Alleged White House gatecrashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi were able to breach security because of corner-cutting measures imposed on the Secret Service by the Obama administration, New York Times bestselling author Ron Kessler told Niteside.
The longtime journalist -- whose illuminating tome "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect" is out in paperback this month -- said the agency does not have enough manpower to meet the ever-changing demands of the job.
"The Secret Service, which let party crashers into the White House in November, has been spinelessly acceding to requests of the Obama administration officials for Secret Service protection in instances where there are no threats against them," Kessler told Niteside.
"No one outside of the government has heard of most of these officials, but they have one thing in common: They enjoy being chauffeured free of charge by the Secret Service."
In the paperback version, Kessler reveals that because threats against Obama have increased 400 percent when compared with when President Bush, a secret Presidential Threat Task Force was created within the FBI. But the Secret Service doesn't always have the manpower necessary, he said.
"Those Secret Service deficiencies led to the intrusion by Michaele and Tareq Salahi at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," Kessler said. "The breach occurred because of a deliberate, conscious decision by uniformed officers to ignore the fact that the Salahis and Carlos Allen, a third intruder, were not on the guest list."
"Those decisions are an expected consequence of the agency’s practice of cutting corners."