When a quiet Friday night was ruined by a White House fence jumper named Omar Jose Gonzalez, I made the joke on the HORROR REPORT that perhaps someone in the Obama Administration's security team needed to watch WHITE HOUSE DOWN to see how bad things could get.. Little did I realize how close to a scary accurate that joke was..
I was chilled tonight to read the latest information regarding Mr. Gonzalez' jump into the White House. Initially we were all calmed down as a nation and told that, even though the President was boarding his helicopter only minutes before, his life was not in danger.. Officials said that the jumper was stopped at the front door of the White House---though they admitted he did step foot into the mansion, he was quickly apprehended.
We were lied to..
The real news is much worse..
According to the latest information appearing tonight in an article by Carol Leonnig in the Washington POST, the jumper not only made it into the White House but actually sprinted through the front door, knife in hand..by the First Family's living quarters..
Perhaps you should pause here and understand the consequences.. A knife in hand, Omar Gonzalez barreled past the front door (and whoever guarded it), ran into the 80-foot long East Room. With a knife...
And the best part, as Leonnig reports,
An alarm box near the front entrance of the White House designed to alert guards to an intruder had been muted at what officers believed was a request of the usher’s office, said a Secret Service official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
While no one has yet to call this an assassination attempt, what else could it be labeled? Call me zany, but.. when an intruder rushes across the South Lawn, all the guards, security boxes, and could have potentially made it where the President, First Lady, and children live and sleep---with a knife---that is an attempt to do something... that is something more than a simple "I wanted to talk to the President" type of insanity.. This is a much worse example of lax security..
....or something else?
I don't want to create conspiracy theory where there is none, but when the initial event happened on September 19, someone who is immersed with theory of all political nature wondered aloud if someone permitted Gonzalez to enter the White House.. perhaps a message being sent to the President? Perhaps someone in the security detail attempting to infiltrate the nation with crisis? I don't know. But I do know this: When I read this information tonight that the intruder not only got onto the lawn without anyone stopping him--including all of those snipers we are told famously wait on top of the White House for just this type of moment--and then got into the place where our President lives... that hit me like a ton of bricks..
Another comment I received tonight on the matter: "Before we know it, we will be told that this guy got into the Oval Office and smoke some of Clinton's cigars still there."
More from the POST:
After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.
Gonzalez was tackled by a counterassault agent at the far southern end of the East Room. The intruder reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn with artwork and antique furniture, according to three people familiar with the incident.
We also are being told this tonight by the National REVIEW (hardly a political friend of the President): The Secret Service has permitted 1,000 security breaches. The article claims that these lapses are the result of political correctness...
During a time when we are told of the endless dangers of ISIS--along with their knives--how can the Secret Service not stop an intruder? And one armed with a knife on top of that? I shudder at the prospects of what would have happened if President Obama and family had been there..
I was shocked when it first happened, and even more shocked when the news broke that the intruder got into the White House. But tonight, with the news of a madman on the loose in the White House brandishing a knife, I was floored.
Quite frankly, there is no excuse for this big of a security lapse.
Without any pun being intended, heads should roll and people who did not do their jobs should be fired immediately. The lives of the First Family cannot be at risk in the hallowed halls of America's house.