IG: DEA agents pimped for Secret Service in Colombia

posted at 8:41 am on January 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The good news: The Secret Service won’t take all the heat from the prostitute scandal that broke last year.  The better news: the Inspector General of the Justice Department finally found a productive use for the DEA:

Two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents “facilitated a sexual encounter” between a prostitute and a U.S. Secret Service agent days before President Barack Obama visited Colombia for a summit meeting in April 2012, according to a Justice Department investigation obtained exclusively by NBC News.

summary of the findings of the investigation, included in a Dec. 20 letter from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General to Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Susan Collins, indicated that a third DEA agent present on the night of the incident was not involved in procuring the prostitute for the Secret Service agent.

But it gets better.  These law-enforcement agents did what any red-blooded American would do after the scandal exploded, or at least any red-blooded American who could obstruct the investigation:

All three DEA special agents admitted that they had paid for sexual services of a prostitute,  the investigation also found, and “used their DEA Blackberry devices to arrange such activities.” In addition, the report says the agents tried to destroy incriminating information or initially lied to investigators about the incidents. All three agents have high-security clearances.

Of course they do.  So the DEA agents all procured prostitutes using their DEA Blackberries while on a mission for the US, and then they lied to investigators and destroyed evidence.  It’s a good thing that we have laws against that sort of thing.  Oh, wait:

The summary concluded that the agents’ actions did not warrant criminal prosecution.  It said the U.S. Attorney’s Office also “declined to initiate legal proceedings.” It said the case had been referred to the DEA for “action it determines to be appropriate.”

Excuse me, but didn’t the Department of Justice prosecute and convict Scooter Libby for lying to investigators in the Valerie Plame probe? I don’t recall that Libby was ever accused of destroying evidence in that case, either.  Obstruction of justice and perjury are still crimes, right?  Those laws didn’t get repealed after Libby’s conviction.

Heck, as Susan Collins discovered, the three agents still haven’t even been disciplined yet, months later:

In a letter sent Wednesday to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Collins, R-Maine, called the findings “troubling” and the conclusion that law enforcement officials obstructed the OIG investigation “deeply troubling.” She also asked Leonhart to explain why  – nearly four months after the Office of the Inspector General referred the matter to the DEA — “It is my understanding that those administrative actions are still pending.”

In a statement, DEA spokesman Rusty Payne said, “The Drug Enforcement Administration takes these matters very seriously. Any allegations of misconduct or wrongdoing by DEA personnel are thoroughly investigated and then reviewed by DEA’s Board of Professional Conduct for any disciplinary action warranted. This matter is currently under review by the Board of Professional Conduct.”

Yes, we can see that letting obstruction of justice slide for four months demonstrates the kind of seriousness with which the DEA approaches such incidents.  I’m sure they treat it just as cavalierly when suspects in their own investigations lie to DEA agents and destroy evidence, too.


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Obstruction of justice and perjury are still crimes, right?

Nope. They fell out of vogue back in 2009.

Gatsu on January 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

*still drinking coffee*

BigGator5 on January 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

The penalty for ALL government workers who commit crimes in the role as government employee should be triple whatever the penalty is for civilians.

Flange on January 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

The Obama Campaign needs to deal with these inspector general pests once and for all.

forest on January 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Obstruction of justice suddenly fine with the DoJ?

Um…. suddenly? Where you been?

The Rogue Tomato on January 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

The Obama Campaign needs to deal with these inspector general pests once and for all.

forest on January 11, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Kudos for calling it the Obama Campaign vs. the Obama Administration. Dead on.

The Rogue Tomato on January 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Busting medical marjiuana ‘clinics’, running guns to Mexican drug lords, procuring hookers – is there anything the DEA can’t do?

We’ve had enough movies about SEALs – time to put these heroes on the big screen.

CorporatePiggy on January 11, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Ed, clearly you don’t follow the goings on over at DEA. This is standard operating procedure for them. They’re above the law, dont you know?

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Yes, we can see that letting obstruction of justice slide for four months demonstrates the kind of seriousness with which the DEA approaches such incidents.

Oh come on! It’s just sex with whores. Happens every day! Not nearly as important as banning 32oz sodas!

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

It’s OK. The statute of limitation will run out before Obama finishes his 2nd term.

Paul-Cincy on January 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Oh come on! It’s just sex with whores. Happens every day! Not nearly as important as banning 32oz sodas!

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Whoa, whoa, whoa, lets not be offensive here. These girls were escorts, not common whores!

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

The summary concluded that the agents’ actions did not warrant criminal prosecution. It said the U.S. Attorney’s Office also “declined to initiate legal proceedings.” It said the case had been referred to the DEA for “action it determines to be appropriate.”

♫♪ Follow the bouncing ball, kids! Let’s sing along with ØbozØ … ♫♪
♫♪ The buck stops here, er, there, er, nowhere! ♫♪
Fooled ya, ahahahahahahahaha

As for Mzz Sssusan Cccollins, she’s as dumb as a stick.
Now, being well-traveled meself, you would think that “DEA Agents” would know better than to patronize prostitutes in ANY Third World country, especially when the disease-ridden whöre knows that you work for the American government. Oh, and using our property arrange their jollies. Do their wives know – yet?
*chuckle*
Morons should be fired, toot sweet.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Morons should be fired, toot sweet.
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Karl Magnus on January 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Of course they should be fired. They’re not some 19 year olds in the navy enjoying some shore leave and being irresponsible. They’re people that could be seriously blackmailed into sacrificing US security by these ladies or their pimps. They compromised their mission for some cheap tail, and for that alone, they should lose security clearance and their jobs.

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Aghhhhhh…………….! Will this nightmare never end? (Answer: not for 4 more years, at least).And these (DEA, etc.) are the only people we are going to allow to be armed? Not likely.

tngmv on January 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

But it gets better. These law-enforcement agents did what any red-blooded American would do after the scandal exploded, or at least any red-blooded American who could obstruct the investigation:
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Lol,ahem,Canada Salutes,Freedom Loving Red-Blooded America(ns)!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo,besides the Ladys of the Night,er Day,um,are they Drug Running as well,

jus say’n!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

jus say’n!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Yeah, probably. How would DEA agents know hookers to call for their SS buddies? Well, maybe they spend their time “working” in south america hanging out in seedy bars, or maybe they use their connections to the underworld (aka: drug smugglers) to arrange for the girls?

The DEA agents stationed around the WORLD act like a shadow government, making deals with certain gangs, busting other ones. Helping their ATF buddies smuggle guns to some gangs, while eradicating the plants of other ones…

As they say about cops in LA, the government goons are often times just the biggest, best armed and best funded gang in the area.

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Whoa, whoa, whoa, lets not be offensive here. These girls were escorts, not common whores!

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

A distinction without difference. Sorta like trying to figure out if Snookie or Honey Boo Boo is the nadir of society as we know it. ;0

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

This is how it starts, as if the blueprints of every fascist regime in history have been overlaid on our own nation.

Who is watching the watchers, and when the lawmen don’t have to follow their own laws then all bets are off.

Bishop on January 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

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canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

They’re people that could be seriously blackmailed into sacrificing US security by these ladies or their pimps. They compromised their mission for some cheap tail, and for that alone, they should lose security clearance and their jobs.

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

I think the blackmail angle is overstated. Sex with whores is hardly the black mark it once was thanks to people like Bill Clinton and the far more creepy sexcapades by folks like Anthony Weiner or Mark Foley.

That being said, they brought the whores back to a supposedly secure area. That alone is cause for them to lose their security clearances and jobs. They can deal with the fallout from their families. “Daddy is working as a mall cop now because the wrong part of his body was making decisions.”

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Federal officials hold press event on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner problems – @NBCNews

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The Dreamliner is the perfect analogy for the rat-eared wonder’s administration. Over-hyped and doesn’t deliver as promised.

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Yeah, probably. How would DEA agents know hookers to call for their SS buddies? Well, maybe they spend their time “working” in south america hanging out in seedy bars, or maybe they use their connections to the underworld (aka: drug smugglers) to arrange for the girls?

The DEA agents stationed around the WORLD act like a shadow government, making deals with certain gangs, busting other ones. Helping their ATF buddies smuggle guns to some gangs, while eradicating the plants of other ones…

As they say about cops in LA, the government goons are often times just the biggest, best armed and best funded gang in the area.

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Timin203:

I was having a tad of fun,I would never besmirch,the good men and women in uniform,nor suggest,drug running!

But,everything this Obama Administration has touched,
has turned to Donkey Poo!!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

are they Drug Running as well,

jus say’n!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Only if they are embedded undercover.
These guys couldn’t, er, shouldn’t have been same.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, lets not be offensive here. These girls were escorts, not common whores!

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Just axe “Clint Number 9″ – Eliot the Spritzer, Currently unemployed.
Oh, AND Michigan Dem Senator Debbie StabItNow whose hubby was so disgusted by her morbid obesity (she’s had bariatric surgery since), and assumption he was above the law, that he too had “escorts” meet him at mid-priced hotels.
The term “Escort” does not include only those who are disease-free.
(I wonder how many times Sen. Stabenow has been tested for STDs?)
*chuckle*
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Karl Magnus on January 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

The Dreamliner is the perfect analogy for the rat-eared wonder’s administration. Over-hyped and doesn’t deliver as promised.

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Happy Nomad:Ahem,I don`t want to derail zeeeeeeeeee thread,but
something really stinks,AP/ED,have been kept up to
speed on this DeBauckle:)

Oh,Hopeys Mascot….DreamLiner,excellent point:)

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:51 AM

They can deal with the fallout from their families. “Daddy is working as a mall cop now because the wrong part of his body was making decisions.”

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

No, I mean… I’m assuming these guys are married / in relationships. They’re not super worried about their bosses finding out about their indiscretion, but how about this one… “We found your 14 year old daughter on facebook. You wouldnt want us to tell her what daddy’s doing when he’s ‘working,’ would you?” Or, of course, they could always contact the wives. Most guys wouldn’t be willing to throw away their marriages and lives over a cheap escort. :).

I was having a tad of fun,I would never besmirch,the good men and women in uniform,nor suggest,drug running!

But,everything this Obama Administration has touched,
has turned to Donkey Poo!!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Mmmm.. Remeber after f&f we found out that the government is not only smuggling guns, but helping launder money for the drug cartels? (in order to ‘catch them’ although that part never happens). I have no doubt they look the other way for certain gangs, while going extra hard on other ones. It’s a tactic police in this country use.

Just axe “Clint Number 9″ – Eliot the Spritzer, Currently unemployed.

Client number 9 is unemployed? Poor fella. I thought he had a promising gig at al-current?!

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Just axe “Clint Number 9″ – Eliot the Spritzer, Currently unemployed.
Oh, AND Michigan Dem Senator Debbie StabItNow whose hubby was so disgusted by her morbid obesity ….

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Hey! Give Client #9 the respect he deserves. When he traveled to DC he didn’t rely on the local market. He brought NY whores down and installed them in the Mayflower Hotel. Within site of ABC and CBS News studios and yet they never seemed to find out.

As for Stabenow, I don’t blame her ex-husband at all. Ugly on the outside and inside.

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:55 AM

When he traveled to DC he didn’t rely on the local market. He brought NY whores down and installed them in the Mayflower Hotel. Within site of ABC and CBS News studios and yet they never seemed to find out.

Ah, so he outsourced the service? Maybe the girl was just doing a job that americans won’t do?

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

Obstruction of justice suddenly fine with the DoJ?

Um…. suddenly? Where you been?

The Rogue Tomato on January 11, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Shouldn’t it be unexpectedly?

patch on January 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

It’s Holder who is obstructing justice by not doing his job. Go after the right guy, now.

HopeHeFails on January 11, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Obstruction of justice and perjury are still crimes, right?

Rule Of Law doesn’t matter anymore. See: David Gregory

BigGator5 on January 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Ah, so he outsourced the service? Maybe the girl was just doing a job that americans won’t do?

Timin203 on January 11, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I didn’t make myself clear. He was Governor of NY. When he traveled he employed NY whores(the real kind not the ones you find in Albany) not DC whores. And yet, did he get any sort of credit for supporting his state?

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM

The fact that the DEA agents will not be disciplined, let alone prosecuted, is not unusual but rather standard procedure for all public employees. Public employees are rarely held accountable for their misdeeds, with three layers of protection, their unions, their bosses, and the bureaucracy. Public employees will not even get a slap on the wrist for what gets private sector employees fired.

There are two classes of people in America, public employees, who consider themselves to not only be above the law but also judge, jury and executioner when it comes to a member of the public, from everything to petty regulations to criminal law enforcement, and everyone else.

Can you imagine what would happen in a corporation if it came out that a group of employees was using company supplied phones to set up tricks with hookers (the real world word for these DEA agents is “pimps”) and then tried to delete company records that implicated them? The same federal Department of Justice that’s declining to prosecute these DEA agents would go after those private sector employees in a second and probably prosecute the company as well.

Tar, feathers, pitchforks.

rokemronnie on January 11, 2013 at 10:33 AM

“Daddy is working as a mall cop now because the wrong part of his body was making decisions.”

Happy Nomad on January 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

PRICELESS!
ALL of the malls in the United States couldn’t handle the influx of new applicants.
*chuckle*
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 11, 2013 at 10:54 AM

I was having a tad of fun,I would never besmirch,the good men and women in uniform,nor suggest,drug running!

But,everything this Obama Administration has touched,
has turned to Donkey Poo!!

canopfor on January 11, 2013 at 9:46 AM

OK. I’ll do it for you….

DEA – along with the BATFE – are staffed by the most fanatical zealots of any government agency. They are convinced, in their black little hearts, that they are the last, true “Keepers of the Flame” of morality and Western Civilization on Earth; and that anything – absolutely ANYTHING – that they do to fight evil as they define it is permissible. And that includes ignoring or breaking any laws that bind lesser mortals.

Solaratov on January 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

At least we can look forward to this stuff leading to a simplification of the Federal Criminal Justice Code:

Amendment 1A – All members of the Messiah Regime can do whatever they damn well please.

Amendment 2A – Everyone else, not so much.

ghostwalker1 on January 11, 2013 at 11:54 AM

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne

Awesome name for a Pro Wrestler.
;)

Jeff2161 on January 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM

But it gets better. These law-enforcement agents did what any red-blooded American would do after the scandal exploded, or at least any red-blooded American who could obstruct the investigation:

All three DEA special agents admitted that they had paid for sexual services of a prostitute, the investigation also found, and “used their DEA Blackberry devices to arrange such activities.” In addition, the report says the agents tried to destroy incriminating information or initially lied to investigators about the incidents. All three agents have high-security clearances.

Of course they do. So the DEA agents all procured prostitutes using their DEA Blackberries while on a mission for the US, and then they lied to investigators and destroyed evidence. It’s a good thing that we have laws against that sort of thing. Oh, wait:

The summary concluded that the agents’ actions did not warrant criminal prosecution. It said the U.S. Attorney’s Office also “declined to initiate legal proceedings.” It said the case had been referred to the DEA for “action it determines to be appropriate.”

Excuse me, but didn’t the Department of Justice prosecute and convict Scooter Libby for lying to investigators in the Valerie Plame probe? I don’t recall that Libby was ever accused of destroying evidence in that case, either. Obstruction of justice and perjury are still crimes, right? Those laws didn’t get repealed after Libby’s conviction.

Heck, as Susan Collins discovered, the three agents still haven’t even been disciplined yet, months later:

Democratic administration. Laws are for Republicans, silly!

tom on January 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Everybody lies about sex, right?

So if Scooter Libby had claimed he was covering up a sexual relationship with a hooker that knew Valerie Plame, he would have been off scot-free!

Oh wait. That was a Republican administration. Never mind.

tom on January 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

IG: DEA agents pimped for Secret Service in Colombia

Politicians never go after prostitutes or those they do business with. Professsional courtesy, doncha know…..

tom on January 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM