Secret Service Agents Recalled From Colombia & Relieved of Duty Amid Allegations of Misconduct Involving Prostitution
Add 12 more individuals to the ranks of the unemployed under Barack Obama … Kind of makes the saying taking a bullet for the President into a new light.
The advance party of twelve Secret Service agents providing foreign security detail for President Obama’s attendance at an international leaders’ ‘Summit of the Americas’ in Cartagena, Colombia have been recalled home and relieved of duty amid allegations of misconduct in connection with prostitutes. According to accounts the agents were alleged to have been boozing and using the services of of the local talent employed in the world’s oldest profession.
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.
As reported at The Hill, the matter had been “turned over to our Office of Professional Responsibility and any inquiries at to be directed to the Secret Service. According to the NY Post, the entire matter was exposed when one of the agents refused to pay a hooker and she ratted him out trying to collect for services rendered. I guess they forgot the age old add age, if you are going to play, you have to pay.
“There have been allegations of misconduct made against the Secret Service in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the president’s trip,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said in a statement, according to reports.
“Because of this, those personnel are being relieved of their assignments, returned to their place of duty, and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel. The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.”
Just like with the GSA excessive spending scandal, look for the Obama administration to blame this one on Bush as well. Seriously, who ever the President is and if you agree or disagree with their policies, the fact that Secret Service agents would act to recklessly and put themselves into such a position, several positions one might surmise, is simply unacceptable. How could agents do some thing so ignorant that would subject them to blackmail? Who is in charge of a Secret Service these days, former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer?
UPDATE I: 5 Members of the U.S. Military May Also Be Involved in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal.
UPDATE II: The Secret Service in the Obama Admin redefining the term “advance work”. It is unbelievable that such a scandal would break because a foolish Secret Service agent would get into an argument over the cost of services rendered with a hooker when the agent should never have been the cavorting with such types in the first place. How could anyone be so ignorant yet be in such a position?
The argument was a dispute over the bill for services rendered, the administration official said.
Hotel Caribe authorities went to investigate the ruckus and learned that there had been some activity between Secret Service agents and prostitutes, the senior administration official said.
Hotel authorities then went down to the reception desk to see who else of the American guests may have signed in female guests — call girls — for the evening.