The Secret Service has too few agents, with too little training, assigned to patrolling a White House fence that needs to be at least 4 to 5 feet taller than it is to keep out intruders, according to a punishing report from an independent panel of experts.
The unsparing assessment, commissioned after a fence-jumper at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. got past layers of security and reached deep into the presidential mansion before being stopped, also says that the Secret Service’s next director should come from outside the troubled agency.
Here are some of the report's key findings, as laid out in an executive summary made public on the Department of Homeland Security’s web site.
— The fence around the White House — currently only 7½ feet high — needs to be taller. Much taller.
“Even an increase of four or five feet would be materially helpful,” the report notes. The experts urged the removal of horizontal bars “where climbers can easily place feet or hands.” The top of the new fence could beRead More »from Secret Service report: White House needs a taller fence and more, better-trained agents