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    Book Discussion on Seymour Hersh

    Robert Miraldi talked about his book, Seymour Hersh: Scoop Artist, in which he chronicles the life and career of the investigative journalist. Over his career, Mr. Hersh broke stories on the U.S. government’s development of chemical and biological weapons, the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, Watergate, CIA domestic spying, and the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Mr. Miraldi spoke about the tactics Hersh used to get his stories and about the impact Hersh has had over the past half-century. This event was hosted by the New York Public Library.

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    Secret Service Oversight

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was among three witnesses who testified at a hearing on Secret Service response to a September 2014 White House security breach, and similar security failures since 2009. In the September incident Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled a White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, and entered the executive mansion. 

    Ms. Pierson detailed actions the Secret Service was takng to address protocol concerns and said agency culture had improved during her tenure as director. Members also asked her about a Washington Post story on the four-day delay in 2011 before officers discovered that gunshots had been fired into the White House. Ranking Member Elijah Cummings told Ms. Pierson that he was most disturbed by his impression that officers seemed more comfortable discussing concerns with members of Congress than agency leadership. Committee Chair Darrell Issa closed the hearing by saying he intended to request an independent investigation.