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Secret Service Must
Rely on Locals Abroad

Associated Press, by Alicia Caldwell & Julie Pace

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/14/2013 4:15:21 AM

WASHINGTON -- In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff was in the dark on key details. Where would the president and Michelle Obama sit? When was Obama supposed to speak? Who else would be on stage when he did? The result was an array of confusion and security risks that typically would not be tolerated by the Secret Service in the United States, underscoring how the agency is often at the mercy of foreign governments to make arrangements when the president travels overseas. While there were metal detectors


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Secret Service Must
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Associated Press, by Alicia Caldwell & Julie Pace    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 12/14/2013 4:15:21 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- In the hours before President Barack Obama arrived at a Johannesburg soccer stadium to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House staff was in the dark on key details. Where would the president and Michelle Obama sit? When was Obama supposed to speak? Who else would be on stage when he did? The result was an array of confusion and security risks that typically would not be tolerated by the Secret Service in the United States, underscoring how the agency is often at the mercy of foreign governments to make arrangements when the president travels overseas. While there were metal detectors




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Posted By: MissMolly- 12/13/2013 3:54:31 PM     Post Reply
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Posted By: MissMolly- 12/12/2013 4:42:17 AM     Post Reply
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Posted By: MissMolly- 12/12/2013 4:39:13 AM     Post Reply
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