Well, why not? It went so well for the other ones.
A fence jumper was apprehended tonight outside the White House after he scaled the north fence, a Secret Service spokesman told ABC News.
A K-9 unit caught the fence jumper, who was then taken into custody, said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan. The suspect kicked at one of the dogs, then another dog subdued him. The White House was put on lockdown during the incident.
Today was the day a comprehensive report about the Secret Service was released, and it wasn't pretty. Among other things, agents left their duty posts to assist a fellow agent with a dispute with his neighbor.
Top Secret Service officials had no justification for diverting agents from their posts near the White House to check on a neighborhood dispute a Secret Service employee was involved in almost an hour away, an investigation has found. “This constituted a serious lapse in judgment,” John Roth, inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, who led the investigation, said in a statement Wednesday.
The investigation found that agents from a team known as Prowler, normally assigned to patrol the area around the White House, were diverted to the neighborhood on five days in July 2011. President Barack Obama was in the White House on two of those days. No Secret Service personnel interviewed for the investigation believed that presidential security was compromised, the inspector general said.
Still, the findings are the latest embarrassment for a reeling agency. Director Julia Pierson resigned under pressure earlier this month after a series of security breaches. The 2011 lapse happened under her predecessor, Mark Sullivan.
The female employee involved in the dispute with a neighbor was an assistant in Sullivan’s office. The employee later sought and received a restraining order against the neighbor, who eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. The diversion was known as Operation Moonlight or Operation Moonshine, the report said. The Washington Post first reported details of it in May.
It's a good thing dogs are more reliable than humans. Tonight's fence jumper reportedly tried to punch one of the dogs before the Secret Service could get to him. Let's hope he regrets that act for a long time to come.
Update: Here's some video, courtesy of Liberaland.
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