(by Jerome R. Corsi) — Two leading Secret Service experts are worried
about the safety of President Obama because of mounting disclosures of
misconduct and lapses in protection.
Dan Emmett, a former Secret Service agent with first-person experience in
the presidential security details of former Presidents George H. W. Bush,
Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, told WND the “office of the presidency for
the last couple of years has not been as secure as it has been in years
“This goes back to a complete failure in leadership from the director’s
seat all the way down to middle management,” said Emmett, the author of the
2012 book “Within Arm’s Length: The Extraordinary Life and Career of a
Special Agent in the Secret Service.”
“It’s not out of question that a Secret Service agent, or even two or
three, might get drunk and act stupid on a trip, but it was beyond
imagination during my career that a supervisor would get drunk and act
stupid on a trip,” he said.
Vincent Michael Palamara, who claims to have interviewed more Secret
Service former agents than any other researcher, said he has confidence in
the new acting Secret Service director, Joe Clancy, but “unless Clancy can
clean up the Secret Service fast, President Obama is going to continue to
be at risk.”
Palamara, a leading expert on the Secret Service lapses surrounding the JFK
assassination, has devoted a page of his blog to tracking the Secret
Service under President Obama, with a recent focus on Clancy’s background
and experience in the Secret Service.
Emmett noted that some of the Secret Service agents involved in the
Cartagena, Colombia, prostitute scandal and other incidents were
supervisors at the GS-14 level or even higher.
“I’ve been very critical of the Secret Service with impropriety after
impropriety over the last couple of years, and I have no dog in the fight,”
he said. “I’m just calling them as I see them. When the leadership is not
good, the troops do not perform up to standard.”
Emmett also expressed hope the Secret Service was “on the road to recovery”
with the appointment of Clancy.
“There can not be a worse tragedy for the nation than losing a president,”
he stressed. “We must make sure that never happens again.”
Secret Service leadership failures
Clancy replaced Julia Pierson after she resigned in the wake of a
disastrous appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform
Committee Sept. 30 in which she was grilled for more than three hours over
two security breaches.
The first breach was an incident that occurred at the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta on Sept. 16 when Secret
Service agents allowed a security guard armed with a gun and three prior
assault convictions to ride an elevator in close proximity to President
It was followed by a second incident three days later in which Omar
Gonzalez, a knife-wielding Iraq War veteran, jumped the White House fence
and entered the East Room before he was tackled by an off-duty security
Palamara, author of the 2013 book “Survivor’s Guilt: The Secret Service and
the Failure to Protect President Kennedy,” told WND that Clancy has a short
time to reestablish discipline in the Secret Service detail assigned to
protect the president.
“Clancy was appointed to clean house,” Palamara said. “You read between the
lines and now, I believe, you are going to see a culture that that is
“What’s been going on with the Secret Service is disgraceful, with these
drinking forays, the partying with prostitutes, and the fence jumpers who
get into the White House. This is gross negligence, tremendous
incompetence, and it worries me.”
Mark Sullivan, the director of the Secret Service who preceded Pierson, was
forced to resign Feb. 22 after six Secret Service agents were forced to
resign over reports they partied with prostitutes in Cartagena in advance
of a presidential visit.
Avoiding repeat of history
Palamara told WND he is concerned that patterns of Secret Service
misconduct he has documented in JFK’s Secret Service detail prior to the
assassination are being repeated in Obama’s presidential detail.
“I’m seeing even among the Secret Service a dislike, if not a hatred for
President Obama,” he said.
Palamara said there are members of the Secret Service who don’t like
President Obama, just as some didn’t like President Kennedy.
“Many in the Secret Service in the JFK era did not like President Kennedy’s
womanizing or his position on civil rights, or maybe his policies toward
Cuba,” he said. “But here, with President Obama, the Secret Service is
supposed to be apolitical, but the agents are human beings. I’m not saying
Secret Service agents actually cross the line to commit a federal offense
by wishing President Obama ill. But many don’t like Obamacare or Obama’s
policy on illegal immigration.”
Palamara pointed out the Secret Service can put the safety of the president
at risk by not taking actions they should be taking.
“Secret Service agents can let things happen when they start not liking or
caring about the president,” he explained. “It’s inactions as well as
actions that can put the president at risk.”
He compared the Secret Service under Obama to the Secret Service under
President George W. Bush.
“You didn’t hear about these kinds of Secret Service scandals with
President George W. Bush,” he said.
“I think what the scandals under Obama are really revealing is Secret
Service discontent with the president. The Secret Service agents are
trained far better than they were in the Kennedy days. And as far as I’m
concerned, even by 1963 standards, President Kennedy should have lived, had
the Secret Service been doing their job the way the Secret Service should
have been doing their job as they were trained to do.”
Palamara fears the Secret Service’s failure to protect JFK could repeat