Armed Security Guard Fired After Riding Elevator with Obama

So, as the tale goes, an armed security guard was fired after he accompanied President Obama in an elevator at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta. You see, the problem was that ex-director of the Secret Service, Julia Pierson, did not information the White House that security guard, Kenneth Tate, was appointed, and therefore, armed.

Tate, a 47-year-old, Chicago native, who worked for 10 years at CDC as a contractor, was carrying a CDC-issued firearm during Obama’s September 16, 2014 visit, apparently a violation of Secret Service protocol, which indicates that only agents and officers for the agency can be armed while near the president.

According to Yahoo! News, a friendly dialog of “hi how are you’s? and, handshakes took place on the elevator between Tate and the president as he escorted Obama upstairs.

It wasn’t until later that Tate was “scolded” by the Secret Service, not for being armed, but for taking smartphone photos of the president’s motorcade leaving CDC. Tate was ordered to delete the photos, then CDC pulled his badge on the spot and formally terminated him a week later.

Even Tate’s 27-year-old son, who also worked for CDC as a contractor, was terminated 2 weeks after his dad.

What do you think readers? Fair or unfair?

Should Tate have been fired by CDC? What about his son? And, what about Tate’s smartphone pictures? Did the Secret Service do right by having him delete them?

I look forward to your thoughts, reactions and opinions about this!

Posted by Ginger Hill on Nov 03, 2014


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