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Monday, October 27, 2014

MAJOR NEWS ARTICLE: "The Dirty Secret of the Secret Service: President Kennedy Should Have Lived"

MAJOR NEWS ARTICLE: "The Dirty Secret of the Secret Service: President Kennedy Should Have Lived"


By Jacob Engels

“There wasn’t a thing we could have done to stop it” – so said former Kennedy Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine on his prosperous book tour and media blitz of 2010-2011 for his 2010 work titled The Kennedy Detail, an (extended list) NY Times best-seller which was also made into an Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel documentary and, rumor has it, will be made into a full length movie in 2014. The “it” Blaine is talking about is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, when the Secret Service lost a president for the first and only time in their officially-sanctioned watch (the other three presidents to die by the hand of assassins-Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley-did not have a White House Detail watching over them).

“All the advantages went to the shooter that day- we didn’t have a chance to do anything to prevent it”- so said fellow former Kennedy Secret Service agent Clint Hill during several even more prosperous book tours and multiple media blitzes for The Kennedy Detail (Hill wrote the Foreword and contributed), his own 2012 work Mrs. Kennedy and Me, a #1 NY Times best-seller, and yet another NY Times best-seller, 2013’s Five Days In November. All three books were co-written by Lisa McCubbin, a 48 year old journalist close to Gerald Blaine (she had once dated his son) and is now in a romantic relationship with the 81 year old Hill. We will leave it at that. Those statements by Blaine and Hill are compelling. They are thought-provoking. They appear authoritative. And they are dead wrong.

Let me back up a bit. I am not a conspiracy theorist. This past 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, while interesting on certain levels, bordered on overkill with the never ending barrage of internet articles, newspaper columns, television programs, and even movies in the theater. I would just as soon give it all a much needed rest. For the record, I join the majority of Americans in their disbelief that Lee Harvey Oswald (and, for that matter, his murderer Jack Ruby) acted totally alone with no assistance whatsoever. In fact, I even harbor much suspicion towards Kennedy’s successor, “Landslide” Lyndon Johnson (Roger Stone’s brilliant book The Man Who Killed Kennedy crystalized my thinking on the matter greatly). That said, all things being equal, I would just as soon see the country move on. Alas, it is time.

Well, that was the way I felt until very recently. Quite by accident (aren’t all good revelations born of these random acts and occurrences?), I came across the work of a gentleman by the name of Vincent Palamara, the author of Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and the Failure to Protect President Kennedy. If that title is daunting to you, as well, then you know how I initially felt, as well. Mr. Palamara’s book was incongruously placed in the Travel Section of my local bookstore (by accident or by design, we will never truly know, I suppose). The title and the design of the book seemed to call out to me; a true square peg in round hole, so to speak. Once I began reading, I could not put the book down. In fact, I had to sit down to finish reading several chapters before I purchased the book, took it home, and finished it in a couple days. The verdict? Blaine and Hill have some serious explaining to do. Simply put, President Kennedy could have and should have survived Dallas, either unscathed or, at the very least, only the victim of an assassination attempt a la President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.

The country would have been spared Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam, Richard Nixon and Watergate, and decades of doubt and Lord knows how many other crises, foibles and theories. Pretty bold conclusion, you say? Read the book. To summarize a bit: Contrary to popular mythology, it is the Secret Service, NOT the president, who is in charge of security. JFK’s two Secret Service Chiefs, U.E. Baughman and James Rowley (spanning careers in the Service from the 1920’s to the 1970’s between them), confirm this little known fact. Baughman conveyed this in his 1962 book Secret Service Chief, while Rowley testified under oath to the Warren Commission that “No President will tell the Secret Service what they can or cannot do”. Presidents Truman and (ironically) Johnson both said “The Secret Service was the only boss the President of the United States really had.” Indeed, an Associated Press story from November 15, 1963- a week before Kennedy’s death- stated: “The (Secret) Service can overrule even the President where his personal security is involved.”

Evidently with an eye toward distant history and posterity, none other than Clint Hill himself told the Sixth Floor Museum in a 2010 oral history: “He can tell you what he wants done and he can tell you certain things but that doesn’t mean you have to do it. What we used to do was always agree with the President and then we’d do what we felt was best anyway.” (During another Sixth Floor Museum televised appearance with both Hill and Blaine, co-author Lisa McCubbin mentioned that, during the writing of The Kennedy Detail, she would find things that contradicted what Blaine was telling her [no doubt Palamara’s prolific online writings]. Ultimately, she copped out, stating “he was there”…no, he wasn’t there in Dallas and what about these contradictions? Luckily for history (and honesty), Mr. Palamara documents the contradictions in spades) So, the onus is truly on the Secret Service agents themselves, NOT the dead president who cannot defend himself, for what transpired, security-wise, in Dallas that dreadful November day. As Truman would say, the buck truly does stop with the Secret Service.

This point becomes very important for one major reason: The Secret Service falsely blamed JFK for his own death after the assassination! No, he did not kill himself (surprised I never read that one before), but the president was not reckless with his own security to the level alleged in both Blaine and Hill’s works- the glad-handing JFK was fond of was no different than the kind that many other presidents have enjoyed thru the decades (and, notably, President Kennedy was NOT killed during at a crowded rope line but in his special limousine driven by a Secret Service agent on a motorcade route designed by Secret Service agents…and with security invoked by Secret Service agents).

You see, Blaine, Hill, and their brethren have adopted the blame-the-victim mantra for quite some time, even before their books were even passing thoughts in their long-retired brains. As Mr. Palamara deftly details in his book, this was an institutional cover-up of agency malfeasance and gross negligence (or perhaps worse) that actually has its genesis through the direct actions of one specific agent: Floyd Boring, second in command of the White House Detail and the planner of the Texas trip (from the agency’s perspective, at least). There is no doubt that Mr. Boring told Clint Hill (later LBJ’s #1 agent) and others not to ride on the rear of the presidential limousine right before the start of JFK’s ill-fated Texas tour…and there is also no doubt that the substance of these remarks was, at best, an exaggerated relay of presidential kindness (what Boring conveyed to the ARRB in 1996), or, at worst, a total fabrication with sinister connotations (what Palamara greatly alludes to in his book from many documented sources and former agent statements. Ironically, included in that mountain of evidence are the statements of Mr. Boring himself, who categorically denied that there was ANY truth to the allegation that JFK ever ordered the agents off his limousine!). If that wasn’t enough, President Kennedy was also blamed for the depletion of the motorcycle formation in Dallas (quantity and quality of outriders) that the HSCA deemed was “uniquely insecure”.

Again, through scrupulous documentation and testimony, Palamara has discovered that these were Secret Service decisions falsely blamed on the dead president. In addition, a Secret Service agent who drove the follow-up car that day in Dallas (and who believed there was a conspiracy, mind you), Sam Kinney, was adamant to Palamara that HE was solely responsible for the bubbletop’s removal from the presidential limousine and that JFK had nothing to do with this at all. I went to Palamara’s You Tube channel and the ghosts from the dead- deceased agents Kinney, Behn, Boring, and Lawton- confirm this and more. Chilling…and disturbing. But it gets even worse. Mr. Blaine writes, on page 74 of his book: "... the only way to have a chance at protecting the president against a shooter from a tall building would be to have agents posted on the back of the car." Blaine later writes, on page 184: “None of the agents understood why he [JFK] was willing to be so reckless [by allegedly ordering the agents off his limousine].” Both statements are false. In what can only be termed a major discovery of epic proportions, Palamara discovered that multi-story buildings were guarded countless times before Dallas (but not, unfortunately, during the Dallas trip)! Yes, you read that correctly: during many prior motorcades during the life of President Kennedy, not just as an after-the-fact reaction to his murder, agents and/ or police and/ or the military manned and guarded multi-story buildings. Obviously, the implications are disturbing: why was this NOT done in Dallas? Even if one chooses to believe that Oswald was a lone-nut assassin acting alone, he would have been spotted and neutralized long before a shot was fired. Ironically, it was Mr. Blaine himself who was the lead advance agent for the President’s trip to Tampa, Florida, the major trip before Dallas. Want to know what kind of security JFK received (as compared to Dallas)? Here you go: As confirmed by Tampa motorcycle police officer Russell Groover and the Final Survey Report of Mr. Blaine himself (yep, it’s in writing), multi-story buildings were guarded during the motorcade. And, get this: this was the longest motorcade JFK ever was involved in…ever! Far longer and more involved than the one in Dallas.

So, they found the manpower and wherewithal to protect President Kennedy in this fashion, yet, during a far shorter route that, obviously, required much less manpower in comparison, NO BUILDINGS WERE GUARDED! Does that make sense…at all? To add insult to injury, Chief Inspector Michael Torina-who wrote the Secret Service’s own manual, for God’s sake- confirmed to both Palamara and in an obscure 1962 book that guarding buildings was a matter of routine protocol, as also confirmed by Chief U.E. Baughman and in several contemporary newspaper articles from 1961-1963 that Palamara, once again on his own, uncovered. Amazing.

The implications are, once again, mind-boggling:

President Kennedy was not guarded as he should have been.

What else happened in Tampa that did not happen (as it should have) in Dallas:

-agents on the rear of the limo (other than Clint Hill, briefly, 4 times before they got to Dealey Plaza. And, by Hill’s brief presence on the limousine, this further demonstrates that there was NO order from JFK not to be there);

-military aide in front seat between driver and agent in charge (McHugh was asked, for the first time in Dallas, not to ride there!);

-press photographers flatbed truck in front of limo (canceled at last minute at Love Field);

-fast speed of cars (slow in Dallas);

-ASAIC Boring on trip (SAIC Gerald Behn and his immediate assistant Boring always accompanied JFK in motorcades. A third-stringer, Kellerman, goes in their place);

-multiple motorcycles running next to JFK in a wedge formation (they did 11/18-11/22/63 [morning in Fort Worth]...until Dallas);

-White House Press Photographer Cecil Stoughton riding in follow-up car taking photos (he did 11/18-11/21/63...until they got to Dallas);

-Pierre Salinger on trip (Assistant Malcolm Kilduff makes his first trip on his own to Texas; Salinger said he missed only "one or two trips" with JFK...Texas was one of them!);

-Dr Burkley close to JFK (Burkley protested being placed far away from JFK in Dallas, for this was the only time, save in Rome, this ever happened to him);

-military and/ or police lining the streets and overpasses and facing the crowd.

If the agents were closer to JFK, the assassination either does not happen or is prevented; if the military aide was present, he would have been yet another important eye and ear witness (and in the line of fire, as well);

if the press- and still and motion photographers- would have been there, we would not need Abraham Zapruder’s grainy, inconclusive, amateur footage to tell us what happened (and they would have been professional eye and ear witnesses themselves);

if the cars were going faster, the shots were much less likely to have found their mark (or even to have been fired in the first place);

if the #1 or #2 agent would have been on the scene in Dallas, it would have been far less likely that some of the insubordination that occurred would have stood a chance of happening (such as when a shift leader who later became very close to LBJ, Emory Roberts, ordered a couple agents away from the limousine at Love Field and during the assassination itself [it was Palamara who discovered/ popularized the video of the agent’s perplexed reaction at the Dallas airport]);

if there would have been more motorcycles next to JFK in their standard wedge formation, not only would there (again) have been more professional eye and ear witnesses, more importantly, JFK would have been more covered from an assassin or assassins;

if the White House photographer would have been where he was allowed to be beforehand (in the follow-up car behind JFK’s limousine and, intermittently, on the rear of the limousine[JFK didn’t seem to mind that, either]), as with his cohorts in the flatbed truck, he would have been yet another professional eye and ear witness with a camera;

if Salinger would have been on the trip, it would have been far less likely that the printing of the exact motorcade route- and the changes made to it-would have escaped his experienced notice;

if Dr. Burkley would have been allowed to be closer to JFK as he wanted to be (and normally was), not only would we have had yet another experienced eye and ear witness, the doctor would have been able to provide quality care to a wounded president;

and if the military and police would have been lining the streets and facing the crowd, no organized plot or lone nut would have stood a chance.

“There wasn’t a thing we could have done to stop it”-are you kidding me? “All the advantages went to the shooter that day- we didn’t have a chance to do anything to prevent it”- unbelievable. Indeed, the buck stops with the Secret Service. Blaine and Hill are peddling prevarications for profit. Kudos to Vincent Palamara for exposing them for what they are, what they did, and what they should have done and did not do. President Kennedy deserved much better than he received from his “Kennedy Detail”…and so do we.

Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Clint Hill Secret Service scandal is going viral and worldwide (helping my sales, too-thanks, Lisa!)

The Clint Hill Secret Service scandal is going viral and worldwide (helping my sales, too-thanks, Lisa!)





Were Secret Service agents too hungover to protect JFK? Questions raised over whether late drinking session affected response of men charged with protecting President

  • The Warren Commission took issue with the conduct of several agents who had been out late the night before and were accused of drinking
  • One agent admitted to being out until 5 a.m 
  • According to Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, agents overlooked the barrel of a gun that witnesses claimed they saw in the Texas School Books Depository and reacted slowly to the gunshots
  • The owner of the Cellar, a late-night hangout in Fort Worth, later admitted to seeing agents 'giggling' in the bar at 3:30 a.m.
  • The manager claimed the agents were getting 'bombed' on grain alcohol 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2801042/forget-second-shooters-conspiracy-theories-evidence-suggests-jfk-lived-secret-service-agents-hadn-t-shown-sleep-deprived-late-night-drinking.html#ixzz3GpdzOPDq
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Secret Service Agents Got 'Bombed' Before JFK Killing

Secret Service Agents Got 'Bombed' Before JFK Killing


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Lisa McCubbin's response to the VANITY FAIR article

Lisa McCubbin's response to the VANITY FAIR article

A friend graciously shared Lisa McCubbin's response to the VANITY FAIR article:

[My response in CAPS and/or in bold and in brackets]

"Thank you for the link. I am aware of the article. There are many errors and egregious claims in the article -- it was obviously a sensational ploy to sell Ms. Cheever's upcoming book [THE SAME COULD BE SAID FOR THE MANY ARTICLES PUBLICIZING YOUR BOOKS]. Her comments that no agent acted are preposterous [ONE AGENT, CLINT HILL, DID REACT...TOO LATE].  There is photographic evidence that Clint Hill reacted within a second or two of the first shot [“‘The Kennedy Detail’ repeats the legend that Clint Hill was within a split second of saving JFK and taking the fatal bullet. But he’s not even in the Moorman photo (taken at the moment of the fatal head shot) and in the Muchmore film he’s only climbing down from the follow up car AFTER the head shot. Also, in the Altgens photo (which was taken AFTER the second shot), Hill is still on the running board and staring at JFK- but not running towards him.”] People seem not to realize that when something unexpected happens -- like the sound of an explosive noise --you must first process this. No human being could react immediately [the agents reacted immediately to save presidents on 11/1/50 and 3/30/81, not to mention during the two attempts on President Ford, among others].  Clint Hill reacted as quickly as was humanly possible--clearly anything that occurred the night before did not affect his reaction [Clint Hill, Paul Landis, Jack Ready, and Glen Bennett, all from the follow-up car, as well as 5 other agents, drank and stayed out late the morning before the JFK assassination. As Landis even admits in a new interview for the article: "Landis, when asked what, if anything, might have impeded their actions that day, says... I think you could say, ‘lack of sleep.’" The article calls out Hill, as well: "Secret Service Agent Clint Hill tells Vanity Fair that he left the Cellar before two A.M., went back to the hotel, and put in his breakfast order for six A.M. (He told the Warren Commission that he had stayed until 2:45.)" Note the time discrepancy. The drinking incident is totally avoided in Hill's last book- I wonder why...].  The fact is, no man is faster than a speeding bullet [But they are trained to cover and evacuate. Proper security before and during, let alone after, the fact makes this point moot].  To place blame on these agents 50 years later to sell her own book is, in my mind, reprehensible [the United States government criticizes the Secret Service  in the Warren Report and the HSCA Report, not to mention countless other books and articles...even Clint Hill said "It is my fault."].

I was also disappointed in the reporter for quoting from Abraham Bolden -- and her mistakes in identifying him as a member of the White House Detail -- which he was not.

[see the numerous articles identifying Abraham Bolden as a member of the White House Detail here: http://abrahambolden.blogspot.com/]
[here is a sample (click on article to view larger):]

 The only African American on the White House detail at the time of the Kennedy assassination was Robert Faison [NO ONE ARGUES THAT POINT]. Mr. Bolden was in the Chicago office and had never been on any trips with President Kennedy [WRONG- BOLDEN PROTECTED JFK WHENEVER HE VISITED CHICAGO, SUCH AS OCTOBER 1962 AND MARCH 1963, FOR EXAMPLE- SEE (click on article to make larger):]

, having only served a 30-day temporary assignment on the WH Detail in 1961.  Thus, his comments that agents bought liquor and then drank while on duty are preposterous and unfounded [NOT ONLY DID BOLDEN OBSERVE THIS FIRST-HAND DURING HIS 30-DAY ASSIGNMENT, HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE SECRET SERVICE FROM 1960-1964 AND HAD OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THIS ON OTHER OCCASIONS, AS WELL. THE DRINKING INCIDENT OF 11/22/63 IS WELL DOCUMENTED, AS ARE OTHER OCCASIONS- SEE MY BOOK. IT IS NOT "JUST BOLDEN" WHO MAKES THESE CLAIMS. SEE WHAT WARREN COMMISSION ATTORNEY ARLEN SPECTER, WHO INTERVIEWED HILL, HAD TO SAY HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFZcZQ_6szw]. [ALSO- SEE WHAT HILL HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE NEW 9 AGENT DRINKERS HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbttGvM27dc ]

Unfortunately, many people who do not know otherwise, will believe the claims in the article.  I am glad that Mr. Hill and Gerald Blaine have contributed their personal perspectives and recollections in the three books I co-authored [OH, I AM SURE YOU DO- $$$$$$$$$].  Those books contain the truth [AND A WHOLE LOT OF FIBS, TOO] from the men who were actually on the White House Detail [GEE, I GUESS ABE'S 30 DAYS DON'T COUNT, HUH? HOW ABOUT WHAT MANY OF THE AGENTS WHO SERVED LONGER HAD TO SAY TO MYSELF AND OTHERS NOT NAMED BLAINE AND HILL, AS WELL?] and know exactly what happened. If you haven't read them, I highly suggest you read THE KENNEDY DETAIL, MRS. KENNEDY AND ME, and FIVE DAYS IN NOVEMBER. [As for Clint Hill and Gerald Blaine signing assassination photos, REGULARLY on sale for big money on eBAY, another reader had this comment:
“What an embarrassment! That would be like Bill Buckner signing a picture of the ball going through his legs give me a break!”
“These guys are always whining about “oh we’re traumatized we have nightmares” blah blah blah I know let’s sign pictures of that day what a joke.”]
Lisa McCubbin"





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LBJ era Secret Service + interesting article

FUTURE SAIC of PPD (Carter era) and Director (1981-1992) [also close to Reagan, as he protected him when he was a candidate] JOHN SIMPSON stares intently at the crowd in front of RFK and LBJ 1964
Rufus Youngblood and James Rowley with LBJ


I am on the LBJ Library website

Interesting....my one video from my You Tube channel is credited at the bottom left corner from the official LBJ Library website about the limousine. http://www.lbjlibrary.org/exhibits/lbjs-presidential-limousine/#!prettyPhoto

Saturday, October 4, 2014




I HAVE NEVER HEARD THIS ADDRESSED BEFORE- when one watches the film "Four Days In November", the end of the 1990 Lifton research video, or the 11/25/63 JFK funeral video, the 21-gun salute for Kennedy sounds like "only" ONE shot each time, although, of course, there were MANY gunmen...all the witnesses who heard "only" three shots on 11/22/63 may have similarly been 'tricked'. What I just wrote to Mary Moorman: "The consensus seems to be that your eye witness statements are very valuable because you confirm what others said: the shooting happened too fast for one lone gunman, whether Oswald or anyone else, with a cheap bolt-action rifle..."pow pow-pow": also, this does not factor in silencers OR another point- multiple shots that sound like "only" one shot (made vividly clear when one hears the 21-gun salute for JFK on 11/25/63. Those 21 guns sound like one each because they are so in step (in unison) with each other!"


Friday, October 3, 2014

Clint Hill: oh, how the irony is rich


Larimore, ND native Clint Hill says he's disappointed with the recent rash of security lapses involving the White House and President Obama.
“When you’re in protective mode for the Secret Service, any mistake can be fatal"; Hill says Secret Service agents “need to change their attitude, be more observant and pay more attention to detail. When they’re on duty, it’s a life or death situation.”


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Greer slowed the limousine

Vince Palamara
Mary Ann Moorman Krahmer
Yesterday at 9:57am·
Mary Ann- thank you for all your valuable insight and knowledge. You are among a list of some 60 witnesses who reported that the limo slowed.
  • Mary Ann Moorman Krahmer Yes, Vince Palamara...the limo did SLOW. It never came to a complete stop.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014



My Facebook post sums up my feelings:

"Yes! JOE CLANCY, a great American and one of the best Secret Service agents ever (AND a friend of a friend!), is now SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR, replacing the inept Julia Pierson (although I am sure she is a nice lady). Joe attended West Point and graduated from Villanova University and is one tough guy you do NOT want to mess with. No exaggeration- I am a huge critic of their performance on 11/22/63, yet guys like Joe Clancy are fantastic; Clint Eastwood and John Wayne plus!"
This selection means the Secret Service MEANS business- Joe is THE model of what an agent should be in every facet. Former agent Dan Emmett is a friend of Joe's and his book tells of Joe Clancy's pedigree and talent. I am very happy the agency chose Joe to send everyone a message- NO MORE OF THIS GARBAGE:

November 22, 1963:  NINE agents, including Clint Hill and three others on the Secret Service follow-up vehicle, went drinking and carousing in the early morning hours, having a detrimental effect on President Kennedy's protection. The President was assassinated a short time later in what was and is THE biggest scandal in the Service's history. Hill was not reprimanded but promoted (twice-SAIC of WHD and Assistant Director), awarded a medal, retired early with full government pension, and has gone on to fame and fortune as the author of 4 books with his young girlfriend co-author (as well as a former agent on Kennedy's detail). The protection of Kennedy was horrid- JFK was literally left a sitting duck during that dark day 50 years ago.

November 2009: A Washington couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, crash Obama’s first state dinner. The Secret Service later acknowledges that officers never checked whether they were on the guest list. A photo emerges showing that they shook hands with the president. Sullivan, the director, says that he is “deeply concerned and embarrassed” by the breach. The Salahis parlay their fame into an undistinguished career in reality TV.
November 2011: A man with a semiautomatic rifle parks in front of the White House and fires at the building, with Sasha Obama inside and Malia Obama on her way home. A Secret Service supervisor, mistaking the shots for car backfire, orders officers to stand down. The service does not figure out that shots hit the building for four days, and only then because a housekeeper noticed broken glass. The president and first lady are infuriated, The Post reports years later.
April 2012: Eight Secret Service agents doing advance work for a presidential trip to a summit in Colombia lose their jobs after allegations that some took prostitutes from a strip club back to their hotel rooms. A Justice Department investigation finds that two Drug Enforcement Administration agents arranged one encounter between a prostitute and a Secret Service officer. Obama later says: “When we travel, we have to observe the highest standards.”
May 2013: A Secret Service supervisor leaves a bullet in a woman’s room at the Hay-Adams hotel, which overlooks the White House, and allegedly tries to force his way into the room to retrieve it. An investigation finds that the supervisor and a colleague sent sexually suggestive emails to a woman subordinate. The supervisor loses his job, and the colleague is reassigned. A Secret Service spokesman says: “Periodically we have isolated incidents of misconduct, just like every organization does.”
March 2014: Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting Obama in Amsterdam are placed on leave after a night of drinking, in violation of Secret Service rules. One of the agents is passed out drunk in a hallway, The Post reports. The newspaper reports that the three are part of what is known as the counter assault team, a last line of defense responsible for fighting off assailants if the president or his motorcade comes under attack.
Sept. 16, 2014: In perhaps the most chilling of the Secret Service lapses, a security contractor with a gun and an assault record gets on an elevator with the president during a trip to Atlanta. The Post, citing people familiar with the incident, reports that the contractor used his cellphone to take video of Obama and did not stop when Secret Service agents told him to. The Secret Service only learns that the man has a gun when he is fired on the spot and turns it over. Obama was not told, The Post reports.
Sept. 19, 2014: An Iraq war veteran with a knife jumps the White House fence, dashes through the North Portico doors and makes it deep inside the building, into the East Room, before he is tackled, and only then by an off-duty Secret Service agent. The Secret Service first says only that the man was apprehended after getting in the door. A congressman tells The Post that a security alarm was disabled because staff nearby found it too noisy.