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Major Secret Service slip-ups in the past 20 years

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On Wednesday, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned amid recent White House security breach. 


You could say it's been a bad month for the Secret Service.

On September 19th, a Texas Army veteran jumped the White House fence and was able to actually make it inside the White House before being stopped. Three days earlier, a security contractor armed with a gun who had previously been arrested for assault rode on an elevator with President Obama and his security detail at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. 

Recent incidents like these has leaders from the the Democrat and Republican side asking Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to leave her job. 

But the two events in September are just the beginning in a long list of Secret Service slip-ups. 

In 1994, Francisco Duran fired 29 shots through the exterior gate of the White House and was taken down by a civilian. Duran was sentenced to 40 years for attempted assassination of President Clinton. 

In 2009, Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed a White House state dinner. They were eventually discovered and thrown out, but they did get to shake hands with President Obama. They even got a TV deal to appear on Bravo's Real Housewives of DC. 

In November of 2011, Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez fired a gun from a moving car outside the White House. The bullet actually hit a window in the President's living quarters, but the glass was bullet-proof. Hernandez was captured after a five-day manhunt. 

And then there was "Colombiagate" in 2012 where 12 Secret Service agents were sent home from Cartagena where President Obama was attending the Summit of the Americas after engaging the services of a prostitute. Nine of the agents were eventually dismissed. 

Two agents were relieved of duty in November of 2013 after it was discovered they sent "sexually suggestive emails" to a female co-worker.  

Secret Service Director Pierson has been testifying before Congress about the incidents that occurred in September, and has said she is taking full responsibility. On Wednesday, she resigned. 

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