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White House gets second layer of fencing after security breach

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 01:29

Temporary fencing is erected in front of the White House after a jumper scaled the permanent fence and got into the presidential residence. Mana Rabiee reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**MUST COURTESY BRANDON PAWLINSKI / MUST COURTESY NEW RIVER REGIONAL JAIL~** Visitors outside the White House will notice a second, waist-high temporary fence along a part of the presidential grounds. It's designed to keep tourists and passersby, like them, farther away. This, after a fence jumper got into the executive mansion on Friday. Visitors outside the White House welcomed the added security measure. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM POLAND WOJTEK JANISZAK, SAYING: 'It's much better because the President is more secure, so I think it's good." Forty-two-year-old Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled the permanent White House fence, ran across the White House lawn and entered the building through an open door. This mug shot is from an unrelated arrest in Virginia in July. Gonzalez was subdued by the Secret Service, and he's now charged with unlawful entry. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA RESIDENT BEVERLY PAUL, SAYING: "Well it's too short and I don't know how much it does to prevent someone who wants to gain access from actually being able to do that." (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM ENGLAND DEIRDRE HANDS, SAYING: "It's just something else for somebody to leap over if necessary, so we expect that probably in the future they will perhaps raise the railings, have higher railings, like they do around Buckingham Palace. They're pretty high around Buckingham Palace." This side of the White House, which is closed to car traffic, is a favorite site for tourists as well as protesters. The Secret Service is now considering ways to expand the security zone around the White House…reviewing how to keep the public farther away and even to do more screening of people approaching the grounds.

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White House gets second layer of fencing after security breach

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 01:29