Things the Secret Service DON'T Want You to Know
The secret service has the difficult job of keeping our country's leader safe, 24 7. But this just one of their main tasks and sometimes they might mess up. Here are 23 Things the Secret Service Don’t Want You To Know
It was back in 1865 that the Secret Service was created, not to protect the President though, but rather to curb the overflow of counterfeit money in circulation. The first Chief of the Secret Service was William P Wood, sworn in by Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch. It wasn’t long until the duties of a Secret Service agent broadened, and in 1867 they included, “detecting persons perpetrating fraud against the government.” Today we look at some of the secrets of the Secret Service.
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8 - Hot Air…
Jackie Kennedy will be remembered for her pure class, but what you may not know is that she used to be a secret smoker. The only way she could get cigarettes without anyone knowing about it, was to bum them off the Secret Service agents.
7 - Part of the Fleet…
It wasn’t until 1901 that better precautions were taken to protect the US Presidents. It was that year that William McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz. Although better measures were taken to protect the President’s, they weren’t fool proof. President Kennedy was shot and killed in 1968, and as mentioned earlier, there was civilian footage which helped investigations a lot. Since then, a death car has been added to the Presidential fleet. This car is on constant “death watch”, and films each and every procession the President rides in.
6 - Don’t send chocolates…
If you’re wanting to send the President a little gift, don’t even bother with chocolates. They’re never eaten! The President’s food is under constant surveillance. The Secret service is in charge of overseeing all the meals prepared for the President. Losing a President through poisoning is definitely not a great way to go. When he travels, Navy stewards join him to prepare his meals and even with photo-ops involving food, the food is left untouched. It’s not all bad though, because at least deep-dish pizza cravings can be satisfied. They send it to a nearby address, and it’s then taken straight to the President!
5 - Room with a view...
One would assume that if the President was staying in your hotel, everyone would be pretty excited, however it’s the exact opposite. The hotels have to go through an extensive background check, which 8takes a lot of the hotel’s time. Then, once the President is inside safely, several floors remain empty as guests are forbidden to enter those areas. It all sounds quite acceptable, but surely the hotels are compensated for their loss of revenue when the President stays in their hotel? One would hope so!
4 - Jot it down…
If you’re ever planning on sending a threatening or troubling hand-written note to the President, here’s a very good reason for you to refrain. The Secret Service work closely with ink manufactures. Each and every pen contains ink, and that ink contains certain markers that can assist the agency in tracking people down, or at the very least, the area where they’re from. The ink will lead them to the country where the pen is sold, what brand and even an exact store in certain cases.
3 - Taking the job a little too seriously…
This doesn’t put one at ease, but it’s been said that the Secret Service Agents haven’t actually sworn to lose their own lives in order for the President to survive. So, although they probably would take a bullet for him, they don’t actually have to. They won’t be put behind bars for not doing it, but I imagine that it would be better to leave this earth a hero then have a stigma with you for the rest of your life, knowing you didn’t save the life of the President.
2 - Learning new skills…
As we’ve learnt, the Secret Service are always at the President’s side – so that means, whatever the President does, so does the agent. If the President is riding a horse, you can guarantee the Secret Service Agents are riding horses. If the President is playing golf, the agents are playing golf and if the President is going for a run, you better be sure to don your running shoes!
1 - Bang Bang…
When Secret Service agents do their training, they’re shot with fake bullets. The reason they do that is so that the agents get a feel of the impact of the shot, and also know exactly where they’ve been hit or where they’ve connected with their target. It hurts, but it’s the best way to receive the proper training.