Obama disappointed by latest Secret Service incident

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Secret Service Agents Said to Have Driven Into Police Investigation Before Crash.

Two senior Secret Service agents suspected of being drunk plowed through a crime scene and may have driven over a suspicious package during an active investigation, according to The Washington Post.

The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the March 4 episode, which involved Mark Connolly, the second-in-command on President Obama’s personal protective detail, and George Ogilvie, a top supervisor in the Washington field office.WASHINGTON – The US Secret Service said on Wednesday that two agents were under investigation after an incident last week in which they were reported to have driven a government car into White House barricades after drinking at a late-night party.“ONLY A director from outside the service, removed from organizational traditions and personal relationships, will be able to do the honest top-to-bottom reassessment this will require.” President Obama rejected that assessment by a special panel probing the operations of the U.S. Police had just cordoned off a package described as a bomb when the agents returned from a work party, drove through police tape, and either hit or came close to hitting the package with their car, investigators told the Post. The video shows the agents’ car traveling at low speed under police tape that had been put up around the package, which had been dropped near an entrance to the White House grounds, these people said.

The Post quoted current and former government officials familiar with the incident as saying officers on duty wanted to arrest the agents and give them sobriety tests. A Secret Service spokeswoman said in a statement the agency was aware of the allegations against the two agents and that “if misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations. Ogilvie was driving Connolly back to his car, parked on West Executive drive, the source said, after a farewell party for retiring agency spokesman Edwin Donovan held at Clyde’s restaurant near downtown D.C.’s Verizon Center. The sources said the car did not appear to be out of control or traveling at a high rate of speed, and when the barrel was struck by the car, it did not tip over or cause damage to the vehicle.

His other incidents have included smearing poop on door handles as well as leaving excrement in the passenger seats of vehicles that were left unlocked. Clancy was chosen to head the agency by Obama after a series of high-profile security lapses led to a shake-up in the leadership of the agency charged with protecting the president. The service’s credibility was also damaged in 2012 when it was revealed that members had hired prostitutes while in Cartagena, Colombia, in advance of an Obama trip.

Two senior officials on the House of Representatives Oversight Committee said that despite the changes in leadership, “this incident begs the question of whether that is enough. ” “The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation,” said the statement by the committee’s Republican chairman, Jason Chaffetz, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings. If God spares me and I’m healthy,” Neeson told The Guardian, when asked about his action film career. “But after that, I’ll stop [the action], I think.” Neeson went on to say that he’s enjoyed the success of films like the Taken series, but “there is a limit” to his career in action roles.

This source could not explain when the conduct of the agents became an issue with the other officers, but indicated it didn’t happen during the initial security checkpoints — opening the possibility that the incident under investigation took place at a later point that night. —Meghan DeMaria Most investors have business decisions they regret — and this week’s video from our sister site, Mental Floss, brings 23 of those bad decisions to light.

Obama was informed of the incident earlier this week, but has “full confidence” in Clancy, who took over the agency in February, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said Thursday. “These embarrassing incidents have a profoundly negative effect on the reputation and motivation of thousands of hard-working Secret Service members who have committed their careers to protecting the president,” Sen. Secret Service Director Joe Clancy did not learn about the incident until five days after it occurred, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation. Officials have said the episode appeared to have begun at a nearby bar where Secret Service employees were celebrating the retirement of Ed Donovan, whose job for many years involved answering questions from the media after other embarrassing incidents.

Clancy, who was the head of the president’s security detail in his first term. “He does have the full confidence of the president to not only institute the structural reforms he believes are needed at the Secret Service, but also the cultural changes that both Director Clancy believes are necessary and the president has talked about,” said Eric Schultz, the deputy White House press secretary. The third largest school district in the country has a plurality of Hispanic students, and as a result, Latino and Latin-American studies will be a part of the Chicago Public Schools’ curriculum, National Review reports. Six months before, several agents were implicated in tales of heavy drinking, one of which took place ahead of a presidential visit to the Netherlands and the other after a late-night traffic accident in Miami. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Latino Advisory Committee teamed with school officials to create the curriculum, which will have kindergartners learning the Mayan counting system and fifth graders learning about “African influences on South American percussion.” According to National Review, the curriculum initiative may have political benefits for Mayor Emanuel as he seeks to appeal to Chicago’s Hispanic population ahead of his runoff election against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia next month.

In the spring of 2012, some agents and U.S. military personnel who were preparing for a presidential trip to Cartagena, Colombia, for the Summit of the Americas hired local prostitutes and brought them back to their hotel rooms. Three employees returned to duty, six either resigned or retired and four had their clearances revoked and were removed, according to an inspector general report. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thinks that what we’re hearing now of the Obama administration’s deal with Iran over the country’s nuclear program is “echoes of history.” Cruz joined fellow Republican senators to sign a controversial letter to Iran warning Iranian leaders that any deal Obama makes with them will first have to be approved by Congress and may not last. “I believe we are at a moment like Munich in 1938,” Cruz said during an interview on The Hugh Hewitt Show. “And indeed,” he added, “Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress last week was Churchillian in its clarity and moral gravity.” A new study from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center for the Digital Future and Bovitz Inc. surveyed 904 drivers about their texting and driving habits, and found that 18 percent of drivers admit they “cannot resist the urge” to read or send text messages while driving. And 17 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds admitted they text and drive “always or often.” (Seven percent of 35- to 54-year-olds, meanwhile, said the same.) The drivers know what they’re getting into, though.

The routine meeting is intended to discuss fiscal matters, but a senior congressional source told Fox News on Thursday that the director would be questioned about the barricades incident. At a conference with shareholders today, Disney chairman Bob Iger revealed the first details of the mysterious Star Wars spin-off — the first step in an ambitious attempt to make the Star Wars universe as vast and sprawling as Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Chris Weitz, the screenwriter behind Disney’s live-action Cinderella, will pen the screenplay; Gareth Edwards, who helmed last year’s Godzilla reboot, will direct. Iger didn’t reveal any details about Rogue One, but given the title, common speculation is that the story will somehow involve Rogue Squadron — the fleet of pilots led by Luke Skywalker during the Battle of Hoth in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back.

The shots came amid a protest following the resignation of the town’s police chief over a scathing Justice Department report that accused Ferguson’s police of rampant racial bias.

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