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  • It's Not Unnatural for Republicans to Want the President Protected

    10/07/2014 5:15:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | Michael Barone
    "Even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security." So wrote the New York Times' Peter Baker in the lead paragraph of a story on the congressional hearing on the Secret Service. Baker is an excellent reporter and a good writer, and so it's useful to consider the implications of his framing of the story. And let's leave aside his hyperbole about Republicans opposition "every initiative" -- some presidential initiatives are uncontroversial and widely supported -- and look at that word "even." Contained within that word and in...
  • In Secret Service, Some Blacks See a Flawed Shield for the President

    10/03/2014 4:57:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 2, 2014 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in...
  • The reporter who brought down the Secret Service's director

    10/02/2014 8:36:55 AM PDT · by upbeat5 · 24 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | October 2, 2014 | Liz Goodwin
    Behind the shocking revelations of incompetence and unprofessionalism that rocked the Secret Service this week is a longtime reporter who has been diligently uncovering the agency's secrets for years. Carol Leonnig, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who has worked at The Washington Post for nearly 15 years, has broken almost every single story on the agency, a series of shocking reports that on Wednesday resulted in the abrupt resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. (Pierson called the resignation “painful.”) In less than a week, Leonnig uncovered three scandals that pushed the agency’s first female leader out the door. First,...
  • Secret Service head in hot seat after White House breach details revealed

    09/30/2014 4:31:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 72 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9-30-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face questions about how an armed intruder jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room when she testifies before a House committee on Tuesday. Sources confirmed to Fox News on Monday that 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez overpowered a Secret Service officer in the Sept. 19 incident -- this led to a struggle and "wrestling" inside the executive mansion as he darted through. Gonzalez was eventually tackled by a counter-assault agent in the East Room after he reached the doorway to the Green Room, a parlor overlooking the South Lawn....
  • Secret Service 'Aware' of Apparent ISIS Flag Photo in Front of the White House

    08/15/2014 7:19:34 AM PDT · by dware · 26 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 08.15.2014 | Chris Good
    The Secret Service said it is "aware" of a photo that appeared to show an image of an ISIS flag in front of the White House. If authentic, the photo showed a hand holding up an image of a flag for ISIS (also known as ISIL or Islamic State), displayed on a smartphone, on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House fence. That area, closed off to street traffic, is frequented by thousands of tourists every day.
  • Congress Launches Investigation of Secret Service Agent Diversion from White House

    05/21/2014 6:44:34 PM PDT · by kristinn · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Carol Leonig
    Congress’s chief oversight committee has launched a formal investigation into how and why Secret Service agents were ordered to leave their assignments protecting the White House complex to instead protect a close friend of the agency’s director. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asked Secret Service Director Julia Pierson by letter Tuesday to turn over all documents detailing how and why agents were pulled from providing extra protection for President Obama and his family in summer 2011 to go to La Plata, Md., as part of a new assignment called “Operation Moonlight.” The Washington Post first revealed the...
  • Secret Service agents pulled off White House patrol to help protect a top official’s aide

    05/11/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT · by John W · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 10, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig
    Top Secret Service officials ­ordered members of a special unit responsible for patrolling the White House perimeter to abandon their posts over at least two months in 2011 in order to protect a personal friend of the agency’s director, according to three people familiar with the operation. The new assignment, known internally as Operation Moonlight, diverted agents to a rural area outside the southern Maryland town of La Plata, nearly an hour’s drive from Washington. Agents were told that then-Director Mark Sullivan was concerned that his assistant was being harassed by her neighbor, the three people said. Two agents were...
  • Secret Service Agents in Obama’s Detail Sent Home from Netherlands After Night of Drinking

    03/25/2014 7:00:35 PM PDT · by kristinn · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura
    Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam this week were sent home and put on administrative leave Sunday after going out for a night of drinking, according to three people familiar with the incident. One of them was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway, the people said. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Netherlands after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived in the country, according to two of the people. The embassy then alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included Secret Service...
  • Secret Service agent’s book hits best-seller list (decries toxic Obama admin)

    12/01/2013 3:59:08 AM PST · by Liz · 41 replies
    NY POST--PAGE SIX ^ | 11/30/13 | NY POST Page Six Team
    Dan Bongino resigned from the Secret Service in 2011 to run for a US Senate seat in Maryland (as a Republican). Bongino believes the “toxic” Obama administration is using government as a weapon exclusively to intimidate enemies. "We’re in a very dangerous place. There are so many scandals, and any one of them could be absolutely catastrophic for what this country stands for.” Bongino's book, “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From It All,” published by WND Books hit the NYT best-seller list.
  • Secret Service facing with another sex scandal

    11/14/2013 5:48:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11/14/2013 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    More than 18 months after a prostitution scandal in South America rocked the Secret Service, the agency in charge of protecting the president is investigating another case of suspected sexual misconduct in its ranks. This time, two supervisory agents assigned to President Barack Obama's protective detail have been investigated for misconduct involving sexually suggestive emails sent to a female subordinate. The alleged misconduct does not appear to involve a breach of Obama's security. According to The Washington Post, which first reported the inquiry Wednesday, supervisor Ignacio Zamora Jr. was reassigned. Timothy Barraclough, also a supervisor, remains with the presidential protection...
  • Obama Secret Service Agent: “It’s Worse Than People Know… and I’m Not Trying to Scare You Either”

    11/06/2013 6:41:42 AM PST · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | Mac Slavo
    (Pictured: Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino with President Obama) You may have your suspicions about what’s going on behind closed doors at the White House. But according to one of President Obama’s former body guards it’s much worse than we can even imagine. Dan Bongino has protected numerous Presidents over his career, including President Obama. He has been within ear-shot of many a discussion in the Oval Office, but up until this administration has stayed out of the lime light. Apparently, however, the activities of this administration are so abhorrent that he could no longer keep quiet. Bongino is so...
  • Did a hungover Secret Service agent accidentally shoot JFK?

    11/03/2013 8:58:27 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 279 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Nov. 02 2013 | JOHN DOYLE
    And so it begins – the plentiful coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy. The date itself is weeks away and there will be countless commemorative programs, specials and copious punditry on TV. JFK: The Smoking Gun (Sunday, Discovery, 8 p.m.) is one of the most controversial of the bunch. Made for the tiny U.S. cable channel Reelz, it’s a two-hour docudrama based on the book of the same name by former Australian police detective Colin McLaren. He claims to have spent years on “the forensic cold-case investigation of JFK’s assassination” and says...
  • Former Secret Service Agent Warns: President Obama Sees Government as a ‘Shiny New Toy’

    11/01/2013 6:38:08 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 25 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Erica Ritz
    Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, who is running for Congress in Maryland, appeared on the Glenn Beck Program Thursday to discuss why he chose to run for elected office. “We’re at a very dangerous point, Glenn,” Bongino began. “We’re in a lot of trouble. The president sees government — and I think it’s because of his lack of experience, and maybe community organizing in the past — as like this shiny new toy. And for all the disagreements I had with Clinton, Carter, and Bush, there were always limits. There was that line you just didn’t cross — we...
  • Beautiful. London Traffic Warden Writes Hillary Parking Ticket While Secret Service Goes Nuts

    10/15/2013 6:11:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | October 15, 2013 | Andrea Ryan
    Argument: Hillary Clinton’s security staff get into a row with a traffic warden whilst waiting for her in London. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended an event in London on Saturday. Parking her car in a bay on St. James’ Square, Clinton was required to pay the same Ł3.30 per hour fee that everyone else is required to pay for the privilege to park there. She did not. When the traffic warden tried to issue a parking ticket the Secret Service agents went nuts. But, waving their arms and flashing their badges didn’t impress the traffic marshal. He...
  • Christmas spirit dies at White House as ornament-hawking gift shop goes broke

    10/12/2013 7:13:56 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 36 replies
    Washington TImes ^ | Oct 11 2013 | Jim McElhatton-
    Another sign of the tough times in Washington these days, the White House Gift Shop, long run by a nonprofit group that helps uniformed Secret Service officers and their families, has gone broke.The Secret Service Uniformed Division Benefit Fund, which traces its roots to the 1940s and for years did business as the official White House Gift Shop, lists more than $600,000 in liabilities in a pending bankruptcy petition in Washington. The fund — which operated independently of the White House and Secret Service, and was not a part of the government — disclosed tens of thousands of dollars in...
  • George H.W. Bush shaves head for young leukemia patient

    07/24/2013 2:39:58 PM PDT · by freedumb2003 · 53 replies
    FOXdfw News ^ | 7/24/2013 | Mark Norris
    Former President George H.W. Bush shaved his head earlier this week to show support for the son of a member of his security detail who is battling cancer. (snip) Bush's entire security detail has also shaven their heads to show support for Patrick. Read more: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/22924102/george-hw-bush-shaves-head-for-young-leukemia-patient#ixzz2a08qAIGr
  • The Obamas Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

    06/13/2013 12:25:18 PM PDT · by yoe · 25 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 12, 2013 | DANIEL HALPER
    President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won't be cheap; it's expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the (The Washington Post) "When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case...
  • Secret Service Visits Outspoken Obama Critic – Because of Tweets

    06/12/2013 7:45:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 37 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his “paint” program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form. On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of “Police!” The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could “take a look around.” Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn’t want any return visits) – he complied fully with their request. He even signed a consent to...
  • First Woman Is Chosen to Lead Secret Service

    03/26/2013 6:04:40 PM PDT · by An Old Man · 31 replies
    www.nytimes.com ^ | March 26, 2013 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday appointed Julia A. Pierson, a longtime Secret Service agent, as the first woman to head the agency best known for protecting the president, vice president and their families. Ms. Pierson, the chief of staff to Mark J. Sullivan, who retired as director last month, will take over at a time when the Secret Service is still recovering from a prostitution scandal last year that held it up to public ridicule, generated Congressional hearings and cost a number of agents their jobs. The appointment represented a milestone for law enforcement, putting a woman at the...
  • US Agent Almost Accidentally Shot Ahmadinejad

    03/21/2013 9:57:17 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 30 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/21/2013 | By Kevin Spak
    It was the shot that was almost heard around the world. In September 2006, a US Secret Service Agent fired off a shotgun blast just as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel during a UN General Assembly meeting in New York—apparently by mistake. The incident is revealed in a short book excerpt from Marc Ambinder and DB Grady's Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, published at the Atlantic today. The agent was adjusting a side-mounted shotgun on the motorcade, when he accidentally discharged it. "Everyone just stopped," one official recalls. "The Iranians looked at us...
  • Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service

    02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sara Carter
    Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service • As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say. Homeland Security issued its first agency-wide memorandum late last week preparing for sequestration, the sweeping automatic budget cuts set to take effect as early as March 1 under a prior deal between the White House and Congress to...
  • No, Sidwell Friends School has no armed guards [We Obama critics were wrong on this one]

    01/20/2013 6:49:30 PM PST · by grundle · 130 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2013 | Valerie Strauss
    The National Rifle Association is airing a television ad (and has on its website this four-minute video) that says the private school that President Obama’s daughters attend, Sidwell Friends School, has 11 armed guards. It doesn’t. In fact, it has no armed guards. My Post colleague Glenn Kessler, who writes The Fact Checker column, wrote about the issue here and quoted Ellis Turner, associate head of Sidwell Friends, as saying: “Sidwell Friends security officers do not carry guns.” Parents and students say they have never seen one either. The president’s children are protected by Secret Service agents, which is required...
  • Obama signs bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and spouses

    01/11/2013 7:46:52 AM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2013
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill granting lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their wives. The measure Obama signed Thursday applies to presidents elected after Jan. 1, 1997, specifically Obama and former President George W. Bush. It reverses a 1994 law that ended Secret Service protection 10 years after a president leaves office. Under that law, the Homeland Security secretary could extend such protection on a temporary basis. A sponsor of the bill, Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, says increased terrorist threats and the greater mobility and youth of former presidents...
  • Secret Service agent who hid affair kills himself (assigned to Ovama)

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly six years, a senior Secret Service agent kept his extramarital affair with a Mexican woman a secret from the agency responsible for protecting the president. But in the wake of an embarrassing prostitution scandal involving 13 agents and officers, Rafael Prieto’s secret was revealed by a fellow employee amid concerns the Secret Service wasn’t enforcing its rules consistently. With an internal investigation ongoing, Prieto apparently committed suicide last week, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Prieto, a married father assigned to the security detail for President Barack Obama, admitted the years-long relationship...
  • Turlock woman fired for Obama racial slur on Facebook

    11/09/2012 8:12:23 AM PST · by modernline2009 · 41 replies
  • Have You Noticed? Secret Service is treating Mitt Romney like a President, not just a candidate

    11/05/2012 10:07:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | November 5, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    Last night I watched Mitt Romney’s speech from Bucks County, Pennsylvania and noticed something I hope you’ve picked up on: his Secret Service detail is treating Mitt Romney like a President…and not just like a candidate. What I mean is that the looks on the agents faces, and the way they aggressively keep turning their heads and watching out for Romney, is the same thing they do for the actual President…but it’s not the same level of intensity these guys provide for a mere candidates for office, former presidents, First Ladies, etc. While the Secret Service always strives to do...
  • Flagging an Issue (Mitt Romney's Big Bad Flag Pin!)

    10/23/2012 8:32:44 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 10-23-2012 | Charles Kesler
    October 23, 2012 Flagging an Issue By Charles Kesler My wife, the very shrewd Sally Pipes, penetrated to the heart of the debate in a single sentence tonight when, only about 15 minutes into the exchange, she observed: “Romney’s flag pin is much larger than Obama’s flag pin.”Indeed, it was, as I confirmed in the next split screen of the candidates.Ever since the 1960s, liberals have been sensitive about the dimensions of their patriotism, and here, on national television, in a debate over foreign policy, Obama had been clearly outmaneuvered. His fleet was noticeably smaller than the challenger’s. His bayonet...
  • Michelle Obama wants to escape the bubble, go to CVS

    10/10/2012 10:08:35 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/10/12 | BYRON TAU
    The toughest part of the job for first lady Michelle Obama? Not being able to stroll around her local drugstore. In an interview with NBC's iVillage, the first lady said she sometimes chafes at the bubble of the White House. “I can’t walk outside. I can’t take my dog for a walk," the first lady said. Acknowledging that most Americans face much more hardship and difficulty than she does, she said she nevertheless sometimes regrets the "loss of privacy" and "loss of anonymity." "I tease, it’s like one day I am going to walk out that gate. I’m just going...
  • Obama whips out massive wad of cash to pay for sausages at deli

    09/23/2012 6:58:32 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 74 replies
    DailyMail ^ | September 22, 2012
    Wherever Barack Obama goes, he is accompanied by a huge entourage of aides, Secret Service and campaign staff. But when the President goes shopping, he still has to handle his own cash, as he showed on Saturday when he bought sausages from a Wisconsin store following a campaign stop in key swing state. Mr Obama pulled out a wad of bills that looked almost large enough to make a dent in the national debt as he browsed for pork treats alongside Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett.
  • And Paul Ryan's Secret Service Codename is...

    09/04/2012 10:17:30 AM PDT · by Bowhunter · 40 replies
    ...Bowhunter. My Freep username is on sale at a special price to the Romney/Ryan Campaign.
  • Veteran arrested by FBI and Secret Service for non-violent Facebook posts

    08/17/2012 7:05:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies
    examiner.com ^ | August. 17, 2012 | Christopher Collins
    Just released, a Marine Veteran, Brandon Raub who served in Iraq and Afghanistan was taken by FBI and Secret Service agents around 7 p.m. on August 15, 2012 for his patriotic non-violent Facebook postings. According to his mother on a radio talk show hosted by Josh Tolley, she said, “He was handcuffed, was not read his rights…I want that to be heard very clear. He was not read his rights…he was handcuffed, put in the back seat in Chesterfield County, Virginia police department vehicle. And um, he was taken to…directly to John Randall Psychiatric Hospital in Hopewell, Virginia and that...
  • Update: Secret Service denies thanking baker for rejecting Biden visit

    08/17/2012 2:07:17 PM PDT · by Justaham · 39 replies
    Did Secret Service officials associated with Vice President Joe Biden thank a baker for refusing to host the vice president at his shop on Wednesday, as local media reported? The U.S. Secret Service says it didn’t happen. “[O]ur personnel were not involved in making that statement,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told National Review Online’s Daniel Foster. “Milien said there were agents in the bakery, along with (similarly dressed) local law enforcement, but that USSS was there merely to thank the shop owners for their trouble and apologize for any inconvenience the advance team may have caused them,” National...
  • Former Obama ally to headline Roanoke County (VA) GOP dinner, Sat. 8/18

    08/16/2012 7:06:30 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    A former Democratic congressman who supported President Barack Obama’s 2008 election is becoming a popular figure in the Republican Party, and he’s coming to the Roanoke Valley this weekend. Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis is scheduled to speak at the inaugural Roanoke Republican Victory Dinner Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Roanoke County Republican Committee. Davis served four terms in Congress and made a failed bid for Alabama’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010. He gained national attention by seconding Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and served as a co-chairman...
  • D.C. officer investigated for making threats against Michelle Obama

    07/12/2012 3:14:42 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12 July 2012 | Clarence Williams and Mary Pat Flaherty
    During that conversation, the officials said, the officer allegedly said he would shoot the First Lady and then used his phone to retrieve a picture of the firearm he said he would use. It was not immediately clear what type of firearm was allegedly shown. An officer overheard the alleged threat and reported it to a police lieutenant at the Division, who immediately notified superiors, the officials said. “We received an allegation that inappropriate comments were made. We are currently investigating the nature of those comments,” D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said in an e-mail. She declined to discuss the...
  • What the Secret Service Could Learn from Drunken Sailors (The Curse of the Unpaid Prostitute)

    04/29/2012 4:56:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 26 | Roberto Loiederman
    What the Secret Service could learn from drunken sailors Roberto Loiederman, a merchant seaman from 1966 to 1974, is a writer in California. He co-authored “The Eagle Mutiny,” an account of the 1970 mutiny on a U.S. vessel. What happened in Cartagena, Colombia, with the Secret Service seems unsavory to me, but not for the reasons you might think. I make no judgments about men spending a night with escorts. As far as I’m concerned, those who take a holier-than-thou attitude about this are like Inspector Renault in “Casablanca” when he says he’s “shocked, shocked” to discover there is gambling...
  • Courageous Black Secret Service Woman Revealed Scandal

    04/27/2012 4:36:33 AM PDT · by YourAdHere · 68 replies
    Afro ^ | 4/26/12 | Afro Staff
    A Black Secret Service agent is being hailed as the heroine in what is reportedly the worst scandal in the agency’s history. Paula Reid is the 46-year-old special agent responsible for blowing the whistle on the sex scandal that turned the esteemed agency into so much fodder for the 24-hour news cycle and cable talk shows. Reid, the head of the service detail down in Latin America, discovered that at least 11 agents, including two supervisors, had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in Cartanega, Colombia, just days before the president arrived for an international summit. Such action posed...
  • I Take the Secret Service Scandal Personally

    04/26/2012 5:32:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2012 | Emmett Tyrrell
    Washington -- When you have a young woman screaming in a hallway about some sort of grievance she has with you, you have a problem. Even a Secret Service agent, surrounded by his buddies, has a problem. I know about this sort of thing from my work in the archives pursuant to my researches as a presidential historian. One thinks back to the late 1940s of Elizabeth Bentley, an American spying for the Soviet Union. She raised an intolerable ruckus outside a hotel room with one, possibly two, Soviet intelligence operatives -- both male. Her involvement with one had been...
  • Prostitute scandal posed no risk to Obama: Napolitano

    04/25/2012 12:17:36 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 25, 2012 | Tabassum Zakaria and Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's safety was not jeopardized by the actions of Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes back to a Colombia hotel on the eve of his arrival, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured a Senate committee Wednesday. "There was no risk to the president," she told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the first public questioning of an administration official since the scandal broke as Obama prepared to visit Cartagena for a summit. Napolitano said that a review of Secret Service records showed no similar episodes of misconduct that might have warned of brewing problems at...
  • Secret Service Agents: We Were Too Drunk To Have Sex

    04/25/2012 10:44:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/25/12 | Ben Shapiro
    Last night, President Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s unwatchable late-night show – a show most notable for Fallon’s almost-incredible inability to keep a straight face while telling the world’s least funny jokes – to discuss the Secret Service prostitution scandal. “The Secret Service, these guys are incredible,” Obama said. “They protect me, they protect our girls. A couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do. What they were thinking, I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore.” But the Secret Service agents in question don’t need Obama’s help in their defense.
  • REPORT: The Secret Service Agents Were Too Drunk To Get It On With The Colombian Prostitutes

    More details are starting to emerge about the 'wild night' of partying in Cartagena, Colombia that has engulfed the Secret Service in a growing prostitution scandal. The Washington Post reports today that some of the men involved are arguing that they did know the women that they brought back to their hotel were prostitutes. Moreover, some of the agents have reportedly said they did not have sex with the prostitutes because they "were so drunk that they fell asleep immediately after bringing the women to their rooms." Twelve agents were implicated in the scandal, although one has since been cleared...
  • Calls for More Women in Secret Service Amid Prostitution Scandal

    04/22/2012 11:52:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 37 replies
    ABC OTUS News ^ | Reena Ninan
    Washington has begun asking if the Secret Service needs more women in the organization in the wake of the prostitution incident in Cartagena, Colombia that has led to six agents being fired or resigning. The call comes after it became public on Saturday that a woman named Paula Reid, who heads the Miami field office for the Secret Service, which also overseas South America, was the supervisor who moved quickly to contain last week's scandal.
  • Secret Service Scandal Rocks Obama Trip

    04/13/2012 8:04:16 PM PDT · by kristinn · 98 replies
    Politico ^ | Friday, April 13, 2012 | Donovan Slack
    Up to a dozen Secret Service agents in Colombia for President Barack Obama’s trip there have been relieved of their duties amid allegations of misconduct. The Secret Service did not detail the accusations but said they did not affect security for the president, who landed in the country Friday for a weekend at the Summit of the Americas. The Associated Press reported that the allegations involved prostitutes. The actions happened before the president’s arrival on Friday, the AP reported, citing unnamed sources. “There have been allegations of misconduct made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia prior to the President’s...
  • 3 more in scandal out at Secret Service

    04/20/2012 1:32:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies
    politico.com ^ | April 20 2012 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    At least three more Secret Service employees involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal are expected to lose their jobs Friday, as the Pentagon increased to 11 the number of military personnel it’s investigating as part of the incident. The three additional departures, confirmed to POLITICO by a federal official, bring the total number of employees to be forced out or to have quit their jobs to at least six. There are 11 members total of the Secret Service thought to be involved in the scandal, which occurred ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip to Cartagena for the Summit of the...
  • Senior Democrat expects more resignations, worries about Obama's future safety

    Washington (CNN) - Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is telling lawmakers he expects more resignations in the wake of the alleged prostitution scandal, with one congressional source saying additional agents will likely go by the end of the week, and a top Democrat is expressing concern that the Colombia incident could compromise the president's safety in the future. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Government and Oversight Committee, told CNN Thursday Sullivan told him he has "no doubt" all Secret Service agents involved in the prostitution scandal will resign. "I said is it possible that these men...
  • Collins: Prostitutes In Secret Services Scandal 'Could Be Spies'

    04/18/2012 10:47:58 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    UPI ^ | April 18, 2012
    The women Secret Service and military crew took to a Colombian hotel before President Barack Obama arrived "could be spies," said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. "We don't know who these women are," she told reporters in Washington. "They could be spies. They could be associated with hostile forces. They could have disabled the agents' weapons or planted listening devices or in other ways breach security. It is very serious." She said investigators suspect the agents and military personnel brought as many as 21 prostitutes to the sprawling beachfront Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, April 11 during a night of carousing...
  • Secret Service Agents Took 20 Women To Colombian Hotel, Says Senator

    04/17/2012 6:47:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | April 17, 2012 | Karen McVeigh
    Secret Service Agents Took 20 Women To Colombian Hotel, Says Senator Susan Collins says director is pursuing 'vigorous internal investigation' as scandal triggers scrutiny of agency's culture Karen McVeigh 17 April 2012 At least 20 women were brought back to a hotel in Colombia by secret service agents and military personnel who are now under investigation into allegations of misconduct involving prostitutes, according to a US senator. Speaking after she was briefed by the director of the secret service, Susan Collins, the top Republican on the Senate homeland security committee, said on Tuesday: "There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or...
  • Beck Breaks Down Secret Service Missteps and Wonders if They're Actually "Set-ups"

    04/16/2012 9:16:35 PM PDT · by RedMominBlueState · 91 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 16, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    A set up? An incredulous Beck asked if anyone had ever seen the Secret Service conduct itself this way before. Being dismissed for an alleged tryst with with prostitutes in Cartagena; carelessly plotting out routes in foreign countries that compromise the presidential motorcade; approving risk-laden locations for foreign stop-overs. None of the above bodes well for those entrusted with protecting America’s Commander in Chief. After a careful review of these transgressions, Beck came to the conclusion that there can only be two explanations — and each one spells trouble. Either the Secret Service is a motley crew of inept “morons”...
  • Can the Secret Service Tell You To Shut Up?

    03/16/2012 5:35:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from infringing upon the freedom of speech, the freedom of association and the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Speech is language and other forms of expression; and association and petition connote physical presence in reasonable proximity to those of like mind and to government officials, so as to make your opinions known to them. The Declaration of Independence recognizes all three freedoms as stemming from our humanity. So, what happens if you can speak freely, but the government officials at whom your speech is aimed...
  • Secret Service agent: Clinton’s staff rude, Hillary aloof

    03/08/2012 7:47:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 7, 2012
    In a breach of tradition, a former U.S. Secret Service agent has self-published a book that savages the Clinton White House staff as arrogant and rude, suggests former first lady Hillary Clinton was aloof and charges that Bill Clinton endangered himself and agents for a “totally pointless photo op” on the South Korea-North Korea border. In several anecdotes, former agent Dan Emmett revealed that Clinton’s young staff had “fundamental traits of rudeness and arrogance” that teetered on the verge of being dangerous at times. “Most of these youngsters were from wealthy families, and many viewed Secret Services agents as the...
  • Bullet Found In White House Window; May Be Linked To Idaho Falls Man

    11/16/2011 2:08:30 AM PST · by markomalley · 26 replies
    ABC/Local News 8 ^ | 11/16/11 | Pierre Thomas
    ABC News has learned authorities are increasingly concerned that a man sought in connection with a bizarre shooting incident on the Washington Mall last week may pose a threat to President Obama. The Secret Service now suspects that a bullet fired in this incident may have hit the White House after a bullet round was found in a White House window, though the round had not yet been conclusively linked to the incident. Police believe the suspect, Oscar Ramiro Ortega of Idaho Falls, is mentally ill. Local News 8 broke Ortega's connection to Idaho Falls on Sunday night. Ortega has...