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Eleven Secret Service members have had their security clearances yanked during an investigation into allegations that they brought prostitutes to a Colombian hotel before a presidential visit to the country, government officials with knowledge of the investigation said Monday. Readers can't stop talking about this story, in part because it involves two favorite topics: Politics and sex.
There was a bit of outrage from several. This reader said the Secret Service must fight temptation.
Brad76: "When your job is protecting the president of the United States of America, you can't be doing that. I can understand the allure of beautiful women. However, they are supposed to be professionals."
U.S. Rep. Peter King, Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said one of the prostitutes told a hotel manager that "they owed her money." The agents and officers involved range in experience from relative newcomers to nearly 20-year veterans.
Some readers said if agents do indeed want to buy services, they should make sure they pay for them.
barlowdm: "How stupid do you have to be to not pay your prostitute what is owed her when you are a member of the Secret Service. He has some 'splaining' to do ... to the other agents who did what they needed to do to keep their sexual excursions secret. I wonder if he was one of the 'relative newcomers.' "
But others were concerned about security risks.
MidwestKris: "Their actions have cost them their security clearances, and security clearances are a requirement of the job. Such activities leave them potentially open to blackmail. Just imagine if one of them were told, 'Give us information on the movements of the president his security guards as they leave the building or we'll send pictures to your wife and kids ...' And while that might not happen this time, what if next time it is a deliberate plant? They have security clearance because they have highly classified information, and they have just shown they cannot be trusted. They jeopardize not only the president, or any person they have been assigned to protect, but also their fellow team members."
But then, why the big deal? After all, some noted, sex scandals are nothing new in the political world.
Grog: "So how is what the Secret Service did any different than what they have watched over with presidents from JFK to Clinton?"
LabCab1652: "Especially Bill Clinton ... cigar man!"
In making a similar comparison, this reader and others indicated they don't think prostitution should be against the law.
14droad: "Consensual sex without pay is not illegal, prostitution is, so do not compare the two. Having said that, prostitution should not be illegal and boys will be boys. So long as two adults are in agreement of the terms, it should not be anyone else's business. But, the right-wing nuts think it's a 'moral' issue."
Speaking of political leanings, some of the commenters speculated a bit.
AzWildcat: "Had to be right-wing Secret Service types. Hire a prostitute? Check. Not pay her? Check. Lie about it afterwards? Check."
50mike58: "Had to be a liberal agent wanting a pro, then wanting someone else to pay for it."
And of course, not unexpectedly, there were a few puns flying around.
pigmore: "Should be referred to as The Secret Servicing."
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