Secret Service Agents to be Investigated for Misconduct

Monday, April 16, 2012

President Barack Obama stands with Sen. Chuck Schumer in the Oval Office, Dec. 7, 2011. (Pete Souza/flickr)

Eleven Secret Service employees are accused of bringing prostitutes back to their hotel in Cartagena ahead of President Obama's visit for a summit in Colombia. The agents and officers have been placed on leave while the agency investigates their conduct. Although prostitution is legal in parts of Colombia and no law was broken, if the reports are true, the employees still violated rules of conduct. Tim Weiner, author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI," has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his work on national security. Weiner explains what happened and why the employees' alleged indiscretions could have put the President Obama's life at risk.

Guests:

Tim Weiner

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

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No questions regarding administration's knowledge of abuse and corruption at this agency, the General Services Administration and others while manufacturing a politically inspired crisis around women's issues and deriding those who call for more financial accountability in government?
Apparently we must wait for a Republican administration to get tough questions such as those from the media.

Apr. 16 2012 12:06 PM

To me, just as scandalous as the secret service behaviour is the fact that Cuba is not permitted to attend a conference of the Americas. The Cold War is over, there is no longer a Soviet union or Berlin Wall, we trade with China, the embargo is a failed and antiquated 60 plus years policy. Is the US being truly democratic and demonstrating what true freedom is about by denying Cuba access to the conference due to political differences? I say no!

Apr. 16 2012 11:06 AM

the comment that Tim Weiner made stating that every organization will have a couple bad apples,.....etc. is incorrect when speaking of the top elite units such the secret service's Presidential protection unit in a country that is not known to be Disneyland in previous years. Remember the Colombian necktie.A. There is expected to be zero tolerance in the ranks for one bad apple. Normally they will be washed out before they make it to that assignment. It it is the duty of any agent to bring it to the attention of the superiors of any Bad apple type conduct, on or off duty. Also when on call 24/7 yo are still on call when you are asleep. Hence no drinking before sleep, since in 1 hour you may be back on the road. You are expected to have your como gear next to you when you go to sleep, if alerted will be on the road in minutes.
The secret service does not have the peer-enforced blue wall of "no snitching" like the NYPD has, which is the same policy as prisons and high crime neighborhoods, Same mindset too.

Apr. 16 2012 09:54 AM
Jose Keselman from Miami Beach, Florida

What's wrong with you guys? Why can't you pronounce the name of Cartagena correctly? It's not only embarrassing but also disrespectful. Can't you find a Spanish-speaker to show you how to say it?

Apr. 16 2012 09:09 AM

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