Secret Service team booted from Colombia for misconduct

posted at 9:16 am on April 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Call me old-fashioned, but I liked it better when Secret Service agents focused on protecting the President when working on advance teams — especially when traveling to potentially volatile areas, like Colombia can still be.  Instead, a team of a dozen agents that worked to set up security for President Obama’s visit to the Summit of the Americas has been sent back home, as at least one member of the team apparently focused more on going, er, undercover:

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama’s trip to a summit that began there Friday.

Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman, said that an unspecified number of agents have been recalled and replaced with others, stressing that Obama’s security has not been compromised because of the change. Obama arrived in Cartagena on Friday afternoon for this weekend’s Summit of the Americas, a gathering of 33 of the hemisphere’s 35 leaders to discuss economic policy and trade.

Donovan declined to disclose details about the nature of the alleged misconduct. But Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations relate to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena.

Both the Post and the AP reported on this protectus interruptus late last night.  The Post got the story from its former reporter Ronald Kessler, who has written a book about the Secret Service’s personal protection mission, specifically regarding the presidents.  The story flew around Twitter last night; I got it from Marc Ambinder, who like me couldn’t recall a scandal like this in the Secret Service.  The Post recalls two recent cases of potential misconduct in the last few months, however.  One involved charges of drunken driving by an agent on an advance team in Iowa last August, and in November an agent got charged with second-degree murder for an off-duty shooting in Honolulu — again while working on an advance team for an Obama summit [see update II].

As it turns out, the Secret Service sent an advance team to Colombia for a good reason:

Fears of violence marred Saturday’s opening of a summit gathering US President Barack Obama and Latin American leaders when four bombs went off here and in the Colombian capital.

Two of the crude devices exploded in the resort city of Cartagena just hours after the US leader arrived for regional talks set to focus on the vicious drug wars stalking the region.

Two other small bombs exploded near the US Embassy in Bogota, in an area which is also home to important government buildings.

“Nobody was killed, nobody was injured, and there was no damage,” a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Brothels are legal in Colombia in certain “tolerance zones,” but the Secret Service forbids agents to indulge while traveling.  (Several of the members of this unit are married as well, which should make for some interesting conversations when they return home very early from their travels.)  In case some readers believe that the Secret Service’s concern is mere prudery, having agents engage in this behavior is not just distracting, but potentially exposes them to blackmail and extortion attempts, and possibly a “honey trap” espionage operation, although probably less likely.  And let’s not forget that the State Department’s official position on prostitution in Colombia is not that it’s staffed by self-actualized libertarians who voluntarily join for the great salary and benefits, emphasis mine:

Colombia is a major source country for women and girls subjected to sex trafficking in Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, Asia, and North America, including the United States, as well as a transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor. Within Colombia, some men and children are found in conditions of forced labor in mining and agriculture, and the sex trafficking of women and children from rural areas into urban areas remains a significant problem. …

Some Ecuadorian children, many of them indigenous, are subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking in Colombia. Illegal armed groups forcibly recruit children to join their ranks; an international organization estimates that at least 10,000 children participate in illegal armed groups. Members of gangs and organized criminal networks force relatives, acquaintances, and displaced persons – typically women and children – into conditions of sex trafficking and forced labor, including in the illegal drug trade. Colombia is a destination for foreign child sex tourists from the United States and Europe, particularly to coastal cities such as Cartagena and Barranquilla.

This is an embarrassment to the US on multiple levels.  If the charges are true, DHS should be advertising for one or more open positions in the Secret Service.

Update: I had forgotten that the Secret Service was moved out of Treasury and into the Department of Homeland Security.  I’ve corrected it above.

Update II: The shooting incident involved an agent from the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, not the Secret Service.  The Post included it because the agent was on the advance security team for Obama’s Asia summit, and I didn’t read it closely enough.  Thanks to reader Marilu for the correction.


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remember majority of these people are not new hires.

lester on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Translated: “This is All Bush’s Fault!”

Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

War on women?

docflash on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Back-in-the-day the we called the ladies in Colombia ‘Dr.Pepper Girls’.

$10 for the barowner
$ 2 for the room
$ 4 for the girl

just sayin’

Americans love bargains.

Limerick on April 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

President Luxury is better than I thought. He’s managed to corrupt the SS in less than 4 years. Everything from the economy to foreign policy has been turned to dog poop.

Kissmygrits on April 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Charro!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

If the charges are true, Treasury should be advertising for one or more open positions in the Secret Service.

Secret Service isn’t part of Treasury any more. It’s been DHS for years.

KingGold on April 14, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Black-ops search for Natalee Holloway ?

( yeah .. one ticket please)
/.

CaveatEmpty on April 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Maybe they were doing advance work at the brothels…for Barack…kidding, kidding.

Rational Thought on April 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Back-in-the-day the we called the ladies in Colombia ‘Dr.Pepper Girls’.

$10 for the barowner
$ 2 for the room
$ 4 for the girl

just sayin’

Americans love bargains.

Limerick on April 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM

If you use Facebook, check out Donna Loren’s page. She was the original Dr. Pepper Girl back in the 1960s, and still looks great. She also played a cheerleader turned criminal in a memorable episode of “Batman”.

http://www.donnaloren.net/

Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Whoops! Let me try this again:

Charro!

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 14, 2012 at 9:28 AM

The federal government – we don’t just schtup Americans, we’re international baby.

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Translated: “This is All Bush’s Fault!”

Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Perhaps not – more likely they figure this administration is too big a bunch of thugs and valueless incompetents to care about this.

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

As someone had previously commented elsewhere. These are big boys and girls. I doubt this has anything to do with Obama but the individuals themselves within the SS.

Root it out, correct it, do your best to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Move forward.

The level of respect I have for the SS is up there with our Special Forces guys.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

I hope for the agent’s sake he at least offered the women free contraception.

thuljunior on April 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Perhaps not – more likely they figure this administration is too big a bunch of thugs and valueless incompetents to care about this.

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 9:29 AM

If that’s the case, I fear for the SS and more so this President or any other because it means that the SS is rotting.

I doubt that’s occuring, but these guys are supposed to be there to protect the office, not the individual per se. If they’re being as petty as you postulate, heaven help us… and them.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

The level of respect I have for the SS is up there with our Special Forces guys.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Oh please.

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

It is the anything goes mentality of commie libs. Hussein hates America and its traditions so why should anybody near him not feel the same? The secret service is just a job now, and their free time is nobodys business. They soon will be under seiu.

Mr. Sun on April 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I’m having a hard time buying the idea that Secret Service agents would conduct themselves this way in a hotel where White House staff and reporters are staying. (As reported in the AP piece)

Unless the IQ of the average Secret Service agent has dropped recently. It is possible something else happened and this is a cover story.

We know that never happens.

dogsoldier on April 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Booty call in Bogotá, with Obama and his posse.

Lowering the bar, one federal agency at a time.

Hening on April 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 9:34 AM

A member of an advance team hooking up with a pro threatens the office of the Pres how?

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Maybe they were doing advance work at the brothels…for Barack…kidding, kidding.

Rational Thought on April 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I didn’t know Mans Country had a branch there.

Aviator on April 14, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Well I would imagine the wives of these guys are going to be thrilled to hear what they were up to in columbia? I know I sure would be a tad upset if hubby did what these guys were sent home for!
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letget on April 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

One quibble. IIRC the agent involved in the shooting in Hawaii was not Secret Service. I believe he was State Department law enforcement.

Aviator on April 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Let me get this straight. The Secret Service was moved from Treasury, where it had resided since it’s founding, to the Department of Homeland Security? DHS is one of the most inefficent, corrupt, blundering US government agency and engages in political chicanery by profiling veterans, white males, NRA members, Republicans, Christians, etc.

No wonder there is now a acandal in the Secret Service. Move them back to Treasury.

patch on April 14, 2012 at 9:54 AM

DHS? So when you get promoted from TSA you go to SS perhaps?

ctmom on April 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

It shouldn’t be very hard to get all the details on this one. It would just require a reporter to do some reporting. I don’t think the prostitutes down there are known for being tight-lipped.

Buddahpundit on April 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Being around disreputable bosses is bad for your soul.

RBMN on April 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

A lot of organizations wasting peoples money on partying.

tomas on April 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM

They were just frisking them for security.

Frisking, yeah, that’s the ticket!

profitsbeard on April 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The funny thing is that, if you’ve ever worked on a presidential campaign you know that — if they want it — Service guys generally have all the women they can handle, for free.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Prostitutes???

What would this administration do if what really occurred was SS agents found out about all the back channel meetings arranged between Obama’s staff and off shore anti-American campaign bundlers?

When was the last time Obama was honest?

Roy Rogers on April 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The buck stops…uhm…somewhere!

Alinsky on April 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Both the Post and the AP reported on this protectus interruptus late last night

heh!! masterful snark, Ed. You must’ve had a great cup o’ joe to come up with that one….

ted c on April 14, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Folding my tinfoil hat just right… There. A sex scandal sure would be a quick way to get rid of twelve Secret Service agents who are ears and eyes to everything… Just sayin’.

Fallon on April 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

I don’t think the prostitutes down there are known for being tight-lipped.

Buddahpundit on April 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Um. Er. Well…

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on April 14, 2012 at 10:09 AM

It shouldn’t be very hard to get all the details on this one. It would just require a reporter to do some reporting. I don’t think the prostitutes down there are known for being tight-lipped.

Buddahpundit

Got away with that one, didn’t ya! :)

honsy on April 14, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Everything that Obama administration touches turns to rot, and the Secret Service is no exception.

rplat on April 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The funny thing is that, if you’ve ever worked on a presidential campaign you know that — if they want it — Service guys generally have all the women they can handle, for free.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

That ended when Bubba left office.

Conservative4Ever on April 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

disgrace

unseen on April 14, 2012 at 10:19 AM

speaking of sex scandals…didja hear whatsa been goin’ on in NC….*whew*…the dnc sure has some problems there. Sex harassment, staffers, party officials. All the sordid and salacious details at the Daily Caller (well, some of the details). Apparently, if word leaks out about it, the dnc and NC dem party is “doomed”…their words, not mine.

yikes!

ted c on April 14, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Nothing wrong with this …

Blackmailable? Please – we now know that one of the guys who held the KEYS TO AMERICA’S NUCLEAR ARSENAL was dorking an intern while he was Commander In Chief – and he didn’t lose his job.

He was impeached by the GOP house – but not because he committed adultery – but over the charge of lying to a grand jury.

He was ACQUITTED by a Senate controlled by the GOP.

Nuff Said.

If it wasn’t worth removing the guy who held the nuke keys – it’s not worth removing these guys.

HondaV65 on April 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

heh. the double entendre’s from Ed this morning are funny.

“undercover work”…heh!!

ted c on April 14, 2012 at 10:22 AM

prostitutes down there are known for being tight-lipped.

Buddahpundit on April 14, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Dude.

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Once a noble nonpartisan service, now turning fully depraved Democrat. It’s the Obama Touch. As Carney would say, it’s “the reverse of” the Midas Touch. Everything he touches turns to dross.

curved space on April 14, 2012 at 10:25 AM

How can there be misconduct involving prostitution in a country where prostitution is legal?

ctmom on April 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Hey, the obamamation is just training his secret service types to be united nations peace keepers, for when he takes over the dictatorship of the world.

Old Country Boy on April 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

A member of an advance team hooking up with a pro threatens the office of the Pres how?

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

There is something called work ethic and professionalism.

Hooking up with a hooker? At the very least I’d call that poor ethics and professionalism, even if we grant the possibility that he’s not going to spill beans.

In the past year there have been three incidents evidently. Patterns. Behavior. It’s not all one individual doing it. If there are SS agents in different regions all acting in unprofessional and unethical manners the likes of which has not been seen before, it speaks to the possibility of there being a breakdown somewhere in recruitment, training and/or management as well as mindset and/or morale.

All it takes is for one SS agent to be so unethical and so unprofessional as to spill pertinent beans and you better believe that a President will be in danger. As a sitting President is part of the “Office of the Presidency” and the SS provides security for all Presidents regardless of politics and opinions, I believe that in effect, yes, it endangers the “office of the Presidency” because it gives the possibility that they are rotten and thus ineffectual at their job, regardless of who is in office.

Three incidents. One year’s time. Never in Mr. Morrissey’s memory.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

If the charges are true, Treasury should be advertising for one or more open positions in the Secret Service.

JOB GROWTH! JOB GROWTH! JOB GROWTH!

BettyRuth on April 14, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Something stinks about this whole thing. What’s the rest of the story, besides the distraction angle? Who else is Barky meeting with down there, behind the curtain?

indyvet on April 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

In case some readers believe that the Secret Service’s concern is mere prudery, having agents engage in this behavior is not just distracting, but potentially exposes them to blackmail and extortion attempts, and possibly a “honey trap” espionage operation, although probably less likely. And let’s not forget that the State Department’s official position on prostitution in Colombia is not that it’s staffed by self-actualized libertarians who voluntarily join for the great salary and benefits, emphasis mine:

While I was in Moscow I knew a NASA guy who said that they were not allowed to bring back any Russians to their apartment. I guess it was the honey trap reason. Maybe they wouldn’t be subject to blackmail if we let adults be adults and ignore their sex lives.

Bill C on April 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Oh please.

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I may be speaking slightly exaggerated, but these guys put their lives on the line no matter who is in office. They are willing to take a bullet, no matter who is in office. They do extensive planning, risk analysis, etc.

Who are some of the guys who make up the SS? Surely they draw at least some employees from former special forces personnel.

These guys aren’t hired to protect some celebrity or businessman. They’re working for our nation, protecting the leader of the world’s effectively sole super-power.

Or should we think of them as nothing more than Keystone cops hired to protect Kim Cardassian?

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Does anybody know where Sandra Fluke went for spring break?

KOOLAID2 on April 14, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Who else is Barky meeting with down there, behind the curtain?

indyvet on April 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM

The usual suspects.

Hugo Chavez, Mumia, Castro, FARC, the Zeta cartel leaders, former Red Brigade leaders, the IRA, ETA, Abu Sayaaf, AQI…

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 10:39 AM

It is possible something else happened and this is a cover story.

dogsoldier on April 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I’m with you. This story makes no sense.

One guy does something wrong, and he sends all 12 home?

Sadly, we no longer have any investigative journolists.

faraway on April 14, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I may be speaking slightly exaggerated, but these guys put their lives on the line no matter who is in office.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

True and I take your point but they’re not special forces.

We dump our special forces right in the middle of the world’s worst hell holes, very frequently, without solid intelligence, without tactical and logistical support, and we expect them to pull the rabbit out of the hat every time. Their missions are occasionally very morally dubious and they’re sworn to secrecy. And it goes on.

CorporatePiggy on April 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

All they did was negotiate strongly.

platypus on April 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Your taxpayer dollars at “work”. Was contraception/prophylactics provided for free?

Rovin on April 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Wait, Sandra Fluke is in the Secret Service now?

Nutstuyu on April 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM

How can there be misconduct involving prostitution in a country where prostitution is legal?

ctmom on April 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I doubt child prostitution is legal. Who knows if that’s what happened, but Ed’s quotes made it clear that that is a problem in the area where they were.

philoquin on April 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Translated: “This is All Bush’s Fault!”

Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

No, anybody with half a brain would read that as “It’s not Obama’s fault” as it was being implied on the other thread that you copied this from.

lester on April 14, 2012 at 10:53 AM

President Luxury is better than I thought. He’s managed to corrupt the SS in less than 4 years. Everything from the economy to foreign policy has been turned to dog poop.

Kissmygrits on April 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Del Idiote, the above comment is an example.

lester on April 14, 2012 at 10:54 AM

There seems to be a severe lack of professionalism in this company. Usually, that is an attitude that stems from the CEO.

BKeyser on April 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

A member of an advance team hooking up with a pro threatens the office of the Pres how?

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 AM

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Come on… That’s the slowest pitch I’ve seen in months.
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“Hey Mr SS Man… you know that 19 year old pro you enjoyed so much last night? Well she is really 16 and we have a video of you being extra specially nasty with her (what a perv). Now let’s talk about some friends of mine who need you to look the other way for a few minutes.”
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If not this time, maybe the next Asia trip, or whenever.
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Standards matter for a number of reasons…
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RalphyBoy on April 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM

As we have heard all week, those Libs love them the working girls!

hillsoftx on April 14, 2012 at 11:02 AM

remember majority of these people are not new hires.
lester on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Translated: “This is All Bush’s Fault!”
Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

No, this is housecleaning. Obama’s putting his own people in.

I could believe an individual Secret Service agent might do just about anything. But twelve at a time? With no rational explanation for what they actually did wrong except: “It might have had something to do with setting up a pedophile prostitution white slavery ring — um, or something.”

Like everything else this administration has done, no matter how terrible it sounds, what we see in the papers is just the tip of the iceburg. Most of this stuff is buried where the public can never find it, but it’s safe to say there’ve been lots of “early retirements” and “suggested resignations” before they had to start trumping up vague and crazy charges on lots of a dozen at a time.

logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

BTW… My biggest issue with the Womanizer in Chief Bill Clinton’s lying about Monica was that it showed his willingness to do whatever it took to cover his questionable sexual activities. Well that and that his choice of women and apparent lack of self-control in that area could have compromised National Security.
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Small issue really I guess/duh
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RalphyBoy on April 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM

It is either a cover story……or

I have to agree. It is difficult to maintain a respectful work ethic when all around you is depravity. Our government disgusts me. All of them. The people who do not agree with what is going on need to speak the hell up because our partier in chief is trickling on down.

ORconservative on April 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Three incidents. One year’s time.

Logus on April 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Incidents in one years time wouldn’t speak to recruitment because the liklihood of newly recruited agents working the Presidential team is probably zilch. Bad morale/conduct/expectations might be based on what flows down from the top.

As for my flippant comment about “hooking up with a pro” – I really do agree that it is inappropriate conduct but I also am not going to get on my sanctimoneous soapbox and swear things like this haven’t happened before. Unless someone here is privvy to inside stuff no one here knows.

katiejane on April 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM

No, this is housecleaning. Obama’s putting his own people in.
logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I’m with logis.

Cleombrotus on April 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Government employees, especially Military, are given “Trafficking in Persons” training. This training emphasizes the despairing plight of those employed in this industry, often against their will. For the Secret Service Agents to still engage in this behavior, in spite of the training they received, harsh consequences, (i.e. fired), would be justified.

moc23 on April 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

remember majority of these people are not new hires.

lester on April 13, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Translated: “This is All Bush’s Fault!”

Del Dolemonte on April 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Is he implying that this is the same team that used to reserve entire whorehouses for Teddie Kennedy on his trips abroad?

slickwillie2001 on April 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM

The funny thing is that, if you’ve ever worked on a presidential campaign you know that — if they want it — Service guys generally have all the women they can handle, for free.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

…I see… you’ve been talking to Moochelle?

KOOLAID2 on April 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

If it wasn’t worth removing the guy who held the nuke keys – it’s not worth removing these guys.

HondaV65 on April 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

What they engaged in was trafficking in people – a law pushed by the Bush administration to help stop the exploitation of women around the world and in the US.
People who claim they are conservative should be glad that government workers are held accountable for their actions.
No sympathy for the Secret Service guys. None — if I go TDY as a fed and partake of the prostitution in another country I should be held accountable as well. Conservative sort of implies that self control and discipline are part of the mix…

Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

No, this is housecleaning. Obama’s putting his own people in.
logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

And of course you have evidence to prove this?

Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I’m with logis.

Cleombrotus on April 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Me, too. This is fishy. Twelve.

Fallon on April 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I’m with logis.

Cleombrotus on April 14, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Me, too. This is fishy. Twelve.

Fallon on April 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM

…so one guy was checking the oil?…and the other 11 were by the raised hood… watching?

KOOLAID2 on April 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Contrast this behavior with the resignations of honorable SS agents serving under JFK. Several agents resigned after witnessing and being compromised by the debaucheries of JFK and his entourage.

These current corrupt agents have followed the example of Teddy Kennedy. JFK sent kid brother on a “fact finding” tour of Central America. Teddy spent much of the time visiting brothels.

vilebody on April 14, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Obama: Columbia is punching above their weight, and they’re are our strongest allies. And I hear my secret service detail loves being here too.

St Gaudens on April 14, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I could believe an individual Secret Service agent might do just about anything. But twelve at a time? With no rational explanation for what they actually did wrong except: “It might have had something to do with setting up a pedophile prostitution white slavery ring — um, or something.”
logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

And of course you have evidence to prove this?
Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

All I know is what I read in the papers.

But when they can’t come up with a story that’s even SEMI-coherent, I have to fall back on a little something I call “common sense.”

logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

The funny thing is that, if you’ve ever worked on a presidential campaign you know that — if they want it — Service guys generally have all the women they can handle, for free.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM

That ended when Bubba left office.

Conservative4Ever on April 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Nah, I worked with them during the Regan era. Probably an even better time for silent, well-armed men.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Well, that’s a switch. All the stories I’ve heard before of SS agents and prostitutes have involved the former procuring the later for a president.

Count to 10 on April 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Thanks for spelling “Colombia” correctly, Ed. Having lived there for a while when I was a young man, it always bugs the holy crap out of me when I see it spelled the other way. Just a personal thing.

rogaineguy on April 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I wonder if the Secret/Service’s downfall was caused by asking
Team Obama to cover their contraception situation,no doubt,
that this has become a sticky political situation!
(snark)

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I have to fall back on a little something I call “common sense.”

logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Baseless speculation is a better description of what you are serving up…

Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I agree.

a capella on April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Maybe this was a Democrat Voter Drive type thingy!!
(sarc)

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

I could believe an individual Secret Service agent might do just about anything. But twelve at a time? With no rational explanation for what they actually did wrong except: “It might have had something to do with setting up a pedophile prostitution white slavery ring — um, or something.”
logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:03 AM

And of course you have evidence to prove this?
Bradky on April 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM

All I know is what I read in the papers.

But when they can’t come up with a story that’s even SEMI-coherent, I have to fall back on a little something I call “common sense.”

logis on April 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Only one agent was implicated in the behavior. “The entire unit was recalled for purposes of the investigation.” Sound like standard procedure.

urban elitist on April 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I wonder if the Secret/Service’s downfall was caused by asking
Team Obama to cover their contraception situation,no doubt,
that this has become a sticky political situation!
(snark)

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM

This is a very odd story. And good to see you back posting.

VegasRick on April 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Okay – but what is the REAL story?

Pork-Chop on April 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

United States Secret Service
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http://www.secretservice.gov/index.shtml

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 12:05 PM

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM
This is a very odd story. And good to see you back posting.

VegasRick on April 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM

VegasRick:Thank-you,feels good to be back,I e-mailed that story,
to AP last night around 9 o`clock,the story was just
breaking!

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

He was impeached by the GOP house – but not because he committed adultery – but over the charge of lying to a grand jury.

He was ACQUITTED by a Senate controlled by the GOP.

Nuff Said.

If it wasn’t worth removing the guy who held the nuke keys – it’s not worth removing these guys.

HondaV65 on April 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

….I need to see a Doctor…I agree with you!

KOOLAID2 on April 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

VegasRick:Thank-you,feels good to be back,I e-mailed that story,
to AP last night around 9 o`clock,the story was just
breaking!

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Cool!

VegasRick on April 14, 2012 at 12:10 PM

When was the last time Obama was honest about anything?

This is either a cover story or a distraction from something else.

Roy Rogers on April 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

When was the last time Obama was honest about anything?

This is either a cover story or a distraction from something else.

Roy Rogers on April 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Bingo!

VegasRick on April 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Secret Service personnel sent home from Colombia were part of the Uniformed Division – @NBCNewsStory

Submitted 5 hours ago
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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UNIFORMED DIVISION
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Established in 1922 as the White House Police Force, this organization was fully integrated into the Secret Service in 1930. With more than 1,300 officers today, the Uniformed Division is responsible for security at the White House Complex; the vice president’s residence; the Department of the Treasury (as part of the White House Complex); and foreign diplomatic missions in the Washington, D.C., area. Uniformed Division officers carry out their protective responsibilities through a network of fixed security posts, foot, bicycle, vehicular and motorcycle patrols.
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http://www.secretservice.gov/whoweare_ud.shtml

canopfor on April 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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