Exposing secrets in Secret Service
The Kansas City Star
President Barack Obama and others are right to call for a “thorough” and “rigorous” investigation of allegations of some Secret Service agents’ use of prostitutes ahead of the summit of Western Hemisphere leaders in Colombia.
About 11 Secret Service members are being investigated for allegedly taking several prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena. The agents who were pinpointed were sent home ahead of Obama’s arrival for the meeting.
At issue is whether the use of prostitutes happened and whether Secret Service agents might have — with a wink and a nod — done similar untoward things in the past without being caught.
It is important to get to the bottom of this because having such secrets in the Secret Service could make the agency vulnerable to compromises with people who might want agents to look the other way on occasion. It also seriously undermines the trust the public has in the Secret Service, which guards the president and other dignitaries.