I could not be more appalled at the revelation that the Secret Service allowed an armed man deep within the White House and actually allowed him access to the Obama family’s living quarters, even though he did not opt to climb the stairs to them. To make matters worse, the Secret Service seems more intent on covering up their blunders than addressing their problems. Frankly, there is NO EXCUSE!!!
An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled, according to a member of Congress familiar with the details of the incident.
The man, Omar J. Gonzalez, who had a knife, was stopped as he tried to enter the Green Room, a parlor used for receptions and teas, said the congressman, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the Republican chairman of a subcommittee looking into the security breach. Earlier, Secret Service officials indicated that Mr. Gonzalez, 42, had only made it steps inside the North Portico after running through the door.
The new development, first reported by The Washington Post, raised immediate questions about whether the Secret Service had been forthright in its initial accounts of the episode. It will set the stage for an explosive congressional hearing on Tuesday when lawmakers say they intend to grill Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, about whether an undisciplined culture inside the long-heralded agency has eroded its ability to protect the president and his family… [emphasis added]
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Rachel Maddow explained the blunders.
People who cannot view MSMBC video can see this on YouTube.
First, in my opinion, Julia Pierson has to go. She has proven her inability to manage the agencty and the aftermath of the inability.
Second, return Secret Service to Treasury. Being part of Homeland Security’s alphabet soup has taken away their unique elite status.
Third, return the director’s job to presidential appointment without Congressional approval. Protecting our key officials is too important to politicize.
Fourth, restore the funding Republicans gutted from their budget.
I will probably have more suggestions as I learn more.
Finally, I would be just as angry about this, even if Crawford Caligula, aka Potomac Pinocchio, aka Texas Torquemada, were still in the White House.