Fence-jumper makes it into the White House

Associated Press 
<cite class="byline vcard top-line">By JOSH LEDERMAN7 hours ago</cite>

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man jumped over the fence of the White House on Friday and made it through the front door before officers managed to apprehend him, the Secret Service said. President Barack Obama had departed the White House just minutes earlier.

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The rare security breach was likely to renew intense scrutiny of the Secret Service, an agency whose storied history has been marred in recent years by multiple allegations of misconduct by officers. It was unclear whether a fence-jumper has ever made it into the White House before.

After scaling the fence on the north side of the White House, the intruder darted toward the presidential residence, ignoring commands from officers to stop, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. He was ultimately apprehended just inside the North Portico doors — the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Avenue.

Donovan said the man appeared to be unarmed to officers who spotted him climbing the fence, and a search of the suspect turned up no weapons. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital for examination after complaining of chest pain. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex.

The Secret Service identified the suspect as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas. Attempts to reach Gonzales or his relatives by phone Friday evening were unsuccessful.

The incident prompted a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Inside the West Wing, White House staffers and Associated Press journalists were rushed into the basement and out a side exit to a nearby street by Secret Service agents — some with their weapons drawn.

Although it's not uncommon for people to make it over the White House fence, they're typically stopped almost immediately and rarely get very far. Video from the scene showed the suspect, in jeans and a dark shirt, sprinting across the lawn as Secret Service agents shouted at nearby pedestrians to clear the area.

"This situation was a little different than other incidents we have at the White House," Donovan said. "There will be a thorough investigation into the incident."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House Oversight Committee's subpanel on national security, said it was "totally unacceptable" that the fence-jumper made it inside the White House. Chaffetz said he's been investigating the Secret Service for more than a year and that there have been many security breaches that were never publicly reported.

"Unfortunately, they are failing to do their job," Chaffetz said in an email to the AP. "There are good men and women, but the Secret Service leadership has a lot of questions to answer."

The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m., only minutes after Obama and his daughters, along with a guest of one of the girls, left the White House aboard Marine One on their way to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland where Obama and his family were to spend the weekend. First lady Michelle Obama had traveled separately to Camp David and was not at home.

The Secret Service's elite reputation has suffered a succession of blows in recent years, and Friday's breach marked yet another setback in the agency's efforts to rehabilitate its image.

In 2012, 13 agents and officers were implicated in a prostitution scandal during preparations for Obama's trip Cartagena, Colombia. The next year, two officers were removed from Obama's detail after another alleged incident of sexually-related misconduct. And in March, an agent was found drunk by staff at a Dutch hotel the day before Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands.

Obama appointed the agency's first female director last year as a sign he wanted to change the culture and restore public confidence in its operations. An inspector general's report in December found no evidence of widespread misconduct.

The Secret Service has struggled in recent years to strike the appropriate balance between ensuring the first family's security and preserving the public's access to the White House grounds. Once open to vehicles, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House was confined to pedestrians after the Oklahoma City bombing, but officials have been reluctant to restrict access to the area further.

Evacuations at the White House are extremely rare. Typically, when someone jumps the White House fence, the compound is put on lockdown and those inside remain in place while officers respond to the situation. Last week, the Secret Service apprehended a man who jumped over the same stretch of fence on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting officers to draw their firearms and deploy service dogs as they took the man into custody.


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Ya know, there are heaps of Caucasians that would like President Obama to go the way of Sandy Dusty. It has driven them to the point of beyond INSANITY that a partial "Black" man is President of this former Native Habitat.


If I recall correctly, some brown folks tried to do some harm to President Truman, I think it was; I was little; they didn't succeed, but it caused major commotion.  I don't recall anyone ever getting so close to that the damn Caucasian House built by slaves, that it was ever evacuated.


Black anything with the exception of clothes and shoes and getting that damn cotton picked, drives the Cave Man out of his mind.

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  Well this isn't the firs time.  When Obama was elected, there was a couple that crashed the party..I don't know if the party was at the white house but they were there.  Also, if folks were to get to the president, black or white, a fear of the country not being protected will surface.  Cuz if they can get to the president, they surely can get to us....is the thought.  And America security is arrogant and bullish and they do not want other countries to believe that they have a chance to invade.  So this is clearly an embarrassment to national security.  And since America is going around currently trying to put out all these global fires i.e. Iraq, Syria, Russia, Africa....the last thang America want to expose is vulnerability....cuz we gotta lot of nut jobs onshore itching to start a civil war yesterday.  So....now more than ever America has to STEP UP its tough military image....even to those crazies here domestically.   But! 

If two black men jumped the fence to the "White" house, there would be two DEAD black men laying out on the "White" house lawn, one by one, and would have probably been chewed by a dog or two. A Black woman was shot dead and she didn't even get out of her car.  In America a bullet can find a Black man's ass quicker than one can say "Jack Sprat."

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

So you can play "ding dong dItch" at the White House?  Why don't those people have bullet wounds?

President Obama is not going to fire anyone, He said he has confidence in the Secret Service after the crazed redneck hater ran 70 yards got inside the white house. 


As I have said before: Nice people do not make GREAT presidents.


We need an ahzhole right now, someone who expects action and one who does not wait patiently for results. These Rednecks in the media and in Congress needs foot after foot rammed up their ahz's. If Obama does not make heads roll in the Secret Service he will continue to be a target of weakness. 


He can't talk tough and he runs from confrontation. And I know why, he can't take a chance  on being embarrassed by a citizen or lower rank type person because he is the first Black president but he can control all that and if he wanted he could kick ahz up and down Washington and in the media but he can't even kick the ahz of those who failed to protect him and his family. 

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These "breaches" in security look more like Mafia threat symbol, i.e., more like a horse head in the Obamas' bed, than mere "breaches" in security, because something has happened too many times [and imagine what we haven't been told about].  


And to think, this just happened to happen when the President and First Lady were not there, when only their daughter was there without them.




People should be out of a job/career.   





Secret Service Director Julia Pierson

Secret Service chief quits due to security lapses.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson abruptly resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations of security breaches, bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

President Barack Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," said spokesman Josh Earnest.


High-ranking lawmakers from both parties had urged her to step down after her poorly received testimony to Congress a day earlier — and revelation of yet another security problem: Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with an armed guard who was not authorized to be around him.


That appeared to be the last straw that crumbled trust in her leadership in the White House. Earnest said Obama and his staff did not learn about that breach until just before it was made public in news reports Tuesday.


"Today Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement. He announced that Joseph Clancy, retired head of the agency's Presidential Protective Division, would come out of retirement to lead the Secret Service temporarily.


Taking further steps to restore trust in the beleaguered agency, Johnson also outlined an independent inquiry into the agency's operations.


That trust was shaken by a series of failures in the agency's critical job of protecting the president, including a breach Sept. 19, when a knife-carrying man climbed over the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue and made it deep into the executive mansion before being stopped.


Republicans quickly served notice that Pierson's resignation and the inquiry ordered by Johnson would not end their investigation.


"The Oversight Committee will continue to examine clear and serious agency failures at the Secret Service," said the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. "Problems at the Secret Service pre-date Ms. Pierson's tenure as director, and her resignation certainly does not resolve them."


Pierson's permanent replacement will probably face a grueling confirmation process before Congress.


In an interview with Bloomberg News after her resignation was announced, Pierson said she recognized that "Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency."


She said she met Johnson on Wednesday and "after that discussion I felt this was the noble thing to do."


Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a leader of the congressional inquiry, called her resignation "the right thing to do, it had to happen, but there are some systemic challenges that must be addressed."


Some revelations came from whistleblowers who contacted Chaffetz, and he suggested more damaging stories may emerge. "Unfortunately there are more out there and we'll see how that goes," he said.


After a congressional hearing Tuesday into the Sept. 19 breach and an earlier one, reports emerged of still another. Earlier in September, Obama had shared an elevator in Atlanta with a private guard who was not authorized to be around him with a gun. That was the first known Secret Service failure to unfold in the presence of the president. The first family was not at the White House when the recent intruder entered.


The White House learned about the Atlanta episode only about when lawmakers and the public did — when the Washington Examiner and The Washington Post reported it, Earnest said.


Obama had not been told about it previously, Earnest said. This, despite Pierson's statement to the committee that she briefs the president "100 percent of the time" about threats to his personal security and those at the White House. She said the only time she had briefed him this year was after the Sept. 19 White House intrusion.


The man accused of running into the White House on Sept. 19, Omar J. Gonzalez, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a brief appearance in federal court. He is accused of unlawfully entering a restricted building while carrying a deadly weapon, which is a federal charge, and two violations of District of Columbia law.


Wearing a standard prison-issue orange jump suit, Gonzalez sat attentively at the defense table but did not address the court as his lawyer entered the plea.


As for Pierson, support for the Secret Service director unraveled quickly after her defensive testimony Tuesday, which left key questions unanswered.


Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on the committee, said in multiple interviews Wednesday that Pierson was no longer the best person to lead the Secret Service.


She is the latest administration official to leave in the midst of controversy. Others include:


— Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned last May, taking the blame for what he decried as a "lack of integrity" in the sprawling health care system for the nation's military veterans.


— Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of health and human services as the "Obamacare" insurance marketplace failed spectacularly in its launch, stayed on to oversee repairs before Obama accepted her resignation months later.





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