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.
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:
@carenbohan @ron_fournier So, in response to fence jumper, inconvenience tourists. Typical bureaucratic response.
— GlobalTrvlr (@BillWStl) September 22, 2014
@carenbohan @ron_fournier typical overreaction. — gerald a (@illini3) September 22, 2014
The problem at the WH Friday was with @SecretService actions inside the gates. Not how the area outside the gates is cordoned off.
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) September 22, 2014
This is how White House fence jumpers have been responded to at other times. http://t.co/c3Aw4PZB1kpic.twitter.com/Ni9nfKDwFP — Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) September 22, 2014
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