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Report: Possible Coverup in Colombian Secret Service Scandal

Susan Katz Keating reports:

We have not heard the full story of the Secret Service sex scandal in Bogota, sources tell me. Questions already are coming to light about the main incident and how the Secret Service addressed allegations that some of its members partied too hard while assigned to protect the POTUS in Columbia this year. According to a very well placed insider, the investigation conveniently left out one significant element: Who else was at the party?

“Check the logs for the White House advance team,” my source told me. “You will be surprised to see who else was there.”

The source did not specify whether the other partygoers were White House staffers or if their identities merely are being concealed by the White House.

Meanwhile, the whistleblowing call girl whose pay squabble brought Secret Service “culture” under intense scrutiny has curiously bounced high from the scandal.

This certainly raises eyebrows in an election year. The questions raised probably need to be investigated fully to ensure there was no coverup for political reasons.

Previously:
New Secret Service advance team scandal from 2009 in El Salvador uncovered
Secret Service probe widening to events in Buenos Aires and Moscow during Clinton admin
Presidential security group is “paradise” for single Secret Service agents due to women groupies

Secret Service probe widening to events in Buenos Aires and Moscow during Clinton admin

Bill Plante of CBS News

The Secret Service sex scandal is getting wider.

The dispute over payment to a prostitute in Cartagena, Colombia, by a Secret Service agent has triggered new charges of hard partying and impropriety by agents around the globe.

Two weeks after the incident in Cartagena, the Secret Service is working to quickly wrap up that portion of the scandal, but the U.S. government is investigating reports of unprofessional behavior and rule-breaking by agents in four countries, going back 12 years.

On Capitol Hill, there are growing demands for an outside agency to take over the probe.

Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-TV reported Thursday that Secret Service agents visited a strip club in El Salvador — by the vanload — in advance of President Obama’s trip there in March 2011.

The Secret Service is looking into that report and some others, including accusations that Secret Service personnel traveling in 2009 with former President Clinton partied at strip clubs on a visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that agents and White House staffers went to a Moscow night club known for its sexually charged atmosphere prior to Mr. Clinton’s trip to Russia in 2000.

The new allegations come soon after a hearing Wednesday in which senators were assured that the Colombia scandal was an isolated incident.

This report seems to corroborate what Paul Bedard reports that Clinton-era Secret Service agent Dan Emmett has written – that the presidential security group is a “paradise” for single men and is added to the list along with events in Colombia and El Salvador.

UPDATE: CNN reports that Secret Service agents on foreign travel will not be allowed to go anywhere “bad acts” are taking place and they will also be forbidden from having foreign nationals in their hotel rooms. Additionaly, professional development officers will go along on foreign trips.

Presidential security group is “paradise” for single Secret Service agents due to women groupies

Paul Bedard

Former President Bill Clinton wasn’t the only one in the White House hit on by amorous groupies.

A former U.S. Secret Service agent reveals that “attractive” women were so “intoxicated” by the “celebrity-like status” of the presidential security force that it was “paradise” for single agents–and so tempting to married agents that divorce is common.

“For the single agent it was paradise; for many married agents, it was a constant struggle between good and evil, which was sometimes won and other times lost,” writes former Clinton-era agent Dan Emmett in the appendix of his book “Within Arm’s Reach.”

Apparently the battle was lost a lot, as he writes, “Constant separations due to traveling with the president can contribute to failed marriages at a higher rate than most professions. For [presidential protection] agents, there is a never ending string of temptations sometimes literally thrust into one’s face by women who are impressed by such things as men who protect the president,” writes the swaggering former agent.

Female agents, he says, “can also attract this type of attention, and I have seen our more attractive agents practically stalked by men seeking strong buy feminine women who protect the president and carry guns.”

This could factor into why we keep hearing about Secret Service agents and women in El Salvador, Colombia, and elsewhere.

New Secret Service advance team scandal from 2009 in El Salvador uncovered

KIRO (emphasis added by me):

Seattle-based Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne (KIROTV- CBS- COX MEDIA GROUP) just returned from El Salvador, where he interviewed a U.S. government subcontractor who worked extensively with the Secret Service advance team (snipers, K-9 and explosives sweeps) in San Salvador prior to President Obama’s trip there in March of 2011.

The eyewitness says he joined about a dozen Secret Service agents and a few U.S. military specialists at a strip club in San Salvador a few days before President Obama and his family arrived in El Salvador to meet with its new president, Mauricio Funes.

This source witnessed the majority of the men drink heavily (“wasted,” “heavily intoxicated”) at the strip club. He says most of the Secret Service “advance-team” members also paid extra for access to the VIP section of the club where they were provided a number of sexual favors in return for their cash. Although our source says he told the agents it was a “really bad idea” to take the strippers back to their hotel rooms, several agents bragged that they “did this all the time” and “not to worry about it.” Our source says at least two agents had escorts check into their rooms. It is unclear whether the escorts who returned to the hotels were some of the strippers from the same club.

These alleged incidents in El Salvador occurred a full year prior to recent revelations that secret service agents used prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, on a presidential trip this month.

This will certainly ratchet things up as they relate to the recent events in Colombia.

UPDATE: Doug Mataconis blogs on this subject at OTB and points out another similar incident in Brazil excerpted below.

The Telegraph

Three US Marines and a State Department employee were punished over their involvement with a Brazilian prostitute in December, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said on Tuesday.

The admission came as officials were still reeling from the fallout of a prostitution scandal implicating Secret Service agents and military personnel working on a visit to Colombia by President Barack Obama.

“Those who have been involved are no longer in this country and were severely punished,” Panetta told the Brazilian news media. “That kind of behaviour is not acceptable.”
He referred to an incident involving three US Marines and an embassy staff member in Brasilia, a US official said on condition of anonymity.

The men allegedly brought a prostitute into their car but later threw her out of the vehicle in a dispute over payment, the source said.

The US Embassy paid the woman’s medical expenses after “she broke her collar bone” falling from the car, the source said.