The Secret Service Scandal

At the Sxith Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Secret Service agents allegedly brought prostitutes into their hotel. Eleven agents and more military personnel from all four branches were involved in the scandal involving payment to said prostitutes. Nine employees had resigned or retired. Members of Congress have called for investigations into the incident.
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The Man Who Was Fired for Taking a Photograph of the President

November 3, 2014 Kenneth Tate, the CDC guard who lost his job after snapping a picture of Obama's motorcade, was labeled a criminal after officials discovered he had ridden an elevator with the commander in chief while armed. Now, Tate is telling his story.

The Psych Ward for People Who Broke Into the White House

October 27, 2014 For hundreds of years, people with mental illnesses have tried to visit the president—with many ending up in the same Washington hospital.

Let Slip the Secret Service Dogs

October 23, 2014 A pair of canines play hero in the latest fence-jumping incident at the White House.

IG: Secret Service Showed ‘Serious Lapse in Judgment’ in Operation Moonshine

October 23, 2014 Watchdog criticizes agency for diverting agents in 2011 from protecting White House to monitoring an employee’s neighborhood fight.

Someone Else Jumped the White House Fence. This Is What Happened.

October 23, 2014 Unlike last time, the system worked. But the video isn’t pretty.

Morale Problems? What Would Your Employees Do?

October 16, 2014 Improving performance starts with winning hearts and minds.

The High Cost of Federal Workforce Depression

October 10, 2014 The Secret Service's problem isn't morals, it's morale.

Here's What Congress Has Next for the Secret Service

October 9, 2014 Both Republicans and Democrats have questions for the elite agency tasked for protecting the president. Specifically, whether it's actually doing that.

The scandal was centered around prostitution in Cartagena, Colombia.

A Cover-Up in the Secret Service Scandal?

October 9, 2014 A new report says the White House knew more than it let on about dalliances with prostitutes in Cartagena.

Did Budget Cuts Cause the Secret Service Failures?

October 3, 2014 Independent review likely will focus on White House safety and agency culture, not money.

Ebola Scare, Secret Service Enter Campaign Politics

October 3, 2014 It's either tactically smart or desperately silly, but a North Carolina Republican is trying to use the week's biggest news items to attack President Obama.

The Secret Service's Problems May Be Older and Harder to Fix Than You Thought

October 2, 2014 Readers offer solutions that go beyond Pierson's resignation and undoing the DHS merger.

Do the Secret Service's Security Lapses Go Past the White House?

October 2, 2014 The service does more than just protect the president. But little is publicly known about the procedures around others the agency guards.

Pierson testified on the Hill this week.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

October 1, 2014 "I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the nation," said the Homeland Security secretary.

President Obama  stands with U.S. Secret Service agents and looks at the Golden Gate Bridge, prior to boarding Marine One at the Crissy Field landing zone for departure from San Francisco on July 23, 2014.

No Joke, Here's How to Fix the Secret Service

October 1, 2014 Obama needs to fire Pierson, and Congress needs to return autonomy to the agency.

A member of the Secret Service Uniformed Division with a K-9 walks along the perimeter fence on Sept. 22.

The Secret Service Let an Armed Man into an Elevator With the President

October 1, 2014 A security contractor with a gun made it onto an elevator with the president in Atlanta, without permission from the Secret Service.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies Tuesday.

Secret Service Head Faces Steep Climb to Regain Trust

September 30, 2014 Julia Pierson is at the low ebb of her tenure as the first woman to head the agency.

Front-Line Morale Problems Are Threatening Homeland Security

September 30, 2014 The White House intruder is only the tip of the iceberg.

A Secret Service police officer stands outside the White House on Sept. 22.

Here’s What the Secret Service Has to Say for Itself About White House Security

September 30, 2014 “It’s clear that our security plan was not properly executed,” its director told Congress on Tuesday.

The Secret Service Can't Catch a Break (or an Intruder)

September 30, 2014 The Iraq War veteran who ran into the White House earlier this month made it much farther than the Secret Service initially admitted, The Washington Post reports.

Friday's White House Intruder Was Far From the First

September 23, 2014 Tourists, "cranks," and other eccentrics have made it unscathed into the executive mansion.

Obama spent art of August vacationing on Martha's Vineyard.

Annals of the Security State, Presidential-Vacations Edition

September 2, 2014 Protecting modern presidents is a legitimate and crucial goal. Here is some of what it ends up meaning in practice.

Toddler Gets Timeout for Slipping Through White House Gates

August 8, 2014 The breach resulted in a brief security lockdown.

The Vice President was sworn in wearing actual clothes in 2009.

In Defense of Naked Joe Biden

August 4, 2014 The political press is tittering over the idea of the vice president skinny-dipping—and missing the real news in a forthcoming book on his Secret Service detail.

Court Says Black Secret Service Agents Can Sue Government as a Group

August 4, 2014 The 14-year-old discrimination lawsuit alleges that African-American agents were consistently denied promotions despite their qualifications.

Secret Service director Julia Pierson

Here’s How the Secret Service Is Trying to Clean Up Its Act

April 9, 2014 Director Julia Pierson is instituting a number of changes to the agency.

Secret Service Issues Extend Beyond Amsterdam

March 27, 2014 There has been another incident of possible misconduct, in Miami.

President Barack Obama, center, and two Secret Service agents are silhouetted as he walks towards Marine One helicopter upon arrival at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport Monday.

The Secret Service Partied Too Much in Amsterdam

March 26, 2014 Three agents go on administrative leave after a night of drinking.

The Secret Service's Sexual Misconduct Stretched Across 17 Countries

November 15, 2013 Whistleblowers accuse agents of years of sexual misconduct.

Secret Service agents watch as President Barack Obama leaves on Air Force One.

Two Secret Service Agents Removed from Obama Protection Detail

November 14, 2013 Alleged misconduct comes as DHS is preparing to unveil results of an investigation into the Secret Service's culture.

DEA agents linked to Secret Service prostitution scandal

January 11, 2013 Report finds drug officers stationed in Colombia assisted in setting up encounters.

The party's over at the Secret Service

October 5, 2012 New policies limit alcohol and warn against revealing Facebook comments.

Investigator confirms misconduct by Secret Service personnel in Colombia

September 21, 2012 IG letter cites two additional U.S. officials who may have been involved.

Report: Four Secret Service agents contesting dismissals

May 23, 2012 Agents say they did not break any rules on the Colombia trip.

Senator wants 'open and transparent' White House review of Colombia incident

May 3, 2012 Grassley says officials must be held accountable for scandal.

Report: Colombia prostitute stayed at same hotel as Obama

April 23, 2012 Agent brought the prostitute to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena just days ahead of president's arrival, law enforcement official says.

Secret Service scandal is here to stay

April 19, 2012 A series of new threads are popping out of this giant yarn ball, and much remains unresolved.

Romney pins GSA scandal on Obama but gives him a pass on Secret Service

April 18, 2012 Candidate says he would 'clean house' if he were president.

Secret Service chief Mark Sullivan

Obama 'has confidence' in Secret Service chief

April 18, 2012 President trusts Mark Sullivan to investigate of Colombia sex scandal, press secretary says.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey

Dempsey: 'We let the boss down' in Colombia

April 16, 2012 Joint Chiefs chairman apologizes for troops' alleged role in sex scandal.