The Secret Service's failures were so many, so egregious and so ineptly handled that they require immediate action. The resignation of agency director Julia A. Pierson is a good first step ("Housecleaning at the Secret Service," Oct. 1).
It's clear from facts that keep dribbling out that the agency has a systemic problem that can't be fixed by those who caused or tolerated it.
Everyone from the top down who was involved in the numerous failures should be replaced from outside the agency because if the Secret Service is to fulfill its mission, failure is not an option.
Roger C. Kostmayer, Baltimore
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