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I LOVE this Secret Service scandal. Not only is it alliterative, but it takes the cake for stupid, which also starts with an “S”.

This is a scandal?

Who do you think smuggled Marolyn Monroe into the White House for JFK?

Do you think President Clinton found a niche in the Oval Office complex where no one was watching him and Monica?

Do you really think they didn’t know that Nixon was overdosing on Scotch while listening to his tapes and otherwise going crazy?

They call it the Secret Service for a reason.

Do you think that, just all of a sudden, 11 Secret Service agents and five people in the military suddenly decided that they could do a few prostitutes in a country where prostitutes are cheap.

I am certainly not saying that all are guilty.

I’m just thinking that one of them, when confronted with a situation, was too stupid to keep it secret. You don’t take your dispute over money with a woman into a hall crawling with agents and hotel security and local police. Especially with a Latina. Bad idea.

You also can’t think that 16 guys are now under the microscope if this is the first time something like this has happened. Two or three maybe.

There was a first guy who did it and the rest covered. Then maybe a few more. Then it became standard, not for all, but for some. After all, it is secret. And it is on their time off.

I love it not because agents are in trouble. I love it because “secret” is in trouble.

Secret as in they can monitor your phone calls without a court order.

Secret as in they can accumulate information on you from all kinds of sources without your knowledge.

Secret as in you don’t know what these guys are doing until they get caught in the hall with an irate Latina.

Ben Franklin said it. “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”


Written by Charles Keefer

April 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Posted in Blog

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