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The ‘frat boy culture’ of the Secret Service


Its mission also expanded: “Instead of protecting one leader, the agency now shields his extended family, many of his deputies, and even his political opponents,” and it has moved far beyond simple bodyguard services to also focus on protecting its charges from an ever-expanding and evolving range of threats, including cyberattacks and terrorist strikes. But as the Secret Service’s budget and mission have grown, so too have its flaws: Somewhere along the way, Leonnig charges, the “elite, hardworking band of patriots” determined to protect future presidents from JFK’s fate morphed into “a frat boy culture of infighting, indulgence and obsolescence.”

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