Monday, September 29, 2014

Utah Man Vaults Over House Oversight Committee, Rushes Into the WaPo

There's a proper fence for a Head of State, but not perfect















The House Oversight committee will hold a hearing tomorrow to examine the White House intrusion incident of last week:

On Tuesday, September 30 at 10:00 a.m., the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene a hearing to examine the latest concerns regarding the U.S. Secret Service’s security protocols in light of the September 19, 2014, incident in which an armed intruder entered the North Portico of the White House. The Committee has invited Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to testify at the hearing. Chairman Issa released the following statement:

“The recent intrusion of an individual into the White House is the latest in a string of high profile incidents for the Secret Service. These significant security breaches reveal our weaknesses as well as our response capabilities to our nation’s enemies. I look forward to hearing from Secret Service Director Pierson, in light of scandals ranging from the Salahis to Cartagena, about what steps the agency is taking under her leadership to improve security and put an end to dangerous embarrassments.”

But you don't need to wait until tomorrow to get some quite interesting inside information about the incident, because Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) leaked the juicy details to the Washington Post today:

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one [female] Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The officer posted inside the front door appeared to be delayed in learning that the intruder, Omar Gonzalez, was about to burst through. Officers are trained that, upon learning of an intruder on the grounds, often through the alarm boxes posted around the property, they must immediately lock the front door.

After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.

Gonzalez was tackled by a counter-assault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.

Well, well, well. All of that, plus the Secret Service's surprisingly lackadaisical response to a 2011 shooting incident, ought to make for a must-see hearing.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

TSB: One of the big questions is why the guard dog outside wasn't released to chase this guy down. James has provided me with a top secret video that shows why. It turns out the handler had been training Fido at home and knew he would never go through that open door. (The dog has hired a top DC attorney; been put on paid leave and Atty Gen has launched an investigation.)gwb
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/29/dog-thinks-terrace-door-closed_n_5901682.html

TSB said...

Luckly for him the Congress loves dogs. They would never call one before the Oversight Committee and treat him like a human witness.

James said...

You know there does come a time you need to just shoot the sob.
GWB: I'm also working on procuring a damning video of the "dog" in action. It is at a fragile point of obtainment so it might take 30 40 minutes or so.

James said...

unfortunately I've only gotten another Secret Service training video, otherwise negotiations continue:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMyD3TSXyUc

TSB said...

So the big question for tomorrow's hearing will be, Who, Who, Who, Who, Didn't Let the Dogs Out? Who, Who, Who, Who?

James: I fully agree, there comes a time to shoot. The intruder is incredibly lucky, by which I mean, he benefitted from a series of big screw-ups by White House security.

Anonymous said...

TSB:James: I'm predicting the shooting will start tomorrow at the hearing. I think they call it a 'circular firing squad.' gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: This is a wacky war! Our allies with boots on the ground are fighting ISIS with 'Rumsfeld Era' equipment while Kerry urges Iraq to name a defense minister who won't try to kill us. gwb
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-29/presenting-isis-beating-mad-max-battle-tanks-and-buses

Anonymous said...

TSB: Those were the great old days when the chap broke in just to have a chat with the Queen and find out how things were going. gwb (Reminds me of: 'Let me help you out. Now, which way did you come in?')

James said...

The new Secret Service motto:
"I'm not going to look, I just might be in there."

Anonymous said...

James: I don't know how you get this highly sensitive information without bringing down the wrath of our security establishment but maybe this really old
training video focuses on how important it is to have highly trained,vigilant and intelligent handlers. I'm told it was recently declassified. gwb
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQnprVsl0E (training starts 2min50 seconds)

Anonymous said...

TSB: It seems that the highest level bureaucats instinctively respond to questions with a 'canned', unresponsive
answer designed to imply: 'Sir, you aren't asking the right question!'
This makes me think we could conceivably replace these people with cliche robots? gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB:LET ME BE CLEAR!! ESAT Breeking News Ethiopian Embassy in DC Sept 29 2014 with Video

Ethiopian DS emphasizes the use of I-Phones, gentle pursuasion and flags to stop live shooters. I think that could be cause they don't have an $800 million budget like the 'SS' gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: Our hearts and prayers go out to Bureaucrats everywhere who have seen themselves represented today as out of touch bean counters from HR with no
clue but a good slogan! ('The beatings of low level agents will continue until morale improves!') gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB: I feel a lot better now that STATE
has 16,000 Ebola suits on order.. and
CDC Confirms First Ebola Case Diagnosed In The US, In Dallas Hospital -
I wonder how long before TSA starts asking arriving passengers if they have been around anyone with Ebola? I predict it won't happen until it's too late (like the WH security stuff) because you can't be scaring airline passengers or they will all panic.gwb

TSB said...

GWB, James: I didn't get to watch the Secret Service hearing yet, but I did catch a couple minutes toward the beginning. The service Director really did try to stick to her canned statement under questioning, didn't she?

Chaffetz says he wants the Agents and Uniformed Division to shoot first and ask questions later, and that he'll "have your back" if they do. Bull. If they shoot anyone they shouldn't have, they know they'll have to deal with criminal and civil prosecution, and what will Chaffetz do for them then? Re-tweet the hashtag of their legal defense fund, maybe. That guy annoys me more with each new hearing.

Anonymous said...

Atta Boy TSB! James: Maybe we should hold our fire until TSB has a chance to see more of the movie.. I mean hearing! gwb TSB: That was one of your best post titles of the Fall Season. It was a bipartisan beating and stoning with only one Republican (Mica) finally jumping in to say "NO MAS Por Favor!! REMEMBER WE NEED HER CONSCIOUS FOR THE EXECUTIVE SESSION!! EVEN ELIJAH CUMMINGS SAID HE NOW WANTS A SPECIAL INVESTIGATION. This was the WAR party, none of whom wanted to vote on a war but they all wanted some Shakesperian blood in their campaign commercials. gwb

Anonymous said...

TSB;James: Do you guys recognize this stuff?
http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraqi-army-receives-advanced-powerful-air-defense-systems/ The Defense Ministry says: the new advanced systems would contribute to securing Iraqi air through the air defense forces, and would be also used for the protection of vital goals. (I'm wondering which Iraqi enemy has an air force and what does 'protect vital goals' mean? I just hope they aren't spoofin me!) gwb

Anonymous said...

PS: When your country is disintegrating is it really a good time for the government to go on a week long holiday? gwb

Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Council of Ministers announced the vacation of the Eid Adha for all governmental departments to start from next Saturday till next Thursday

James said...

GWB: Liked the video, but did you notice that the highly respected leader of all illegal activities in Mayberry was missing.
I refer of course to that master of evil Otis.

Apologies of course to Casablanca.

Anonymous said...

James: I'm sorry but to me Otis always represented 'The Young Turks' of Mayberry..characters that only showed up in the later years of the show. I thought everybody's role on the show was to showcase Barney's comedic talents. Whenever other characters took time away from Barney it pretty much ruined my week. It's just the way I live my life.. confused,naive, gullible over-educated, underinformed.. A
True American Hero With a 22! gwb

Anonymous said...

James;TSB: I notice PM Maliki is still running the show in Iraq. (He was supposed to be gone on 9/19) So I suspect those new wonder weapons of undisclosed origin are from Putin. gwb
http://rt.com/news/169144-iraq-russian-jets-arrive/

I think Maliki's goal is to make sure the Americans don't do any coordinating
with Iraqi forces and keep their boots in the US Embassy and at the airport. The Biden family will probably have trouble getting an energy deal in Shiite country. gwb

James said...

GWB: that stuff at Iraqi news had a faintly Russian or East European look to it. Anyway to answer another of your questions: How do you expect ISIS to get a respectable ground to air defense capability? They don't have an official procurement program (multiple bids, etc) so somebody has to give it to them, why not other Iraqs cut the confusion of middle men.

Anonymous said...

James! This shows how savvy one has to be to keep up with developments in this 'ISISCRISIS'. Good call! Now, here is another: The Dow is down 250 points today because nobody trusts the gummt about Ebola. Plus, Julia Pierson was evidently executed right after yesterdays 'EXECUTIVE' session for LYING TO ELIJAH CUMMINGS! I suspect the real problem here is that one of the Obombas ordered 'SS' to disable the alarm system. (We will have to wait for an episode of 'Madam Secy' to know for sure.) but heads are definitely rolling over all the "lyin and cryin and the shootin and the dyin.. AND THE FELLAH WITH A SWITCH BLADE KNIFE!" who did that one? gwb

James said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz_DNrKVrQ8
Secret Service Director

James said...

Ah GWB: You are badly mistaken about the great and all powerful "Otis". Please read and know he is an American Icon.
http://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrBTzkdXSxUBlkA1kJXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzcmdwdWJvBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDUyMl8x/RV=2/RE=1412222367/RO=10/RU=http%3a%2f%2fen.wikipedia.org%2fwiki%2fOtis_Campbell/RK=0/RS=742L_Rhqrmx2G.IMfHWtW4Sl69E-

James said...

How could I have overlooked this one, so perfect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0nr12u-sWU

Anonymous said...

James;TSB: I would never admit to being a sexist pig but when I saw that hairdo
on Director Pierson I sprinted for the popcorn. Is that called a 'Helmit' or a 'Heilmit'? Whatever it is you can't wear that these days unless you are working for the Russkies in an old James Bond movie! And James, that woman has clearly been chairing too many really bad (PC) meetings.Hillary will get this 'SS' straightened out. I hear she's thinking of going to an all female (or at least claiming to be) "SS" gwb

TSB said...

GWB: I suspect you're right about who wanted to muffle the alarms, and probably Valerie Jarrett conveyed the order to turn them down. Anyway, I find it hard to believe the Usher's office really has the pull to overrule the Secret Service.

TSB said...

James: That Magic Bus video reminds me of when The Who were introduced to Rodney Dangerfield on some talk show or other. He said - "You're The Who? I guess that makes me The What."

James said...

TSB: Heh!

Anonymous said...

James: I apologize profusely!! I was thinking Otis was the gas station mechanic guy. It's absolutely true that he was an icon. In fact, I started laughing immediately when he entered a scene. Just like 'Amos and Andy' and many other shows Otis portrayed the American drunk they way many of them actually were in public... workin at the glue factory.. barely hanging on to a job.. or politicians. Thanks for the correction. gwb

James said...

Accepted. To think an entire family carrying on a honorable tradition of "town drunk", it takes ones breath away.

Anonymous said...

James! Here is the straight skinny on the new Russian weapons provided to 'acting' defense minister Maliki. Ground to air plus 'fire blaster' for close-up destruction of ISIS militants.
http://rt.com/news/192528-iraq-russia-air-defense/

James said...

GWB: Like I said before, ISIS does need a creditable air defense and somebodies got to facilitate the deal, know the territory, the players, etc.