The Secret Service Scandal
Sunday, April 15 2012 @ 10:27 PM PDT
Contributed by: WatchCat
Before I laugh too hard, let me be clear: I have no inside knowledge of this case.
Point 1) This was not illegal activity according to local laws. Don't misunderstand; I abhor all angles of prostitution. I could say a lot about the devastating harm of the sex trade and the impact on participants at all levels. But the only local issue was failure to pay the hotel for the "extra guest" and the conflict that caused. [EDIT 1: It now appears that there was also a dispute over "paying up."]
Point 2) The Secret Service is staying very quiet about all this.
Point 3) If the alleged misconduct took place, it is primarily an issue of security vulnerability, i.e. potential blackmail fodder which could coerce agents into participation in security breaches.
Point 4) White House staffers were staying at the same hotel.
Pure speculation: Are we sure that the agents on this advance team were not engaging the services of the very legal Columbian prostitutes for someone in the White House entourage? While it's very plausible that these agents crossed the line, it's equally plausible that they are allowing themselves to be scapegoats for the people they protect. Again, I have no way of knowing if this is the case, but I thought it was worth raising the question. [EDIT 2: Looks like a Senator is raising a similar question about the White House.]