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Report: Secret Service Agents Say Similar Misconduct Was Tolerated

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
April 25, 2012

A few of the latest developments in the so-called Secret Service scandal, which involves alleged cavorting with prostitutes by agents and U.S. military personnel in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month:

– “Some Secret Service employees accused of misconduct in the Colombian prostitution scandal are privately contending that their conduct didn’t warrant dismissal because senior managers tolerated similar behavior during official trips, according to people familiar with the employees’ thinking,” The Washington Post reports. It adds that “in a statement Tuesday, Assistant Director Paul S. Morrissey said the service ‘is committed to conducting a full, thorough and fair investigation in this matter, and will not hesitate to take appropriate action should any additional information come to light.’ “

– “The Secret Service announced late Tuesday that all 12 [agents who were] implicated had been dealt with: nine forced out, one stripped of his security clearance and two cleared of wrongdoing, all within two weeks of the night in question,” The Associated Press reports. Another 12 members of the U.S. military also were allegedly involved in the incident, which happened in the days before President Obama was to be in Colombia for a summit with Latin American leaders.

– Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is due at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this morning during which she’s expected to face many questions about the scandal. It starts at 9:30 a.m. ET and is to be webcast here.

– As Eyder reported Tuesday, President Obama told NBC-TV’s Jimmy Fallon that the Secret Service is “incredible” and that “a couple of knuckleheads shouldn’t detract from what they do. What these guys were thinking, I don’t know. That’s why they’re not there anymore. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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