The biggest “non-story” story of the year involves the United States Secret Service. It’s all Secret Service, all the time. Google hits for “Secret Service” in 2012 are literally off the chart.
There are over 3,200 “news” articles listed on Google at the time of this posting. What’s the big news? Secret Service agents partied with members of the opposite sex in El Salvador as well as Colombia.
I began working in law enforcement at age 22. As an Officer with the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, I assigned to the White House division in 1976-77. The job was so boring, I quit to become a police officer in my home town. After receiving my degree in criminal justice in 1980, I was hired by the U.S. State Department. From 1980-83 I worked as a special agent for the Diplomatic Security Service, traveling to 14 countries on various assignments.
Contrary to popular belief, personal protection is not a glamorous job. Agents work very hard for long hours, planning for every possible scenario during the “visit”. The logistics are mind boggling. Agents spend hundreds of hours planning for overseas trips.
We spent over a month in London on the advance team for the Secretary of States visit to Great Britain with Ronald Reagan in 1982. We worked side by side with the Secret Service and White House advance teams.
President Ronald Reagan delivered his 1982 speech to members of the British Parliament in the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster in London. The speech was broadcast live in the U.S. on all the national morning talk shows. I was inside the Westminster Palace sitting a next to the Military Officer carrying the “football” with the nuclear codes the POTUS would need to “launch” a response from a Soviet missile attack. My parents saw me while watching the Today Show and recorded the speech on a VHS tape.
While in London we worked with the Metropolitan Police, the agency responsible for law enforcement at all levels in England, much like the RCMP in Canada. Prior to the arrival of the President and Secretary of State we socialized at pubs, clubs, and casinos after work, on our own dime and time. We did not compromise the security of our protectees. By the way, this was during the cold war.
The President’s speech contains one of the more memorable phrases spoken during his presidency. He predicts the eventual downfall of Communism, stating that it will be left on the “ash heap of history.” President Reagan eloquently explains the reasons behind his staunch opposition to Communism while encouraging the British to aid in the worldwide struggle for freedom, recalling the success of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in the fight against Nazi tyranny. This speech occurred during a period of heightened tensions between the United States and Soviet Russia which at that time dominated much of Eastern Europe and was attempting to spread its Communist ideology into other countries as well, a provocative endeavor adamantly opposed by President Reagan.
The cold war is over. The Secret Service and other federal law enforcement agencies have been hiring gay and lesbian agents for over twenty years. Blackmail for he’ing and she’ing is not the issue it was in 1982. Yet for some reason, it’s now national news that members of Secret Service advance teams in Colombia and El Salvador drank and “socialized” with members of the opposite sex in 2012.
Here’s a news bulletin. If DHS decides to polygraph and fire every Secret Service agent/officer who has ever partied in strip clubs after work, or had an overnight guest in their hotel room, the agency will be hiring thousands of new agents. The majority of agents can’t pass that polygraph.
No doubt agent applications from lesbian teetotalers will go to the top of the pile. Good luck with that.
Be careful what kind of shit you stir up for no good reason other than titillating headlines, main stream media. If you keep this up, there will be real stories to write about “compromising the President’s security”.
Only in America…
Sources report that the Secret Service is changing their personal conduct policy. The Secret Service will soon prohibit agents from taking foreign nationals to their hotel rooms, visiting “non-reputable” establishments and drinking alcohol within 10 hours of going on duty.
None of the above was been prohibited prior to this change, which is not even in effect yet.
Agents will also be instructed to drink only in moderation.
The changes come about AFTER the prostitution scandal erupted at a hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where officers were staying in advance of President Barack Obama’s arrival for a South American summit.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel this week that the incident appeared to be isolated, which is simply not true.