Security and the Plane Incident in DC Yesterday

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 12, 2005

From Editor and Publisher, the text of the addendum to White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s follow-up to questions during the May 11, 2005 press briefing about the plane incident: “The President’s detail was informed when the decision was made to raise the threat level at the White House to yellow. A determination was made that the threat posed no danger to the President since he was at an off-site location, and protocols were in place to protect people in the area of the threat. Those protocols did not require any presidential authority. Given such circumstances and the fact that the plane turned away from the White House, the decision was made to inform the President upon conclusion of his bike ride.”

  • Update: from the May 17, 2005 Washington Post, see this commentary on the Patuxent Research Refuge, site of the “bike ride.”
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