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  • CRASHER-GATE: White House Social Secretary Regularly Allowed Crashers into Events

    12/05/2009 5:46:11 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 38 replies · 1,468+ views
    bizbash, The Lid ^ | 12/4/09 | The Lid
    The Secret service is supposed to take a bullet for the President. But are they supposed to protect the Administration from embarrassment? It is beginning to look more and more as if this is a hit the secret service is undeserving being forced to take the crasher-gate bullet. During the Obama administration crashers were regularly let in to Presidential events. Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, said in an interview with the trade magazine BizBash in June that she had adds extra tables and benches at every event to accommodate party crashers.
  • Desirée Rogers’ Brand Obama - Desirée Rogers

    12/03/2009 9:37:47 AM PST · by nmh · 76 replies · 2,641+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 3, 2009 | Amy Chozick
    Desirée Glapion Rogers is the descendant of a Creole voodoo priestess named Marie Laveau Glapion. The first time I meet her, she welcomes me into her East Wing lair—a rhythm and blues tune plays on a white iPod, a potted white orchid perches between two windows, fresh flowers sit on a heavy wooden desk. This is a woman who never sees a wilted bloom. The 49-year-old turns on just enough Southern charm to camouflage an aura of self-assuredness typically reserved for runway models or first ladies. Wearing a crisp white shirt, black patent flats and high-waisted navy slacks that would...
  • Secret Service first learned of crashers following day, Michelle's staff knew at beginning of event

    12/04/2009 3:51:05 AM PST · by cushman · 98 replies · 4,114+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-3-09 | Audrey Hudson
    Mr. Sullivan also surprised the panel by telling members that his agency did not learn of the security breach until the Virginia couple bragged about it on the Internet. He told the panel that the federal security agency did not become aware of the breach by the Salahis until the next day, when it saw the couple's photos from the event, including posing with the president, posted on their public Facebook account.
  • White House invokes separation of powers to block testimony of … social secretary

    12/03/2009 6:42:55 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 32 replies · 1,341+ views
    Hot Air ^ | Dec.3, 2009 | Allahpundit
    This is kind of like asserting executive privilege to block disclosure of the White House chef’s recipe file. Even lefties can’t believe it: [I]t is literally inconceivable that anyone drafting the Constitution would have imagined the position of White House Social Secretary, paid for with taxpayer funds, and that the majesty of separation of powers rhetoric would apply to a situation like this…. This is simply yet more evidence that all presidents, regardless of political party and ostensible commitment to “transparency,” take on royalist airs when taking their oath of office. Congress wants to talk to her about how the...
  • White House to Rogers's critics: Back off

    12/03/2009 4:11:42 PM PST · by Justaham · 35 replies · 1,387+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 12-3-09 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    If White House social secretary Desiree Rogers survives this week's withering attacks for her role in last week's state dinner security breach, she'll have gotten by with a lot of help from her friends in the West Wing. As a House committee opened hearings Thursday on how two uninvited partygoers were able to enter the White House grounds and shake hands with President Barack Obama, top presidential aides delivered a clear message to critics of this favored staffer: Back off. In a White House not known for its tolerance of staffing errors, Rogers has been the beneficiary of an unprecedented...
  • Presidential Proclamation - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month

    12/04/2009 2:34:51 AM PST · by Cindy · 5 replies · 514+ views
    WHITEHOUSE.gov ^ | December 3, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/presidential-proclamation-critical-infrastructure-protection-month Home • Briefing Room • Presidential Actions • Proclamations The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 02, 2009 Presidential Proclamation - Critical Infrastructure Protection Month Click here to download PDF A PROCLAMATION Critical infrastructure protection is an essential element of a resilient and secure nation. Critical infrastructure are the assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, public health or safety. From water systems to computer...
  • Arab Times (in USA & Mideast) and Many Other Arabic Newsites Report On White House Security Breach

    12/03/2009 9:01:31 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 7 replies · 879+ views
    A random websurf today shows no shortage of prominent coverage in the Arabic language media including running commentary on the fiasco as well as in some cases detailed background explanations as to how the recent State Dinner security breach occured at the White House and uncleared people were able to come into close access with the President of the United States and visiting The Prime Minister of India.One such outlet is Arab Times in Arabic, located in the United States, but many other outlets are carrying it outside of the USA--including on some questionable sites. This appeared on Arabic...
  • Another spying scandal at Gitmo

    12/01/2009 2:59:52 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies · 710+ views
    NY Post ^ | December 1, 2009 | PAUL SPERRY
    A number of Arabic and Pashtu interpreters at the terror-war detention center at Guantanamo Bay are under active investigation for omitting valuable intelligence from their translations of detainee interrogations, among other security breaches. This could taint some of the evidence at the "9/11 trial" in New York and proceedings against other detainees. Remarkably, the Pentagon never cleaned up the "mole infestation" at its highest-security facility after the FBI busted a Muslim spy ring at Gitmo in 2003. The 2003 probe involved at least two Arabic interpreters with high-level security clearance. Senior Airman Ahmad al-Halabi, a Syrian native, and former Army...
  • Will Obama Throw Desiree Rogers Under the Bus for State Dinner Fiasco?

    11/28/2009 6:15:30 PM PST · by kristinn · 107 replies · 5,305+ views
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    While much attention is being focused on the Secret Service for allowing uninvited socialites Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash the state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House last week, the person responsible for all facets of the dinner has so far been given a pass by her friends in the media.White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, a Chicago pal of the Obamas, failed to follow the previous administration's practice of staffing the Secret Service-guarded entrances for dinner guests with someone from her office that could handle any problem with invitees.The AP quoted Rogers directly...
  • D.C. Law Apparantly Broken By White House State Dinner "Crashers" (Law Cited)

    11/28/2009 2:02:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 45 replies · 1,703+ views
    Criminal Code of Washington, D.C. (misdemeanors) ^ | 28 November 2009 | AmericanInTokyo
    Research shows the following:"Unlawful Entry. A Violation of D.C.Code § 22-3102(1967).-- Unlawful Entry is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $100 or imprisonment in the District of Columbia jail for not more than six months or both in the discretion of the court."
  • Crashing Bam's big bash (Amateur hour at the White House again)

    11/26/2009 5:27:30 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies · 1,118+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/26/09 | GEOFF EARLE in Washington and LUKAS ALPERT in New York
    It's the greatest White House fiasco since the sale of the Lincoln Bedroom. A pair of social-climbing, reality show wannabes got into the White House state dinner Tuesday night -- without an invitation -- and giddily rubbed elbows with Vice President Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and a host of other high-level politicians and the media elite. "The Real Housewives of Washington" hopefuls Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- who've gotten a reputation for a bitter family feud involving a winery in the posh horse-country of Northern Virginia -- showed up at the state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the...
  • Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn

    11/26/2009 5:46:37 AM PST · by Mozilla · 25 replies · 1,496+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/26/09 | By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    A couple of aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia appear to have crashed the White House's state dinner Tuesday night, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with the likes of Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- polo-playing socialites known for a bitter family feud over a Fauquier County winery and their possible roles in the forthcoming "The Real Housewives of Washington" -- were seen arriving at the White House and later posted on Facebook photos of themselves with VIPs at the elite gathering. While the White House...
  • The White House Gatecrashers: Reality TV hopefuls crash Obama party and post pictures on Facebook

    11/26/2009 6:40:10 AM PST · by sunmars · 118 replies · 3,504+ views
    Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve. But the stars were aligned for Tareq and Michaele Salahi on Tuesday night. White House staff were left red-faced after the aspiring reality TV couple caused a security scare by gatecrashing an Obama-hosted dinner. The Salahis mingled in the same room as President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and guest of honour Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh - despite not being on the guest list. They even posed for pictures with Vice President Joe Biden, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel...
  • Party pair followed by TV crew

    11/26/2009 7:15:38 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 609+ views
    nypost.com ^ | Nov. 26, 2009
    WASHINGTON — The couple who crashed a White House state dinner were being filmed that day by a camera crew connected with a reality television program, although none of the filming took place on White House grounds, a spokeswoman for the program's network said today. The couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, gained access to the dinner President Barack Obama hosted for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, although they had not been invited, prompting a security review by the Secret Service, which acknowledged that procedures were not followed properly. Bravo Media confirmed late Thursday that Michaele Salahi is being...
  • White House State Dinner Party Crashers

    11/25/2009 8:06:39 PM PST · by khnyny · 76 replies · 4,152+ views
    ABC.news.com ^ | November 25, 2009
    It’s one of the most secure places on earth, but two Washington area socialites and reality TV wannabes were apparently able to get behind the gates at the White House and mingle with the crowd at the State Dinner in honor of India last night. The Washington Post has the dish on Tareq and Michaele Salahi, below: The First Lady’s office told ABC they would have no comment on the crashers and referred all inquiries to the Secret Service. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan confirms that the agency is looking “into a report that two individuals not on the guest...
  • Secret Service Says Couple Crashed State Dinner

    11/26/2009 4:34:27 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies · 1,861+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 11/26/2009 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Crashing a state dinner at the White House apparently takes a security breakdown as well as some kind of nerve. The Secret Service is looking into its own security procedures after determining that a Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, managed to slip into Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House even though they were not on the guest list, agency spokesman Ed Donovan said. President Barack Obama was never in any danger because the party crashers went through the same security screening for weapons as the 300-plus people actually invited to the dinner honoring Indian Prime...
  • "Reality Show Wannabes Gatecrash Manmohan's State Dinner" (Hindustan Times of India)

    11/26/2009 1:58:12 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 24 replies · 1,622+ views
    The Hindustan Times, India ^ | 26 November 2009 | Indo Asian News Service
    A couple of aspiring reality TV stars gatecrashed the state dinner hosted in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, clicked pictures with US Vice President Joe Biden and other guests and then posted them on their Facebook profile, US media said. A Washington Post report said: "Tareq and Michaele Salahi -- polo-playing socialites -- were seen arriving at the White House and later posted on the Facebook photos of themselves with VIPs at the elite gathering." "Honoured to be at the White House for the state dinner in honour of India with President Obama and...
  • Uninvited Couple Gets Past Secret Service And Attends White House State Dinner (Photos + Video)

    11/25/2009 6:57:23 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 34 replies · 2,488+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/25/09 | talkradio03
    Univited couple get through Security last night at the White House and attend the White House State Dinner, not only that, they got their picture with Vice President Joe Biden, (Video from CNN + Photo with Biden)
  • Off the List, But Somehow on the South Lawn (Security Breach at Obama White House)

    11/25/2009 6:25:14 PM PST · by kristinn · 45 replies · 2,993+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Thursday, November 26, 2009 | Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
    Tareq and Michaele Salahi SNIP "Honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!" one of them wrote on their joint Facebook page at 9:08 p.m. SNIP While the White House offered no official explanation, it appears to be the first time in modern history that anyone has crashed a White House state dinner. The uninvited guests were in the same room as President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, although it is unknown whether they met the Obamas and the guest...
  • Uninvited guests crash White House dinner: report

    11/25/2009 6:27:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 68 replies · 4,407+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/25/09 | JoAnne Allen
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Secret Service is investigating how an uninvited couple was admitted to U.S. President Barack Obama's White House state dinner, penetrating layers of security and mingling with VIP guests. The couple from northern Virginia was not invited to the dinner, not included on the official guest list, and were never seated at a table in the South Lawn tent where the dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was held, The Washington Post reported, citing a White House official it did not identify. A Secret Service spokesman told the Post that no one was under any risk...