April 26th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Government official acknowledges past Secret Service misconduct

WASHINGTON (CNN) –With more reports surfacing of misconduct by Secret Service personnel and other federal law enforcement officers during overseas trips, a U.S. government official familiar with the Secret Service acknowledged missteps by Secret Service agents in the past, but was quick to defend the government’s internal review process.

“We have had employees that have engaged in misconduct” the official told CNN. “People make mistakes.”

The government official noted that’s to be expected given that the Secret Service has been around for 147 years.

Citing a privacy policy against discussing specifics the official said the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility dealt with those matters.

The official was quick to point out that the latest allegations of misconduct in advance of President Obama’s trip to El Salvador last year are not limited to the Secret Service. In fact, Seattle TV station KIRO, a CNN affiliate, cited an unnamed U.S. government contractor who worked extensively with the Secret Service advance team in San Salvador prior to President Barack Obama's trip there in March, 2011.

The source said he was with about a dozen Secret Service agents and a few U.S. military specialists at a strip club in the city a few days before Obama arrived, KIRO reported. CNN cannot independently confirm the allegations.


Topics: Secret Service

soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. greg

    disgusting fire them all. Partly due to the way this congress has disrespected this president. It is like a cancer and makes others think this kind of behavior is ok,

    April 26, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Howard

      The media will continue to focus on the Secret Service debacle, as long as it diverts attention away from the endless score of Obama's debacles. After all, there's a limit to how many Obama photo ops, award ceremonies, T.V. appearances, sporting events, dinners, and trips they can report on ... in place of his absence of actual governing !!!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YES, WE SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON THE OBSTRUCTIONIST HOUSE REPUBLICANS FOR THEIR SCANDALOUS BEHAVIOR OF SAYING "NO" TO REASON AND COMPROMISE. WE SHOULD FOCUS MORE ON GETTING THESE BUMS OUT OF OFFICE!

        April 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012,

        You probably will get them out BUT only when you continue to allow:

        The dead to vote
        Felons to vote
        Illegals to vote
        Mickey Mouse to vote
        Minnie Mouse to vote

        No wonder the liberals are against requiring folks to show IDs to vote!

        April 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        STEVEO, IF YOUR EXTREMIST BUDDIES GET THEIR WAY WE WILL HAVE TO SHOW ID JUST TO TAKE A CRAP IN OUR OWN TOILETS. SHOW ME THE NUMBERS ON THIS VOTER FRAUD YOU SPEAK OF AND I WILL SHOW YOU HOW IT ALL AMOUNTS TO VOTER SUPPRESSION.

        NOT THAT IT MATTERS, A MAJORITY OF TRUE REPUBLICANS KNOW BETTER THAN TO SHOW UP AT ALL FOR A LOST CAUSE LIKE ROMNEY.

        April 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
      • Steveo

        @@DEcember 2012,

        The toliet thing you just stated is what we call deflection (has NOTHING to do with the issue at hand). 950 PROVEN cases of dead folk voting in SC alone! I'm not quite sure how anyone can suppress the voter rights of the deceased! Can you help me out with that? An ID stops NO one from voting unless the face on the ID does not match the face on the head of the voter!

        btw stop with the yelling! You're giving me a cyber headache!

        April 26, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • C-Lo

        DEcember...you ask steveo to show you the numbers on the voter fraud...I'd like to see the legislation put forth requiring an ID to cop a squat as you claim. Point is, you and your EXTREMIST buddies want a socialist gov't and continue to spout the lies and mistruths like this to scare individuals in the exact same way you accuse others of doing.

        April 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • jean2009

        @Steveo December may type/shout in all caps lock...but he does have a point.

        Where is your link to some valid information about 950 dead people voting in S. Carolina. My link says you are all talk without any facts per usual...my link says your whole claim is a fantasy and a hoax. So much for your Dead Man Voting or the Zombie Voters. LOL!

        http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/02/how-the-south-carolina-dead-voters-hoax-collapsed.html

        April 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
      • jean2009

        So C-Lo you want to back up Steveo since this seems to disclaim his lack of facts.

        http://www.southernstudies.org/2012/02/how-the-south-carolina-dead-voters-hoax-collapsed.html

        Surprise, Surprise: Dead People Weren't Voting in S. Carolina, Investigation Finds!

        http://www.dcjunkies.com/showthread.php?t=29528

        As per usual Voter Suppression is the GOP Game. I think we can lay to rest S. Carolinian claims of the Night of the Voting Dead.

        http://politicalolelady.com/uncategorized/attention-zombies-your-ballot-awaits/

        April 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Thanks for the links, Jean...now find me the one that shows Republicans will require ID's for us to use the bathroom to help out DEcember's claim.

        April 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • jean2009

        BTW Steveo I hate to inform you....although people may have voted for Minnie and Mickey, that is not exactly the same as Minnie and Mickey having cast ballots.

        April 26, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        HEY C-LO, I WOULD GIVE YOU THE LINK BUT IT REQUIRES YOU TO SHOW AN ID PROVING YOU ARE SOMEONE CAPABLE OF SENSING SARCASM.

        April 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
      • jean2009

        C-Lo
        December used a disclaimer: "STEVEO, IF YOUR EXTREMIST BUDDIES GET THEIR WAY". Which I recognize as a little hyperbole...but then knowing Republicans maybe you can prove to me they wouldn't....that is if they get their way.

        April 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
      • C-Lo

        deCEMBER:

        I WELL KNOW SARCASM...CAN BE AS SARCASTIC AS THEY COME...MAYBE YOU, IN YOUR INWARD FOCUSED MIND DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE RESPONSE WAS AS SARCASTIC AS THE POST, OR MAYBE YOU ONLY UNDERSTAND ALL CAP TYPING...EITHER WAY I HOPE THIS HELPS YOU SEE THAT YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY CLOWN IN THE CIRCUS.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Steveo

        @DEcember 2012 and Jean 2009,

        from the Charlotte Observer 21 Jan 12 :

        COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Justice Department for an investigation into potential voter fraud.

        Attorney General Alan Wilson has sent details of an analysis by the Department of Motor Vehicles to U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles.

        In a letter dated Thursday, Wilson says the analysis found 953 ballots cast by voters listed as dead. In more than 70 percent of those cases, ballots were cast between two months and 76 months after the people died.
        -----------
        I'm bettin' this is somehow not quite good enough for you!

        April 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Steveo

        How about this?

        From the Washington Post" Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 04/24/2012
        Dozens charged with election fraud in Va. in connection with the 2008 election
        By Laura Vozzella
        More than three dozen people have been charged with election fraud in Virginia in connection with the 2008 election, in some cases for registering to vote despite disqualifying felony convictions, state police said.

        Lilyan Maitan stands in a voting booth during the Republican primary election April 24, 2012 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Philadelphia. (Jessica Kourkounis – Getty Images) In the years since Virginia helped put Barack Obama in the White House, 38 people in the Commonwealth have been arrested on either felony or misdemeanor election fraud charges. A warrant has been issued for a 39th, said police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
        ---------------
        Why the arrests if there were no credible evidence?

        April 26, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • Steveo

        @Jean 2009,

        Not facts per usual? Aw come Jean 2009 how about little credit:

        1. You claim Margaret Sanger was not a eugenist! I gave you proof that she was!
        2. You claim the effective Corporate tax rates are 12. sometime %. I claimed they were 35%. I gave you proof!
        3. You were fussing about the GOP love affair with Chinese labor, I gave you the American Job Czar, who is employing (or will be very soon) the Chinese! You choose to ignore Immelt (for some reason or another)!
        4. We all get things wrong every once in a while BUT it doesn't appear I was wrong about voter fraud in Va!

        Your "no facts per usual" reply has no wings!

        Let's end on a civil note, shall we? Let's just say we both want the best for our country, we just disagree on the methods and policies to get there!

        April 27, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  2. george

    Give this crap a rest and stop calling stuff a "scandal."

    April 26, 2012 at 11:50 am |
  3. Dan5404

    I think the difference is that this involved two dozen people and about the same number of prostitutes. That is far more serious than an isolated incident with one or two rogues,

    April 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  4. Cellar Dweller

    I worked at the club in Ft Worth where the secret service guys partied on Nov 21, 1963. They were provided free drinks and the strippers and waitresses were encouraged to party with them. This was because the bar owner was a big supporter of JFK. It is doubtful that keeping them out of the bar would have changed the events of the president's assasination. There were also events similar under both Republican and Democratic administations between then and now

    April 26, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  5. thanos

    Much a do about nothing. Did they do their jobs? YES. End of story.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  6. s

    Congress has nothing to do with the secret service actions, get a grip

    April 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  7. Gloria

    These so-called professionals are disgusting! They make everyone in the Secret Service look bad and that's a shame.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  8. Jess C

    Right. It's only a big deal now because it's Obama in the WH. Big surprise. Certainly not condoning the behavior of the few rogues, but it is pretty ironic it all comes out under Obama like he's to blame. Now they're after him traveling? Does the GOP ever actually work for their pay? I heard a report about how the strategy from day one when Obama was elected was for the GOP to block everything he puts forward. Well, they have certainly lived up to that at the expense of America. Pukes.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  9. IndyMike

    Did they know this conduct was wrong and went ahead and did it anyhow? Then it is not a "mistake". A mistake is a unintentional action with an unforeseen outcome. How did these geniuses not think they would eventually get caught? All because somebody tried to cheat a hooker.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • jean2009

      Maybe after the President has awarded the Medal of Freedom Awards he can award these goof balls the World Stupidity Award. George W. Bush was a 2005 recipient.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Stupidity_Awards

      April 26, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
  10. jean2009

    The Secret Service should hire more women and minorities....then maybe w3e wouldn't have the current situation, or the previous goof-ball agent checking out a female VP candidates and posting pics of himself ogling her on his Facebook page. That alone should have been a red flag. Why should any SS agent be posting a pic of himself ogling the VP candidate (Palin) on Facebook (back in 2008) without some serious repercussions? Wouldn't that be a possible major breach of security?

    This whole thing sounds like an ongoing longtime problem of frat boy mentality which predates President Obama.

    Maybe that is why Gaddafi had and all- female contingent of 30-40 bodyguards? Of course, in hindsight that didn't go too well.

    Maybe a balance of personnel would work better.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
    • jerry

      you are a nut case...

      April 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
      • jean2009

        All things considered frat boy .... How would you know?

        April 26, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  11. jerry

    WTH it(these SS goofs) takes the focus off obama and his failures in the courts...the unraveling of his Marxist policies and presidency. Soon Mitt is going to focus on kicking this fraud (obama) back to the chicago sewers from which he slithered from. There is a God and he/she is at work. The dark devil is done!

    April 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      Racist moron.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
      • jerry

        I think we know who the racist is here...and it isn't me.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • jerry

      what makes you think I'm racist? Could it be that I called O'Idiot "the Dark Devil"? My problem with YOUR black president is his politics and incompetance and his vile attitude for anything American, not his color...and that jean baby is my right...and it is YOU WHO ARE THE RACIST!

      April 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Pete

      Jerry,your the racist,you and McConnell and company,those republican rejects you call politicians are the hypocrites screwing up this country,plain and simple.The gutters for Romney,wait till November....and ya know what,Maher is right ,you jackasses do live in a vacuum...

      April 27, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  12. Sponge-Bob

    The media will play it until it's played out, they always do. Remember the OJ case? Sheesh it was on non stop for over a year.

    April 26, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  13. DEcember 2012

    APPARENTLY THE REPUBLITARDS HAVE THE MONOPOLY ON MISPLACED OUTRAGE SO PEOPLE STOP BEING SO OUTRAGED ABOUT THE SECRET SERVICE NOW AND LET THE OUTRAGE JUNKIES HAVE THEIR FIX.

    April 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  14. jerry

    the polls say Americans trust in the federal govt is the lowest in 15 years...that is since bill clintons mess...and the libs keep bringing up President George Bush and bashing him, those were to good old days. It is becoming apparent the left wing media and the obama mob did a good job tearing Bush apart, in fact they ran against him (and he was out of office)..now the truth is coming out. The obama hoax is coming to an end. Thank goodness.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      WOW, I DID NOT KNOW HOW DELUDED SOMEONE IS UNTIL HE MENTIONED THE BUSH YEARS WERE THE "GOOD OLD DAYS"

      KEEP RUNNING WITH THAT. EASIEST WAY TO GET KICKED IN THE GROIN. LOL

      April 27, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Pete

      Jerry,did ya overdose on that republican crap they mixed up last nite.They put lots of stupid in it,and it seems you really enjoyed it,didn't ya...The hypocritical right,you,seem to forget what that asshole Bush,your elustreous leader did to us for 8 long horrendous years.Destroying our economy,something that was doing quite well before the Texas want a be did first while in office.Killing our freedoms by putting security everywhere after 9/11,something also that was traced back to Bush,not too long afterwards.The connection between BinLaden and the Bush clan,goes way back,check it out,its fact..You hypocrites keep shooting yourselves in the foot all the time with your antiObama rantings,but with no viable facts to back your CRAP up...It will come back to haunt ya,I can't wait...

      Then 2 wars,thousands of casualties for no good reason,but to line Cheneys and his friends pockets will no bid contract money ,remember that BUTT HEAD..Hey Jerry,Bush can't leave the states any more,he's got an arrest warrent on him for human rights violations from Switzerland,home of the Geneva Convention,you dumbass republicans don't know that do ya,its s first for a U.S.president,are ya proud now ya hypocrite.During what good old days,please tell me when,ya ass wipe,ya just wait till November....

      April 27, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  15. greg

    steveo jerry howard and sponge bob show up on every post full of hate and misinformation. There has been no big voter fraud in recent years with the exception of the repos in florida durning the bush gore election. Showing Id is a repo tool to try to discourage poor people and minorities from voting. The sam thing with all theses states condeming birth control and trying to pass laws againt contriception. The repos have an agenda to keep the poor ,minorities, and women down. Im sure that steveo jerry howard and sponge bob are all white middleaged men with limited educations. They are afraid of progress and women and minorities or people of different sexual orientation scare the crap out of them . They think they are taking away jobs or turning people gay. So they try to cast them as unpatriotic and welfare people. We should feel sorry for these guys.They have no mind of their own and will follow this repo retoric blindly.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Steveo

      1.Why do lefties confuse disagreement with hate? I certainly don't agree with some policy but that does not equal hate except in your world!

      2. As far as Florida 2000 goes, I assume your forgot about pregnant chads, hanging chads, and invisible chads. You don't remember how the Dems did everything possible to throw the election to Gore? Perhaps if Gore was wanted by his own home state, Florida would not have been that big of a deal! Yet I can see how you would so easily want to forget all of that! If I was a Dem, I'd want to forget that embarrassment too!
      3. Pathetic! Your crystal ball is broken! I'm black and have a Master's Degree (although my spelling is sometimes jacked). I guess we have met before? is that why your cannot even describe me correctly?
      4. You can't cash a check without ID, but it is perfectly OK to elect someone to the most powerful office on the planet with no ID?
      5. Once again pathetic! It is the Dems that want to keep people down. How you might ask: simple by telling people this:

      Don't think for yourselves, don't do for yourselves, don't work for yourselves, don't worry about personnel responsibly, you drop out of school? no problem, we got you! You have 6-7 kids by 6-7 women, unemployed and unmarried? no problem, we got you! No problem and no consequences! Just keep voting Dem/Liberal/progressive, 'cause we got you!

      You really wonder why I'm scared of what you call progress? It enslaves people! People will not do for themselves as long as the government does it for them! There is a place for the government, Greg! it's just the government is overreaching! Yet as long as able bodied folks get their government checks, it's all good, right Greg?

      And for all you who think I don't care for the poor, here's a little secret ...as a percentage, i gave more to charity than the Vice President! yet you consider him a champion of the poor! Sure he is, just not with his own money!

      Lastly Greg, I follow no one blindly, you would know that if you took the time to read what I have written since October! you see Greg, regardless of what Trace thinks, I contend both parties have failed!

      April 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  16. Linda

    The agents who chose to go to the strip club and/or to pay a prostitute to have sex with them in all likelihood don't think they did anything wrong since other agents and government officials have done the same thing. In fact, these agents are probably enjoying being so "macho" and being bad little boys in the eyes of the world. It would be a different story if a female government official was "caught" paying a male prostitute–she'd lose her job and be crucified by the news media and all the religious nuts would probably find a scripture that says women shouldn't be government officials.

    April 27, 2012 at 11:52 am |