The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The true story of the first African American on the White House Secret Service detail and his quest for justice after the assassination of JFK (英語) ハードカバー – 2008/3/4
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From the first African American assigned to the presidential Secret Service detail comes a gripping and unforgettable true story of bravery and patriotism in the face of bitter hatred and unthinkable corruption.
Abraham Bolden was a young African American Secret Service agent in Chicago when he was asked by John F. Kennedy himself to join the White House Secret Service detail. For Bolden, it was a dream come true—and an encouraging sign of the charismatic president’s vision for a new America.
But the dream quickly turned sour when Bolden found himself regularly subjected to open hostility and blatant racism. He was taunted, mocked, and disparaged but remained strong, and he did not allow himself to become discouraged.
More of a concern was the White House team’s irresponsible approach to security. While on his tour of presidential duty, Bolden witnessed firsthand the White House agents’ long-rumored lax approach to their job. Drinking on duty, abandoning key posts—this was not a team that appeared to take their responsibility to protect the life of the president particularly seriously. Both prior to and following JFK’s assassination, Bolden sought to expose and address the inappropriate behavior and negligence of these agents, only to find himself the victim of a sinister conspiracy that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment on a trumped-up bribery charge.
A gripping memoir substantiated by recently declassified government documents, The Echo from Dealey Plaza is the story of the terrible price paid by one man for his commitment to truth and justice, as well as a shocking new perspective on the circumstances surrounding the death of a beloved president.
"If a novelist set out to rewrite Franz Kafka’s The Trial as a modern-day horror tale, it might read much like Abraham Bolden's The Echo from Dealey Plaza."
“An astonishing tale of aborted justice.”
“Conspiracy theories haunt the Kennedy assassination; Bolden offers a new one, concerning discrimination and evidence suppression. . . . a world of duplicitous charges and disappearing documents fit for a movie thriller.”
“Balancing his temper and his dignity, [Bolden] persisted in a manner readers will relate to….”
Mr.Bolden was unjustly charged and found guilty by a biased and racist "federal judge" and served nearly six years in the prime of his life for trying to tell the truth. He warned many "superiors" in the government of the lax and arrogrant attitude of fellow agents, many who drank on the job and simply ignored protocol about protecting President Kennedy. He was framed and railroaded by the Secret Service and the Federal Judicial system for trying to tell the "Johnson Commission" what he knew about the riff-raff guarding President Kennedy.
Though the story is not DIRECTLY related to the conspiracy, there is some information regarding the activities of the Secret Service which will shock those who have not studied the assassination in depth. For example, following the murder of JFK, all agents were issued new security IDs and the old ones were destroyed. Why? Missing Secret Service IDs were "lost" prior to that miserable day in Dallas almost 48 years ago. Several men who were not agents had Secret Service credentials when confronted by honest Dallas policemen following the shooting. Inside the Book Depository Building and on the Grassy Knoll for example.
I would strongly encourage people to read Abraham Bolden's Story. DO NOT waste your time and money on Gerald Blaine's rediculous new book about the Secret Service. If you want to know about what the Agency was like in the early 1960's, the racism, the drunkenness and the cavalier attitude towards President Kennedy, read this book.
Presdident Obama, PARDON Mr. Bolden today. It is a stain on America what the system did to Abraham Bolden for doing his job and doing it right.
Fast forward to the Dallas aftermath, Bolden knew of serious Secret Service anomalies that were being swept under the carpet by the agency -- including its knowledge of an active November 2, 1963 hit team in Chicago -- unbelievably two of the out-of-town shooters were held by the Secret Service but later released. In December 1963, information about the arrest of the Chicago hit men and other pre-Dallas plots was bureaucratically frozen. Also Bolden's earlier warnings about agents drinking on the job would be damaging to the "powers that be". In fact, JFK's protectors had been partying in the early morning hours of November 22nd just before his assassination in Dallas.
Someone decided it would be best to put the talkative and "uppity" Bolden in his place. His racist colleagues and bosses jumped at the opportunity to hang him with a phony charge and toss him into the Federal prison system (including the Springfield, Missouri mental ward that was known for treating and creating mentally ill inmates -- Springfield gets the "biggies" like Gotti, Noriega, Larry Flynt, and John Anthony Walker). Even if he managed to get out of prison alive and sane, the word of a disgraced former agent would be of no consequence. Such was their plan. He wasn't "suicided" That might be too obvious (although it worked very well for many JFK assassination witnesses, investigators, and participants). Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden was disgraced, tried, convicted, imprisoned, and forcibly drugged. Outside of a few "assassination buffs", his true story remained unknown for decades.
Now Bolden reveals the nature of the crimes against him, and against JFK in his book THE ECHO FROM DEALEY PLAZA. It is never too late to expose the truth. This is a man who suffered greatly, served well, and deserves the respect and support of the American people. Under the conditions he faced in 1963/64 -- JFK, his patron, dead; racism still burning strong within the agency power structure; the travesty of the Warren Commission final report (which never mentioned the Chicago attempt); and the bodies of other JFK assassination "whistle blowers" and non-cooperating witnesses piling higher every day -- Bolden nevertheless stayed true to his beliefs and he paid the price.
When you read Bolden's book you will get a sense of this ugly and dangerous period of time-- you will also get a feeling for the intense pressure that crushed down upon any assassination dissenter. Abraham Bolden was a key obstacle in the planned effort to sell the assassination in Dallas as a one-time, lone-nut event. He had to be removed. His book is his attempt to correct his "history", his life, and his contribution to this country in attempting to expose the truth. It is an effective rebuttal to those politicians, newsmen, and government officials who framed him or ignored his pleas. It is also an insider's view of the Crime of the Century and the definitive response to that lame refrain: "Someone Would Have Talked." Bolden talked then -- and now. It's time to listen.