Secret Service Director on Protecting the President

joining you from a region where the

threat of Isis is ever-present

back home the biggest danger posed by

the terror group remains its ability to

inspire lone wolves as we saw this week

with the arrests of three men accused of

wanting to wage jihad and fantasizing

about executing President Obama this

morning senior justice correspondent

Pierre Thomas brings us an ABC News

exclusive with the man charged with

doing whatever it takes to protect the

first family three Brooklyn men this

week accused of supporting Isis with one

allegedly willing to assassinate the

president this is real this is the

concern about the lone wolf

we've always been concerned about the

lone wolves regardless of what

organization they may be attached to but

you know we have to set up a security

perimeter security plan that addresses

all those what is the what ifs have the

Secret Service training day and night

make no mistake this is deadly serious

business but the Secret Service's

ability to protect the president has

been called into question after a series

of embarrassing and very public failures

soliciting prostitutes in Cartagena

Colombia agents drunk on a presidential

detail in Amsterdam and perhaps most

damning of all this man jumping the

fence at the nation's most famous

address making his way deep inside the

White House I think when you fail and we

have failed we own it now it's up to us

to correct it there's no excuses we met

exclusively with the man picked by mr.

Obama to fix what's wrong with the

Secret Service and repair its image

Joseph Clancy a retired Secret Service

veteran called back to duty as for those

failures there is anger but then there's

a thought of how do you fix this how did

it go wrong and how do we fix it the

White House fence jumper that's a

preparation issue that one had to hit

you riding the gun yes absolutely but

that particular day we had a convergence

of failures what about that sordid

behavior was it about training was it

about a cultural issue what do you think

was the root of those issues it was a

lack of discipline

I think individual

of discipline but also we've got to do a

better job of mentoring coaching

teaching and training our people that

this is unacceptable and to the critics

in Congress who say they wanted an

outsider what say you I'm gonna earn

their trust and I take things day by day

minute by minute but we need to earn

their trust

well clancy admits the failures were

devastating he does not believe they

truly reflect the people of his agency I

would not have come back if I didn't

believe in the men and women of the

Secret Service we all want to fix this

and they're working diligently to try to

get this thing back on track we were

there as a new class of Secret Service

officers were being sworn in Friday

Clancy was on message but now it's for


now you've got to be on your game all

the time but the agency's attempt to

improve his image comes at a highly

pressurized moment in Washington with

Congress threatening to block funding

for the Department of Homeland Security

which includes the Secret Service the

president first family the White House

are going to be secure we're gonna

complete our mission and all this

partisan bickering comes as the Secret

Service faces new threats recently a

drone penetrated the White House

perimeter and I personally briefed the

President on the events of that day and

he had very specific questions he was

very concerned as he should be

technology changes and we're working

with the private industry as well that

those that are producing these drones

and it's a global issue as for the fence

the fence should go higher we're trying

to create time and distance so our

people can react and Plessy said the

feds will look different we've had our

technical people testing

raising the fence putting additional

features on top of the fence we expect

that to be in place in the near future

and his message to any would-be fence

jumpers well I'd have them look at the

film on October 22nd when the canines

were released this dog training Friday

seemed to want to send a message to

I wouldn't suggest it for this week here

Thomas ABC News Washington