team to evoke the wrath of the Terrible Towel were the San Diego Chargers…and they got it the worst. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_San_Diego_Chargers_season

Charger coach Duane Painter’s wife THAT NIGHT: “The woman, Debbie Menta, 32, and her brother, Doug Painter, 23, were scattering the ashes of their mother, who committed suicide hours after the Chargers won the American Football Conference championship on Jan. 15.” The daughter soon after: “The daughter of the quarterback coach for the San Diego Chargers, Dwain Painter, was swept to her death on Thursday by a wave on the rocky Mendocino coast.”

The 1994 Chargers are also remembered for tragedy in the form of numerous untimely deaths, as eight of the players from that 1994 squad have died prematurely since that time, all by the age of 44. It is part of a supposed locally infamous curse in the San Diego area, involving its sports teams.
• June 19, 1995 – Linebacker David Griggs died in a car accident when his vehicle slid off a ramp on Florida's Turnpike, linking to three roads just west of Fort Lauderdale and subsequently slammed into a pole, he was 28 years old.[2]
• May 11, 1996 – Running back Rodney Culver and his wife Karen were among the 110 people (105 passengers, 5 crew members) aboard ValuJet Flight 592 when it crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing everyone aboard. He was 26 years old.[3]
• July 21, 1998 – Linebacker Doug Miller died after being struck twice by lightning during a thunderstorm while camping in Colorado. He was 29 years old.[4]
• May 11, 2008 – Center Curtis Whitley died of a drug overdose. His body was discovered by sheriff deputies in his trailer home in Fort Stockton, Texas, just one day after his 39th birthday. One of the drugs he was known to use was Crystal methamphetamine.[5]
• October 15, 2008 – Defensive end Chris Mims was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment by police officers conducting a welfare check. The most likely cause of death was cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart since he weighed 456 pounds when he died. He was 38 years old-MIMS IS THE ONE TWIRLING THE TOWEL AND THROWING IT TO THE GROUND!.[6][7]
• February 26, 2011 – Defensive tackle Shawn Lee died from a cardiac arrest resulting from double pneumonia. Lee had been suffering from diabetes for years prior to his death. He was 44 years old.[8]
• December 8, 2011 – Linebacker Lewis Bush died from an apparent heart attack, just six days after his 42nd birthday.[9]
• May 2, 2012 – Linebacker Junior Seau died in his home in Oceanside, California. Seau was discovered already lifeless by his girlfriend. His death was likely a suicide since a self-inflicted gunshot wound was apparent to the chest. He was 43 years old.[10]

Destroyed in their next game, their only Super Bowl appearance; Ryan Leaf; got rid of Drew Brees; No playoff wins until 2007; did not beat the Steelers for years after here at home (well into the Rivers era); picked Rivers over Eli and Ben; EIGHT PLAYERS DIED YOUNG, BEFORE THE AGE OF 44 + coach's wife and daughter!!..


1/15/1995 AFC Championship game (FULL GAME):

Post game:

Legendary Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette responded 12/8/17: “That is morbid, Vince, but also curious.
I wrote the first story about Painters wife from that Super Bowl. If you can find it in the Post-Gazette read the end where I write their two kids planned to spread her ashes at her favorite spot along the Pacific.

Ed Bouchette”

Legendary Post-Gazette writer Gene Collier weighed in on 12/11/17:

“thanks vince. this painter story always fascinated me. amazing stuff.



To the players, coach and daughter no longer with us. Chargers: LB Junior Seau (suicide due to brain trauma), LB David Griggs (car accident), RB Rodney Culver (plane crash), LB Doug Miller (struck by lightning), C Curtis Whitley (drug overdose), DE Chris Mims (heart failure), DL Shawn Lee (heart attack), LB Lewis Bush (heart attack); Coach Duane Painter’s wife (suicide the night of the game) and their daughter (died after falling in ocean scattering mother’s ashes).
The late LB Doug Miller and the late DE Chris Mims:

Sunday, December 3, 2017

FDR's Secret Service Detail Chief, Mike Reilly

(via the FBI/ NEW JFK DOCUMENT RELEASES) So FDR's Secret Service Detail Chief, Mike Reilly, was a drunk and his brother was a perv, huh? click on images to enlarge

Sunday, November 26, 2017

NEW VIDEO The JFK Secret Service: The True Story About President Kennedy's Agents

The JFK Secret Service: The True Story About President Kennedy's Agents:
A lengthy detailed compilation by Vince Palamara, author of Survivor's Guilt (2013), JFK-From Parkland to Bethesda (2015), The Not-So-Secret Service (2017) and Who's Who in the Secret Service (2018) + a contributor to THE MEN WHO KILLED KENNEDY (2004 DVD) and A COUP IN CAMELOT (2016 DVD/ BLU RAY)


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gerald Blaine DENIES he ever spoke to William Manchester...for a specific reason.

Gerald Blaine DENIES he ever spoke to William Manchester...for a specific reason.

Floyd Boring WAS adamant that he never spoke to Manchester and that IS backed up by the lack of a source in Manchester's book...guess who the source was? ole Blaine...

As I mention in my first and third books, NO FLOYD BORING interview was found at the William Manchester collection held at Wesleyan Unviersity, thus vindicating/ corroborating Boring that he never spoke to Manchester...which means someone else--Blaine---spoke for him. Blaine's transcript is MISSING, as he definitely was interviewed--he admitted to me in 2004-2005 that he spoke to him, the book has a specific sourced interview date, and Blaine is the only conceivable person in the Tampa motorcade who could have made this all up. ANOTHER THING: Blaine was thanked in Manchester's OTHER JFK book...
So much for Blaine's denials that he never spoke to the author. WHY did he deny it now? Because he knows it leaves him hanging out to dry as THE dubious source for the phony agents-ordered-off-the-limo crap.

 1) Uh oh- Gerald Blaine now states (in 2010-audio track) that he was NOT interviewed by William Manchester, yet both the source notes (depicted) and Blaine's statements to Vince Palamara in 2005 debunk this claim, not to mention Blaine getting thanked by Manchester in his 1983 JFK book! Why did Blaine change his tune decades later? Because Vince Palamara discovered that BLAINE was the probable source for the phoney story about JFK allegedly ordering the agents off his limousine in Tampa on 11/18/63 to Manchester. Agent Floyd Boring DENIED that this was true and denied that he was interviewed by Manchester (which the source notes and Blaine's 2010 statements confirm). Uh oh...
 3) The 2010 video excerpt with Blaine and Hill:
Boring, but no Blaine, in the index-
Blaine, but NO BORING, in the sourced interviews:
 the offending quotes "from" Boring that Mr. Boring adamantly denied were even true. Boring also stated that he was never interviewed, which is corroborated by the above. The only agent interviewed who is NOT actually mentioned in the text itself? BLAINE. Blaine was THE source for the phony "Ivy league charlatans" quote attributed falsely to Boring (and, as others have noted, JFK would not have used that kind of language- he was a Harvard graduate).

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Secret Service Agent Elmer Moore: coerced a doctor to change his statement on JFK's wound


former University of Washington physician and professor Dr. Donald Miller Jr. says that the late Dr. Malcom Perry, the Dallas surgeon who tried to save Kennedy’s life on the Parkland Hospital operating table Nov. 22, 1963, questioned whether Lee Harvey Oswald fired all the bullets that struck Kennedy’s motorcade.

Miller, who later worked and taught with Perry at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the 1970s, says Perry told him there were entry wounds from both behind and in front of Kennedy, contradicting what he told the commission under oath. Perry confided similar details to an Alaska doctor as well.

“He took that to his grave,” Miller, a UW professor emeritus, says today. He claims that Perry, during a private conversation the two had in the late 1970s, said he’d been pressured to change his story and agree with the government’s theory that all entry wounds came from behind the motorcade. Perry had moved to Seattle in 1974 with Dr. Tom Shires, Parkland Hospital’s Chief of Surgery, who became Chairman of Surgery at the UW. Shires brought Perry and several other Parkland surgeons to the UW, including Dr Jim Carrico, the first doctor to examine Kennedy in the ER.

Records of Perry’s testimony and public comments, and Miller’s recollections of the private talk they had, are contained in the more than 20,000 JFK-assassination documents released by the National Archives over the past few weeks, including a fresh batch released Friday. Though some of the documents had already been released over the years, they were heavily redacted; the newest releases are, by comparison, lightly censored.

For the most part, the documents and an additional 52,387 searchable emails from the government’s Assassination Records Review Board recently posted on muckrock.com add to the widely accepted yet endlessly debated finding that Oswald acted alone.

But more than a half-century later, Miller says he, like Perry, doubts that’s true. He says Perry told him that a bullet wound in Kennedy’s neck was an entrance wound, despite having told the Warren Commission it was an exit wound.

If it was an entrance wound, that bullet would have been fired from the front of the president’s motorcade as it passed the now-infamous grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza.

Oswald, of course, was found to have fired at the motorcade from a rear position, the sixth floor window in the nearby Texas School Book Depository. Perry, who died in 2009, suspected there was more than one shooter, the Seattle doctor says.

“He told me in confidence,” says Miller, “and I waited until years after he died to tell anyone else.”

It was likely easier for Perry to go along with the mainstream theory, he says. But he was hardly alone in thinking there was a second shooter. The public was divided and even the government split on the question of who killed JFK: The Warren Commission found no evidence of another gunman, while the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1979 concluded the shooting was a conspiracy and “probably” involved a second gunman.

Critics questioned both conclusions, claiming the commission and Congress were swayed as much by politics as by facts. True-crime books came to opposite conclusions, and critics raised questions about possible government destruction or manipulation of records and photographic evidence.

Elmer Moore, a Secret Service agent who worked with the commission and was later transferred to the service’s Seattle office, admitted he was ordered to pressure Perry to refute the two-gunman theory, according to a University of Washington graduate student who interviewed Moore and eventually testified at government hearings.

Perry had long been at the center of the controversy, and may have unintentionally started it. He performed a tracheotomy on Kennedy and also attended Texas Gov. John Connally who was wounded by a wildly ricocheting bullet that was said to have passed through Kennedy. Two days later, Perry also tended Lee Harvey Oswald, who bled to death after being shot by Jack Ruby in the Dallas Police Department basement.

At a press conference following Kennedy’s death, Perry said he used an existing wound on the president’s throat to perform the tracheotomy, since it was the precise location for access to the breathing tube. News reports stated that Perry indicated the site was a frontal entrance wound, which in addition to an entry wound in Kennedy’s back and the fatal rear head-and-brain shot, suggested there were two shooters firing at least three bullets from front and rear angles.

“The wound appeared to be an entrance wound in the front of the throat,” Perry told the media. For that to happen, “The bullet would be coming at him [from the front],” he said.

The Warren Commission concluded Oswald, alone, fired three shots, all from the rear, with one of them missing the motorcade and landing nearby.

Perry, appearing at his first major press conference and tasked with making sense of what would become perhaps history’s most disputed assassination, later admitted he was rattled, calling the press event “bedlam,” and saying he didn’t know for sure if the throat wound was entry or exit.

He told friends he was pressured by government officials and the Secret Service to back away from the entry wound claim, since the official autopsy showed it to be an exit wound.

And that may have indeed been what happened. All Perry had done was express some doubts. But that wasn’t the message deep government wanted to hear.

University of Washington graduate student James Gochenaur, who spoke with Secret Service agent Moore in a 1970 interview, subsequently told the House assassination committee and the Church Committee, chaired by Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, that Moore admitted to putting the squeeze on Perry after the press conference.

Gochenaur said Moore, who died in 2001, called Kennedy a “traitor” for being soft on the Russians, and suggested that it was too bad people had to die but maybe it was a good thing for the U.S., and that the Secret Service had quickly made up its mind that Oswald acted alone.

“I did everything I was told, we all did everything we were told, or we’d get our heads cut off,” Gochenaur quoted Moore. He was remorseful for badgering Perry but had no choice, Gochenaur recalled him saying.

Some of the newly posted e-mails collected by the assassination review board expand on Moore’s role in badgering Perry and even getting him to flip and challenge others who argued there were two shooters. (The review board was an independent agency that examined assassination-related records for public release from 1994 until 1998, then transferred its records to the National Archives.)

In 1964, Perry appeared to confirm his belief of a sole shooter during testimony before the Warren Commission. A transcript shows he initially said he did not know whether the wound was exit or entry. But under the intense questioning of commission counsel (and later Republican senator) Arlen Specter, he came around.

“Based on the appearance of the neck wound alone,” Specter asked, “could it have been either an entrance or an exit wound?” Either, Perry responded.

Specter laid out an elaborate shooting scenario that included the likelihood that a 6.5 mm. copper-jacketed bullet fired from a rifle up to 250 feet away and having a muzzle velocity of approximately 2,000 feet per second could have passed through the president’s back and exited from the neck.

Assuming those facts to be true, Specter asked, would the neck hole be consistent with an exit wound?

“Certainly would be consistent with an exit wound,” Perry said, based on that scenario.

“A full jacketed bullet without deformation passing through skin would leave a similar wound for an exit and entrance wound,” he added, “and with the facts which you have made available and with these assumptions, I believe that it was an exit wound.”

Critics questioned how, based on some forensic findings, a bullet fired from the sixth floor to the ground level entered Kennedy’s back and then traveled upward to exit through the throat. Perry apparently wondered, too. Three years after the surgeon’s death, Miller claimed in a little-noticed 2012 blog post that Perry doubted the scenario. The author of three books and a frequent writer on current medical and political topics, Miller wrote:

“Fifteen years [after the shooting], Dr. Perry told me in a surgeon-to-surgeon private conversation that the bullet wound in Kennedy’s neck was, without question, a wound of entrance, irrespective of what he had told the Warren Commission.

“This seasoned attending trauma surgeon had seen a lot of gunshot wounds at Parkland Hospital and knew what he was talking about. Dr. Perry also told this ‘off the record’ truth to another physician, Dr. Robert Artwohl, in 1986.”

Artwhol, an Anchorage surgeon who wrote an online post about their conversation, stated that Perry told him that “[o]ne of the biggest regrets in his life was having to make the incision for the emergency tracheotomy through the bullet wound… Speaking with Dr. Perry that night, one physician to another, Dr. Perry stated he firmly believed the wound to be an entrance wound.”

But, Miller said in his blog that after agent Moore and others pressured Perry to alter his story, “This otherwise bold surgeon backed down and obligingly changed his testimony to suit the politically ordered truth that Oswald did it.”

That’s pretty much how history sees it today, as well. Of course, that’s debatable."
by Rick Anderson