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Postby Addie » Mon Sep 29, 2014 9:12 pm

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Secret Service head faces grilling from House panel over White House security



Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face a grilling from the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday as questions mount about the agency’s ability to protect the first family.





Lawmakers scheduled the hearing last week after Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq War veteran with a folding knife in his pocket, scaled the fence on the northern side of the White House and sprinted inside the executive mansion before being detained. ...





Tuesday’s committee hearing will be split into two parts, a public forum at 10 a.m. and a subsequent classified briefing.





Pierson has requested the closed-door session, saying in a letter to Issa she was worried that she could not provide “frank disclosures” to committee questions without undermining the agency’s mission. ...





House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Monday said he wanted the director to provide a review of its White House security procedures. The Republican lawmaker submitted a list of 11 questions he wants Pierson to answer within the next two weeks.








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Postby Highlands » Mon Sep 29, 2014 10:51 pm

It will be fun to watch the Republicans pretend to care about the safety of President Obama.
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Postby Foggy » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:00 am

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Monday said he wanted the director to provide a review of its White House security procedures.

I think we should definitely publish all the security procedures for everyone to see. This will certainly help the next person who tries to assassinate the President of the United States of America, and then Republicans can finally celebrate after all these years. It's for a good cause.

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Postby Addie » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:50 am

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Postby GreatGrey » Tue Sep 30, 2014 11:52 am

Is on C-SPAN


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Postby Addie » Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:54 pm

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Secret Service Chief’s Fitness Questioned by Democrats

Two top Democrats today questioned whether Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is fit to continue in her post as Republicans stepped up calls for her resignation over a series of White House security failures.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said recent lapses in the U.S. Secret Service’s protection of the president were “inexcusable” and called for an independent investigation of the agency.

Pelosi also endorsed a view by Representative Elijah Cummings, who initially said on MSNBC that he didn’t “feel comfortable” with Pierson in the job, though he later said on Twitter, “I have not decided” about whether Pierson should remain. ...

“This pattern of lapses by the Secret Service followed by cover-up is undermining public confidence,” Representative Stephen Lynch, a Massachusetts Democrat, said in a statement. “We need to make changes to restore the integrity and rebuild the confidence in this important agency.”

Following an afternoon closed-door briefing by Pierson with lawmakers yesterday, Cummings of Maryland said he and Issa were sending a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson urging the creation of an outside panel to review the Secret Service’s personnel, tactics and culture. “From top to bottom,” Cummings said.

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Postby shady » Wed Oct 01, 2014 1:53 pm

Are they sure it wasn't Zullo trying to scale the fence.


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Postby gatsby » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:26 pm

Pierson just resigned.

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Postby SueDB » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:31 pm

Say Buh Bye...

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Postby gatsby » Wed Oct 01, 2014 3:33 pm

She beat Schumer to a 4 p.m. news confeence.

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Postby mimi » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:14 am

A Secret Service Agent Leaked President Obama’s Schedule To Mitt Romney In 2012

By: Jason Easley
Thursday, October, 2nd, 2014, 11:02 am

According to InsideSources:

As scandal continues to envelop the Secret Service, InsideSources has learned of a security failure leading up to the 2012 election. Multiple sources inside the Romney presidential campaign confirm that a Secret Service agent provided details of President Obama’s schedule several days prior to the President’s campaign stops becoming public.

While sources involved in other presidential campaigns tell InsideSources that Secret Service detail assigned to each campaign will sometimes disclose private and personal information about those they are assigned to protect to opposing campaign staff, this instance in particular is very revealing of failures inside the Secret Service.

In the closing weeks of the 2012 campaign, a Secret Service agent was on the ground in a key swing state to coordinate security ahead of several campaign stops by the President. The agent, who was married, made advances towards a Romney campaign staff member.

A married Secret Service agent leaked the president’s schedule to impress a girl.

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http://www.politicususa.com/2014/10/02/secret-service-agent-leaked-president-obamas-schedule-mitt-romney-2012.html


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Postby SueDB » Thu Oct 02, 2014 11:58 am

Ahh, lured into the classic honeypot by a Sexy Secret Romney Operative... Only one thing keeps it from being a total success...it was found out.

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Postby Addie » Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:09 pm

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Inspector: 'Serious lapse' at Secret Service





WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.



The conduct amounted to a "serious lapse in judgment," the inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, John Roth, said in a statement accompanying an investigative memo he released. "These agents, who were there to protect the president and the White House, were improperly diverted for an impermissible purpose." ...



Although agency officials insisted President Barack Obama's safety was not compromised, the report notes Obama was at the White House on at least two days that the agents were "a 50-minute drive (without traffic) from the White House" checking on the headquarters employee. It found no legal justification for using Secret Service agents for such a purpose. ...





The report comes as Congress is investigating the Secret Service over a series of security breaches and scandals, including a recent incident where a man with a knife scaled the White House fence and dashed all the way into the East Room. ...





Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who is leading investigations of the Secret Service as chairman of an oversight subcommittee, said Smith should be fired and agency officials' contention that the president's safety was not jeopardized by the mission were "hogwash."








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Postby Addie » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:28 am

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Fence Jumper Got Inside White House Due to Stunning Number of Secret Service Mistakes



It's almost too bad that Secret Service director Julia Pierson already stepped down, because the latest report on the man who ran into the White House with a knife is definitely the kind of thing someone should be fired over. On Thursday, members of Congress were briefed on a review of the September incident conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, and while the report has yet to be released, the New York Times obtained the executive summary. We've already heard about unlocked doors and attack dogs who weren't deployed quickly enough, but the sheer number of mistakes by the Secret Service is amazing (unfortunately for them, Anchorman rules don't apply when it comes to presidential safety).





Omar Gonzalez, a 42-year-old Iraq War vet, has been charged for allegedly jumping the White House fence on September 19 and making it all the way into the East Room. Here's how the Secret Service let that happen:



  • There were intelligence failures long before the incident, starting when Gonzalez was arrested in July on gun charges in Virginia. (Previous reports said he had "a map of Washington, D.C., with writing and a line drawn to the White House.") The review found the incident was not properly investigated, and Gonzalez was not arrested when he was stopped outside the White House carrying a hatchet a month later. ...




Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told the Washington Post that the agency "has already put in place or is in the process of implementing changes to fix the problems highlighted in the report." It's highly unlikely that explanation will satisfy members of the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding a hearing on Secret Service oversight next week. Representative Bob Goodlatte, who chairs the committee, said the review "reads as a comedy of errors by the U.S. Secret Service and confirms that fundamental reform is needed."








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Postby mimi » Fri Nov 14, 2014 9:57 am

That article is scary, Addie.





I saw this one as well:









Receiving particular criticism was an officer with an attack dog. He was his on his personal cell phone talking without his radio earpiece in his ear.





“When Gonzalez jumped the North fence, the Canine Officer was on a call on his personal cell phone ... without his radio earpiece in his ear, and he had left his second (tactical) radio in his locker,” according to the report conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.





He was also without a backup radio which he left in his locker. It contributed to a slow response, the report added.







http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-fence-jumper-inquiry-reveals-multiple-secret/story?id=26899949





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Postby SueDB » Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:01 am

On personal phone call...





Uh... Buh bye...


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Postby kate520 » Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:48 am

One has to wonder what has caused the SS to completely fall apart. The list of missteps, ridiculous protocols (how many didn't shoot him because they believed he was unarmed? WTAF? That sounds like policy) and suck-egg excuses (one guard didn't take action when he had a chance because was afraid he'd be attacked by the dog by mistake? WTAFFF?) is much longer and goes back farther than Ms. Julia's reign.



The canine handler in the car without any of his equipment being used properly is the thing that tears it, though. That's lax discipline and an inattention to duty that comes dripping down from the top. WTF? You just know there are more incidents that we will never hear about.



With the President the target every.single.day. of the stochastic terrorists' minions, at an unprecedented level...it's sociopathic, is what it is. Have you seen any reports that pinpoint the cause or any talk about when the Service first went for the toboggan ride down the hill?



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Postby ducktape » Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:06 pm

I'm angry too. That's the sort of behavior you wouldn't wouldn't tolerate from a low-level security guard. This is the Presidential detail of the Secret Service????





This is very much from something rotting at the top, or high up in the hierarchy and then intimidating whoever is at the top not to question or look too closely.





It wasn't like this on The West Wing.



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Postby SueDB » Fri Nov 14, 2014 2:27 pm

Or all those Mariel Hemmingway movies.


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Postby Addie » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:00 am

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Interim Secret Service testifies on agency's failures



(CNN) -- Joe Clancy, the interim director of the U.S. Secret Service, said that the agency has been "severely damaged in recent years by failures" and explained some key mistakes made by the Secret Service when a fence jumper was able to run inside the White House two months ago.





In his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Clancy, who was tapped to lead the agency last month, also laid out protocols the Secret Service is trying to improve in the wake of the fence jumper and other problems in the past few years.





"I openly acknowledge that a failure of this magnitude, especially in light of other recent incidents, requires immediate action and longer term reform," he said.





His appearance comes a week after the Department of Homeland Security published a report revealing failures in training, equipment and communications at the agency.








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Postby Addie » Sun Dec 28, 2014 8:22 am

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Critical decisions after 9/11 led to slow, steady decline in quality for Secret Service



The Secret Service began struggling to carry out its most basic duties after Congress and the George W. Bush administration expanded the elite law enforcement agency’s mission in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.





According to government documents and interviews with dozens of current and former officials, the recent string of security lapses at the White House resulted from a combination of tight budgets, bureaucratic battles and rapidly growing demands on the agency that have persisted through the Bush and Obama administrations in the 13 years since the attacks. At the same time, the Secret Service was hit by a wave of early retirements that eliminated a generation of experienced staff members and left the agency in a weakened state just as its duties were growing.





The agency assumed new responsibilities monitoring crowds at an increasing number of major sporting events and other large gatherings seen as potential targets for terrorists. A new anti-terrorism law gave the agency a leading role in tracking cyberthreats against U.S. financial systems. And Bush expanded the circle of people granted round-the-clock protection to include the president’s and vice president’s extended family and some White House aides — an expansion that has been largely maintained under President Obama. ...





An internal review of the Sept. 19 incident in which a knife-wielding man was able to leap the White House fence and race through the building found that several officers on duty had never been trained in the types of force to use to stop an intruder who had entered the front door. Many officers had been on the job less than a year and were uncertain about their specific responsibilities in such a case. Some were confused about how the White House radio communications system worked in a crisis.








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Postby Addie » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:12 pm

New York Times













Secret Service Wants a Fake White House to Help Protect the Real One





WASHINGTON — Stung by accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build another White House in Beltsville, Md.



In prepared testimony before the House Appropriations Committee, Joseph P. Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, on Tuesday will urge lawmakers to give him money to build a detailed replica of the White House to aid in training officers and agents to protect the real thing. Beltsville, about 20 miles from the real White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the site of a 500-acre Secret Service training site in the verdant terrain of Southern Maryland.



“The Secret Service currently uses a rudimentary, not-to-scale simulation of the north grounds of the White House, using bike barricades to act as the fencing,” Mr. Clancy will tell lawmakers, according to the prepared remarks. “There are no structures, vehicle gates, lighting or other aids to enhance the training simulations.”



The proposed replica would provide what Mr. Clancy describes as a “more realistic environment, conducive to scenario-based training exercises,” for instructing those who must protect the president’s home. It would mimic the facade of the White House residence, the East and West Wings, guard booths, and the surrounding grounds and roads.








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