Former Secret Service agent, Dan Bongino, told Glenn Beck that people should read his book (Life Inside the Bubble) because as bad as they think things are in the government, it’s “worse” and Americans are being “sold out.” “However bad you think it is, it’s worse, and it’s on a bipartisan trajectory getting worse,” he said.
To peer through the Looking Glass, one only need to look at the report recently put out by a congressional committee on the performance of the scandal-ridden Secret Service.
Things are so bad that Rep. Jason Chaffetz fears for the president’s safety and that of the presidential candidates.
Even with his life at stake, the president seems moved to inaction and fecklessness.
They are hiring based on political correctness and aren’t even vetting these people. Unqualified people are being brought on. The attrition rate of a once proud and esteemed service is very high and the agents are over-worked and understaffed.
Secret Service agents have been found asleep on the job.
Under Barack Obama’s leadership, and make no mistake, this is under his direct leadership, the Secret Service, an arm of the Executive branch, is “in crisis” according to a new report. The scathing report was put together by a congressional committee. Jason Chaffetz said he worries about the president’s safety.
The arrogance, incompetence, and lack of accountability is “stunning”, Chaffetz said. The problem appears to be mostly with the leadership. These problems exist at the highest levels of administration.
They are over-worked and staff is at very low levels as is morale, which the report describes as “critically low”. People are fleeing the Secret Service and not joining up.
They don’t have systems in place, for example, they don’t even check their overtime.
Over the last 10 years, the bipartisan report from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found there had been 143 security breaches and attempted security breaches at secured facilities.
“The Secret Service is in crisis, the situation is getting worse not better,” committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told NBC News in an interview. “I think the president is in jeopardy and I think he needs to personally get involved. I really do worry about his safety.”
These incidents aren’t one-time situations. It happens again and again.
Agents won’t report misconduct for fear of retribution:
When DHS OIG conducted an electronic survey as part of its December 2013 report, forty-four percent of respondents felt they could not report misconduct without fear of retaliation.
Rather than swiftly bringing on new employees, USSS has an extraordinarily inefficient hiring process which overburdens USSS with low-quality applicants. Further, recent changes to the process have allegedly fostered risks in connection with the approval of security clearances, the report stated.
They are hiring people based on political correctness, not qualifications.
Many agency personnel who spoke to the Committee are desperate for new outside leadership willing to undertake dramatic reforms at the agency.
In June, the Washington Post wrote that agents in the Secret Service are working in sensitive areas without the proper clearances, including the White House.
A rush to recruit additional Secret Service officers in the wake of numerous White House security lapses has led to a new problem: Several dozen of the fresh arrivals have been posted in sensitive positions without completing the required national security clearance process, according to two government officials familiar with the situation.
Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy acknowledged the problem last week during a private conversation with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). The lawmaker had raised the issue after hearing from a whistleblower who alleged that newly hired officers had been present for White House meetings in which classified material was shared, Meadows told The Washington Post.
That was in June. Clancy then said the issue was mostly resolved. Obviously that isn’t true.