Julia Pierson Name First Woman Director of Secret Service

 

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Frst Woman Director of Secret Service

First Woman Director of Secret Service

Sometimes art imitates life. In the recently released movie “Olympus has fallen” Angela Bassett plays the director of the Secret Service, and now today President Obama names Julia Pierson as the first woman director of Secret Service. Pierson has been with the agency since 1983, and since 2008 has been the agency’s chief of staff.

Pierson’s appointment comes nearly a year after the agency — charged with protecting the president and top administration officials and visiting dignitaries — was rocked by a prostitution scandal. Several agents, who traveled to Cartagena, Colombia, to do advance work for Obama’s visit last April, brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan announced his retirement last month after a nearly three-decade career and seven years as head of the agency.

In testimony before Congress last year, Sullivan apologized for the conduct of Secret Service personnel in Colombia.

Pierson was appointed to the position of chief of staff on Aug. 3, 2008. Prior to her appointment, she served as the Secret Service’s assistant director of the Office of Human Resources and Training, a position she held since June 2006.

She is a native of Orlando and began her career with the agency in 1983 as a special agent assigned to the Miami Field Office, after having served three years as a police officer in Orlando.

Arnette Heintze, a retired Secret Service agent who worked extensively with Pierson, said the career agent has “solid credentials that nobody can question.”

As for the first woman director of the agency, Heintze said, the “service is more than ready.”

Heintze said he first worked with Pierson in the mid-1980s on a wave of identity-theft cases involving Nigerian nationals that spread across the United States. Later, they worked on the protective detail for President George H.W. Bush.

“I knew her as a solid criminal investigator, with a good reputation as a street agent,” said Heintze, who served as special agent in charge in Chicago before his retirement in 2003.

“No one can question that she has the experience and understanding of the job as a special agent,” Heintze said. “She’s got all the credentials, and now she’s got the backing of the president.”

As the chief of staff, Heintze said, there is “no question” that Pierson would have “weighed in” on the review into agents accused of consorting with prostitutes while on detail in Cartagena, Colombia.

“I think her appointment will go over well,” he said. My guess is, although she may be the first woman director of  Secret Service, she certainly won’t be the last.

Paparazzi: The Steven Tyler Act Could Leave You Needing a Lawyer!

Steven Tyler Act

The Hawaii state Senate passed the so-called Steven Tyler Act Tuesday, a bill that seeks to protect celebrities from overeager paparazzi by creating a civil violation if people take unwanted photos or videos of others in their private moments.

The Aerosmith frontman from Massachusetts asked Sen. Kalani English to sponsor the legislation after unwanted photos were taken of him and his girlfriend last December and published in a national magazine, causing family drama.

Tyler owns a multimillion dollar home in Maui, which is part of English’s district. English said the Steven Tyler Act could help increase celebrity tourism in Hawaii.

Twenty-three of the state’s 25 Senate members voted in favor of the Steven Tyler Act, which now goes to the House for consideration. Sen. Sam Slom, the body’s only Republican, opposed the measure.

“We have been the butt of many editorials and jokes across the country for this proposed legislation,” he said. Slom said senators had fun with the bill, but Hawaii has adequate laws protecting privacy and this proposal is an attack on First Amendment rights.

“My final remarks to Steven Tyler as he sang so eloquently are, ‘Dream on, dream on,’” Slom joked. Sen. Les Ihara also voted against the measure.

Besides Tyler, other celebrities have supported the Steven Tyler Act, including Britney Spears, Mick Fleetwood and the Osborne family. They say intrusive paparazzi make it difficult to enjoy simple activities with family and friends.

But national media organizations worry about the proposal’s impact on freedom of the press. The National Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists were some of several national media organizations that submitted testimony opposing the bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee responded to criticism of the measure’s vague language by replacing the original version with the text of an existing California anti-paparazzi statute. But longtime media lawyer Jeff Portnoy said the bill is still problematic.

“It’s better, but it doesn’t change its fatal flaws,” he said. The measure’s language is still ambiguous and it is unnecessary, given Hawaii’s existing laws, Portnoy said.   “Our only chance to get some sanity into this is in the House,” he said.

Bodyguards to Protect Lindsey Vonn

Bodyguards to Protect Vonn

Bodyguards to Protect Vonn

Bodyguards to Protect Lindsey Vonn

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With attention on her personal life intensifying, Lindsey Vonn will be surrounded by bodyguards at the Alpine skiing world championships. An average of 30,000 fans per race are expected in this small Alpine village during the 13-day championships, which start Tuesday with the women’s super-G and end Feb. 17.

”There’s going to be an incredible amount of people here in Schladming, and it’s a very small space,” Vonn said Sunday at a news conference arranged by the U.S. team.

She said Red Bull, her sponsor, has hired bodyguards ”to make sure I can get in and out and not have any difficulty, but I don’t expect there to be any problems. But it’s better to be safe than sorry.” Vonn’s divorce from her husband of more than four years, Thomas, was completed last month.

There has been online chatter about an alleged relationship between Vonn and Tiger Woods. She was asked by a local TV reporter whether the golfer would be coming to watch her ski. ”Oh, my god! I don’t know,” Vonn replied. ”You should ask him.” The reporter than asked again, ”in the name of Schladming.” ”I have no idea. I have no idea,” Vonn said, repeating herself with a big smile and giggles.

Vonn recently left the circuit for nearly a month to recover from an intestinal illness. She has won two races since she returned last month. ”I actually don’t know what’s going on in the U.S. as far as media pertaining to these world championships,” Vonn said. ”I haven’t really been going online very much. I’ve just been focusing on preparing for world championships.”

 

Moshe Benabou Justin Bieber’s ex-bodyguard sues for assault

Ex-bodyguard sues for assault

Moshe Benabou the ex-bodyguard  for the”5’7″ 130 lbs” rock star Justin Bieber, is suing Bieber claiming he is owed more than $420,000 in unpaid overtime.

The ex-bodyguard worked for Bieber from March 2011 to October 2012. During that time the Israeli bodyguard and former soldier claims punched him in the chest multiple times during a disagreement.

According to TMZ, the “As Long as You Love Me” singer berated Benabou and punched him in the chest multiple times during a particularly heated incident. The alleged beating occurred when the two disagreed about how to handle a member of Bieber’s entourage.

“This whole thing is baseless and meritless,” a source counters to Us Weekly. “Justin never hit him and couldn’t! He is so much smaller. This whole thing is a lie.”

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George Zimmerman Sued for not Paying Bodyguard Services

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George Zimmerman Sued! A bodyguard company has filed a lawsuit against George Zimmerman, his wife and attorney claiming that they owe more than $27,000 for bodyguard services.

Associated Investigative Services filed the lawsuit in Orange County Circuit Court on Friday against Zimmerman, who is awaiting trial on second-degree murder charges in relation to the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

The civil complaint, which is also against his wife and attorney Mark O’Mara, claims O’Mara hired the bodyguard company in June to provide bodyguard services for the Zimmerman family but promised payments stopped after an independent trustee took over Zimmerman’s defense fund.

The company provided a bodyguard detail for Zimmerman’s second bond hearing on June 29, according to the complaint, and the arrangement stepped up into ‘nearly constant’ watch on Zimmerman’s family.

But AIS alleges payments stopped soon after an independent trustee took over the defense fund, the Orlando Sentinel has reported. The bodyguard company says O’Mara told Zimmerman and the trustee wanted to ‘clamp down’ on the defense fund because it was running low. The lawsuit alleges breach of contract, among other claims, and requests a monetary judgment of $27,027.08.

O’Mara told the Orlando Sentinel he was surprised the suit had been filed. He said ‘We’ve paid them over $40,000′ He said the company no longer provided protection to George and Shellie Zimmerman, partly because at one point it was billing them $7,000 per week, whereas they are now paying $700 a week for protection.