The transcript below is from the video “10 Secret Service Tactics that are Insane” by DailyTop10s.

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The secret service are responsible for protecting the president and other high level government officials. Their tactics and methods are amazing!

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It takes a lot to protect the President of the United States. Here are 10 Secret Service Tactics that are insane.

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It takes a lot to protect the President of the United States. Here are 10 Secret Service Tactics that are insane.

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10. Ink Library.

The Secret Service has the world’s largest collection of ink. The Secret Service works in conjunction with ink manufacturers where they have a massive database of tags in the inks. These tags allows Secret Service agents to narrow down the brand of any type of ink. They can also trace where the brand is sold in the country. So should the president receive a threatening letter, they can trace to an extent where that letter may have originated from. They also have a team of hand-writing experts that inspect the handwriting of any letter that has a threatening word in it.

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9. Protective Intelligence

The President is the target of many online comments. Some of these comments suggest a threat to him but are likely not serious. However, every single threat is investigated by a team of Secret Service agents. When someone posts anything about wanting to cause the President any kind of harm-even if it’s only in jest-every every single aspect of that person’s life is investigated-friends, employees, neighbours could be all investigate. This is known as protective intelligence and it’s conducted to deem the seriousness of the threat. After an investigation is done, the agents will determine whether or not the person in question should simply be warned, should be submitted for a psychiatric evaluation or should be convicted of a Class E felony.

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8. Agents are trained to spot guns.

Impromptu presidential greetings are a nightmare for Secret Service agents. Dealing with large crowds poses a threat for them as they can’t know what someone in the crowd might do. As such, Secret Service agents are highly trained to look for weaponry within a crowd. They scan for people who have their hands stuffed in their pocket, for people wearing baggy clothing, and even for people who seem to be moving stiffly on one side of their body because they might be concealing a weapon. The Secret Service is famous for their dark sunglasses but those shades aren’t just to shield their eyes from the sun’s ray, they wear dark glasses so they can hide their eyes while scanning the crowd. This way, any potential suspects are not alerted to the fact that they’re being watched.

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7. Water Rescue Detail

One of the any perks of being the president is a lifetime of protection. Even after his presidency, the president is promised protection wherever he goes. Now a lot of retired presidents seek R&R in tropical places where swimming and water sports-about, but to ensure the president remains safe, a specific group of Secret Service agents are put on water rescue detail. These agents accompany any president whether active or not to any places that has water. They are highly trained in any and all of the dangers that water poses.

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6. Cat Agents

Cat agents are the Secret Service’s most elite and highly agents. They carry SR16 carbines with them which are very powerful rifles. The process to become a cat agent is extremely gruelling. When someone is selected, they must first undergo a week of preschool. If they make it through that, they graduate to an intensive six-weeks training camp. Cat agents are required to run a mile and a half in nine minutes, to wear a 45-pounds vest and to be highly skilled with weaponry. They must also be very intelligent. During their training, they go through arduous stress tests and most applicants drop out. Their job is to provide cover for the president if he’s under attack. They’re trained to engage in direct assault combat to give other agents time to get the President to safety.

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5. The President’s Motor Pool

The President’s main mode of transportation is aptly named ‘the Beast’. It’s a customized Cadillac limousine that has over seven tons of armour. The armour is up to eight-inches thick in places and can withstand high calibre gun fire or even an explosive device. But the protection doesn’t stop there as ‘the Beast’ is never alone. The President’s motor pool consist of a whole line of vehicles including a discreet black van that holds the counter assault team otherwise known as the CAT. In total, there are a dozen vehicles in the president’s motor pool and each vehicle costs over a million dollars.

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4. Food Screening.

When presidential chefs are preparing food for the president, they’re under strict scrutiny by Secret Service agents. Every single one of their movements is monitored to ensure that they aren’t poisoning the President. White House chefs are never alone in the kitchen. Furthermore, when the President travels, Navy stewards travel along with him and personally prepare his food. The president doesn’t eat any food that has been gifted to him and although he sometimes orders food while out and about, he only does it for a photo-op as he never eats anything that he orders from a restaurant.

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3. Systema Russian Combat

It’s expected that Secret Service agents would be highly trained in weaponry and combat. They are, after all protecting the president, but some Secret Service agents are more highly trained than others. Some are trained in a Russian martial art called Systema. Systema stands for ‘the system’ and it was originally used by military personnel like KGB and Spetsnaz. It is unlike any other martial arts. It’s known for its brutality and its anything-goes mentality. Systema involves controlling the attackers’ levers, arms, legs and elbows. It also involves defending against weapons and weapon disarmament. People trained in Systema are trained to deal with multiple attackers at the same time. They are also trained to remain very calm while under attack. Systema is not just a combat tactic, it’s a way of life and people who are trained in this uncommon martial art are expected to live the virtue of the martial art. Although someone practicing Systema appears calm and completely in control, don’t let the calmness fool you. Systema is a highly dangerous martial art style. Secret Service agents trained in Systema can easily kill an attacker although their goal is to disarm, not kill.

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2. Advanced Secret Service Team

Every single place the president goes, he’s first scouted out by the advanced Secret Service team. This team arrives before the president to do a thorough check of the entire area that the president is visiting. For example, if he’s visiting a school, the team arrives first and inspects every corner of the school including the bathroom, stalls and inside the classroom cupboards. They will even go to nearby hospitals to obtain a list of anyone in the area that has been recently treated for mental illness and released. They literally leave no stone unturned in their pre-emptive of the area. They take over entire hotels. When the president travels, his entourage of Secret Service agents with him but whenever he stays in the hotel, his Secret Service agents conduct a background check on any of the hotel employees that might be in contact with the president during his stay. If any employee had any sort of criminal record, then that employee is asked to stay home from work during the president’s visit. The team also completely takes over the entire floor the president is staying on, as well as the floor above and below. They take over elevators for their own personal, even going as far as to hire an elevator repairman to stay on standby should anything go wrong with the elevator.

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1.  Ten Minute Medicine

If the president is attacked or suffers any kind of medical emergency, there’s protocol in place to increase his chances of survival. A select number of special Secret Service agents are assigned to the presidential Protection Division otherwise known as the PPD. These selective agents have the responsibility of protecting the lives of the commander-in-chief and his family as such they’re trained in something called ten-minute medicine. Ten-minute medicine involves doing everything in their power to keep the president alive until he can get help from other medical professionals. Now this might sound reasonable because the president is very important, however, the concept of ten-minute medicine in this case involves some pretty insane protocol. For example, every time the president travels, the PPD knows exactly where the nearest medical facility is within a 10-minutes radius and they even have an agent stationed at that facility. This agent is responsible for becoming familiar with all the doctors and nurses on shift. The PPD is also responsible for ensuring that there are bags of blood in the president’s car which match the president’s blood type just in case an emergency transfusion is needed. The PPD’s training in ten-minute medicine proved useful when they saved President Reagan’s life during the 1981 assassination attempt. However, it seems like a lot of time and energy to prepare for something that likely will never happen which is why the PPD’s ten-minute medicine and all the protocol involved has earned the top spot on this list of ten Secret Service tactics that are insane.




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