The Secret Service is Failing to Uphold Its Place as a Model for Security Practices
The month of September will not be one the United States Secret Service (USSS) will want to remember for long. First, a man jumped over the White House fence and proceeded to enter the mansion's first floor. A few days later, we found out the man was able to access much more of the building than we thought possible, including an attempt to enter the East Wing where the First Family lives.
Now, we find out that while visiting the CDC in Atlanta in mid-September, an armed private security contractor with a criminal record was allowed to ride an elevator with President Obama, breaking many of the rules the USSS has put in place.
Under fire, USSS Director Julia Pierson resigned Oct. 1, having testified on Capitol Hill about some of these issues the previous day, taking full responsibility and assuring the public that immediate investigations would be put into motion.
Apologizing and promises are seemingly empty words ,however, for what is supposed to be one of the top security agencies in the country, if not the world. It raises questions about security practices the USSS were using and whether or not they are truly effective.
Furthermore, what does this say about the state of security in this country today? If the agency tasked with protecting the president of the United States can fail in such impressive fashion, can your small private business really stand a chance? Obviously, the president draws more attention and therefore potential criminal targets than almost anyone else, but with so many resources being pooled together in order to protect him and his family, it seems the USSS needs to seriously reconsider the way they do things going forward.
No longer is the USSS a model for security. Instead, it serves as a reminder that security professionals need to reevaluate their current practices and try to be proactive in their endeavors.
Posted by Matt Holden on Oct 01, 2014