Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid Numerous Major Security Blunders Including an Armed Security Contractor being Allowed to Get into an Elevator with President Obama
Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a flurry of major security blunders that included last weeks fence-jumper who gained access inside the White House and an armed security contractor who was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. Hey Barack, how about nominating some one who can do the best job of protecting your family, rather than a first.
Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid criticism over a series of security lapses.
Pierson stepped down just 18 months after President Barack Obama selected her to take over a law enforcement agency that already had been tarnished by misconduct by agents.
UPDATE I: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down … Congress did not learn about the latest incident of the once arrested security contractor with a gun until a hearing where they questioned, now former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
UPDATE II: Julia Pierson became the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service in March 2013, tapped to change the culture of an agency that was then marred by a Colombian prostitution scandal.
Talk about a total failure to reach your stated goal. But then again, this is the Obama administration.
“I think it’s in the best interest of the Secret Service and the American public if I step down,” Pierson told Bloomberg News after resigning Wednesday. “Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency. The media has made it clear that this is what they expected.”
“I can be pretty stoic about it, but not really,” she reportedly said. “It’s painful to leave as the agency is reeling from a significant security breach.”
Congress grills Secret Service Director Julia Pierson over lapses in security
Secret Service managers told agents in Atlanta not to file a written report after discovering that a man with a criminal record who had a gun rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sept. 16, according to two sources familiar with the case.
The president’s Secret Service protective detail and other agents routinely file written reports if anything suspicious happens during a presidential trip or in the course of protecting any member of the first family at the White House on any given day.
The reports for such incidents follow one of two protocols. Agents can initiative a five-day report, for more serious incidents that need immediate investigation and clarification, or a 14-day report for more minor incidents. Neither type of report was pursued in the Sept. 16 elevator case, according to the two sources.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, October 2, 2014 – Floyd Creekmore, the Worlds Oldest Clown Dies at Age 98
- Creeky the clown died last Saturday night at his home in Billings Montana. R.I.P. Creeky
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Liberia Ebola Infected Patient in Dallas, TX ID’d as Thomas Eric Duncan … Was Initially Sent Home By ER after Telling Nurse he Travelled From West Africa
ARE YOU KIDDING ME … EBOLA INFECTED PATIENT WAS INITIALLY SENT HOME FROM ER!!!
The Ebola infected individual who came by plane to the United States and is presently in a Dallas, Texas hospital has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. This is the first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States. However, little by little we are starting to learn all of the details to this story that I am sure the government and the CDC would like to keep quiet. It would appear that … initially went to the ER with a fever and abdominal pain and was sent home. Oh, did we mention the patient also stated that he told the medical staff that he was from Ebola ravished West Africa? HOW IN THE HELL DID THIS NOT RAISE A RED FLAG!!! Note to medical folks, individual from West Africa + fever + (abdominal pain or vomiting or diarrhea) = possible Ebola and immediate quarantine.
The hospital is calling it a failure to communicate? WHAT!!! How ignorantly sloppy could you possibly be? How could anyone in the healthcare industry not communicate that some one was from Ebola infested West Africa and presenting some of the symptoms of Ebola and not make that a priority? As the Daily Caller reminds us of the thousands of cases of Ebola in Liberia, how could this ER staff have dropped the ball so badly. Liberia only has a population of about 4 million people.
Liberia has been the hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak. As of Sept. 29, the CDC reported 3,458 total cases in Liberia and 1,830 deaths. Patients with flu-like symptoms who have recently traveled from endemic regions, especially Liberia, should have been a red flag for the hospital.
The airline passenger who brought Ebola into the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital said Wednesday in a disclosure that showed how easily an infection could be missed.
The decision by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to release the patient, who had recently arrived from Liberia, could have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola before the man went back to the ER a couple of days later, when his condition worsened.
A day after the diagnosis was confirmed, a nine-member team of federal health officials was tracking anyone who had close contact with him after he fell ill on Sept. 24. The group of 12 to 18 people included three members of the ambulance crew that took the man to the hospital and a handful of schoolchildren.
Hospital epidemiologist Dr. Edward Goodman said the patient had a fever and abdominal pain during his first ER visit, not the riskier symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.
But the diagnosis, and the hospital’s slip-up, highlighted the wider threat of Ebola, even in places far from West Africa.
“The scrutiny just needs to be higher now,” said Dr. Rade Vukmir, a spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa and killed more than 3,300, according to the World Health Organization. Liberia is one of the three hardest-hit countries in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.
Aaron Lewis Charged With the Capital Murder in Death of Realtor Beverly Carter, Pleads Not Guilty … Why Beverly, “She’s a Rich Broker … She was a woman who worked alone.” (VIDEO)
Why was Beverly Carter targeted according to Arron Lewis … “She’s a Rich Broker. She was a woman who worked alone.”
In a perp walk to a police car, when asked by reporters, why Beverly? Aaron Lewis replied, She’s a rich broker … She was a woman who worked alone.” SICK, JUST SICK. Aaron Lewis has been charged with capital murder in the death of Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter. This sick SOB targeted this hard working mom to rob her and then ultimately he murdered her. Void of any empathy, this sociopath said that he was “sorry”. I doubt it. Fire up sparky.
Ozarks First: Lewis Pleads Not Guilty to Murder of Beverly Clark
Reporter: Arron are you hurting for some reason?.
Lewis: Yeah, I got in a car wreck the other day. I haven’t been to the hospital yet.
Reporter: You pleaded not guilty. Why?
Lewis: Because that’s what my lawyer said to do.
Reporter: Did you in the courtroom originally say you wanted to get it over with, that you wanted to plead guilty?.
Lewis: I just want this all over with.
Reporter: So, did your lawyer basically encourage you to plead guilty.
Lewis: I’m just sorry it all happened. I just want it all over.
- The solid bronze, 18″ statue was stolen from the outdoor exhibit at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last Sunday.
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Great, first diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States, what’s next … the Bubonic plague?
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that an unidentified man who traveled by plane from Liberia to Dallas, Texas has been diagnosed and has tested positive for the Ebola virus. The individual has been in “strict isolation” at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital since September 29. This is a first and hardly one to stand up and cheer about. This is the first reported diagnosed case of Ebola in the United States. The CDC director stated later in a press conference that the patient’s condition as “critically ill.”
Who thinks that maybe individuals not only need to be screened and checked for fever before they get on a plane from Liberia and countries stricken with Ebola, but when they get off as well? How about they need to be isolated and quarantined fr a period of time until the incubation period id over? Hmm?
“Give me your tired, your poor, your
huddled masses yearning to breathe free Ebola.”
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed that a person in Dallas definitely has the Ebola virus. Tuesday’s official determination makes the patient, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the first diagnosed Ebola case in the United States.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Department of State Health Services, Presbyterian Hospital and Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) all participated in an afternoon press conference. CDC Director Thomas Frieden related the information that the individual who tested positive had traveled to Liberia. The person left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20 with no virus symptoms. Frieden said it was four or five days later that the patient, who is believed to be male, began developing symptoms and was ultimately admitted to Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sunday, September 28.
“We received in our laboratory today specimens from the individual, tested them and they tested positive for Ebola. The State of Texas also operates a laboratory that found the same results,” Frieden said. After the confirmation statement Frieden went on to stress that the testing for Ebola is very accurate, saying that it’s a PCR test of blood.
A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, health officials announced Tuesday.
The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At that time, the individual did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later,” he began to exhibit them, Frieden said. The individual was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
Citing privacy concerns, health officials declined to release any details about how the patient contracted the virus or how he was being treated.
The patient is believed to have had a handful of contacts with people after showing symptoms of the virus, and before being isolated, Frieden said. A CDC team was en route to Texas to help investigate those contacts, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Dallas on Wednesday to hold a news conference.
Press conference at the CDC’s Atlanta headquarters, director Tom Frieden
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Breaking News in the Hannah Graham Missing Persons Case
- DNA of the suspect in the Hannah Graham case matched DNA collected in the Morgan Harrington 2009 murder case. Go to blinkoncrime.com and scaredmonkeys.net for updates
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Sad conclusion to the case of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter, she has been found dead.
The body of missing 49 year old Beverly Carter has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. According to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Carl Minden, the police found the body of Beverly Carter shortly after midnight on Tuesday in a Little Rock suburb about 25 miles north of the area where she was reported missing. Beverly Scott went missing on Thursday, September 25, 2014 as Carter was showing a home in Scott, Arkansas. 33 year old Arkansas prison parolee Aaron Lewis was arrested hours earlier after an intensive manhunt on suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance of Beverly Carter. He will now face a capital murder charges as well.
Beverly Carter – Rest in Peace
Authorities say the body of an Arkansas real estate agent who disappeared Thursday has been found in a shallow grave at a concrete company.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Carl Minden says Beverly Carter’s body was found early Tuesday at Argos Concrete Company in a rural area about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock.
Jesse Matthew, Suspect in Missing UVA Coed Hannah Graham Disappearance Linked by DNA to Second Missing & Murdered Case of VA Tech Student Morgan Harrington
BREAKING NEWS- sources inside the investigation of both the murder of Morgan Dana Harrington and the abduction with the intent to defile of 2nd year student at UVA, Hannah Graham have confirmed to S. Christina Stoy, Editor in Chief of www.blinkoncrime.com that DNA belonging to Jesse Leroy Matthew, Jr matches the DNA link to that of a wanted suspect in the Harrington murder.
Further tests are being conducted to connect Mr. Matthew to a 2005 Fairfax sexual assault as well.
Virginia State Police are saying that Jesse Matthew, the suspect in the case of missing UVA student Hannah Graham, is also linked through forensic evidence to the 2009 death if 20 year old Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington. Our sister site, Blink on Crime has done extensive research on the Morgan Harrington case thru the years. Matthew was recently arrested in Galveston county, Texas and charged him with the class 2 felony of abduction with intent to defile. No arrest has ever been made in the Morgan Harrington case, and the cause of her death is still under investigation. According to CNN affiliate WTVR, there are at least two other women besides Graham and Harrington who have disappeared from the same area since 2009. Alexis Murphy of Lovingston and Samantha Clarke of Orange also went missing there.
Morgan Harrington, left – Hannah Graham, right
The arrest of Jesse Matthew — the suspect in the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham — has resulted in a “significant break” in the 2009 death of another young woman in the same area, police said.
Virginia State Police say there is a “new forensic link” between the Hannah Graham case and the death of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student, who went missing after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in October 2009. Her remains were found on a farm months later.
Almost from the start, speculation was raised about the possibility of a connection between Graham’s disappearance and Harrington’s death.
Look for a story later today at Blink on Crime connecting the two cases between missing Hannah Graham and murdered Morgan Harrington.
Barack Obama Blames Intel Officials for ISIS … “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.”
Barack Obama … The Buck always Stop with somebody else other than me …
It did not take long in last nights CBS ’60 Minutes’ interview for President Barack Obama to blame some one else for his not having a strategy or a clue in how to deal with ISIS. Barack Obama threw Intel officials and James Clapper under the bus and stated they underestimated ISIS. Who underestimated ISIS, or did you just not want to see what they were doing? I could not have said it any better than Instapundit, When things go well, it’s always “I, me, mine” with this guy. When things go badly, it’s always “they” who screwed up.
But wait a minute, didn’t FOX News report Obama given detailed intelligence for a year about rise of ISIS?
President Obama was given detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of the Islamic State as part of his daily briefing for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer, a former Pentagon official told Fox News.
The official — who asked not to be identified because the President’s Daily Brief is considered the most authoritative, classified intelligence community product analyzing sensitive international events for the president — said the data was strong and “granular” in detail.
The Hill: Obama – Intel officials underestimated ISIS.
President Obama largely blamed the United States’ intelligence community in an interview broadcast Sunday for giving an incorrect assessment of the capabilities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria,” Obama said on CBS’s “”60 Minutes.”
Obama said ISIS, also known as ISIL, went “underground” when United States forces fought al Qaeda in Iraq in the last decade.
That, along with Syria’s civil war, allowed ISIS to regroup and recruit fighters from all over the world, including Europe, the United States, Australia and the Muslim world, Obama said in an excerpt from the interview. The full interview with Steve Kroft will air Sunday night.
“And so this became ground zero for jihadists around the world,” Obama said of Syria.
Jim Geraghty at NRO says, oh contaire … “How Many Times Was Obama Warned About an Islamist Takeover of Iraq?”
Isn’t this what all of those allegedly horrific warmongering Bush administration officials warned about? Didn’t we have an entire 2008 presidential campaign debating the consequences of a “precipitous withdrawal”? Didn’t Obama and his team assure us, over and over again, that they would manage the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq responsibly?
Vice President Cheney, November 21, 2005:
Would the United States and other free nations be better or worse off with terrorists like Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi running Iraq? And would the United States be more or less safe with Iraq ruled by extremists intent on its destruction?
A precipitous withdrawal from Iraq would be a victory for the terrorists, an invitation to further the violence against free nations and a terrible blow to the future security of the United States of America.
President Bush, July 12, 2007:
I know some in Washington would like us to start leaving Iraq now. To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region, and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we’d allow the terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.
Even The Daily Beast is calling Obama on his comments … Why Obama Can’t Say His Spies Underestimated ISIS.
Still, other senior intelligence officials have been warning about ISIS for months. In prepared testimony before the annual House and Senate intelligence committees’ threat hearings in January and February, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the recently departed director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said the group would likely make a grab for land before the end of the year. ISIS “probably will attempt to take territory in Iraq and Syria to exhibit its strength in 2014.” Of course, the prediction wasn’t exactly hard to make. By then, Flynn noted, ISIS had taken the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, and the demonstrated an “ability to concurrently maintain multiple safe havens in Syria.”
Flynn was not alone. Clapper himself in that hearing warned that the three most effective jihadist groups in Syria—one of which he said was ISIS—presented a threat as a magnet for attracting foreign fighters. John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director, said he thought both ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s formal franchise in Syria, presented a threat to launch external operations against the West.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said February 4 that because of areas of Syria that are “beyond the regime’s control or that of the moderate opposition,” a “major concern” was “the establishment of a safe haven, and the real prospect that Syria could become a launching point or way station for terrorists seeking to attack the United States or other nations.”