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Secret Service Launches Plan to Prevent Fence Jumpers at White House

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

People have been having no trouble jumping the White House fence over the past few years, and now the Secret Service is about to do something about it.

The agency plans to make the security fence about 5 feet taller and add a concrete foundation, News4 I-Team reports.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty said in the briefing. 

The current wall is 6 feet tall.


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Comment from Digiteratus
Time April 28, 2016 at 1:19 pm

With motion sensors and dogs the current fence and security situation is perfectly acceptable. It’s the right amount of risk for an open and free society. We could turn the White House into a fortress, but that is not what America is all about. That’s what a communist or third rate country who are afraid of their own people would do.

The breach that happened a couple of years ago was the result of human error such as leaving the door unlocked. Higher fences will not stop committed people. The only person who thinks that higher fences make a difference is Donald Trump. Experience on the southern border shows that higher fences are easily circumvented with taller ladders.

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