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Olympic security breach allowed intruder near Biden at Opening Ceremony

Updated 9:06 p.m.
By Spencer S. Hsu
A mentally ill man breached security and got within 12 rows of Vice President Biden as the U.S. leader watched Friday's Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canadian security officials said Wednesday.

The unarmed man was stopped by two Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and he was arrested when he tried to flee while being escorted away from a VIP section in B.C. Place, said Olivier Lapointe, a spokesman for the RCMP-led Integrated Security Unit.

The man, a 48-year-old resident of British Columbia, was not charged, Lapointe said.

"U.S. security personnel who were with the Vice President were briefed and expressed no concern with ISU action," Lapointe said. "In fact, they were complimentary and they were satisfied with what happened."

The incident was first reported Wednesday by CTV, a Canadian television network.

According to RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bud Mercer, the man "had an infatuation with the U.S. vice president," CTV reported. Mercer told the network that Biden told his team, "Job well done. Remind me not to mess with you."

A spokesman for the Secret Service, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Malcolm D. Wiley Sr., said that the RCMP had told the agency "that this individual was not in close proximity to Vice President Biden, nor do we know at this time if he had a direction of interest toward the Vice President. We hope to receive updated information from the RCMP to clarify the circumstances of this incident."

Lapointe said the man apparently used a faked all-access pass, which he fabricated himself, to enter the arena, clearing a checkpoint that was the responsibility of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and event services personnel.

The man did encounter ISU security personnel at a second perimeter, where he passed through a metal detector. Police assumed his credentials were in order, before the plain-clothes RCMP officers guarding Biden spotted him and turned him over to Vancouver police.

"From what we can see, he had no malicious intent, he had no weapons and he was not violating the law," Lapointe said, "so we strongly believe that not at any time was there a danger to the vice president."

By Spencer S. Hsu  |  February 17, 2010; 8:58 PM ET
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I am sure the RCMP'S did a standard great job . It was not them it was another ""FLUB-A-DUB by OUR GUARD DOGS. HOW MANY TIMES MY president, HOW MANY TIMES.

Posted by: otisplumber | February 18, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the RCMP did an exceptional job, at least the man didn't parade across a stage getting his picture made and have pictures made shaking hands with the VP. I congratulate the RCMP for a job well done. At least there were no shoes thrown.

Posted by: racam | February 18, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Given the recent spate of Biden motorcade accidents, multiple cases of White House gate-crashing, and now this, the words of TV's Special Agent LeRoy Jethro Gibbs come to mind: "I don't believe in coincidences."

Has Team Obama demanded sufficient accountability for recent security breaches -- and for ongoing Bush-Cheney- era programs of personal destruction such as the one referenced below?



Help expose the government scandal that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job. Ask Obama administration officials these two questions:

1. Has the U.S. government deployed a cell tower- mounted microwave weapon system capable of attacking, impairing, or injuring human beings?

2. Is any government agency investigating reports that this system has been used against American citizens?

And don't be waved off by character assassination and disinformation.

OR (see articles list)


OR (see "stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 18, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

The writer indicates he's mentally ill. As a mental health provider I'm curious about this designation. Has he been diagnosed with a specific illness? Seems to me he could simply be an imposter. I hope the writer is not simply making an assumption...

Posted by: emh567 | February 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

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