- "Worthy of trust and confidence."
- ― US Secret Service motto
The United States Secret Service (abbreviated USSS) is an American federal law enforcement agency that is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Secret Service investigates financial crimes and protects VIPs and important events from physical threats. The agency primarily protects the President of the United States and the Vice President as well as their immediate families.
Operational History Edit
2011: Third Echelon Conspiracy Edit
Secret Service agents first appeared in the White House level defending President Caldwell from Third Echelon Splinter Cells, led by Tom Reed. Before the attack on the White House, two EMPs were detonated in Washington, D.C. The EMPs disabled the most of the electronic defenses, leaving the White House vulnerable to an attack and in a very weakened state. This allowed Reed to send Splinter Cells into the White House and attempt to launch a coup, eliminating any Secret Service agents in their way to the President.
During the assassination attempt of President Caldwell, the Secret Service agents defended the White House from Tom Reed's Splinter Cells. Despite their combat training, they were unable to defend themselves against the both the Splinter Cell agents and Black Arrow mercenaries. They were pushed further back into the White House, suffering heavy casualties by both Splinter Cells and Black Arrow mercenaries.
- In Splinter Cell: Conviction, Secret Service agents typically fight with handguns, but it is seen in some of the cutscenes that some agents use a UMP-45 and MP5-N.
- The Secret Service agents usually wear clothing to match their surroundings, depending on the environment. They typically wear conservative suits, tuxedos or even casual attire. In Conviction, they were portrayed wearing suits.
- The Secret Service agents are scripted to be killed by an explosion in the White House, but (possibly) through script hacks, they could survive, but they are rather easily killed.
- The agents in the White House can be seen briefly if the player runs into the room where the Third Echelon operatives are engaging the Secret Service.
- The fact that three secret service agents got to Reed means, at the time, the Secret Service were not completely overwhelmed and that the three agents were told to attack Reed, but there is no evidence to support it. The agents could have simply attacked Reed and the Splinter Cells because they decided to take the offensive but it still; lacks evidence. And it is problably that they were simply defending the hallway (explaining why there were no corpses in the hallway) since Secret Service couldn't hold their own against the soldiers.