The exceptional SAIC's of PPD (formerly known as the White House Detail)

The exceptional SAIC's of PPD (formerly known as the White House Detail)
The exceptional SAIC's of PPD (formerly known as the White House Detail)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Don Flynn (Clinton)

Interviewed for the 2004 National Geographic special (on dvd) "Inside The U.S. Secret Service"
Don Flynn VP of Security Strategies for a major Fortune 500 Company, and former Senior Executive with the US Secret Service in charge of Presidential Protection.
ACLJ | American Center for Law & Justice, 25 June 2002 [cached]
"Intelligence sources and investigative reports continue to indicate that the White House complex may be a target for continued terrorist activity," wrote Donald Flynn, assistant director for the Secret Service Office of Protective Operations in an Aug. 14 letter to the Park Service.Flynn listed three primary reasons for banning organized gatherings from the park and the sidewalks adjacent to the White House complex.
"Under the current emergency conditions and given these specific concerns, we have determined that there are no less restrictive measures that would adequately provide for the safety of the public, the safety of Secret Service protectees, and the security of the White House complex," Flynn added.
But Mahoney said the government's logic doesn't stand up to scrutiny.He pointed out that the park is still open to the public and that any individual or group may come and go as they please, with one exception.
President Clinton's Last Week in Office, 25 June 2005 [cached]
Clinton holds sons of transferring Secret Service agent Don Flynn at Mr. Flynn's going away party. The attached Declaration of Donald ..., 21 Oct 2002 [cached]
The attached Declaration of Donald A. Flynn, Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service for the Office of Protective Operations, likewise explains that orders for alternate service through Secret Service agents is inconsistent with and could distract the agents from their mission to protect visiting heads of state in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3056. Indeed, if Secret Service agents or other security personnel were expected to deliver service of process to visiting heads of state whom they are guarding, they would have to inspect the documents, an obvious distraction from their job of observing the environment around their protectee in order to identify potential threats. (Seeid. ¶ 6.) Mr. Flynn further explains that "[i] f a foreign head of state were to perceive his or her Secret Service protective detail as having any function other than protection, he or she may push away the Secret Service's 'protective envelope' thereby making [the individual] more vulnerable to assassination or other physical harm. (Decl. of Donald A. Flynn ¶ 5 [Attach. D].) Mr. Flynn also underscores Mr. Bergin's warning about the possibly grave consequences of a breach in security during a head of state's visit to the United States: "For obvious reasons, if the assassination of a foreign head of state were ever to occur on American soil, the results could be catastrophic from a foreign relations and national security standpoint.
Bergin and Flynn in the case of federal protective personnel.
Display Story, 22 June 2004 [cached]
interview Donald Flynn, who is an assistant director of the U-SSecret Service.

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Clinton thanks the people for his bittersweet eight years
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2001TERENCE HUNT
AP White House Correspondent
WASHINGTON {AP} — On his way out, President Clinton thanked the American people Thursday for his presidency, a turbulent eight years that brought unprecedented economic prosperity along with a humiliating sex scandal and a bitter impeachment battle.

The president told aides that "he's enjoyed going out in a whirlwind of activity," press secretary Jake Siewert said. "He said he never wanted his presidency to wind down. He just wanted it to close out."

Clinton was expressing his gratitude in a prime-time, televised address from the Oval Office.

It was the latest, but not the final, goodbye from the nation's 42nd president. A farewell ceremony is planned at the airport Saturday as he leaves Washington after George W. Bush's inauguration, and a welcoming rally awaits Clinton soon after at Kennedy International Airport in New York. He also will have a final radio address Saturday.

The imminent change of command was apparent around the White House. Clinton's aides stripped photos from the walls and packed personal papers into boxes. Computer drives were being archived and cleared for the incoming administration. Clinton's staff was to lose e-mail capability at the end of the day.

The president helped packers decide what should be sent to his homes in New York and Washington and what should go to his library and apartment in Arkansas.

Outside the White House, Pennsylvania Avenue was lined with thousands of bleachers and a gleaming white presidential reviewing stand for the inaugural parade. Bush was in residence at the Blair House, the presidential guest house.

Siewert said Clinton would talk in his Oval Office address about "the good work that's been accomplished here and what the future holds." He said there would be no reference to the Monica Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal that roiled his presidency or the impeachment battle that followed.

"He'll thank the American people for standing by him, their support over the last eight years through thick and thin," Siewert said.

Clinton leaves office with some of the highest job approval ratings of any president in the last half-century, although many Americans have doubts about him personally. An ABC News-Washington Post poll showed that 65 percent approve his job performance, about the same as the job approval rating Ronald Reagan had at the end of his term. The same poll found that three-fourths said he lacks high moral and ethical standards.

Clinton presided over the longest economic expansion in American history, 115 months so far, with 22 million new jobs and the lowest unemployment in three decades. Still, the incoming Bush administration frets about signs of an economic downturn.

Clinton, after a blizzard of executive orders and environmental actions in recent days, still has some last-minute work on his plate. Siewert said Clinton would issue presidential pardons on Friday. Siewert said hundreds of requests have been received, and "we'll look at as many as we can."

Also anticipated is removal of economic and trade sanctions against Yugoslavia and the release of remaining money about $100 million in a $1.3 billion Colombian anti-drug aid package.

"We're staying active and engaged," Siewert said.

Clinton and his wife, Hillary, stopped by a ceremony for the head of his Secret Service detail, Don Flynn, who is leaving the presidential detail for a headquarters promotion. Siewert said the Clintons took the opportunity to thank all Secret Service agents.

On his final helicopter ride as president, Clinton enjoyed one last aerial look at Washington's monuments as he returned from a nostalgic trip home to Arkansas on Wednesday, Siewert said. When Clinton boards the helicopter again on Saturday, he will be president no longer. The aircraft radio designation then will be Special Air Mission instead of Marine One.
Press Briefing by Jake Siewert
January 18, 2001

Read more at the American Presidency Project: William J. Clinton: Press Briefing by Jake Siewert

Q: Jake, does the President find this packing up process a difficult process for him on a personal level?

MR. SIEWERT: Well, it obviously brings out a lot of memories, and he's said it's often difficult -- he told us last night it's often difficult to decide what to keep in a house that he can see regularly and access, and what to put into storage. But it's -- I think he's actually enjoyed the last few weeks, and he told us actually this morning at the event he did with Don Flynn that he's enjoyed going out in a whirlwind of activity. And he said, he did not want this to -- he never wanted his presidency to wind

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