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November 19, 2003
Great Security at Buckingham Palace

Security breaches like this happen here in America, too, but with all of the protests going on over President Bush's visit, you'd think a little bit of double-checking would be in order:

The Daily Mirror newspaper, claiming to have exposed a security breach at Buckingham Palace, said its reporter had been given full access to Queen Elizabeth II's residence on his first day on the job two months ago. The Mirror said reporter Ryan Parry had been due to serve breakfast Wednesday morning to key Bush aides. It said Parry quit his job as a royal footman at midnight Tuesday.

It's not unusual for new hires to begin working ahead of receiving their security clearances, but very unusual to be given complete access to the most sensitive areas, regardless of where you work:

Parry said he gave one real reference and one fake reference when he applied for work at the palace. He said he was given an all-areas security pass on his first day at work. ... "Had I been a terrorist intent on assassinating the queen or American President George Bush, I could have done so with absolute ease," Parry said. "Indeed this morning I would have been serving breakfast to key members of his government, including National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell," he added.

Nice job, guys. (via Drudge Report)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 19, 2003 8:03 AM

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