Armed Convict Was Allowed On Elevator With Obama In Atlanta
On Tuesday, it was revealed that a security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was able to get on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 trip to Atlanta, violating Secret Service protocols, according to three people familiar with the incident.
[su_center_ad]The Washington Post reports:
The incident, which rattled Secret Service agents assigned to the president’s detail, occurred as Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.
The private contractor aroused the detail agents’ concerns when he did not comply with their orders that he stop using a phone camera to videotape the president in the elevator, according to the people familiar with the incident.
Agents questioned the man when they exited the elevator, and then used a national database check to learn of his criminal history.
When a supervisor from the private security firm approached and learned of the agents’ concerns, the contractor was fired on the spot and agreed to turn over his gun — surprising agents, who had not realized he was armed during his encounter with Obama.
According to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), he was appalled when whistleblowers came forward to him with this account. The Post confirmed details of the event with other people familiar the incident.
“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president and they never did a background check,” Chaffetz said. “Words aren’t strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the President and his family. “
Chaffetz added: “His life was in danger. This country would be a different world today if he had pulled out his gun.”
He’s absolutely right. This is just the latest in a string of security breaches, including the recent intruder who overpowered a Secret Service agent and ran through the main floor of the White House.
Wait for it — It appears that President Obama was nottold of the security breach in his Atlanta elevator.
Watch courtesy of The Washington Post:
It’s like they aren’t even trying. [su_csky_ad]