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Secret Services confirms report of 'third crasher' at White House state dinner


President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur to the Nov. 24 state dinner at the White House. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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UPDATED 9:41 p.m.: Sources identify third crasher as D.C. party promoter Carlos Allen. Read more at fully updated story here.

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The Secret Service announced this afternoon that a third crasher made it into the White House state dinner made famous by the uninvited Tareq and Michaele Salahi.

An agency spokesman wouldn't divulge the name or even the gender of the crasher, who appears to have made his or way in completely separately from the now-infamous horse-country reality-show hopefuls -- exposing a completely separate area of weakness in the perimeter around the president.

In a statement, the Secret Service said the uninvited guest gained entree with the official Indian delegation: "The subject traveled from a local hotel, where the official Indian delegation was staying, and arrived at the dinner with the group, which was under the responsibility of the Department of State... This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel, and boarded a bus/van with the delegation guests en route to the White House."

And yet, this person was not on any list authorizing his or her presence at the White House. The Secret Service said they have already made "procedural changes" to deal with the way foreign delegations are cleared.

The agency also said there's nothing "to indicate that this individual went through the receiving line or had contact with the President or first lady." The White House had not yet responded to our inquiries about whether the interloper was seated at the dinner.

The Secret Service released their statement following a report by Ronald Kessler, a journalist who blogs at Newsmax.com. Kessler reported that the agency discovered the third crasher after examining surveillance video of arriving guests -- and found one tuxedoed man who did not match any name on the guest list.

Will update more as we learn it.

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Comments

If I had known it was that easy to get a meal at the White House, I would have gotten in line. This is not good...

Posted by: yeswecan3 | January 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

NAPOLITANO HAS GOT TO GO

yet MORE evidence of Napolitano idiocy, and add the NJ passenger who just walked through a guard and video camera--it was AGAIN a passenger who caught the breach

This is NOT a Dem or Republican issue--EVERYONE has friends or family flying at any given moment and there are MANY extremely partisian Dems who would make a GREAT Secretary of Homeland Security--

so PICK one Team Obama--ANY one

Will we have to wait until we see a mushroom cloud over the United States before Napolitano is relieved of duties????

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano is now Past Tense

when President Obama determined there was "systemic failure" (which ProCounsel had expressed on Wash Po beginning on on December 26, 2009)

Napolitano is past tense

its now just a matter of time and she will be GONE

decision announcement delayed for 5 reasons:

1. to find a replacement

2. to complete the 2 day assessment figleaf

3. determine presidential approval effect on polls

4. so obama does not have to waste more vacation time now

5. to prepare his speech and horse trade with congress who want her gone

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

It was probably Biden.

Posted by: zippyspeed | January 4, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, if our country is as safe as the White House, we are all in serious trouble!

Clowns!

Debra J.M. Smith
Informing Christians

Posted by: DebraJMSmith | January 4, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

In this case, Desiree Rogers is the one who ought to go.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 4, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

clearly, the Post has joined its fellow publications that are more interested in infotainment than serious reporting, but what is the real story here? Is it whether people who attended this event were invited or not, or is it whether people who got close to the President were properly screened or not? Well, of course, it is the latter. But if that was the Post's choice, it would have no story! That would be so sad, wouldn't it?

Posted by: 33rdStreet | January 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

This is very serious. I have absolutely no love for Obama and his policies which punish working people like myself but I know if anything happens to him it will be one of the worst days in this country. I definitely do not wish him harm. With all the crazies out there who would love to kill an American President the secret service has really dropped the ball and placed him in great danger. Hopefully this will be a wake up call to them.

Posted by: Pilot1 | January 4, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This happens a lot and if the WaPo would do their job they would report that EVERY administration has had gate crashers. Even Bush after 9/11.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Why must such a security hole be trumpeted around the world? To what purpose? What end? This should be classified information. As long as the responsible parties are aware and steps being taken to eliminate a recurrence, there is no need for the general public to know. I am shaking my head in disbelief, here ... you can't write fiction like this.

Posted by: SurlyGirly | January 4, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm getting the feeling that there are some severe competency issues in the Secret Service. Issues that threaten national security. This is a long standing agency that has tended to transition well with administrations. Have we all wrongly presumed that they really do know what they are doing?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 4, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

there is more security at a rock concert
than with naploitano's secret service

each ticket is bar coded scan at the gate

why not on white house invitations???

and where do these extra "guests" sit at dinner???

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@33rdstreet,

Duh, part of the "screening" process is at least a cursory background check. The last time I was at the White House, my group was vetted a week in advance. So no, none of the uninvited guests was screened properly.

Posted by: Wallenstein | January 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

And the Democrats think they can manage health care.

They can't even host a party in which they're squandering other people's money

Posted by: Jerzy | January 4, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

BETTER hire Black Water to PROTECT the PRESIDENT- they are TRAINED.

Posted by: thecoolestactor | January 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

So,once again we see Team Obama at its full
blown total incompetent best here,and noone
being held accountable for these screw ups
and fired for them. The head of the Secret
Service,and Secret Service White House
Detail,The Responsible White House and State Department Officials as well as,that
totally incompetent and completely inept
Obama's Sec of Homeland Security Disaster
Janet Napolitano,not that I frankly care if
some terrorist got in and blew up the White
House with Obama in it since Barack Obama is the Worst President Ever as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

BETTER hire Black Water to PROTECT the PRESIDENT- they are TRAINED.

Posted by: thecoolestactor | January 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps many administrations have had their gate crashers, but mistakes do occasionally happen, even to professionals. And generally speaking, previous social secretaries seem to have been competent, discreet professionals, not narcissistic poseurs like Desiree Rogers.

Were she not an old Chicago buddy of the First Couple, Ms. Rogers would have been out the door weeks ago.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 4, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Throw their uninvited behinds in jail and charge them with treason. There. End of gate crashers at the White House.

Posted by: c0lnag0 | January 4, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Heheh, this is funny.

I'm sure the alleged "gate crasher" was just a member of the Indian delegation added at the last minute. Not a big deal.

Posted by: ZZim | January 4, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

rlj1 said: This happens a lot and if the WaPo would do their job they would report that EVERY administration has had gate crashers. Even Bush after 9/11.
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I'm not doubting that you are correct, but where is any proof of your statement?

Posted by: Wait-a-Minute | January 4, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Thank God we're not talking about invading the wrong country or how the POTUS is destroying the middle class.

How nice to have the adults back in charge!

Posted by: mmax | January 4, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hire Black Water to PROTECT the PRESIDENT- they are TRAINED.

Posted by: thecoolestactor | January 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

more napolitano incompetence from todsays ap in the wash po

"LONDON -- British intelligence passed on to U.S. authorities information about a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner .........."

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

more napolitano incompetence from todsays ap in the wash po

"LONDON -- British intelligence passed on to U.S. authorities information about a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner .........."

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

If the governmental agencies can't protect the President, we certainly can't depend on that same government to protect the average citizen.

What an absolute mess. Our national security is an absolute mess, .... from top to bottom.
Our borders are awash with illegals, terrorist easily board US aircraft, ...... who is in charge?

Posted by: richard36 | January 4, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

maybe janet napolitano

who heads up border patrol as well as the secret service

just had a "senior moment" and sent border guards

who let illegal immigrants swarm over the border evryday at will

into the whitehouse to do the same

see?

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I second the barcoded ticket solution--send those out to guests, then have a primary entrance for pre-approved guests and a secondary entrance for last-minute additions who wouldn't have a barcoded ticket.

Posted by: dkp01 | January 4, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

This is very serious. An attack on a sitting President, if linked to
a country, can literally be considered "an act of war." Even if you don't care for Obama, large scale civil and military unrest is potentially possible should the unthinkable happen. Napolitano should do what any good political appointee would do now. Place her resignation on the President's Desk. The safety of the President cannot be compromised.


Posted by: magnifco1000 | January 4, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel,

So why are you so afraid of publishing the rest of the article? Maybe because it shows what a biased fool you are? So let me do it for you:


LONDON (AP) -- British intelligence passed on to U.S. authorities information about a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner but he was not singled out as a particular risk, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said Monday.

Although certain information was exchanged, Abdulmutallab wasn't considered violent or a threat to the United States so he was not flagged as a high-risk suspect to U.S. authorities, a British government official told The Associated Press Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work and declined to elaborate on what information was shared.

A far cry from the information you posted.

Posted by: rharring | January 4, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Janet Incompitano

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 4, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

magnifico1000,

Wow skip your government classes when you are in school? The Secret Service is in charge of the Presidents well being, not Homeland Security which Janet Napolitano. So did you ask for Bush to resign when you learned he had been briefed about an imminent al-queda attack one month before September 11th?

Posted by: rharring | January 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

No "required security measures" would detect a gatecrasher infected with small pox or similar nasty, contagious disease. Such a suicide attack would decapitate the US government more effectively than a nuke.

Posted by: pmendez | January 4, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh how funny,so is this a Team Obama and David Axelrod's idea of a Barack Obama comedy version of "Guess Whose Coming To
Dinner," White House Style here? Can Team
Obama ever do anything right anywhere?

Yes,indeed that worthless Obama Sec of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano must be
fired forthwith and immediately for her total incompetence once again...And,a lot of other Team Obama Members also fired with
her,if Barack Hussein Obama ever wants anyone to trust him and his idiotic useless
Team Obama Band of Total Incompetents again. Impeach Barack Obama here & now!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 4, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Ronald Kessler has written some pretty convincing stuff about how dysfunctional the Secret Service is. See, for example, a WaPo "Q&A" session:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2009/11/30/DI2009113003498.html

Posted by: Dan4 | January 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So,once again we see Team Obama at its full
blown total incompetent best here,and noone
being held accountable for these screw ups
and fired for them. The head of the Secret
Service,and Secret Service White House
Detail,The Responsible White House and State Department Officials as well as,that
totally incompetent and completely inept
Obama's Sec of Homeland Security Disaster
Janet Napolitano,not that I frankly care if
some terrorist got in and blew up the White
House with Obama in it since Barack Obama is the Worst President Ever as well.
-------------------------
Actually, the Bush administration will be held accountable.

Posted by: shewholives | January 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

You know, in a free country, you don't really expect the White House (the "People's House") to be more secure than a supermax prison.

A century ago, anyone could walk into the White House. Walking in the White House gardens was a popular weekend outing. We were a freer country then.

Posted by: web_user | January 4, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx,

This is not some pro GOP rant site, but this seems to be par for the course for you and your ilk. So genius what would you like Obama impeached for? What imaginary amendment should he be impeached for?

Posted by: rharring | January 4, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

web_user, the world has changed. Muslims, fatherless welfare garbage, illegals and their anchor babies changed it.

Best to arm yourself and get ready.

Posted by: tjhall1 | January 4, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Presidential Security Detail,

You can see yourselves lucky, if I would have been POTUS, you would have been tried for treason today.
And in case you really are ladies, and gentlemen, choose the best way, and resign, before the big man does it for you.

This is such a shameful and dishonourable thing to happen, that the whole security system should go. My advice to the President is therefore, sack them all, and start appointing your own people, and please disregard politics on this one issue.
Your security and that of your family is more important than politics.

Posted by: GoneNative | January 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

So,why waste taxpayers money for the Secret Service,as it definitely dropped the
ball here once again,or is this all a case
of the Secret Service's Own Secret is that
they would like to be rid of His Arrogance
Incompetency Der Little Furher Barack Obama
and frankly don't care if Obama got bumped off,just like Kennedy in Dallas?

However,I do fully agree it is long past time to FIRE Janet Napolitano Immediately
if Not Sooner. Since Napolitano has always
been a disaster looking for a place to go
happen,no matter what job she ever held.

But,you can bet her fat cat daddy over in
New Mexico has already sent the DNC and Obama a big fat check to get Obama to keep
her on Team Obama,so that old man Napolitano don't have to put up with her
back home in New Mexico,since nobody here
in Arizona wants Janet Napolitano to ever
darken our door again or even ever set foot
on Arizona soil again as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Stenger has go to go! Right, Cal?

Posted by: MoCoPride | January 4, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Uninvited guest was a non-citizen on a diplomatic visa.

After poisoning a dignitary, any dignitary, escape to the country's embassy would have created a diplomatically complicated situation. We sure as hell would not permit the person to escape from there, and would likely seize the person regardless of diplomatic standing. But whether we over reacted would depend upon the rank of the dignitary. Confusion on the translation of titles (deputy assistant under-secretary, etc) would only make things worse in the international context.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 4, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I am from AZ and believe me when I say that Napolitano is a LOSER. She got the job not because she has any redeeming qualitites, but because she supported Blo's illegal campaign. Funny (NOT!!) how everydamnthing about the BloBama administration is a complete joke. If you are a BloBama supporter and voted for this Moron Messiah ... thanks ever so much (again ... NOT!)

Posted by: DebInAZ | January 4, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

gosh you would think the previous adminstration did not allow the largest external terrorist attack in the history of the us-and ignored cia warnings that it might be coming. perhaps the obama administration should respond by asking haliburton what country we should invade since "allies" are certainly exempt.

Posted by: george32 | January 4, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Everything seems to be pretty much under control to me! After all when you invent so many things and people swallow it all as served, why bother!
As Ed Sullivan used to say "This is a pretty good Chew"
Keep up the good work "Ye Men, next"! Easy as Pie!

Posted by: vergean | January 4, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I am sensing that the Secret Service does not want to incur the Wrath of Michelle :-)

Posted by: thornegp2626 | January 4, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Non-citizen, diplomatic visa, didn't try to approach the President? It sounds like it wasn't a crasher, but an undercover member of the Singh's security detail. Yawn.

Posted by: ViennaBelle | January 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Anyone get a sense this "mystery man" may have been scoping out "security" for what are obvious weaknesses since he is not seen in any picture with the President?

Posted by: PeteVA | January 4, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Could nto have been part of the indian President's security detail if he was with other delegation attendees. And when does security wear tuxedos? I guess maybe for a state dinner...

Posted by: PeteVA | January 4, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

rharring whined petulantly:

"ProCounsel,

So why are you so afraid of publishing the rest of the article? Maybe because it shows what a biased fool you are? So let me do it for you:


LONDON (AP) -- British intelligence passed on to U.S. authorities information about a Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner but he was not singled out as a particular risk, Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office said Monday.

Although certain information was exchanged, Abdulmutallab wasn't considered violent or a threat to the United States so he was not flagged as a high-risk suspect to U.S. authorities, a British government official told The Associated Press Monday. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work and declined to elaborate on what information was shared.

A far cry from the information you posted.

Posted by: rharring | January 4, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse "

ProCounsel replied:

Maybe you are right, after all the British did NOT draw Napolitano a picture IN CRAYON.

But the British denied him a visa.

Napolitano must GO.

ps........see the dots means the entire aarticle was not included

thats what it means

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The weakness of the perimeter around the president is not one of the big concerns of the American people. What Obama will say in his State of the Union address is a major concern to all U.S. citizens who have witnessed his failed liberal Democrat domestic and foreign policies.

Maybe Obama could claim peace and prosperity in the global realm as evident by the world’s tallest building and do you think that Dubai considered near by airports before deciding on the building location?

Not only does the Western civilized world have material wealth and conspicuous building edifications, but look what they did in these times of global economic recessions and woes.

Would Islam extreme groups want to target Dubai's tallest building as they did with U.S. Towers? Or, is it more of a Muslim Arab Islam against the Western imperialistic infidels to their Muslim religion.

Posted by: klausdmk | January 4, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

tomorrow would be a great day for Napolitano to be FIRED.

and that would cause Obama's ratings to RISE.

pssssttt...obama --rahm will fire her for you

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Security detail member without permission to enter enters nonetheless? That would be a rouge agent, who sometimes become known as assassins. Maybe the uninvited guest was named Satwant Singh.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 4, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

recylcled napolitano stories

to go green, here is a story about zorn being fired in todays wash po

recyled for napolitano

" Can a cabinet funeral last any longer than this one? Even if Janet Napolitano, the ultimate optimist, didn't know it, the rest of the world knew she was a goner as far back as Dec. 27."

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN

Napolitano is voted OFF the island.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

pssstt...napolitano

its a BAD sign

when prospective Homeland Secuirty Secretaries are

measuring your offfice for drapes

and you commit more foul ups

and the senate does NOT ask you to explain

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

So it appears their as good at security as the DEMS are at healthcare reform. It's time to replace a few people in the SS and the White House.

Posted by: askgees | January 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

An agency spokesman wouldn't divulge the name or even the gender of the crasher, who appears to have made his or way in completely separately from the now-infamous horse-country reality-show hopefuls -- exposing a completely separate area of weakness in the perimeter around the president.

what a sentence, I guess no one checks anything

Posted by: citigreg | January 4, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Did you see the movie The Wedding Crashers?

Posted by: win_harrington | January 4, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel, the Secret Service is under the Department of Treasury, not Homeland Security.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Acoording to the Hindustan Times, the alleged crasher boarded the bus to The White House not through the door but by the process of transmigration. The individual left the festivities by that means, too, not utilising the bus.

Posted by: surendranathyogi | January 4, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Yep,Team Obama your doing a heck of a job
here,Brownie,oh sorry I meant Janet! ...
If Barack Hussein Obama and Napolitano and
the other loser Obama's National Security
Advisor Brennan were serious about our own
national security then Obama needs to fire
both Janet Napolitano as Sec of Homeland
Security and that idiot Brennan as his loser pathetic National Security Advisor
and then Obama needs to resign as President
before we end up with mushroom clouds destroying American cities,before Obama wakes up and does so! Obama dumbest ever
President in US history and Team Obama the
biggest joke in it as well.

Posted by: loneeagle1938 | January 4, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

As others have stated, the Secret Service pertains to the Treasury, not Homeland Security. Therefore, this is not the place to speculate upon how long Ms Napolitano would last in Naples.

Posted by: surendranathyogi | January 4, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Might be time for some folks at the Secret Service to lose their jobs. Or maybe criminal charges of endangering the president? Something...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 4, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I am incensed. How dare the Obama administration keep the falsehood flowing that the Salahi's are the problem with Obama's administrations inability to take security and safety - of the White House, of the President himself and of our entire country (Obama putting someone like Napolitano in charge of that important office a joke, an absolute joke)......

Always someone else is the problem when the public is faced with clear and convincing Obama Administration ineptness and elite minded indifference as to it all.

Enough of that everyone. Enough of that!

We need to call into very real question the inability of the Obama administration to do anything appropriately in regard to this nation's safety and security.

God help us all - we are at war and our President and his administration act like this is all a play date in grade school.

Posted by: eastcomom | January 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

here is the Homeland Secuorty website

see the Secret Service is in Homeland Secuirty

here is the site:

http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

Featured Components
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
U.S. Secret Service
Office of Inspector General

of course, you could ALSO tell the current secret service is mismanaged by napolitano at Homeland Security

by the napolitano foul ups

see????

but MAYBE Napolitano does NOT know the Secret Service is in Homeland Security......

after all the british NEVER told her

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Well that's it for Obama.

A few more security "incidents" over the next few months and his assassination will seem plausible, even inevitable.

Apparently, he doesn't play as well with the financial community as Reagan, Clinton or Bush. I predict some fine fellow at Goldman Sachs will soon make that phone call to his employee on K-Street who will make his phone call to his friend at the secret service and that will be that. All the secret service needs to do to get rid of Obama is .... nothing. At the right time, of course.

Posted by: ian807 | January 4, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel, the Secret Service is under the Department of Treasury, not Homeland Security.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse


actually, NOT

see the Homeland Security website

http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Honestly Obama better hire some Private Security and fast. Go to the Hoods and find some of those folks willing to make sure another Black Leader will not die by assassination! And the Gate Crashers should be prosecuted as Enemies of the State, because that what they are CRIMINALS! They showed every enemy where the Presidents security is weak and a threat to National Security!

Posted by: ifordc | January 4, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

What I'd like to know is how a male prostitute (Jeff Gannon) was admitted as part of the Bush White House press corps? And why wouldn't Bush and Cheney release the White House visitor logs?

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Jez... the TSA must be running everything.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | January 4, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Newsmax.com Master of the journalistic universe

the wash po article states:

"The Secret Service released their statement following a report by Ronald Kessler, a journalist who blogs at Newsmax.com. Kessler reported that the agency discovered the third crasher after examining surveillance video of arriving guests -- and found one tuxedoed man who did not match any name on the guest list. "

Newsmax.com--The Source

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

So,why hasn't Loser in Chief Barack Obama
Fired his idiotic foul up Sec of Homeland
Security Janet Napolitano by now for it?

Posted by: loneeagle1938 | January 4, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

checklist for Federal fraud stupidity and incompetence

whenver a federal agemcy has REALLY fouled up some security matter

here are the usual suspects:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
U.S. Secret Service
Office of Inspector General

and what do all these agencies have in COMMON???

they are ALL mismanaged by Janet Napolitano at Homeland Secuirty.

just go to the website for Homeland Security

see, saves time

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Ths is the only gov that makes fund raisers into security specialists.

Posted by: captgrumpy | January 4, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I loved the web_user's statement:
"You know, in a free country, you don't really expect the White House (the "People's House") to be more secure than a supermax prison. A century ago, anyone could walk into the White House. Walking in the White House gardens was a popular weekend outing. We were a freer country then."
It seems this country is now overloaded with mad fascist thugs who are merely paranoid about the guests at the Whitehouse than our freedoms being taken away from us every day that we create a new chain around our neck in the name of security. Many crazy comments and this news report reveal that we are no longer a nation of human beings; we are a nation of mad cowards: Cowards die many times before their death. What a shame !!!

Posted by: chaterjis | January 4, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

speechless

Posted by: wsblount | January 4, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the FAA tapes on the security breach on 9/11? These are worth investigating.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Those are some high high-heels the first lady is wearing. Maybe there is someone else hiding underneath that dress.

Posted by: reston75 | January 4, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

"Heck of a job, Obama" Libs....I know you'll all got nuts over that....BUT, OBAMA is responsible....nobody else....if he's not responsible, then he should resign.

Posted by: powerange | January 4, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

imagine if one of these interlopers was wearing explosive underwear and exlpoded them at the white house.

They would've killed the POTUS, VPOTUS and many other government people.

This is not funny.

These fools in the obozo administration are not only endangering our country but all of us.

We need to get rid of these fools.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 4, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

fr ralphinphx:

>...not that I frankly care if
some terrorist got in and blew up the White
House with Obama in it since Barack Obama is the Worst President Ever as well.<

1. Threatening the President? NOT a good idea, ralphie boy.

2. The worst President in history is a tossup between DUMBYA, Warren G Harding and Richard Nixon.

Posted by: Alex511 | January 4, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Just Another Day In Paradise, In Obama's World!

Posted by: sdavis4 | January 4, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure quite how this reflects on Desiree Rogers or on Napolitano. While I agree that both probably deserve to be canned, this Indian delegation was cleared by the State Department, which is Hillary Clinton's turf. Homeland Security and the White House party planner...err...social secretary have nothing to do with handling foreign delegations. The State Department forgot to check a list and do a head count on the bus.

Not surprisingly, though, this kind of breach is actually the more dangerous. An unknown foreign national in the White House, even if with a friendly state delegation, is not a good thing.

Posted by: blert | January 4, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

This stuff is getting very funny, and scary. The big question goes unanswered. Yhy would anyone want to hang out with pols, leaders???, gov't biggies, etc.???????????????? Bad TV is better than this. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | January 4, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

What value added has DHS provided to the operations of the agencies it assimilated?

Posted by: whocares666 | January 4, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Ametuer Hour at the White House.

Posted by: randykucsan | January 4, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

The Secret Service used to be under the Treasury Dept. but when the Dept. of Homeland Security was reorganized in 2003, it absorbed the Secret Service. The director the Secret Service now reports directly to Secretary Janet Napolitano and her deputy.

Posted by: silverdog6 | January 4, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

This is scary. Is the Secret Service asleep at the wheel? Are they trying to get Obama killed?

Posted by: LizBetty | January 4, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel:
"yet MORE evidence of Napolitano idiocy, and add the NJ passenger who just walked through a guard and video camera--it was AGAIN a passenger who caught the breach"

So, wait, a random security guard somewhere fails to do their job, and it's Napolitano's fault?

Clearly she should have sensed this failure and had herself beamed in to take control of security screening herself.

Posted by: presto668 | January 4, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

This is more scary than funny or amusing - this is just ridiculous! Who the hell is in charge? What ever happened to "The buck stops with me" - this administration continues to be a serious disappointment... We had such high hopes, but now it's like watching a high school student council run the country...

Very scary...

No offense meant to any high school students :-)

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Posted by: iofferkicks391 | January 4, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

presto668 wrote:

ProCounsel:
"yet MORE evidence of Napolitano idiocy, and add the NJ passenger who just walked through a guard and video camera--it was AGAIN a passenger who caught the breach"

So, wait, a random security guard somewhere fails to do their job, and it's Napolitano's fault?

Clearly she should have sensed this failure and had herself beamed in to take control of security screening herself.
Posted by: presto668 | January 4, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

ProCounsel's response:

NOTHING is EVER Napolitano's fault.

Napolitano is NOT responsible for leaking the TSA security manuals on line

Napolitano is NOT responsible for failing to connect all the dots when the father turned in his son to the United States Ambassador in Nigeria

Napolitano is NOT responsible for her agents failing approved list reading 101 at the India State Dinner at the White House

Napolitano is NOT responsible for raiding journalists over the weekened to trace yet another leak

See Napolitano is IRRESPONSIBLE

Napolitano must GO and let Obama get someone--anyone--

who WILL be RESPONSIBLE

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 4, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I resent the implications of "Ametuer Hour" at the White House. Most Amateur Radio operators could if called upon actually do something. We charge batteries a lot these days. If in doubt charge batteries. We're just itching to get the lithium batteries off the plug in hybrids.

Posted by: n7uno | January 4, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Yoiks!

Posted by: dadada | January 4, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

What a ridiculous fascist fanaticism about so-called Security. Instead of diagnosing the cause of the problem, some our fanatics are engaged in partisan mud-slinging against the President and Janet Napolitano. It is a shame that we must share our citizenship with such fanatics.
Sam-C, Washington, DC.

Posted by: chaterjis | January 5, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

People seem to forget that some of the Secret Service's rules related to Presidential Protection were changed in 1994 during President Clinton's reign. Doesn't anyone recall all the scandals back then about how they were relaxing the rules because Clinton couldn't get any of his staff through the security measures? They also changed the lifetime Secret Service protection for former Presidents at that time, it took effect in 1997.

We've all seen the effects of the relaxing of the standards over the past 15 years.

Posted by: RazorGirl | January 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

So how can we protect America if we can't even protect our own President?

This isn't the time for blame but for ACTION.

Posted by: najmcmillian | January 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

fr web_user:

>... century ago, anyone could walk into the White House. Walking in the White House gardens was a popular weekend outing. We were a freer country then.<

Back in Herbert Hoover's administration, a man with a loaded pistol somehow got into the State Dining Room where Hoover was having a meeting. Nobody was injured, and the gunman was taken out of the building. Were we really "a freer country then"?

Posted by: Alex511 | January 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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