Oops — Another Security/Protection Breach

May 16, 2023

In an age of uncharted, crazy shit the violence of living seems like a heavy, quick-approaching virus instigated by being frighteningly fearful of people one to another.

Gun violence, of course, but also just random, political-influenced shit, as in the use of a baseball bat in an insane lash out at society as a fractured whole — Rep. Gerry Connolly on the attack at his office yesterday: ‘“I have no reason to believe that his motivation was politically motivated, but it is possible that the sort of toxic political environment we all live in, you know, set him off, and I would just hope all of us would take a little more time to be careful about what we say and how we say it.”

Not the least in contextual security against craziness category:

Details via The Washington Post late this afternoon:

The unknown man walked into Jake Sullivan’s home at about 3 a.m. one night in late April and Sullivan confronted the individual, instructing him to leave, two of the people briefed on the incident said. There were no signs of forced entry at the home, according to one of the people.

Sullivan has a round-the-clock Secret Service detail. But agents stationed outside the house were unaware that an intruder had gotten inside the home, located in the West End neighborhood of Washington, until the man had already left and Sullivan came outside to alert the agents, the two people said.

The intruder appeared to be intoxicated and confused about where he was, according to people briefed on the incident. There is no evidence the person knew Sullivan or sought to harm him, they said.

In a statement, the Secret Service said it has launched an investigation into the incident and how the intruder accessed Sullivan’s home undetected.

The agency said it considered the security breach a matter of significant concern.

“While the protectee was unharmed, we are taking this matter seriously and have opened a comprehensive mission assurance investigation to review all facets of what occurred,” Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in the statement, in response to an inquiry from The Washington Post. “Any deviation from our protective protocols is unacceptable and if discovered, personnel will be held accountable.”


Normally, anyone intruding on the property of a person protected by the Secret Service would be detained for questioning, then most likely arrested and charged with trespassing. But people familiar with the incident said the person who entered Sullivan’s home departed the scene before Secret Service agents were alerted to his presence.

Although Sullivan was unhurt, the incident has sparked alarm among the very small group of White House and national security officials made aware of the episode, especially because the Secret Service in 2021 added a heightened level of security for the national security adviser, a senior aide to the president who coordinates diplomatic and military affairs.

The Secret Service’s budget hasn’t kept up with the times and apparently is running thin on maintaining protection for a continuing number of people: ‘Before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the service provided protection for 18 people, including the president and vice president. That number began to swell as the nation focused more on terrorist threats, and by the start of the Biden administration the service was providing protective details to 27 people, including the president’s grandchildren.

Meanwhile at near-about the same time frame this morning, another federal-security possible drunk incident:

A vehicle crashed into a security entrance at the White House complex early Tuesday, according to a United State Secret Service statement.

The crash happened about 4:30 a.m. at a security entrance at 15 and E Streets NW, the Secret Service said. That’s at the east side of the White House grounds, near the White House Visitor Center.

No injuries were reported.

The Secret Service said it is investigating what caused the crash, including whether alcohol may have been a factor.

Another day in the nowadays version of life.

Even shots fired at The West Wing, agents at the defense:

Secret protection, or not, here we are once again…

(Illustration out front: New Yorker cartoon by Bruce Eric Kaplan, found here.)

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