Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Secret Service evidently stretched thin

Perhaps this is true of most federal agencies involved in law enforcement and homeland security: there's too much work and not enough people or funds.

In the Washington Post, Spencer S. Hsu notes that the Secret Service is finding this extended presidential campaign season to be fiscal, and HR, killer:
The U.S. Secret Service expects to borrow more than 2,000 immigration officers and federal airport screeners next year to help guard an ever-expanding field of presidential candidates, while shifting 250 of its own agents from investigations to security details.

Burdened by the White House's wartime security needs, the persistent threat of terrorism and a field of at least 20 presidential contenders, the Secret Service was showing signs of strain even before the Department of Homeland Security ordered protection for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) as of May 3, the earliest a candidate has ever been assigned protection in an election season.
Wow. They're borrowing 2,000 agents to help with security? I imagine the Coast Guard will contribute a couple of special agents to the cause...


  1. Those two officers are not Secret Service Agents. They are plain clothes detectives. Wrong badge.

  2. After I made the post I went back to the picture; indeed, you are correct. Clearly the guy on the right is not a Secret Service S/A. I didn't see anything about the other guy that made an indication one way or another, but he's likely not.

    Another give-away on the guy on the left is his tie; no true S/A would wear a tie like that.

    I like the picture, nonetheless...