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Basham Discusses White House Security Breach with CNN's Jake Tapper
Two White House security breaches within 48 hours have raised some concerns about the safety of 1600 Pennyslvania Avenue. In the more serious incident, 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez, an alleged troubled Iraq war veteran, jumped the White House fence and made it inside via the unlocked north door. Commisioner Basham is the former Director of the Secret Service and cited the fence as the problem, not the agency's abilities:
I don't think anyone in this country wants to see a White House that's got concrete walls, and Concertina wire across the top, and guard towers on the corners. That is unacceptable. And that's the challenge that the Secret Service has.
At the Department, leaders face low morale and frustration — while on the outside, higher pay beckons.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is facing more problems than just recent terrorist threats against the homeland and the Texas border crisis, former officials say. The agency’s biggest issue is actually happening behind closed doors from problems such as an unclear sense of direction and low company morale. With private security companies offering bigger paychecks, cohesive work environments, and a clear hierarchy of leadership, employees are leaving DHS at a rate twice as fast as the federal government overall. As a result, these departures of top-level officials are often filled by professionals in an acting capacity. As the former chief of staff for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Command Partner, Steve Atkiss, has witnessed the issue first-hand. Mr. Atkiss tells the Washington Post, “As an ‘acting,’ you’re a caretaker, not a change agent.”
To read the full article, please go to: Washington Post