White House Invaded Due To Shocking Security Lapses (VIDEO)

A man with crazed eyes comes through the entrance door wielding a serrated knife. The guards outside are nowhere to be seen. But there is a guard inside the door. Oh no, the invader gets past the guard and a guard in the hallway! The stranger sprints past the staircase leading to the family’s bedrooms. Sounds like a badly made movie, doesn’t it? Unfortunately it is reality. This happened, and not just anywhere.

A misguided and seriously mentally ill man with a serrated knife invaded the White House, which is supposed to be protected by layers of Secret Security, and should be the most secure building in the country. “Supposed” being the operative word here.

Here is how Secret Service did it right eight years ago:

The armed man raced into the big East Room and sprinted all the way across the mansion’s 80-foot length. Then as he was about to turn into the Green Room, a Secret Service counter-assault agent finally caught the intruder. Initial information said that Secret Service took down the man, Omar J. Gonzalez, in the entryway. But no, he made his way deep inside of the White House.

The consequences are horrendous. What if the assassin had reached the President? He has had three times as many threats against him as any other President. What if the man had come upstairs to where the two First Daughters were doing homework or sleeping? What if the man was part of an organized attack on the First Family? Current information tells us that the President and his daughters left just 10 minutes prior to the break-in.

Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post broke the news that Gonzalez not only made it into the White House, but far inside its interior. Leonnig appeared on the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC Monday evening, and made this startling statement:

One thing I pretty convinced of is we don’t know everything.

The Secret Security has rings of defense around the White House, as well:

  1. A plainclothes surveillance team outside the fence missed him
  2. An officer in a guard booth on the north lawn couldn’t reach Gonzalez in time
  3. A Belgian Malinois dog trained to hit an intruder like a canine missile was not released
  4. A heavily armed SWAT team roaming the White House grounds was elsewhere
  5. The guard directly placed outside the front door was not there for unknown reasons
  6. A plainclothes agent inside of the door was surprised

Then once the intruder reaches the White House interior, the rings of security continue,

  1. The front door was unlocked
  2. The emergency alarm box (crash boxes) was muted
  3. An entrance hall guard who finally tackled the intruder at the Green Room

So what is this Gonzalez character’s history? It all began when the Virginia state police arrested him on July 19th at the end of a high-speed chase. They found 11 guns, at least one was an illegal sawed-off shotgun, high-power scopes, and a sniper bi-pod. The police confiscated them all of them. He also had a map of Washington, D.C. with the White House marked in pen. Big warning sign. So when the court released him on bond, the police reported the incident to the Secret Security protecting the President.

Gonzalez, 42, has had advanced weapons training as a retired member of the army and suffers from PTSD and severe mental illness. He was seeing a psychiatrist. And he is forbidden to have guns.

Yet Gonzalez came back five weeks later. On August 25, he returned with a hatchet in his waist band. The Secret Service stopped and questioned him about the weapon. Then they walked him back to his car and asked permission to search it. Gonzalez agreed and police found “camping gear and two dogs, but no ammunition. He was not arrested.”

Two weeks later he was over the fence with his serrated knife – where we started this story. In federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Mudd said,

After being arrested on Friday, investigators found 800 rounds of ammunition — both in boxes and magazines — in his vehicle, as well as two hatchets and a machete.

According to a law enforcement official briefed on the current investigation,

At all times there is supposed to be someone at the outside and the inside of the door. The intruder was running so fast that he gets right past the woman who didn’t lock the door. She tries to catch him, and eventually she and another officer tackle the man to the ground, but by that time he was pretty far in.

In a separate incident on November of 2011, a gunman fired seven shots into the White House using a Romanian knock-off AK-47. He was 700 yards away. Then he raced off in his black Honda sedan, crashing it shortly thereafter. He left his door open, leaving behind the rifle, 180 rounds of ammunition and the spent casings.

The sniper on the roof, two Secret Security agents close enough to smell the gun powder, and an agent outside the White House all reacted properly and reported to their superiors. Four days later, a housekeeper inside the White House found a chunk of cement from the building’s exterior and broken glass. Four days! Secret Security put out an APB and caught the guy in one day. The court tried him for attempted assassination of the President and sentenced him to 25 years in prison.

As Rachel Maddow points out, neither of these guys are real geniuses or working with a group of people or executing a complicated plot. Neither act was hard to pull off.

This is (neither incident) not supposed to happen. What’s wrong with Secret Security? Has this always happened before? Or is something wrong? Is this a new or an old problem? How can it be fixed?

The House’s Oversight Panel’s Subcommittee On National Security met Tuesday to find out how these rings of defense failed so badly. They addressed Julia Pierson, Social Security Director. Some questions they asked are:

  • Did the shift of Secret Security from Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security contribute to the problem?
  • What caused the low morale?
  • Why did Secret Security have such a severe staffing shortage?
  • Training for Secret Security is insufficient and not ongoing. Why?
  • Why are your people more comfortable being a whistle-blower than reporting to their superiors?

Whistleblowers contacted Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight Panel’s Subcommittee On National Security,

 The agency needs a solution that goes deeper than more fences and more people. It must examine what message is being sent to the men and women who protect the president when their leader sacrifices security to appease superficial concerns of White House ushers.

On C-Span Tuesday Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked about the Secret Service culture,

Secret Service agents don’t feel comfortable sharing information, so how do you get information you need to address concerns (in an internal review)? More people are willing to be whistle blowers and talk to members of committee, tell things they don’t discuss with higher-ups. It’s because they are afraid, thought nobody will listen to them.

The Secret Service has a pattern of dysfunction.

  • 2011 — 7 shots fired into the White House from 700 yards away
  • 2012 — Drinking and prostitution scandal on overseas trips
  • 2013 — Drinking and sexual misconduct scandal on overseas trip
  • 2014 — Gonzalez stormed the White House

In addition, there were 16 separate cases of people scaling the White House fence in the last five years.

Authorities say that Gonzalez said he wanted to,

Warn President Obama that the ‘atmosphere was collapsing.’

The Washington Post reporter who broke this story, Loennig, says,

Now the Social Security Director is a political appointee. Not bada## who can say, ‘It’s not safe, Sir. We’re not going to do that.’