Thursday, December 31, 2020

Better Check and Double Check Those Hidden Allegiances

Editor's note: Remember the last time the Secret Service were ordered to stand down? A president got shot. After reading the The Hill article, kind of makes us wonder which Secret Service agents were behind President Kennedy and which Secret Service agents were behind Lyndon Johnson.


Source: The Hill

Secret Service making changes to presidential detail amid concerns current members are aligned with Trump: report

BY ARIS FOLLEY | December 30, 2020

The Secret Service is planning to add a number of agents that previously worked with President-elect Joe Biden when he served as vice president to his presidential detail in the coming weeks, The Washington Post reported.

While it's not unusual for staffing changes to be made to the presidential detail when a new administration assumes office, the moves come as allies of the incoming president have expressed concerns about how some agents may align with President Trump, the Post noted.

The Secret Service has faced scrutiny in recent months following reports that some agents were told by members of the presidential detail to forgo masks when around Trump. The office also attracted attention in the past year after it allowed Anthony Ornato, who previously headed up the current administration's detail, to serve as a political adviser in the White House.

Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the agency, said in a statement to The Hill that the office "remains steadfastly dedicated to a standard of excellence in those operations, wholly apolitically and unaffiliated with the political parties of protectees."

"As a matter of practice and due to operational security, the agency does not comment on protective operations inclusive of internal decisions on agency assignments," she added.

According to the Post, Darryl Volpicelli and Brian McDonough are among the supervisory agents that served in the previous administration that are expected to soon be added to Biden's detail. Volpicelli will reportedly serve as second-in-command of the team, and McDonough we be a senior detail supervisor.

David Cho, who helped lead the protective detail during the current administration, will also reportedly help lead the presidential detail for the incoming administration.

Please go to The Hill to read more. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton's uncle, Wade J. Rodham was a Secret Service agent who at one point was the Agent-in-Charge of the Kennedy residence. It demonstrates that Secret Service agents have allegiances and are often hidden.

Incompetence in the extreme and unacceptable:

Until 2003 just after the events of 9/11, the US Secret Service was part of the US Treasury. That changed in 2003 when the Secret Service moved under the Department of Homeland Security (DoHS). There was discussion in 2020 to bring the Secret Service back under the US Treasury. Irregardless, the US Secret Service is controlled by the Senior Executive Service (SES). In all likelihood, the SES within its upper executive positions are aligned with the British. This "secret left behind army" has been in place well before Obama going back to 1978 when the civil service was restructured following the British model under Margaret Thatcher with the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 under President Carter. This was a stepping stone to privatizing governments. 


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