"This guy has now crossed 70-some yards of restricted area. If he has [an explosive] device on him and he gets in, he controls the White House. He could have anything on him." - former high-ranking Secret Service agent
New evidence shows that the Secret Service's plan for guarding the White House -- with five different rings of protection between the public sidewalk and the president's front door -- FAILED COMPLETELY.
1) A plainclothes surveillance team, mingling among the tourists and which is supposed to stop fence-jumpers, failed to notice Gonzales.Who stopped Gonzales? A plainclothes agent -- the sixth ring of security -- patrolling inside the Executive Mansion. A place intruders are never supposed to reach.
2) An officer in a guard booth on the North Lawn was knocked over by Gonzales and did not get up in time to stop him from reaching and entering the White House.
3) An attack dog on the White House driveway was supposed to be let loose to stop Gonzales, but was never let off the leash.
4) A SWAT team -- specifically created in the 1990s to stop fence- jumpers -- was supposed to stop Gonzales, but did not react in time.
5) There was supposed to be a guard at the front door, but he was somewhere else.
Security analysts also expressed surprise that the Secret Service did not fire on Gonzales. Gonzales was clearly headed for the White House, and the guards were not going to be able to intercept him. Secret Service agents had their guns trained on him, but did not fire -- and which allowed him to gain entry to the Executive Mansion.