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NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is having preliminary discussions about setting up security screening checkpoints near public areas around the White House, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press Sunday.

The official said the measures have been discussed by the agency previously. But the talks have taken on added urgency following an incident Friday in which a man carrying a knife jumped over a gate around the White House and made it to a building entrance.

The official insisted on anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations by name.

The Secret Service tightened security outside the White House after the embarrassing breach, in which Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas, climbed the fence, ran across the lawn and entered the building before agents stopped him.

The first family was away from the White House at the time.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson ordered increased surveillance and more officer patrols. She also began an investigation into what went wrong.

The breach triggered a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Secret Service agents drew their weapons as they hurried White House staffers and journalists out of the West Wing through a side door.

Less than 24 hours after Gonzalez’s arrest, a second man was apprehended after he drove up to a White House gate and refused to leave, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said, prompting bomb technicians in full gear to search the vehicle as agents briefly shut down nearby streets. On Sunday, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary identified the man as Kevin Carr, 19, of Shamong, New Jersey.

There were no indications the two incidents were connected.

Gonzalez is scheduled to have his initial appearance Monday in federal court on charges of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon.

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9 thoughts on “White House Considers Security Upgrades After Intruder Breach

  1. Gwendolyn Waller on said:

    I am very concerned for the security of President Obama. Unfortunately, there are a lot people that take issue with an African American in the White House as “President”. It is my hope and prayer that no one his security detail would intentionally look the other way. This guy got in the White House way to easy.

  2. This fool should have been shot! Oh wait….he wasn’t black…Something not right about this. The black woman who drove through the gate got blasted….this man made it into the WhiteHouse and they didnt even sic the dogs on his ass…They should all be FIRED!

  3. stephanie on said:

    This would not happen on Bush/Chaney watch, Chaney would have put a bullet in that fools head. Twice in one month, secret service needs to do a better job.

  4. The Secret Service needs to be more on the ball–this cretin could have harmed the Prez and his family if they had been there!!!!—

    Never heard of this during any other presidents reign–so why this President?–Because he is African American!!!!


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