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Heads Begin to Roll in Secret Service Sex Scandal
PJ Media ^ | 4-18-2012 | Bridget Johnson

Posted on 04/18/2012 6:22:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing

April 18, 2012

Heads Begin to Roll in Secret Service Sex Scandal

Bridget Johnson

Three Secret Service agents became the first to fall in the Colombian prostitution scandal today, with the agency announcing that two supervisors and one agent will step down.

Eight more remain under investigation and on suspension as one of the supervisors retired, the other was “proposed for removal for cause” (which can be challenged), and the agent resigned.

“The Secret Service continues to conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation, utilizing all investigative techniques available to our agency,” the assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs, Paul Morrissey, said in a statement. “This includes polygraph examinations, interviews with the employees involved, and witness interviews, to include interviews being conducted by our Office of Professional Responsibility in Cartagena, Colombia.”

Over on the Hill, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote the Secret Service director, Mark J. Sullivan, a letter that accused the agents of bringing the prostitutes into contact with “sensitive security information.”

The letter was first released to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, then Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) tweeted a copy.

Issa and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) noted that Sullivan briefed members early this week on “steps the agency has taken to investigate this matter and your plans for preventing a recurrence.”

“The facts as you described them raised questions about the agency’s culture,” the congressmen wrote. “The incident in Cartagena is troubling because Secret Service agents and officers made a range of bad decisions, from drinking too much, to engaging with prostitutes, to bringing foreign nationals into contact with sensitive security information, to exposing themselves to blackmail and other forms of potential compromise.”

The committee leaders then asked Sullivan for 10 things to aid the Oversight investigation, including a detailed description of events and timeline, an accounting of all U.S. government personnel who knew about the incident, and the agency’s investigative findings including information received from Colombian authorities.

Issa and Cummings also want the disciplinary histories of the agents involved dating back 10 years, and summaries of any other disciplinary actions that were taken against any other personnel as a result of misconduct on overseas trips since 2007.

“Has the USSS been able to determine that all women involved in this incident were at least 18 years of age?” the letter asks, noting that the involvement of underage prostitutes violates the law under which a U.S. citizen traveling to a foreign locale cannot engage in “illicit sexual conduct.”

“Your swift and decisive action in response to this scandal has given us confidence that the agency will complete a thorough investigation and take steps to ensure that similar lapses in judgment will never again jeopardize the important work of the U.S. Secret Service.”

Issa and Cummings told Sullivan that “your task is to restore the world’s confidence in the U.S. Secret Service.”

The New York Times got the first interview with the prostitute whose argument over payment led to the discovery of the activities of the Secret Service agents and a handful of military personnel under investigation by the Department of Defense.

She claimed she was a high-priced escort and charged the agent $800 when he offered only $30. She also noted that not only did she spend the entire night in the agent’s room, only to be woken by a call from the front desk, but when she wanted help getting her money she fetched another prostitute who had stayed the whole night with an agent across the hall.

The woman told the Times that she was not interested in cooperating with American investigators and is planning to leave Cartagena soon.

Talking with reporters en route to a President Obama speech in Ohio today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the scandal wasn’t detracting from Obama’s economic message and quest to cast government as a force for good.

“The president has been crystal clear since he was a candidate about the standards that he insists be met by those who work for the federal government and on behalf of the American people and for the American people,” Carney said.

“You have heard the president speak recently on the matter involving the Secret Service. I don’t have anything to add to that.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hookergate; pay2pley; pleygate; secretservicescandal
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1 posted on 04/18/2012 6:22:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

They are going to have to reassign Hillary’s body guard to Obama’s detail.

Should be interesting.


2 posted on 04/18/2012 6:24:29 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: smoothsailing

Carney is mad he wasn’t one of the hookers


3 posted on 04/18/2012 6:25:41 PM PDT by advertising guy (Sarah just jumped..........game on boys.)
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To: Brilliant

From what I understand the USSS does not protect the SoS, the DoS has its own agency.


4 posted on 04/18/2012 6:27:46 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: smoothsailing
I keep thinking how desperate these guys must have felt to do this in an effort to escape from protecting the alien dictator.
5 posted on 04/18/2012 6:28:16 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s only sex. ‘Rats shouldn’t be having a problem here.


6 posted on 04/18/2012 6:31:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: smoothsailing
Issa and Cummings also want the disciplinary histories of the agents involved dating back 10 years, and summaries of any other disciplinary actions that were taken against any other personnel as a result of misconduct on overseas trips since 2007.

Ten years would preclude investigating into the disciplinary actions that might have occurred during the Clinton administration. Or, they could have all been hired since 1998.

How convenient.

TS

7 posted on 04/18/2012 6:33:06 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.wintersoldier.com; www.tstrs.com; The Truth Shall Set You Free!)
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To: smoothsailing

How do we know that Zer0 is not a “foreign national”?


8 posted on 04/18/2012 6:33:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: The Shrew

I think Obama is taking care of business before the business takes care of him. Obama doesn’t want any Secret Service surprises coming his wsy


9 posted on 04/18/2012 6:36:55 PM PDT by South Dakota (shut up and drill)
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To: smoothsailing
TTIUWOP

No head pics though...yuck.

10 posted on 04/18/2012 6:37:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: smoothsailing

I’m looking forward to the “tell all” books that will be coming prior to the election.


11 posted on 04/18/2012 6:44:19 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Paladin2
TTIUWOP

I'm probably asking for trouble, but what do those letters stand for? :)

12 posted on 04/18/2012 6:50:21 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I want to know what that means too..LOL


13 posted on 04/18/2012 6:52:03 PM PDT by Repub4bush (God help us in Nov!)
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To: airborne

Okay....let me get this straight....a border agent can be killed by mexican drug lords in a failed gunwalking scheme and no one gets fired...but some SS agents pick up some hookers and heads are rolling in days....yea makes perfect sense to me....


14 posted on 04/18/2012 6:52:27 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: South Dakota

I’m wondering if Zero or his handlers set a “honey trap” on the Secret Service agents as a way of purging some of them.


15 posted on 04/18/2012 6:52:49 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: smoothsailing

From the beginning;

Saturday April 14, 2012

Secret Service Scandal Rocks Obama Trip

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2871903/posts?page=35#35

check post #93

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2871903/posts?page=95#95


nydailynews.com

Eleven Secret Service agents busted because they refused to pay hooker: Five American service members were also accused of misconduct stemming from the scandalous incident at the hotel, according to the U.S. military.

Scandal was revealed Friday before President Obama arrived in Colombia for Summit of the Americas

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/secret-service-agents-busted-refused-pay-hooker-source-article-1.1061657#ixzz1s4sNZUNc


http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75128.html

Video;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIb5872TLXo&feature=fvwrel


Argument About the Bill Alerted Hotel Authorities to Secret Service and Prostitutes Cavorting, WH Official Says

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.

Initially, this official said, that inspection led the hotel authorities to have questions about 22 Americans — 17 Secret Service agents and five special operations soldiers who were there to assist the Secret Service. Their names were reported to the lead U.S. military official on the ground.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/04/argument-about-the-bill-alerted-hotel-authorities-to-secret-service-and-prostitutes-cavorting/


SUNDAY APRIL 15
New York Post

Secret Service hooker flap over $47 (or just 83,475 naughty lil’ pesos)

The trouble began for the Secret Service after the agents’ night of carousing, when a hotel employee noticed a hooker’s ID was still at the front desk at 7 a.m., in violation of hotel policy on overnight guests, King said.

The manager went to the agent’s room where the woman had spent the night and saw the two inside arguing, King said.

“She said the agent owed her money,” King said. “He said he didn’t have to pay.

the agents involved in the scandal were not breaking Colombian law, but most of them are married and could have been exposed to blackmail.

“It the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service and the most basic breach of security,”

“It could have resulted in a potential assassination attempt on the president,” said Ronald Kessler, author of “In the President’s Secret Service.”

None of the agents involved was directly assigned to protect the president. Donovan said the agents involved were relieved from duty and replaced.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/ho_lombia_twist_4oMCMx8CRfOyJhODIuCcfM#ixzz1s7vCIUn9


16 posted on 04/18/2012 6:56:40 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: freeangel

???


17 posted on 04/18/2012 6:57:19 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: smoothsailing
She claimed she was a high-priced escort and charged the agent $800 when he offered only $30. She also noted that not only did she spend the entire night in the agent’s room, only to be woken by a call from the front desk, but when she wanted help getting her money she fetched another prostitute who had stayed the whole night with an agent across the hall.

Whew... Even Ubama's bodyguards have become infected by Ubama's slovenliness and corruption.

18 posted on 04/18/2012 6:57:56 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Hogblog
It only matters if the President is a Republican, because the media decides what is and is not important.

And the sheeple go on grazing quietly, until enough get spooked to temporarily stampede.

Can't wait till they get near a cliff...

19 posted on 04/18/2012 6:58:41 PM PDT by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: potlatch

None of his friends couold come up with 50bucks to keep something stupid like this from happening?


20 posted on 04/18/2012 7:00:26 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: smoothsailing
"The woman told the Times that she was not interested in cooperating with American investigators and is planning to leave Cartagena soon."

She has appointments in Caracas and Havana, no doubt...although it sounds like she's already been "debriefed."

21 posted on 04/18/2012 7:02:21 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: stuartcr

Sounds like the others did come up with the cash AFTER all the commotion had already started.


22 posted on 04/18/2012 7:05:52 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: South Dakota

I don’t know. I think there would be more people inclined to spill the beans now.
Thoughts


23 posted on 04/18/2012 7:06:38 PM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: South Dakota

I don’t know. I think there would be more people inclined to spill the beans now.
Thoughts


24 posted on 04/18/2012 7:06:38 PM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: South Dakota

I don’t know. I think there would be more people inclined to spill the beans now.
Thoughts


25 posted on 04/18/2012 7:06:52 PM PDT by mel (There are only 2 races decent and undecent people)
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To: potlatch

These guys sound more like SEIU goons than SS agents. Sheesh.


26 posted on 04/18/2012 7:08:15 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing; Repub4bush

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27 posted on 04/18/2012 7:11:11 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: smoothsailing; Repub4bush

This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures


28 posted on 04/18/2012 7:11:11 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: smoothsailing; Repub4bush

This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures


29 posted on 04/18/2012 7:11:23 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: South Dakota

That’s the most interesting angle I’ve heard yet, sounds very plausible. The USSS works for the fedgov, not the president directly, with one of their tasks being security for the POTUS. I could see obama generating a scandal to discredit the USSS to put forward the case to install his own personally assigned security detail. It follows the playbook of countless dictators worldwide.


30 posted on 04/18/2012 7:12:32 PM PDT by factoryrat (e are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Third Person

GD iPad triple post!


31 posted on 04/18/2012 7:12:48 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: smoothsailing
Yeah, they messed up big time! Now they may lose their prestigious jobs.........and their ‘happy homes’.
32 posted on 04/18/2012 7:15:10 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: Third Person

Thanks, now I get it! :)


33 posted on 04/18/2012 7:19:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Fred Hayek

0bama is now going to have a select group of agents surrounding him. They will be totally loyal to him and will “Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil”.

Is’s like a ‘Coup’ in progress.


34 posted on 04/18/2012 7:19:57 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: smoothsailing

So sorry!


35 posted on 04/18/2012 7:22:15 PM PDT by Third Person
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To: Third Person

This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures


Will Helen Thomas in a bikini do?


36 posted on 04/18/2012 7:22:53 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: unkus

From what I’ve read in some articles, these men were there to secure the hotel and area, they aren’t the SS men who personally surround and protect the President.


37 posted on 04/18/2012 7:24:42 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: smoothsailing

i’ve met 2 secret service types over the years (through friends)... and they both seemed just this side of monks. good guys. very cream of the crop.

i’m sorry, but i don’t believe this whole thing. something’s wrong. feels like a setup to oust a certain crew and put another, more favored crew into position.

seems very fishy


38 posted on 04/18/2012 7:29:07 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: potlatch

You’re right. But it’s all fishy. I stand by surrounding himself with loyal agents. We’re no longer living in a Republic. We’re in a totally corrupt Oligarchy with no accountability for the elite.


39 posted on 04/18/2012 7:29:17 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: potlatch; unkus
From what I’ve read in some articles, these men were there to secure the hotel and area, they aren’t the SS men who personally surround and protect the President.

That's my understanding as well. This took place three or four days before TOTUS arrived in Columbia. These were advance team guys, not "body" guys. Of course, Zero could use this as an excuse to replace everyone assigned to the Presidential detail.

40 posted on 04/18/2012 7:32:46 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: unkus

[I stand by surrounding himself with loyal agents. ]

Oh, I totally agree with you. I also am pretty sure that every President wants the best of the best surrounding him.
It would be interesting to see a picture of his personal ‘choices’.


41 posted on 04/18/2012 7:35:56 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: sten
seems very fishy

I completely agree. It just doesn't make any sense for so many highly disciplined individuals to all go totally nuts at the same time.

42 posted on 04/18/2012 7:37:35 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Of course, Zero could use this as an excuse to replace everyone assigned to the Presidential detail.


He’s getting away with so much treachery he probably assumes he can put his own loyal teams in place.


43 posted on 04/18/2012 7:38:25 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: smoothsailing

[Zero could use this as an excuse to replace everyone assigned to the Presidential detail]

He sure could and I’ve seen others mention that.
“Never let a good crisis go to waste”!!!


44 posted on 04/18/2012 7:39:57 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: smoothsailing
“The incident in Cartagena is troubling because Secret Service agents and officers made a range of bad decisions, from drinking too much, to engaging with prostitutes, to bringing foreign nationals into contact with sensitive security information, to exposing themselves to blackmail and other forms of potential compromise.”

And that's just the stuff we know about...

45 posted on 04/18/2012 7:41:44 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: smoothsailing

Did you see the picture of Hillary Clinton dancing and holding what appeared to be a POPPER in her hand? They were all acting wild down there.


46 posted on 04/18/2012 7:43:13 PM PDT by potlatch (~~And the truth IS what counts, RIGHT ? ~~)
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To: Fred Hayek
I’m wondering if Zero or his handlers set a “honey trap” on the Secret Service agents as a way of purging some of them.

Doesn't it seem that Zero would be out of the loop on this one?

47 posted on 04/18/2012 7:44:43 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hoodies - because you can't kill a security camera for snitchin' - - freeper tacticalogic)
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To: unkus; potlatch

From just what we actually know about him, would it come as any surprise if he signed an Executive Order dismissing the SS and replacing it with Louis Farrakhan Nation of Islam bodyguards?


48 posted on 04/18/2012 7:47:19 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Wouldn’t pay the fee? Sounds like a war on women to me.

BTW, this whole thing stinks like a rotten fish. We still are not getting the whole or real story.


49 posted on 04/18/2012 7:47:56 PM PDT by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. Be Andrew Breitbart.)
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To: smoothsailing

From just what we actually know about him, would it come as any surprise if he signed an Executive Order dismissing the SS and replacing it with Louis Farrakhan Nation of Islam bodyguards?


Those thugs could not do the job adequately.

0bama will do absoluty anything he can as long as he’s allowed to get away with it.


50 posted on 04/18/2012 7:51:04 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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