Secret Service considering screening tourists blocks away from White House, TSA-style

The man who breached White House security Friday could be facing prison for 10 years, but his actions may result in a more permanent change in the public’s access to the people’s house.

On Saturday, Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Texas was charged in federal court with unlawfully entering a government building with a deadly weapon. U.S. Secret Service’s failed to apprehend him before he made it inside.

USSS director, Julia A. Pierson, has ordered an internal investigation of how its agents handled the intrusion, according to the New York Times.

In response to the incident and the increased frequency of “jumpers,” the government is considering a TSA-type screening for visitors and tourists, set up blocks away from the White House.

The New York Times reported:

As part of the screening, the Secret Service would establish several checkpoints a few blocks from the White House, the officials said. The screening would likely be limited to bag checks and not include measures taken at airports by the Transportation Security Administration, which include metal detectors and body scans.

Along with giving Secret Service agents and uniformed Secret Service officers a chance to check for explosives and weapons in bags, the screening would allow them to interact with the visitors and try to identify those who may pose a problem, the officials said.

Some Americans are unhappy about the possible solution:

H/T: Twitchy

Michele Kirk


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