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Friday, April 27, 2012

Secret Service Scandal Expands Further Into South America, Russia

The U.S. Secret Service scandal is expanding.

Agents are now alleged to have caroused with prostitutes in El Salvador in 2011, Argentina in 2009, and possibly Moscow in the early 2000s.

The Pentagon is investigating. So are the Senate’s Judiciary and Armed Services committees. And the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs is expected to hold hearings next month.


  • Ronald Kessler, chief Washington correspondent for Newsmax.com and author of “In the President’s Secret Service.” He broke the Colombia prostitution story.

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  • Thinkin15

    How about eunuchs for the Secret Service? It worked in the past!

  • Guest

    Your source is a newsmax reporter? The organization is completely biased. I’m sure the message is relatively accurate, but from a completely conservative slant. 

  • Patritiajones

    just heard a lead in for a strory that went “travon martin was murdered in a gated community”  when did a court of low rule that he was murdered?

  • D. Grimland

    “Here & Now” has joined the media frenzy on the inexcusable actions of the Secret Service, which are dribbling out.  I in no way support the “mis-deeds” of the agents who availed themselves of local prostitutes and liquor.  Having served almost 30 years in the U.S. foreign service, I saw much of this on the part of Washington staffs visiting our embassies abroad, in addition to demeaning behavior of the security personnel towards the local residents.
    On the other hand, the reaction of Congressfolk to the most recent incidents is rather like the pots calling the kettles black.  When Congressmen visited the posts I was in, they demanded a hotel “control room” manned 24-7 by American foreign service officers.   In that “control” room, there had to be a refregerator stocked with “consumables”, code for booze, setups and ice should the Congressional visitor get thirsty during the night.  There were frequently female “visitors” (cleared by the Secret Service, of course) who would meet the Congressmen in their rooms.  And more than once I was asked (with a broad wink) by Congressmen whether there was someplace unobstrusive in the city where they could go for a quiet drink and (wink, wink) meet some “locals.”  On one occasion I had to steer a drunken Congressman back to his hotel after an evening cocktail party, doing my best to keep him in the car and off the streets so he could respond to invitations from prostitutes.   I succeeded only by getting him to his hotel and pouring him more alcohol, which knocked him out and allowed me to escape, confident that he was in no further shape to cause trouble.

    Both the Greek and Turks have exactly the same saying in their repective languages:  “The fish smells from the head.”  Americans are seldom aware of their elected representatives’ embarrassing behavior abroad — but to watch these folk cluck their tongues at the Secret Service shennanigans is disgusting.

    Dave Grimland
    Columbus, MT


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