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Secret Service Requests Fake White House

Secret Service Fake White House

File this under terrible ideas. Amid a series of embarrassing blunders, the Secret Service wants to spend $8 million to build another White House in Beltsville, Maryland, about 20 miles from the real White House.

Newly installed Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy went before a House Appropriations panel on Tuesday and asked for an $8 million replica of the White House for training purposes.

“Right now, we train on a parking lot, basically,” Mr. Clancy said. “We put up a makeshift fence and walk off the distance between the fence at the White House and the actual house itself. We don’t have the bushes, we don’t have the fountains, we don’t get a realistic look at the White House.”

“It’s important to have a true replica of what the White House is so we can do a better job of this integrated training between our uniform division officers, our agents and our tactical teams,” he added.

Or…. you could just pay more attention to the real one. And while you’re at it maybe cut down on drunken Secret Service agents driving into White House barricades, letting in knife-wielding intruders, and canoodling with Colombian hookers.

The proposed replica would include the facade of the White House, the East and West Wings, guard booths and the surrounding grounds and roads. For $8 million? Can’t they just borrow the House of Cards set?

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Current Event Cat of the Day: Drunk Secret Service

Current Event Cat - Secret Service Sent Home Drunk

Three US Secret Service agents tasked with protecting President Barack Obama in the Netherlands have been sent home after they were caught drinking.

One member of the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team was found drunk and passed out in the hallway of an Amsterdam hotel. The hotel staff found the intoxicated agent in the hallway and reported the incident to the American Embassy. The other two agents were deemed complicit because they did not intervene and all three were sent home for “disciplinary reasons” and placed on administrative leave.

The Counter Assault Team’s role is to protect the president if he comes under attack, and to draw the attacker’s fire while the detail removes the president – which is pretty difficult to do if you’re unconscious on the floor of a hotel hallway.

But surely he wasn’t on duty when he began boozing it up? Doesn’t matter! Under rules adopted after the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, agents are forbidden to drink alcohol 10 hours before an assignment. Since the Colombia incident, in which a bunch of Secret Service agents were dismissed after they hired prostitutes in Cartagena while preparing the way for Obama’s visit to the Summit of the Americas, the agency has been trying to repair its reputation and curb its perceived male-dominated hard partying culture.

So far, it’s not going that well…

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The Secret Service is Down Two Agents

Secret Service Probe

Two not-so-secret Secret Service supervisors have been fired from President Obama’s crew after they engaged in “misconduct” and sexual harassment.

The alleged Secret Service misconduct involved sending suggestive e-mails to a subordinate female agent and leaving behind bullets in hotel rooms – bullets meant for protecting President Obama!

One Secret Service agent, Ignacio Zamora Jr., a senior supervisor who oversaw about two dozen agents in the president’s security detail, met a woman in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House. Zamora joined her in her room and removed the ammunition from his government-issued weapon. But later he realized he had left a single bullet behind and demanded to be let back in. The woman refused and the agent was caught trying to force his way into the room, prompting an internal investigation by the Secret Service.

In another incident, investigators found that Zamora and another supervisor, Timothy Barraclough, had sent sexually suggestive e-mails to a female subordinate.

After the results of the investigation were revealed, both agents were taken off Obama’s detail.

“We have always maintained that the Secret Service has a professional and dedicated workforce,” Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said in a statement, referring to the Hay-Adams incident.

Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”

Considering just last year a group of agents were caught with teenage prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia after a night of heavy drinking while supposedly working on security for Obama’s visit to the Summit of Americas, this seems pretty low-key. Maybe hiring veteran agent Julia Pierson as the Secret Service’s first female director after the Colombian prostitute scandal is paying off. Or maybe the Secret Service is just learning to be slightly more secretive about its male-dominated culture of hard partying.

Via: The Washington Post

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