THE FOLLOWING IS MY OPINION based on what I’ve read/heard so far about this incident.
Prostitution is apparently legal in Colombia. OK…to each his own. However, when you are a secret service agent, being paid by taxpayer dollars, on OFFICIAL US business, you have no right to engage in that type of behavior. I’m sure the secret service is not paid hourly, therefore, when they are traveling for business, they are always “on the clock”. These people represent our country. They are in charge of securing the President of the United States.
Now…even though President Obama was not in Colombia at the time, that does not matter. They were charged with setting up the security for his visit.
Wouldn’t it make sense to call as little attention to yourself as possible? Secret service members should be able to move about covertly. They should be able to go unnoticed. That, I’m sure, is part of the qualifications they need to posses.
I’m not judging the hiring of prostitutes. As I said, it is legal in that country. However, what I am commenting on is my opinion on the behavior of these “secret service” agents. Do whatever you want on your downtime as long as it does not jeopardize your business. They were not on vacation, however, they were on official business. When you get into an argument IN THE HALLWAY OF A HOTEL WITH A PROSTITUTE, you are going to call attention to yourself.
I mean really…what did these guys think was going to happen? You play, you have to pay. You don’t negotiate a price, then partake in the service and then attempt to renegotiate the price in a public hallway. HELLO?? Don’t you have to be semi intelligent to be part of the secret service? I guess not…