Cling and Clang, the Useless Cops
It seems you're safe as long as you are not in direct contact with an Ebola victim or being protected by the Secret Service.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) September 30, 2014
I'm speechless about all the stories about the Secret Service, who not only let an intruder into the White House last weekend, but who apparently have been asleep (or drunk) on the job for years. They are truly the Keystone Cops from Hell, and it just isn't funny.
For once in my life, I agree with Darrell Issa who raked the head of the Secret Service over the coals today in Congress.
For one thing, the Secret Service, and especially Director Julia Pierson, have been lying about every incident. Take the latest fence-jumper. All weekend the official story was that he didn't make it any further than the front hall of the White House - which was shocking enough. But actually, he ran through several rooms and nearly made it to the stairs that lead to the President's quarters!?! What. The. Hell?
MSNBC: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns
Embattled Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday following embarrassing missteps that placed the president and the first family at risk, the Department of Homeland Security announced.
“I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the nation,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.
Joseph Clancy, a retired special agent, would return to the agency as interim acting director, Johnson announced.
From the Washington Post:
The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident. An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Can't picture how far into White House an armed intruder made it? http://t.co/Ka3asaoXdv pic.twitter.com/nh9gwMHnDD @washingtonpost
— Mary Pat Flaherty (@marypatflaherty) September 30, 2014
And look at this:
Another #secretservice scoop via @carolleonnig: Secret Service agent who tackled intruder was off duty http://t.co/XsDkt3Wayh
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) September 30, 2014
Rep. Lynch: This is one man with mental illness against the #secretservice "and you lost"
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 30, 2014
What a line by @RepStephenLynch to head of #SecretService: "I wish to God you protected the White House like you protected your reputation"
— Andy Savas (@andysavas99) October 1, 2014
Rep Chaffetz: "don't praise agents 4 showing restraint (in not shooting fence jumper). Message should be overwhelming force." #SecretService
— T.J. Holmes (@tjholmes) September 30, 2014
WTF! The WH front door required A PERSON to manually turn the lock! My local grocery store has automatic, electronic doors. #SecretService
— Only4RM (@Only4RM) September 30, 2014
And remember that shooting at the White House in 2011? Well, they lied about that too, or didn't take it seriously enough. My God! They didn't bother to investigate a bunch of bullet-holes in the White House windows? Think of the consequences!
It Took #SecretService Four Days to Realize Someone Fired Seven Shots at the #WhiteHouse http://t.co/3Wh7Np2Spy cc: @MorgFair
— The_News_DIVA (@The_News_DIVA) September 28, 2014
The night bullets hit the #WhiteHouse — and the #SecretService didn’t know http://t.co/mlsiP57Qh5 via @postgraphics
— Lydia Maria Fanfan (@LydiaMFanfan) September 28, 2014
. . . for nearly 3½ hours Tuesday, Pierson was the focus of lawmakers' ire. In addition to the Gonzalez breach, they pressed the director on recent disclosures about a 2011 shooting incident that the Secret Service failed to recognize as an attack on the White House until days later.
...In a tense exchange with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., about the shooting, Pierson acknowledged that evidence of the gunfire was not discovered until three or four days after the attack.Ultimately, a White House housekeeper discovered broken glass -- damage left by multiple rounds from a high-powered rifle -- along the iconic Truman Balcony.
"Can you tell me why a housekeeper found the evidence and your agents did not?'' Gowdy asked. "Why not search every inch of the White House? This is just processing a crime scene; this is not high math. Why wasn't it done?''
"It was not as thorough as it needed to be,'' Pierson conceded. The director later said she was particularly "troubled'' by recent reports about a young Secret Service officer who was on duty during the 2011 shooting and heard the gunfire. The officer told investigators reviewing the incident that she did not challenge her supervisors' order to disregard the incident as a false alarm because she feared possible criticism.
And there's even more! Last week the President was allowed onto an elevator in Atlanta with a so-called "security contractor" who had NOT been cleared by the CIA, and who had a gun nobody knew about! And this was in Georgia, which has a "guns everywhere" law. So, hello? DANGER! Somebody has been asleep at the wheel, and this has to stop.
From Carol Leonnig in Washington Post
The private contractor first aroused the agents’ concerns when he acted oddly and did not comply with their orders to stop using a cellphone camera to record the president in the elevator, according to the people familiar with the incident.
When the elevator opened, Obama left with most of his Secret Service detail. Some agents stayed behind to question the man and then used a national database check that turned up his criminal history.
The problems plaguing the Secret Service go beyond Pierson’s leadership. http://t.co/ffLGS3kDA5
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) September 30, 2014
Obama should hire the Hell's Angels to protect him http://t.co/ukdZxXnFSs
— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) October 1, 2014
The #SecretService needs Clint Eastwood back. At least Clint could block the entrance with an empty chair.
— David Wild (@Wildaboutmusic) October 1, 2014
@CapehartJ I'll bet it was weird for Issa to investigate something real. #secretservice
— jane mitakides (@ljanem) October 1, 2014
Man with gun, record was on elevator with Obama in Atlanta http://t.co/JurD8VUqaV #Security #SecretService were they hired by Fox?
— Paulo Saiz-Navarro (@ok_paulo_ok) September 30, 2014
Is the #secretservice a sleeper cell for right wing extremist? #lookslike
— Lupita wannabe (@Xultar) September 30, 2014
How can she protect the president if she couldn't even protect herself from this hairdo. #SecretService pic.twitter.com/nFnQmKCtOC
— Bill (@tomservo10) September 30, 2014