An armed felon was allowed to get “within arm’s reach” of President Barack Obama on an elevator in Atlanta early this month, a serious breach of Secret...
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
I bet she gets a bonus for this performance!
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.
There is not a doubt in my formerly military mind that the current SS Director is an Affirmative Action Queen who was appointed by Obama for her support for the Administration, Leftist politics and gender.
Julia Pierson is a native of Orlando, Florida. While she attended high school, she worked at Walt Disney World as a parking lot attendant, watercraft attendant, and in costume in Disney parades.
She was an Explorer in the Boy Scouts of America, in a post specializing in law enforcement chartered to the Orlando Police Department. She was the 1978 National Law Enforcement Exploring Youth Representative, leading the Law Enforcement Exploring division, and was selected as the National Law Enforcement Exploring chair.
She attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
From National Review:
An internal Secret Service report revealed more than “1,000 security breaches and vulnerabilities,” according to a House investigator who said that a “politically correct” culture is endangering President Obama.
“There are new details that will come out that — you really have to question if security is their number one objective,” Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah), who sits on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is holding a Tuesday hearing on the Secret Service, tells National Review Online. “They want to be politically correct.”
Chaffetz backs that up by reference to the Secret Service’s statement on the most recent security breach, when a man jumped the White House fence and entered the building before being stopped.
“Although last night the officers showed tremendous restraint and discipline in dealing with this subject, the location of Gonzalez’s arrest is not acceptable,” the Secret Service press release said. (That statement was issued before whistleblowers revealed that the fence-jumper made it all the way to the East Room of the White House, on the second floor.)
“When is that the goal and objective of the Secret Service? ‘Restraint?’ Because he had no apparent weapons?” Chaffetz points out. “In this day and age of ISIS and suicide bombers, we don’t know what he has underneath of his clothing. He could have a dirty bomb or improvised explosive device. You just don’t know. It’s totally unfair for an agent to have to make a split second decision on whether or not to use lethal force. If you can’t get a dog or a person in between the person rushing the White House and the White House itself, you may have to use a more lethal weapon.”
Chaffetz emphasizes that “there are a lot of very good men and women” at the Secret Service, but he said that the leadership of the Secret Service has been politicized since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“When 9/11 happened and they reconfigure the Secret Service — took it out of Treasury; put it in Homeland Security — and made the director a Senate-confirmed position, it seems to me it became much more of a political appointee as opposed to a director who is a career servant person,” the congressman says.
The result has been a major breakdown in the morale and effectiveness of the people tasked with protecting the First Family.
“I want to hear out the director, I want to give her a chance to try to explain herself, but I’m going into the hearing with the strong impression that there is a total failure in leadership and questionable protocol,” Chaffetz says.
That concern springs in part from an internal report that surveyed 6,500 Secret Service agents, asking if they had observed any vulnerabilities or security breaches.
On the heels of the Washington Post’s revelation that the armed man who scaled the White House fence earlier this month not only entered the executive mansion but bolted past a guard and into the East Room, the Secret Service has come under fire once again.
According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, President Obama was “obviously concerned” about the September 19 perimeter breach – and in a rare moment of accord, the Republican-controlled House share his concern.
Today, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will grill Secret Service Director Julia Pierson about the agency’s repeated lapses. Here's seven questions lawmakers are likely to ask:
1. Why the lack of transparency?
Yesterday’s revelations don’t exactly square with the agency’s original explanation, which seemed to imply that the 42-year-old fence jumper, Omar Gonzalez, had been apprehended just inside the entrance.
The day after the incident, the Secret Service released a statement saying simply, “Gonzalez failed to comply with responding Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers’ verbal commands, and was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors.”
2. Didn’t Gonzalez’s erratic history raise a red flag?
Secret Service investigators interviewed Gonzalez, an Iraq vet, at least twice before he stormed into the White House on September 19.
Two months before the incident, authorities in Virginia discovered a sawed-off shotgun and a map marking the White House stashed in Gonzalez’s car. They confiscated the weapons but concluded he wasn’t a threat to the president. And about a month later, officers spotted Gonzales wandering along the south fence with a hatchet in his waistband. They determined they didn’t have enough evidence to hold him.
Gonzalez’s motives aren’t clear: Though he had armed himself with 3 ½ inch knife, he claims his only intent was to warn the president that the “atmosphere was collapsing.” Still, the fact that a man repeatedly flagged by Secret Service managed to make it so far into what was once considered most secure residence in the nation is troubling.
3. Why didn’t agents fire?
The Secret Service Uniformed Division supposedly maintains “five rings” of protection to create a secure perimeter around the executive mansion. But it was a counterassault agent patrolling the interior – an agent who was never supposed to come face-to-face with a would-be fence jumper – who eventually subdued Gonzalez.
The first apparent failure came at the North Gate, where a plainclothes surveillance team posted outside the gate failed to notice Gonzalez clambering over the eight-foot fence.
Then, in quick succession, a guard booth officer, SWAT team, and K-9 unit all failed to respond.
According to the Associated Press, agents decided to hold their fire when they (incorrectly) assessed that Gonzalez wasn’t carrying weapons, nor was he wearing clothing that could easily conceal explosives.
They allowed Gonzales to dart into the White House, which had been vacated by the first family just minutes before.
4. Why didn’t they release the dogs?
The K-9 unit, a team of Belgian Malinois dogs trained to attack intruders, was also not deployed.
Sources say officers were afraid the dogs would attack the officers pursuing Gonzalez instead of the intruder himself.
5. Why wasn’t the door secured?
Gonzales didn’t have to force the front door or pick the lock. It wasn't locked.
Secret Service agents generally wait for notice of an intruder to lock the front door – but the officer guarding the entrance on September 19 wasn’t aware of a fence jumper until he was almost upon her.
Gonzales dashed past her and ran past the entrance to the first family’s private quarters and into the ceremonial East Room on the first floor.
6. Why is the Secret Service taking direction from hospitality staff?
According to the Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, someone had apparently muted a “crash box” alarm designed to alert officers of intruders – at the behest of the usher’s office.
Apparently, the alarm frequently went off without provocation, disturbing the staff. Even so, some lawmakers are chiding the agency for disabling the crash box “to appease superficial concerns of White House ushers.”
7. How did the President actually react?
In public, President Obama appeared calm, saying that the Secret Service “does a great job." But previous security breaches have reportedly left the president and first lady fuming.
Monday, September 29, 2014
One wonders if the SS has "Stand Down" orders from someone on High in regards to the protection of President Obama, or just plain incompetent due to lowered standards instituted by the Administration.
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Does the U.S. Secret Service want Obama and his family dead? Yes, this incident could be the result of incompetence, or perhaps someone in a superior position inside the SS taking advantage of that incompetence to achieve a desired result. If murder of the President is on a high ranking SS officer's agenda, then would not a Keystone cops atmosphere be an excellent camouflage?
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The starting salary of these SS clowns is over $100,000 a year plus benefits, which puts them into the top ten percent of earners in America, but like President Obama, not even worth minimum wage.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Its excuses after this weekend's breach are ridiculous and revealing of a troubled culture. The agency needs a new, outside director to clean house.
The Army veteran accused of clambering over the White House fence and breaching the executive mansion served two rough tours in Iraq and returned...