Protecting The President
An Inside Account of the Troubled Secret Service in an Era of Evolving Threats
by Daniel Bongino
Being a Secret Service agent is one of the most treacherous jobs in the world and never more so than in today s highly polarized America. Facing threats from fence jumpers and manifesto writers, and from murderous terrorists and sophisticated spies, protecting the president is harder than ever. In an age of hyper-partisan politics, emotions are high and threats are everywhere. On top of that, with international tensions reaching a boiling point, it s harder than ever to determine friend from foe.
Yet the President of the United States is in very real danger if the Secret Service doesn’t change course soon and evolve with the rapidly changing threat environment. Not only is the agency facing scandals from within, low morale, and an ever-present media looking to capitalize on the slightest misstep, the agency also has to contend with highly motivated bad guys who are already working on technologically advanced methodologies and are constantly striving to formulate the logistics of an attack on the White House. Eventually terrorist planners will find a way to acquire the technology, weapons, explosives, and know-how to make an attempt on the life of the President. The only question is What are we going to do about it?
Protecting the President provides not only a rare insider glimpse of what the Secret Service does, but explores the challenges facing the agents today. Chock-full of relevant stories of protecting past presidents, veteran agent Dan Bongino explains how the agency can best protect the president today. Drawing from his years of experience, Bongino provides tips on how the agency can best protect the president today and ways the Secret Service can
- plan for a tactical assault by a terrorist attack team
- prepare to respond to a severe medical emergency
- train to handle a chemical or biological weapon attack
- prepare for an attack using explosives, and
- plan for 9-11 style attacks from the air and fire threats
- and much more