Better East Texas: White House intruder raises safety concerns

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Recently a trespasser made it onto the grounds of the White House, past security personnel and protocols, and actually made it into the White House.

In fact, he made it past five layers of security before being tackled by an off-duty secret service agent. It is a disturbing story that one deranged guy could make it that far into what is supposed to be one of the most secure buildings in the world. Now, the Secret Service is charged with protecting the White House and the president, so, there is obviously some need for review.

The head of the agency has resigned but what does this say about balance of the whole idea of access to our leaders and the need to keep them protected? The days are gone when elected officials – many of whom are charged with making life and death decisions – can actually press the flesh and the days are growing short where places like the White House and the national capitol building are accessible.

The White House is hardly accessible now but we need to get used to the idea that access by us as ordinary citizens needs to be even more restricted for our own safety and the safety of our leaders. It is sad statement but an accurate one about our current and probable future security restrictions.

Ultimately, the safety of our leaders needs to be a paramount concern and that will make for a Better East Texas.


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