21 little-known fact about the Secret Service. They all surprised us very much
US Secret Serviceshrouded in many myths and secrets. Who are these harsh people in black suits? In the movie, they flaunt their dark glasses, headphones and gloomy faces. And in life they are often impossible to recognize, even when confronted with them face to face.
We have prepared for you a selection of facts about the work of special agents, which will help you to get to know the mysterious Secret Service better.
1. There are more of them than we think.
When we talk about the Secret Service, it seems that we are talking about a hundred elite fighters, if not less. In fact, the service has about 6,500 employees. And this is in addition to those that work in the division of personal protection.
2. They protect not only the president
Not only the president himself is under the protection of the Secret Service, but also his family, as well as the family of the former president and all the children of the former presidents who are under 16 years old.And also guests of the president and all whom he wishes to provide protection.
3. They have 3 service phases
Agents do not immediately take on field work. Prior to that, for about 3 years they have to work hard in the office, and only then they can qualify for an "action", which lasts an average of 4 to 7 years. And in the final phase, the agent either goes up or returns to paperwork.
4. They train to rush under bullets and survive on water
Before any important event, the Secret Service works through possible scenarios of an assassination attempt on the president and uses bullet markers when shooting. In addition to these jobs, agents still undergo regular training every 8 weeks.
5. Able to provide first aid.
Each agent possesses minimal medical skills and is able in a critical situation to save the life of the wounded before the arrival of an ambulance or before being taken to hospital. And any route of the president is built so that the clinic is within 10-minute availability.
6. They always carry the blood of the president
Agents are always ready to take advantage of their medical skills and even give the president an urgent transfusion ... of his own blood.In order not to risk with donors, the Secret Service always has the blood supply of the President.
7. Mount Weser is not a myth
In Mount Weser, there really is a refuge to which they bring one representative of the government for the duration of the events, where all the other top officials of the state gather. This is done in case the terrorists decide to destroy the entire power elite in one blow.
8. Code names of presidents - also
The secret service does use code names for presidents; this is not a Hollywood fiction. And for families often use the names of one letter. For example, Barack Obama was called "Renegade" (Renegade), his wife - "Renaissance" (Renaissance), and their daughters - "Shining" and "Rosebud" (Radiance, Rosebud).
9. There are motion sensors in the floor of the Oval Office.
The Secret Service has a rule that states that the president should never be alone. And if he wants to close the doors of the Oval Office and leave the agents outside, they track his movements, as well as potential threats, based on data from motion sensors in the floor.
10. They share the hobby of the president
Since the president cannot be alone, agents have to share all his new hobbies. Want to run, Mr. President? Not a question, but we run with you.Have you decided to go hiking? And we are with you. Do you want to ride a skateboard? Well, you understand.
11. And go with him to the doctor
Even the president’s doctor’s office cannot go unaccompanied by an agent, no matter how delicate a problem he may turn to a doctor.
12. They track all threatening letters, even paper ones.
Mail tracking is also not a myth. Secret mail checks all email and paper letters containing even comic threats to the president. And these guys have an ink base of several thousand names to make it easier to track down the writer.
13. They watch and shoot all the time.
Agents are constantly shooting everything that happens and put on as many cameras as possible. And it is not just rescued them in situations where you need to quickly deal with the incident and find the culprit. And after the death of Kennedy and in the presidential motorcade there is a machine that is responsible for shooting.
14. They do not swear to protect the president at the cost of their lives.
Another Hollywood myth. In fact, there is no such oath. Sorry, Mr. President!
15. For all time of service for the president, only one agent died.
So when agents sacrifice their lives for the sake of the president, they do it voluntarily.However, only one employee died in the entire history of the service. Leslie Koffelt died on November 1, 1950, defending President Harry Truman.
16. They hide headquarters
The headquarters of the Secret Service in Washington is located in a building without signposts and identification marks. Next to him do not even stand urns. And if there are no ballot boxes, it means there is no place to lay bombs. The building is located on the street with an amazingly short name H (HC).
17. Service was created on the day of the death of Lincoln.
The idea of creating a secret service was suggested by Finance Minister Hugh McClaf. He presented it to President Lincoln on the morning of April 14, 1865. In the evening, the president went to the ill-fated theater, where he was shot in the head.
18. The Secret Service was not created for the President.
Even if the Secret Service was created that morning, it would not have helped Lincoln, because initially this structure was created to deal with counterfeiters and financial fraud. By the way, she deals with these issues to this day.
19. They never wear sunglasses in the street.
In the films, all special agents always wear black suits, sunglasses and headphones with twisted wires.The real agents of the secret service never put on their glasses on the mission, because of an accidental flare or lack of lighting, they may miss something important.
20. Even they have mistakes.
In the age of modern technology, it is difficult to hide at least something, including the mistakes of the Secret Service. So, stories reached us that Barack Obama was riding in an elevator with an armed man, and a man with a knife climbed into the White House, jumping over the fence.
21. Their hands are always ready.
Looking closely at the photos of the agents, you can see that many of them hold their hands around the waist. The position of the fingers may be different, but the meaning is the same - this is a posture of “readiness” of the hands, which allows you to quickly grab the weapon at any time.