Armed Intruder At The White House Got To East Room…And Lives.
From The New York Times:
SEPT. 29, 2014
WASHINGTON — An armed man who jumped the White House fence this month made it far deeper into the mansion than previously disclosed, overpowering a Secret Service agent inside the North Portico entrance and running through the ceremonial East Room before he was tackled, according to a member of Congress familiar with the details of the incident.
The man, Omar J. Gonzalez, who had a knife, was stopped as he tried to enter the Green Room, a parlor used for receptions and teas, said the congressman, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, the Republican chairman of a subcommittee looking into the security breach. Earlier, Secret Service officials indicated that Mr. Gonzalez, 42, had only made it steps inside the North Portico after running through the door.
Route Taken by the White House Intruder
The intruder who jumped the fence this month made it to several rooms inside the White House.
The hearing is set to focus on a series of security embarrassments over the last several years, including a breach that occurred when a couple crashed a state dinner in 2009, a 2011 incident when bullets struck the White House, scandals involving drinking and prostitution on overseas trips in 2012 and 2013, and 16 separate cases of people scaling the White House fence in the last five years. Ms. Pierson became director in 2013.
According to a law enforcement official briefed on the current investigation, uniformed Secret Service officers at the White House failed to follow several of the agency’s protocols. Although the protocols call for an officer to be standing outside the North Portico door, there was no officer there as Mr. Gonzalez made his way up the steps. The officer who was stationed inside the door failed to lock it after an alarm was sounded that someone had jumped over the fence, the official said.
“At all times there is supposed to be someone at the outside and the inside of the door,” the official said. “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.”
It has been unheard of in recent decades for an intruder to force his way into the White House, even if only a few steps inside what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world. Officials in Washington were stunned that Mr. Gonzalez was able to pass by the staircase that leads to the White House family quarters and get as far as the East Room, the ballroom where the cellist Pablo Casals played for President John F. Kennedy and where President Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden.
Mr. Chaffetz said that Mr. Gonzalez ran from the north front of the White House into the Entrance Hall and then into the 80-foot-long East Room, where he was finally stopped by Secret Service officers at a Green Room entrance near the south side of the mansion. The Obama family was not home at the time.
In addition, Mr. Chaffetz said a system designed to alert agents that a breach of security was in progress apparently did not work as intended, allowing Mr. Gonzalez to surprise the officer at the door. Mr. Chaffetz said that he was told the “crash box” had been silenced or muted at the request of White House ushers, who had complained the boxes were too noisy.
“It’s an astounding set of facts,” said Representative Gerald E. Connolly of Virginia, a Democratic member of the committee. “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.”
The new details are strikingly different from what Secret Service officials first said happened on Sept. 19, the day Mr. Gonzalez breached the building. In a statement on Sept. 20, the agency said Mr. Gonzalez “was physically apprehended after entering the White House North Portico doors” — leaving the impression that Secret Service officers tackled Mr. Gonzalez just steps after he opened the door and walked through. Secret Service officials said nothing in their public comments to suggest otherwise.
In its initial briefings, the Secret Service did not inform the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency, that the intruder had made it so far inside the White House, according to an official familiar with the conversations. But the official said that until a final investigation was complete, the department could not confirm or deny the new account.
Asked about the new developments on Monday, Mr. Earnest said that the president retained “full confidence” in Ms. Pierson but that the incident was “an issue that the president is obviously concerned about.”
It is unclear when Mr. Obama learned of how far Mr. Gonzalez had penetrated the White House. West Wing officials previously said Ms. Pierson briefed Mr. Obama about the incident during an Oval Office meeting last week, but they would not say what details she disclosed at the time.
On Tuesday, Ms. Pierson will appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and will hear from lawmakers in both parties who said they would demand explanations for other breaches as well, including recent revelations about a slow and incomplete response by the Secret Service to the incident in 2011, when a man fired seven shots into the south side of the White House.
“Have there been some other serious breaches?” Mr. Chaffetz said. “Absolutely.” He said the 2011 incident was “about as bungled as could possibly be,” but he said lawmakers on the committee have received numerous reports about security breaches that have not yet been made public.
The Washington Post reported that Mr. Obama and Michelle Obama were furious that they had not been made aware of the 2011 incident until days after it happened.
Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the senior Democrat on the committee, said he would insist that Ms. Pierson explain why Secret Service officials in charge of protection around the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue appear not to have listened to agents on the ground that night in 2011 who believed shots had been fired at the White House. “I want to know what culture allows that to happen in an organization that is supposed to be the most elite protective agency in the world,” Mr. Cummings said.
Secret Service officers stopped Omar Jose Gonzalez last month as he carried a hatchet in front of the White House, but let him go even though he had been arrested this summer in Virginia with a mini-arsenal of semiautomatic weapons, a sniper rifle and a map clearly marking the White House’s location.
Prosecutors on Monday also said Mr. Gonzalez, 42, an Iraq war veteran who on Friday scaled an iron fence and made his way through the front door of the White House before he was apprehended, had 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car when law enforcement officers searched it after Friday’s incident.
A judge on Monday agreed to a request by the prosecutors that Mr. Gonzalez, who is from Copperas Cove, Tex., and believed to have been living out of his car, remain in custody until a hearing next month because he posed a danger to President Obama.
Omar J. Gonzalez, Accused of White House Intrusion, Is Recalled as Good but Troubled Neighbor SEPT. 23, 2014
The disclosures raised further questions about whether the Secret Service, which has the responsibility for protecting the president, could have prevented the breach into the White House.
Omar Gonzalez, White House Fence-Jumper Gets Far Past Front Door
White House intruder: Omar Gonzalez made it into East Room
Armed White House intruder sparks calls for investigation
Published on Sep 23, 2014
Omar Gonzalez, an Army veteran from Texas, made it all the way through the unlocked White House front door with a three-inch knife last Friday before being stopped. The Secret Service immediately increased surveillance and foot patrols, but the incident renewed criticism for the president’s security team and a House hearing was scheduled for next week. Judy Woodruff reports.
White House Security Breach Worse Than Feared
Published on Sep 29, 2014
New details of the breach come as a House committee prepares to question the head of the Security Service about the incident.An armed intruder got further inside the White House than previously admitted by the Secret Service, it has been claimed.
Omar Gonzalez is said to have run past a female guard at the front door after climbing over a perimeter fence.
The 42-year-old then passed a staircase leading to the Obamas’ living quarters on his way to the East Room, where he was apprehended.
Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz says his committee was given the information by whistleblowers.
The account contrasts sharply with that of a Secret Service spokesman shortly after the incident on 19 September.
Spokesman Ed Donovan told The Associated Press that Gonzalez had been arrested just inside the North Portico doors of the White House.
White House Security
Security guards outside the White House
The Secret Service also said that night the man was unarmed, although it emerged the following day he had a knife on him.
He also had hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his car.
“I’m worried that over the last several years, security has gotten worse – not better,” Mr Chaffetz said.
He said his committee’s request for a briefing on the incident from the Secret Service had been denied.
The latest details about the security breach are expected to dominate questioning when Secret Service Director Julia Pierson appears before a House committee today.
Gonzalez was arrested two months ago by state troopers
She has ordered an investigation into the incident and a review of security measures in and around the White House.
It has emerged Gonzalez was on the Secret Service radar as early as July when state troopers arrested him in Virginia.
They said he had an illegal sawn-off shotgun and a map of Washington tucked inside a Bible with a circle around the White House and other monuments.
The troopers also seized a stash of other weapons and ammunition found in his car.
Gonzalez was interviewed by the Secret Service but they were unable to hold him and he was released on bail.
He was stopped and questioned again on 25 August while walking along the south fence of the White House.
He had a hatchet but no firearms, and he was not arrested on that occasion.
Alarming failures of Secret Service
Why did every security layer fail during White House breach?
Published on Sep 29, 2014
How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out? Judy Woodruff speaks with Carol Leonnig of The Washington Post, who broke stories on the most recent threat, as well as how the Secret Service fumbled the investigation of a 2011 shooting at the White House.
Why was Omar Gonzalez, who got as far inside The White House as The East Room…outside The Green Room,….allowed to live?
Remember Ms. Miriam Carey?
Driver Miriam Carey killed in U.S. Capitol Shooting
Published on Oct 3, 2013
Miriam Carey, the woman identified in news reports as the suspect in a shooting incident that left Capitol Hill on lockdown for a brief period Thursday afternoon, and has now reportedly been shot dead by police. Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist.
Miriam Carey and her 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.
“I’m pretty confident this was not an accident,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Still, Capitol Police said there appeared to be no terrorist link. The woman apparently was unarmed. Tourists, congressional staff and even some senators watched as a caravan of law enforcement vehicles chase a black Infiniti with Connecticut license plates down Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol. House and Senate lawmakers, inside debating how to end a government shutdown, briefly shuttered their chambers as Capitol Police shut down the building.
Now Ms. Carey was gunned down miles from The White House, in her car, and she was UNARMED. YET, Omar Gonzalez is allowed to live after gaining access to THE INSIDE OF THE WHITE HOUSE, GETTING AS FAR AS THE EAST ROOM JUST OUTSIDE THE GREEN ROOM. Why is Miriam dead and Omar alive?
Miriam Carey: Woman Shot and Killed by Capitol Police After Chaotic Chase from White House
Michael Savage: Congress Applauding The Execution Of Mentaly Ill Mother, Miriam Carey By D.C. Cops
Published on Oct 5, 2013
Michael Savage Discusses Killing of “Miriam Carey” by D.C. Cops w/ Black Caller, Fascist Police State Aired on October 4, 2013 – (The Savage Nation) – Michael Savage Discusses Killing of Miriam Carey by D.C. Cops w/ Black Caller, Fascist Police State, Lack of Outrage.
Police State Conditioning: Miriam Carey DC Unarmed Driver Executed
Published on Oct 5, 2013
According to authorities, On Thursday, October 3, 2013, Miriam Carey “rammed” a couple of checkpoints near the White House entrance. She then sped away and was chased by police officers who then shot her dead while her 18 month old daughter was in the vehicle. She was unarmed, yet the Congress and the mainstream media have praised the “heroic” action by police in their killing this erratically-driving mother. This is the definition of police state. Everyone living in so much manufactured fear that they will praise the killing of any “terrorist” that steps out of line in any form or fashion.
The Public Execution of Miriam Carey
Published on Oct 5, 2013
Miriam Carey was shot and killed by police in Washington D.C. on September 3, 2013 as her one year-old child looked on. Carey was in her car and was afraid to stop for the police. She was shot over a dozen times. Later, the entire assembly of law makers would give a symbolic standing ovation in recognition of the bravery of the Capitol Police. Carey was a dental hygienist from Stamford, Connecticut.
Someone caucasian please explain to me which of these two cases pose a more imminent danger to The President. How was Omar Gonzalez, the man who jumped the White House fence and ran into the mansion, able to breach every layer of security designed to keep intruders out…allowed to live…..while Ms. Miriam Carey was shot over a dozen times as her one year-old child looked on?
If you live in The United States Of AmeriKKKa and believe race does not play a major part in every issue that faces Americans….you are either stupid, ignorant, have your head up your anus or are a flaming blatant racist.
If you believe the mindset of the male Unsupreme Court Justices, that racism does not exist in 2014….try being “Black Like Me” for one year. Then return to tell me YOUR experiences.
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