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White House security lapse 'unacceptable,' Secret Service chief says

WASHINGTON -- The head of the Secret Service took responsibility Tuesday for the Sept. 19 security breach at the White House, when a man with a pocketknife scaled a fence and ran deep into the White House before he was stopped. "This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility ... and will make sure that it doesn't happen again," Secret Service Director Julia Pierson told lawmakers, who went on to grill her about how and why the agency failed to stop the intruder, and why alarms did not work as intended. Pierson promised a follow-up investigation and a review of White House security policies, and acknowledged that the recent security lapse "did not occur in a vacuum," referring to ...

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