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White House Fence Jumper 'Wanted to Die'

Conn. man slammed US government in Facebook post

(Newser) - The man who jumped the White House fence while the Obama family was celebrating Thanksgiving may have been planning suicide by Secret Service. Joseph Caputo, 23, of Stamford, Conn., left a suicide note that said he wanted to die on Thursday, and also left an audio message with his mother... More »

White House Plans to Add Spikes to Fence

CBS says 'anti-climb' measure expected to be approved

(Newser) - The White House is expected to look a smidge less welcoming in the near future— CBS News reports that the Secret Service plans to put spikes atop its fence. The "pencil point" protrusions would theoretically deter fence-climbers—like so and so —and the idea is expected to be... More »

Secret Service: White House Front Doors Now Lock Automatically

Julia Pierson hauled before Congress on security lapses

(Newser) - Today's Walk of Shame is brought to you by Julia Pierson, director of the bumbling Secret Service currently being grilled by frothing members of the House Oversight Committee on the not-inconsequential matter of how a heavily-armed Omar Gonzalez was able to get deep inside the White House . Calling the... More »

Guy Throws Lit Fireworks Over White House Fence

Secret Service doesn't dawdle in taking him down

(Newser) - An unidentified man chose yesterday—the day of the Washington Navy Yard mass shooting —to throw lit fireworks over the White House fence. Not surprisingly, he was immediately tackled by Secret Service agents. An eyewitness tells the Daily Beast the firecrackers were a bit bigger than cherry bombs, and... More »

DC-Area Party Promoter Was Third Crasher

Carlos Allen, 39, got into White House with Indian delegation

(Newser) - A 39-year-old Washington party promoter was the third person to crash November’s state dinner at the White House, a source tells the Post in confirming that Carlos Allen had, along with Tareq and Michaele Salahi, gotten past Secret Service screenings to rub elbows with the Obamas and a host... More »

Tourists Let Into White House Breakfast

Ga. couple showed up on wrong day, hit buffet with Obamas

(Newser) - It wasn't a state dinner, and they didn't crash it on purpose. Still, a Georgia couple who showed up at the White House a day early for a tour somehow wound up at an invitation-only breakfast with President Obama. The White House and Secret Service said Harvey and Paula Darden... More »

Party-Crashers Got Close to Obamas Before

Photos show them in inaugural box; Secret Service admits mistake

(Newser) - The Secret Service admitted the obvious today, saying that security measures “weren’t followed” at Tuesday’s White House dinner, which a Virginia couple auditioning for a reality show crashed. And, the Washington Post reports, it appears the couple got pretty close to the president-elect during inauguration festivities, even... More »

Va. Socialites Crashed Obama's State Dinner

And, yes, Tareq and Michaele Salahi want reality-TV turn

(Newser) - A wealthy Virginia couple angling for a spot on reality TV somehow talked their way into last night’s White House state dinner despite not being on the list—getting through extensive layers of security to rub elbows with President Obama, India’s prime ministers and scores of other political,... More »

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