House Homeland Security Leader: U.S. Avoided Night Of Horror

The head of the House Homeland Security panel says the nation is lucky that the security breach at a White House state dinner didn't result in a "night of horror."

Bennie Thompson spoke before the start of a hearing by his panel into just how Tareq and Michaele Salahi were able to get into the dinner for the prime minister of India last week without an invitation.

Secret Service director Mark Sullivan -- the only witness at the hearing -- told the panel that mistakes were made. And he added, "In our line of work, we cannot afford even one mistake." But he said he's confident President Barack Obama was never at risk.

The committee chair says the panel still needs to talk to the Salahis, and to White House social secretary Desiree Rogers. All three were invited to appear today, but declined. Thompson had said last night that if the Salahis didn't show up, the committee was ready to move ahead with subpoenas.


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  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 at 11:18 AM
    data man, how can you turn something like this into being racist? Did you see the pictures of this wonderful man you claim the president to be shaking hands with the couple? The guest list to this event was HIS guest list. I would think that he would know the people that he invited, I know if I had a party and saw someone who was not on the guest list I would immediately start asking questions. Just goes to show you, that the man running or should I say ruining this Country doesnt even know who his friends are. Thats the scary part of this whole story. It is people like you who turn something like this into a racial issue that creates the racial tension we now have in America. I hope that if you have children you are not teaching them the same beliefs that you have.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    Some of you don't know what a horror it would have been if someone had gotten to Biden and Obama, Dataman, think about that.....Nancy Pelosi would be the next to take over. AAAAAAHAHHHHHHHHHHH
  • by SARS Location: Pitt County on Dec 4, 2009 at 07:43 AM
    Do all you Obama fans feel safe now that we know the White House isn't even secure much less the country?
  • by TO DATA MAN Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 3, 2009 at 02:36 PM
    It is only my opionion that race should not be a factor here.It is like I said anyone whatever the race could have gotten in.What I am saying is race is not a darn factor.If this was a black couple,your post would not have targeted the white race.See this situation as is and not what you would have wanted.I do not know how old you are but I will say the race factor is older than me and I only can state my beliefs.Get over it and be done with it.I am not a racist and will never be.May God bless you and all who I may have offended.
  • by Data Man on Dec 3, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    To Obama Snake Oil, you are right! I shouldnt have played that true card.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    Data Man, how in the world, in your racist mind, were you able to bring your card in this? Leave me out of your foolishness, you are only baiting the hook.
  • by Data Man on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:57 AM
    To Goldsboro, You dont know what it feels like to be sick and tired of racism. Its just the cold hard truth!
  • by phil on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:52 AM
    I feel that the Obama's staff is the problem, not the crashers. Maybe the next time the STAFF lets someone through there may be a different out come. The staff needs to be more careful. After all the White House is suppose to be the safest place in America. The staff screwed up and no one else.
  • by B Location: NC on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Lucky? How are we lucky? "night of horror" give me a break, how about 4years of horror!
  • by to: Data Man Location: goldsboro,nc on Dec 3, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    You do not need to throw race into this.It could have been a black couple.Would you throw race in if that had been the case.Just to prove FYI that anyone could have gotten in.I am so sick of all racist.
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