Video: “Culture of corner-cutting” led to “biggest scandal in Secret Service history”; Update: Five armed service members confined to quarters, too

posted at 3:16 pm on April 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Did the Secret Service scandal in Colombia leave the President less secure on his trip to the Summit of the Americas? The Secret Service says no, but reporter/author Ronald Kessler disputes that — and wonders why heads haven’t rolled yet at the agency, and not just for this incident. Kessler, who recently wrote a book on the Secret Service and its role in protecting the President, spoke with CBS News this morning to emphasize that this is not an unexpected and inexplicable aberration, but the result of bureaucratic complacency and poor morale at the Secret Service. Heads should have rolled in 2009, Kessler says, when the Salahis infamously crashed a state dinner at the White House:

Two of the Secret Service personnel sent home were supervisors, Plante said; the rest were part of a detail assigned to logistics. None of those relieved of duty was a member of the president’s protective detail.

On “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” Kessler said the Secret Service has a culture of corner-cutting.

“They don’t have enough agents, they don’t even put people through metal detectors sometimes because there’s pressure to let everybody in,” Kessler said. “It’s like letting passengers in an airplane without putting them through metal detectors. They don’t keep up-to-date with the latest firearms. They don’t even do physical tests. So, it’s a culture that leads to this kind of problem.”

Kessler pointed to a couple crashing a White House state dinner without an invitation as an example of a potential security threat.

He said that Mark Sullivan, director of the Secret Service, should have been fired after the fiasco involving gate-crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi, but has continued in the same position because of President Barack Obama’s confidence in the agency.

None of those relieved were part of the President’s protective detail, but that’s because the protective detail always remains with the President.  That protective detail relies on the advance team to focus on setting up security and to identify potential threats.  The core detail can’t do their jobs effectively unless the advance teams do theirs.  As Kessler points out, the departure of the team that did that advance work necessarily makes the protective detail’s job more difficult as the new supplemental team has to get up to speed on what the original advance team was supposed to be doing.

Presumably, Congress will want to take a very close look at the Secret Service when the legislature returns from recess next week, and this should be one investigation that has bipartisan support in both chambers.  We disagree on policy, but everyone wants the Secret Service to do an effective job protecting the President.  If Kessler’s right, that may mean making some changes.

Update: Wait — it gets worse:

The U.S. military says five service members supporting the Secret Service in advance of President Barack Obama’s visit may have been involved in inappropriate conduct and have been confined to quarters. Obama is in Colombia for a Summit of the Americas.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the incident with the military personnel stems from the same episode involving about a dozen members of the Secret Service who were called back to the U.S. for an investigation into possible misconduct.

What. The. Hell.


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Can we eliminate men from the Secret Service and have all female body guards a la Ghadaffy?

In fact eliminate males from all the positions so this will never happen again.

Rug munchers may cause a problem but what’s there to lose?

rickyricardo on April 14, 2012 at 9:23 PM

The secret service has now been obamaized. The good book tells us that when a good King is on the thrown, the people rejoice. When a bad king is in power the country is in turmoil. From top to bottom turmoil, we deserve everything we get for allowing this to go on.

jainphx on April 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM

The 1 agent figured out how to make a hormone.

RickB on April 14, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I don’t understand how this could happen in this administration. Everything they do in the Obama Admin seems so crisp and precise. It’s like the adults are finally in charge or something…

CycloneCDB on April 14, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Let me see, how can we make this George Bush’s fault?

JPeterman on April 14, 2012 at 3:26 PM

That’s easy. They were all Bush hires, of course. Or Bush promotions. Or Bush bodyguards. Or Bush something.

I think Bush is just a magical word when you’re shifting blame. If you can put Bush in front of it, then it’s not your own fault!

Apparently.

didymus on April 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Not going to read the article but just based upon the headline: bull sh!t.

This had nothing to do with “corner cutting” and everything to do with our entitlement, I-deserve-whatever-I-can-get, immoral, self-centered culture that liberalism has foisted upon us.

Rod on April 14, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Lighten UP on these guys PAL!!…I support these line Secret Service guys for acting MALE and MACHO…. When the balloon goes up…they will more than able and adequate TO DO THEIR JOB !! …unless, of course, you make them all robotic eunuchs

BigSven on April 14, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I would expect them to do their jobs, which I’m pretty sure don’t involve using the opportunity to hook up with exotic foreigners who are almost certainly victims of human trafficking.

I expect the culture in the Obama White House is already to do whatever you want to, which is probably exactly why we’re having these problems right now.

I also seriously doubt the composition of the Secret Service changed that much between Bush and Obama. Which means this sort of behavior is probably already tolerated under Obama, but was probably not under Bush.

didymus on April 14, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Sure it was just hookers being passed around and not OBLahBLahs real Kenyan Birth Certificate?

Cover-up

ConcealedKerry on April 14, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Confined to quarters?

ted c on April 14, 2012 at 10:50 PM

What. The. Hell.

Fire everyone. You don’t cut corners when you are protecting the President. What a freakshow.

Jaibones on April 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

12 hookers? who do these guys think that they are???? the state department. /

ted c on April 14, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Secret service spends a few hundred on Hookers, while the Commander and thief spends millions on lavish Wed night parties every week and more campaigning on the taxpayers dime.
Who do they think they are the GSA? Their Pikers at spending money!

ConcealedKerry on April 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Biggest scandal in Secret Service history???

The partying that went on in Dallas the night before JFK’s assasination is far worse tha this. Actually it’s a scandal only because the Washington Post is trying to make it one.

Prostitution is legal in Colombia. Pizza is legal in Colombia. You can have both delivered to your hotel room in Bogota. The only scandal here is one of the agents didn’t pay his bill and that put the spotlight on the group that misbehaved.

Corky Boyd on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

What’s the big deal? It’s not as if the women were at home baking cookies, they were genuine career women, earning a few pesos.

Aardvark on April 15, 2012 at 2:17 AM

No wonder Obama is always traveling.

Is Air Force One searched for drugs or diamonds being hidden?

Not saying it goes all the way up to BHO, but his trusted aides are all thugs too… and it would be beyond tempting.

My grandfather was Chief Mechanic for Occidental Oil in Libya for 35 years.

He was always approached for stuff like that, being the first people in charge to touch the airplanes.

He wasn’t stupid enough to do drugs in a Moslem country, but I know he did diamonds and emeralds.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM

What’s the big deal? It’s not as if the women were at home baking cookies, they were genuine career women, earning a few pesos.

Aardvark on April 15, 2012 at 2:17 AM

well, comrade 0 can always argue that his SS entourage were ‘stimulating’ the Columbian economy…if not him, Carney will, for sure, on the next WH press briefing :-)…

jimver on April 15, 2012 at 4:41 AM

if not him, Carney will, for sure, on the next WH press briefing :-)…
jimver on April 15, 2012 at 4:41 AM

“I personally know three Colombian hos….”

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Biggest scandal in Secret Service history???
The partying that went on in Dallas the night before JFK’s assasination is far worse tha this. Actually it’s a scandal only because the Washington Post is trying to make it one.
Prostitution is legal in Colombia. Pizza is legal in Colombia. You can have both delivered to your hotel room in Bogota. The only scandal here is one of the agents didn’t pay his bill and that put the spotlight on the group that misbehaved.
Corky Boyd on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Partying was legal in Dallas in 1963. I think you’re missing the deep underlying issue here.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 6:57 AM

I won’t trust any stories coming out of the White House. This is a cover story for something else.

Roy Rogers on April 15, 2012 at 7:53 AM

FTA: “They don’t have enough agents, they don’t even put people through metal detectors sometimes because there’s pressure to let everybody in,” Kessler said. “It’s like letting passengers in an airplane without putting them through metal detectors. They don’t keep up-to-date with the latest firearms. They don’t even do physical tests. So, it’s a culture that leads to this kind of problem.”

Wait a minute. Since 9-11 we’ve spent billions on DHS and the TSA and a mess of grants for states and local governments to go buy security gadgets that gather dust in warehouses and we can’t fund and run the SS properly????

WTF?

Wood Dragon on April 15, 2012 at 8:13 AM

I won’t trust any stories coming out of the White House. This is a cover story for something else.

Roy Rogers on April 15, 2012 at 7:53 AM

The ODS is strong with this one.

libfreeordie on April 15, 2012 at 8:15 AM

Maybe for the first time in this administration, they can legitimately blame the problem on bush.

justltl on April 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Corky Boyd on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

So consorting with prostitutes in a country where it is legal is a good conservative value????

Bradky on April 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Maybe for the first time in this administration, they can legitimately blame the problem on bush.
justltl on April 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

How so? There weren’t deep problems like this during the Bush years. This is more likely due to Obama’s ongoing reverse-Midas touch and his being in over his head.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Corky Boyd on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

So consorting with prostitutes in a country where it is legal is a good conservative value????
Bradky on April 15, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Naw, it makes sense – you’re tasked with protecting the POTUS in some hellhole run by drug-kingpins with bombs going off, so naturally your first order of business is to hook up with some hos.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM

When will the agent’s book come out?

Kissmygrits on April 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

There are two areas in which I have no dispute where my tax money goes. One is the military. The second is the protection of the United States President and their families. This is absolutely uncalled for.

shar61 on April 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Maybe for the first time in this administration, they can legitimately blame the problem on bush.
justltl on April 15, 2012 at 8:50 AM

How so? There weren’t deep problems like this during the Bush years. This is more likely due to Obama’s ongoing reverse-Midas touch and his being in over his head.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Just a little play on words, whatcat.

justltl on April 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Just a little play on words, whatcat.
justltl on April 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Ah, sometimes I miss the snark.
:D

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

This is a NON-STORY.

First – the issues concerning the USSS “cutting corners” has NOTHING to do with some of their members visiting LEGAL BROTHELS in Columbia on their off time.

Sorry – but it just doesn’t.

Now Ed keeps harping on this from the “blackmail” standpoint – two points here …

1. Patronizing a prostitute is only “blackmailable” due to our warped, liberal, busy-body opinions on sex. There is nothing wrong with consensual sex between two adults – even if it’s for monetary compensation. As far as any possible “adultery” – that’s no one’s business other than the individuals involved.

2. I can’t think of anything more “blackmailable” than a Commander In Chief who f**** an intern in the oval office. And a GOP Senate acquitted him of the impeachment charge – he kept his job.

nuff said – can we move on?

By the way – the military personnel involved were members of the White Military Office – either the office itself or the White House Communications Agency.

Again – who cares?

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

This problem is all a result of…..

…..The Culture of Transformation in this Administration.

Tearing every institution down, shredding it in the eyes of the American people and making EVERYONE the villian but Obama.


We’ve had some horrible Presidents (LBJ/Nixon/Carter/Wilson/Hoover) but this guy could be the absolute worst.

PappyD61 on April 15, 2012 at 10:00 AM

12 prostitutes and the Secret Service didn’t pay their bill?

The “War on Women” continues.

McNinja on April 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

This is unacceptable. I don’t like Obama either, but the idea that the Secret Service would be screwing around like this when the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is going to a country run by drug cartels is beyond belief. Blackmail is just one possible problem. Drugging the agents, kidnapping them, compromising security info for the upcoming visit, the problems just keep on coming with something like this. And, if you don’t care that it’s Obama or think it’s what he deserves, remember that if Romney wins, it’s his ass being protected by these clowns. There should be an immediate investigation, supervisors should be fired and the whole agency restuctured.

415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

By the way – the military personnel involved were members of the White Military Office – either the office itself or the White House Communications Agency.

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

White Military Office? What the hell is this? I was in the military for almost 10 years and never heard of this.

Mitoch55 on April 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

This is unacceptable. I don’t like Obama either, but the idea that the Secret Service would be screwing around like this when the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is going to a country run by drug cartels is beyond belief. Blackmail is just one possible problem. Drugging the agents, kidnapping them, compromising security info for the upcoming visit, the problems just keep on coming with something like this. And, if you don’t care that it’s Obama or think it’s what he deserves, remember that if Romney wins, it’s his ass being protected by these clowns. There should be an immediate investigation, supervisors should be fired and the whole agency restuctured.

415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Hyperbolic.

Nothing like what you’re describing happened. You’re complaining about a lightning strike that didn’t take place. No one was kidnapped or drugged.

And by the way – you don’t have to be in a brothel to be kidnapped or drugged. Many of the USSS have to go out “on their own” to walk presidential parade routes and check various things.

These guys were on their “off-time” and having a bit of fun.

Tell you what – why don’t YOU, Mrs. Security Expert – write up a list of rules by which they must live? Maybe they shouldn’t even drink a beer in their offtime in a foriegn country?

LOL.

The POTUS wasn’t even IN this country.

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

White Military Office? What the hell is this? I was in the military for almost 10 years and never heard of this.

Mitoch55 on April 15, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I was in the military for 24 years and actually stationed at the WHMO for 3.

But you can google it.

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

I doubt very much that you will find people that don’t care “because it’s Owebama”. We may not respect the man, but we respect the office.

Something is terribly wrong if the Secret Service members have such a party attitude that they would hire prostitutes in any foreign country. America should expect better. As mentioned, blackmail is a real problem along with the fact that while they are there, they are representing America and serving the POTUS. Yes, they are “off-duty” some of the time but they are in service 24/7.

Could it be an atmosphere of “party, party, party” that came from Owebamas? Could it be the “down grade” in America due to the apologies tours? Don’t know, but it should be considered totally unacceptable.

katablog.com on April 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Move them over to TSA!

Corruption is to be admired in the Obama administration – Why is the media jumping on them – they should be proud! The Media is proud of Fast and Furious and the green energy scandals

Why not this?

Obamatrix on April 15, 2012 at 10:27 AM

I was in the military for 24 years and actually stationed at the WHMO for 3.

But you can google it.

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Perhaps you should have written “White HOUSE Military Office” then. Otherwise, it sounds like you’re accusing some military function of being racist and screwing up on purpose.

No Google needed.

Mitoch55 on April 15, 2012 at 10:29 AM

These guys were on their “off-time” and having a bit of fun.
HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

What off-time? When doesn’t the POTUS need protection, esp while in a druglord-run, violence riddden hell-hole like Columbia?

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

My cousin is married to a female agent. She drives vehicles and works on advance teams. As other suggested above, maybe we should juts go to mostly female agents if the men can’t behave ilke professionals.

I read Kessler’s book when it came out a couple of years ago. I highly recommend it–lots of interesting tidbits about the presidents and VPs they protected.

juliesa on April 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Again – who cares?

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

It seems like a lot of people do, because the individuals in question embarrassed the country with their behavior. In this situation they are never “off duty” and you should know that, if in fact you actually served in the WHMO.

It used to be that people in these positions were trained to avoid even the perception of impropriety and that even that appearance might be grounds for dismissal.

Lax discipline leads to unfortunate consequences.

There should be an immediate investigation, supervisors should be fired and the whole agency restuctured.

415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

A house cleaning may be in order, but if they do expect a lot of negative press about how Zero and the clown posse caused this.

dogsoldier on April 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Maybe they were just doing some research into Teddy Kennedy’s Latin America Prostitution Tour.

Logic on April 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I read Kessler’s book when it came out a couple of years ago. I highly recommend it–lots of interesting tidbits about the presidents and VPs they protected.

juliesa on April 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Yup. Some interesting bits and pieces of it here.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Just getting some steam blown off.

Rusty Allen on April 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Would it be unfair to say that this administration corrupts everything it comes in contact with?

Tomolena1 on April 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Any distraction is good at this point. Anything but talking about the economy or gas prices.

Wagthatdog on April 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Tell you what – why don’t YOU, Mrs. Security Expert – write up a list of rules by which they must live? Maybe they shouldn’t even drink a beer in their offtime in a foriegn country?
HondaV65

OK, Mr. Presidential Military Expert. Here are some things I had to live by as a 20 year police officer. You don’t do things that will embarass the department even when off duty, and that includes prostitues. It may be legal there, but it is not professional. They are never off duty when it comes to presidential security. Do guys need to blow of steam? Sure they do, and if they want to use prostitutes where it is legal, then fine…but not while they are there ON DUTY as part ofa presidential detail. I’ll bet it says in the Secret Service manual that you don’t do stuff like that when you are working.

I never worked a protection detail, but I new many guys that did, and none of them would screw around like this when they were responsible for someones secuity.

415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Coincidentally…Hillary Rosen said the prostitutes were better women than Ann Romney because the prostitutes were “working”.

120pages on April 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Perhaps its ironic that some of those who are probably guilty of blackening out pages that we try and research to find out who is really sitting in the oval office are now guilty of failing to pay their hooker. The fact that hooker stiffing is what it took for them to get caught is truly laughable and should speak volumes about the regime more that the SS.

rodguy911 on April 15, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I never worked a protection detail, but I new many guys that did, and none of them would screw around like this when they were responsible for someones secuity.
415woman1 on April 15, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yup. I don’t think it’s expecting too much for (alleged) professionals to keep it in their pants for a few days when they’re tasked with protecting the POTUS. We’re talkin’ here about what’s supposed to be the elite, the best of the best – not “frat boys gone wild on Spring Break”.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Worked for an advance agent for the Air Force who also was a pilot years ago. He traveled to Russia and China with Nixon and remember him telling us when he got back about the cameras in the room and how the Russians kept sending hot women to the rooms to check to see if they had everything or try to bring them things and they were instructed not to let them in the door. Compromising the advance agents was a tactic that foreign governments have been trying for years.

Sounds like with this group, they could care less about the appearance of impropriety and neglecting their real job which is to make sure that everything is in place for the President’s security when he arrives in a foreign country.

There were USSS agents when Bush was President who should have been fired. I would bet this culture goes back to Clinton and has never been cleaned out. Too many people look the other way but this was so aggregious that finally something will have to be done. Start at the top and clean house. That goes for other agencies as well — time to cut the amount of Government employees and make these guys an example if you go against the rules you are fired.

PhiKapMom on April 15, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I wonder if Mooshelle’s Secret Service lover was among the detail that ordered the hookers. Oh man, if he was……he is in big trouble!

Winebabe on April 15, 2012 at 12:15 PM

The problem wasn’t so much that they visited a brothel or prostitutes, the problem was that they attempted to get away without paying them.

Prostitution is legal in Columbia so they were able to go to the police and report it. The police then filed a complaint with the US Embassy.

Had they paid the hookers, we wouldn’t be having this conversation but instead they attempted to basically steal their services without paying.

crosspatch on April 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

What’s the big deal? It’s not as if the women were at home baking cookies, they were genuine career women, earning a few pesos.

Aardvark on April 15, 2012 at 2:17 AM

..yeah, but these ladies of the evening never worked a day in their lives.

The War Planner on April 15, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Prostitution is legal in Colombia. Pizza is legal in Colombia.
Corky Boyd on April 15, 2012 at 12:05 AM

There is a heck of a lot of “legal” stuff that can – and should – be cause for revocation of a secutity clearance. Example – cheating on your spouse or spending yourself into financial jeopardy (both of which leave you open to blackmail and other malign “influences”). Associating with supporters of violent overthrow of our constitutional republic – even if no actual criminal action takes place – is another example of a “legal” activity that will get your clearance yanked in a heartbeat. A security clearance – especially a presidential access clearance – is a priviledge, not a right.

These guys were on their “off-time” and having a bit of fun.
HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

This is behavior that could get a generic E-3 in trouble, and it was done by people who are charged with protecting the PRESIDENT. These guys are supposed to be professionals, not Delta House on spring break.

You claim to have 24 years of experience in the service, with three years in the White House Military Office. If you had been working for me in that capacity, and had displayed that sort of cavalier attitude toward security, I would have yanked your clearance and canned your @$$ on the spot.

SubmarineDoc on April 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Nothing like what you’re describing happened. You’re complaining about a lightning strike that didn’t take place. No one was kidnapped or drugged.

The POTUS wasn’t even IN this country.

HondaV65 on April 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

..c’mon, Chief, you served during the tail end of the Cold War. The whole principle of the military was to protect against “the lightening strike that never took place”.

I realize this is somewhat tangential to you point, but dogsoldier, 415woman, and the others have a point. This is a critical mission — like or despise Obama — and the people sworn to protect the POTUS have a code and responsibility to fulfill that mission.

Or didn’t you squids give a sh!t? I’m betting you did.

The War Planner on April 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Since it simply makes no sense for low profile secret service agents to be hanging out in a posh hotel in the first place.

Is this really as simple as Obama’s entourage, that is now being paid for by the taxpayers and called ‘secret service’, busted for not paying their hooker and blow tab in Columbia?

Freddy on April 15, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Had they paid the hookers, we wouldn’t be having this conversation but instead they attempted to basically steal their services without paying.

crosspatch on April 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Maybe, as once clearly stated by Eddie Murphy: “da bitch is ugly!”

Freddy on April 15, 2012 at 1:23 PM

The whole principle of the military was to protect against “the lightening strike that never took place”.
The War Planner on April 15, 2012 at 12:58 PM

As someone noted upthread, the SS late night-early morning activities in Nov 1963 likely detracted from their ability to protect JFK in Dallas. Though the commenter got his info wrong; the late night-early morn occurred in Fort Worth and it wasn’t quite “partying”. But still, it’s hard to get up and even just make Big Macs on just a couple hours sleep, much less protect the leader of the free world.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM

They can’t fire the head of the agency cuz that would be like admitting that something wrong happened, taking responsibility for it, and being accountable for their behavior–all absolute no-no’s of the Obungler admin. The excessive golfer&vacationer-in-chief expects his employees to do as he says–sacrifice–not as he does–spend extravagantly and don’t slack off. What, fellow righties, we just keep conjuring up more fauxtrage over another faux scandal?

stukinIL4now on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Government subsidized Contra-Concepción.

Buck Turgidson on April 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

What. The. Hell.

What goes on in Cartagena stays in Cartagena?

SukieTawdry on April 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I partied a night away with a bunch of Secret Service guys (advance team for a Nixon visit) in a southern California bar in the early 70′s.

SukieTawdry on April 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM

There is a reason for this!
perhaps the Lyin kING is going to sell us or our rights out to S America, or is going to leave huge amounts of American taxpayers funds there or perhaps these agents were hot on the trail of some fast and furious guns being walked into Columbian drug dealers hands and the informants were at the hotel spilling the beans so they all had to be wisked away to re-eduction intimidation camps.

At the least when PresNitWit OBlahBLah fails miserably here he will have a foil, the secret service screwed up!

ConcealedKerry on April 15, 2012 at 2:35 PM

just wait, after a so-called thorough investigation the conclusion (after wasting thousands of taxpayer $)will be: it’s Bush’s fault.

harpman on April 15, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Columbian women and Brazilian women can make ordinary men do all kinds of things. I’d say there’s only an upside for the agents involved. They had a good time, and they got away from protecting that sorry a$$.

stacman on April 15, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I think Bush is just a magical word when you’re shifting blame. If you can put Bush in front of it, then it’s not your own fault!

Apparently.

didymus on April 14, 2012 at 10:03 PM

*cough cough*

Whadaya mean, “Bush”? I thought hardwood floors were in these days.

Laura in Maryland on April 15, 2012 at 3:35 PM

When POTUS doesn’t give a crap about our laws or our constitution, neither will anyone under his command. Why should they?

They are only acting in keeping with Obama’s “leadership” (from behind, I’d expect) ;-)

Harbingeing on April 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

From now on we should refer to U.S. Secret Service as The U.S.Penis Patrol. My guess is their oath of office means as much to them as their wedding vows. Can we say compromsed?

stormridercx4 on April 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

After History is written, this question will appear on future High School history exams:

Way back in 2012 an obscure President named Obama was kicked out of office after only one term because:

A. He was totally inept.

B. He was found to be a citizen of a foreign country.

C. His Secret Service detail failed to pay $47 to a hooker.

D. All of the above.

BigSven on April 15, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Pure and simple. You have an arrogant, inept POTUS who treats those around him like servile underlings and just slightly above the level of utter contempt. Have seen this happen often, in the military. Piss poor C.O. comes aboard, unit falls off. Sometimes, precipitously.

Still, you gotta blow off some steam when you’re off duty. Morality? Puh-leaze…..

98ZJUSMC on April 15, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Luckily Obama isn’t interested in prostitutes.

In Columbia he has other things in mind.

Wipe your nose, Mr. President.

profitsbeard on April 15, 2012 at 4:45 PM

From RCP:

“This is matter that is being looked in an appropriate manner by the Secret Service itself. It would not be appropriate for the president to characterize something being looking into the Secret Service at this time. All I can tell you is that it was — he was made aware of it, but beyond that i’m not going to characterize his reaction,” Carney said on Saturday afternoon.

Last month, Obama weighed in on the ongoing investigation of Trayvon Martin, saying if he had a son he would look like Trayvon.

I guess sometimes acting stupidly is about choice.

Rovin on April 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I learned in the Corps that setting the example is the most important leadership trait…We’ve got a Commander in Chief who is essentially un-vetted. My god, we are still wondering whether he really was born in Hawaii, if he has dual citizenship with Indonesia, if he travelled to Pakistan as he said in his book, if he went to College as a declared foreigner, if his birth certificate and selective service certificate are forged documents. The morale and discipline in the Secret Service must be rock bottom…

Nozzle on April 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Your an embarrassment to the republican party. The president showed his birth certificate, what more do you want? I’m curious, do you go around demanding to have forenscic experts analyzing George Bush birth certificate? Or Bill Clinton’s for that matter? Why the scrutiny for Obama?

Ric on April 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Your an embarrassment to the republican party. The president showed his birth certificate, what more do you want? I’m curious, do you go around demanding to have forenscic experts analyzing George Bush birth certificate? Or Bill Clinton’s for that matter? Why the scrutiny for Obama?

Ric on April 15, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If you truly don’t understand then attempting to explain it to you would be fruitless.

rplat on April 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Why the scrutiny for Obama? Why the secrecy of his transcripts? If you want the speculation to stop, shine the daylight on all of Obams’s life. Can’t or won’t do that, then the mistrust and conspiracy stories will only grow. Who are his friends? Who are his professors? What courses did he take to prepare him for the most powerful job on the planet? Who paid for college?

stormridercx4 on April 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

OK, now I understand the $16 muffins.
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Pretty cheap if you consider.

askwhatif on April 15, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Why the scrutiny for Obama? Why the secrecy of his transcripts? If you want the speculation to stop, shine the daylight on all of Obams’s life. Can’t or won’t do that, then the mistrust and conspiracy stories will only grow. Who are his friends? Who are his professors? What courses did he take to prepare him for the most powerful job on the planet? Who paid for college?

stormridercx4 on April 15, 2012 at 6:43 PM

What courses did he take to prepare him for the presidency? Really, that’s important? Why do you care what type of student he was in college, or what professors he had. Do you really think theirs a course in college entitled how to subvert democracy 101? People change and grow and are much different in their 40′s and 50′s than they are in their late teens and early twenties. He has a record, and its speaks for itself. Whatever you think of Obama’s actions as president, I think its absolutely clear that he’s not a secret foreign Muslim out to destroy America. I mean was killing Bin Laden not enough?

And Honestly I don’t think any level of transparency will satisfy a certain subset of the Republican party. I mean look at the whole birther movement. For years birthers claimed that Obama had no birth certificate. Then Obama shows it to everyone! And a lot of birthers still weren’t convinced or moved on to a new conspiracy.

Ric on April 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

if you truly don’t understand then attempting to explain it to you would be fruitless.

rplat on April 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Ah the ever popular shun the non believer response. Have fun living in your ideological bubble.

Ric on April 15, 2012 at 7:23 PM

(CBS News) Ronald Kessler, best-selling author of “In the President’s Service” and a former reporter for The Washington Post, called the dismissal of 12 Secret Service members in Columbia prior to President Obama’s arrival there “the biggest scandal in Secret Service history.”

I respect Mr. Kessler, but this scandal isn’t even in the same universe with the behavior of the SS during the Kennedy assassination.

On the last night of JFK’s life, his SS detail left him unguarded as he slept in the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth. The only person on duty was a Tarrant County deputy sheriff, sitting on a chair in the hotel hallway. The SS was at a notorious late night nightclub, The Cellar. It is undisputed that none of the SS drank alcohol, but nevertheless they were out partying far beyond their curfew.

It’s not generally understood that the SS follow up car trailed the presidential Lincoln on Elm Street in Dallas by only about 5 feet. In some photos, the bumpers are almost touching. The latest pro Warren Report theories speculate that the first shot came much earlier than previously thought, meaning a shot from the 6th floor through some trees. If true, and following the time line established by the Zapruder film, as much as 11 seconds passed between the first shot and the last shot that hit Kennedy in the head. And yet, for those 11 seconds, a car full of SS men, 5 feet from the rear bumper of the Lincoln, just stood there.

The entire “Kennedy detail” should have been suspended immediately upon their return to Washington, then discharged. Instead, there were no reprimands, either public or private.

That’s a scandal.

All this latest brouhaha will lead to is some hearings where congressmen and senators can preen for the cameras, calls for the spending of greater sums to train agents, and the always consistent demand for greater diversity (i.e., more female agents).

Labamigo on April 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM

NEVERMIND THE SECRET SERVICE SCANDAL – WHY DOESN’T THE MEDIA REPORT ON WHAT OBAMA SAID LATER ON……….

After 2 days ago when Obama was interviewed by a local St. Louis anchor about the outrage over the Obama family jetting around on the taxpayer dime while people are suffering, Obama dares to say the following while at a meeting there in Columbia

“AS USUAL, WHEN I TAKE THESE SUMMIT TRIPS, PART OF MY JOB IS TO SCOUT OUT WHERE I WANT TO BRING MICHELLE BACK LATER FOR VACATION”

Can you believe the set this man must have – what an elitist phony, He hasn’t a care in the world while he spends other people’s money especially the American taxpayer!

BabysCatz on April 16, 2012 at 2:17 AM

The latest!!

Serviced-men scandal grows
20 fed agents eyed in Colombia hooker woe

Last Updated: 2:09 AM, April 16, 2012
Posted: 2:07 AM, April 16, 2012
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The Secret Service’s seamy hooker scandal may have involved as many as 20 elite US agents — who are specifically trained to avoid such security-breach pitfalls, officials and sources said yesterday.

“Historically, we’ve heard about these ‘wheels-up’ parties when the president leaves — well, this was ‘pre-wheels down,’ ” said furious House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

He vowed to have his committee probe the alleged Cartagena bacchanal that involved the agents dallying with prostitutes while in Colombia at the 33-nation Summit of the Americas, which President Obama attended.(More…..)

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/serviced_men_scandal_grows_2T1mCesDYYJAKVhkhNDObJ?utm_medium=rss&utm_content=Nationa

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 4:36 AM

canopfor on April 16, 2012 at 4:36 AM

I tipped Ed on this yesterday, they are up to 22 Secret Service personnel and 5 military personnel. The word “party” was used and a hotel employee is quoted as saying they had been drinking for a week.

What I want to know is what White House staffers were staying there? What reporters were there?

How is it that this orgy went completely unnoticed by both the White House staffers and the press?

That was one swinging hotel.

dogsoldier on April 16, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Did they have to pay for their own protection or was this provided by the tax payers?
Will Obamacare pay for the STD care if they chose to forgo the said free protection?

blogFog on April 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

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