March 28, 2017 The United States Secret Service is investigating a suspicious package belonging to a man who approached a Secret Service officer near the White House on Tuesday morning. The man is being detained for questioning.
A Secret Service spokesperson confirmed that at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, a male suspect approached a uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer in the area of 15th and Pennsylvania Ave. The person had a suspicious package. The spokeswoman said D.C. Metropolitan Police and Explosive Ordinance Disposal teams were also on the scene.
On Friday, Secret Service agents arrested a woman for the second time in a week for trying to scale the White House fence. The woman said she wanted to speak to President Trump about an order to stay away from the White House after agents found her dangling from the security fence — by her shoe laces.
Earlier in March, Jonathan Tran,26, armed with mace and a letter to Preskdent Trump breached three layers of perimeter security around the executive mansion. He was on the grounds for seventeen minutes before he was caught. President Trump was inside the White House at the time.
The incident prompted U.S. House Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to call for an investigation into the agency’s handling of security breaches. Rep. Chaffetz said Tran was even
“able to get up next to the White House, hide behind a pillar, look through a window, rattle the door handle.”
White House “fence jumpers” are nothing new. National security experts are shocked that after serious White House security breaches in recent years –there have been no major changes to security protocol. In September, 2014, a man made his way into the East Room of the White House before being tackled by Secret Service agents.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."