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Old 02-22-2009, 01:46 PM
Tranquilis Tranquilis is offline
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Who Handles Security for (US) Cabinet Officials?

The President has his potective detail from the Secret Service, but who handles security for, say, the Secretary of Defence? And does that change when he's inside the US, vice when he's overseas?

Along similar lines, as I understand things, former Presidents have (much reduced) Secret Service details, so I would presume that Hilary Clinton had some limited level of protection, but how is her security handled now, as Sec State? Does Cabinet-level security supercede any Secret Service protection, or complement it, or what?
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Old 02-22-2009, 02:02 PM
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The State Department is under the protection of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

They are in charge of protecting Hillary and foreign diplomats visiting the US. When someone like the Dali Lama comes to visit, the BDS is in charge of protecting him. In many ways their job is a lot harder than protecting the President, even though it is less important. The SOS has to visit a lot more hostile places than the President does.

I don't know who does security for the other cabinet members.
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Old 02-22-2009, 03:08 PM
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The State Department is under the protection of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
Ah! Cool. Does the BDS detail supercede any SS protection detail the SoS gets, or supplement it?

Presuming that the BDS has an awful lot of experience, do they supplement or aid the SS when the President goes overseas?
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Old 02-22-2009, 04:16 PM
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Ah! Cool. Does the BDS detail supercede any SS protection detail the SoS gets, or supplement it?

Presuming that the BDS has an awful lot of experience, do they supplement or aid the SS when the President goes overseas?
I'm just speculating, but my guess is that SOS has no SS protection. The BDS is enough for her.

For the President, I would think that the BDS helps the SS on foreign trips, since the BDS is very experienced in foreign security. It would be somewhat unproductive if the agency that deals with the most foreign security doesn't provide some support (intelligence at least) to the SS when the President goes oversees.
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:18 PM
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I'm just speculating, but my guess is that SOS has no SS protection. The BDS is enough for her...
As a former First Lady Clinton has SS protection for life (unless she remarries).
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:03 PM
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Starting with Bush 43 ex-presidents only get SS protection for 10 years after they leave office. They changed the law in the 90s but Clinton was grandfathered into the old law.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:00 PM
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As a former First Lady Clinton has SS protection for life (unless she remarries).
Apparently the two agencies will compromise on Hillary's protection.

The other members of the cabinet probably get protection from their own law enforcement agencies. The Department of Defense can probably take it's pick of who gets to protect it's SOD.

The rest of the cabinet will probably get protection as it is needed. If their is a sudden spike of death treats on Tom Vilsack, the current Secretary of Agriculture, and the US Forest Services is not up for the task, then I'm sure some other agency in the executive branch will offer him protection.
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Old 02-23-2009, 10:34 AM
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The Secretary of Defense is protected by plainclothes DoD agents, most if not all of whom are ex-military. The Attorney General is protected by FBI agents. I believe that all other Cabinet officials rely on the Federal Protective Service, which is part of DHS. It has interagency jurisdiction for protecting Federal officials, as needed. The President can also assign the Secret Service if necessary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...ective_Service

The U.S. Marshals Service protects Federal judges, magistrate judges and courthouses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...rshals_Service

Congress is protected by the U.S. Capitol Police. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_...Capitol_Police
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:06 PM
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US cabinet members security

The President and Vice President's immediate family is protected by a Secret Service detail. Foreign heads of states such as the prime minsters or presidents of another country who visit the US are protected by the Secret Service. Foreign diplomats visiting the US such as the Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs are protected by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The Secretary of State is also protected by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The Secretary of Defence is protected by the Armed Forces Police. The Attorney General of Justice Department is protected by the FBI. The Secretary of Treasury is protected by special agents from the Department of Treasury, maybe agents from the Internal Revenue Service. The SoS, SoD, AG, SoT are the 4 most important cabinet officials as they have roles and duties that regard to the National Security of the US. That is why these 4 main officials have a comprehensive security detail. Other cabinet officials such as the secretary of agriculture or education etc. have a minor security detail given by the Department of Homeland Security - Federal Protective Service (FPS). The 4 main cabinet members have a convoy comprising of 5-10 security cars and 3-5 police cars. The president has a motorcade of up to 40 cars and many police officers on motorcycles.

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