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Mar 20 17 8:14 PM
I would think, come this past January 20th 2017, unless internally ordered otherwise, there would of been all the correct upgrades in place and ready for anything... If not, me thinks some people need to be dumped and fast..!
By NICHOLAS FANDOS
MARCH 22, 2017
WASHINGTON — In the century or so since Congress first assigned the Secret Service the task of protecting the president of the United States, its top job has always gone to an agency veteran.
Like so many things in the Trump era, that may soon change.
to President Trump are narrowing a list of candidates to lead the
Secret Service, the beleaguered agency that protects the country’s top
government officials and investigates certain crimes.
in transitions past, no clear front-runner has emerged. But top aides
have been looking at candidates inside and outside the agency who can
improve its morale and regain the credibility lost after a string of
embarrassing lapses. They hope to name a new director in the coming
search has taken on new urgency in recent days, as a series of
attempted intrusions on the White House grounds — including a successful
one in which a man was able to wander close enough to peer through the
windows — have reignited concerns about management, training and
security vulnerabilities thought to be on the mend.
of the agency have seized on the most recent cases to amplify calls for
the White House to recruit a leader from outside the Secret Service,
which would be unprecedented in the famously hidebound agency’s modern
history. They insisted that only someone untethered from the agency’s
ways of thinking could institute the kind of reforms necessary to guide
still believe they have a deep-seated cultural problem,” Representative
Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah, and the chairman of the House
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in an interview. “We
need a transformative figure to truly change the culture at the Secret
agency has been without a permanent leader since early this month, when
its director, Joseph P. Clancy, stepped down to allow Mr. Trump to
shape it as he saw fit.
Since Mr. Clancy’s departure, the agency has again been tested by a series of attempted intrusions at the White House. The most serious of them
happened March 10, when a California man carrying pepper spray and a
letter for Mr. Trump scaled fences and roamed the grounds for 17 minutes
before being caught. It has prompted both the Secret Service and the
House oversight committee to open investigations.
receiving a closed-door briefing on the incident on Monday,
Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the oversight committee’s
top Democrat, said it was clear that the agency needed to go back “under
the microscope.” He told reporters that “a culture of complacency” was
plaguing certain parts of the agency.
the same time, the Secret Service has found itself grappling with
unexpected costs and travel demands posed by protecting Mr. Trump and
his large family. The Washington Post reported
on Wednesday that the agency had requested an additional $60 million in
funds for next year to help pay for the protection of Mr. Trump’s
Manhattan residence and the family’s higher-than-expected travel costs.
few jobs in government matter more to the fate of the president or the
country than director of the Secret Service. Though the agency oversees a
vast investigations arm targeting counterfeiting and other financial
crimes, its reputation rests on its protection of the presidency and
many of the country’s most important figures.
literally, at the end of the day, it is going to come down to the
president’s comfort,” said W. Ralph Basham, who served as director of
the agency from 2003 to 2006. “If you are going to turn the security and
safety of your family over to someone, the president needs to weigh
F. Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, whose department includes
the Secret Service, will also have a say in the decision. “The U.S.
Secret Service is a vital federal law enforcement partner and the White
House is working closely with Secretary Kelly on filling this important
position,” Michael Short, a White House spokesman, said on Tuesday.
the interview, Mr. Chaffetz said he had pressed Reince Priebus, the
White House chief of staff, and Donald McGahn, the White House counsel,
to choose an outsider, in part because he saw no “natural fit” for the
top job within its ranks.
others briefed on the search pointed to several potential candidates
within the agency or its pool of former agents. They include George D.
Mulligan, the agency’s chief operating officer and No. 2; Robert Buster,
who was the top agent in charge of President Obama’s security detail;
and Mickey Nelson, a former assistant director overseeing the agency’s
protective assignments, and now a security consultant. Only Mr. Mulligan
is not a career Secret Service officer; he spent most of his career in
J. Callahan, the agency’s acting director, was briefly under
consideration before he bowed out early this month, according to an
official at the Department of Homeland Security.
Basham said he expected that the White House would also consider
current or former leaders from the military, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation or other law enforcement agencies.
Schiller, Mr. Trump’s longtime private security director who followed
him to the White House, has also been mentioned in connection to the
Mr. Trump chooses will inherit an agency still trying to recover from a
series of flaps between 2011 and 2014 that badly hurt its credibility.
Those incidents, from highly publicized cases of drunken misbehavior by
agents and officers to the failure to prevent an armed private security
guard from riding in an elevator
with Mr. Obama, prompted an investigation by the House oversight
committee and the creation of a four-person independent panel convened
by the Department of Homeland Security. Both groups eventually made
recommendations that the agency look outside its ranks to help clean up
The low point came in September 2014, when an intruder armed with a knife, Omar J. Gonzalez, made it all the way to the ceremonial East Room of the White House. The incident prompted the agency’s director, Julia Pierson, to resign.
things have really undermined the confidence of the American people,
the confidence of the Hill and even to some extent of the White House,”
Mr. Basham said. “And that is something the next director is going to
have to deal with.”
new director will also be expected to re-evaluate whether the agency
should narrow its mission to pare down some aspects of its investigative
work and increase resources for protection. The Secret Service, once a
unit of the Treasury Department, investigates counterfeiting and financial crimes.
Clancy, who was brought out of retirement by Mr. Obama to help
stabilize the agency, began instituting many of the reforms called for
by investigators. During his two years in office, he hired several top
deputies from the outside to professionalize its leadership, including
Mr. Mulligan. He pushed to extend overtime payments, a popular move
among rank-and-file personnel. He also hired more agents and
successfully oversaw protection during a highly charged political
O’Carroll, a former Secret Service agent who is the executive director
of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said Mr. Clancy’s
successor would have a daunting task. Last year, in a survey of the best places to work within the federal government, the agency ranked 305th out of 305 agencies.
Santos wrote:Is that Muslim Skull Cap? Unbelievable. I see our guys here in the city wearing wool hats pretty regularly nowadays. I think it looks very "ghetto".
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