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Secret Service Wants $8M For Fake White House


U.S. Secret Service director Joseph P. Clancy plans to ask for $8 million to build a White House replica in Beltsville, Maryland.

The New York Times reports that the imposter White House will be used to better protect the real one. Just six months ago an armed man jumped the White House fence and broke into the East Room.

In January a small drone crashed onto the grounds. Officials confirmed it was being operated by a government employee for recreational purposes and that he lost control of it.

Earlier this month two men were arrested after breaching security and triggering brief lockdowns at the presidential residence.

And the Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating two Secret Service agents who allegedly got drunk and drove into a security barrier.

Clancy told the Times the law enforcement agency trains on 500 acres in Beltsville where it uses "a rudimentary, not-to-scale simulation of the north grounds" but the proposed replica would provide what he calls a "more realistic environment, conductive to scenario-based training exercises."

A panel of security experts advised the agency to look deeper into the security problems by also spending more time training.

According to The New York Times report, it's still unclear if the structure will be a full scale replica because the design has not been completed.

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A receipt from Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant is displayed on a television screen during the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on U.S. Secret Service accountability for March 4, 2015 incident, Thursday, May 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks at the start of a hearing on Secret Service accountability for a March 4, 2015 incident, Thursday, May 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. For months new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had been warning agents and officers that misconduct and drunken shenanigans would not be tolerated in the once-vaunted law enforcement agency. And yet, according to investigators, two senior Secret Service agents spent five hours at a bar, ran up a significant tab, and then drove back to the White House, where they shoved their car into a construction barrier and drove within inches of a suspicious package earlier this year. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen))
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 14, 2015, during the committee's hearing on U.S. Secret Service accountability for March 4, 2015 incident. For months new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had been warning agents and officers that misconduct and drunken shenanigans would not be tolerated in the once-vaunted law enforcement agency. And yet, according to investigators, two senior Secret Service agents spent five hours at a bar, ran up a significant tab, and then drove back to the White House, where they shoved their car into a construction barrier and drove within inches of a suspicious package earlier this year. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., looks at his phone during the committee's hearing on U.S. Secret Service accountability for March 4, 2015 incident, Thursday, May 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks at the start of a hearing on Secret Service accountability for a March 4, 2015 incident, Thursday, May 14, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. For months new Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy had been warning agents and officers that misconduct and drunken shenanigans would not be tolerated in the once-vaunted law enforcement agency. And yet, according to investigators, two senior Secret Service agents spent five hours at a bar, ran up a significant tab, and then drove back to the White House, where they shoved their car into a construction barrier and drove within inches of a suspicious package earlier this year. (AP Photo/Brett Carlsen)

U.S. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies during a hearing before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee March 17, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Director Clancy faced tough questions from lawmakers regarding the recent misconduct scandal as the subcommittee held a hearing to examine the budget for the Security Service.

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Uniformed US Secret Service officers patrol Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, DC, March 12, 2015. The US Secret Service is investigating claims that some of its agents crashed a car into White House security barriers after a night out, The Washington Post reported March 11. The Secret Service was not immediately available to confirm the report, but spokesman Brian Leary told the Post that the probe would be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general.

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An uniformed US Secret Service officer (C) patrols Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington, DC, March 12, 2015 as a man takes a selfie. The US Secret Service is investigating claims that some of its agents crashed a car into White House security barriers after a night out, The Washington Post reported March 11. The Secret Service was not immediately available to confirm the report, but spokesman Brian Leary told the Post that the probe would be conducted by the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general. 

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Barricades stand in front of the White House on March 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Officials are Investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late night party last week.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Melting snow and barricades sit in front of the White House on March 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Officials are Investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late night party last week. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Members of the US Secret Service stand watch in front of the White House on March 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. Officials are Investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late night party last week. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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