Secret service Scandal & the GSA Scandal is just about enough for me .
Whew! This has been a vary bad week for the Nation and Pres. Obama . The Press is probably sucking it in and the foreign press just laughing . The scandal, which has become an election-year embarrassment for the Obama administration, erupted last week after 11 Secret Service agents were sent home from Cartagena, Colombia, after a night of partying that reportedly ended with at least some of them bringing prostitutes back to their hotel. The special agents and uniformed officers were in Colombia in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas. They have been suspended and the agency has revoked their security clearance..Two U.S. military officials have said they include five Army Green Berets. One of the officials said the group also includes two Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal technicians, two Marine dog handlers and an Air Force airman. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under wayPeople briefed on the incident have said the agents brought women back to the Cartagena hotel, where other members of the U.S. delegation and the White House press corps also were staying. Overnight visitors were required to leave identification at the front desk and leave by 7 a.m. When one woman hadn't left, by one account, it raised questions among hotel staff and police, who investigated. They found the woman with the agent in a hotel room and a dispute arose over whether the agent should have paid her .Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles that agency's internal affairs, is investigating and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General has been notified.,least 10 military personnel who were staying at the same hotel are also being investigated for alleged misconduct."Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel," Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told her. Eleven of the Americans involved were Secret Service, she reported, and "allegedly Marines were involved with the rest."
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King said his panel will decide whether hearings should be held.
The Colombian prostitute who triggered the scandal that has rocked the Secret Service got angry with two agents who refused to pay her full price for servicing the two of them, leading to a financial dispute over between $40 and $60, according to a government source who has been briefed on the investigationThese two agents are complete idiots. They managed to trash their careers along with the careers of 9 of their buddies as well as several military personnel over $50. I am sure that the other nine agents who were not involved in the dispute with the prostitute are furious with these to idiots since they have cost them their jobs as well. I am not saying that the other nine agents did not do anything wrong, they deserve to get canned for their behavior, but at least they were smart enough not to make a scene. I am sure that these two would be safer in custody right now than they are on the street as I am sure the other people that got caught up in this scandal because of them would like to kill these two idiots. The minute the prostitute started making a scene they should have just paid her to shut her up and get her out of there. But then their superior attitude got the better of their common sense, thinking that who would dare challenge them, after all they were secret service agents. They are supposed to be elite law enforcement personnel, instead they turned out to be nothing more than two idiots on a power trip thinking they could get away with anything. Now they have trashed their careers, the careers of nine other agents, and a number of military personnel because of their total arrogance.
ANOTHER SCANDAL .
But it’s unlikely this mushrooming scandal will disappear any time soon, amid reports that nearly a dozen U.S. Secret Service agents and more than five military personnel caroused and consorted with prostitutes at a hotel in advance of Obama’s Colombia visit last week. And this comes on top of congressional hearings this week into revelations that General Services Administration officials squandered $823,000 on a Las Vegas retreat back in 2010 – complete with a $75,000 bicycle building exercise, a clown show and $6,325 spent on commemorative coins.
So far, at least a half dozen House and Senate committees have opened investigations into the GSA and Secret Service scandals, with many other Republicans seemingly eager to join in the finger wagging and condemnations. “As I look through this, there’s no wonder that the American people have lost faith in their government,” lamented freshman Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. “I want indictments!” declared Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
Before all this misery beset the administration, it looked as if Obama had turned the corner on the economy and was back in the political catbird’s seat heading into the fall election campaign. While unemployment, economic growth and the housing market still left much to be desired, Obama could make the plausible argument that he had succeeded in leading the country out of the worst financial meltdown and recession of modern times, that he saved the U.S. auto industry by bailing out GM and Chrysler, and that he restored investor and consumer confidence. “The latest misconduct at the General Services Administration makes me cringe for the taxpayers who expect every agency in their government to fulfill their mission with integrity,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, as she opened the morning session. “And it makes me cringe that the good people at GSA who work hard everyday have been humiliated by a few bad actors.”
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Not much to say , it's been a bad week for Obama , even though he may not be directly involved .