While media heads were exploding over two two drunken Secret Service agents, the real story was pushed into the background.
American media reported with horror the tale of two off duty agents with the Secret Service (SSA), who barreled their car through crime scene tapes at the White House front gates. This event, which occurred on 4 March of this year, resulted in the removal of the agents, a firm proclamation from the new chief of DHS about “zero tolerance” and the eventual referral to the Inspector General’ (IG) office for an investigation.
But the breach in security at the White House seems less about those allegedly drunk drivers and more about the active duty agents at the scene.
When you look beyond the scripted chorus of mainstream media, and ask a few pointed questions, then the focus, well, it comes into focus.
I tweeted about this here:
Analyzing the MSM Narrative
The very first oddity with the narrative is its suppression. While the event occurred on 4 March, it was not released to the media for a full week. The Washington Post was the first to break the news in this 11 March story by Carol Leonnig. Here are a few telling quotes by Leonnig:
The incident violated security protocols, according to several veteran agents. At the time that the agents allegedly drove into the barricade, disrupting an active investigation, officers had not yet determined whether the suspicious package was a threat.
If a civilian drives through a White House security barrier, officers are trained to release an attack dog or point loaded guns at the driver.
The agents are identified as “Mark Connolly, the second-in-command on Obama’s detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior supervisor in the Washington field office.”
The article gives scant attention to a mysterious woman who supposedly threw a package at the White House, and called out “It’s a bomb.”
Let’s look at this narrative just a bit differently.
On the evening of 4 March, around 9:30pm, a woman stops in front of the White House gates. She leaves her car, carrying a package, and then heaves the package through the gates. As she turns away, she informs the security detail that the package contains a bomb. According to some reports, she was given chase but managed to elude security by hitting him with her car door.
This piece of information should draw sneers and open-mouthed wonderment if not downright incredulity. A trained security agent – whose job is to secure the White House, the President, the First Family, any visiting officials or heads of state – this individual is thwarted by a woman and a car door? How could this happen?
One also has to wonder why Carol Leonnig chose to downplay this in her article. She explicitly states that civilians breaching security are to have guns drawn or attack dogs released on them.
And yet, the woman who delivered the “bomb” drove away, unimpeded. No guns. No dogs.
Let’s continue this narrative.
The guards at the gates recognize two things: 1) they have just allowed a presumably dangerous individual escape, and 2) there is presumably a bomb at the steps of the White House. Oh, and they have violated protocol by not getting out their guns and not releasing the dogs.
What do they do?
Apparently, they call the D.C. police and bomb squad.
I believe they also called Connolly and Ogilvie, who were at a nearby bar in downtown D.C. I also believe that these two high ranking agents respond immediately and drive to the scene. No doubt, they realize that the security protocols had been breached. They arrive, driving slowly with their lights blinking and badges shown.
Or as, Leonnig described it:
Witnesses reported that the car’s overhead flashing lights had been activated and both agents were showing their badges to get through the section of the grounds that had been closed off,…
What Really Happened?
What happened between the arrival of Connolly and Ogilvie and the publication of Leonigg’s story a week later is a mystery. One thing is for certain though. The White House front gates were compromised by a woman tossing a bag labeled as a bomb.
It seems that a week was needed to “handle” the circumstances and concoct a narrative. Leonnig is given the exclusive in exchange for a guarantee that she will follow the script.
Many questions remain. I don’t have the resources to dig into this narrative and make conclusions, only suppositions. Today, the head of the Secret Service is appearing before Congress to receive a flaking from committee members. The two agents have been reassigned to duties that do not involve the security of the President. The guards at the White House gate – what happened to them? We do not know. The woman with the alleged bomb? She was suposedly arrested some days after the incident was reported.
But there is a glimmer of hope, as far as news media reportage. Politico just broke a story that leads with this:
But surveillance video of the March 4 incident, according to a source who has seen it, suggests the agents’ actions that night weren’t nearly as erratic as originally described in news reports,…
The source, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the video, told The Huffington Post that the footage shows two senior agents driving very slowly after arriving at the scene, perhaps just 1 to 2 mph. The source said the agents’ car nudged a traffic barrel and that the action appeared to be intentional rather than reckless — in an effort to move the object out of the way.
So a new question arises: who is intentionally sabotaging the reputation of the Secret Service and WHY? Perhaps Carol Leonnig will answer.