Assassination of John F. Kennedy: A ‘crucial defect’ in the presidential motorcade’s route was overlooked by security.
The assassination of JOHN F KENNEDY took place nearly 58 years ago and has sparked debate ever since, with one expert suggesting that the President’s security team overlooked a “critical weakness” in his motorcade path.
On November 22, 1963, JFK was assassinated while riding in the presidential limousine in Dallas, Texas. The tour was meant to improve relations between liberals Ralph and Don Yarborough and conservative John Connally. Mr Kennedy was shot twice in the back and once in the head as the motorcade wound its way through the city’s streets.
Many others claimed the tragedy was staged by the US government’s own security agencies in a secret operation, or that Communists were to responsible.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who was working as an order filler at the Texas School Book Depository at the time of the assassination, was swiftly identified as the assassin and apprehended.
Mr. Oswald maintained his innocence throughout, stating that he was framed as a “patsy.”
Much has been written since then about Mr Kennedy’s security personnel’s failures on that fateful day, with the President’s “flawed” path highlighted in the Smithsonian Channel documentary “Ten Steps to Disaster: JFK’s Assassination.”
A Secret Service agent verified the proposed path of the motorcade eight days before his visit and signed it off.
JFK passed by Dealey Plaza and numerous big buildings, including the Texas School Book Depository, on his way to the airport.
“The threat from any one of those buildings would be tremendous,” Greg Shaffer, a retired FBI agent and security specialist, said in the documentary.
“It put the President in an extremely dangerous position.”
“When you think about protection, it’s not just what’s on the ground level, you have to think 360 degrees,” Evy Poumpouras, a former Secret Service agent, added.
“You want to think like an assassin, not a Secret Service agent.”
“And there’s another key problem that’s been overlooked,” the documentary’s narrator added, “approaching Dealey Plaza, the motorcade will need to slow down significantly to make the turn on to Elm street.”
“It’s not just a left-hand turn; it’s a sharp left-hand turn, and you come back at an angle,” Mr Shaffer stated.
“To accomplish such difficult curve, the car must almost halt or go at a very, very low speed.”
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