Friday, October 03, 2014

Another presidential security breach -- and a question for readers

As Ian Fleming used to say: "Twice is coincidence; three times is enemy action." This puts us past three, doesn't it?
An unidentified man posing as a member of Congress made it into a secure area backstage at President Barack Obama’s appearance at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington Sept. 27, according to a White House official.
The interloper pretended to be Representative Donald Payne. Was there an attempt at physical impersonation? Payne is a very recognizable big guy who always wears flamboyant bow-ties.

A friend to this blog has reminded me that in November of 2009, a party at the White House was crashed by a couple named Michaele and Tareq Salahi. They are vintners from Virginia who subsequently appeared in one of those awful "Real Housewives" reality TV shows. The oddest aspect of the incident was the relationship between the Salahis and one Michelle Jones, an assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

At the time, a few paranoid individuals suggested that Gates was sending Obama a message. In 2009, I would have dismissed that idea as ludicrous. But now...?

Well, now I'm still looking into a previous security breach -- the one that occurred during Obama's visit to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. As you will recall, the President shared an uncomfortable elevator ride with an armed private security guard with three convictions on his record. We don't know the name of the guard (who is said to have acted in a bizarre fashion) and we don't know the name of the firm for which he worked.

However, there are strong reasons to suspect that he worked for a security company called G4S. If my suspicion is true, many an eyebrow will rise.

G4S used to be known as Wackenhut.

As many of you know, Wackenhut has been linked with any number of scandals, mysteries and conspiracy theories over the years. These guys are everywhere. The name of Wackenhut has even come up in the lore surrounding the JFK assassination and Area 51.

The covert history of Wackenhut is a massive, multi-faceted tale which I plan to tackle another time. Right now, I'd be very appreciative if someone out there can confirm or deny my educated guess that G4S/Wackenhut is, in fact, the company handling security at the CDC.

(G4S claims on their website that they hire only the best of the best. Including Elevator Guy...?)
It could be Dyncorp. While digging up CDC contractors isn't easy, I did find this reference to them handling security for "smallpox and anthrax" in a 2009 book on security contractors.
There are a number of companies that they contract, but Walden Security, or Metropolitan Security Services, seems to be the main one.

I used the Federal Procurement Data System website.
You guys have shamed me, especially Eric. DAMN, why didn't I think of that! Thanks.
Walden CEO

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