I agree there are no doubt hordes of folks involved in White House security.
The company I know in Texas is a group that (I know for a fact) that put
the White House on the Internet a few years back. Yeah...they probably
never got paid.
At 07:16 PM 9/23/96 -0400, Marcus J. Ranum wrote:
>> Last I knew (a few years ago), security at places like the Whitehouse was
>> handled by a specific company I know in Texas.
> Minor nitpick: the White house's security is handled by lots
>of people. It's a typical government type scene in which they have
>dozens of cooks in the kitchen, each doing their own thing and nobody
>is answerable to anyone else unless they want to be. Also, at any
>given time, most of the people involved are consultants, who are being
>asked to work gratis, with the promise of future business "down the
>road" or future purchases. Of course, they either never get paid or
>the products never get bought. I believe the guy you know in Texas
>never got paid, and last time I had anything to do with security
>there, much of the software was running on "evaluation" licenses
>because nobody was actually willing to pay people for the work they
>did or the software they provided. A constant ebb and flow of
>consultants resulted, as the smart ones grew disillusioned and left
>and the new ones, lured by white house fairy dust, came in.
> There are lots of folks who've handled security in the
>White house and most of 'em, if they were really there, will
>start screaming and pulling their hair out, if you mention the
>topic to them. Anyone you talk to who makes it sound like it was
>exciting, interesting, or state of the art is a liar and a
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