Saturday, April 14, 2012

Secret Service Scandal: 12 Agents Sent Home From Columbia, Allegations Of Prostitutes, Drinking

Officials are being tight-lipped, but anonymous sources are making the allegations (Christian Science Monitor).

According to staff at the Hotel Caribe, Secret Service staff drank heavily in the hotel, where White House staff and members of the press were also staying. A separate report said a prostitute complained to police after one of the agents failed to pay her.

A supervisor admonished the agents and sent them back to the US on Thursday. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the move had no operational impact and did not affect Obama’s security, though it came amid tight security and two separate bomb blasts in Cartagena ahead of the Summit of the Americas.

The scandal may be one of the largest for the buttoned-up agency that’s known for its sunglasses-and-earpiece wearing men who protect the president, vice president, other top US officials, and visiting dignitaries. But it comes just two years after about 100 agents dished dirt about their jobs and the people they’ve protected over the years in “In the President’s Secret Service,” former Post reporter Ronald Kessler’s gossipy peek into the Secret Service’s inner workings.

...This week’s scandal came as two bomb blasts rocked Cartagena ahead of Saturday’s summit in a region still struggling to control violent drug lords and a global cocaine trade.

"These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President's trip," Mr. Donovan, the agency spokesman, said.

Not sure if this is related, but allegations of an affair between Moochelle Obama and a secret service agent also surfaced late last year.


Beer, Bicycles and the VRWC said...

I saw the allegations of the affair. This is all very disturbing to me. Secret Service is supposed to be the best of the best. "Drinkin' and whorin'" doesn't fit that image.

Anonymous said...

Could there by any further proof the Racist right are oblivious to American History? Yeah. They prove it every single day!

Since all he has to do is say something, and republicans decide they must do exactly the opposite he divides the country in two right wing racist and everyone else, there are also wealthy people who are not racist but just greedy, Libertarians who would opose almost any Dem, or Rep. and people like myself who see Obama as too far right, and want true leftist socialism. HOWEVER These people are not going to be united,and are no further divided than they were in the past most of them felt the same about Bush, Clinton, Regan etc. as they do about Obama It is only the right wing racist who have made this sharp distiction between Obama and others and are against every policy Obama does even if it was once a part of their platform So no you do not have to be a racist to hate Obama, but I fail to see any other reason to think he is so differant from George W....except..

Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive, We're out of Iraq, the Markets are higher than at the end of 2008, we have more jobs than the end of 2008, and we've got a foot out the door in Afghanistan. Definitely lacking in the success department. Sorry President Obama hasn't been the failure you wish he was because you hate America for electing a black man as President.

I don’t think I need to show the data to draw a distinction vs. the right-wing media’s treatment of the current first lady. There are, of course, the common nicknames — “Wookie” and “Moochelle” — stuff that just didn’t happen with Laura Bush (the worst I could find in my search was a post that referred to Barbara Bush as “Babs”). But beyond that, there’s the stream of blog posts *dedicated* to the first lady. She has a big butt! She shouldn’t tell my children what to eat! She takes too many vacations! Her outfits are too expensive! Her outfits are too ugly! And so on — with the meme being that she’s simply not fit for the White House. These aren’t casual mentions — *entire blog posts* are regularly written. I may have missed some examples. Again, here’s the search:
When you have recist remarks like Stephen.George’s “MOOCHELLE” it makes me sick to see it in print.

Right wing loonies and racists are angry that a black woman can be First Lady and eat lobster, they want black women serving them food, not eating with them.