Former Secret Service agent offers insight into Mandela memorial security breach

President Obama’s selfies weren’t the only controversy to arise from Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday. Yesterday, the world learned the sign language interpreter standing just three feet from President Obama and other world leaders was actually not signing coherently. According to a new AP report, Thamsanqa Jantjie saw “angels” at the event, has been violent in the past, and suffers from schizophrenia.

“I really don’t understand and [it] really concerns me [that] we are accepting what I think is a new kind of Secret Service, I guess. I don’t know,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “We have Dan Bongino on. He wrote the book Life Inside the Bubble, and I wanted to call him real quick just to get his read on what happened in South Africa.”

Dan is a former Secret Service agent who served under both the Bush and Obama Administrations, and he was able to provide some inside knowledge as to why someone with a violent past was allowed to be in such close proximity to the President.

“Glenn, we have to start seriously reevaluating our approach to presidential security overseas… [President Obama] was in a lot of danger, I think, and I didn’t say that until I heard this story about his violent tendencies, which came out today,” Dan explained. “I think the Secret Service here was put in a really bad spot for a couple of reasons – the first being this event was put together last minute. [But it] didn’t have to be. You know, it was not a secret that Mandela was going to die at some point. The plan should have been put together. And it wasn’t [put together in advance] like we did for the Reagan funeral here.”

“Secondly, whenever you’re dealing with overseas events like this and there are political sensitivities… on this one they were legions, I think in my opinion, we sell out to political interests a little too easily,” he continued. “I think we should have put our foot down on this one and I think the ramifications of a poor decision here were clear.”

It doesn’t take a security background to understand that when it comes to keeping someone safe, distance is key. In this particular situation, it looks like an individual who suffers from mental illness and has a history of violence was given access to world leaders without adequate research into his background.

“When you look at security, you have to look at it like a ring structure. Remember, Glenn, distance buys you time,” Dan said. “If someone breaches an outer perimeter, you still have time to react. If they reach a middle perimeter, you still have time to react. If they breach not only the inner sanctum, but the arm’s reach of the president, that’s a pretty serious reach. You have no time. Time is not your friend. And how this guy got up on stage, I think the South Africans are going to have a lot of questions to answer.”

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  • Anonymous

    I’de post something but I have nothing to say :/

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    This is one time the Secret Service lucked out.

    God help us if someone takes down Obama, then not only are we stuck with Biden, the left will make a martyr, a god, and a saint of Obama, and demand a bloodbath across the board of all conservatives and ‘enemies of the state.’

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Does anyone else think Obama is gunning for martyrdom?

  • Anonymous

    I gave you a like but I respectfully disagree. He’s far too vain to sacrifice himself in any way. He wants to live and wallow in his narcissism for as long as possible.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t fix a website that any techie could finish in a day. Can’t find ANYone in the entire world who can actually do sign language. What an incompetent administration from top to bottom. Oh yeah, and the security breach, as GenWASP said, there are no words for it.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    No problem with disagreeing: I hold most of what Obama does is centered on an obsessive desire for ‘revenge’ against the freedoms of our nation and our success as an economic powerhouse over the last two centuries and more.

    He sees us as a global oppressor, thieves, and more that must be ‘duly punished for success.’

    I still feel that something more is in play, and if not martyrdom, does he expect people to make him into a saint or god?

  • Anonymous

    He doesn’t need the American people to make him into a saint or god. He already feels that way about himself. If he were a martyr, i.e. dead, then he wouldn’t be able to sit around thinking about how awesome he is.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I think Obama is asking to be shot because this is not really the first time he was in danger.

  • Anonymous

    Not if they dump him in the ocean next to Osama.

  • Elena

    Not as if Mandela had been sick or anything…incompetence in the extreme.

  • Elena

    Hey, at least crazy uncle joe likes the country

  • Elena

    Saw the movie, too. I tht it was spot on. Add to that Klein’s Amateur to get a fuller picture of 0bama

  • Take 2

    They can’t fix the Web Site because the money is already washed clean. Close to one billion for a two million tops Site.

  • Gregsqu

    This is just another example of the incompetence of the Obama administration. One can only posit that the Secret Service isn’t real concerned about the safety of the President, or that they hope for some sort of action whereby they can implement martial law. It’s hard to trust these guys given all of the scandals and outright lies that we have had to endure.
    We can only hope that no one does something incredibly stupid to bring on events that none of us want to see.

  • Anonymous

    Cool off people. Whatever the guy’s past, obviously he was qualified to do the sign language. The fact that his past came up after the fact is nothing more than Mandela’s past, and look how the world idolizes him! I’m sure that the guy was totally unarmed and did a creditable job for the occasion.

  • ellievl

    How does O.B. stay safe when surrounded by evil? O.B’s assignment has not been entirely completed. When he has accomplished his assignment he will be in grave danger and I do fear for his life! O.B. is covered by demonic spiritual powers!

  • ellievl

    The secret service seem deaf, dumb and blind, on and on again! How can this be explained in the natural realm? None are idiots! Yet they don’t recognize a maniac on stage arms length from their assignment? How can this not be spiritual in it’s core? Spiritual blindness! How can any of this PRESENT DANGER we all live in be explained? The insanity, the circus show our president and SS display? Please can we wake up out of this insane nightmare??? No. we will have to push through it! Sorry!

  • ellievl

    Probably not. He is a mere puppet being used by a very evil system with a plan. He will be safe until he has accomplished his assignment! Let’s face it. The man cannot speak without a teleprompter! He is a walking body with little else.He was placed in this position for the completion of this PRESENT EVIL which is underway in our country! When he completes his assignment he will no longer be in power, nor will the other clowns currently running the government! The congress will be unemployed when our republic is destroy in it’s entirety! The clowns don’t see the end result of their actions which again, just my opinion, suggests a evil spiritual, supernatural force at work!

  • Carolyn Sanchez

    I had complained to my husband about the security risk as soon as the story was reported that this guy was not actually “signing” anything. I am a grandma and I saw the risk even before they found out he had mental problems! How could “professional” security people be so lax?! As much as I detest Obama the thought of Biden being in charge scares me more! And it would have been SO EASY to take him out !!!!

  • Rubygirl

    I agree that he is to vain to become a martyr. But an “injury”???? Just an “attempt” on his life could instigate “martial law” and cause all kinds of repercussions.

    Just for the record, I don’t wish any harm on him or his family. I just want to see him out of the White House and retired somewhere (quietly hopefully and not like Billy boy) before he allows our Country to be completely destroyed!!

  • Rubygirl

    How did he do a “credible” job when no one “understood” his signing?

  • Anonymous

    Well said!

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    he might’ve been signing esperanto which means he was meant to be there.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but am I the only person to think that the whole thing was so funny? Reminded me of Garret Morris from SNL, doing the news “for the hard of hearing.” Now we know why Africa is called the third world.

  • Fat Lip

    Collectivism at it’s best ; Remember we are all the same right?

  • Fat Lip

    What ? did you follow the whole story i’m leaning towards NOT

  • Fat Lip

    Keep your cards close to your chest little bother they are looking for anyone to sting don’t give anyone a reason to even look your way your to good of a person than that bro : )

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Well maybe should of been a bit more clear so the CIA does not confuse my concern for his safety. I mean love or hate the guy he still needs protection better than this.