LISTEN TO THIS VOA INTERVIEW: Agents Say JFK Assassination Transformed Secret Service
Gerald Blaine and Lisa McCubbin, Authors of The Kennedy Detail says weaknesses exposed by the Kennedy assassination forced a change in how the Secret Service was funded. “So it made them realize even more how important their mission was, and they were able then to convince Congress to get more money. They had been asking for more money for years and years to get more people. They knew they couldn’t protect the president with what they had," said McCubbin. Clint Hill stayed with the Secret Service after the assassination. He rose to Assistant Director and witnessed changes in the agency - no more travel in open automobiles, and more agents, more money, and better communication.