February 8, 2001 |
Secret Service officers on Wednesday shot and wounded a man who had fired a handgun outside the south fence of the White House. President Bush, who was inside the Executive Mansion at the time, was never in danger. The incident occurred shortly before noon EST and triggered a temporary security clampdown--keeping visitors from entering or leaving the White House and snarling traffic for blocks.
January 24, 2001 |
Four years after he pulled the same stunt at President Clinton's second inauguration, a man without the proper clearance walked through security checkpoints and then stepped up and shook President Bush's hand shortly after the swearing in, sources familiar with the incident said Tuesday. The ability of the same man to penetrate security four years later was all the more surprising given the unprecedented levels of protection that law enforcement officials said they devoted to this inauguration.
November 21, 1999 |
In response to a security threat Saturday, passengers on Air Force One heading to Pisa, Italy, from Athens were asked by the Secret Service to open their carry-on luggage for inspection. Officials would give no details on the threat. Nothing suspicious was found aboard the Boeing 747, a senior official said. In the Greek capital, police said they had no information from Clinton's staff on the apparent threat.
August 23, 1998 |
Secret Service agents guarding President Clinton arrested a man who raised suspicions on Martha's Vineyard by asking about directions to the president's vacation lodgings. Agents alerted by people who encountered him arrested Robert E. Ross, 50, of Danbury, Conn., in West Tisbury, Mass., Bristol County Assistant Dist. Atty. David Crowley told the Standard Times of New Bedford. Ross was unarmed, but he told the agents he had left guns in his car on Cape Cod. Police found a loaded .
July 24, 1998 |
In a "highly unusual" move, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr began bringing Secret Service and other witnesses before two different grand juries meeting simultaneously on Thursday. That witnesses were being ushered before separate grand juries, both meeting on the third floor of the federal courthouse here, was the strongest indication yet that Starr is dramatically picking up the pace of his six-month investigation of President Clinton's relationship with former White House intern Monica S.
July 18, 1998 |
When the sorrows of Watergate drove President Nixon to tears, Secret Service agents were there. When usually mild-mannered Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey lost control and punched a heckler in the chest, his agents looked on. Agents were close, too, when the Clintons moved into the White House--so close, in fact, that an unhappy first family ordered that, henceforth, the detail no longer should stand guard on the residential floors of the White house but on the landing of the floor below.