One of the Secret Service agents who has been forced out of his job is already planning a lawsuit, a congressional aide told CBS News after Mark Sullivan, the agency’s director, briefed lawmakers Wednesday night. Officials are still in the early stages of their investigation, but three of the 11 Secret Service members accused of misconduct have already been forced out. One agent was fired, another forced to retire. Both were supervisors. A third officer resigned. – Ousted Secret Service agent plans to sue, CBS “This Morning”
It’s a typical story of a sex worker who gets screwed, but not paid.
Say what you will about the Secret Service scandal, but at least the elite men involved are getting punished instead of just the women they propositioned, who were legally working in the Columbian sex trade. That rarely happens in America, where the johns committing illegal solicitation get off on all counts, literally, while the women they’ve hired get punished, which ruins their life and even causes some to take their own.
The New York Times has the story of the woman who refused to be screwed twice for the privilege of going home unpaid.
There was a language gap between the woman, 24, who declined to give her full name, and the American man who sat beside her at the bar and eventually invited her to his room. She agreed, stopped on the way to buy condoms but told him he would have to give her a gift. He asked how much. Not knowing he worked for Mr. Obama but figuring he was a well-heeled foreigner, she said, she told him $800.
The price alone, she said, indicates she is an escort, not a prostitute. “You have higher rank,” she said. “An escort is someone who a man can take out to dinner. She can dress nicely, wear nice makeup, speak and act like a lady. That’s me.”
By 6:30 the next morning, after being awoken by a telephone call from the hotel front desk reminding her that, under the hotel’s rules for prostitutes, she had to leave, whatever deal the two had agreed on had broken down. She recalled that the man told her he had been drunk when they discussed the price. He countered with an offer of 50,000 pesos, the equivalent of about $30.
Disgusted with such a low amount, she pressed the matter. He became angry, ordered her out of the room and called her an expletive, she said.
She said she was crying and went across the hall, where another escort had spent the night with an American man from the same group. Both women began trying to get the money.
The woman finally accepted $225, after asking for $250 which was the price to pay her pimp, meaning she didn’t get a dime for the trouble. Nobody is disputing her side of the story.
The Secret Service declined to comment on the woman’s account, but a United States official who has been briefed on the inquiry said the details were generally consistent with what agents have said. “On the whole, it’s pretty accurate,” the official said, indicating that the woman at the center of the dispute at the hotel had not yet been interviewed.
… Senator Susan Collins of Maine, the senior Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said the woman’s account generally comported with what Secret Service officials said occurred. But she noted differences in some details, including the specifics of the amount of money in dispute. “It helps the Secret Service if in fact the guy did not identify himself,” said Ms. Collins, who has raised concerns about a potential security breach.
Hearings are planned next week on Capitol Hill, which will be a spectacle, with lawmaker piety certainly to be on parade.
The only issue that matters is the cavalier nature with which the Secret Service might have put Pres. Obama’s life in danger, including subjecting themselves to behavior that could lead to blackmail. To fail on the only charge that was theirs to keep is unforgivable of all those involved.