White House Security Goes to the Dogs

Reading Time: 3 minutes Once again, a supposed lone nut has leapt over the White House fence. This one didn’t make it into the White House like the last intruder—security dogs took him down. Here’s a look at the increasingly long list of breaches piling up at President Obama’s White House.

What You Missed About the Secret Service Director’s Resignation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s resignation—really a firing—is unusual in the star-crossed history of the agency assigned to protect the president. But it isn’t that way for the reason you think. Glass ceilings aside, Pierson will be remembered for a big and unintended reform at the top of the agency: actually paying the price for failure.

More Secret Service Bungling By the Day

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Secret Service of patriotic lore—an army of agents ready to take a bullet for the president—is quickly losing its legendary luster. Two White House breaches this month are even more troubling in light of new details about how the Secret Service botched the response to a 2011 incident. In that case, a bullet hit a White House window—and the Secret Service didn’t know it for four days.

Secret Service Vet With Very Strange JFK Story

Reading Time: 1 minute PODCAST: Abraham Bolden, the first African-American Secret Service agent on the White House detail, in a talk from 2008. Recalls his astonishing experience with JFK, with his fellow agents, and the ominous goings-on prior to and after Kennedy’s assassination. A must-listen. Chilling. Also see our recent piece on the Service.