前特勤局局长皮尔森星期三就特勤局失职问题接受国会质询。她说，“显然我们的安全计划没有适当实施， 这是不能接受的， 我对此承担全部责任。 我一定会确保此类事件不再发生。”
Secret Service Chief Resigns After Serious Presidential Security Breaches
The U.S. Secret Service has a new acting director, following the abrupt resignation of the agency's director, after two major security lapses that could have put the president in danger.
Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday, nearly two weeks after a man jumped a fence, eluded security, and entered the White House carrying a knife.
Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary said: "Over the last several days, we've seen recent and accumulating reports raising questions about the performance of the agency. And the president concluded that new leadership of that agency was required."
The man who breached White House security (Omar Gonzalez) pleaded guilty to related charges in Washington court Wednesday.
The day before, Pierson testified before a congressional committee about the security failure. She said: "It's clear that our security plan was not properly executed. This is unacceptable and I take full responsibility. And I will make sure that is does not happen again."
Pierson's promise to fix the service's shortcomings was not enough to save her job, after it was also revealed President Obama unknowingly shared an elevator in Atlanta last month with armed guard not authorized to be around him
The Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson has named retired special agent, Joseph Clancy, as acting Secret Service Director, in charge of presidential protection.
Texas Governor Says Children Had Contact with Ebola Patient
Texas Governor Rick Perry says health officials are keeping watch on as many as 18 people who came in contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
Ambulance workers who brought Duncan to the hospital have tested negative.
Those with whom he had contact since arriving in the United States on September 20 will be monitored for at least 21 days. But officials say no other cases are suspected.
Jennifer Fisher, New York University Langone Medical Center, said: "Every hospital in the United States needs to be prepared. It is possible that there will be more cases in the U.S., but again, there is no risk to the general public."
Duncan, who arrived in the United States from Liberia, is in isolation in a Dallas hospital. He was listed as serious but stable condition Wednesday.
There is no specific treatment, but an American doctor diagnosed with the virus was found to be Ebola-free after taking an experimental drug in August.