If I asked you when did you last time saw the American Secret Service Agents? You may throw the name of some spy movies at me. It's not your fault, most of the people have come across these secret agents in movies only. Strict people in black costumes with high depth sunglasses; that's all people know about them, and that's how they identify them. But the scenario is different in the real world, and you may hardly find out even if these agents are around you.
In 1901, after the killing of President William McKinley, American government extended the duties of these secret service agents that involved the protection of the president. As the time passed by, the responsibilities and secrecy of these agents evolved, and today, the world doesn't know much about their operations.
However, there are some lesser-known protocols of these secret service agents which are public, and we at WittyFeed have compiled all of them here for you.
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Although thousands of agents are employed in the secret service agency, only the best and the fit ones are trusted with responsibilities of handling Presidential Protection Division (PDD). These agents are trained for keeping the President alive until the President is taken to specialized medical center.
Being a President protective means going wherever he/she goes. It includes going to the places as private as washrooms. In short, the President is never alone.
It is true that President and Vice-President cannot refuse the secret service supervision once they officially take office. However, the secret service agents will have to protect everyone who Presidents wants to be protected.
After completing their term, Presidents can shift to private security if they wish.
Causing a threat to President's life is never a good idea because once these secret service agents catch you, it depends entirely on them if you should be warned, committed for psychiatric evaluation, or charge the culprit for something serious.
These agents do not get the chance to work in fieldwork directly. They work at least three hours in the office, before getting promoted to face the challenging tasks often for 4-5 years. After completing the first two terms, the agent is promoted to a higher branch of secret service, or they go back to office work.
"If you send President a Christmas ham, chances are he/she will never get to see it."
Every food presented to Presidents and their guests goes through high-security camera check and continuous surveillance.
The hobbies which Presidents decide to adapt, the secret service agents have to adjust to it too. For instance, Bill Clinton was a good jogger, and that forced the agents to be in good shape so that they can keep up the pace on field.
Despite watching in films that secret service agents give up their life for the President, there's no such law in real life for them. You see, they never utter that word. Still, they do every possible thing to save the President.
President's Limo is highly secured, and it is driven by extensively trained secret service agents who are trained for defensive driving. They can turn the car upto 180-degree when in need. President's Limos are all attack resistant.
If you notice any agent from now on, have a look at their hands. They're always in a position to attack or defense. The position of their fingers may vary, but it all means the same, they're always ready.
It's real; the secret service agents indeed use code names for President and their family. For instance, in case of Barack Obama, his family name was Renegade, his wife's name was Renaissance, and his daughter's name was Radiance and Rosebud.
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That's all, folks!