May 23, 2012 |
As soon as a Senate hearing into the Secret Service prostitution scandal began, it was clear there would be no rehabilitation of the agency's reputation. In fact, by the time the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee session concluded, skeptical senators on both sides of the aisle had painted Director Mark Sullivan as a good administrator but one hopelessly naive about what his agents do away from home. Of course, there is no proof that the scandal involving a dozen agents who allegedly...
May 22, 2012 |
Four Secret Service employees have decided to fight their dismissals for engaging in inappropriate conduct in Colombia last month, a development that could unravel what has been a swift and tidy resolution to an embarrassing scandal over agents' hiring of prostitutes. The agents are arguing that the agency is making them scapegoats for behavior that the Secret Service has long tolerated, a charge that Director Mark Sullivan may have to address when he appears before a Senate committee Wednesday.
May 4, 2012 |
A 24-year-old woman who says she is the prostitute at the center of a Secret Service scandal gave the most complete account yet of her alleged dispute over payment with an agent that led to revelations about nine Secret Service members bringing prostitutes to their rooms on a presidential business trip to Colombia. In an interview on Caracol News in Cartagena, Dania Suarez said she and some girlfriends had met for a drink April 11 when they encountered...
May 2, 2012 |
Have you heard the joke about the Secret Service? The one in which President Obama told a ballroom full of reporters at last weekend's White House correspondents' dinner that he had to leave early to get his security detail "home in time for their new curfew"? Tim McCarthy heard it. He was vacationing on Marco Island, Fla., when Obama's joke came on the news, replayed again and again by cable channels. McCarthy, 62, is the former Secret Service...
April 27, 2012
Regarding William Booth's April 23 "Letter from Cartagena" [ "In this Colombian city, trouble is easy to find "]: It was a gratifying moment when President Obama joined Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos two weeks ago at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, where the U.S. leader acknowledged the tremendous progress that Colombia has made over the past decade in restoring peace, security and prosperity. Colombia is proud of its progress and is grateful to the United States for its continued...
April 24, 2012 |
Maybe the Secret Service has too much testosterone. Would more female agents have made the sex scandal involving special agents and Colombian prostitutes less likely? No one can answer that with any certainty, but the scandal does raise the issue of gender diversity among those who are willing to die for the president. There is very little diversity among them — about 90 percent of Secret Service agents are men. The probability of the scandal happening "would have been reduced significantly" if there were more women on...