By Rahimu Jabendo via the UAH forum
Most of us are aware of the existence of the Secret Service, the government agency best known for providing security details for the presidents of the United States of America. In movies, they wear sunglasses with dark lenses and have earpieces. In reality, there are decade’s worth of secrets hidden amongst its history.
The Secret Service was established on the day Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Lincoln approved the idea of establishing the Secret Service on April 14, 1865. Later that night, the president went to the theatre where he was shot in the head.
On today’s history files, we will try to lift the veil of secrecy and learn a bit more about the mysterious organization.
1. The current president isn’t only protected by the Secret Service. Protection covers the family of the president, former presidents and their families and foreign presidents visiting the United States of America.
2. The Secret Service agents protecting the president travel with bags of the president’s blood. They are always ready to use their medical skills to perform a blood transfusion on the president if needed.
3. They make sure the president is never alone, even in the bathroom. The president can’t stay alone with a doctor without an agent as an escort no matter what the president’s problem is. And if they suspect any kind of foul play, they shoot the doctor immediately!
4. They participate in the president’s hobby. Because the president is never alone, agents have to participate in everything in his life so they are often forced to learn new hobbies. Bill Clinton was a well-conditioned jogger which forced his agents to be in great shape in order to be able to keep up. 😀
5. Secret Service uses code names for presidents, it’s not a Hollywood fantasy. For example, Obama was “Renegade,” George Bush was “Tumbler,” Bill Clinton was “Eagle” and Richard Nixon was “Searchlight”
6. The quickest way to annoy a Secret Service agent is asking him to carry your luggage. They won’t agree to carry bags even at the command of the president because their hands are always on their waist. That enables them to be ready to react quickly and raise their weapons.
7. It might interest you to know that there’s an underground bunker that is used by the Secret Service to hide one government representative during an event where all other state officials gather. So if terrorists decide to slaughter the top tier of the government, they will probably fail.
8. The Secret Service headquarters is located in Washington in a building without any identification sign. There is not even a trash can nearby so there’s no place to install bomb.
9. The food of the president is under constant surveillance. Every bite of food presented to the president is prepared under the watchful eyes of the Secret Service, who stare down White House chefs to make sure no one is flavouring with arsenic or rat poison.
10. Surprisingly, Secret Service agents don’t swear to die for their president. It’s understood that something like that could happen but they take every possible step to avoid it. If an agent sacrifices their life for the president, they do it voluntarily. Only one Secret Service agent has died protecting his president since the organization was formed.