The Secret Service’s seamy hooker scandal may have involved as many as 20 elite US agents — who are specifically trained to avoid such security-breach pitfalls, officials and sources said yesterday.Didn't Bill Clinton leave office like 11 years ago?
“Historically, we’ve heard about these ‘wheels-up’ parties when the president leaves — well, this was ‘pre-wheels down,’ ” said furious House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Seriously, this has nothing to do with Obama - not that the press wouldn't be completely up in arms had this happened during the Bush administration, mind you. It's piss poor training and oversight, granted - this whole scandal erupted because an agent refused to pay his hooker $47? Are you kidding me? Over $50 you're going to lose your security clearance, most likely your job, and you've given an otherwise stellar agency a nice shiny black eye. Over $50. Great going Einstein.
There should be a thorough investigation into this, but more importantly there should be greater care taken in both the selection of agents and the training thereof. It would appear that there are many agents on the Secret Service that haven't learned discretion or maturity - and they need both in truckloads for the serious task of guarding the president's life. It's even more discouraging that it was in a violent place like Colombia - there's a big difference in the security level there than, say, Martha's Vineyard...
In any case, it sure brings new meaning to the term "secret service", doesn't it?
That is all.