White House Down: The Psychology of a Secret Service Agent

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

In the movie “White House Down,” the United States Secret Service is charged with hunting down a terrorist who’s taken control of the White House and other critical government buildings in Washington, D.C. So Trace went right to the source, a nearly 30 year veteran of the agency to see what it takes to be a member of this elite group.

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37 comments

Zaman Pasha June 29, 2013 - 9:25 AM

Probably because bullet proof glasses are usually pretty thick and and thick glasses on your face would be pretty uncomfortable

Razgrits June 29, 2013 - 9:27 AM

Nice, no question as to why the secret service steps over civilian rights in secrecy even though they are the ones paying the checks and not the fat cats they actually protect.

Cool story bro.

RachaelJustice June 29, 2013 - 12:58 PM

Watched it, was the first action movie I liked in a long time ^_^

ChrisTheAspergerGuy June 29, 2013 - 3:41 PM

Cool interview, man!

Yousef Hasan June 29, 2013 - 4:17 PM

Haha, that is the reason why. Even in the military, but that's also something they play off, so they don't have to disclose it.

Noctis Spectra June 29, 2013 - 7:57 PM

That wasn't a very good line of questioning, why not talk about techniques, go a little bit more into the training, talk more about the vigilance of these guys? What it takes…

Cristhian Antunez June 29, 2013 - 8:55 PM

the audio was fine….if you cant hear him maybe raise your volume? i heard him just fine.

ithinkmynameismoose June 29, 2013 - 11:42 PM

Because no grammars are there.

Zuri’s Truth June 30, 2013 - 1:51 AM

Cool!! Way to pull in the best for interviews!

foxat0mic June 30, 2013 - 2:19 AM

LOL well I'd never want to be in the Canadian Secret Service pretty much for that reason. It's different in the States. But sure you can pick and choose, if someone gets elected that you don't want to protect, you're allowed to quit and do something else for a living!

Aros Irwin June 30, 2013 - 6:20 AM

I love how soft his voice is! It's so comforting and you can imagine it whispering in the ear of important people. So calm and level.

Explicitt June 30, 2013 - 7:26 AM

The amount of force a bullet has would knock the glasses off, giving the shooter a free shot. Also, you would have to be close to the person with the glasses to have a good enough aim to hit the lens.

DaveASL June 30, 2013 - 11:38 AM

because unfortunately most of that info is classified =/

anony mous June 30, 2013 - 11:48 AM

it's called eye-pro, or "eye protection". It is what is classified as a ballistic safe eye protection glasses(being clear or dark). There are a lot that look 'cool' and are safe to use by secret service. In the Armys higher echelon, they determine an approved set of eye-pro, or 'APEL(Authorized Protective Eyewear List)' to be used by the Army. I believe you're simply reffering to eye-pro :P Or at the minimum, any kind of ballistic eye-wear

Hasan Moukalled June 30, 2013 - 12:43 PM

You'll never know, maybe the sunglasses are bulletproof ad he didn't tell us..

Aderon June 30, 2013 - 2:13 PM

because it would cover too little to be considered useful

Santos Vazquez June 30, 2013 - 6:13 PM

LMFAO such a simple answer yet so true… It didn't even cross my mind xD

Kyle Jackson July 1, 2013 - 12:39 AM

Call/text 609-575-7926 I'm horny

The Professor July 1, 2013 - 1:43 AM

wait so they use the sunglasses to keep the sun out of their eyes? Golly!

weswagginout July 1, 2013 - 2:13 AM

This movie oath best

Curious Earthlings July 1, 2013 - 2:38 PM

Google glass type sunglasses for the secret service in the next few years?

xkidgodx July 1, 2013 - 6:30 PM

You do know there is a volume control on your device or computer

TheGozzila July 4, 2013 - 12:02 AM

So my teacher is killing agents now?

CMYAlly8 July 5, 2013 - 1:08 PM

I wanna learn about why people turn into human barbie

Strijdparel July 6, 2013 - 5:06 PM

This man is a fake, he is a straw man, he is not an orignal American so he could join the secret service. His word use give him away. Why this mystery afraid to show your real face? The words he used he said also where he must have used the word too.

The Man From Krypton July 10, 2013 - 12:31 AM

The last sentence made no sense at all.

ericeey July 10, 2013 - 9:12 PM

Do one for Pacific Rim!

ericeey July 10, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Like how realistic it could be or if it could really happern

dacd93 July 12, 2013 - 6:31 AM

but its a green screen right?

Philip Nzw July 14, 2013 - 12:56 AM

the s.s speaks softly too

i Spook July 14, 2013 - 4:17 AM

I could blast the sound 3m across my room from my headphones dude. Something must be wrong on your side.

Donald Anderson July 17, 2013 - 4:52 AM

Sunglasses to keep sun out of your eyes huh? now I've heard everything

Rettheran September 20, 2013 - 10:19 PM

And therefore, not the best :P

'Best' is a good combination between quality and quantity.

But Norway, while not so useful on their own; are valuable in supplying greater armies, such as the US', with high quality troops & different experience, to enhance the host army's performance.

That's why Norway relies so much on its allies and good relationship with other countries :P

Rettheran September 20, 2013 - 10:22 PM

I think the Sunglasses are also popular because:

1. You can look at people without them knowing that you're looking at them.
2. It's a subconscious trend and fashion staple within the business.

Rettheran September 23, 2013 - 4:13 AM

I wouldn't say the US doesn't have high quality troops. In fact, their elite troops are among the best in the world.
The difference in quality is rather slight, if I am going to say so(unless it's a naval/snow operation).

The US have more Special Forces than we have of regular soldiers xD

Rettheran September 24, 2013 - 4:03 AM

Aye, but mostly in winter warfare.(though it's pretty hilarious to have to rescue SEALs because it was too cold xD)

And while we do have some of the best trained full time soldiers, remember that a large part of our army consists of conscripts.

Carol Jones September 17, 2020 - 12:04 PM

Thanks