Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Secret Service Agent Who Saved Reagan Dead At 85

Jerry Parr (right) pushing Reagan into the presidential limousine after 1981 assassination attempt (AP Photo)

Jerry Parr, the Secret Service Agent credited with saving the life of President Ronald Reagan after Bush family friend, John Hinckley, Jr., rapidly fired a gun at Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981, died yesterday at the age of 85. The speeding presidential limo was en route back to the White House before the quick-thinking Parr, who had earlier grabbed Reagan and shoved him into the limo, ordered the driver to change directions and head to George Washington University Hospital. Gunshots fired from Hinckley's gun struck White House Press Secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent and a D.C. police officer, as well as Reagan.

A single bullet had entered Reagan's left chest and deflected off one of his ribs before lodging in one of his lungs. Parr had initially examined Reagan for a gunshot wound but was unable to find one. Complaining of chest pain, Parr recognized the obvious when he noticed blood coming from Reagan's mouth. He immediately ordered the driver to take the President to George Washington University Hospital where doctors said the agent's quick thinking saved the president's life. Former First Lady Nancy Reagan released a statement praising Parr as a true hero:
"Without Jerry looking out for Ronnie on March 30, 1981, I would have certainly lost my best friend and roommate to an assassins bullet. Jerry was not only one of the finest Secret Service agents to ever serve this country, but one of the most decent human beings I've ever known. He was humble but strong, reserved but confident, and blessed with a great sense of humor. It is no wonder that he and my husband got along so well."
Investigative journalist Wayne Madsen, who personally knew Parr, described him as "professional, sharp and thoughtful." Madsen notes that Parr's order to take Reagan to a hospital instead of the White House in the event of a shooting contradicted an order made the prior day by Vice President George H.W. Bush, who was in charge of a task force handling presidential succession matters.
Parr, by ordering the limo driver to proceed to George Washington University, actually bucked Bush who had been chairing a presidential succession task force in the weeks before Bush family friend John Hinckley tried to assassinate Reagan. Jerry knew all about the evil of the Bush family before many of us caught on. Secretary of State Al Haig took command of the White House because he also knew what Bush was up to.
Like other independent investigators who do legitimate news reporting and not merely act as propaganda agents for the U.S. government, Madsen has long maintained that John Hinckley, Jr.'s attempt on Reagan's life was orchestrated by the CIA and, namely, then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, a long time non-operative cover ("NOC") for the CIA before serving as its director during the Ford presidency. Hinckley's parents were long-time Texas oil friends of the Bushes.

Serious investigative researchers believe the younger Hinckley was likely part of the CIA's MK Ultra mind-control program under which subjects are hypnotized to carry out crimes like political assassinations after which they have no memory of the motivation that led them to carry out their acts. The controversial program was allegedly ordered halted in 1973 after congressional investigations of the rogue agency uncovered its existence but others believe it continues to operate to this day.

At the time of the attempt on Reagan's life, NBC News anchor John Chancellor was one of the few mainstream reporters to draw the connection between the Hinckley family and the Bush family, even noting that Bush's son, Neil, was scheduled to have dinner that very evening with his good friend and Hinckley's brother, Scott Hinckley, in Denver, Colorado where the two lived before they learned of the assassination attempt. Madsen claims Chancellor was forced out of his job as NBC News anchor, in part, because of his interest in pursuing the Bush connection to the assassination. "NBC's John Chancellor was fired as anchorman because he wouldn't drop his investigation of a Bush tie-in to Hinckley's actions," Madsen writes. "Bush was as much behind the attempted assassination of Reagan as LBJ was behind the murder of JFK." "You won't read any of this in the CIA- and Bush-loving Washington Post," Madsen said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I met him in 1989 -- I had a job interview and he was trying to get home to a special event with his wife. Braniff Airlines had mechanical problems and we were stuck for several hours. Talked about Abrams tanks. Really interesting man, great conversationist. He still carried his Secret Service ID card, even though he was retired by this time. A chance meeting has stuck with me all these years. RIP, Jerry.