This Secret Service mishap reads something like an episode of Secret Agent Man. We have the fence jumper and now another incident comes to light from Obama’s CDC visit. That on top of the other SS problems in the last couple years.
Okay, we know what happened but now the reaction. One hearing and it is almost unanimous Julia Pierson has to go. I never saw that much consensus for a firing before. Obama seemed to jump on the bandwagon.
“The president concluded that new leadership of that agency was required,” Earnest said.
That is the quickest firing Obama ever did. Funny about that. Think of all the scandals to hit the airwaves, and his promises to fix it, and the faux statements to hold people accountable. Then what happened? This time it’s “wham bam, thank you, mam.” You almost have to hit the slow motion button to see what happened.
Now today her resignation and deep regrets. That is almost predictable.
“I think it’s in the best interest of the Secret Service and the American public if I step down,” Pierson said. “Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency. The media has made it clear that this is what they expected. … It’s painful to leave as the agency is reeling from a significant security breach.”
The resignation might sound boilerplate, but hold on for the DHS response from Secretary Jeh Johnson. Appoint an interim Director, call for a panel (committee) to study it, ask them if broader — agency wide — recommendations (reforms) are needed, and ask them to recommend who the next chief should be. (see his Statement) Say what?
I almost think she’s a scape goat. Now why would I think that? Excerpts from Johnson:
Today, I have also asked the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, aided by this Department’s General Counsel, to assume control and direction of the ongoing inquiry by the Secret Service of the fence jumping incident at the White House on September 19. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas should complete that review and submit findings to me by November 1, 2014.
Finally, I have also determined that scrutiny by a distinguished panel of independent experts of the September 19 incident and related issues concerning the Secret Service is warranted. The Panelists will be named shortly. By December 15, 2014, this panel will submit to me its own assessment and recommendations concerning security of the White House compound. I will also invite the panel to submit to me recommendations for potential new directors of the Secret Service, to include recommendations of individuals who come from outside the Secret Service. I will also request that the panel advise me about whether it believes, given the series of recent events, there should be a review of broader issues concerning the Secret Service.
Can you get all that big-government parsing? What panel is this that will choose who the next director should be? Does the Homeland Secretary not make any of his own decisions? Talk about loading something up with red-tape bureaucracy — not to mention the potential to politicize the process in a side show. What good will come from it? Confidence?
People expressed having no confidence in Pierson’s abilities, but who can have confidence in the process the Sec of Homeland Security laid out? Is this like some old “Get Smart” rerun? I’m waiting to see the shoe-phone ring with recommendations on what to do. Could he load that down with more bureaucracy? And that’s beside what Congress will say or do? Why does it raise even more questions about Johnson than Pierson’s leadership? That’s a Washington-style faith builder. At least it doesn’t revolve around Eric Holder.
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