Jackie's Secret Service agent tells his story

  • Article by: Pamela Huey , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 17, 2013 - 12:04 AM

Clint Hill, the person closest to the assassination who is still alive, was tormented by guilt for years. North Dakota native has now funneled his energy into telling his story.

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gemie1Nov. 16, 13 4:58 PM

This was a tragic time for both the country and President Kennedy's family. President Kennedy also made the decision to not have secret service all around him. He wanted to be close to the people. I doubt we will ever see again a President sitting in a convertible. Today, all the surrounding buildings and streets would be searched and sealed off. This is where the innocence of our nation was lost. A President could no longer be able to be safe around the people he was representing and a crook named Jack Ruby was able to get close enough to the suspected guns man that we as a nation never got the chance have some closure. I was just a baby when this happened, but the fascination with this tragic event even today, says that we as a nation know instinctually that something is at the tip of our tongues, but we do not yet know how to say it. I think it was after this time that not trusting the government became more mainstream.

jaw99Nov. 16, 13 5:07 PM

If I had to keep the secret he had to, Id be depressed to.

chablis28Nov. 16, 13 6:29 PM

Has Hill ever directly addressed the theory that the shot that blew out Kennedy's head came accidentally from one of the secret service agents in a trailing car? Some ballistic experts think the bullet that killed Kennedy was different than the bullet that went thorugh his neck.

kennyrogersNov. 16, 13 6:37 PM

I'll never forget where I was that day, and will never get over my outrage for allowing our President to parade around in a convertible.

chablis28Nov. 16, 13 6:41 PM

If you haven't seen it yet don't miss Bill Paxtons mesmerizing documentary on Kennedy's last couple days in Texas. The films seems to have been enhanced and is just stunning. Bill saw Kennedy in Ft Worth when he was 8yrs old the morning before he died. Bill is my age. I'm a conservative but Kennedy was a compelling personality. leader and a great loss.

chablis28Nov. 16, 13 6:54 PM

Kennedy was magnetic. I think many thought Obama was the 2nd coming but he pales in comparison. I saw Obama live at a rally and I know firsthand. Obama has a great smile too but then he gets so mechancial, Ivy league, bureaucratic and lawyer like when he speaks. Kennedy; like Churchill, Regan and Rosevelt was the real deal. Lets please not follow up Obama with another elitest phony like Clinton.

fouledanchorNov. 16, 13 7:24 PM

I'm surprised that no one, other than Obama, has ever asked, "Where was George Bush on that day?"

gemie1Nov. 16, 13 7:50 PM

I also believe that it is wrong that some of the documents related to the investigation of the assassination are still not available. The government was originally not going to make any of it available for 100 years, until everyone was gone. Former President Bush Senior was the Director of the CIA during the time President Kennedy was assassinated and I just wonder what where his thoughts on the President being murdered on his watch? Were the Secret Service and CIA such separate entities that they did not overlapped when it came to national security? I am not saying he had anything to do with it, but it looks like, during the height of the Cold War, it never clicked in these sophisticated minds something like this could happen? Does anyone on this site know what former President Bush said after the assassination since he was the head of the CIA?

gemie1Nov. 16, 13 8:05 PM

Mistake. Bush senior was high up in the CIA but not the director.

gemie1Nov. 16, 13 8:17 PM

The CIA during that time were involved in assassination attempts on communist thinking leaders. President Kennedy opened up the lines of communication with the Cuban Missile Crisis and was working on finding ways to make peace and treaties with the former Soviet Union. Our leaders(CIA, Generals) at the time were obsessed with the communist (really authoritative socialism) spreading.


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