Enforcement agency must shape up or ship out
By Darren Brown
In recent events, President Obama’s life has been put at risk due to errors involving the Secret Service.
On Wednesday, Oct. 22, 23-year-old Dominic Adesanya of Bel Air, Maryland climbed the north fence-line of the White House and began to descend toward President Obama’s home before being attacked and subdued by Secret Service dogs and officers.
However, that was one of the few success stories coming from the Secret Service lately.
A middle-aged man from Texas named Omar Gonzalez was arrested on Sept. 20 for hopping the White House fence and bolting into the east room. Gonzalez was unarmed when captured, but when the secret service searched his car after the incident, they had found 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete. Gonzalez had two other prior convictions, including a car search where Virginia State Troopers had found a map of the White House and a stash of weapons including a sawed-off shotgun.
Just four days prior to the Gonzalez event, an armed man was able to make his way onto an elevator with President Obama and the Secret Service was unaware on Sept. 16. According to the follow up and investigation, there is always supposed to be a screening of anyone that gets near the president, where the Secret Service does a background check, a thorough search of the person and asks a series of questions. The Secret Service did not perform any of these tasks though, allowing an armed man to come within inches of President Obama.
“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president, and they never did a background check,” said Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who is leading a House Homeland Security subcommittee investigation on the Secret Service.
Upon questioning, the man had no intent of harming the President; it was his job to have a loaded weapon with him at all times.
The incident came as the House Oversight and Government Reform committee grilled former Secret Service director Julia Pierson on President Obama’s safety, and he was put into harms way by the fault of the Secret Service. “This breach was unacceptable and will never happen again,” said Pierson.
However, a few days later, it happened again. Luckily, the President and his family had left just moments before Gonzalez had hopped the fence of the White House.
Pierson resigned on Oct. 1, but no one else from the Secret Service has lost their job as of Oct. 29 because the incidents are still under review. All necessary actions will be taken to correct these faults to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.