Monday, September 22, 2014

US: Update--Capitol Hill Outraged by Swiftness Intruder Entered White House

According to Yahoo News, a new surveillance video depicts the path taken by the White House intruder Omar J. González, a 42-year-old US Army retiree on Friday (September 19) after he hopped the fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped.
González, from Copperas Cove, TX, can be seen in the footage running across the lawn, as Secret Service agents near the North Portico doors scramble to stop him.
According to a criminal complaint, González, who was armed with a knife, told Secret Service agents after his arrest he was "concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing" and needed to contact the president "so he could get word out to the people." 
González is expected to appear in court on Monday (September 22) to face charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.
The breach prompted several lawmakers to call for a thorough investigation of the Secret Service. 
"This is absolutely inexcusable," Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on Fox News  Sunday. "This demands a full investigation, an investigation as to what happened, why it happened and what's being done to make sure it never happens again."
"He could have had a body-bomb," King continued. "There can be a lot of conspiracies against a president, a lot of complex assassination plots. This is the most basic, the most simple type of procedure, and how anyone, especially in these days of ISIS, and we're concerned about terrorist attacks, someone could actually get into the White House without being stopped is inexcusable."
"I'm very surprised," former FBI assistant director Tom Fuentes said on CNN. "You know, everybody's in a little bit of shock that someone not just jumped the fence, but that they got that close."
"Fence-jumping is kind of a common thing and just happened even a month ago," he continued. "But the idea that someone could get across that lawn area to the front door and in the front door is pretty amazing."
COMMENT: "Every day, the Secret Service is challenged to ensure security at the White House complex while still allowing public accessibility to a national historical site,"an aide said. "Although last night the officers showed tremendous restraint and discipline in dealing with this subject, the location of González's arrest is not acceptable."
White House spokesman Frank Benenati said the president "has full confidence in the Secret Service and is grateful to the men and women who day in and day out protect himself, his family and the White House."
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