Breach Prompts Review of White House Security
The director of the Secret Service ordered an internal review of its security procedures around the White House after a man armed with a knife who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Friday night managed to make his way through the front door of President Obama’s home before being stopped, officials said Saturday.Made his way INTO THE DAMN WHITE HOUSE. Again, I don't care what your thoughts are on President Obama, this should frighten the living hell out of anyone with half-a brain (obviously Vice President Biden slept well after hearing the news...). Someone was able to scale the fence around the grounds, run across the White House lawn, and actually gain entrance to the building that is home to the President of the United States before he was stopped.
Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Tex., jumped the black iron fence that surrounds the White House around 7:20 p.m. on Friday and ran straight to the North Portico door, the grand entrance that is flanked by white marble columns and faces Pennsylvania Avenue. He made it through the unlocked doors and was tackled immediately, said Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman. Mr. Gonzalez was carrying a folding knife with a 3 ½-inch serrated blade, according to a criminal complaint filed in Federal District Court.
I find it hard to believe, bordering on impossible, that this wouldn't have been pretty much the textbook case for "shoot on sight." We've had people run up to the White House before, but all previous attempts had been stopped pretty much at the gate itself or on the lawn. I would hope that someone getting that close to the building itself would earn a .308-caliber hole or two, but either it was Mr. Gonzalez's lucky day, or someone is about to get fired.
Unless there's some odd rules of engagement that are unlike, well, pretty much any other for a secure building guarded by marksmen, we can only theorize why the interloper was not ventilated. In my mind, it's either that the guard(s) were asleep or otherwise occupied (any Colombian hookers in town?) or else they thought it was funny and let him pass. Neither is a comforting thought.
The words "President Joe Biden" ought to make you break out in a cold sweat...
That is all.