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Secret Service Incident in Netherlands Was on Heels of Car Wreck During Obama’s Miami Trip
The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Michael Birnbaum

Posted on 03/26/2014 7:47:06 PM PDT by kristinn

As the U.S. Secret Service arrived in the Netherlands last weekend for a presidential trip, managers were already on high alert to avoid any further em­barrassing incidents involving agents.

The agency’s director had admonished supervisors after two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking were involved in a March 7 car accident during a presidential visit to Miami, according to several people with knowledge of the incident. The driver passed a field sobriety test and was not arrested.

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Those with knowledge of the internal investigation said the incident infuriated managers because it came less than three weeks after the traffic accident in Miami, which led to the two officers involved being sent home. Local police gave one of the officers a field sobriety test on suspicion of drunk driving but released him with a citation for the accident and no additional charges, those familiar with the incident said.

The two officers, who serve in the uniformed division, notified their superiors of the accident. They were ordered to return to Washington under Pierson’s “no tolerance” policy, an official familiar with the matter said. The two men continue to work for the agency.

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Huis Ter Duin spokesman Stephan Stokkermans said the three guests involved in the incident, whom he declined to identify, under hotel privacy rules, arrived in an apparently intoxicated condition at the hotel early Sunday morning by taxi.

“They came in, they waved to the team at the reception desk,” Stokkermans said. “It was clear they had a good time, but they didn’t need any help.”

Later that morning, he said, a hotel employee discovered one of those guests sleeping in the hallway about 10 feet from his room, which had a key-card-style lock. It was about 30 feet from the nearest elevator, and the employee summoned co-workers for assistance.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: obama; secretservice
Link to post on FR of last night's initial WaPo report.
1 posted on 03/26/2014 7:47:06 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

No matter what I think of Obama’s politics, I want the President of the United States to have the best protection, always.

I would imagine it is very frustrating to work under this particular President, but these Secret Service Agents should be expected to rise to the challenge.


2 posted on 03/26/2014 7:58:43 PM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

After watching this pResident disrespect the Office of the President, disrespect our flag and our military and out political system, I could not give a damn if the man has a heart attack, is taken down by cancer or is attacked by a rabid skunk. I wouldn’t cross the street to assist him in any event.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 8:06:37 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: kristinn

When morale goes in the tank, then stuff like this happens.


4 posted on 03/26/2014 8:08:37 PM PDT by yawningotter
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To: kristinn
The Secret Service has reformed to reflect Obama’s leadership.
5 posted on 03/26/2014 8:11:05 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: kristinn

I find it odd that this news always seems to come out quickly... despite the White House having a pretty good lock on the media. Perhaps Obama’s happy to see the SS’s reputation go downhill along with pretty much every other once great institution in this country.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 8:13:45 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Haiku Guy

i think we need to get rid of the ss guard as it currently is. i think if we do have protection for the president, that’s the only’thing they do, not deal with any other law enforcement issues.


7 posted on 03/26/2014 8:15:27 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Well, you see, there’s a price to pay for insisting that employers have no hiring standards.

Liberalism means having no standards.


8 posted on 03/26/2014 8:18:18 PM PDT by G Larry (There's the Beef!)
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To: B4Ranch

Maybe this was the only way these guys could get out of this duty.


9 posted on 03/26/2014 8:19:15 PM PDT by Cold Heart
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To: G Larry

They are probably affirmative action hires. He probably wants these kind of folks around him, not realizing that folly and the folly of himself being elected.


10 posted on 03/26/2014 8:22:37 PM PDT by angry elephant (Endangered species in Seattle)
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To: Haiku Guy

Absolutely, the last thing we need is Obama as a martyr


11 posted on 03/26/2014 8:27:58 PM PDT by Species8472 (Ordinary acts of everyday folks keep the darkness at bay)
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To: kristinn

Would it have been OK if they had gone out chooming?


12 posted on 03/26/2014 8:28:44 PM PDT by Rockpile
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To: kristinn

If I had to protect the sleeze in the White House right now I’d probably be drinking too! I wonder what kind of abuse they are subjected to by the wookie?


13 posted on 03/26/2014 8:45:19 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: Navy Patriot
“The Secret Service has reformed to reflect Obama’s leadership.”

That is what I was thinking. I would call it “affirmative action”.

14 posted on 03/26/2014 8:55:53 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: kristinn

As a first-grader I voted for Herbert Hoover, but don’t remember grieving over his defeat.

Point is: I’ve survived quite a few presidencies, but have not ever heard of such flagrantly unprofessional, embarrassing conduct on the part of a president’s Secret Service detail, neither at home nor abroad, until the reign of The One.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 8:56:04 PM PDT by Elsiejay (in)
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To: Haiku Guy
No matter what I think of Obama’s politics, I want the President of the United States to have the best protection, always.

Everyone who cares about the safety of the current PUTZ, please raise your hand. Anyone? Anyone?


16 posted on 03/26/2014 9:15:28 PM PDT by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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To: 867V309

Well, no one wants him hurt.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 9:18:07 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt

You forgot /s!


18 posted on 03/26/2014 9:21:07 PM PDT by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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To: kristinn
This didn't start with Obama. =>

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Secret Service agents brawl near bar

Four off-duty agents in California at same time as Cheney

March 02, 2002

ENCINITAS, Calif., March 2 — Four off-duty U.S. Secret Service agents clashed with a crowd of locals in a San Diego-area bar brawl on the day Vice President Dick Cheney began his four-day California tour, an agency spokesman confirmed Saturday.

THE SAN DIEGO Union-Tribune reported Saturday that an agent bit off the tip of a man’s ear in a fight outside the Daley Double bar with about 15 locals triggered by agents making “rude comments” to a local woman.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/639204/posts

19 posted on 03/26/2014 9:27:07 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Elsiejay
NOT-SO-SECRET SERVICE FOR VP AT OLYMPICS

02/26/2002

Two Secret Service agents earned Olympic gold in doubles dimwittedness after they lost top-secret security plans for Vice President Dick Cheney.

The document - turned over to the Salt Lake Tribune by a concerned citizen - listed in detail precautions for Cheney at the Olympic Closing Ceremony on Sunday night.

The absent-minded agents left the document in a Salt Lake City store Sunday afternoon while they shopped for souvenirs.

http://nypost.com/2002/02/26/not-so-secret-service-for-vp-at-olympics/

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I wonder if they got drunk the night before. Note that the above incidents took place just a few months after 9/11.

20 posted on 03/26/2014 9:59:06 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: kristinn

“two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking”

If I had to throw myself in front of a bullet headed for that turd I would probably develop an alcohol habit too...


21 posted on 03/26/2014 10:11:41 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: kristinn

The SS (Secret Service, not Sturm Soldaten) ain’t what it used to be, is it? I wonder if moral has anything to do with the current situation?


22 posted on 03/26/2014 10:12:08 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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To: kristinn

Why is this even being reported? This what you get with this assclown mentality. Party duds, enjoying the fruits of being elitist with this administration. It will only end when this trash is no longer in office.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 10:14:26 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: yawningotter; KC_Lion
[ When morale goes in the tank, then stuff like this happens. ]

YUP, no doubt that Obama and his staff treat their SS protection like absolute crap...

Imagine having to protect Valerie Jarrett.....

Watching her eat live mice... ugh...

That would demormalize me as well...

And WHY does the "sleestack in chief" even get SS protection? Isn't that just really Odd....

24 posted on 03/26/2014 10:16:38 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Ken H

Corrected link => http://nypost.com/2002/02/26/not-so-secret-service-for-vp-at-olympics/


25 posted on 03/26/2014 10:25:13 PM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: yawningotter

When you look over the footprint of the travel entourage, the Secret Service grew at a hefty rate in the 1990s, and it’s bulked up big in the last ten years. All of this attracted a bunch of wannabe Secret Service folks...who get into trouble on these foreign trips. They said for this trip....there’s 900 support personnel who traveled to Europe with the President. When Nixon did his trips....how many did he have? I’ll bet it was a quarter of that number.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 11:10:06 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: kristinn

...send more tequila....


27 posted on 03/27/2014 12:13:15 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: 867V309
I sure as hell don't want to hear/see day after day, month after month, year after year, decade after decade how America assassinated Obama. So yes, I want the best protection for Obama. He does not deserve to become a martyr.
28 posted on 03/27/2014 12:44:27 AM PDT by Chgogal (Obama "hung the SEALs out to dry, basically exposed them like a set of dog balls..." CMH)
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To: Secret Agent Man
i think we need to get rid of the ss guard as it currently is.

The very first day of the Haiku Guy Administration, I would call up the Barracks at 18th and Eye and tell them to send over 400 Marines. I would then turn to the head of my Secret Service detail and inform him that their services would no longer be required, and give them 24 hours to vacate the White House.

30 posted on 03/27/2014 3:19:30 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (Health Care Haiku: If You Have a Right / To the Labor I Provide / I Must Be Your Slave)
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To: Ken H

Evidently the conduct of Secret Service agents has regressed from mere (?) fecklessness to a culture of drunken revelry and debauchery.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 9:37:54 AM PDT by Elsiejay (in)
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To: Elsiejay

I’d say the Cheney incidents were worse than the Netherlands incident. It’s all fish from the same barrel.


32 posted on 03/27/2014 11:14:19 AM PDT by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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