Former agent weighs in on Secret Service sex scandal

The Secret Service sex scandal just keeps getting worse and worse. The latest says that some of the prostitues involved were even under age and they may have even compromised the President's schedule! Dan Bongino is a former Secret Service agent who served under both the Bush and Obama administrations. What does he think about the allegations being levied at the world’s premiere protective force? Any chance this actually happened or is a set up more likely? Bongino offered his unique perspective on the scandal to Glenn on radio this morning.

Rush Transcript of Interview:

GLENN:  Investigators probing the secret service process substitute scandal are looking into whether the girls involved now were underage.  This story gets worse and worse and worse and one of the guys who I have great faith in is a -- is a decent, honorable man.  Of course, I've never asked him if he's ever been with hookers -- is Dan Bongino.  He is running for Congress in Maryland.  He is a guy who -- what?

 

STU:  Senate.

 

PAT:  Senate.

 

GLENN:  And he's -- he's -- was with the secret service, did advance work for the secret service under Bush and Obama.  Right, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  That's right, Glenn.

 

GLENN:  Okay.

 

BONGINO:  Thanks for having me.

 

GLENN:  And I'm reading this story, Dan, and I've wanted to talk to you for the last few days.  What is going on here?

 

BONGINO:  What a mess, Glenn.  I mean, personally for me, professionally, we have been out on this story from the start.  You know, we don't only do the good stories, unlike most politicians who go and hide under a rock.  We are -- this is a disgrace.  I have a brother who was on the trip who has been providing information.  Thank God he's not involved in any prostitution component of it, but has been actively involved in it and it is -- it's an embarrassment.  It's a disgrace to the secret service and I really hope and, Glenn, you know a lot of secret service agents.  We've known each other for awhile, that this does not forever tarnish --

 

GLENN:  So you're saying that all of this stuff is true, that this is --

 

BONGINO:  I don't know about all of it because I don't even know at this point who knows when something else if going to leak out or come out at this point, but, yeah, unfortunately a lot of what's come out is true and --

 

GLENN:  Do you believe that there is any kind of foreign influence that these guys were set up at all?

 

BONGINO:  I can't say.  I don't know, but I really can't say for sure, but, you know, certainly, you know, there's always potential for things like that when you get involved of situations of tremendously poor judgment.  That may be the understatement of the year.

 

GLENN:  Tremendously poor judgment.  Hang on just a second.  11 secret service agents?  Is this the kind of behavior that you saw with your comrades?

 

BONGINO:  You know, Glenn, I've always been straight with you and absolutely not.  This is a -- on the presidential protection division where I was, I gave a quote to the New York Times that these guys lived like monks and I meant it.  I meant every word it.  I mean, these guys -- all they -- they used to go to the hotel and they would be (inaudible) to work out.

 

PAT:  Did you ever -- did you ever go on a secret service trip to Columbia, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  Couple of times.  I've been to Bogota.  I've been to Cartagena, yeah.

 

GLENN:  Have you stayed at that hotel?

 

BONGINO:  No, no.  I stayed in the old city, there's a city in the new city and they were in the new city.

 

PAT:  How many hookers were you involved with?

 

BONGINO:  Oh, Glenn.

 

PAT:  Could you even count?

 

GLENN:  That's Pat.  I'm not asking that.  I want to know how many were underage, but that's a different -- that's a different story.  So, hang on just a second.  So, I you've never seen this behavior?

 

BONGINO:  No.

 

GLENN:  So, this is a wild aberration?

 

BONGINO:  Yeah, it is.

 

GLENN:  And did you -- did or did you not receive training and instructions that -- that you have to be on the straight and narrow when you're in a foreign country or even in our country because that puts you in a compromised position?

 

BONGINO:  Sure.  It's almost to the point -- with the training they give you, you've got to take a lot of the online courses and go to -- you know those courses, just click next, next, you have to read them and take tests with them, that I remember people saying, I can't remember we have to take this course again on expected behavior.  The secret service stakes its reputation, I mean, obviously --

 

GLENN:  The reputation --

 

BONGINO:  -- the President of the United States.

 

GLENN:  The reputation of the secret service under this President I contend is being so tarnished.  The limo was stuck and bottomed out.  I mean, I -- who didn't -- who didn't drive that route in advance?  Do you remember that?

 

BONGINO:  Yeah.  Actually --

 

PAT:  It was high centered?  Yeah.

 

GLENN:  It was high centered.  Ridiculous.  They're questioning a little kid up in Oregon in the Seattle area.  All kinds of stuff that have happened with the --

 

PAT:  With the unwanted guests at the parties.

 

GLENN:  Yeah.

 

PAT:  That got through security around the President.

 

GLENN:  Dan, how did that happen?  How did two guests get into the White House?

 

PAT:  Is this a whole new secret service under Obama or what is going on?  How could it have gone so far afield in just the last few years since you've been there, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  As a matter of fact, with the change in administration, some of these agents are the same ones that were with President Bush.  I was there for the transition.  I didn't (inaudible) Bush administration in two years with President Obama.  So, those are problems -- I don't work for the secret service anymore.  I haven't been there for a year, but I have (inaudible) campaign to the former secret service agent and it was my responsibility to get out here and say, Yeah, what you're saying is true.  They've had some real black eyes and it's unfortunate this black eye cements to be the blackest eye of all and at some point they're going to have to move forward.

 

GLENN:  Is our President in danger, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  No, no, not -- although --

 

GLENN:  Well, if you have 11 -- if you have 11 secret service agents with such bad judgment that while he's in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, that they are -- they're having underage -- possible underage sex with hookers, how can we be -- how can we be assured at all?

 

BONGINO:  I know.  This is not a moment where America's proud of our secret service, but I want you to assure you that the guys, a lot of -- I mean, I missed countless birthdays.  I mean, my daughter once told me when I came home -- I was on the road 300 days one year -- you know, dad, I hope you sleep good tonight (inaudible) because I was gone so often.  I mean, these are guys that have really sacrificed, Glenn.  They've sacrificed a lot and they would (inaudible.)  And I really hope this doesn't permanently tarnish those guys.  These guys fools.  They made foolish decisions.  Again, one of them (inaudible.)  Terrible decisions, Glenn, and no one is apologizing for it, but I really hope that those guys who put in blood, sweat, and tears to keep our President alive and have been successful for decades, since the Reagan incident, I really hope this doesn't tarnish for them.  It's embarrassing for them.  It really embarrasses me.  I don't even work for them anymore.  It really stinks having to do these kind of interviews.

 

STU:  It's certainly not something to beat up the secret service and just by the evidence that we've had over the years of talking to so many people from the secret service, this is hard to believe this is anything but an exception.

 

GLENN:  A total aberration.  To me it doesn't make any sense, but then I hear this report.  This is out today and I'd love to get your comment on this.  Your phone is breaking up a little bit.  I don't know if you're moving into a bad section, but listen to this audio.

 

(Audio played.)

 

VOICE:  They don't even insist on regular physical fitness testing or regular firearms requalification testing.  Sometimes they will ask agents to fill out their own test scores on these things which is just dishonest.  All this culture filters down and I think led to this really scandalous situation.

 

GLENN:  Is that true?  Is any of that stuff true?

 

BONGINO:  No.  I think he's talking about moments where, you know, if you were at a UN, during a really busy time, United Nations where no one's in their field office, where you go to a gym at the hotel and do a fitness test because there was just nowhere around.  I mean, that's how you may have filled it out, but there's nothing unusual about it.  That wasn't a big conspiracy.  As for the firearms, if you don't -- you have to shoot every month on the presidential detail.  If you miss a month, that was it.  You were done.  (Inaudible.)  So, I never saw that.

 

GLENN:  Okay.  All right.

 

BONGINO:  But, yeah (inaudible.)

 

GLENN:  All right.  That's good news.  Help me out on one more thing and, that is, according to NBC news, the incident raised a possibility of potential security breach, telling NBC news that all secret service personnel had been given copies of the President's schedule which they were told to lock up safe in their hotel rooms.  If they had hookers in their hotel rooms, didn't that pose a danger to the President of the United States?

 

BONGINO:  You can lock up your paperwork on a secure floor (Inaudible.)  The entire floor, every room.  That's the code.  That's what you do.  If you didn't do that, of course -- and I can't say that happened on this trip.  From my source, it did not.  There was no paperwork.  I can't attest to that personally, Glenn, me not being there, but, yeah, that's wrong if that was the case and forget about a hooker.  Anyone who is a foreign national who is in your room with the President's itenary, that would be disastrous.  I'm hearing that is not the case here, that all the paperwork was properly secured.  You know, I hope, but, again, I wasn't there and I'm not privy to the investigation, but I'm speculating on that.

 

GLENN:  Dan, I appreciate your honesty and, I mean, that's why I called you, because you are a -- you are a guy that I trust.  I have seen you in action.  I've seen your honor and integrity over the years and I respect you and I respect the guys -- you know how I feel about the secret service.

 

BONGINO:  Yeah.  We've had this conversation many times.  He's not lying to you.  On the air, off the air, he's telling the exact same thing.

 

GLENN:  All right.  Thanks a lot, Dan.  God bless you.

 

STU:  He's running for U.S. Senate in Maryland.  Bongino.com is his website.

 

GLENN:  And if I were living in Maryland and had a guy to vote for, Dan Bongino would be the guy.  Did we put the thing up there about all the different people that we're -- that like Dan that I've met with personally?  Is that up at glennbeck.com?

 

STU:  I think it is, yeah.

 

GLENN:  People that I've met with -- if you're looking -- and there's only about 10 of them up there.  If you're looking for, you know, is this guy good, bad guy, I can just tell you I've met with -- I don't know -- 6 or 10 of these guys around the country and this is a list of people that I say I would feel comfortable with these guys.  I think more than comfortable with these guys.  And you can find that list at glennbeck.com and Dan is clearly one of them.

 

Stop trying to be right and think of the children

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All the outrage this week has mainly focused on one thing: the evil Trump administration and its minions who delight in taking children from their illegal immigrant parents and throwing them all in dungeons. Separate dungeons, mind you.

That makes for a nice, easy storyline, but the reality is less convenient. Most Americans seem to agree that separating children from their parents — even if their parents entered the US illegally — is a bad thing. But what if that mom and dad you're trying to keep the kids with aren't really the kids' parents? Believe it or not, fraud happens.

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While there are plenty of heartbreaking stories of parents simply seeking a chance for a better life for their children in the US, there are also corrupt, abusive human traffickers who profit from the illegal immigration trade. And sorting all of this out is no easy task.

This week, the Department of Homeland Security said that since October 2017, more than 300 children have arrived at the border with adults claiming to be their parents who turned out not to be relatives. 90 of these fraud cases came from the Rio Grande Valley sector alone.

In 2017, DHS reported 46 causes of fraudulent family claims. But there have already been 191 fraud cases in 2018.

Shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

When Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pointed out this 315 percent increase, the New York Times was quick to give these family fraud cases "context" by noting they make up less than one percent of the total number of illegal immigrant families apprehended at the southern border. Their implication was that Nielsen was exaggerating the numbers. Even if the number of fraud cases at the border was only 0.001 percent, shouldn't we be concerned about any child that is smuggled by a human trafficker?

This is the most infuriating part of this whole conversation this week (if you can call it a "conversation") — that both sides have an angle to defend. And while everyone's busy yelling and making their case, children are being abused.

What if we just tried, for two seconds, to love having mercy more than we love having to be right all the time?

Remember when cartoons were happy things? Each panel took you on a tiny journey, carrying you to an unexplored place. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud writes:

The comics creator asks us to join in a silent dance of the seen and the unseen. The visible and the invisible. This dance is unique to comics. No other artform gives so much to its audience while asking so much from them as well. This is why I think it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction. What happens between . . . panels is a kind of magic only comics can create.

When that magic is manipulated or politicized, it often devolves the artform into a baseless thing. Yesterday, Occupy Wall Street published the perfect example of low-brow deviation of the artform: A six-panel approach at satire, which imitates the instructions-panel found in the netted cubbyhole behind seats on airplanes. The cartoon is a critique of the recent news about immigrant children being separated from their parents after crossing the border. It is a step-by-step guide to murdering US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

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The first panel shows a man shoving an infant into a cage meant for Pomeranians. The following five panels feature instructions, and include pictures of a cartoonish murder.

The panels read as follows:

  1. If an ICE agent tries to take your child at the border, don't panic.
  2. Pull your child away as quickly as possibly by force.
  3. Gently tell your child to close his/her eyes and ears so they won't witness what you are about to do.
  4. Grab the ICE agent from behind and push your knife into his chest with an upward thrust, causing the agent's sternum to break.
  5. Reach into his chest and pull out his still beating heart.
  6. Hold his bloody heart out for all other agents to see, and tell them that the same fate awaits them if they f--- with your child again.

Violent comics are nothing new. But most of the time, they remain in the realms of invented worlds — in other words, not in our own, with reference to actual people, let alone federal agents.

The mainstream media made a game of crying racism with every cartoon depiction of Obama during his presidency, as well as during his tenure as Senator, when the New Yorker, of all things, faced scrutiny for depicting him in "Muslim clothing." Life was a minefield for political cartoonists during the Obama era.

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This year, we saw the leftist outrage regarding The Simpsons character Apu — a cartoon representation of a highly-respected, though cartoonishly-depicted, character on a cartoon show composed of cartoonishly-depicted characters.

We all remember Charlie Hebdo, which, like many outlets that have used cartoon satire to criticize Islam, faced the wrath and ire of people unable to see even the tamest representation of the prophet, Muhammad.

Interesting, isn't it? Occupy Wall Street publishes a cartoon that advocates murdering federal agents, and critics are told to lighten up. Meanwhile, the merest depiction of Muhammad has resulted in riots throughout the world, murder and terror on an unprecedented scale.

The intersection of Islam and comics is complex enough to have its own three-hour show, so we'll leave it at that, for now. Although, it is worth mentioning the commentary by satirical website The Onion, which featured a highly offensive cartoon of all the major religious figures except Muhammad. It noted:

Following the publication of the image above, in which the most cherished figures from multiple religious faiths were depicted engaging in a lascivious sex act of considerable depravity, no one was murdered, beaten, or had their lives threatened.

Of course, Occupy Wall Street is free to publish any cartoon they like. Freedom of speech, and so on—although there have been several instances in which violent cartoons were ruled to have violated the "yelling fire in a crowded theater" limitation of the First Amendment.

Posting it to Twitter is another issue — this is surely in violation of Twitter's violent content policy, but something tells me nothing will come of it. It's a funny world, isn't it? A screenshot of a receipt from Chick-fil-A causes outrage but a cartoon advocating murder gets crickets.

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In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud concludes that, "Today the possibilities for comics are — as they've always been — endless. Comics offers . . . range and versatility, with all the potential imagery of film and painting plus the intimacy of the written word. And all that's needed is the desire to be heard, the will to learn, and the ability to see."

Smile, and keep moving forward.

Crude and awful as the Occupy Wall Street comic is, the best thing we can do is nod and look elsewhere for the art that will open our eyes. Let the lunatics draw what they want, let them stew in their own flawed double standards. Otherwise, we're as shallow and empty as they are, and nothing good comes of that. Smile, and keep moving forward.

Things are getting better. Show the world how to hear, how to learn, how to see.

People should start listening to Nikki Haley

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Okay. Let's take a vote. You know, an objective, quantifiable count. How many resolutions has the UN Human Rights Council adopted condemning dictatorships? Easy. Well. How do you define "dictatorship"?

Well, one metric is the UN Human Rights Council Condemnation. How many have the United Nations issued to China, with a body count higher than a professional Call of Duty player?

Zero.

How about Venezuela, where socialism is devouring its own in the cruelest, most unsettling ways imaginable?

Zero.

And Russia, home of unsettling cruelty and rampant censorship, murder and (actual) homophobia?

Zero.

Iraq? Zero. Turkey? Iraq? Zero. Cuba? Zero. Pakistan? Zero.

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According to UN Human Rights Council Condemnations, 2006-2016, none of these nations is as dangerous as we'd imagined. Or, rather, none of them faced a single condemnation. Meanwhile, one country in particular has faced unbelievable scrutiny and fury — you'll never guess which country.

No, it's not Somalia. It's Israel. With 68 UN Human Rights Council Condemnations! In fact, the number of total United Nations condemnations against Israel outnumbers the total of condemnations against all other countries combined. The only country that comes close is Syria, with 15.

The Trump administration withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday in protest of what it perceives as an entrenched bias against Israel and a willingness to allow notorious human rights abusers as members.

In an address to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Nikki Haley said:

Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States decided to move our embassy. This is what is endangering the people of Gaza. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday... No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has.

Maybe people should start listening to Haley. Hopefully, they will. Not likely, but there's no crime in remaining hopeful.

Here's a question unique to our times: "Should I tell my father 'Happy Father's Day,' even though he (she?) is now one of my mothers?"

Father's Day was four days ago, yes, but this story is just weird enough to report on. One enjoyable line to read was this gem from Hollywood Gossip: "Cait is a woman and a transgender icon, but she is also and will always be the father of her six children."

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Imagine reading that to someone ten — even five — years ago. And, honestly, there's something nice about it. But the strangeness of its having ever been written overpowers any emotional impact it might bring.

"So lucky to have you," wrote Kylie Jenner, in the Instagram caption under pre-transition pictures of Bruce Jenner.

Look. I risk sounding like a tabloid by mere dint of having even mentioned this story, but the important element is the cultural sway that's occurring. The original story was that a band of disgruntled Twitter users got outraged about the supposed "transphobic" remarks by Jenner's daughter.

But, what we should be saying is, "who the hell cares?" Who cares what one Jenner says to another — and more importantly and on a far deeper level — who cares what some anonymous Twitter user has to say?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob?

When are we going to stop playing into the hands of the Twitter mob? Because, at the moment, they've got it pretty good. They have a nifty relationship with the mainstream media: One or two Twitter users get outraged by any given thing — in this case Jenner and supposed transphobia. In return, the mainstream media use the Twitter comment as a source.

Then, a larger Twitter audience points to the article itself as proof that there's some kind of systemic justice at play. It's a closed-market currency, where the negative feedback loop of proof and evidence is composed of faulty accusations. Isn't it a hell of a time to be alive?