Who guards the guardians, or "Chief, can we use the cone of silence?"
Former guard Bryan Adams recognized his inadequate training one day last August, when an employee reported a suspicious bag in the parking lot.
"I didn't have a clue about what to do,'' he said.
This brings fond memories to mind of the wonderful Mel Brooks TV show Get Smart. Incompetence in the intelligence community in that case was, of course, funny, not tragic, but I have this mental picture of the Cone of Silence, which was supposed to maintain security, but which made it hard for the people inside to hear the state secrets and everyone outside (the audience) able to hear every word. I wonder if Adams used a Cone of Silence? I mean, we heard about it, didn't we?
Adams said he closed the vehicle checkpoint with a cone, walked over to the bag and called superiors. Nobody cordoned off the area. Eventually, someone called a federal bomb squad, which arrived more than an hour after the discovery.
"If the bag had, in fact, contained the explosive device that was anticipated, the bomb could have detonated several times over in the hour that the bag sat there,'' Adams said.
The bag, it turned out, contained gym clothes.