Secret Service says inauguration security breach wasn't threat to Bush
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A man without proper security clearance shook President Bush's hand shortly after the inaugural swearing-in, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
The man, who was not identified because he was not charged with any crime, had a standing-room-only ticket which allowed him access to the event, law enforcement sources said. But that ticket did not allow him to get as close to the president as he did.
Capitol Police escorted the man away from the president. He was detained for a short while and released.
The Secret Service said the man did go through several security checkpoints, including at least one magnetometer, and that he did not pose a threat. Secret Service spokesman James Mackin said there are lots of ways to screen for danger, but it's very tough to screen for nuisances. It's even tougher to charge someone for being a nuisance, he said.
Law enforcement sources said Capitol Police were on alert for this individual because he did the same thing four years ago at President Clinton's second inaugural. In preparation, police were shown video tape of the individual.
It is the responsibility of Capitol Police to keep ticket holders within the proper parameters.
CNN Justice Department Correspondent Kelli Arena contributed to this report
Wednesday, January 24, 2001