Secret Service

How Good Is Presidential Security?

Featured image For many years following the Kennedy assassination, it was an article of faith that the Secret Service provided unparalleled security for U.S. presidents. That perception might have changed if President Reagan had bled to death after he was shot by John Hinckley. Then, too, a left-wing nut got a shot off at President Ford (or nearly did) but was stopped by a bystander in the crowd. So maybe we have »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook

Featured image Which Obama administration scandal is this? We can’t be expected to keep them straight at this point, and I wasn’t aware that this one extended into the administration itself. Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura report in today’s Washington Post: The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence »

Secret Service Follies

Featured image Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testified today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the security breach that allowed an intruder to enter the White House. The episode was a fiasco on multiple levels, and Ms. Pierson endured a sustained grilling that was somewhat bipartisan. One fact that has emerged is that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, got much deeper into the White House than the Secret Service originally »

Some call him fake

Featured image The performance artist, as I like to think of him, who appeared alongside Barack Obama and other notable speakers in Soweto at the memorial ceremony honoring Nelson Mandela has taken a lot of abuse as a fake signer for the deaf. I prefer to think he was adding an interpretive element to the form. Now comes Alan Glendenning to report for the AP that the artist said Thursday he saw »

The secret service scandal — understandable but not acceptable

Featured image The Washington Post reports that some of the Secret Service employees accused of misconduct in the Colombian prostitution scandal are privately contending that their conduct didn’t warrant dismissal because senior managers tolerated similar behavior during official trips. In addition, according to the Post, several of the men who agreed to resign under pressure last week are considering reversing their decisions and fighting to keep their jobs. I don’t wish to »