Seymour Weitzman, a Dallas cop who witnessed the murder of President Kennedy, ran into the parking lot behind the picket fence on the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963. He ran there because he'd heard shots coming from that direction. When he got to the parking lot Weitzman ran into a man who flashed Secret Service credentials and told him the situation was under control. The credentials looked genuine, so Weitzman moved on. Later, however, the Secret Service had to admit that none of its agents were on the ground in Dealey Plaza that day. It became apparent that the Secret Service agent was a phony, and Weitzman was pressured by the Warren Commission and FBI to change his story. Weitzman never did. What's more, he positively identified Bernard Barker as the man who was pretending to be a Secret Service agent. Barker was a covert CIA operative who was convicted as one of the Watergate burglars in 1972. When Weitzman refused to change his story, he was institutionalized after having a "nervous breakdown." But when interviewed by author A.J. Weberman for his book Coup d'état in America, Weitzman was quite lucid and definitive in his ID of Barker.
Dallas police officer J.M. Smith also ran to the parking lot after the shooting and encountered a phony Secret Service agent. Smith said told the Warren Commission, "It didn't ring true. He looked like an auto mechanic. He had on a sports shirt, but he had dirty fingernails. I should have checked the man closer, but he had produced correct identification."
Defending his men, Dallas Police Chief Jesse Curry said, "I think he [the Secret Service agent] must have been bogus--certainly the suspicion would point to the man as being involved in the shooting since he was in an area immediately adjacent to where the shots were--and his Secret Service badge made him all the more suspicious."
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