White House Security Report Calls for Higher Fence and New Leadership
A new report about security at the White House concluded that a better, taller fence needs to be erected as soon as possible.
The recommendation comes from a report conducted by a four-person panel formed at the behest of Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to conduct an independent review of the U.S. Secret Service, said Politico. The panel also made recommendations to the Service in the areas of training and personnel, perimeter security, technology, operations, and leadership.
"Among other things, the Panel believes strongly that the fence around the White House needs to be changed as soon as possible to provide better protection," the report says. "We recognize all of the competing considerations that may go into questions regarding the fence, but believe that protection of the President and the White House must be the higher priority. As the Executive Branch, Congress, and the Service itself have all recognized, the fence must be addressed immediately."
The report recommends that the fence should be "four to five" feet taller than it is now, but doesn't give any other specifics about how it should be constructed.