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255544 Years After JFK's Death, New Assassination Plot Revealed

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  • Greg Cannon
    Nov 23, 2007
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      44 Years After JFK's Death, New Assassination Plot
      Revealed

      Just Three Weeks Before Dallas, Feds Uncovered Plot to
      Kill JFK in Chicago, Says Ex-Secret Service Agent

      By CHUCK GOUDIE, WLS-TV
      Nov. 22, 2007

      A former Secret Service agent has told WLS-TV there
      was a plot to kill President Kennedy in Chicago three
      weeks before he was assassinated in Dallas.

      Kennedy was murdered on Nov. 22, 1963. Today is the
      44th anniversary of JFK's assassination.

      Lee Harvey Oswald would never have had the chance to
      kill Kennedy in Dallas, had an assassination plot in
      Chicago succeeded three weeks earlier, a plot that has
      been mentioned over the years.

      Kennedy was due to arrive in Chicago the morning of
      Nov. 2 to attend the Army-Air Force football game at
      Soldier Field and ride in a parade. Newspapers had
      even printed JFK's detailed travel plan from O'Hare
      airport to the Loop.

      Although police were preparing to line the motorcade
      route, Secret Service officials in Chicago were deeply
      troubled about the visit because of two secret
      threats.

      Right-wing radical and Kennedy denouncer Thomas Vallee
      had arranged to be off work for JFK's visit; Vallee,
      an expert marksman, was arrested with an M1 rifle, a
      handgun and 3,000 rounds of ammo. But then there was
      the phone call to federal agents from a motel manager
      concerning what she'd seen in a room rented by two
      Cuban nationals.

      "Had seen lying on the bed several automatic rifles
      with telescopic sights, with an outline of the route
      that President Kennedy was supposed to take in Chicago
      that would bring him past that building," said former
      Secret Service agent Abraham Bolden.

      Bolden, 72, of Chicago, was a young agent in 1963.
      After a few years as an Illinois state trooper, Bolden
      joined he Secret Service and was invited by Kennedy
      onto the prestigious White House detail. He was the
      first black agent assigned to protect a president.

      Bolden recalled how agents bungled surveillance of
      those two suspected Cuban hit men. They disappeared
      and were never identified.

      "No one was sent to the room to fingerprint it or get
      an ID. The case was lost and that was the end of it,"
      Bolden said.

      On Nov. 2, the president was about to leave the White
      House for Chicago and Bolden says a Cuban murder squad
      here was unaccounted for.

      "The morning of the game, the special agent in charge
      of the Chicago office called the White House and
      recommended the president cancel his trip to Chicago,"
      Bolden said.

      News reports stated that Kennedy didn't show because
      he was ill or because of a diplomatic crisis. Official
      investigations of JFK never determined why the
      president canceled Chicago Nov. 2. But in his first
      interview in 44 years, Bolden said JFK stayed away
      because of an imminent threat.

      Bolden said the president didn't come to Chicago
      because he was basically waved off by the Secret
      Service, and it wasn't because he had a cold.

      Information about Vallee, his similarity in appearance
      and background to Oswald and details of the Cuban hit
      squad in Chicago were never given to federal agents in
      Dallas.

      Bolden said the information was not known to have been
      passed on to Dallas.

      In a book that Bolden wrote with his wife, due out in
      the spring, he will cite another contributing factor
      in the JFK murder: on-duty drunkenness by Secret
      Service agents.

      "I told the chief of the Secret Service this, that if
      anything happens, an emergency situation develops with
      President Kennedy, that their reflexes are going to be
      in a condition that they won't be in a condition to
      respond, and Dallas, Texas, proved I was right," he
      said. "The president's life was in grave danger
      because of the inefficiency of security around him,
      too many weaknesses."

      "When that bullet struck the head of the president, it
      struck me too because I saw it coming," Bolden said.

      When the Warren Commission began investigating JFK's
      assassination, Bolden says, he attempted to inform
      members about the Chicago plot and misconduct by his
      fellow agents.

      During that time Bolden was arrested and prosecuted
      for soliciting a bribe from a counterfeiter and served
      a six-year sentence. He says it was a setup to silence
      him. The main witness has since recanted, and Bolden
      hopes now to clear his name.

      A spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington said
      that officials "would not have any comment whatsoever
      about Mr. Bolden's statements."
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