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The DNC, The RNC & ICON Executive Protection

 

For the past several months i’d been fairly immersed in negotiating, researching, planning, and finally, executing an assignment that was challenging, rewarding, and in many ways, “historic”. Historic because of my participation in both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions at a pivotal time in our nation, but also because I had the opportunity to involve several of the former ICON Academy students in the assignment. For the past 17 days, our agents had the opportunity to interact with all levels of local, state and federal law enforcement, from the United States Secret Service on down. The mix of Politicians, Celebrities, Corporate Higher Up’s and Delegates coexisted with massive crowds, inclimate weather and protesters. The senior Protectors took those with less experience under their wings, and illustrated by words and actions, that every post was an important one, and everyone (including me) got (re)familiar with that EP staple, “Halls & Walls”. In the end, while sore feet, and bags under the eyes were prevalent, the words of thanks and admiration for the work done personally made by the client made it all worth it.

Of course I do not want to make it seem that this was all brand new, in 2008, ICON Services Corporation also played a significant protection role for clients for both the DNC and RNC, and if the positive feedback was any  indication, once again be lacing up the shoes and adding the lapel pin four years from now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Holmes Bodyguard Saves Paparazzi

Kate Holmes’ bodyguard has found himself on strange duty – saving the paparazzi from a beating for photographing the actress in a shop.  Looks like some shop patrons didn’t take to kindly to the harassment and took matters into their own hands.

I’ll assume that the Bodyguard intervened at the clients request, otherwise I can’t see leaving the Principal for any reason.

For the full story, click HERE.

*update*

Had a person with a first hand account contact me on this story.  It appears the BG made a tactical choice to defuse the brewing fight that was then occurring outside of a small store front cafe.  Imagine being faced with a scenario where the only way to remove your Principal was to exit past a full blown fist fight, or be trapped inside?  One option would be to do what this agent did and verbally defuse it.  –At the end of the day it worked.

Kudos.

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Book Alleges Secret Service Cannot Protect Obama

 

The President on the steps of the Washington Monument
The President on the steps of the Washington Monument

“The U.S. Secret Service has cut corners in ways that may have jeopardized the safety of President Obama, according to a new book by a veteran Washington journalist and author, Ron Kessler.  The book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” details instances of “laxness in how they protect” Obama.

Wow.  Powerful allegations.  I’ll reserve passing any judgement until I read the entire book myself.  However, I will say that having had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Obama on multiple occasions (from when he was a rising star Senator, to his current role as Commander in Chief) and liaising with his staff, the agents entrusted with his safety have always appeared attentive and mission-focused.    I did have some concerns during my time the inauguration– the sheer size and magnitude could have been nothing but overwhelming –but was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to bring them up to key parties.  

One thing I will say is that the men and women of the United States Secret Service have a very demanding job and one that allows zero margin for error. Lopsided or not, a book like this will surely light a fire that will make some take a closer look at any deficiencies for the greater good.  

The book is due on shelves August 4th. 

At the Presidential Inauguration
At the Presidential Inauguration

ICON Inauguration Security Services

Inauguration Security Website - DNC Security.com

Yep, Back at it again…

The Teams are on the ground and moving around.

For celebrities, private individuals and corporate executives attending functions associated with the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, ICON can provide you with premium security services.

For more information visit www.DNCSecurity.com or contact 651-695-8778.

(One day i’ll have to share with my Blog readers how I almost got the Obama account before he hit the stratosphere –and the Secret Service.)

Mexico Reports a 30 Percent Increase In Bodyguards

Mexican daily El Universal reports several indicators of the endless spread of violence in Mexico today. First, private companies are now spending more than ever on private security. The number of business people using bodyguards has increased by 30 percent this year over last, and the year is not over. The old bodyguards are not good enough either: firms are hiring foreign consultants with special military training to create more sophisticated cadres. Click on the highlighted text for the full story.

Mexico is a tough place to operate in, but for those with the skill sets there are increased opportunities in our industry. The world of Executive Protection isn’t just Hollywood and Iraq.

Around the World in 30 Days

From China to the DNC to the RNC to the NFL Kick-off to LA to the Obama/McCain Service Forum in NYC.  It’s been a crazy 30 days.  Thanks to everyone at ICON that kept the plates spinning to make the assignments a success, and keeping all the clients happy. 

Now back to the moutain of paperwork that’s accumulated.  uggh.</p

Guarding The Olympic Stars

“Next month, a delegation of nearly 1,200 U.S. athletes, coaches and support staff will make their way to Beijing, China, for the Olympics games. Behind the scenes, United States Olympic Committee Chief Security Officer Larry Buendorf will be keeping a close eye on the games, making sure that the four years he’s spent making security preparations with local authorities keep the Olympians and their handlers safe.”

Read the full profile at SecurityInfoWatch.com.

~ Mr. Buendorf assisted with foiling an attempt on President Gerarld Ford, moving in front of the then President and his attacker with a gun.

Top 10 Bodyguard Movies of All Time

Presenting my very biased list for Top 10 Bodyguard Movies of all time. This is an unscientific study with the only criteria being that they get a lot of play in my DVD.

1. Star Wars (Obi-Wan was Luke’s bodyguard!)
2. Man on Fire
3. Yojimbo
4. The Bodyguard (yeah it’s Cliché, but it’s a good movie)
5. Way of the Gun
6. Shogun Assassin7. Churhill’s Bodyguard
8. Heat (Not even sure if there are any BG’s in it, but it still makes list)
9. Ronin
10. In the Line of Fire

Did I miss anything?

Protester Glues Himself to Head of State

Dan Glass was at 10 Downing Street to receive a charity’s award for his work on transportation issues when he staged the unusual protest.

Just before Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented him with the award, Glass squirted superglue in the palm of his left hand. He shook Brown’s right hand and then grabbed the prime minister’s sleeve.

“I’ve just superglued myself to your arm,” Glass said he told Brown. “Don’t panic. This is a non-violent protest.”

The report said no charges were filed, but you can bet this guy is under close surveillance. Click on the text for the full article.

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W Magazine Covers Bodyguards

Fashion Magazine W presents the Users Guide To Tastefully Getting Around Town With Your Bodyguard. A slightly skewered look at Celebrities and their security staff. For example:

#2: Emulate Government Types.

#4: Start of in a suit.

(P.s., I should probably mention that I contributed to the good *parts* of this article…).