Secret Service allowed another unexamined guest into White House 

Forget the hub-bub about party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi – the Secret Service let yet another unexamined guest into the White House. From Ronald Kessler at Newsmax:

Subsequently, the Secret Service examined surveillace video of arriving guests and attempted to match the images with the guest list. The agency spotted an African-American man wearing a tuxedo who had not been invited. He appeared to be with members of the Indian delegation.

Checking further, agents found that a State Department official had picked him up, along with others from the Indian delegation, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel and had driven him from the hotel to the White House.

The man turned out not to pose a threat, but because the Secret Service failed to perform a background check, the agency never would have known if he was, for example, wanted for murder or involved with terrorist groups. Ironically, in the movie “In the Line of Fire,” an assassin was able to gain access to the president in similar fashion.

Forget the political point-scoring. It’s a little worrisome that security has been so lax in light of recent events.

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