Small drone crashes at White House complex; origin unclear

Jan 27, 2015

Small drone crashes at White House complex; origin unclear

A small drone flying at low altitude crashed into the White House complex before dawn Monday, the U.S. Secret Service said. President Barack Obama was not at home and the White House said it did not pose a security threat. The crash prompted an ...

Secret Service: Shots fired outside Bidens' Delaware home

Jan 19, 2015

Secret Service: Shots fired outside Bidens' Delaware home

The U.S. Secret Service said Sunday that multiple gunshots were fired from a vehicle near the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday night. The vice president and his wife were not at home at the time of the shooting, authorities said. ...

Jan 15, 2015

Shakeup at Secret Service; four execs reassigned

Four of the highest-ranking Secret Service executives have been reassigned following a series of security mishaps and scathing reports questioning leadership within the agency, the Secret Service said Wednesday. The agency’s assistant directors for investigations, protective operations, technology and public affairs have all been ...

Republican lawmaker: Possible White House coverup

Oct 10, 2014

Republican lawmaker: Possible White House coverup

A U.S. lawmaker leading a congressional inquiry into the Secret Service raised questions Thursday about a White House volunteer’s possible involvement in a prostitution scandal that rocked the agency two years ago. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee ...

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

Oct 3, 2014

Secret Service director's undoing was quick

by Alicia A. Caldwell

One lesson from Julia Pierson’s short tenure as director of the agency that protects the first family: The Secret Service can’t keep secrets from the president. The undoing of Pierson, who resigned Wednesday, was not telling President Barack Obama about a Sept. 16 incident ...

Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

Oct 2, 2014

Secret Service chief resigns over security breaches

The director of the U.S. Secret Service resigned Wednesday following a string of lapses by the elite presidential protection branch, including one in which an intruder ran through the front door of the White House. “Today, Julia Pierson, the director of the United States ...

Oct 2, 2014

Senior Republican lawmaker wants Secret Service chief out

A senior Republican lawmaker wants Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job, and a senior Democrat said Wednesday he is not comfortable with her leading the Secret Service but subsequently said he hasn’t decided whether she should resign or be fired. Rep. ...

Former convict with a gun rode elevator with Obama: report

Oct 1, 2014

Former convict with a gun rode elevator with Obama: report

Published reports say President Barack Obama rode an elevator last month with an armed security contractor who had three criminal convictions, a violation of Secret Service security protocols. The latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, which protects the president, comes after agency Director Julia ...

White House security boost eyed; intruder to face charges in court

Sep 23, 2014

White House security boost eyed; intruder to face charges in court

The man who jumped the fence at the White House and entered the building in a major security breach was scheduled to appear in court on Monday amid reports that U.S. authorities are considering ways to increase the security buffer surrounding the presidential compound. ...