In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect

By Ronald Kessler

By no means ahead of has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. mystery carrier. After engaging in specific interviews with a couple of hundred present and previous mystery provider brokers, bestselling writer and award-winning reporter Ronald Kessler finds their secrets and techniques for the 1st time.

•    George W. Bush’s daughters may try and lose their agents.
•    Based on a psychic’s imaginative and prescient sniper could assassinate President George H. W. Bush, the key provider replaced his motorcade route.
•    To make the press imagine he got here to paintings early, Jimmy Carter could stroll into the Oval workplace at five a.m., then go to sleep to sleep.
•    Lyndon Johnson gave risky directions to his mystery provider brokers and ­engaged in large philandering on the White condominium.

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An agent who used to be on Obama’s presidential candidate element says it used to be “not unusual” to waive magnetometers at occasions while the group used to be greater than anticipated. whereas the overflow can be seated faraway from the candidate and infrequently at the back of a buffer region, “Someone may nonetheless hearth a gun, make their solution to front, or detonate explosives,” the agent says. different brokers say magnetometers have additionally been waived for occasions attended by means of President George W. Bush, John Edwards, John Kerry, and others. brokers characteristic such visible lapses in safety to the truth that the key carrier doesn't have adequate manpower to display every body safely. “It’s complacency,” says the agent who used to be on Obama’s element. “They say we will make do with much less. ” On best of that, the key provider not just slashed the variety of brokers on counterassault groups assigned to the applicants from the mandatory 5 - 6 brokers to 2, it behind schedule assigning them a CAT group. Then, whilst the applicants insisted that the CAT groups remain out of sight, the key carrier caved. through the 2008 crusade, “The brokers assigned to the applicants have been informed to stick a minimum of one terrain characteristic clear of the operating shift,” an agent says. “Most of the time, that implies a road block clear of the protectee. ” whereas CAT brokers must be saved out of the kill quarter, they need to have the candidate without delay in sight. “An assault, from starting to finish, may possibly occasionally final not more than ten or twenty seconds,” a present agent says. “If you're a block away, you can't determine the possibility, recognize the place the protectee is, reply to the risk, have interaction the danger, after which reply to anyplace the operating shift chief orders you to head. ” In a stadium or auditorium, the CAT workforce is stationed on the element the place the protectee leaves the degree. In that state of affairs, the viewers can't see the group, so the applicants didn't item to its presence. but if the CAT workforce is outdoors, stationing it at a distance renders the group “completely ineffective,” an agent who used to be at the CAT crew says. “It is essentially window dressing. The assault will be over sooner than the tactical point may perhaps even reply. ” Many brokers hint slicing corners to the key Service’s absorption into DHS. Being submerged in what many view as a dysfunctional enterprise, and having to compete for money with different nationwide defense enterprises, ended in a decreasing of criteria. the truth that the Bush White condominium itself periodically requested the key carrier to pass magnetometer screening certainly contributed to an indulgent perspective. certainly, Michael Chertoff himself, secretary of DHS, contributed to the decreasing of criteria in a really own approach. In October 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) inside DHS fined James D. Reid $22,880 for allegedly applying unlawful immigrants whilst his Maryland cleansing corporation labored at Chertoff’s domestic and at different Washington houses. at the face of it, that didn't make feel, considering the fact that mystery provider brokers holding Chertoff might were anticipated to examine the background—including citizenship—of an individual allowed within the DHS secretary’s domestic.

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