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The Secret Service: how secret is it? Not too much because I know a bit about it…

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The Secret Service protected president Ronald Reagan during his 1981 assassination attempt.

 

The Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865. It’s initial purpose was to suppress counterfeit currency, a major issue at the time. In 1901, the Secret Service was officially assigned to protect the President of the United States after the assassination of William McKinley, a job it has held since then. In 1950, Secret service agent Leslie Coffelt became the only Secret Service agent to die while protecting the president when two Puerto Rican nationalists shot him while trying to kill  president Harry S Truman. Truman survived the attempt on his life with no injury, but Coffelt died after killing one of the nationalists.

In 1968, the Secret Service was authorized to protect presidential candidates as well as the president’s family. There is currently some controversy about the conduct Secret Service agents under the Obama administration.

To be continued…

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