By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub.com
Secret Service under fire again
WASHINGTON, D.C. — An unarmed intruder scaled the White House parameter fence on Friday at around 7:20 pm before making his way into the unlocked front door of the lavish presidential residence where the man, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, Texas, was confronted by Secret Service agents with their weapons drawn, reports say. The man was later arrested.
Although the incident was a rather embarrassing one for Secret Service agents who were clocked-in Friday evening, neither the President nor the First Family were ever in danger as they were away at the time. Moreover, this is not the first time that the Obama Administration’s security detail has come under fire. In fact, the Associated Press reported:
In 2012, 13 Secret Service agents and officers were implicated in a prostitution scandal during preparations for Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia. The next year, two officers were removed from the president’s detail after another alleged incident of sexually-related misconduct. 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.
About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.