Back in April of 2012, 11 Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave amid allegations they brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms (prostitution is legal in Cartagena) while preparing for a visit by President Barack Obama to the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia. I mentioned it in passing on a post on the Summit of the Americas.
The story faded into the background, especially after a much bigger story happened on September 11 the same year.
As it turns out, the White House tried to cover up the Cartagena prostitution story:
“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement
who was a White House volunteer during the Cartagena trip, this year started working full time in the Obama administration on a federal contract as a policy adviser in the Office on Global Women’s Issues at the State Department.
Dach’s father is a lobbyist/fundraiser, now also working for the Obama administration.
Ten members of the Secret Service lost their jobs, while the White House denies that any of its staffers were involved with prostitutes and decided to not fully investigate one of its own.
Why bother? As Ace points out,
Assuming the worst is true, the son of donor, working in a fairly low-level capacity for the White House had, allegedly, maybe, had something to do with a prostitute in a foreign country.
It’s precisely how small potatoes that is that makes the cover-up frightening — if they’re willing to cover-up something so trivial, so unlikely to generate a few bored headlines for half a news day, then what won’t they cover up?
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Likewise, Ron Fournier calls this latest misrepresentation from the White House as just the latest in an “epidemic of half truths” from the White House.
Epidemic indeed; Victor Hanson lists the ways the Obama administration is following more the French model than the American to fundamentally transform America. The method?
Official stories change to fit larger agendas.
In the case of the Cartagena, Colombia, prostitution scandal, the coverup is simply part of the method.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.