In the wake of reported security threat at the Capitol Building, the seat of Legislature, a lawmaker has raised a red flag on the situation, thereby recruiting and employing two distinct security services.
With that in mind, the House has established its own private security service, the Legislative Security Service (LSS), while the Senate too has hired the Intelligence Security Training Company (ISTC) to guard its wing of the building.
Montserrado County District #1 Representative Lawrence Morris said the Legislature, which currently has four edifices (office blocks), remains vulnerable, and there is a need for security measures be heightened, to respond to any eventuality.
Rep. Morris told reporters at a news conference yesterday, August 13, 2018, that the leadership of the House of Representatives and the Senate should review and enhance security to meet whatever level of security risk the Legislature may encounter.
“While we cannot comment on the specifics of our security services, we want to say that the Legislature is vulnerable. There should be thorough checks of people at the entrances; protocol officers should wear uniform, journalists and visitors should display tags at all times whenever they are in the building as well as employees or support staff,” Rep. Morris said.
He added, “Tight security measures should always remain enforced at the Legislature, and under constant review because it hosts the first branch of the government.”
Morris did not say what prompted the red alert on security at the Legislature, but his worry follows a report the House’s Sergeant-at-Arms, Martin Johnson, made to journalists that the Capitol Building was vulnerable.
It may be recalled that the former director General of National Security Agency (NSA) Fombah Sirleaf, in 2006 informed then lawmakers that the Legislature was “vulnerable,” and so they should improve security by assigning trained security personnel along with requisite gadgets.