By: Andrea Ryan
It looks like the Secret Service thinks booze and prostitutes are more important than Obama. An advance party providing foreign security detail for President Obama’s attendance at an international leaders’ summit in Cartagena, Columbia got busted screwing around on the job Friday. A dozen agents were reprimanded and sent home for allegedly boozing and cavorting with the local prostitutes. Several of them are married.
According to the Guardian,
Spokesman Edwin Donovan said the agents involved were relieved from duty and replaced with other agency personnel. “These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the president’s trip,” Donovan said on Friday night.
Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president arrived in Cartagena on Friday afternoon.
The agents at the centre of the allegations had stayed at Cartagena’s Hotel Caribe. Several members of the White House staff and press corps were also staying at the hotel.
A hotel employee said the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel about a week ago and drank heavily during their stay. They were sent home on Thursday after they were admonished by a supervisor.
Jon Adler, the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents secret service agents, told the Washington Post the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena.
Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and the author of a book about the secret service, told the paper that he had learned that 12 agents were involved, several of them married.
It seems parts of the government that have integrity don’t have integrity when Obama’s in charge.