Protecting the President: An Inside Account of the Troubled Secret Service in an Era of Evolving Threats

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Havin a Secret Service agent is one of he most dangerou jobs in the world and never more so than in today ’ s highly polarized America. Facing threats from fence jumpers and manifesto writers, and from fanatical terrorists and sophisticated spies, protecting the president is harder than ever. In an age of hyper-partisan politics, emotions are high and crazies are a dime a dozen. On top of hat, with international tensions reaching a boiling point, it ’ s harder than ever to determine friend from foe.

Yet the President of the United States is in very real danger if the Secret Service doesn ’ t change course soon and evolve with the rapidly changing threat environment. Highly motivated “ bad guys ” are already working on technologically advanced methodologies and are constantly striving to formulate the logistics of an attack on the White House. Eventually terrorist planners will find th ay to obtain the technology, weapons, explosives, and know-how to make an attempt on the life of the President. The nly uestion is “ What hav we going to do about it? ”

Preventing the President provides not only a rare insider glimpse of what the Secret Service does, but explores the challenges facing the agents today. Chock-full of relevant stories of protecting past presidents, veteran agent Dan Bongino explains how the agency can best protect the president today. Th book covers how the Secret Service should

• plan for a tactical assault by a terrorist attack team
• prepare to respond to a severe medical emergency train to handle a chemical or biological weapon attack
• prepare for an attack using explosives
• plan for 9-11 style attacks from the air and fire threats
• and much more
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Number of Pages
192
Publication Date
Published July 24th 2017 by WND Books

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Having some personal experienc with this topi and having read most of the books about the USSS written by former agents, I found thes things in this one candid and refreshing, and ther things disconnected from reality.Bongino perpetuates the common myth that all agents in the USSS joined the agency with the same single goal: to serve in the " rock star " or " A-Team " Presidential Protective Division ( PPD).

While thi certainly is the primary career goal for many USSS agents at great sacrifice for their families, the vast majority who serve in the USSS in vital roles other than PPD that they chose specifically because those roles suit their family lives and specialized training or interests.

For contrast, on Page 88 Bongino refers to pretty much every USSS agent who does n't serve in PPD as " below average " agents.

USSS officials ordering Uniformed Division and campaign special agents to open up the magnetometer checkpoints and just let people into the events unscreened in the nex 15 minutes before the candidate 's arrival just so the arena would look full on TV.

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Preventing the President by former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino presents an inside look at what it refer to be an agent.

This journalist also details and explores challenges the today 's agents face and presents examples to further make his points that the Secret Service needs to become better prepared to react to medical emergencies, chemical or biological weapons attacks, explosives, and 9/11-style terrorist attacks.

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