“They had arranged to have a bunch of prostitutes come by and one of the agents refused to pay a prostitute,” said author Ronald Kessler, one of the leading experts on the Secret Service. “Yes, doubly good judgment there.” – New York Daily News
Well, it’s one way to “boost economic ties” with Latin America.
In some parts of Columbia, prostitution is legal. Let’s start there.
But, boys, seriously?
No one should think this is a first for the elite agents, however, getting caught with your pants down in our new media world is beyond negligent.
If you are so arrogant to think not paying for sex you propositioned is more important than keeping it quiet you deserve what you get. (Was it really only $47?)
The 11 Secret Service men were placed on leave, with 5 servicemen allegedly also involved, according to the AP.
From the New York Daily News:
“The agent said, ‘I don’t owe you anything,’ but gave the woman some money,” said King (R-L.I.),the head of the House Homeland Security Committee, who was briefed on the matter. “I don’t know how much, and it was settled right there.”
Ah, but it was not settled, because an incident that has not been fully described created enough dust for the local police to be called, which precipitated a report being filed with the U.S. Embassy in Cartagena, Columbia.
Five American service members were also accused of misconduct stemming from the scandalous incident at the hotel, according to the U.S. military.
The entire event happened before Pres. Obama landed in Columbia.
Boys will be boys, but if you’re an advance detail for the president of the United States wanting a little strange on the side, nothing new about that, you’d best be able to keep it quiet and also realize that’s your first priority.
This incident, whatever the actual facts, is criminally stupid.
Ah, for the days of John F. Kennedy when everyone just winked, nodded and moved along instead of thinking sex was a crime, propositioned or otherwise.