Shameful Secret Service Scandal Gets More Embarrassing By the Minute

secret service As more and more details emerge about the Secret Service scandal, the more and more appalled I become. Here's what we know so far -- 11 Secret Service agents were sent home from a summit meeting in Cartagena, Colombia after the U.S. Embassy discovered they allegedly had prostitutes in their hotel rooms. There was an argument about payment to one of the ladies, which got the hotel staff involved, who then called the U.S. authorities. The agents were immediately flown back to DC (they weren't on the President's detail, by the way) and have been placed on administrative leave.

Just when you thought this couldn't get any more embarrassing, there are now reports that some U.S. military personnel was also involved in the so-called "personal misconduct" in Colombia. Wonderful.

It's hard to imagine that Secret Service and some military officials could let their guard down enough to make such terrible, terrible decisions. They've been trained and have made a career out of being stand-up individuals who'd take a bullet for someone. To hear that they're messing around with prostitutes and getting into kerfuffles over paying said prostitutes is infuriating, to say the least.

I mean, patronizing prostitutes is one thing, but to do so while on assignment abroad is another. Their actions don't just reflect poorly on themselves, they reflect poorly on the entire nation. They've embarrassed the country.

And know something? I really don't think that's an over-statement. As an American, I'm ashamed. The higher-ups in Washington agree with me -- their swift action to deactivate these agents sent a clear message. Mess up, and you're out. The Secret Service agency has a no-tolerance policy; there are no second chances when you humiliate yourself, your employer, and your nation.

There are plenty of other agents, or agents in training, who understand that they represent something bigger than themselves, and I hope officials make an example out of the wrong-doers. Their actions were totally unacceptable, totally deplorable, and totally embarrassing.

What do you think of this Secret Service scandal?

 

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Monamou Monamou

These are of age prostitutes? It was while they were off duty? they werent using government money? Not a big deal.

Destiny Hall Lewis

So very wrong Monamou. So wrong. It is not often I agree with Lindsay, but she is correct. This is flat out embarrassing to all of us, and it is despicable for anyone to engage in these practices, but to be essentially in "uniform" doing so and representing our country is disgusting. End of story.

nonmember avatar MemawNM

As the wife of a Department of Defense employee, I know that they are drilled on deportment in foreign countries. Perhaps the biggest issue here is not the moral one but the issue of security. Civil
Service employees know not to do anything that could possibly open themselves up to the possibility of blackmail and, by extension in the case of the Secret Service, compromise the possible safety of the President. While consorting with prostitutes may not have lead to any security issues if the agents involved were willing to openly admit that they were with prostitutes. If they are not willing to openly admit, then we have a security risk because they are then vulnerable to blackmail.

But, if you were president would you want someone who openly admits to consorting with prostitutes protecting you?

Stacey. Stacey.

Prostitution and weed should be legal

DebaLa DebaLa

Soooo, I guess the moral of the story is... never stiff a hooker??

nonmember avatar blh

It's embarassing to be so desperate you need a hooker and its horribly embarrassing that they were representing our country and got caught like that. It's disgusting how some men cant control themselves.

nonmember avatar christina

I don't think its that big of a deal as long as the prostitutes were of age, and not under duress.

Hocke... HockeyMomNJ

I don't know that I would go so far as to say that I'M embarrased, or the whole country should be. This is a couple of guys doing what many of them do. Its not right, but does the whole nation need to know about it??

carole76 carole76

They were sent there to do work, off duty or not. Their goal is to protect, not to find a good time. How embarrassing.

nonmember avatar Cookie

Men and hookers? Why are you surprised or embarrassed? They are human beings and human beings will do things such as employ hookers for pleasure. Navy guys are famous for this very thing...

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