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Anyone else want to jump the White House fence?

Anyone else want to jump the White House fence?

This is getting ridiculous

There are snipers on the White House roof.

Forget teams of fences, dogs, pressure-triggered alarms, or roving bands of secret agents. We have snipers.

Can you imagine the conversations those snipers have when some yahoo hops a barrier and makes a run at the front door? Because that happened again today. Twice.

Via the Daily Mail:

On Sunday night, an unnamed suspect stepped over a bike rack situated outside the White House fence. The bike racks were installed last year following a high-profile fence-jumping incident that involved an Army veteran armed with a knife. Early Monday morning, another person attempted to walk through a gate while a construction crew were leaving.

According to NBC, both men were taken into custody, and the Secret Service has given the all-clear at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The agency has been tight-lipped about the two breaches, which are now under investigation. The suspects have not been named.

The bike rack-jumping incident took place at around 11.30pm Sunday near the southwest corner of the presidential residence, reported MyFox DC. The male suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful entry. The breach led to a 30-minute lockdown at the White House.

Just before 7am Monday, another man allegedly tried to walk into a pedestrian entrance as construction workers were leaving the area. A Secret Service agent stopped the intruder in his tracks and arrested him after a brief confrontation. The White House was placed on another lockdown that lasted only a few minutes following the second incident.

At least neither of these guys made it through the front door. Back in September, knife-wielding Omar Gonzalez became the first person in modern memory to make it over the fence and into the building. Thank God nothing was happening in the East Room—Gonzalez made it all the way to the far side before agents finally caught up to him.

Then, of course, there was #Dronegate, which showed the world that it’s possible—if not highly illegal—to pilot a drone over the fence and onto the lawn.

The recent breaches in White House security and their subsequent scandals have led to firings and resignations, but no one has yet answered the question that seems to be sailing over everyone’s head. How?

The new director of the Secret Service is at least trying to answer that question:

The new director of the Secret Service says his agency is working to “regain the trust” of the public after a series of security breaches.

“We have not received an unfair rap,” Director Joseph Clancy said in an interview aired on ABC’s This Week.”I think when you fail, and we have failed, we own it. Now, it’s up to us to correct it.”

Problems have included the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia. In September, a man who had jumped the White House fence managed to make his way inside the executive mansion.

Then, last month, a small unmanned drone crashed onto the White House grounds in the pre-dawn hours, an incident that drew “very specific questions” from Obama, according to Clancy.

“He wanted to know what happened,” Clancy told ABC News. “But he has faith in the work that we’re doing.”

Indeed, Clancy said no one should try to breach White House security anytime soon.

“I wouldn’t suggest it,” he said.

They’re also ramping up security, but it sounds like it’s going to be a process:

“We’ve got to do a better job of mentoring, coaching, teaching, and training our people,” he said. “[And] if we can build up our staffing, it will allow us to get more people out to training. With that, as we get more people trained, it’ll help our morale.”

As for the fence, Clancy said he is “very anxious” to make it taller, but that is “a long-term process.” So in the meantime, the Secret Service is planning to implement a series of interim enhancements, including “additional features” atop the fence, according to Clancy.

Those changes will be in place in the “near future,” he said, without offering any more details about the planned enhancements.

The need for a taller fence and better training is only growing, Clancy indicated. In recent years, the Secret Service has seen what he called “a large number” of people, many with some form of mental illness, coming to the White House or Capitol looking to air their grievances.

“That’s where our people have to be so well-trained,” he said. “You have to be able to distinguish those that have some mental illness and need help, and those who really have a desire to cause harm. So our people have to show great restraint, but also a great expertise in how to handle these.”

We put a man on the moon, but we’ve had to sacrifice a Secret Service director in the attempt to prevent men from jumping over a fence. Something’s not adding up—and we’re not the only ones who have noticed that. I guarantee it.

The Daily Mail has a great history of recent White House breaches here.

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Comments

This is what happens when a President promotes people based on their ability to both kiss his ass and cover it rather than actually being good at their jobs.

I mean seriously – before the last couple years, I (and probably most of the American public), believed that if you tried to get over the White House fence you would get shot before you went 5 yards. Now people just wander in and over the fence.

Incidents like these, where literally random people are able to penetrate layers of security, are going to lead to people actually thinking they have a shot at killing Obama.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Olinser. | March 2, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    LOL

    RE: “This is what happens when a President promotes people based on their ability to both kiss his…”

    I think you mean that literally! LOL

    Obama probably interviews them in Lafayette Park (historic “cruising” grounds right across the street from the White House) and then tells them to look for the signal in his bedroom window!

    LOL

    “The 7 Scariest Places in D.C.

    These spooky places can bring terror to even the bravest of gay hearts”

    “…Lafayette Park was the prime, outdoor cruising spot in this city,” Kameny recalled in a 2006 interview with Metro Weekly….”

    http://www.metroweekly.com/2010/10/the-7-scariest-places-in-dc/

legacyrepublican | March 2, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Of course, had it been Netanyahu trying to get in, he wouldn’t have gotten past the gate.

Obama is a slacker; his Secret Service are slackers. We’re surprised?

It’s what Olinser mentions that’s a real worry though: “Incidents like these, where literally random people are able to penetrate layers of security, are going to lead to people actually thinking they have a shot at killing Obama.”

There’s never been a President of the United States assassinated in my lifetime, and I pray that this remains the case. There are kooks out there, dangerous ones, and our Presidents and their families need serious non-slacker protection. Not the JV team.

Quickslow87 | March 2, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Build a higher fence? But we’ve been told for years that putting a fence on the Southern border wouldn’t keep people out. Surely Obama is not a hypocrite, right?

    walls in reply to Quickslow87. | March 2, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    The White Hut has a fence. Area 51 has a fence. The NSA has a fence. The CIA has a fence. Everybody has a fence EXCEPT the southern border. What ever happened to “good fences make good neighbors”?

It’s easier to jump the fence carrying a sign saying “DREAMER” or anything in Spanish. Whatever you do, do NOT have a sign that says “AMERICAN VETERAN”.

DINORightMarie | March 3, 2015 at 1:06 am

It’s almost as if they are paying people to do this so they have a distraction or something………..

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to DINORightMarie. | March 5, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Shhh…. Marie, you’ve found them out.

    Quick look at that Chip Munk Attacking the Wood Pecker!

Maybe someone will get lucky.

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