State Dinner Security Lapse Mary Cheney’s Fault?

December 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Washington Post hosted a live chat today, with Ronald Kessler of the rabidly right-wing site Newsmax.com to take questions about the White House gate-crashing incident. And Kessler, the author of “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect,” made a statement that stood out from his usual blather.

He pointed the finger at Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, suggesting her lousy and imperious treatment of Secret Service agents was partly to blame for the state dinner security lapse. A daughter of Dick Cheney’s treating someone poorly? Hard to imagine.

During Ronald Kessler’s online chat, he spoke of the dismal state of the Secret Service, since it was reorganized under Homeland Security. And he noted the worsening morale of agents, whose jobs may depend on the whims and unreasonable demands of protectees:

“In addition, the Secret Service has been bowing to pressure by some protectees such as Mary Cheney, Dick Cheney’s daughter, who insisted that agents take her friends to restaurants. That is not the job of the Secret Service, and when agents refused she got her detail leader removed by Secret Service management.”

Kessler said that the Secret Service officer who allowed the wannabe socialites Michaele and Tareq Salahi into the White House state dinner, may have had the Mary Cheney incident in the back of his mind:

“So not only was the uniformed officer who let the couple in at the White House overwhelmed and aware of the corner cutting by the Secret Service but he was also aware that if he turned the couple away at a glittering state dinner and the White House staff later raised a fuss because they were in fact invited, he could be in trouble with Secret Service management which does not back its agents.”

Interesting premise. Blame the whole mess on the Cheneys. Sounds about right.

See the Washington Post for more.

h/t to Wonkette


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