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U.S. Secret Service Fails Again

It was recently discovered that not only has the U.S. Secret Service failed to provide complete security to our current U.S. President, but they also may have not been providing adequate security to one of our former U.S. President, either . According to a story the surfaced online, the government provided security alarm system that was installed in the home of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and wife Barbara failed in September of 2013 and it took until December of 2014 to install a new security system. I guess their lucky nothing happened in the nearly 18 months it took them to get around to installing the new system.

With all of the concerns of ISIS and possible attacks on U.S. soil by ISIS directly or by homegrown elements that could be sympathetic to their cause, it is surprising that these kinds of lapses continue to pop up. We need to be able to trust that our top government officials and former leaders are being protected.

What do think of all of these lapses in security and what looks like poor leadership at the U.S. Secret Service.

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FourWalls wrote on April 26, 2015, 8:31 PM

I think the Secret Service has finally caught the disease that so many other federal agencies: government workeritis. "I'm a government worker, my union says I don't have to do that, you can't fire me, now shut up because I'm on break!"

It is very sad to say this, but I don't think anything will be done about this until a president, a presidential candidate, or a former president is attacked. Unfortunately, our government has become more reactionary than PROACTIVE in things. It's easier for them to have hearings after the fact and see "what went wrong" than to solve the problem so NOTHING goes wrong.

JohnRoberts wrote on April 26, 2015, 8:40 PM

The Secret Service is too busy checking out the local talent if you know what I mean.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 26, 2015, 9:21 PM

I have to agree, but my hope is that the more that is brought to light, something will finally be done about it.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 26, 2015, 9:27 PM

Unfortunately, I know exactly what you mean. I would hope both sides of the aisle would recognize that we cannot afford to have our President or living former Presidents to be targets or worse yet murdered.

morilla wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:12 PM

The Government has a LONG history of closing the barn door AFTER the horse is 15 miles down the road. According to the report, a Secret Service Security Expert requested an upgrade to the 17-year old system in 2010 and was denied. Then they used "re-purposed" or "refurbished" and some 'new' equipment in 2012. In other words, there's potentially more going on here in that the 'timing' is all consistent with the current Administration; whether it's indicative of a 'culture' or as simple as 'budget cuts.' While it is 'unlikely' that a 90-year old, former President in 'marginal' health would be a 'target' for ISIS, it does bring questions to mind. However, I wouldn't count on even the media 'advertising' weaknesses in security in 'real time.'

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:14 PM

I wish to know why we continue paying for what they can more than afford to cover themselves after they are out of office. If they were very worried about it I am sure they could have got it fixed sooner and then asked for reimbursement.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:26 PM

I can honestly say I don't know how to answer your question wolfgirl569 other than to say it is the law and has been for a very long time.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 26, 2015, 10:27 PM

That is definitely the truth, it has been reactionary as long as I can remember.

LeaPea2417 wrote on April 26, 2015, 11:14 PM

There is no excuse for Obama and his family not to have the proper Secret Service protection. It is unacceptable.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 26, 2015, 11:28 PM

LeaPea2417 You are exactly right and the White House security needs to fixed immediately and also all former U.S. Presidents are also afforded Secret Service Protection under the law.

allen0187 wrote on April 27, 2015, 1:17 AM

The US Secret Service is too busy checking out the 'models' in Brazil! LOL!

BarbRad wrote on April 27, 2015, 3:08 AM

We know where the buck stops for the management of the Secret Service.

iwrite28 wrote on April 27, 2015, 5:31 AM

I wonder whether all the amount of money spent for the war industry in the world is beneficial to the world as a whole.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:38 AM

Not sure what that has to do with the U.S. Secret Service though, but the world as a whole spend a whole lot of money on defense.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:39 AM

Yes, but since it seems to be a systemic issue, it needs to be addressed at the highest level down.

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 27, 2015, 8:40 AM

Yeah, that is definitely one of the big problems they are having.

wolfgirl569 wrote on April 27, 2015, 10:24 AM

That is one of many things that I feel needs to be changed and would help immensely towards getting this country out of debt. When it was first passed many of them were not rich by any means, but any more all of our politicians are and should be taking care of them own selves

Soonerdad3 wrote on April 27, 2015, 11:23 AM

I do know exactly where you are coming from and I think they at least should be paying for it. However, it is more of a national security issue, as former heads of state they would make a dangerous target for terrorists.