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Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Sat Sep 20, 2014 10:42 am

Federal employees respond with a show of force.


Security scrutinized in White House breach
By: Associated Press
September 19, 2014 08:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service is coming under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended.

President Barack Obama and his daughters had just departed the White House on Friday evening when an intruder scaled the north fence, darted across the lawn and into the presidential residence, where agents nabbed him. The security breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House, with Secret Service officers drawing their guns as they rushed staffers and journalists out a side door.

For the Secret Service, the incident was a devastating episode that prompted fresh questions about the storied agency and its ability to protect the president. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who chairs the House subpanel on national security oversight, called it "totally unacceptable" but said the incident was just one of a string of security failings on the Secret Service's watch.

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

"Was the door open?" he added incredulously.

The Secret Service said the incident would be carefully reviewed to ensure proper protocols were followed.

The man in jeans and a dark shirt who scaled the fence shortly after 7 p.m. appeared to be unarmed, but ignored commands from officers to halt, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said. He was tackled just inside the doors of the North Portico, the grand, columned entrance that looks out over Pennsylvania Avenue. A search of the suspect turned up no weapons.

The Secret Service identified the suspect as Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old man from Copperas Cove, Texas. He was charged with unlawful entry into the White House complex and transported to a nearby hospital complaining of chest pain. Attempts to reach Gonzalez or his relatives by phone were unsuccessful.

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 intruder 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."

Only minutes before the breach, Obama had boarded his helicopter on the South Lawn with his daughters and one of their friends, who was joining the Obamas for a weekend getaway to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. First lady Michelle Obama had traveled separately to Camp David and was not at home.

It was unclear whether any other fence-jumpers have ever made it into the White House, one of the most highly protected buildings in the world. But Friday's incident was just the latest setback for an elite agency whose reputation has suffered a succession of blows in recent years.

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. 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. 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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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby st michael jr » Sat Sep 20, 2014 5:47 pm

I can't stand Obama, but some head HAVE to roll after this. This is totally unacceptable for the Secret Service. First off, how the heck is the door unlocked where he could get in? How could he make it all the way to the door in the first place? Personally, I think the order should be to shoot to stop anyone trying to do that in the future. What is this person had had a suicide belt and did considerable damage or killed someone?
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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:17 pm

A petition at The White House's official petition site.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
reform White House access and grant Comprehensive Executive Amnesty & residency to migrant Omar J. Gonzalez & his family
NOT ONE MORE! FREE OMAR!

We urge President Obama to immediately and publicly recognize that Mr. Omar J. Gonzalez, an oppressed migrant, was merely looking for a better life when he entered the White House after going over the classist, divisive and needless fence.

In the interest of White House diversity and what will surely result in adding to the rich tapestry of love and community, we further demand that the President reform the mean-spirited laws regulating access to the People's House. For justice and peace, upon his next return from the back-nine, Mr. Obama must award permanent lawful WH residency to Mr. Gonzalez and his family, along with a permit to work there. Because.

END UNFAIR AND DEMEANING WHITE HOUSE ENTRY LAWS! JUSTICE FOR OMAR GONZALEZ AND ALL WHITE HOUSE MIGRANTS!


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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby Shinigami » Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:50 pm

I don't understand this article headline, the guy is an Army Veteran, what does his ethnicity have to do with it?
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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby BobbyBeetleMishawaka » Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:33 pm

Reports are leaking out that the guy made it all the way to the East Room, on the second floor of the White House, before being stopped.

"At the request of the White House usher’s office, the alarm box designed to alert the officer at the front door to an impending intruder was muted, allowing Gonzalez to burst past the agent unopposed (the door was closed but unlocked). He then surged into the house’s central hall, passing a flight of stairs leading up to the First Family’s living quarters. He overpowered a female Secret Service agent who attempted to subdue him and allegedly made it across the East Room, before finally being tackled at the far end of that famous parlor by another officer."

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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 6:31 am

It certainly sounds as though there are problems closer to home than where we have troops. Perhaps we ought to concentrate on this country?
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Re: Hispanic Hops Fence, Illegally Enters the White House

Postby st michael jr » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:21 am

This could have been such a tragedy had he been fitted with an explosive vest. Heads need to roll on this.
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