Secret Service head Joseph Clancy told lawmakers that he is committed to doing “what is necessary” to put the troubled agency back on track…then asked to build a full scale model of the White House!
So let me get this straight. We solve the problem of top Secret Service agents getting drunk on the job, driving into barriers at a White House bomb investigation scene, partying with prostitutes, letting a knife wielding man walk through the front door of the White House, all by building a scale model of thus said White House at the cost to taxpayers of $8,000,000! (We know from experience that it will end up costing $16 Million.)
Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy made his request Tuesday before a House Appropriations subcommittee.
The directors excuses drew bipartisan skepticism from lawmakers.
“You want to build a $8 million White House replica for training?” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, asked. “I have concerns about that. Not that I don’t want to be supportive, but I have concerns about $8 million for a replica White House.”
Clancy had to answer for the mishaps that have occurred under his 6 month tenure as the head of the secret service during the committee meeting. Most recently, when two top agents got drunk and crashed into a barricade set up around a bomb investigation scene.
Clancy said it took five days before he even found out about the incident through an anonymous email.
Of course he also stated that ““There was no damage to the vehicle.”…therefore there was no “real” crash.
The agents driving the government vehicle, Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie, have been reassigned while the investigation is pending. They were allowed to go home without a breathalyzer test, something that the service’s Uniformed Division repeatedly asked for.
But that’s not all folks! Clancy also admitted that the video evidence of the crash had already been deleted.
The excuse that was given is that the tapes are recorded over on a 72 hour cycle. What good are tapes if they are already gone within 72 hours?
At the same committee meeting, Mr. Clancy was humiliated after he told the congressional committee members, “it will ‘take time’ to change the culture and he, as director, needs to ‘build trust’ with the workforce.”
Rep. Chris Stewart from Utah scolded, “Dude, you don’t have to earn their trust. You’re their boss. They’re supposed to earn your trust!”
Clancy promised he would take action as soon as an investigation was completed. “Hogwash!” responded Rep. Harold Rogers, a republican from Kentucky.
“Unfortunately, this is the last in a long line of episodes somewhat similar – drinking, carousing on and off duty that this agency suffered these last few years!” Rogers said.
Clancy acknowledged that there is an element within Secret Service ranks that copes with the stresses of the job by drinking alcohol.
The committee also blasted him for refusing to fire the agents involved as well as not conducting his own investigation, handing it over to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general to investigate.
When asked for comment, the writer of this article gave the following:
“A man who does not understand the basic direction that trust has to flow between and boss and employee is not qualified to manage a McDonalds, let alone the Secret service!”
The Secret Service scandals have become never-ending fodder for comedians, including Michael Loftus and Rodney Conover on the new TV comedy, The Flipside with Michael Loftus: