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  • [Breaking] Jerry Parr, Secret Service Agent Who Helped Save Reagan, Dies at 85

    10/09/2015 9:55:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-10-2015 | LIAM STACK
    Jerry S. Parr, the Secret Service agent credited with saving President Ronald Reagan’s life during an assassination attempt in 1981, died Friday at a hospice near his home in Washington. He was 85. The death was confirmed by Mr. Parr’s wife, Carolyn, who said he died of congestive heart failure. Mr. Parr was just feet away from Mr. Reagan when John W. Hinckley Jr. opened fire on the president outside the Washington Hilton hotel on March 30, 1981. “When he was about probably six or seven feet from the car, I heard these shots,” Mr. Parr said in a 2013...
  • Sensitive Data Missing From National Archives

    05/20/2009 7:21:48 AM PDT · by John W · 40 replies · 1,469+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | May 20, 2009 | Larry Margasak
    WASHINGTON - The National Archives lost a computer hard drive containing massive amounts of sensitive data from the Clinton administration, including Social Security numbers, addresses, and Secret Service and White House operating procedures, congressional officials said Tuesday. One of former Vice President Al Gore's three daughters is among those whose Social Security numbers were on the drive, but it was not clear which one. Other information includes logs of events, social gatherings and political records. Archives spokeswoman Susan Cooper said in a written statement that the agency was preparing to notify affected individuals of the breach. The representative of former...
  • Three of Obama’s ambassadorial nominees put on hold after Secret Service leak

    10/05/2015 10:39:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/05/2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said Monday morning that he is putting a hold on three of President Obama’s ambassadorial nominees until the administration shows it is taking steps to punish Secret Service staff involved in leaking unflattering information about a lawmaker. “This was apparently a violation of law, and absolutely shocking conduct,” Cotton said in an interview. “The executive branch all the way up to the West Wing needs to treat this with the seriousness it requires.” Cotton called on Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to “personally attend” to disciplining top Secret Service leaders — specifically including new Director Joseph...
  • Secret Service Targeting of Chaffetz Alarms Lawmakers

    10/03/2015 4:14:24 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 20 replies
    CQ Roll Cal ^ | 10/2/2015 | Hannah Hess and Matthew Fleming
    A Secret Service official’s allegedly deliberate decision to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz could “give pause” to other lawmakers who have applied for federal jobs, cautioned former House Judiciary Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
  • Another Secret Service Scandal — This One’s Not Just About Sex or Drugs

    10/02/2015 6:33:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/02/2015 | The Editors
    Let’s not shy away from what the Secret Service actually was up to in the matter of its illegal spying on Representative Jason Chaffetz: conspiracy to commit blackmail against a member of Congress. Representative Chaffetz has been investigating the scandal-plagued protective agency — the habitual drunkenness and whoring of its agents, among other things — when Secret Service personnel improperly accessed his protected records in a hunt for dirt. The aim of this was made clear by assistant director Ed Lowery, who wrote to assistant director Faron Paramore: “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out.” Critics...
  • Hillary Clinton: Bane of the Secret Service

    10/01/2015 10:52:07 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/01/2015 | Deroy Murdoch
    Her temperment is perfectly unsuited for the presidency. ‘​Good morning, ma’am,” a member of the uniformed Secret Service once greeted Hillary Clinton. “F*** off,” she replied. That exchange is one among many that active and retired Secret Service agents shared with Ronald Kessler, author of First Family Detail, a compelling look at the intrepid personnel who shield America’s presidents and their families — and at those whom they guard. Kessler writes flatteringly and critically about people in both parties. Regarding the Clintons, Kessler presents Chelsea as a model protectee who respected and appreciated her agents. He describes Bill as a...
  • With Chaffetz File, Secret Service Hits New Low

    10/01/2015 4:30:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/1/15 | Michael Walsh
    It’s only taken — what — five or six years for the Secret Service to go from one of America’s most trusted and respected security institution to a collection of politicized bureaucratic hacks. Nice work, Obama administration: An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman ­critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting...
  • Secret Service employees leaked private info in attempt to embarrass Jason Chaffetz

    10/01/2015 7:23:17 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/01/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Retaliation. I guess the Secret Service felt it needed to do more to make itself just like a high school. It’s not enough that agents like to get drunk while on assignment and pick up prostitutes. Now, if anyone investigates their misdeeds, they’re going to get back at the narc by spreading stories about him. Oh, by the way, these are the people who protect the life of the president. That should make you feel warm and cuddly inside. So when Congressman Jason Chaffetz drove an investigation into the misdeeds and failings of the Secret Service, you can bet they...
  • Investigation: Secret Service tried to discredit US lawmaker

    09/30/2015 11:03:22 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 8 replies
    The Daily Oklahoman ^ | 9-30-2015 | Alicia A. Caldwell
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Scores of U.S. Secret Service employees improperly accessed the decade-old, unsuccessful job application of a congressman who was investigating scandals inside the agency, a new government report said Wednesday. An assistant director suggested leaking embarrassing information to retaliate against Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee.</p>
  • With WaPo Approval, Illegal Alien Reporter Used Fake ID to Report From White House

    06/22/2011 11:04:51 AM PDT · by kristinn · 106 replies
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | Kristinn
    Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitizer prize winning reporter who has worked for the Washington Post and Huffington Post, has revealed that he is an illegal alien in a coordinated media push with the New York Times and ABC News seeking amnesty for illegal aliens like him.Vargas also revealed that he breached White House security by using a fake ID, including when he covered a state dinner. And that a superior at the Washington Post knew and approved of his actions.Vargas made the revelations in an article he authored published in the upcoming New York Times Sunday Magazine.Vargas writes that at...
  • Prostitute scandal posed no risk to Obama: Napolitano

    04/25/2012 12:17:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2012 | Tabassum Zakaria and Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's safety was not jeopardized by the actions of Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes back to a Colombia hotel on the eve of his arrival, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured a Senate committee Wednesday. "There was no risk to the president," she told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the first public questioning of an administration official since the scandal broke as Obama prepared to visit Cartagena for a summit. Napolitano said that a review of Secret Service records showed no similar episodes of misconduct that might have warned of brewing problems at...
  • Secret Service head in hot seat after White House breach details revealed

    09/30/2014 4:31:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 72 replies ^ | 9-30-2014 |
    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....
  • Watchdog: Top Secret Service official wanted information about Chaffetz made public

    09/30/2015 3:06:48 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 30,2015 | By Carol D. Leonnig and Jerry Markon
    The Secret Service’s assistant director urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.” Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had applied to be...
  • Report: Secret Service leaked information on Chaffetz

    09/30/2015 3:51:18 PM PDT · by TroutStalker · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/30/15 | Lauren French
    The Secret Service leaked sensitive personal information to the press about Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz as the Utah Republican was investigating the beleaguered agency, an inspector general's report said Wednesday. The Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued a report on Wednesday that accused Secret Service Assistant Director Edward Lowery and other agency officials of plotting to leak information about Chaffetz, including his unsuccessful attempt to join the organization. The leaks were a highly unusual breach of decorum. Lawmakers often battle with agencies, but the fights mostly stay above board and focus on...
  • Top Secret Service official urged release of unflattering information about congressman

    09/30/2015 5:34:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 09/30/2015 | Carol D. Leonnig and Jerry Markon
    An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.” Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, had applied...
  • Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated

    09/21/2015 10:59:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies ^ | Dana Hedgpeth and Fredrick Kunkle
    Mike Gillette said Clancy called him Monday and said he was “very sorry,” and that the agency “did not handle the situation well.” A spokeswoman for the Secret Service confirmed that Clancy made the call. According to Gillette, Clancy offered to come to one of the group’s events to apologize in person and offered to have some of the children come to one of the agency’s training facilities in Maryland for a tour. ... In a statement e-mailed late Sunday, Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the closures on Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square were “put into...
  • Kids with cancer and their parents ejected from park near White House

    09/21/2015 9:56:35 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2015 | Fredrick Kunkle
    The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group’s plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of and research funding for childhood cancer, participants said. Some of the parents and children expressed hurt and disappointment that the Secret Service and Park Police, citing security precautions, virtually shut down part of a two-day event called CureFest for Childhood Cancer.
  • Donald Trump is a pińata — he’s just made for whacking

    08/27/2015 8:42:12 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | August 27, 2015 | Steve Rubenstein
    Whacking Donald Trump with a stick is big business in San Francisco. You can do it for $14 to the small Trump, or $20 if you splurge for the large Trump. The stick costs $3 extra, and you really need a proper stick, customers say, to bust Trump to smithereens. Those are the economics — a field said to be Trump’s specialty — in the red-hot business of selling Donald Trump pińatas.
  • Joe Biden Swims Naked, Upsetting Female Secret Service Agents, Book Claims

    08/27/2015 2:11:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 08/01/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Vice President Joe Biden enjoys swimming without a bathing suit, a new book claims.Biden, who’s flirting with a run for president in 2016, gives Secret Service agents an eyeful both at his Delaware home and at the vice president’s official residence in Washington, D.C., according to “The First Family Detail” by Ronald Kessler.The book relies on named and unnamed sources to describe life guarding prominent politicians including Biden, former President Ronald Reagan, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. “Agents say that, whether at the vice president’s residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a...
  • Report: Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin Abuse Secret Service Agents

    08/20/2015 6:44:51 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 08/20/2015 | William Bigelow
    Ronald Kessler, writing for The Daily Mail, testifies that Hillary Clinton and her long-time aide Huma Abedin were detested by members of the Secret Service because the two women arrogantly treated the Secret Service agents like dirt. Kessler, the author of The Secrets of the FBI and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, dismisses claims by members of the media that the current FBI investigation of Clinton is restricted to a “security investigation.” He attests that the investigation of Clinton means that she violated criminal laws, as the FBI will not launch an investigation...
  • Exclusive: Scandal-tainted U.S. Secret Service to hire 1,100 staff - sources

    08/15/2015 1:55:46 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Aug 14, 2015 | BY JULIA EDWARDS AND JASON SZEP
    Facing accusations that it cannot adequately protect the White House, the U.S. Secret Service plans to hire 1,100 more officers and agents for an agency besieged by embarrassing scandals and security lapses, two law enforcement sources with direct knowledge of the plans said. The addition of 700 uniformed division officers and 400 agents over five years would expand its staff of 6,647 by nearly 17 percent, the biggest hiring increase in more than a decade at the 150-year-old agency whose job it is to protect the president, his family, and senior officials, along with fighting financial crime. The Secret Service...
  • Secret Service Investigating Alleged Bush Threat

    03/31/2002 7:54:16 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 21 replies · 310+ views
    Secret Service Investigating Alleged Bush Threat— WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Secret Service said on Sunday it had no comment on a report that a trucker had been arrested outside Chattanooga, Tennessee after allegedly threatening President Bush. "The Secret Service is conducting an investigation and due to there being an active, ongoing investigation, I can't make any further comment about it," said a Secret Service official who spoke on condition of anonymity. Cable News Network reported the man told police he had a 3,000-pound bomb "... and the president has problems," in a telephone conversation that led to his apprehension...
  • Once Again, President Barack Obama Calls For The Abolition Of The Secret Service

    06/19/2015 6:30:40 AM PDT · by Voice of Reason1 · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/18/2015 | Jim Treacher
    Guns are evil. More guns = more crime. Get rid of guns, because bad people do bad things with guns. Now that we’ve established the ground rules, ladies and gentlemen: the President of the United States. “We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed, in part, because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.” Whether or not anything he just said is true, it’s clear that his appeal to emotion demands immediate and decisive action. That’s why, for the sake of Americans everywhere,...
  • In rush to correct screwups, Secret Service assigning new officers without security clearances

    06/10/2015 7:31:46 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 10 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/10/15 | Dan Calabrese
    How badly the Secret Service was being run You’ve got problems. You’ve got a guy jumping the White House fence, running up the steps and actually making it to the stairway that leads to the residence - with a knife on him. That’s a problem. You’ve got a drunk agent crashing into a White House barricade. You’ve got prostitutes in agents’ hotel rooms . . . yeah, you’ve got problems, Secret Service. So you get a new director. OK. You pretty much had to do that. And then you start hiring a bunch of new agents as quickly as you...
  • Are there Uncleared Secret Service new-hires working at White House?

    06/10/2015 7:11:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/10/2015 | Ed Morrisey
    The Secret Service has had a bad couple of years, with prostitution scandals and security gaps that have embarrassed the agency — and in one instance, had an intruder running through the White House. As part of the effort to bolster security around the President, the agency has gone on a hiring spree, bringing in fresh talent to address some of the recent failures. The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig, who has reported more than a few of those failures, now reports that the rush to man the posts has resulted in agents working in sensitive areas without the proper...
  • Bomb threat: White House briefing room briefly evacuated

    06/09/2015 1:38:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    fox memphis ^ | 6-9-2015 | JOSH LEDERMAN and JIM KUHNHENN, ap
    <p>Secret Service agents interrupted a live, televised White House press briefing Tuesday to evacuate journalists after a bomb threat was called in to police. No bomb was found, the Secret Service said.</p> <p>President Barack Obama and other officials remained in the building during the evacuation, which only affected the James S. Brady Briefing Room. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who was briefing reporters at the time of the evacuation, said later that Obama was never in any danger.</p>
  • DHS chief: Drones 'an issue' for security in 2016 race

    05/15/2015 12:32:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Blog Briefing Room ^ | May 15, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that drones will be an issue for federal, state and local security during the 2016 presidential race. Johnson made the comments in response to a question from NBC's Chuck Todd, who asked him whether the Secret Service was "panicked" about the proliferation of drones. Todd said he wondered how it would effect security at outdoor campaign events in 2016. “It is definitely an issue,” Johnson replied on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”He then went into an anecdote about a drone flying over his head at a graduation ceremony. “I was giving a commencement address a...
  • Man detained outside White House for trying to fly drone

    05/14/2015 11:03:12 AM PDT · by McGruff · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2015 | Kristen Holmes
    Secret Service detained a man Thursday afternoon who eyewitnesses tell CNN was trying to fly some sort of remote-controlled aerial device over the White House fence. The park on the north side of the White House has been placed on lockdown while the incident is being investigated.
  • US to add second layer of steel spikes to White House fence

    05/07/2015 9:18:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 7, 2015 12:03 PM EDT | Alicia A. Caldwell
    The Secret Service is adding a second layer of steel spikes to the top of the White House fence to keep would-be intruders at bay, according to a proposal submitted to the National Capitol Planning Commission. The ˝-inch long steel “pencil point” spikes will be snapped into place at the top of the fence and protrude outward, according to a diagram included in the proposal submitted for the Secret Service by that National Park Service. The spikes will be added to the fence along the north and south sides of the White House grounds. […] The Secret Service has been...
  • Fix the Secret Service, Dammit

    04/24/2015 9:28:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 24, 2015 | Mona Charen
    We learned this week that the Secret Service dawdled for an entire year before fixing a broken security system at the home of former President George H. W. Bush. The Secret Service itself is looking pretty broken these days. A few weeks ago, two drunken agents returning from a party drove right through an active bomb investigation outside the White House. They didn't notice that their colleagues were examining a suspicious package. In 2012, a number of agents were found to have engaged prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, during a presidential trip. At least one of the prostitutes had links to...
  • Californian arrested for trying to scale White House fence

    04/20/2015 11:33:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 20, 2015 10:48 AM EDT
    A California man has been arrested after trying to scale a White House fence, according to the Secret Service. The agency said the incident happened at 10:25 p.m. Sunday. Fifty-four-year-old Jerome R. Hunt of Hayward, California is scheduled to be arraigned in Superior Court in Washington on a charge of unlawful entry. …
  • DEA Chief Explains Why She Can't Fire Agents Involved in Sex Parties Paid for by Drug Cartels

    04/15/2015 10:01:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4-15-15 | Susan Jones
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart said she is "offended by the behavior" of DEA agents who engaged in prostitution and sex parties while working on the taxpayers' dime. But Leonhart told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday there's nothing she can do about it except to write memos stating that "these kinds of behaviors require significant discipline." If you can't fire the agents or even recommend that they be fired, "What the hell do you get to do?!" an exasperated Rep. Trey Gowdy asked her.
  • Inside Hillary's 'Very Luxurious' Van: A Bed, TV, and Lots of Leather

    04/14/2015 3:19:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-14-15 | Daniel Halper
    Hillary Clinton has arrived at her first campaign stop, completing the 965 mile trip from Chappaqua, New York to Le Claire, Iowa in about two days time. Her choice of transportation? A Secret Service owned and operated van. The van, however, isn't an everyday minivan or even a full-sized van. It's a luxury vehicle outiftted with top amenities. Specifically: It's a limited edition Chevrolet Express van upfitted with a Limited SE packed by Explorer Vans company "It's very luxurious," a salesman who helped deliver this vehicle tells me on the phone. "I'd rank it up there with the best." The...
  • Toddler Gets Through White House Barricade and Onto Grounds

    04/13/2015 9:39:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Dana Hedgpeth April 13 at 11:52 AM Security at the White House was again breached Sunday after a 4-year-old toddler got through a security barrier on the property. The incident happened Sunday afternoon when security agents rushed to the north lawn with their weapons drawn and checked out the area. They discovered that the toddler had managed to climb under a temporary barrier along Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House gate. The barrier looks similar to a bike rack, officials said, but is meant to keep pedestrians away. It was not immediately clear how the child got through the secured...
  • Secret Service supervisor put on leave after assault allegation

    04/09/2015 6:07:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 9, 2015
    A high-ranking Secret Service supervisor was placed on administrative leave Wednesday after a female employee alleged that he assaulted her after-hours at agency headquarters last week. The allegations come weeks after agents were accused of driving a car into a bomb-investigation scene after a night of partying. The latest incident also involved a party attended by agency employees -- the supervisor and the female employee allegedly were involved in a struggle after the party, and the sex crimes unit of the District's police department reportedly is looking into the incident. The Secret Service said the supervisor, identified as 48-year-old Xavier...
  • Secret Service manager put on leave during probe of alleged assault

    04/09/2015 12:27:06 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 8, 2015 | Carol D. Leonnig and Keith L. Alexander
    The Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at agency headquarters last week, the agency said Wednesday. The D.C. police’s sex-crimes unit and a government inspector general are investigating the female agent’s allegation that Xavier Morales, a manager in the security clearance division, made unwanted sexual advances and grabbed her on the night of March 31 after they returned to the office from a party at a downtown restaurant, according to two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the probe
  • Book: Young Chelsea Clinton Called Secret Service 'Pigs' And Told One Agent 'That's What...

    04/07/2015 9:00:18 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 07, 2015 | DAVID MARTOSKO and SOPHIE JANE EVANS
    Book: Young Chelsea Clinton Called Secret Service 'Pigs' And Told One Agent 'That's What My Mother And Father Call You' Stunning tale came from White House domestic help who tended to the Clintons' every need during the 1990s. Book published today is based on more than 100 interviews with ordinary non-political staff who ran America's presidential mansion One former head of the household staff said: They were about the most paranoid people I'd ever seen in my life'. Another staff member said he was fired after he helped former first lady Barbara Bush with her computer because Clintons feared he...
  • Meet the Woman Harry Reid Wants to Replace Him in the Senate

    03/28/2015 12:35:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Andrea Drusch
    Harry Reid's favored candidate to keep his Senate seat in the Democratic column is in many ways a stark contrast with himself: a Latina prosecutor who has only run one competitive political race in her career. Yet Democrats are abuzz about former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, who Reid essentially endorsed Friday. She won both of her campaigns for attorney general—including one in 2010 that she rendered basically uncompetitive—by more than 15 percentage points and has family lineage in state politics. Reid worked during his Senate career to promote change within his state party as its electorate grew more...
  • Bombshell police video shows Secret Service SUV hit White House security barricade...

    03/24/2015 10:23:39 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 13 replies ^ | 3/24/15 | unknown
    Police surveillance video shown publicly for the first time Tuesday shows Secret Service agents in their government vehicle driving through the secured area and nudging a temporary barrier at low speed as it drove toward a checkpoint. The incident occurred as on-duty officers and agents investigated a suspicious package thrown near the White House on March 4 – and an accompanying threat that it contained a bomb. The House Oversight Committee showed the video from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy was testifying for the third time about the incident,...
  • Secret Service wants $8 million White House replica for training

    03/20/2015 3:52:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/20/2015
    Washington (AFP) - The US Secret Service has requested $8 million to build a replica of the White House for use in training agents to prevent incidents like last year's mansion intrusion, the agency's director said Tuesday. Joseph Clancy said the agency's current rudimentary training facility, in Beltsville, Maryland, is not to scale, and has "no structures, vehicle gates, lighting, or other aides to enhance the training simulations." He told a House of Representatives panel reviewing 2016 funding that his agency's budget "includes $8 million for the design and initial construction of a White House mock-up" in Maryland that will...
  • Secret Service Director Clancy Wants $8M Replica White House for Training

    03/17/2015 4:08:09 PM PDT · by don-o · 36 replies
    NBC ^ | March 17, 2015
    The Secret Service would like $8 million to build a replica White House for training purposes following a string of security lapses, including one last year when a fence-jumper made it deep inside the President's residence, the Secret Service Director said Tuesday. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told a House Appropriations subcommittee that agents would be able to "train more efficiently" if they had access to a "mock-up" White House. Clancy said he'd like for the replica to be built in Beltsville, Maryland, about 20 miles from the actual White House. Clancy estimates that the design and construction of the...
  • Secret Service agents disrupted bomb investigation at White House

    03/13/2015 6:53:21 AM PDT · by McGruff · 33 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | March 12, 2015 | Carol D. Leonnig and Peter Hermann
    Two Secret Service agents suspected of being under the influence while striking a White House security barricade drove through an active bomb investigation and directly beside the suspicious package, according to current and former government officials familiar with the incident. These and other new details about the March 4 incident emerged Thursday from interviews and from police records obtained by The Washington Post
  • 2 Secret Service agents crashed into White House barricades after attending party, report says

    03/11/2015 4:14:00 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/11/15 | Fox News
    Two senior Secret Service agents -- one of whom is a top member of President Obama's protective detail -- reportedly drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week. The Washington Post, citing a current and a former government official familiar with the incident, reported Wednesday afternoon that the officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said the sources, who spoke to the...
  • Hillary Clinton tries to end controversy over private email account

    03/11/2015 9:55:49 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 11, 2015 | Paul Richter, Vera Haller and Mark Z. Barabak
    "....The former senator from New York said the server had been installed to ensure digital security for her husband, former President Clinton. She said it was still guarded by the Secret Service and had never been hacked. Nonetheless, she said that last fall she approved the destruction of slightly more than half of the emails she wrote or received as America’s top diplomat during President Obama’s first term — because they were “private and personal.” The remainder were forwarded to the State Department. “No one wants their personal emails made public,” Clinton told reporters who packed a hallway outside the...
  • Two Arrested After Two Separate White House Security Breaches

    03/02/2015 3:23:59 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 14 replies
    NBC 4 DC ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unknown
    Updated 6 hours ago Two people were arrested in two separate White House security breaches in less than 24 hours, NBC News reported. Around 6:45 a.m. Monday, a man tried to get in through a gate that was open for construction workers who were leaving from a north side entrance of the White House.
  • Ousted No. 2 man at Secret Service lands on his feet with mystery job in Homeland Security

    02/12/2015 3:22:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    * Alvin 'A.T.' Smith ran day-to-day operations at the Secret Service while it was dragged through scandal after scandal * He resigned this week but landed a job at DHS with an investigative unit inside Immigration and Customs Enforcement * The Obama administration won't say what Smith's new title is or what his duties will be, but his transfer instead of dismissal would have been approved at the highest levels(continued)
  • Under pressure from Congress, Secret Service deputy director resigns

    02/09/2015 5:23:32 PM PST · by John W · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 9, 2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The Secret Service said Monday that its second-ranking official was resigning his post, a departure under pressure of one of the last remaining senior managers who had presided over a string of embarrassing security lapses in recent years. The ouster of Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith, which followed pressure from lawmakers who have called for fresh leadership at the troubled agency, came three days before he was scheduled to testify before a House oversight committee. He was considered one of the few people with a deep understanding of the Secret Service’s highly specialized mission.
  • 'Device' Discovered on White House Lawn

    01/26/2015 2:21:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/26/15
    NEW DELHI, India — A "device" was found on the lawn of the White House, President Barack Obama's press secretary said Monday. Josh Earnest confirmed the discovery during a briefing on Obama's trip to India. He said the device did not pose any immediate threat.
  • 4 top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up

    01/14/2015 1:10:00 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 129 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2015 | Carol D. Leonnig
    The Secret Service has decided to remove four of its most senior officials while a fifth has decided to retire, the biggest management shake-up at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses, according to people familiar with internal discussions. The departures would gut much of the Secret Service’s upper management, which has been criticized by lawmakers and administration officials in recent months for fostering a culture of distrust between agency leaders and its rank-and-file, and for making poor decisions that helped erode quality. Acting Director Joseph P. Clancy on Tuesday informed the...
  • 'A PETULANT CHILD’: Former Secret Service Agent Blasts Obama For Blaming Service For Skipping..

    01/14/2015 1:29:47 PM PST · by PROCON · 17 replies ^ | Jan. 13, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino blasted President Obama’s decision to blame security concerns for his decision not to attend an anti-terrorism rally in Paris. The White House blamed security concerns for Obama’s decision not to attend the “March Of Unity” in Paris after a deadly Islamic terrorist attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The Secret Service said that it was never asked to prepare for a presidential visit to Paris. Bongino, who served in the Secret Service under presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama before galvanizing conservative voters with recent Maryland Senate and congressional runs, told The...