Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The Secret Service Challenge – Homeland Security Watch

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan issued the statement below today in response to reports that Virginia couple Michaele and Tareq Salahi attended Tuesday’s White House State Dinner, despite the fact that they allegedly did not have invitations. According to the statement, the Secret Service’s internal investigation determined that “established protocols” were not followed at the “initial checkpoint” to determine whether the individuals were on the guest list. The statement also stated that the individuals still went through the magnetometers and others levels of screening. The Secret Service took responsibility for the event, noting that the “failing is ours.”