Posts tagged with "Secret Service"

Mike Pence’s security detail feared for their lives, called family members, during Capitol riot

July 25, 2022

Members of former Vice President Mike Pence’s security detail were so afraid for their lives during the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot that they made calls over radio to say goodbye to their family members, according to testimony given by a former White House national security official to the House committee investigating the attack. The testimony was revealed at a hearing on Thursday, July 21, reports HuffPost.

The official’s identity was withheld for security reasons.

“There was a lot of yelling, a lot of very personal calls over the radio,” the official added. “It was disturbing. I don’t like talking about it, but there were calls to say goodbye to family members. The VP detail thought that this was going to get very ugly.”

After rioters broke into the Capitol, Secret Service rushed Pence to a secure area just off the Senate floor, where he had been presiding over the certification of the Electoral College resultsThe rioters came within 40 feet of Pence before he was evacuated. Some rioters were chanting for Pence to be hanged, and a gallows was erected outside the building.

Five people died and more than 140 officers were injured in the riot. Witnesses  described a war zone at the scene that looked like a “medieval battleground.”

Lawmakers and their staff who hid as the violence erupted on January 6 also feared for their lives. “I think I was in a state of shock, to be honest. I was absolutely terrified,” Erica Loewe, then a staffer for Represenjtative Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina), told HuffPost. “Looking back at the text messages … to my family and friends, I just asked them all to pray because I really didn’t know what was going to happen. I don’t think I truly understood the gravity of what happened until afterwards, when I saw the images.”

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Trump’s new limo is a road warrior

September 27, 2018

James Bond would be jealous: His tricked-out Aston Martin had nothing on President Donald Trump’s new set of wheels, nicknamed The Beast by the Secret Service.

Intended to look like a stretched version of a Cadillac XT6 sedan, NBC News reported on September 25,  the $1.5 million limo was rolled out for the first time to take the POTUS from his New York City Trump Tower home base to the United Nations, where he delivered speeches to the General Assembly and the Security Council earlier this week.

It’s one of a dozen that make up a contract initially estimated at $15.8 million and designed to protect the commander-in-chief from virtually every form of attack, the network news outlet said. And, if the president is injured, the Beast has an extensive range of medical supplies on board, including a refrigerator full of the president’s own blood type.

Protecting a president is never easy, especially in a modern era when POTUS could face any manner of threat, from handguns to rocket-propelled grenades. The latest version of the Beast, which was commissioned by the Secret Service in 2014, is believed to combine a variety of different technologies, starting out with an extensively modified platform from a Chevrolet Kodiak, a heavy-duty General Motors truck. And we do mean heavy: The truck weighs in at somewhere near 20,000 pounds.

The Beast is sealed against biochemical attacks, and equipped with run-flat tires inside extra-large wheel wells so it can keep going in an emergency. In addition, the bells and whistles include a night vision system , and the ability to eject a smokescreen, fire tear gas, and lay down an oil slick to send vehicles chasing it out of control. Even the door handles can be electrified to shock those who might try to get inside.

The “Trumpmobile” also contains an expansive array of communications technologies including, among other things, the ability to dispatch the codes necessary to fire nuclear weapons.

The president reportedly showed off the outgoing presidential limo to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un during their summit meeting in Singapore. Kim, himself, got his “street cred” from a decade-old, luxurious, and heavily armored Mercedes Pullman Guard, NBC News said.

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