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National Geographic Airing Inside the US Secret Service

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National Geographic will air its documentary Inside the US Secret Service this Sunday evening, February 20th and Monday evening, February 21st (Check your local listings for the times in your area). It will give the viewer an inside look at the Secret Service operations and show clips from interviews taken with some of its agents.

I’ve always found these shows interesting but this week, I’m definitely tuning in because my brother was interviewed for the program.

Years ago, my brother was accepted into the United States Secret Service.  I remember it had taken him approximately seven years to get in. Secret Service agents did background checks of our whole family and two men visited my parents’ home to interview them about my baby brother.

My brother’s landlord and neighbors told him that Secret Service agents had visited his apartment complex to ask questions about him. I remember Jimmy telling me the news over the phone. Then, I couldn’t help myself:

“Oh yeah, they called me and asked me questions too.”

“They did?” Jim sounded anxious, a little unnerved. “So…what did you tell them?”

“I told them that apart from you lighting candles every night in the corner of your living room shrine, the one that you built in honor of Lee Harvey Oswald…Oh…and I mentioned the posters of Gennady Zyaganov and Boris Yeltsin in your bedroom…Other than that, you were as red-white-and-blue as the American flag.”

“You didn’t!”

I burst into laughter and then Jim could tell I was having one of  those Big Sis “Gotcha” moments. I’ve teased him ever since by nicknaming him “Golden Boy.” Yep, I’ve always been a little jealous of Jim for getting a job that has won him the family title, “Mom and Dad’s #1 Pride and Joy.”

Over the years, he has traveled all over the world, sometimes on Air Force One. He’s protected Clinton, the Pope, the Bushes, and many others (the list is too long to mention). During the 2005 Inaugural Parade, he drove the presidential limo that followed the President.

“Did you see me, Ma?” he had asked our mother during a phone conversation.

Always a joker, Jim knew he was impossible to see behind the tinted windows.

On a regular basis he had protected Vice President Cheney, during Cheney’s time in office. In fact, on 9-11, Jim was one of the agents who brought Cheney to the White House bunker. None of us knew where he was until after the fact and my mom was filled with worry.

I also have pictures of Cheney with Jim. Every year the VP had a Christmas gathering for all his agents and there was always a photo opportunity. Each December, Jim would send me a photo of himself, his wife and beautiful kids taken with the Cheneys, all smiling and standing beside a tall, beautiful Christmas tree.

One of my favorite photos was taken when my oldest niece was only a toddler. Each time, when the photographer was ready to snap the picture, my niece would put her little finger in her nose and try to pick it. After the photographer made several unsuccessful attempts, Jim had to firmly hold her little hand down onto his suit lapel (he was holding her in his arms). Jim looks stressed in the shot but Cheney and his wife are laughing. What a family memory!

After 9-11, I asked Jim what he thought about the event and what was happening in our country. All he would say was, “You are much better off not knowing.”

Jim’s a master when it comes to keeping secrets. He doesn’t share much, unless it’s a harmless or funny story about some celebrity who tried to get by him at a White House dinner. One of my favorite stories involves Whoopi Goldberg (gotta love Whoopi!).

“If they (the celebrities) saw any of us walking down the street, they wouldn’t notice us. But when we’re being the Secret Service agents, it’s another story. We become celebrities to some of them! Pretty funny…”

Today, my little brother is a Senior Agent and trains the new agents.

I’m looking forward to watching him and other agents on the National Geographic channel and hope you will tune in to the program too because it should be an interesting telecast.

Again, It will air on the Discovery Channel-National Geographic, Sunday, February 20th and Monday, February 21st. (Check your local listings for the times.)

So, I guess my baby bro has one-upped me once again. Mom has been calling all the relatives and all her friends telling them to tune in.

I’m proud of you too, “Golden Boy!”

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  • donald chester reece

    I love and understand my Country and feel so Blessed to serve.

  • Keith Richard Radford Jr

    background checks make idiots rich with worthless info because people change from day to day

    I remember living behind a church were Brian Lamb, and a bunch of these Cspan guys used too have a wood shop. At that place of residence my mom thought I needed an exorcist, after playing in the mud the way very young children will sometimes with my uncle who mixed a glass of this red clay in water and told me it was chocolate milk.

    After drinking it as he would force me to do thing all the time like the time he made me cut off the limb I was sitting on and the device came out of my shoulder being more powerful and in control I broke out with ring worm all over my body and my mom told me it was writing that could not be understood so she had priests come in from the church.

    I guess my Dad did not know that one of the people at the church was in line for being my new dad but that was not in the cards because I guess he felt I was in need of discipline after an accident in the wood shop. I had been check out on the band saw by my grandfather who was a millwright in Arkansas and to do some jobs the blade shield had to be removed. Some kids came in and wanted to use the saw, then got mad that I wanted to warn them to put the guard on and they told me they owned it all and I was not to tell them anything, and after this head strong kid cut his thumb off the other kids said they would tell their fathers it was all my fault, but it was not.

    I had a fever of well over a hundred and I was a bloody mess with the infection. The priests came in with outer guys and one had a camera. The priests would throw me across the room well the other snapped a picture. I would fall on furniture and the floor and they would tell me get on the bed, don’t get off the bed very loud and when I would crawl back on the bed they would pick me up and throw me over and over again well the other priest would snap another picture and this went on till one guy said we have enough picture and they left me in the blood, mud, and bedding, then my aunt came in with some save that was for ring worm.

    She spread the save and kidded me about dying when the rings got to my heart. After getting well I went back to the wood shop and the guys had made me a special shield and gave me my sword which were both made of wood and I had to fight one of the guys in my shorts because I did not want to remove them and the other guy was naked (he know who he is). I was still not up too speed and lost the battle. They then called me the bad guy and this group was supposed to be my gate keeper or something like that appointed by the priests. My Dad did not like them much also but that did not matter much because someone at the church was going to be my new dad till he said no, my mom cried allot, my dad was gone, I healed up, but I still have a case.

    Please know that there is nothing any of you can do to make what you and the rest of the ones involved can do to make this my fault. See at the time I was about seven years old. Since then the church has made an effort to kill me, to the extent of trying to pass laws to kill sex offenders.

    Come on, keep it up, keep pushing laws that you as a group of very said individuals know have no value. Take me too court so I can own a network. I have met with your staff members in private since along with military personal and others.

    Now lets note when this happened I was only a small child being thrown around a room like a rag doll by people that started all this clear back in the late fifty’s and the steering by very bad people that think abusing kids to make laws to stop abuse, Ha! these laws are bogus and the fact that they can not kill gays anymore does not justify the use of laws too kill someone set up by them to create some worthless set of laws by a fusion of church and state is wrong and realty designed by them to harm us all.

    My case was pragmatic but more than that I know what was done and who was involved making vendetta laws that really have no bases in truth, and are based in lies.

    Keith Richard Radford Jr

    PSS don’t be cowards, let me know you received this e-mail through a response.

    It’s time to communicate

  • Concerned for Keith

    Dear Keith Richard Radford Jr, [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] Do us all a favor and stop reading [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor] You need help. I noticed you ended your little memo with “It’s time to communicate.” This is me communicating to you. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

    Oh and although you didn’t mention it, I know you are thinking it. The world isn’t going to end in 2012 and the currency system as we know it is not going to collapse.

    [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]

    The Internet is a great invention, but for people like you it just exasperates the problem. Turn all your electronics off and go for a walk, hell take the dog for a walk, get some fresh air. [Personal attack deleted by Comments Editor]