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Security review concludes the White House needs 'a better fence'

Following a rash of embarrassing security lapses earlier this year, an independent panel has concluded that the Secret Service and White House infrastructure must be modernized to better protect the president. Specifically, the panel wrote in a report released Thursday that the fence surrounding the White House "needs to be changed as soon as possible."

"We decline to say precisely what the optimal new fence should look like," the report states, though it adds that it "must be taller." The report goes on to say that the Secret Service needs new leadership — preferably a director who hails from outside the organization — to "move the Service forward into a new era and drive change in the organization."

The report arose after a man breached the White House fence in September and made it inside the building before security apprehended him.