Gerald "Jerry" Blaine was one of Kennedy's Secret Service agents throughout his presidency. Blaine details how he and the other agents came to meet the Kennedy's and the relationships they enjoyed with him and his family. Blaine focuses the largest part of his book on dealing with the last month of Kennedy's life and how the Secret Service operated then in getting ready for presidential visits and his other travels. Blaine's description of how the Secret Service operated was stellar as he provided tons of detail into their day to day activities, the shifts they worked, the advance planning they did in a city before Kennedy would arrive, and other security measures aimed at keeping Kennedy and his family safe.
Blaine spends a great deal of time dealing with Kennedy's Texas trip and obviously his day in Dallas, TX. Blaine gave tremendous detail to the happenings of that day from Kennedy stepping off of Air Force One at Love Field to the motorcade and assassination. Blaine also details all that took place at Parkland Hospital and with the autopsy and funeral. Blaine was an eye witness to many of these events and also had intelligence concerning all the comings and goings associated with the day.
In putting together this book, Blaine contacted all the surviving members of the Kennedy Detail for their input and their recollections. One agent he specifically mentions in detail is Clint Hill, Jackie Kennedy's main Secret Service Agent and the agent which jumped onto the back of the car as the shots rang out. All members of the detail state emphatically that the three shots came from the Texas School Book Depository building. They all claim to 100% believe that Oswald was the shooter. They all agree though that it will probably never be put to rest because of Oswald being murdered not even 48 hours after the assassination.
Blaine points out that the House Committee on Assassinations' official finding released in 1979 did state that there was "probably" a conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Blaine and the other agents don't discount a possible conspiracy as they stated that they dealt with numerous assassination attempts and carried a flash card book with them with names, pictures, and information about possible threats everywhere they went. Blaine did mention that coincidentally or not, the Kennedy Detail was not made aware of any threats or watched figures in Texas at all, especially Oswald. Blaine does state that this probably adds to the conspiracies and both the Warren Commission and the House Committee questioned why the FBI and CIA had not shared their information about Oswald with the Secret Service. The reasoning was given that Oswald had never made a specific threat against Kennedy. Nevertheless, a man that had bragged to others about almost killing General Walker in Dallas should have shown up on the radar somehow.
In terms of Corsi's theories, Blaine debunks many of them with his own testimony and that of other agents. The disturbing thing is that even with his debunking the theories in 2010, Corsi still wrote them in 2013 as being relevant and unchallenged. This of course should bring doubt and shadow on Corsi's allegations. Blaine also mentions some former agents who have provided "resources" for the conspiracy theories and gives a complete look at who these men are. One such source Corsi used was a former agent by the name of Bolden who was eventually tried and convicted for selling secrets and intel. Blaine states that as almost all of the agents were in the car behind Kennedy, all would know whether shots came from behind them. All testify to it. Whereas Corsi cites a Vietnam sniper on the record as being unable to duplicate Oswald's alleged assassination, Clint Hill personally visited the Sixth Floor Museum several years ago and perched himself on the spot Oswald was said to have been. Hill stated that a beginner sniper could have hit Kennedy from the spot as it wasn't that far away. As for being able to get the rounds off that quick, Hill and other agents who were trained marksmen, all believe they could have based on their own firing trials and training. Hill suggested that even if they weren't able to do it, it only took one time, one misfire, one half trigger pull, and with guns, things aren't always scientific. The agents' actual and factual testimonies should, and at least in my mind do, hold much more weight than the alleged allegations and confessions of underlings, crooks,spies, and double agents. As the House Committee suggested, there "probably" was some conspiracy to kill Kennedy. Whether Oswald was part of it or not, no one knows for sure. But as for the agents, conspiracy or not, they believe Oswald did the shooting.
One thing that a critic may use to continue the talk of conspiracies is to claim the agents' ignorance to some widely accepted facts. For example, Clint Hill was assigned to Nixon's Vice President, Spiro, during Nixon's presidency. Hill did not know anything about Spiro's involvement in the pre-Watergate conspiracy and money laundering. Blaine also states emphatically that as far as he is concerned, Kennedy did not have an affair with Marilyn Monroe and on the night she sang the infamous "Happy Birthday" song to him, she left long before Kennedy retired. Blaine did say that what Kennedy did in his private time was something he could not speak to as the agents never went to the residential wing unless called. Many claim Kennedy did indeed have an affair with Monroe and many other women and that the Secret Service was complicit with escorting the girls in and out. Blaine begs to differ. Blaine said he never saw any of that and none of the agents ever mentioned it either and they were all very close. Those who believe Kennedy was having multiple affairs on a regular basis would find reason to doubt Blaine's word about other things with Kennedy as they would claim he is ignorant of his alleged sexual affairs. Additionally, if Clint Hill didn't know what Spiro and Nixon were doing on the side, conspiracy theorists would suggest that it was very possible he and the other agents didn't know things that were taking place in the Kennedy presidency that led to his assassination.
The book ends with an almost "where are they now" section where the contributing writer, Lisa McCubbin, lets the readers in on the retiring of many of the agents and how they all had to cope with what happened. I was shocked to read that none of the agents were given time off or given the opportunity to talk to a counselor or anyone about what had happened. Instead they were quickly reassigned and put right back in the field, many protecting the new President Lyndon B. Johnson. For many this book was the first time they had started opening up about what had taken place. Hill opened up on national TV to interview Mike Wallace in the famous clip 12 years after the assassination where Hill broke down on TV and admitted to having blame and guilt for not having died in Kennedy's place. I've watched the interview on Youtube and it's devastating to watch. Hill speaks of how he was able to break free from the depression and alcoholism after many years and has finally been able to come to grips with everything. Hill released his first book in 2012, Mrs. Kennedy & Me, and released his second book last November entitled, Five Days in November.
Without question, Clint Hill, Jerry Blaine, and the other Secret Service agents were and are heroes. In terms of conspiracies, the agents all state that they wish the public would just accept that Oswald did the shooting and leave the conspiracies alone. Blaine points out that if there was a conspiracy, nothing has come forward to prove it emphatically in 50 years. Almost all of the JFK records and have been unsealed and only a few remain sealed with 2017 being the year when all will be unsealed. If there is anything to learn new, it would appear that would be the year it will come out. As for the agents, they stand by what they claim the saw, felt, and experienced that fateful day. After reading Blaine's book, along with Hill's first book, I'm inclined to agree with them.