Another day, another security incident at the White House. This time, the BBC reported that a man drove up to a security checkpoint Saturday and said he had a bomb.
The BBC reported that security at the White House was immediately upgraded, but given the frequency of the incidents, many social media users came up with a startling theory that terrorists were checking out the weak points and response times of White House security in preparation for a major attack.
Reuters identified the man arrested as 29-year-old Sean Patrick Keoughan of Roanoke, Virginia.
According to The New York Times, Saturday’s incident came a day after White House security reported that a man who jumped the fence the previous week was allowed to roam the grounds for 17 minutes before being detected.
Jonathan Tuan-Anh Tran, a 26-year-old Californian, told agents: “I am a friend of the president. I have an appointment.”
The Times reported that Tran, who had a history of mental illness, “breached the outer perimeter of the White House by the Treasury Department building while carrying a backpack holding two cans of pepper spray, a book by Mr. Trump, a letter to the president and other items, the authorities said.”
Trump was inside the White House at the time. He later tweeted, “Secret Service did a fantastic job last night.”
However, former Secret Service agent and conservative pundit Dan Bongino told Fox News he felt otherwise.
“The intruder set off multiple alarms, alarms that clearly showed someone breached the property, and he was seen by officers who didn’t think anything of it. This is a big story,” Bongino said. “That just shows the president is not safe there — in the White House. The Secret Service does not have the assets, they don’t have personnel on the ground they need to keep him safe.”
“The Secret Service cannot even keep one person off the grounds — what will they do if 40 terrorists charge the White House?” Bongino said. “And believe me, the terrorists are already thinking about that.”
Even though Tran had a history of mental illness, many on social media picked up on the idea that it might be a dry run for a terrorist attack.
Pay attention: 3 non-serious attempts to breach White House Security within a week.
Someone is testing weak points and response times. pic.twitter.com/97CXqyeZ6R
— /pol/ News Network (@polNewsNetwork1) March 19, 2017
@polNewsNetwork1 Wow we share a brain. I thought this too: someone’s poking to see responses. Not just direct but indirect for ‘distraction’
— GodzillaFeet (@GodzillaFeet) March 19, 2017
— Horus (@thesonofosiris) March 19, 2017
Whatever the reason, this rash of fence-jumpers is intensely worrying. We hope that the Secret Service can continue to keep the president safe — no matter what’s behind these incidents.
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