Should bushes have stopped White House intruder?

Should bushes have stopped White House intruder?

Secret Service officers chasing a Texas Army veteran across the White House lawn in September figured they had him cornered when he encountered the thick bushes on the property. To their surprise the bushes were no match for the fence-jumper, who dashed into the executive mansion through a pair of unlocked doors, knocking aside an […]

Secret Service assigned to cover domestic abuse?

Secret Service assigned to cover domestic abuse?

A new government investigation questions a bizarre Secret Service mission that pulled agents from their assignment near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor. The report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general calls the conduct “problematic,” and says […]

Changes ahead for the Secret Service?

Some want it moved back into the Treasury Department

Changes ahead for the Secret Service?

Key members of Congress are weighing dramatic changes to the embattled Secret Service, including moving it out of the Homeland Security Department and breaking up its mission. The proposals come as lawmakers assess how to improve the agency after a series of scandals, including a White House break-in by a man with a knife last […]

Secret Service scandals spark rare bipartisanship

There were bipartisan calls for Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation this week

Secret Service scandals spark rare bipartisanship

The scandal that’s rocked the once-proud Secret Service and raised questions about the president’s safety has also produced rare bipartisan unity on Capitol Hill. With a month more to go in bitterly contested congressional election campaigns, Democratic and Republican lawmakers who usually are at odds have been surprised to find themselves largely agreeing on a […]

Pierson’s Secret Service tenure: Short and gone

Pierson's undoing was not telling the president about a Sept. 16 incident in Atlanta

Pierson’s Secret Service tenure: Short and gone

One lesson from Julia Pierson’s short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can’t keep secrets from the president. Pierson’s undoing was not telling the president about a Sept. 16 incident in Atlanta in which President Barack Obama rode an elevator with an armed security contractor during a […]

Embattled Secret Service director resigns

Julia Pierson was in her position for just 18 months

Embattled Secret Service director resigns

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 […]

Is it possible to protect the President or White House?

Could more be done to make the building safer?

Is it possible to protect the President or White House?

When an armed intruder jumped the fence and penetrated deep into the White House, it provided a field day for cartoonists and some members of the House of Representatives — who turned Julia Pierson, the hapless Secret Service director, into a piñata at a hearing Tuesday. President Barack Obama and his family, fortunately, had left […]

White House intruder made it further inside

'I have deep concerns that the president is not as safe as we want and need him to be'

White House intruder made it further inside

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, a Republican congressman said Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president’s life. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs […]

Secret Service boosts security at White House

Obama insists he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency

Secret Service boosts security at White House

The Secret Service chief has stepped-up security outside the White House after a man with a knife who jumped the fence made it into the presidential residence before being apprehended, officials said Saturday. President Barack Obama insisted he still has confidence in the beleaguered agency’s ability to protect him and his family. Secret Service Director […]

Secret Service detailed to protect boss’s assistant

The agents were pulled from a surveillance team that patrols the White House

Secret Service detailed to protect boss’s assistant

Members of a Secret Service special unit responsible for patrolling near the White House were pulled off that assignment over at least two months in 2011 to protect the assistant of the agency’s director while she was engaged in a dispute with a neighbor, according to a report in The Washington Post. Agents were told […]