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Thompson to Examine White House Security Breach at Congressional Hearing Thursday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, November 30, 2009

Secret Service Director Sullivan and Mr. & Mrs. Salahi will be called to testify

(WASHINGTON) - Having reviewed preliminary findings regarding a breach of security at the White House State Dinner last Tuesday, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, announced his intention to hold a Full Committee Hearing on the matter this Thursday, December 3, at 10am in room 311 of the Cannon House Office Building.

Thursday's hearing will focus on the breakdown in security arrangements on the evening of Tuesday, November 24, deficiencies in security planning leading up to the State Dinner, actions taken to correct the vulnerabilities and identify any violations of Secret Service policy or management failures at the agency. The Committee plans to invite testimony from Mr. and Mrs. Salahi, who managed to attend portions of the State Dinner without proper White House and Secret Service clearance, and Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who is responsible for the safety of Secret Service protectees and the plans his agency develops and implements to secure them.

"This is a time for answers, recognition of security deficiencies past and present, and remedies to ensure the strength of the Secret Service and the safety of those under its protection," said Chairman Thompson. "This is not the time for political games or scapegoating to distract our attention from the careful oversight we must apply to the Secret Service and its mission," Chairman Thompson cautioned. "My confidence in the management of the Secret Service hangs in the balance."

"The intent of this Administration may be openness and transparency, but a security breakdown that allowed anyone who looked the part to walk off the street into a State Dinner is a slap in the face to the Secret Service employees who put their lives on the line to protect our form of government and its leaders," said Chairman Thompson.

For more than two years, Chairman Thompson and the Committee on Homeland Security has investigated and reviewed accusations of mismanagement at the Secret Service including concerns of inadequate resources at the agency, potential inaugural security vulnerabilities, insufficient diversity and recruitment strategies to ensure the agency is ready for its expanding mission, the appearance of discrimination, and morale issues plaguing the Service's Uniform Division.

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The House Committee on Homeland Security, first established in 2002 to oversee the development of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was made a permanent standing Committee of Congress in 2005. The Committee is the Congressional organization responsible for day to day oversight of DHS and its components, including the United States Secret Service, and regularly conducts investigations, convenes Congressional hearings, and crafts, considers, and advances legislation to secure America's homeland.

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We still would like to know why the photo of these people with our President was published on the White House's Yahoo Flickr page. Then, we would like to know exactly why Obama has a page on Yahoo's Flickr site at all. Other than obvious security concerns, we know for a fact that Yahoo's Flickr is in reality a pornographic web site, even though it is no way labeled as such. Yahoo's Flickr hosts the largest collection of hardcore pornographic images in the world now and that is a simple fact. Yet, somehow it is allowed into most our schools and libraries, since Yahoo represents it as a family friendly web site. So much so, that not only the White House, but our State Department, the GOP, the Library of Congress, The Smithsonian Institute and many other supposedly reputable organizations use Flickr without apparently knowing it's really a very pornographic web site. Is this how our tax dollars are being spent now? Supporting the participation and endorsement of an unlabeled adult web site that hosts millions of hardcore porn images shared by countless perverts, pedophiles and sexual predators with our children? The White House must have been really proud of these two, to feature them on their porn site web page for all the world to see. What the heck is happening there in Washington these days, where everyday it's amateur hour? Not good at all, and fairly disgusting to witness this ongoing fiasco that proves the level of incompetence and lack of oversight in our capital. We can't really blame Yahoo too much for pulling off the PR stunt that covertly disguises their porn site, Flickr, as a legitimate social network so they can make more money. If Yahoo wants to host porn and harbor predators, so be it, we just think they could be a little more honest about that. We also think our government should behave a little better than that, in our humble opinion.

The Salahis are two of the most pathetic people I have ever heard of, and they are emblematic of a lot of what is wrong with this country and its media. I hope they go far, far away and we never hear from them again. Oh... and they should take bubble boy and his family with them.

It was very rude and unethical for the Salahis to just invade upon a private party. If the president himself did not cordially invite them they should not have attended. How embarassing! If they are not embarassed I am embarassed for them. I personally believe it was just a publicity stunt.

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