So the fellow caught by US Secret Service agents who jumped the White House fence on Friday? Turns out that he had a pretty substantial pile of ammo and weapons in his car, and that he's had a couple of recent arrests.
On Friday, Omar Gonzalez hopped the north fence and sprinted just past the north portico White House doors when he was stopped, Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.
Gonzalez carried a Spyderco VG-10 folding knife with a 3½-inch serrated blade in his pants pocket, according to an affidavit.
He allowed authorities to search his car, where police say they found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in boxes and magazines. They also found two hatchets and a machete in his car.
A Secret Service officer said he yelled at the intruder to stop. Gonzalez told a Secret Service agent "that he was concerned that the atmosphere was collapsing and needed to get the information to the President of the United States so that he could get the word out to the people," according to the affidavit.
President Barack Obama and his family were not at home at the time.
Friday was not Gonzalez's first run in with police. In July, he was arrested in Wythe County, Virginia, and charged with possession of a shotgun and a sniper rifle. He was also charged with eluding and evading arrest. In addition, police say they found a map with the White House circled.
In late August, Gonzalez was stopped while walking along the White House fence. He carried a hatchet and allowed police to search his car, where they found camping gear and two dogs. He was not arrested then.
OK, so this guy? He needs some help, clearly. He's a three-tour Iraq veteran, and he's obviously having some serious problems adjusting to being home. His marriage broke up two years ago, and his family has said his mental state wasn't the best.
Needless to say, the judge at the arraignment Monday agreed that he was both a flight risk and a threat to President Obama. Here's hoping that he can get the mental help he so clearly needs.
Our wars in the Middle East had, and still have, a cost.