December 14, 2013
REMEMBER WHEN WE THOUGHT THE SECRET SERVICE WAS ALMOST INFALLIBLE? Fake Sign Language Guy and the death of competence.
A fake sign-language interpreter is the sort of thing a reasonably savvy advance team would be on guard for, no matter how inept the local government might be. Is part of the problem here that everyone merely assumed the sanctified government of post-Mandela South Africa must be competently managed?
But now we learn the guy was potentially dangerous, his criminal case files “mysteriously empty,” with a tendency towards hallucinations and violence by his own account… hired by a shadowy fly-by-night firm that promptly flew by night and disappeared… and yet he managed to get onstage with the President of the United States. The Secret Service must be having some interesting closed-door meetings right about now.
But as far as I know, no one has been fired.