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  • New book: Being assigned to Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service detail “a form of punishment”

    08/13/2014 6:17:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News via Yahoo! News ^ | August 13, 2014
    There’s no worse assignment for a Secret Service agent than protecting Hillary Clinton, if claims in a controversial new book are to be believed. Ronald Kessler’s book, “First Family Detail,” is filled with salacious revelations about the secret personal lives of the nation’s most high-profile political leaders. “She is so nasty to agents that being assigned to her detail is considered a form of punishment,” Kessler told “Top Line” of Clinton. “It shines a light on her character,” Kessler said. “She claims to be a champion of the little people, and she's going to help the middle class. And, in...
  • New book details alleged shocking Secret Service corner cutting, imperiling America’s leaders

    08/06/2014 6:28:23 AM PDT · by fredericbastiat1 · 36 replies
    TheBlaze Books ^ | 8/6/14 | Benjamin Weingarten
    If a Secret Service agent were to tell you that candidate Obama or President George W. Bush have attended events in a post-9/11 era in which magnetometer screening was waived because of overflow crowds, would this shock you? What if said agent were to note that when Vice President Biden threw out a first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles season opener in April of 2009 before 48,607 fans, literally none of them had been screened with magnetometers, while Biden himself was not wearing a bulletproof vest? Author Ronald Kessler alleges these stories and many more in his new book, “The...
  • Secret Service Agent says Stealth Jihadist Agent Huma Abedin ‘as Vile and Rude as Hillary (Clinton)’

    08/05/2014 10:44:14 AM PDT · by george76 · 47 replies
    Walid Shoebat ^ | August 4, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    The tales of how rude Hillary Clinton is to Secret Service agents is well documented and not new. However, according to one former agent, the abusive behavior rubbed off on stealth Muslim Brotherhood agent and close adviser to Clinton Huma Abedin. ... Huma Abedin, Hillary’s deputy chief of staff at the State Department and traveling chief of staff during her campaign for the presidency, is considered as vile and rude as Hillary. ‘Huma looked down on the agents and treated them as second-class citizens’, a former agent stated. If she wasn’t recognized, she would say, ‘Do you know who I...
  • Book: The skinny on Biden dipping

    08/01/2014 7:50:12 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | August 1, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    A new book is baring all on Vice President Joe Biden’s love for stripping down in the pool. In “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” written by former Wall Street Journal reporter Ronald Kessler, readers get a look inside the private lives of politicians, told by the Secret Service agents assigned to protect them.
  • Female secret service agents hate being assigned to Joe Biden because of his love of SKINNY DIPPING

    08/01/2014 5:35:26 AM PDT · by McGruff · 153 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 1 August 2014 | Paul Donnelley
    A new book claims that Vice-President Joe Biden upsets female Secret Service agents by swimming naked wherever he goes. 'Agents say that, whether at the vice president's residence or at his home in Delaware, Biden has a habit of swimming in his pool nude,' Mr Kessler writes. 'Female Secret Service agents find that offensive.' The Secret Service is also concerned by Mr Biden's insistence that the motorcade that accompanies him everywhere does not disturb his neighbours in his home state of Delaware, says Mr Kessler.
  • Bill’s secret mistress, the ‘Energizer’

    07/21/2014 6:56:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 27 replies
    New York Post Page Six ^ | 7/21/2014 | Richard Johnson
    Bill Clinton reportedly has a buxom blond mistress who visits so often when Hillary Clinton isn’t home in Chappaqua that the former president’s Secret Service detail have given her an unofficial code name: Energizer. This is according to Ronald Kessler in “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents,” due Aug. 5 from Crown Forum. Kessler is no stranger to the controversies surrounding the Secret Service. He broke the story that Secret Service agents protecting President Obama in Cartagena, Colombia, hired prostitutes, and put the president in jeopardy.
  • Obama ex-Secret Service agent warns of new power grab

    07/20/2014 4:42:33 PM PDT · by yoe · 25 replies
    WND ^ | July 20, 2014
    After swearing an oath to protect the life of Barack Obama and then resigning, one former Secret Service agent is calling the president out for an alarming overreach of power he claims is risking the lives of Americans. “The president has abdicated his duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, especially where illegal immigration is concerned,” Dan Bongino told WND in an interview. A 12-year veteran of the Secret Service and candidate for Congress in Maryland’s Sixth District, he called the current state of the U.S. border “the most unsecure situation you could possibly imagine.” “We’re not escorting these...
  • Hillary treated secret service like hired help but Bill was a softie says former agent in book

    06/12/2014 12:03:25 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 11, 2014 | Caroline Howe
    Hillary told secret service agent who refused to carry her bag to ‘get the f*** away from me’, and treated her detail like hired help but Bill was a softie . . . says former agent in bombshell book If Hillary Clinton runs, and wins the Presidential race in 2016, the Republicans won't be the only ones with trepidation. The Secret Service, who have tangled with Hillary since she became First Lady in 1993, will also be quaking in their lace-ups. Hillary has been known to hurl a book at the back of the head of one agent driving her...
  • US Secret Service seeks sarcasm-spotter for Twitter

    06/04/2014 2:17:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | 6/4/2014 | Darren Pauli
    The US Secret Service wants to identify sarcastic tweeters from the serious in a bid that will surely cause its software to sink and buckle.A tender issued by the security agency sought a way to determine sentiment, identify influencers and section off those exercising the lowest form of wit across the twitter sphere.In what appears to reveal the agency's tight upgrade regime and security requirements, the Twitter trawler would need to be compatible with the dust-clad Internet Explorer 8, first released five years ago.The agency also wants to geo-locate users based on tweets while displaying results in "user friendly" coloured...
  • SECRET SERVICE SOFTWARE WILL 'DETECT SARCASM' IN SOCIAL MEDIA USERS

    06/03/2014 11:53:16 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 112 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 3 2014 | No Attribution
    The Secret Service is purchasing software to watch users of social networks in real time, according to contract documents. In a work order posted on Monday, the agency details information the tool will collect -- ranging from emotions of Internet users to old Twitter messages. Its capabilities will include “sentiment analysis,”
  • Congress Launches Investigation of Secret Service Agent Diversion from White House

    05/21/2014 6:44:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Carol Leonig
    Congress’s chief oversight committee has launched a formal investigation into how and why Secret Service agents were ordered to leave their assignments protecting the White House complex to instead protect a close friend of the agency’s director. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson by letter Tuesday to turn over all documents detailing how and why agents were pulled from providing extra protection for President Obama and his family in summer 2011 to go to La Plata, Md., as part of a new assignment called “Operation Moonlight.” The Washington Post first revealed the...
  • Video: Secret Service detail pulled off presidential post to spy on foe of

    05/11/2014 12:43:05 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 11 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Complete Title: Video: Secret Service detail pulled off presidential post to spy on foe of … the director’s secretary The latest scandal at the US Secret Service goes beyond alcohol binges and unpaid prostitutes, and directly into the realm of the abuse of power. When the personal assistant of then-Director Mark Sullivan got into a dispute with a neighbor, one with restraining orders and considerably tense feelings, Sullivan ordered agents assigned to a presidential detail to shift their attention to surveillance of the neighbor. The neighbor, a 22-year employee of the FBI, tells the Washington Post that she knew she...
  • Secret Service Incident in Netherlands Was on Heels of Car Wreck During Obama’s Miami Trip

    03/26/2014 7:47:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 31 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Michael Birnbaum
    As the U.S. Secret Service arrived in the Netherlands last weekend for a presidential trip, managers were already on high alert to avoid any further em­barrassing incidents involving agents. The agency’s director had admonished supervisors after two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking were involved in a March 7 car accident during a presidential visit to Miami, according to several people with knowledge of the incident. The driver passed a field sobriety test and was not arrested. SNIP Those with knowledge of the internal investigation said the incident infuriated managers because it came less than three weeks after the traffic accident...
  • Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking

    03/26/2014 4:00:29 AM PDT · by mgist · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/25/14 | Leonnig
    Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of the agents was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people....
  • Secret Service Agents in Obama’s Detail Sent Home from Netherlands After Night of Drinking

    03/25/2014 7:00:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura
    Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included Secret Service...
  • U.S. Secret Service Solicits Proposals to Replace “The Beast” With New Presidential Limo

    03/12/2014 9:32:33 AM PDT · by nascarnation · 41 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 4/12/14 | Ronnie Schreiber
    The United States Secret Service has started the process to begin to build the next generation presidential limousine with the posting of a contract proposal on the FedBizOpps.gov site for companies seeking to do business with the federal government. The contract will be awarded by the Dept. of Homeland Security by August 29th of this year and the new armored limo, no doubt equipped with the latest and highest tech communications and security gizmos, is planned to go into service in 2017, after Mr. Obama’s replacement takes office.
  • Nelson Mandela memorial security scandal: 'There were no checks'

    12/14/2013 1:41:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12-14-13 | Byron York
    It's becoming increasingly clear that when President Obama arrived at the Nelson Mandela memorial service in Johannesburg, South Africa Tuesday, he stepped into an atmosphere so chaotic, disorganized, and unsafe that under any other circumstances the White House and Secret Service might well have insisted the president not appear. FNB Stadium, where the memorial was held, seats 95,000 people. Even with a steady rain and thousands of empty seats in uncovered areas, there were tens of thousands of people in the area with the president. It appears most of them got in without going through any security. "There were no...
  • Mandela Service Security Dangers Didn’t End With Interpreter

    12/13/2013 7:08:06 AM PST · by kristinn · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 10:30 p.m. EST Thursday, December 12, 2013 | Josh Gerstein with Jose DelReal
    The presence of a fake sign-language interpreter with mental health issues at the Nelson Mandela memorial service President Barack Obama attended in South Africa on Tuesday may have been the least of the security dangers at the event. Thousands of members of the general public appear to have entered the 95,000-seat, open-air Johannesburg arena with no security screening whatsoever, local press accounts and foreign journalists who attended the ceremony said. “I was shocked at the apparent lack of any real security measures, precautions or deterrents,” said reporter Scott Thuman of WJLA, a Washington TV station affiliated with POLITICO. “We entered...
  • One of Obama’s top Secret Service agents allegedly commits suicide amidst cheating investigation

    12/09/2013 5:18:21 PM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 37 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Charlie Wells
    One of President Obama’s top Secret Service agents has died in an apparent suicide. Rafael Prieto, 47, was a married father who had confessed to cheating with a Mexican woman for nearly six years, a secret under investigation for allegedly violating agency rules that require disclosure of relationships with foreign nationals. A member of the Secret Service for more than two decades assigned to the agency’s most prestigious post as the President’s protective detail, Prieto was found inside a car parked in a Northwest Washington, D.C. apartment complex garage last week, dead of what authorities believe to be carbon monoxide...
  • Secret Service agent’s book hits best-seller list (decries toxic Obama admin)

    12/01/2013 3:59:08 AM PST · by Liz · 41 replies
    NY POST--PAGE SIX ^ | 11/30/13 | NY POST Page Six Team
    Dan Bongino resigned from the Secret Service in 2011 to run for a US Senate seat in Maryland (as a Republican). Bongino believes the “toxic” Obama administration is using government as a weapon exclusively to intimidate enemies. "We’re in a very dangerous place. There are so many scandals, and any one of them could be absolutely catastrophic for what this country stands for.” Bongino's book, “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All,” published by WND Books hit the NYT best-seller list.
  • More Obama Anti-Gun Regulation Comment Window is Closing. Act Now

    Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- The Obama administration has proposed changes to regulations dealing with the transfer of legally owned full-auto guns and other restricted items like short-barreled rifles and silencers. Such items are legal, but controlled under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and are commonly referred to as NFA items.Under current NFA regulations, an individual wishing to purchase an NFA item must submit to an extensive background check, pay a special $200 excise tax on each NFA item, and get the signature of his local “Chief Law Enforcement Officer” or CLEO – typically a sheriff or chief of police.While possession...
  • President Obama: My safety is ‘not something I think about’

    11/22/2013 12:33:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/22/13 2:48 PM EST | Jennifer Epstein
    President Barack Obama doesn’t spend much time worrying about his personal security, he said Friday, as he reflected on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy half a century ago. “It’s not something I think about, mainly because we have a Secret Service that does an outstanding job every single day,” he said in an interview ABC News’s Barbara Walters, who was at the White House on Friday to tape her annual end-of-year special featuring the president and first lady. …
  • Secret Service officials reportedly accused of misconduct in 17 countries

    11/15/2013 8:51:58 AM PST · by ColdOne · 14 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 11/15/13 | WaPo/foxnews
    Secret Service officials are being accused of recently engaging in sexual misconduct and other indiscretions in a total of 17 countries, according to a report Friday in The Washington Post. The paper reported that the claims were made by whistleblowers to a Senate committee. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., top Republican on that Homeland Security subcommittee, told the Post that the accounts contradict claims made by Secret Service leaders that the agency does not allow such behavior.
  • Obama Secret Service Agent: “It’s Worse Than People Know… and I’m Not Trying to Scare You Either”

    11/06/2013 6:41:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | Mac Slavo
    (Pictured: Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino with President Obama) You may have your suspicions about what’s going on behind closed doors at the White House. But according to one of President Obama’s former body guards it’s much worse than we can even imagine. Dan Bongino has protected numerous Presidents over his career, including President Obama. He has been within ear-shot of many a discussion in the Oval Office, but up until this administration has stayed out of the lime light. Apparently, however, the activities of this administration are so abhorrent that he could no longer keep quiet. Bongino is so...
  • Is this guy's video analysis really proof of an adult in Miriam Carey's passenger seat?

    10/05/2013 4:02:28 PM PDT · by IChing · 75 replies
    The Free Patriot ^ | 10/5/13 | Rick Wells
    Great grassy knoll!--I was merely mildly intrigued by some magnified still frames posted right after it happened, but if you stay with this guy's video for a minute it IS very compelling. You can see an adult's head bending down.
  • Caught on Tape: Woman Attempts to Charge Barricade Near White House (full raw footage)

    10/04/2013 6:12:57 AM PDT · by Stalwart · 74 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Oct-3-2013 | Al Hurra
    This is the full raw footage that was released by Al Hurra
  • Deadly Capitol Mayhem: Why Did Miriam Carey Travel From Connecticut to D.C.?

    10/03/2013 9:33:30 PM PDT · by IChing · 97 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 10/3/13 | Donald Joy
    Wild speculation abounds regarding today’s bizarre and fatal encounter today between various federal police agencies and a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut, who beginning at 2:14 p.m. was first involved in some kind of confrontation at one of the White House gates. With her infant daughter inside her black Infiniti luxury sports coupe, the driver, an attractive, pleasant-looking (based on her Facebook photos published by various news outlets, and a photo found on her employer’s website) African-American woman by the name of Miriam Carey, ran down a U.S. Secret Service officer with the car as she abruptly turned the...
  • Saving Reagan

    10/03/2013 3:36:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 3, 2013 | David Stokes
    Hollywood put out some great movies in 1939, films such as Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But one movie that year—now largely forgotten—served a purpose even greater than helping a Depression-ravaged American public forget their dire straights, not to mention the storm clouds gathering around the world. It was called, Code of the Secret Service, and it starred a handsome young actor named Ronald Reagan. Jerry Parr was nine years old the day his dad took him to a Miami theater to see Reagan play a...
  • Documents show Secret Service kept tab of Swartz

    08/13/2013 10:48:00 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    U.S. Secret Service documents show that the agency played a key role in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and watched his case closely until he committed suicide.
  • Secret Service to celebrate diversity with ‘Unity Day’

    07/21/2013 4:20:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2013 | Caroline May
    The Secret Service is slated to observe “Unity Day” on July 26, Miami Secret Service Bureau Chief Paula Reid confirmed. “We are participating in Unity Day, but this will be an offshoot from what is being managed by our headquarters in Washington, D.C. There are people across our agency who are doing it, but it is being steered by the Office of Equal Employment in Washington, D.C,” she explained to The Daily Caller.
  • Secret Service "Visits" Outspoken Critic of Obama - Because of Twitter?

    06/11/2013 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 150 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 6/11/13 | Harriet Baldwin
    After you read this- you will wonder what country we are in. Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his "paint" program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form. On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of "Police!" The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could "take a look around." Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn't want any return visits) -...
  • 5 scandals that could undo Obama's re-election bid (Flashback April 19, 2012)

    05/22/2013 7:41:11 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    This Week ^ | April 19, 2012 | The Week Staff
    "For the most part, the Obama administration has successfully avoided bad publicity, but it's now being faced with a string of scandals at the worst possible time" The Obama administration has largely been heralded as the most scandal-free in modern history. But now, right in the middle of an election year, President Obama is being saddled with a string of embarrassing — and potentially damaging — incidents. Most recently, The Los Angeles Times released photos of U.S. soldiers posing with the corpses of Afghan insurgents. While the revelation was deeply troubling, that scandal has mostly reflected poorly on the military....
  • Secret Service logs show Hinckley on good behavior

    04/11/2013 2:19:54 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 25 replies
    YahooNews ^ | April 11, 2013 | JESSICA GRESKO
    The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 has behaved well over the past year when he's been freed from a Washington mental hospital to visit his mother in Virginia, according to U.S. Secret Service reports. Agents trailed John Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother's home in Williamsburg. Surveillance logs show he shopped at PetSmart, Target and the grocery store Harris Teeter. He also did volunteer work, visited an art museum on the campus of the College of William and Mary and made planned therapy visits. The logs were part of more...
  • Secret Service investigating suspicious vehicle parked near White House; streets closed

    04/10/2013 3:53:09 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/10/13
    The Secret Service is investigating a suspicious vehicle parked near the White House. Streets around the White House were shut down Wednesday morning, and Metro says one entrance to the McPherson Square subway station is closed while authorities investigate.
  • Furor Over Colorado Bill to Give Secret Service Agents Police Powers

    04/07/2013 6:48:13 AM PDT · by CodeToad · 104 replies
    The New American ^ | 6 APril 2013 | Bob Adelmann
    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is expected to sign into law a bill that would give the U.S. Secret Service "limited" police power while operating in the state of Colorado. The bill, SB 13-013, which has already been passed by both the Colorado House and Senate, has sparked a firestorm of controversy because of fears that the proposed power could be used by Secret Service agents, acting on behalf of the Obama administration, to arrest sheriffs in Colorado who refuse to enforce unconstitutional federal gun controls.
  • State grants Secret Service vast new powers (Colorado)

    03/29/2013 8:45:49 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 94 replies
    wnd ^ | March 29, 2013 3 hours ago | Jack Minor
    Soon will be able to enforce Obama gun laws without sheriffs' help A bill is heading to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk that Republican lawmakers say would give members of the Secret Service broad arrest powers in the state and could provide a framework for federal agents eventually to enforce gun restrictions. “This is absolutely insane,” Rep. Lori Saine, R-Dacono, said. “In theory if a Secret Service agent is in a county where the sheriff has refused to enforce some of the recent unenforceable gun laws, the agent could arrest an individual if he believes the law has been broken.”...
  • Hump Day Noows Roundup: New Head of Royal Palace Guard, The War On Eagles & Kerry's Brain Injury

    03/27/2013 10:15:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-27-2013 | MOTUS
    Most alphabet journ-O-lists like to wrap up the week on Saturday or Sunday giving their own “unique spin” on the week’s news. Butt, as you know, I’m not most alphabet journ-O-lists. Let’s get started with my new, journ-O-list style feature: Hump Day Noows Roundup. Up first, Changing Our Royal Palace Guard: On Tuesday, Big Guy named veteran Secret Service agent Lilly Raines as the Royal Palace Guard’s first female director, signaling his desire to change the culture at the male-dominated service, which has been marred by scandal. Incoming Royal Palace Guard Director, Lilly Raines Veteran SS agent Lilly Raines, along...
  • White House Press Secretary Contradicts Obama's Claims About Cancellation of Tours, ABC Ignores

    03/14/2013 9:43:40 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    In an "exclusive" interview with ABC, Barack Obama on Wednesday dodged responsibility for the ending of White House tours, stating, "I have to say this was not a decision that went up to the White House." The President placed the responsibility on the Secret Service. Later in the day, press secretary Jay Carney contradicted Obama and admitted that the White House cancelled the tours. ABC's World News on Wednesday and Good Morning America on Thursday didn't bother to cover updates on Obama's denial. Appearing on the Washington D.C. radio show Mornings on the Mall, former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino...
  • WashPost: Obama Shutting Down White House Tours Isn't a Stunt, It's a 'Civics Lesson'

    03/09/2013 7:20:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 9, 2013 | Tim Graham
    The front page of Saturday's Washington Post took the publicity stunt of shutting down White House tours and spun it as an educational event. The headline was “In canceled White House tours, a civics lesson: Disappointed tourists help administration show sequester’s pain.” Inside the paper, the headline was “Worthless tickets drive home government’s dysfunction.” Ahem, the tickets are free even when they are honored. The online headline was even worse: "With canceled tours, White House teaching how democracy works." Reporter David Nakamura blamed not Obama but the "dysfunctional state of the union": The White House tour is a civics lesson...
  • Millionaire ID thief gets four years for paying waiters to skim AmEx cards from wealthy customers

    02/26/2013 6:45:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 2/26/2013 | LAURA ITALIANO
    A crafty, millionaire identity thief will spend at least four and a half years in prison after admitting today that he paid waiters at some of Manhattan's fanciest restaurants to skim the AmEx cards of wealthy customers. Between 2010 and 2011, some 265 diners had their Black and Platinum AmEx card information stolen by waiters at Smith & Wollenski, Capital Grille, Wolfgang's Steakhouse and JoJo, all thanks to Luis Damian Jacas, who pleaded guilty on the brink of opening statements in his now-scuttled enterprise corruption trial at Manhattan Supreme Court. Jacas, 42, of Manhattan, paid waiters $500 per Black card,...
  • Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service

    02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sara Carter
    Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service • As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say. Homeland Security issued its first agency-wide memorandum late last week preparing for sequestration, the sweeping automatic budget cuts set to take effect as early as March 1 under a prior deal between the White House and Congress to...
  • Secret Service chief to step down this month

    02/01/2013 10:10:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 1, 2013 8:46 PM EST | Alicia A. Caldwell
    Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement Friday, bringing to a close a turbulent period for the law enforcement agency that included a South American prostitution scandal and a pair of White House gate-crashers. In nearly seven years as director, Sullivan had to answer serious questions from lawmakers on two occasions about his employees’ actions on the job and off. Last May, in testimony before Congress, Sullivan apologized for the conduct of Secret Service employees caught in a prostitution scandal in Colombia. Thirteen agents and officers were implicated after an agent argued with a prostitute over payment in a...
  • Report: Secret Service director to resign today

    02/01/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by illiac · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2/1/13 | Kristen Walker
    NBC News’ Kristen Welker reported via Twitter Friday afternoon that “Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan will announce his resignation today according to multiple sources.” Sullivan has overseen the Secret Service since 2006 and was its director during the agency’s high-profile prostitution scandal last year. 12 Secret Service agents and several other military personnel were allegedly involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. Those agents were sent there to set up advance security ahead of a visit by President Obama.
  • Secret Service dog falls off roof and dies while protecting Vice President Biden in New Orleans

    01/27/2013 7:40:03 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2013
    A Secret Service dog tragically fell to its death Saturday night in New Orleans while doing a security sweep of six-story building next a hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was hosting an event.
  • Obama signs protection bill for former presidents

    01/10/2013 2:55:58 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 31 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | January 10, 2013 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis.
  • Obama: 'These children are our children'

    12/14/2012 12:41:54 PM PST · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    politico44 ^ | 12/14/12 | Obama/politico44
    President Barack Obama, in a brief address to the nation, offered his condolences to those who lost loved ones in the elementary school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and said it is time to act to prevent similar tragedies. "As a country we have been through this too many times," he said, ticking off recent shootings across the nation. "These neighborhoods are our neghborhoods, and these children are our children, and we're going to have to come together …to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
  • White House Deploys Secret Service To Stop Press From Talking To Goldman Sachs CEO

    11/28/2012 4:42:19 PM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Wednesday, November 28, 2012 | Zeke Miller
    As CEOs concluded their meeting with President Barack Obama Wednesday evening, the White House deployed three uniformed Secret Service officers to keep the awaiting reporters from speaking with the group, among them Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
  • Secret Service agent who hid affair kills himself (assigned to Ovama)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly six years, a senior Secret Service agent kept his extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency responsible for protecting the president. But in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers, Rafael Prieto’s secret was revealed by a fellow employee amid concerns the Secret Service wasn’t enforcing its rules consistently. With an internal investigation ongoing, Prieto apparently committed suicide last week, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Barack Obama, admitted the years-long relationship...
  • Big lizards scare Secret Service ahead of Obama's Thailand visit

    11/17/2012 1:26:19 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies
    UPI.com ^ | 11/17/12 | UPI
    BANGKOK, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Thai officials reassured the U.S. Secret Service that lizards found on the Government House grounds were not the dangerous komodo dragons, but water lizards.
  • Des Moines store near Obama rally has a message for the Secret Service

    11/05/2012 3:50:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/5/12 | Chris Moody
    President Barack Obama is planning an outdoor rally here on Monday, but one store within the event's security zone is taking a stand against Secret Service searches inside the shop. A sign on the window of Raygun, a clothing store that sells quirky T-shirts, tells Secret Service agents who intend to "sweep" the premises before Obama's speech that it does "not consent" to any searches. …