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Were Secret Service Agents too Hungover to Protect JFK?

•, By Pete D**Q**Amato

Five seconds in Dallas changed the course of American history, and the men haunted most by the memories of that day are the ones who could have had a hand in preventing the tragedy.

The assassination of John F Kennedy more than 50 years ago has become a subject of intense scrutiny, with countless books and more than a dozen films devoted to investigating the shooting and its related conspiracy theories.

But agents' testimony and the findings of the Warren Commission point to simple steps that might have averted Kennedy's death, namely having the Secret Service agents better prepared for protecting Kennedy instead of staying out late and drinking the nightbefore.

With the Secret Service in the midst of several scandals,Vanity Fair has taken another look at the readiness of the agency in 1963 and found the hard partying and lackadaisical attitude that plagues the agency now was a problem even then.

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