The fence jumper who roamed around the White House grounds for 17 minutes before being apprehended by the Secret Service was able to breach security so easily because the sensors along the fence had been reportedly removed.
The agency had removed alarm sensors along an area of one fence that the intruder scaled, according to two sources familiar with details of the incident.
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The intruder, identified as Jonathan Tran, was able to jump over three different fences, including at least one between the Treasury Department and the east area of the White House complex shortly before midnight March 10.
Tran was able to scale that particular area of the fence without setting off alarms because they had been removed, leading to confusion among officers about his whereabouts and whether an intruder was inside the White House complex, the sources told the Examiner.
Secret Service personnel removed the alarm sensors along an area of fence line when the agency raised its height in response to previous fence-jumping incidents as a way to make it harder to scale, the sources told the Examiner. Ironically, the very effort to prevent fence jumping appears to have permitted a particularly egregious intrusion.
One source said superiors in the Uniformed Division told Secret Service personnel to remove the sensors and piece them together for use elsewhere. They were never replaced.
The Secret Service agency needs to be overhauled. We just reported on a former Secret Service agent who went into detail as to why President Trump isn’t safe anymore.
Read the rest of the report by Washington Examiner here.