Secret Service Swings and Misses

Wow:

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face questions about how an armed intruder jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room when she testifies before a House committee on Tuesday.

Sources confirmed to Fox News on Monday that 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez overpowered a Secret Service officer in the Sept. 19 incident — this led to a struggle and “wrestling” inside the executive mansion as he darted through. Gonzalez was eventually tackled by a counter-assault agent in the East Room after he reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn.

The revelation that the intruder made it much farther than originally known came on the eve of a scheduled House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing that will address the breach, as well as lawmakers’ “concerns” about the Secret Service’s security protocols.

There’s no word yet on whether Gonzalez had blue skin and the ability to teleport.

To be fair to the Secret Service, they usually tackle these guys on the White House lawn. This is first time in a long time someone has actually gotten inside the building. Nevertheless, they clearly need to make some changes, including abandoning the idea of a “diverse” Secret Service:

Whatever I think of the President, the Secret Service’s job is to protect him from the numerous nuts who want to write themselves into a history book. This was a pretty big failure on their part.

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    I’ve never once understood how the treasury dept ended up with this gig and kept it.

    Logically it should either be under one of the military branches, the FBI, or the Federal Marshall.

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  2. Hal_10000 *

    And now this: they allowed an armed criminal on an elevator with the prez:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/armed-former-convict-was-on-elevator-with-obama-in-atlanta/2014/09/30/76d7da24-48e3-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html

    Alex, you might be onto something. There was pressure a few years ago for the SS to have more women. If a woman can meet the physical requirements to defend the President’s life, fine. But that should not be the priority.

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  3. West Virginia Rebel

    They made the head of the Secret Service a political nominee. Put it back in treasury where it belongs.

    Agents reportedly turned off the alarm to the East Room because it was “too annoying.” It’s like a bunch of interns are running the place. Oh, wait…

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  4. Ed Kline

    Much ado about nothing. The president had already left, and they let their guard down when it didnt matter. As for an armed former convict on an elevator, who cares. We live in a country where people are allowed to be armed ( and convicts who have served their time should also be allowed). ‘Shall not be abridged.’ means exactly that, nothing about not in front of the president in the 2nd amendment.

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  5. Biggie G

    The Secret Service has the job, because Treasury was the only national LE force. The FBI and all didn’t exist, we had a very small standing army in 1900 and they probably didn’t want a very visible military presence around the President. There was no really serious protective detail until after McKinley was shot.

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  6. Seattle Outcast

    But why let them keep the job? If I was president I’d be surrounded by a Navy SEAL team and a shitload of marines.

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  7. Biggie G

    No offense, to the US military, but they are completely different missions. There has been some recent stupidity, but protecting the president is what the USSS does. I think SEALs are too valuable and too few in number to have to retrain a group of them for a completely different mission. I think that you would also get into some posse comitatus issues and there is always the image of a Praetorian Guard that we are trying to avoid. The President is a civilian and should have civilian bodyguards. They should just be the best damn civilian bodyguards the nation can supply.

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  8. Section8

    I think everyone is missing the big obscenity here. Why is the press not making this a tea party issue and the “extremism” that threatens not only this president but the whole world? Screw incompetence, there wouldn’t even be a need for a secret service if it weren’t for right wingers. I mean they’ve been so accuate with it in the past. Why no interest now? Lack of diversion is forcing employees with “lady parts” to be fired. We can’t have that! Step up lefties and save your PC fantacy land before it’s too late.

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  9. Hal_10000 *

    I’ve never once understood how the treasury dept ended up with this gig and kept it.

    They are not part of Treasury. They were moved to Homeland Security in 2003. And according to agency insiders, that’s when it went wrong.

    DHS — there’s nothing they can’t fuck up.

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