The Secret Service: Trying to Protect The Unprotectable

The Warren Commission severely criticized the Secret Service for its failure to take adequate security measures against the assassination of President Kennedy. Even so, the commission was well aware of the difficulties in protecting a President. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover had testified during the investigation: "I don't think you can get absolute security without almost establishing a police state, and we don't want that." And when it came to specific precautions, the commission pretty much threw up its hands, saying: "This commission can recommend no procedures for the future protection...

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