While it might look like a potential traffic jam waiting to happen, every vehicle in the motorcade serves a distinct purpose. The amount of resources dedicated to moving the President of the United States from place to place by the Secret Service is staggering. With that said, the security motorcade is not unique to just diplomatic arenas. You will find scaled down versions in almost every other area of Executive Protection. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of attacks occur in and around the vehicle so the rings of protection have to extend beyond just arms length.
The Whitehouse has stated that home-ground terror has entered a new phase as radicals are increasingly plotting attacks inside the U.S. the “new phase” in which al Qaeda is “increasingly relying on recruits with little training is on the rise.
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“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.
Yep, Back at it again…
The Teams are on the ground and moving around.
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(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.)