Secret Service and the White House experienced another security breach Tuesday when another Drone was successfully flown over the grounds.
Secret Service officers saw the drone flying above Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House. They detained the man Thursday afternoon but he does not face criminal charges.
The man flying the drone landed it, and was arrested. It is not yet known if the man intended to fly the drone over the White House.
President Barack Obama was at Camp David.
It’s the second drone incident at the White House this year. Four months ago a U.S. intelligence agency employee lost control drone. He had been flying it around his apartment but lost control of it and it too landed on the property.
It’s the latest in a series of security breaches at the White House that are a part of the quagmire in the agency. Joseph Clancy began last year to clean up the already scandal ridden agency.
The scandals and mishaps have not stopped.
— Alex Johnson (@MAlexJohnson) April 15, 2015
Yes Folks, a 4 year old penetrated White House Security…but we will get back to that!
It all seemed to start in November 2009. Tareq and Michaele Salahi crash Obama’s first state dinner. The Secret Service eventually acknowledged that officers never checked to see if they were on the guest list.
Then in 2011, a man shot at and hit the White House. He cracked a window and it was four days before it was realized that the home was hit. It was only realized then after a housekeeper noticed the broken grass. Secret Service had known about the gunshots previously, but for a time had decided it was not real. Later they admitted actual shots but denied they actually broke the perimeter of the White House grounds.
There has since been an incredibly long list of incidents.
In August 2011, Agents are yanked from their posts over several weeks and assigned to protect the home of a personal friend of then Director Mark Sullivan. He believed a neighbor was being harassed.
March 27, 2013 Sullivan retired after 30 years with the agency.
In April 2012 Secret Service took prostitutes from a strip club back to their hotel rooms. A Justice Department investigation found that two DEA agents arranged one encounter between a prostitute and a Secret Service officer.
In May 2013, a Secret Service supervisor left a bullet in a woman’s restroom in a hotel close to the White House. He then tried to force his way into the room to retrieve it.
It was later found out that he and a colleague sent sexually suggestive emails to a woman subordinate. The supervisor loses his job, and the colleague is reassigned.
A year later, three Secret Service counter assault team agents protecting Obama in Amsterdam were caught partying and drinking, violating Secret Service rules. One of the agents passed out drunk in a hallway.
2014 was not kind to the Secret Service.
In September of 2014, one of the scariest Secret Service lapses happened. A security contractor with a gun and an assault record got on an elevator with the president. The contractor took video of Obama and refused to stop when requested by the agents.
Secret Service only learned the man had a gun after he is fired from his job for carrying the gun. To make matters worse, Obama was not told about the incident.
Three days later a man with a knife jumps the White House fence, front door, and makes it deep inside the building. He was not caught until an off-duty agent tackled him. The Secret Service originally reported the man only made it through the front door. It was also found out that a security alarm was disabled because staff found it too noisy.
In September of 2014, Then-Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appear before a House committee. She testifies about the security lapses and it’s a disaster. In October Pierson resigns from her post. Joseph Clancy begins to head the agency.
October 1, 2014, Director Julia Pierson resigns.
Shortly after, a man jumped the White House fence and is stopped by Secret Service dogs.
Yayy! One for the team! I will not discuss the chasm between the successes of the dogs and the failures of the masters.
Also in October, the investigator researching the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia is arrested for prostitution in Florida. He resigned.
Finishing off the year, in December a panel of outside experts delivered a report to Secretary of Homeland Security. The Panel found an organization starved for “leadership that rewards innovation and excellence and demands accountability.”
2015 has not been any better.
In March, two senior agents, one being second-in-command of President Obama’s detail, ran into a White House security barrier after drinking at a party. The men drove into the middle of an active bomb investigation.
Western Journalism reported that the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a report Wednesday which says the agents were ‘More Likely Than Not’ impaired by alcohol.
Meeting with congress later in March, Clancy testified that he wanted to build a full scale model of the White House. He also plays tug-of-war with the congressmen over the video of the drunk driving incident and is not forthcoming.
In April of this year, a 4 year old penetrated the perimeter of the White House. Security agents rushed to the north lawn with their weapons drawn in the non-incident as toddler jumped over the small bike fence outside the White House gate.
That happened the same week that an off-duty Secret Service member was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted burglary, a felony, and one misdemeanor count for destruction of property.
Also in April, Katie McGuire reported, “Yet Another White House Fence Jumper Arrested!”
So I suspect the most recent drone incident will not Be the end. Clancy showed his ineptness months ago as he stated to congress, “it will ‘take time’ to change the culture and he, as director, needs to ‘build trust’ with the workforce.”
Only to be scolded by Rep. Chris Stewart from, “Dude, you don’t have to earn their trust. You’re their boss. They’re supposed to earn your trust!”
That says it all!
The White House does have a plan, however! Put spikes on the fence to keep those undocumented visitors off the grounds and out of the house.
The clamp-on spikes go between the current decorative spike and are considered to be a temporary fix.
Other new security measures include replacing concrete barriers with mobile steel plate barriers. A new officer booth at a White House entrance, the agencies said in the statement.
“The feature is meant to deter and inhibit individuals who may attempt to climb over the fence.” the statement reads.
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