US Secret Service 'fell short' protecting White House

Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on November 19, 2014, in Washington, DCThe agency charged with protecting President Barack Obama and his family admitted Wednesday that an “inexcusable” series of failures had allowed a disturbed veteran to storm the White House. Secret Service acting director Joseph Clancy told the House Judiciary Committee the front door of the White House had been unlocked and a dog handler was chatting on his mobile phone. He promised to lead a “comprehensive, bottom to top assessment” of an agency already tarnished by other scandals in order to improve the security of the White House and the president.

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