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BORING  IS  INTERESTING
Without question, Secret Service agent Floyd M. Boring,
the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the White House
Detail during the Kennedy Administration(SAIC Behn's direct
assistant),bears a heavy burden in any analysis of JFK's mortal
trip to the Lone Star state of  Texas in November of 1963,
whether we view the President's murder as the act of a lone
nut (Oswald) or as the result of a deadly  conspiracy.  Boring,
who was not physically present in Texas with the President(that
'honor' went to a third-stringer, ASAIC Roy H. Kellerman),had
just recently been with the President in Florida(11/18/63),
where JFK visited Tampa, Miami, and Palm Beach.  According to
Agent Sam Kinney, SAIC Jerry Behn was finally able to take a
vacation coinciding with the time period of JFK's Texas trip,
which left ASAIC Boring able to oversee things from his home
in Washington, D. C. (you don't always have to be physically
present to be in charge of things, such as when the SAIC of
the Protective Research Section, Robert Bouck, monitored  the
11/9/63 Joseph Milteer threats made in Miami from the Executive
Office Building in Washington).  In other words, Floyd Boring
was in charge of  PLANNING  the Texas trip(based off my two
interviews with Mr. Boring, 9/22/93 and 3/4/94, as well as
an important reference on page 558 of  Jim Bishop's "The Day
Kennedy was Shot", not to mention several conversations with
Sam Kinney)!

It was during the President's last trip before the Texas
tour, in Tampa, Florida, where Boring took it upon himself to
order the agents who were riding in protective positions on the
rear of  JFK's limo to dismount and return to the follow-up car
(despite 5 April 1964 reports to the contrary1, Sam Kinney, Dave
Powers, Rufus Youngblood, Gerald Behn[author of  a report],Robert
Bouck, John Norris, Abraham Bolden, Bob Lilly, Maurice Martineau,
Marty Underwood, and, suprisingly, FLOYD BORING himself[author of
a report and the primary sources for the other 4 reports; Clint
Hill named him as the source  during his Warren Commission test-
imony]2 told methat JFK did not restrict the agents from doing
anything!).  By blaming  JFK for this action, Boring was able to
keep the attention away from himself .In addition, by his absence
from the Texas trip, Boring was kept out of the swirling contro-
versies
involving what should-and should not- have happened in
regard to security matters(Behn was interviewed in Executive
session of the HSCA , while Roy Kellerman, Chief James Rowley,
and Inspector Kelley testified to both the Warren Commission and
the HS
CA) .WHY did Boring (and the others after him) blame JFK for
this order? I was unable to get a definitive answer, but one thing
is for certain: if  John Ready and Clint Hill had ALREADY been stat-
ioned on the rear of the limo in Dallas during the shoot
ing on Elm
Street, these men would have been able to protect JFK from, at the
very least, the fatal head shot that ultimately killed him(Greer and
Roberts inactions notwithstanding).

So, is that it?  Is that all Boring is responsible for(although

quite important, nonetheless)?Far from it:

1)Gave Advance Agent Winston Lawson the Dallas assignment on 11/4/633,
coinciding with Behn's---or SOMEONE's---call to Sorrels.

2) Several days later,Lawson phoned Behn's office about the critical
Trade Mar
t decision-Lawson wasn't sure he actually spoke to Behn.4
In light of the fact that Behn was dead set against going to the
Trade Mart after seeing pictures of the catwalks, an excellent
perch for snipers("We'll NEVER go there", he said5; along with
Je
rry Bruno and Ken O'Donnell, he wanted the Women's Building,
which the Secret Service conceded was the better choice from a
security standpoint6),and the fact that Kellerman did not become
involved with any planning until four days later(11/8/63),it ap
pears
quite likely that Lawson spoke to Boring and received information
which was conducive to some kind of approval for this site as a
selected spot for JFK's speech(which, in turn, had a direct bearing
on the potential route choices , the speed of t
he limousine, and the
security of the building !

3)Of the 3 known PRS checks of potential threats to the President
in Texas, with the particular focus on Dallas, Boring was involved
in at least 2, all three of which yielded NO information at all,
whic
h Roy Kellerman (to the WC7) and Abe Bolden (to me)
both said was very unusual[Lawson inquired into the first check on
11/8/63-Boring told him there wouldn't be any information of any
consequence until this date; Kellerman inquired into the second check

on 11/10/63-he even said Boring was probably involved with this particular
inquiry; Youngblood inquired into the third known check on the morning of
11/22/63 thru an UNNAMED agent8] .What makes this even more unbelievable
is the following-

4)As the
agent in charge of  Kennedy's trip to Florida, Boring had to have
been much aware of the Joseph Milteer threats, as well as the anti-Castro
Cuban Community's threats AND the organized crime threat , which, according
to Sam Kinney, gave the agents a sca
re down there9.  A motorcade in Miami
was deemed unwise(it was not canceled, it was nipped in the bud), as the
Secret Service(including Bouck in Washington and the agents from the Miami
field office) believed via their knowledge of the aforementioned t
hreats.
However, although Advance Agent David Grant came from Florida to assist in
motorcade security in Dallas on the evening of 11/18/63 (along with Donald
Lawton, Sam Kinney, Emory Roberts, and Bert deFreese later on10), and Boring
was in charge o
f planning the Texas trip, the threat knowledge was NOT relayed
to the advance team in Dallas!!!  Perhaps this is why Jerry Behn told me 
he was
asked about the Florida trip in Executive Session of the HSCA-Behn wasn't on
this trip either, and none of h
is testimony was published...

5)David Grant was a key player in the planning of the motorcade route(which
was CHANGED shortly after his arrival on 11/18/6311-prior to this date, only
Main Street was mentioned, although, as Sam Kinney and Win Lawson tol
d me ,
there were ALTERNATIVE routes12 Behn told me the route was indeed changed,
yet another matter the HSCA brought up in its  'private'  forum13), the
"uniquely insecure" removal of  flanking  motorcycles(in direct contrast to
the prior Texas motorc
ades in San Antonio, Houston, and Fort Worth  on 11/21-
11/22/63!14), the deletion of  the Dallas police squad car15(Chief Curry 
wanted
this car there), the reshuffling of the motorcade order ( with Lawson16), and
the placement of the press, Dr. Burkley
,  Godfrey  McHugh and Ted Clifton  to
the REAR of the motorcade procession(Burkley protested, McHugh told CFTR 
radio
this was "UNUSUAL", and photographer Tom Dillard said this effectively  and
uniquely brought them out of the picture, as the press usu
ally rode on a
flatbed truck directly in front of JFK's limo, not to mention the press 
buss which
usually follows the follow-up car...17).  Grant(who was involved in the 
drinking
incident18)  worked hand-in-glove with Boring in Florida, too...

6)On 11
/21/63, Dallas Sheriff Bill Decker agreed to offer Dallas Agent
Forrest Sorrels his "full support" to motorcade security for 11/22/63
(as verified in Sorrel's report published in the WC volumes19) . Yet,
on the morning of 11/22/63, according to Roger Cr
aig (and as verified
in several films/photos), Decker had his men standing idle on the corner
of Main and Houston as "spectators" and nothing more20  According to author/
researcher Gary Shaw21 and Dr. Grant Leitma 22(a Maryland researcher)
these unus
ual standdown orders came TO Decker via a call from a still
unknown source in the nation's capitol(recall that Chief Curry stated
in his book that the security arrangements were directed from Washington
23)!If true, it is quite possible that Mr. Boring,
stationed in Washington
and  in charge of planning the Texas trip, gave these orders...

Boring  has  a rich background- he was President Truman's temporary
chauffeur
(Bill Greer drove Truman , as well) and, on 11/1/50, while Truman was 
sleeping
in
Blair House during the renovation of the White House, two Puerto Rican 
Nationalists
began there assassination attempt with guns ablaze while Boring was 
TEMPORARILY
in charge of the White House Detail for that day(see Baughman's book and 
McCullough's
bo
ok on Truman)and guarding Blair House(with agents Vincent Mroz and 
several White
House policeman).As it turned out, Boring fired the only official bullets 
ever fired by a
Secret Service agent in their long history of protecting the nation's 
presidents24-h
e killed one of them, Grisselia Torreselo, while the other, Oscar Collazo,
was wounded but survived(Sam Kinney later guarded him in the hospital; 
Collazo,
who was later inexplicably pardoned by Jimmy Carter, passed away in 199425)!
Interestingly, anothe
r agent, Stu Stout, was guarding Truman inside Blair House,
fending off the many shouts of angry housekeepers with his Thompson 
submachine gun,
refusing to budge from his assigned position in the chance that the 
assassins made
their way passed Boring(S
tout was later commended by Secret Service officials for
his action, the housekeepers notwithstanding26). Ironically, on 11/22/63, 
while
President Kennedy was the victim of a successful assassination ,Stout 
assumed the
very same position-safely away in
side a building (the Trade Mart).Kinney and Boring
told me that  Stout died not long after 11/22/63, the first agent to die 
after the
assassination (cause unknown...they wouldn't say).I guess it is true that 
history
does repeat itself from time to time
...

Boring, whose code name was Deacon(later used by Jimmy Carter!27),
served in the Secret Service from FDR's administration until 1967, when
he retired as an Inspector during the Johnson administration(although
Youngblood's book[ghost-written] s
tates that both Boring and Behn became
Inspectors -a highly coveted position of power-after the assassination,
Behn told me emphatically that he did NOT become an Inspector, although
Floyd Boring did(Behn considered his January 1965 transfer out of the
White
House Detail a "demotion", as he went with another former SAIC, Stu Knight
[from LBJ's detail],to a division known as "Special Investigations", which
was a non-protective function, whose goal was to investigate violations of
the Gold Act, among
others28).In fact, it is ironic that Boring appears to
have been the only agent in a supervisory capacity in JFK's DETAIL to have
benefited after the murder(Rowley took much heat, before, during, and after
both his Warren Commission and HSCA testimony,
and was later replaced as
Chief in 1972 during the Watergate crisis by none other than Stu Knight;
Behn retired in 1967 and went to the Post Office Department [his boss was
JFK Aide  Bill Hartigan, the same man who would later interview Behn for
an e
xtremely tight-lipped JFK Library Oral History in 1976]; Roy Kellerman's
power  was usurped at Parkland Hospital by his deputy,Emory Roberts, and he
would later become an Assistant Administrator in charge of payroll and the
like-a desk job[he retired i
n 1968])! Although ASAIC of  V.P. Detail Rufus
Youngblood , who  was to become the SAIC of this particular detail on 
11/25/63 ,
advancing ahead of the equally-absent  Stu Knight,  went on to become one 
of the
ASAIC's of LBJ"s  Presidential Detail (due
to LBJ's call to Rowley), he was, of
course, already an "LBJ man", so to speak(Youngblood  became one of the 
ASAIC's
of the White House Detail immediately after the murder[Behn, Boring, and 
Kellerman
temporarily kept there nominal positions] until Janu
ary 1965, when Youngblood became
THE SAIC of the White House Detail[we already know what happened to Behn 
and Knight]
with Kellerman now HIS deputy along with a new deputy ASAIC, Thomas "Lem" 
Johns,
another Dealey Plaza veteran29).According to Sam Kinne
y, Emory Roberts became
the Appointment Secretary to LBJ, and Sam assisted Emory(Emory died of an 
alleged
heart attack in the late 1960's, the same time an unknown agent took his own
life with a handgun, according to Agent Marty Venker30.  Interestingl
y, Mrs.
Juanita Roberts, LBJ's Chief private secretary, MAY have been Emory's wife,
due to the circumstances of his later position-I'll try to find out...).
Nevertheless, it was Boring who immediately advanced the highest and the
fastest after the trag
edy(Knight became the Chief  9 years later, while Agent
Clint Hill was SAIC of the White House Detail during the Ford  
administration,
some 10-12 years later).

Boring, now 80 years old and a partial stroke victim, still has an
agile mind; it is
a crime that he was not interviewed by either the Warren
Commission or the HSCA-of the book's he was interviewed  in(former Chief
Baughman's "Secret Service Chief" and McCullough's "Truman"), there is 
nothing
but fodder for Truman historians.  The only
Kennedy book he is quoted in ,
Manchester's "The Death of a President"31, is a true enigma-Boring was NOT
interviewed for this book(see the book's endnotes; also, Boring confirmed
this to me on two occasions)!Alas, the story is not over just yet:  in r
egard
to ANOTHER author we have come across who is known for his errors and ALLEGED
interviews, Gerald Posner, during the course of my research, I attempted to
find out if what Posner claims at the end of his book was true-that, via
Hamilton Brown, the
Executive Secretary of the Former Agents of the Secret
Service(formerly on Joseph Kennedy's Detail on 11/22/63, first name actually
"Percy"), Posner was able to locate and speak with several former agents32.
Since none were credited in the text or hi
s endnotes, I began to get suspicious;
this was heightened when Ann Eisele of the Washington Post called me in 
November
1993 and wanted to get in touch with Brown(along with  some Italian and 
English
journalists, I was contacted alot that fall in regar
ds to the Secret Service).
I gave her the number after I received confirmation that  a)she was who 
she said
she was and b) that she would NOT let Brown know I gave her the 
number(as  readers
may be aware, Brown told me angrily to "cease and desist from
contacting anymore of
my associates", and I did not want to incur his wrath again!33).Even 
under these
circumstances, with her impeccable credentials and no causes for alarm, Brown
would not communicate with her or give her ANY information on how to
get in
touch with former agents (although that was his job, and she was working with
Newsweek and CBS for an Oswald-did-it piece for TV and print)!So, I 
thought-why
the hell would Brown help this relative nobody named Gerald Posner out 
unless...
hmmm..
..unless, just as Posner received exclusive access to Nosenko from the CIA
in exchange for a book to their "liking", Brown was somehow assured by Posner
-and Random House- of the same thing.

However, there is one little wrinkle in this story-ther
e was ONE agent
who I was able to confirm  who WAS contacted by Posner, and it was THIS agent
that referred him to Brown for reason or reasons unclear:  Floyd M. Boring34.


Boring is interesting.


3/22/95 by Vincent M. Palamara

118H803-809

22H
136-137

34H336

44H337

5" The Lone Star- the Life of John Connally" by James Reston, Jr. (New
York: Harper and Row, 1989) p. 258; 11HSCA 516; HSCA Report 12/13/77-
interview with Jerry Bruno

621H546; 11HSCA516

72H107-108; 11HSCA523

8"The Third Altern
ative-Survivor's Guilt: the Secret Service and the JFK
Murder" by Vince Palamara (self-published,1994) pp. 11,50

9author's interview with Sam Kinney 4/15/94

10WR421; 18H789; 17H601; author's interviews with Winston Lawson and Sam
Kinney

11author's inte
rview with Gerald Behn 9/27/92

12see also 4H326

13author's interview with Gerald Behn 9/27/92

1411HSCA527-529; NBC video of Houston motorcade 11/21/63

1511HSCA530

1625H786; author's interview with Winston Lawson 9/27/92; "The Third
Alternative", pp18
,49

17"The Third Alternative", p.49; Tom Dillard on C-SPAN 11/22/93

1818H684

1921H547

20"Two Men in Dallas" video; Hughes film

21author's phone conversation with Gary Shaw 8/23/93

22letter to author 12/14/93

23"JFK Assasination File" by Jesse Curry
, p. 9

24author's interviews with Floyd Boring, 9/22/93 and 3/4/94

25author's interview with Sam Kinney 3/5/94; "Confessions of an Ex-Secret
Service Agent" by George Rush (New York: Pocket Books, 1988), p. 133

26"The Secret Service Story" by Michael Do
rman (New York: Dell, 1967), P.
69

27"The Death of a President" by William Manchester (New York: Harper and
Row, 1988 Edition), p. xxi; "Air Force One: The Planes and the
Presidents-Flight II" video (1991)

28author's interview with Rufus Youngblood 2/8/
94; author's interview with
Stu Knight 10/22/92

29author's interviews with Rufus Youngblood, 10/22/92 and 2/8/94

30"Confessions of an Ex-Secret Service Agent", pp. 216-217

31"The Death of a President", p. 37; the author contacted Manchester about
this
dramatic contradiction in August of 1993, but he refused to show me
his notes or any other means with which to back up his published claim

32"Case Closed" by Gerald Posner (New York: Random House, 1993), p. 503

33author's interview with Hamilton Brown 9
/30/92 (former agents' Bob Lilly
and Sam Kinney were offended at Brown's conduct, but the Secret Service HAS
traditionally advised against ANY interviews other than those channeled
through the "official" Public Affairs Department)

34Boring told me that h
e did not tell Posner anything other than Brown's
phone number, and
he was unsure if Posner even followed through
with the
call (it is very interesting that Mr. Posner picked up on Boring's
importance to the assassination).