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Secret Service Report from 2003 Cites 91 Breaches Since 1980

This report clearly shows the difficulties the Secret Service is up against. The big question is: Is the Secret Service learning and improving from each and every mistake?

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secret service photo

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Long before a pair of gate-crashers penetrated a White House state dinner, the Secret Service had detailed for its internal use a lengthy list of security breaches dating to the Carter administration — including significant failures in the agency’s protection of the president.

A summary of a secret 2003 report obtained by The Washington Post, along with descriptions of more recent incidents by federal homeland security officials, places Tareq and Michaele Salahi squarely in a rogues’ gallery of autograph hounds, publicity seekers, unstable personalities and others identified by the Secret Service as defeating its checkpoints at least 91 times since 1980.

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Retired FBI Fingerprinting Supervisor Elizabeth Eaton Dies at Age 103

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Eaton, a 30-year veteran of  the FBI, who retired in 1972 as the unit supervisor in the fingerprinting division, died last month in Washington at age 103 from atherosclerosis, the Washington Post reported.

The long time Washington resident was born in Cortland, N.Y. and moved to the Washington area in 1927, the Post reported.

She was a member of the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church and held cookie-decorating parties in her neighborhood, the Post reported.

FBI to Visit India to Share Info on 2 Terror Suspects Charged in Chicago

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI will visit India on Monday to share information with the government about two terror suspects charged in Chicago who may be linked to the deadly Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed 165 people, the ANI news service reported.

The news service said the agents will share information about suspects David Coleman Headley and Tahawwur Hussain Rana, who were charged in Chicago with terrorist acts including a plan to attack a Danish newspaper that printed cartoons mocking Islam.

The FBI agents will reportedly be staying in New Delhi for two days.

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Saturday Night Live Spoof on the Salahis and Secret Service

Column: Make the Salahis Vanish into Oblivion- Do Not Charge Them

Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – With a magical snap of a finger, we need to make the Salahis, the dashing, photogenic White House  party crashers, vanish from our sight. Poof! Go they must into oblivion!

How do you say we accomplish that?

Don’t file criminal charges. It will only drag out their drama, give them more face time on TV and the Internet, give them more ammunition for a book. Right now, they only have enough for a good Vanity Fair piece.

And frankly, the government doesn’t have a slam dunk case, be it trespassing or lying to a federal officer. The Salahis have emails, lots of excuses and some slick charm, which may be enough to undercut a conviction in a federal court in Washington.

It’s simply not worth the trouble at this point. The American people get it. It’s not cool to crash a state dinner at the White House. Yes, the Secret Service takes it all very seriously. Yes, so does Congress. Yes, so does the White House. Yes, so does the media, which has had a field day with it all.

In the mean time, if the Salahis need to keep crashing parties, they should set their sights a little lower, perhaps with some weddings or bar mitzvahs in the Washington area. Just make sure the President isn’t in attendance.

Weekend Series on Crime: The Patty Hearst Caper

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Sen. Baucus’ Nominated Girlfriend for U.S. Atty. Job; She Opts to Live With Him Instead

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Sen. Max Baucus/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — They say “politics makes strange bedfellows” and Sen. Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat, can certainly attest to that.

The news website Main Justice reports that Justice Department official Melodee Hanes, a former Baucus staffer, who is in a relationship with Baucus, withdrew her name as a finalist for the U.S. Attorney job in  Big Sky Country  “in order to live with the senator in Washington.”

Baucus nominated Hanes while he was having a relationship with her and she served  as his  state director, according to Roll Call. She withdrew her nomination, and shortly after stepped down as a Baucus staffer.

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Melodee Hanes/facebook photo

Main Justice’s Andrew Ramonas reports that Hanes’ ex-husband Thomas Bennett said: “She was recommended for the position because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus and she withdrew because of a very close and personal relationship with Max Baucus.” Bennett and Hanes divorced in 2008.

To read more about this tangled web, go to Main Justice.

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