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Secret Service Agents Sent Home For Disciplinary Reasons From Netherlands Before Obama Trip

Secret Service Agents Benched For Drinking In Amsterdam

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday.

The three agents were benched for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama's arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president's security in any way.

Still, the incident represents a fresh blemish for an elite agency struggling to rehabilitate its reputation following a high-profile prostitution scandal and other allegations of misconduct. An inspector general's report in December concluded there was no evidence of widespread misconduct, in line with the service's longstanding assertion that it has no tolerance for inappropriate behavior.

The agents sent home from Amsterdam were placed on administrative leave, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disciplinary action. The newspaper said all three were on the Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack, and that one agent was a "team leader."

One agent was discovered highly intoxicated by staff at a hotel, who reported it to the U.S. Embassy, said a person familiar with the situation, who wasn't authorized to discuss the alleged behavior on the record and demanded anonymity. The other two agents were deemed complicit because they didn't intervene despite being in a position to assist the drunken agent or tamp down his behavior, the person said.

"It wasn't like a big, crazy party," the person said.

Obama arrived in the Netherlands early Monday on the first leg of a weeklong, four-country trip. He departed for Brussels on Tuesday night, and there were no known security issues during his stay in the Netherlands.

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didengila March 26 2014 at 5:53 AM

If it's Amsterdam, one wonders if it was only a question of intoxication, though no one who is supposed to protect or be available at a moment's notice to protect the President (including at a world conference) should be drunk (if that's what it was).

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ronbobel7 March 26 2014 at 6:27 AM

these guys are getting to be a disgrace. surprised they didnt find them in the red light district of amsterdam.

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chauncy ronbobel7 March 26 2014 at 6:44 AM

but they didnt, did they...so your remark is idiotic.

its a disciplinary action. what does YOUR JOB do when you drink and youre not on the clock?

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turner507 March 26 2014 at 6:07 AM

What is wrong with some people? Here you have agents who have an elite job yet they go and screw themselves up by being stupid! They may have put themselves out of a job, just for a few drinks? Now instead of being the elite and respected person that they were, they may be unemployed or washing limos for the rest of their career! Stupid, stupid people.. Not only do they have to face the displinary board, but they have to face their wives! I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they get a hold of their hubby's!

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RuthE March 26 2014 at 8:06 AM

What an embarrassment to our country and our leaders!

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JERRY GORDON March 26 2014 at 8:03 AM

No one is perfect and few are .under microscope.

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danbol1237 March 26 2014 at 8:01 AM

"It wasn't like a big crazy party" riight it was just a small drunken bash.

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nancylee March 26 2014 at 8:02 AM

The secret service incidents, this latest and those in the past, are only signals of the increasingly obvious lack of work-ethic in this country today. People don't stay with one company a lifetime as in my parents' time; companies no longer look after their employees as in the past. People live for the pleasure of today rather than looking to the future. Our elected officials and leaders constantly fail in the honor and ethics departments and the entire country is on the "what my country can do for me," mode. A drunken secret service agent? He can be replaced, but, he's only in the news because he got caught in breaking his obligations and honor code.

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scjolilies March 26 2014 at 7:23 AM

how very true you have spoken

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Hey March 26 2014 at 6:21 AM

When you accept those jobs, it's all or nothing. No time for playing games and getting drunk.

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theyardguy07 March 26 2014 at 6:28 AM

IT MUST BE A SLOW NEWS DAY...... I8 AM SO HAPPY THAT WHEN I WAS IN THE NAVY AND WE HAD LIBERTY THAT NONE OF US EVER GOT DRUNK

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