Secret Service agents on Obama detail sent home from Netherlands after night of drinking - The Washington Post
In the wake of the Cartagena incident the SS formally adopted a set of rules that govern the behavior of agents while TDY.
Of note are the following:
5. Alcohol may only be consumed in moderate amounts while off-duty on a TDY assignment and alcohol use is prohibited within 10 hours of reporting for duty.
6. Alcohol may not be consumed at the protectee hotel once the protective visit has begun.
In this recent Netherlands incident one of the agents, the one in the worst shape, was found passed out drunk in the hallway of the protectee hotel late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. With the President due to arrive on Monday morning (Air Force One touched down 0757 GMT Monday) his protective detail would have been required to be on duty Sunday for briefings, rehearsals, and the like. You can't very well be passed out dead drunk on the floor at zero dark thirty Sunday morning and then be fully functional at work at 0900 that same day (I've tried, numerous times, it's impossible).
By being drunk in the hotel Saturday night/Sunday morning, and drunk to the degree that he was passed out on the floor in a hallway, this guy violated numerous policies.
Add to that the fact that he was found by hotel staff, who alerted the U.S. Embassy staff, who in turn alerted his detail supervisors back at the hotel, and you've got a major employment incident that also takes on a bit of the color of an international incident.
All that is beside the point that it doesn't much matter whether you're working for Uncle Sam or Walmart - if you're sent on a business trip and your boss has to come police your drunk ass up off the hallway floor a three in the morning (an assumption on my part) you're gonna be in some hot water.
I'm guessing that the other two agents had their chains pulled because they too were drinking less than 10 hours prior to going on duty in the protectee hotel. They may not have been as drunk as Thing 1, but they were almost certainly in violation of policies thhat were designed to prevent EXACTLY this sort of thing.
“Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown,
For the Christian riles, and the Aryan smiles and he weareth the Christian down;
And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
And the epitaph drear: “A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
Why bring Obama into this?Some more trouble for the Secret Service. Why is it wherever Obama goes.....people are being fired or let go. All of a Sudden Obama shows and everybody is a stickler for the Rules. Yet Obama doesn't stick to the rules himself.