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Armed White House Intruder Demonstrates Governmental Incompetence

Posted by Steve Markowitz on September 30, 2014

The New York Times reported that the recent breach of White House security was much more serious than initially reported. The armed intruder, 42-year-old Omar J. Gonzalez, jumped the White House fence. Initial Secret Service reports indicated that Gonzalez, who had a knife, did not enter the White House itself. This was false.

According to a recent report by The Washington Post, the intruder actually breached the White House running through the ceremonial East room, before being tackled by Secret Service agents. González incredibly ran past the staircase leading to the Obama family’s quarters.

This Secret Service failing is problematic on its face. However, it also plays into the broader narrative of governmental incompetence. Here is an agency with nearly unlimited budget whose main duty is to protect the President of the United States and his family, which they failed at with this low level attack. In addition, the Secret Service’s initial reports on the breach was false and meant to mislead those they serve, the People, in order to cover up their own incompetence.

Virginia Democratic representative, Gerald Connolly, said of this incompetence: “It’s an astounding set of facts. It just boggles the imagination and is deeply destabilizing in terms of public confidence in the Secret Service and how it is carrying out its mission.” Welcome to the real world Mr. Connolly. Washington’s incompetence no longer amazes those of us from the real world. As the saying goes, these guys would have trouble arranging a three car funeral.

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