October 24, 2012 |
Colorado resident Lee Mulcahy discovered that there are limits to the discussion when it comes to political signage outside your home in this presidential election year. The phrase “Fire Obama” is permissible and such placards adorn some yards. But “Kill Obama” is not, and Mulcahy, of Aspen, received a visit the other day from both local police and the U.S. Secret Service. “We felt this was pretty serious -- anything that has to do with the president of the United States is serious, so we immediately contacted the Secret Service,” Blair Dweyer, a community relations specialist for Aspen police, told the Los Angeles Times.
May 29, 2007 |
The Secret Service expects to borrow more than 2,000 immigration officers and federal airport screeners next year to help guard an ever-expanding field of presidential candidates. It also expects to shift 250 of its own agents from investigations to security details. The agency has a $110-million budget for campaign protection. It spent a record $65 million for the 2004 election.
October 21, 2010 |
It’s more than an army that travels on its stomach. A presidential campaign is also carbohydrate-challenged as President Obama demonstrated in his Seattle stopover Thursday. The president’s day began with Obama and entourage hitting a local coffee shop, the Top Pot Doughnuts. “Hey guys,” Obama said, getting some cheers from the dozens of other customers. As Michael Jackson’s “Beat It,” played in the background, Obama stepped up to the counter, according to media pool reports.
January 12, 2003 |
A security consulting company that offers spy-themed tours of Washington, D.C., is expanding its web of intrigue. The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies, or CI Centre, in Alexandria, Va., which has run SpyDrive bus tours in the U.S. capital for two years through its SpyTrek affiliate company, will offer two SpyCruises this year. The cruises will include Oleg Kalugin, former chief of KGB foreign intelligence.
May 23, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The prostitution scandal that has embroiled the Secret Service is not evidence of a wider culture of boozing and paying for sex among those who are trained to take a bullet for the president, the director of the agency told skeptical senators. The senators challenged Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan to explain how it was possible, without an atmosphere of permissiveness among the agency's supervisors, that 12 agents could go out in separate groups on April 11 in Cartagena, Colombia, independently decide to bring women back to their hotel rooms, and then sign the women in at the front desk next to the agents' real names.
April 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama has confidence in the Secret Service director, his spokesman said Tuesday, as a prostitution scandal widened with allegations that at least 20 women joined members of the U.S. advance team arranging security for the president's visit to Colombia last weekend. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who was briefed by Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, told reporters that "20 or 21 women foreign nationals were brought" to the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, where the Secret Service and other members of the advance team were staying.
April 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is investigating 10 U.S. military members in a widening inquiry into whether an advance team led by the Secret Service hired prostitutes or engaged in other misconduct before President Obama visited Colombia for a weekend summit, U.S. officials said Monday. The Pentagon investigation is focusing on five Army Special Forces soldiers, two Marines, two Navy personnel and one member of the Air Force, a U.S. military official said. The Navy and Air Force personnel belong to an explosives detection unit, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.
November 27, 2009 |
The Secret Service has launched a "comprehensive investigation" of its security measures after two aspiring reality-TV stars crashed President Obama's state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night. Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who have been auditioning to appear on the Bravo reality show "Real Housewives of D.C.," strolled into the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and mingled with the power people of Washington -- even though they weren't on the invitation list.
November 17, 2011 |
Herman Cain will soon have a U.S. Secret Service security detail, the agency said Thursday, which would make him the first Republican presidential candidate with such a level of protection. By law, major presidential candidates and their spouses automatically get Secret Service protection within 120 days of a presidential election. But the secretary of Homeland Security may also grant protective status to other candidates based on recommendations of an advisory committee composed mainly of congressional leaders.
January 22, 2007 |
An elderly man who wrote in a letter to the editor about Saddam Hussein's execution that "they hanged the wrong man" got a visit from Secret Service agents concerned he was threatening President Bush. A Secret Service spokesman said it was the agency's duty to investigate Dan Tilli, 81, who the agents decided was not a threat.