After a man posed as a member of Congress and snuck into an awards dinner with President Barack Obama in attendance, and a man with a knife was able to run freely throughout the White House, it’s safe to say the Secret Service has reached a new low. In a report that examined previously undisclosed security breaches since 2013, House investigators have described the force as an “agency in crisis.”
“The agency’s recent public failures are not a series of isolated events, but the product of an insular culture that has historically been resistant to change,” the report says. According to the Washington Post, it was compiled by the Republican and Democratic staffs of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Lapses in security include a Czech citizen with an expired visa who hung out on former president George H.W. Bush’s property last spring for an hour without being detected, and four people who went fishing in Vice President Joe Biden’s backyard without interruption until neighbors called the police. Per Gawker, two different agents were caught sleeping on the job, one was arrested for sexting a 14-year-old, and two drunk agents crashed their car into a White House barrier and disrupted an active bomb investigation.
There shouldn't be a need to say this, but do better. Seriously.