Saturday, July 29, 2023

The first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the President and the JFK Chicago Plot


Abraham Bolden was a former United States Secret Service agent who gained attention due to his association with President John F. Kennedy. He was born on January 19, 1935, in East St. Louis, Illinois, and served in the United States Secret Service during the early 1960s.

Bolden made history by becoming the first African-American Secret Service agent assigned to the White House Presidential Detail. He joined the Secret Service in 1960 and was appointed to protect President Kennedy during some of his official visits and trips.

However, Bolden's time with the Secret Service was cut short due to a controversial incident. In November 1963, before President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas, Bolden became aware of alleged misconduct within the Secret Service, specifically related to the protection of the President.

According to Bolden's account, he uncovered a plot to assassinate President Kennedy during his visit to Chicago. He reported this information to his superiors, who failed to take the threat seriously. Bolden further asserted that he faced racial discrimination within the agency, which compounded his challenges.

Shortly after President Kennedy's assassination, Bolden was arrested and charged with accepting a bribe. He maintained that the charges were fabricated as retaliation for his whistleblowing and attempt to expose the security vulnerabilities within the Secret Service. In 1964, Bolden was convicted and sentenced to six years in prison. However, President Kennedy's successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, commuted his sentence after serving nearly three years on the grounds of irregularities in the trial.

Abraham Bolden's case remains controversial, and some supporters believe he was indeed targeted for trying to raise concerns about the Secret Service's handling of security matters. However, others have questioned the veracity of his claims. The exact circumstances surrounding his arrest and conviction have been the subject of ongoing debate and investigation.



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