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Link to WaPo article: http://tinyurl.com/cajmj5o
Suspect arrested is Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth of Mississippi. Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth "is well known to law enforcement as a frequent letter-writer to lawmakers, two officials said. "
Been watching a Justified marathon via amazon streaming of late, and our current favorite fictitious hero, Deputy US Marshall Raylan Givens was just on that TV machine commenting on how a guy with three first names was likely to be trouble.
Art and reality. The line gets mighty blurry anymore. But back in reality:
Suspicious envelopes were hand-delivered to the Capitol Hill offices of senators from Alabama and West Virginia, prompting evacuations of their staffs, and lockdowns of many more. Two other senators — from Arizona and Michigan — reported that authorities were investigating suspicious letters delivered to district offices in their home states.
In all, five senators, including some in the thick of contentious negotiations over gun-control and immigration bills, were sent into emergency mode. Another wave of anxiety swept through Capitol just before lunchtime when a bag left in the entranceway of a Senate building brought a bomb squad racing toward Capitol Hill. Police ordered thousands of staffers and aides not to leave their offices.
After two tense hours, the package was cleared, as were two letters delivered earlier to the offices of Sens. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.).
Late Wednesday, the FBI said it was awaiting final word on whether the letters to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) definitely contained ricin, a poison made of processed castor beans.
Law enforcement officials said the poison was detected in initial screenings of both letters Tuesday. They said the two also came up positive in a second, similar test at a military facility in Maryland, the officials said.
An earlier version of this article, because of information received from law enforcement, incorrectly identified the suspect arrested on suspicion of mailing letters containing ricin.)
Arrest made in ricin case; mailings are an eerie echo of 2001 anthrax attacks
Video: White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama has been briefed about a letter addressed to him containing a poisonous substance that was intercepted by authorities.
More elaborate testing to verify the presence of the poison — using fluorescent antibodies, chromatography and searching for DNA — can take 24 to 48 hours, one law enforcement official said.
The initial tests can be inaccurate. In 2004, a letter to then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) was believed to contain ricin but later was shown to be harmless.
As a bioterrorism agent, ricin has the advantage of being easily made and highly potent. When castor beans are crushed for oil, the compound is left behind in the mashed material, of which more than a million tons is produced around the world each year.
Sounds like some of the good ol boys might not be pleasing all of the people all of the time.
But we appreciate the hard work (probably by many unsung techs in law enforcement) for their dedication and diligence. And we hope Elmore Leonard writes the book about Mr. Paul Kevin Curtis' trial. Thinkin' that would make a good read. Can't wait to read what colorful characters will be written in as background. Remind me never to shake hands with a castor bean farmer.Link to WaPo article: http://tinyurl.com/cajmj5o Suspect arrested is Paul Kevin... more
URGENT! OBAMA Signs Anti-Protest Bill - FREE SPEECH & Protest will get you JAIL TIME!
http://youtu.be/KtTXcwbpno4URGENT! OBAMA Signs Anti-Protest Bill - FREE SPEECH & Protest will get you JAIL... more
Ex-presidents were protected for life until Congress passed a bill in 1994 to establish a 10-year limit on post-presidential Secret Service protection.
5:44PM EST December 4. 2012 - WASHINGTON -- Even if you disagreed with the policies of President George W. Bush, it's a good bet you still think the Secret Service should protect him from terrorists.
Thus the House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on a bipartisan bill to guarantee Bush – and other former U.S. presidents – Secret Service protection for life.
Ex-presidents were protected for life until Congress passed a bill in 1994 to establish a 10-year limit on post-presidential Secret Service protection. ABC News reported at the time that Secret Service protection for ex-presidents was costing taxpayers $15 million a year; Congress concluded a better and cheaper approach would be to pay for private security firms to take over the task after a decade.
But the bill also exempted then-president Bill Clinton, meaning Bush is the first president who will not be protected for life unless the law is changed. Under current law, his Secret Service detail will expire in six years.
Indicating the bipartisan interest in the issue, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., and three other members of the House Judiciary Committee – Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, former chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., and Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va. – introduced the legislation Nov. 30 and the House is likely to pass it less than a full week after its introduction. The Senate does not yet have a similar bill.
Gowdy said "the increased mobility and youth of still-living former presidents, coupled with the national security threat posed to post-9/11 leaders who were instrumental in the war on terror, necessitates protection for life, as has been the case since the 1960s."
The Secret Service has been working with Congress on the language of the bill and spokesman Ed Donovan said "we feel that it is appropriate that we continue to protect" the ex-presidents.
Brent Budowsky, a former congressional staffer and columnist for the Hill newspaper who has written on the subject of presidential protection, said "it is not a lot of money and they are all a national treasure." He noted that former presidents are increasingly active in charitable and diplomatic efforts around the world and "the country owes it to all of them" to provide lifetime protection regardless of their politics.
Robert Gray, who published a book earlier this year on presidential perks, noted that Richard Nixon canceled his own Secret Service detail after he left the White House and ultimately paid for his own security. But times have changed and "we are such a mean people right now," that the increased protection may be necessary.
On the other hand, Gray notes, ex-presidents now make millions off of book deals and speaking engagements -- "ex-presidents are as rich as they want to be" -- so it may be reasonable to ask them to pay for their own protection.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2012/12/04/bush-secret-service-protecion/1745791/Ex-presidents were protected for life until Congress passed a bill in 1994 to... more
A Republican nominee for Congress is defending his decision to post a photo of his gun on Facebook along with the message, “Welcome to Tennessee, Mr. Obama.”A Republican nominee for Congress is defending his decision to post a photo of his gun... more
The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=42233The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of... more
August edition of the "Obama Protection" files from the whistleblower website Cryptome. Lots good photos of President Obama on the campaign trail, Air Force 1 and Secret Service protecting him.August edition of the "Obama Protection" files from the whistleblower... more
A former U.S. Marine who accused the government of lying about 9/11 and spoke of "The Revolution" on Facebook was detained on Friday night, reports Renee Nal of Gather.
According to Brandon Raub's mother, authorities from the FBI, Secret Service and Chesterfield County PD came to their door, questioned Raub about his Facebook posts – which are critical of the official story regarding 9/11 and refer to "starting a revolution" – then handcuffed him and placed him in a Chesterfield PD squad car before taking him directly to John Randolph Psychiatric Hospital in Hopewell, Va.
Raub's mother said he returned about a year ago after serving in Afghanistan (after serving in Iraq) and did not suffer from PTSD.
The Chesterfield PD told us that the situation "was an FBI matter and we were just there to assist them" so it could not provide us with an official reason why Raub was detained.
Raub's mother said that an FBI agent told her Raub was "arrested by the Chesterfield police department" because he "assaulted an officer and resisted arrest," then asked her if Raub "was having any issues relating to people" and told her that "the threats he was making were terrorist in nature."
When asked the Chesterfield PD said Raub has not been charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.
The FBI and Secret Service will not be available for comment until Monday morning.
Here is the video of the arrest:
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/brandon-raub-marine-911-detained-2012-8#ixzz240veWsJY
Brandon Raub is a hero. And now the Gestapo Thought Police, a bunch of coward cops and spooks are taking him in for his freedom of speech for telling the truth: 9/11 was a staged event.
Facebook is nothing more than an FBI tracking database. The Pentagon is watching it daily looking for thought criminals, who don't buy the official story of 9/11 or who tell the truth about other cover ups.A former U.S. Marine who accused the government of lying about 9/11 and spoke of... more
Police Trying to Solve Mystery of Man Found With Cache of Fake IDs, Boy Scout Uniforms, NASA Flight SuitUhh...WTF?!?
Police in Florida are asking for the public's help in the unusual case of Roy Antigua, a 52-year-old man who was found in possession of a cache of fake IDs—including CIA, Coast Guard and hospital badges—medical paraphernalia and a NASA flight suit and space helmet.
"In 20 years, I've never seen anything this elaborate," New Port Richey police Detective Michael Anderson said at a news conference on Monday.
On July 31, police stopped Antigua's black Cadillac Escalade, which had tinted windows, a Department of Homeland Security registration sticker and Coast Guard decals. He was cited for driving with a suspended license. During questioning, Antigua showed police a military ID that turned out to be fake.
A subsequent search of two homes uncovered about 200 suspicious items, New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens told CNN, including "diplomatic license plates and dozens of fake identification cards from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Defense, CIA and NASA," as well as "access badges to hospitals around Florida, doctor and nurse scrubs, a respiratory technician badge, police blue lights and access stickers to Coast Guard bases." Antigua also had at least six Boy Scout uniforms.
"The question remains," WTSP-TV said. "Is Roy Antigua a true threat, a possible danger with the approaching Republican National Convention? Did he have devious plans with all the paraphernalia he possessed? Or was he just living a fantasy?"
"He's definitely strange," Steffens said. "But we need to know if he's truly dangerous."
Steffens said that Antigua, dressed in a Coast Guard uniform, approached him in May during a Memorial Day event. "He blended in and even introduced himself," the Steffens said. "We never knew."
He added: "The best case scenario is he just liked to dress up and wear outfits."
According to Fox's Tampa Bay affiliate, local police are working with the Secret Service to determine where Antigua's CIA badge came from.
Antigua—a native of Cuba—is being held in Pasco County Jail for an unrelated probation violation, giving police time to solve the mystery.
"We just want to know what this individual has been involved in," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at the news conference. "Has he been committing crimes? What kind of individual would want to dress up like this? That is why we need the public's help."Uhh...WTF?!? *** Police in Florida are asking for the public's help in the... more
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to President Barack Obama?
One wouldn’t think so, given the hundreds of lunches and dinners he’s attended ranging from state dinners to political fundraisers to run-of-the-mill stops on the rubber-chicken circuit.
However, at one such lunch Friday afternoon, guests heard an unusual announcement that they needed to hand over their silverware for security reasons.
“It’s very important that you use your utensils as soon as possible,” National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials board member Raquel Regalado told about 1000 delegates at the group’s annual conference.
http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/06/forkless-friday-at-obama-event-127056.htmlLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Does a fork or dinner knife pose an unacceptable danger to... more
This video documents federal agents coming to the home of anti-Obama activist Rudy Davis aka LoneStar1776. There seems to be an aggressive campaign by the Secret Service to learn personal information about political critics of Barack Obama. Listen carefully to the personal questions these agents ask.
If I was advising him, I would recommend not answering these questions. If they come to your home, I recommend not answering. Refer them to a lawyer.This video documents federal agents coming to the home of anti-Obama activist Rudy... more
Ted's got massive stones!
By David Edwards
Friday, May 4, 2012 11:16 EDT
Ted Nugent recently said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign “expressed support” after the musician made comments that caused the U.S. Secret Service to wonder if he had threatened the life of President Barack Obama.
In a recent interview where the conservative rocker flew into a rage, Nugent revealed to CBS reporter Jeff Glor that he had spoken to Romney’s campaign after he told a crowd at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention that he would be “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama was re-elected.
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November!” he exclaimed to the NRA audience. “Any questions?”
Glor wondered if the Romney campaign was “unhappy” over those remarks.
“No,” Nugent replied. “They expressed support. … I got the sensation that it was — not from Mitt himself or Ms. Romney — ‘Stay on course, Ted.’ Freedom of speech is beautiful thing.”
The Romney supporter recalled that he had an “adorable” meeting with the Secret Service for as long as 40 minutes after making the controversial comments.
“I feel sorry for liberals who can be that brain dead as to take a clear statement of fear on my part and turn it into a threat against somebody else,” Nugent explained.
“If Mitt Romney wins, he needs at least some of the moderate vote,” Glor noted. “You are many things, you are not moderate.”
“Call me when you sit down across from someone who has more families with dying little boys and girls who get a call to take them on their last fishing trip in life!” an enraged Nugent screamed. “Call me when you meet someone who does that more than I do because that’s really moderate! In fact, you know what that is? That’s extreme! I’m an extremely loving, passionate man! And people who investigate me honestly — without the baggage of political correctness — ascertain the conclusion that I’m a damn nice guy! And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I’ll suck your fucking dick!”
“Or fuck you!” he said, turning to Glor’s female producer. “How’s that sound?”
Glor told CBS hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill that Nugent later offered a “full apology” for his outburst.
“Yesterday, he called me on the phone after we got back from New York,” Glor said. “And said after our interview, he was rushed to the emergency room and had a kidney stone removed. So, that’s what he said may have contributed to his high level of energy.”
The CBS reporter added that Nugent’s musical career was not suffering because he is “more known now” after the controversial comments.
“His quote to us was that his ‘guitar eats faces,’ as only Ted Nugent can say it.”
Watch this video from CBS’s This Morning, broadcast May 4, 2012.
"I Hate to give this Douche Bag any more attention than he deserves, but this is out of Control!!!" If for some reason this video doesn't show, Please check the link, Thanks!!! =)By David Edwards Friday, May 4, 2012 11:16 EDT Ted Nugent recently said... more
A couple weeks ago we reported on the Urban Warfare training that was going on in Downtown Chicago. Now there are growing fears that those drills were in preparation for major problems during next months NATO Summit. A leaked email, from the Milwaukee Red Cross, is warning that government officials are actually planning to evacuate Chicago in the event of trouble.
As unlikely as it may sound, CBS 2 News in Chicago is reporting that government officials, in the Secret Services and the Department of Homeland Security, are secretly planning for the possibility of having to evacuate Chicago.
CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of an e-mail sent to volunteers from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.
The email warns volunteers that the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”
The Red Cross claims that the directive came directly from the “City of Chicago and the Secret Service.”
Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications called last weeks urban warfare drills a “routine training exercise”, but with this new information coming out of the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross, you really have to wonder what’s going on in Chicago. Were last weeks drills really “routine”, or was it part of a larger plan that includes the evacuation of Chicago?
Chicago was already on edge after news broke earlier this week that a number of residents had been asked to leave their condos in preparation for major rioting.
A number of local residents received letters that read:
“We are STRONGLY recommending that all residents find places to stay during the conference from May 18 through May 21.”
“In the event of a riot or the potential of one near the building, all access doors will be locked including the garage door,” the letter continues. “For everyone’s safety, we will be instructing anyone in the building to stay in his or her unit.”
As we draw closer to the NATO summit in Chicago, a number of prominent government officials are also starting to warn people to get out of Chicago. Alderman Bob Fioretti, whose district will be most affected by security efforts, was warning residents to leave town during the summit. He told local reporters “I’ve been advising people, if they can afford it, leave town.”
I smell false flag...
http://offgridsurvival.com/governmentplanningtoevacuatechicago/A couple weeks ago we reported on the Urban Warfare training that was going on in... more
By David Edwards
Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:53 EDT
Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman on Sunday insisted that President Barack Obama and the White House should be held accountable for a sex scandal within the Secret Service and for lavish spending at the General Services Administration (GSA).
“It would be unfair to hold President Obama responsible for this outrageous behavior at the Secret Service and the GSA, but it is fair to hold the president accountable,” Lieberman told Fox News host Chris Wallace. “What do I mean when I say the president should be held accountable? The buck stops at the president’s desk. He’s the leader of our government. He now has to be acting with a kind of relentless determination to find out exactly what happened and to make sure the people who work for him at the Secret Service and the GSA and everywhere else in the government don’t let anything like this happen again.”
The Connecticut senator also called for an investigation to determine whether White House staff were involved in the incident where Secret Services agents allegedly solicited prostitutes in Columbia ahead of the president’s recent visit there.
“I’d say it’s a reasonable question,” Lieberman explained. “I think the White House ought to be conducting its own internal investigation of White House personnel who were in Cartagena just to makes sure that none of them were involved in this kind of inappropriate behavior.”
“I understand a White House advance person doesn’t have quite the same range of responsibility as a Secret Service agent does. On the other hand, a White House advance person knows exactly where the president is going to be at any time. … So, that’s an important question and the White House ought to be taking [Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck] Grassley’s inquiry not defensively, but making sure they answer the questions.”
Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast April 22, 2012.
"Yup, now it's also BO's responsibility to contain the sexual yearnings of the Secret Service members, according to Joe Lieberman... Should BO be instituting SaltPeter for all members???" "Accountable, now there's a word I would never expect to hear from turn coat Joe!!!"By David Edwards Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:53 EDT Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe... more
Secret Service looking into Ted Nugent (No not for masturbating to kitty porn) but his violent anti-Obama messageThe U.S. Secret Service is looking into a violent rant by “Cat Scratch Fever” rocker Ted Nugent in which he denounced President Barack Obama and his top advisers as “evil” and urged National Rifle Association members to help “chop their heads off in November.”The U.S. Secret Service is looking into a violent rant by “Cat Scratch... more
Ted Nugent’s threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis have earned him a follow-up conversation with the Secret Service.
On Sunday, the singer remarked that “if Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” The Secret Service, which investigates all threats against the President, confirmed to New York Magazine’s Daily Intel blog that they have in fact flagged Nugent’s comment.
“We are aware of it, and we’ll conduct an appropriate follow up,” the agent told the magazine.
http://thinkprogress.org/security/2012/04/17/465855/secret-service-ted-nugent/Ted Nugent’s threatening remarks about President Obama at the annual National... more
Hilarious Take on Romney, Mommy Wars and Fox News' faux anger over the word "war."
“The easiest job was filling up Fox’s programming after Rosen’s comments. There wasn’t a show, there wasn’t a satellite interview, there wasn’t a day part that went by that Fox didn’t turn the full force of their ire onto the new poster child for elite homemaker snob-bobbery.”
http://veracitystew.com/?p=33838Hilarious Take on Romney, Mommy Wars and Fox News' faux anger over the word... more
President Cristina Kirchner and Bolivia's Evo Morales walk out with summit already marred by US scandal and Cuba issue.
Argentina's President Cristina Kirchner has stormed out of the Summit of the Americas in protest against a perceived lack of regional support for her country's claims in the dispute with the UK over the Falkland Islands.
The summit in Colombia had already been marred by a lack of consensus among attendees, with Latin America countries opposing the decades-old US isolation of communist Cuba.
Several countries put pressure on Barack Obama to end the ban, as the US president continued to be plagued by a US secret service scandal involving prostitutes.
Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman, reporting from Cartagena, said the summit was at risk of "falling apart" after Kirchner's exit.
"I suppose the collapse shouldn't be too surprising. There was complete disagreement about signing a final statement but the nail in the coffin came when Cristina Kirchner stormed out of the summit followed by Bolivia's Evo Morales.
"[Kirchner] was furious, we are told, because of the lack of full, complete support for Argentina's claim of control of the Falkand Islands," Newman said.
"We understand she was very, very angry that [leaders] didn't even mention the dispute over the islands with the UK."
"She was overheard saying, 'This is pointless. Why did I even come here?'"
Seeking to woo a region whose trade could help create US jobs, Obama has instead had a bruising time at the two-day hemispheric gathering attended by more than 30 heads of state in historic Cartagena.
Brazil and others bashed Obama over monetary expansionism and he has been on the defensive over calls to legalize drugs.
The disagreements came as 16 US security personnel were caught in an embarrassing prostitution scandal at the summit.
Eleven agents from the Secret Service were sent home, and five military servicemen grounded, after trying to take at least one prostitute back to their hotel the day before Obama arrived.
The incident is a major blow to the prestige of the service and turned into an unexpected talking point at the meeting.
For the first time, conservative US-allied nations like Colombia are throwing their weight behind the traditional demand of leftist governments that Cuba be in the next meeting of the Organisation of American States (OAS).
Diplomats said the dispute could block the final declaration planned for Sunday at the closing of the meeting, and originally intended as a hemispheric show of unity.
"The isolation, the embargo, the indifference, looking the other way, have been ineffective," Juan Manuel Santos, the summit host and Colombian president, said of the Cuba issue.
A major US ally in the region who has relied on Washington for financial and military help to fight guerrillas and drug traffickers, Santos has become vocal over Cuba despite his strong ideological differences with Havana.
Al Jazeera's Newman said: "There will not be a final statement, at least one signed by all the nations.
"All the nations, except the US, have insisted there will not be another summit if Cuba is not included.
"This was not the harmonious meeting many had hoped for. There will be no final declaration at the end."
Cuba was kicked out of the OAS a few years after Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution, and has been excluded from its summits due to opposition from the US and Canada.
"All the countries in Latin America and the Caribbean support Cuba and Argentina, yet two countries refuse to discuss it," Eva Morales, Bolivia's president said, referring to widespread support for Argentina's claims to sovereignty over the British-ruled Falkland Islands.
Morales said: "How is it possible that Cuba is not present in the Summit of the Americas? What sort of integration are we talking about if we are excluding Cuba?"
Rafael Correa, Ecuador's president, boycotted the meeting over Cuba, and fellow-leftist Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua also stayed at home.
The leftist ALBA bloc of nations, including Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and some Caribbean nations, said they will not attend future summits without Cuba's presence.
"It's not a favor anyone would be doing to Cuba. It's a right they've had taken away from them," Ortega said from Managua.
"At this meeting in Cartagena, I think it's time for the US government, all President Obama's advisers, to listen to all the Latin American nations."
Although there were widespread hopes for a rapprochement with Cuba under Obama when he took office, Washington has done little beyond ease some travel restrictions, saying democratic changes must come on the island before any further steps can be taken.
Obama has not spoken of Cuba in Colombia, though he did complain that Cold War-era issues, some dating from before his birth, were hindering perspectives on regional integration.
"Sometimes I feel as if in some of these discussions, or at least the press reports, we're caught in a time warp, going back to the 1950s and gunboat diplomacy and Yankees and the Cold War,and this and that and the other," the 50-year-old Obama said. "That's not the world we live in today."
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/04/201241517107911574.html?utm_content=automate&utm_campaign=Trial6&utm_source=NewSocialFlow&utm_term=plustweets&utm_medium=MasterAccountPresident Cristina Kirchner and Bolivia's Evo Morales walk out with summit... more
By JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/15/12 6:21 PM EDT
CARTAGENA, Colombia — President Barack Obama said Sunday he will be “angry” if it’s proven that Secret Service and military personnel assigned to prepare for his trip here patronized prostitutes ahead of his arrival.
“If it turns out some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then, of course, I’ll be angry because my attitude with respect to Secret Service personnel is no different than what I expect out of my delegation sitting here,” Obama said in his first public comments on the incident at a Cartagena hotel last week.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/75166.html#ixzz1s9U4ebeWBy JOSH GERSTEIN | 4/15/12 6:21 PM EDT CARTAGENA, Colombia — President Barack... more
The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had been sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to provide security for President Obama’s trip to a summit that began there Friday.
Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman, said that an unspecified number of agents have been recalled and replaced with others, stressing that Obama’s security has not been compromised because of the change. Obama arrived in Cartagena on Friday afternoon for this weekend’s Summit of the Americas, a gathering of 33 of the hemisphere’s 35 leaders to discuss economic policy and trade.
Donovan declined to disclose details about the nature of the alleged misconduct. But Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations relate to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena.
In a statement, Donovan said the matter has been turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which serves as the agency’s internal affairs unit.
“The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Donovan said. “These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.”
Adler said the entire unit was recalled for purposes of the investigation. The Secret Service “responded appropriately” and is “looking at a very serious allegation,” he said, adding that the agency “needs to properly investigate and fairly ascertain the merits of the allegations.”
The Washington Post was alerted to the investigation by Ronald Kessler, a former Post reporter and author of several nonfiction books, including the book “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect.”
Kessler said he was told that a dozen agents had been removed from the trip. He added that soliciting prostitution is considered inappropriate by the Secret Service, even though it is legal in Colombia when conducted in designated “tolerance zones.” However, Kessler added, several of the agents involved are married.The U.S. Secret Service is investigating allegations of misconduct by agents who had... more