Racial quotas, political correctness ignite scandals: the Secret Service, Ft. Hood, GSA.
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Her move prompted grumbling among some longer-serving white supervisors that she was unqualified, according to people with knowledge of the situation, including a former agent who left recently. A lot of the “good old boys” were not happy, said the former agent, who, because of the sensitive nature of personnel decisions, asked not to be identified.
The result of the push for meeting racial quotas in the Secret Service at the expense of lowering standards, says our source, is that “…the bar was lowered significantly. Now that affects ALL hires of the Service regardless of race.” In consequence, when combined with “the societal attitudes of the latest generations and their general lack of education, commitment and reality,” the inevitable outcome is a “dumbed down” Secret Service. Where conduct like that in Cartagena “is only the tip of the iceberg.”
Agents at the end of their careers, the Spectator was told, relate “horror stories while on presidential protective detail. They would assign agents posts to stand, observing certain perimeters within which was the POTUS (President of the United States). Supervisors would pass to check on the postings and there were no agents! ‘Where were you?’ they were asked.” The response: “Oh, I had to go to the bathroom.” There is, says this source, a “basic lack of understanding of the importance of the job and commitment to it (that) goes across all lines.”
Agent David Chaney, a senior supervisor who is white, was cited as an example of the dumbed down standards not simply because the standards for hiring have dropped over time but also the standards “for retention have been lowered to the point that there is no accountability.” It was Chaney, now abruptly retired after his involvement in the Cartagena scandal, who posted on Facebook (in 2009) a photo of himself guarding protectee Sarah Palin in 2008. With the comment that “I was really checking her out, if you know what I mean.” Whether Chaney was ever reprimanded for this 2009 posting at the time is unclear.
All of this has brought fresh attention to a 2002 investigation of the Secret Service by U.S. News and World Report. The magazine provided a detailed examination that further illustrates the allegations and concerns of our own source with regard to an agency lost in a swamp of liberal political correctness. The story is replete with tales of violations of one-time Service standards. Such as:
— A female agent detailed to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton violating Service standards by drinking while carrying her gun, then losing her purse to a thief — and the .357 Sig Sauer service weapon inside. It was the second time the agent had lost her gun — yet she had been promoted between the first and second incidents.
— An alleged affair between an agent guarding the Clinton White House with President Clinton’s cousin Catherine Cornelius.
— Alleged affairs with female White House staffers involving not one but two successive Secret Service Directors.
— An agent guarding then-former President Reagan having an affair with an underage teen-age girl.
— A fight in a D.C. bar that resulted in a shooting and the dismissal of the agent involved.
There’s much more. But the overall portrait from the Spectator’s source and elsewhere is of an agency in crisis. Or, as was said in the U.S. News story, an agency that is “like a giant ship teetering on toothpicks, waiting to collapse.” The allegation is now raised that racial quotas is one of those toothpicks. And the ultimate irony, as mentioned, is that this addiction to the liberal obsession with racial quotas may be putting the personal safety of the nation’s first black president in jeopardy.
Next on this dismal list?
• Political Correctness and Ft. Hood: Remember this one? In November of 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, suddenly pulled out a gun and started firing? Shouting “Allahu Akbar!” — God is Great— Hasan killed thirteen and wounded 29 other servicemen and women. Right in the heart of the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood.
What was the bottom line of this horror? It turned out that Major Hasan, now scheduled for trial this summer, was an American Muslim of Palestinian descent who had already been investigated prior to the shooting by the FBI. Why? It had discovered e-mail correspondence between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemini cleric who was well on the list of al Qaeda terrorists. After the shooting al-Awlaki issued a statement praising Hasan as a “hero” and saying that “fighting against the U.S. army is an Islamic duty.” Al-Awlaki was killed by a US drone in 2011.
The Wall Street Journal reported that not only were U.S. intelligence agencies like the FBI aware of Hasan’s activities and connections, his “former colleagues have said he performed substandard work and occasionally unnerved them by expressing fervent Islamic views and deep opposition to the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.” No wonder, since he passed out business cards calling himself a “Soldier of Allah.”
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