Friday, November 27, 2009

So Easy Cavemen Could Do State Dinner

The backdrop of the controversy about whether cave men terrorists are a big threat to us may have been bolstered at the state dinner, the biggest White House dinner event so far this year.

A guy named Tareq Salahi was not invited to the White House dinner, yet he got through all that super-dooper Homeland Security wall of security (the one Senator Ted Kennedy had a hard time getting through sometimes), to rub elbows while the presidents of two countries were there:
The Secret Service is investigating how a couple aspiring to be reality-show celebrities managed to appear at President Obama’s first state dinner without being on the guest list, provoking questions about security at the White House.


The Secret Service said its inquiry was focusing on one checkpoint.


The inquiry was begun after a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, slipped past multiple layers of high-level White House security Tuesday night and managed to rub shoulders, literally, with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, among others, at Washington’s most exclusive social event this year.
(New York Times). This underlines the same type of thing which happened a while back:
It only took 27 seconds for him to smuggle live bomb components through security detail in a federal building. Later, he assembled a bomb in the restroom, and then walked around the facility undetected.


Investigators from the the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, were able to penetrate all 10 of the undisclosed federal buildings it tested across the United States.
(Get Back Jo Jo). These stories get attention for awhile, then fade as deficit budgets are forged during lobbyist feeding frenzies once again.

But the bottom line question may be: "are cavemen really that good, or is security purposefully lax at times?"

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