White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service   [open pdf - 2MB]

This hearing compilation is from the September 30, 2014 hearing, "White House Perimeter Breach: New Concerns about the Secret Service," before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. From the Preview Statement of Chairman Issa: "Inexplicably, Omar Gonzalez breached at least 'Five Rings' of security on September 19th. The White House complex is supposed to be one of the most secure facilities in the country, if not the world. So, how on earth did this happen? This failure has once again tested the trust of the American people in the Secret Service -- a trust already strained by a string of recent scandals. […] [T]he system broke down on September 19 as it did when the Salahis crashed a state dinner in November 2009, or when Oscar Ortega-Hernandez successfully shot at the White House on November 2011, or when agents engaged in prostitution in Cartagena in April 2012, or when agents showed terrible judgment and got drunk in the Netherlands in March 2014. Whether deficient procedures, insufficient training, personnel shortages, or low morale contributed to the incident, this can never happen again. We simply cannot allow it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Darrell Issa, Julia Pierson, Ralph Basham, and Todd Keil.

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