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Tag: U.S. Secret Service

Reagan Shooter John Hinckley Behaving Well

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Hinckley, the man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981, has been behaving well.

The Associated Press reports that he’s behaved well in the past year when leaving his home, a psychiatric hospital in Washington, to visit his mother in nearby Virginia.

AP reported that Secret Service agents trailed Hinckley on more than 35 days during 2012 when he visited his mother’s home in Williamsburg, Va.

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A Warm Detroit Welcome: U-Haul Van with Secret Service Equipment Stolen and Later Recovered

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT – The Secret Service probably wished this little embarrassment remained a secret.

Thieves made off over the weekend with a U-Haul truck parked  in downtown Detroit that contained equipment for the U.S. Secret Service, which was planning a protection detail for Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke Sunday in downtown  after the Labor Day Parade, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The truck was recovered Sunday along with at least some of the equipment. None of it was reportedly guns.

Media reports stated that the thieves used the van to move furniture.

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Driver Drags Secret Service Agent Across Meijer Parking Lot

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

If you’re a Secret Service agent, life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

A Secret Service team was not shopping for chocolates at a Grand Rapids, Michigan Meijer Store recently, when things turned assorted. According to MLive, they were investigating identity theft, wire fraud and access-device fraud in West Michigan, when individuals identified on security tape showed up to do some shopping.

It’s probably fair to assume special agent Bruce Cain thought he was making a routine arrest when he followed one of the suspicious shoppers to her car, identifying himself as an agent and showing his badge. It turned out to be anything but when the suspect suddenly slammed on the gas and dragged Cain 50 feet before he let go of the car and let her escape, sustaining minor injuries.

The incident was recorded on store security cameras.

The suspect, Sharonique Shanelle Pointer, is named in a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court, recently unsealed after she was apprehended in Detroit. Pointer stands accused of aggravated assault on a federal officer.

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Secret Service Crosses Pond to Help Train Scotland Yard

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Elite U.S. Secret Service agents, who protect President Obama, are on a little mission across the pond.

The Daily Mail in London reports that the agents are training Scotland Yard bodyguards to protect VIPS from “high-tech assassins.”

The paper reported that police chiefs are worried computer hackers might infiltrate security for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic Games.

The paper reported that the Brits are worried terrorists might hack into computers controlling building security.

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Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Women Went Ga-Ga for Agents on Presidential Detail

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s good to be a Secret Service agent.

Just ask ex-agent Dan Emmett, who writes in his book “Within Arm’s Reach” that attractive” women were so “intoxicated” by the “celebrity-like status” of the presidential security detail, the Examiner newspaper writes.

He writes in his book that it was “paradise” for single agents and sometimes problematic for married ones — some of who gave in to temptation and lost their marriages, according to the Examiner.

“For the single agent it was paradise; for many married agents, it was a constant struggle between good and evil, which was sometimes won and other times lost,” Emmett wrote in the appendix of his book, the Examiner reported.

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Secret Service Agent to Run for U.S. Senate in Md

Daniel Bongino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Daniel Bongino, a 36-year-old U.S. Secret Service agent, who has worked protective details for President Obama and George W. Bush, has turned in his badge and gun to run as a Republican for U.S. Senate in Maryland against Democrat Ben Cardin.

Bongino, who worked as a New York cop for four years before joining the Secret Service in 1999, resigned last month from the Baltimore field office.

Bongino told ticklethewire.com that he would focus on the education and the economy in his campaign.

“You can’t have a solid economy without a solid educational system,” he said.

He said his years as a Secret Service agent, which included presidential protective details and wide-scale fraud investigations, has helped groom him for his latest venture.

He said the Secret Service has given him great leadership skills.

“Having  someone’s life in your hands with that kind of profile, there is really no greater responsibility in law enforcement,” he said.

In a press release, he stated: “In my career, I’ve seen the effects of failed policies on citizens in our inner cities. I’ve had the honor of traveling to 27 countries with the Secret Service.”

“And the common theme in every country is a line around the block at the US Embassy. America is an extraordinary place. But our citizens must be given a chance to compete in the world economy. It is an ideas economy, and we know what works and what doesn’t. This is an ‘open-book’ test, but politicians insist on trying systems that either have already failed in other countries, or are in the process of failing.”

Bongino has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology and an MBA. He lives in Severna Park, Md., with his wife, Paula, and their daughter, Isabel.

Appeals Court Rules Colo. Man Can Sue Secret Service Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

This could get interesting.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Colorado resident Steven Howards can sue two Secret Service agents who arrested him after he touched Vice President Dick Cheney’s arm in 2006 and told him that his Iraqi war policies were disgusting, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported Howards’ attorney said he plans to subpoena Cheney to testify about the incident.

“I fully intend on deposing the former vice president,” attorney David Lane told The Associated Press. The Secret Service agents had argued that they were immune from being sued.

AP reported that a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Howards can sue agents Virgil D. “Gus” Reichle Jr. and Dan Doyle on First Amendment grounds. The court, did however rule that two other agents were immune in the case.

Book Says Bush Daughters Were a Handful for Secret Service

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It’s not surprising the Bush daughters gave the Secret Service a hard time. What young person wants adults with guns following their every move?

By Richard Johnson-Page Six
New York Post

WHEN it came to protecting Jenna and Barbara Bush, the Secret Service truly had its hands full, with President George W. Bush’s wild and crazy daughters doing everything in their power to escape them, a new book reveals.

“Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going.

As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her,” Ronald Kessler writes in “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” out next month from Crown.

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