Shakespearean: Another Security Breach By The Secret Service

When was the last time you left your laptop computer inside your exposed car overnight?  When was the last time someone actually broke into your car and stole something – like your laptop computer?

Incredibly, unbelievably, a United States Secret Service Agent reportedly drove to her home in Brooklyn, left her car in an open parking garage and abandoned a laptop inside the vehicle.  Video surveillance cameras captured images of someone arriving on the scene in an unidentified car (which departed without the “someone”), taking items from within the Secret Service car, and walking away.

Take a deep breath.

The agent’s laptop computer is missing.  One news source initially identified her as Marie Aligieri.  Today there’s nothing in my search online to be found about who she is.  She is “unidentified.”

It’s another major problem for the guardians of the President’s life – and for the President.  President Trump has already had his phone calls to heads of foreign states tapped and verbatim transcripts released.

Today the reports that there are schematic diagrams of Trump Tower, among other “sensitive” pieces of information, contained within the files of that missing computer.  Oh, and I almost forgot, there’s some mention of files related to Hillary Clinton’s email investigation among the missing data.

Wait a minute.

Q:  What would a Secret Service Agent be doing with computerized information from an FBI investigation involving Hillary Clinton?

A:  I have no idea.

Q:  How or why would a Secret Service Agent leave a computer like that in a parked car?

A:  Negligence?  Stupidity?  Intoxication?  Distraction?  Or something far worse?

Q:  How, out of all the unoccupied vehicles in a parking garage, would a “thief” know precisely which one to choose for the car burglary wherein he or she could snag an abandoned computer like this one?

A:  It was pure luck?  Someone tipped him off about which car to hit and what would be in it?

There is no way to know yet what’s at the bottom of this scenario.  I’m very uneasy about Mr. Trump’s safety.  If Snoop Doggy Dog’s most recent video isn’t a threat on the President’s life, I don’t know what is.

During last night’s telephone discussion about this latest Secret Service disaster, my friend Jed West used the word Shakespearean to describe what’s going on around our President.

Julius Caesar comes to mind.

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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