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.

 

The number of people serving life sentences now exceeds the entire prison population in 1970, according to newly-released data from the Sentencing Project. The continued growth of life sentences is largely the result of "tough on crime" policies pushed by legislators in the 1990s, including presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Biden has since apologized for backing those types of policies, but it seems he has yet to learn his lesson. Indeed, Biden is backing yet another criminal justice policy with disastrous consequences—mandatory drug treatment for all drug offenders.

Proponents of this policy argue that forced drug treatment will reduce drug usage and recidivism and save lives. But the evidence simply isn't on their side. Mandatory treatment isn't just patently unethical, it's also ineffective—and dangerous.

Many well-meaning people view mandatory treatment as a positive alternative to incarceration. But there's a reason that mandatory treatment is also known as "compulsory confinement." As author Maya Schenwar asks in The Guardian, "If shepherding live human bodies off to prison to isolate and manipulate them without their permission isn't ethical, why is shipping those bodies off to compulsory rehab an acceptable alternative?" Compulsory treatment isn't an alternative to incarceration. It is incarceration.

Compulsory treatment is also arguably a breach of international human rights agreements and ethical standards. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) have made it clear that the standards of ethical treatment also apply to the treatment of drug dependence—standards that include the right to autonomy and self-determination. Indeed, according to UNODC, "people who use or are dependent on drugs do not automatically lack the capacity to consent to treatment...consent of the patient should be obtained before any treatment intervention." Forced treatment violates a person's right to be free from non-consensual medical treatment.

It's a useless endeavor, anyway, because studies have shown that it doesn't improve outcomes in reducing drug use and criminal recidivism. A review of nine studies, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, failed to find sufficient evidence that compulsory drug treatment approaches are effective. The results didn't suggest improved outcomes in reducing drug use among drug-dependent individuals enrolled in compulsory treatment. However, some studies did suggest potential harm.

According to one study, 33% of compulsorily-treated participants were reincarcerated, compared to a mere 5% of the non-treatment sample population. Moreover, rates of post-release illicit drug use were higher among those who received compulsory treatment. Even worse, a 2016 report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health found that people who received involuntary treatment were more than twice as likely to die of an opioid-related overdose than those with a history of only voluntary treatment.

These findings echo studies published in medical journals like Addiction and BMJ. A study in Addiction found that involuntary drug treatment was a risk factor for a non-fatal drug overdose. Similarly, a study in BMJ found that patients who successfully completed inpatient detoxification were more likely than other patients to die within a year. The high rate of overdose deaths by people previously involuntarily treated is likely because most people who are taken involuntarily aren't ready to stop using drugs, authors of the Addiction study reported. That makes sense. People who aren't ready to get clean will likely use again when they are released. For them, the only post-treatment difference will be lower tolerance, thanks to forced detoxification and abstinence. Indeed, a loss of tolerance, combined with the lack of a desire to stop using drugs, likely puts compulsorily-treated patients at a higher risk of overdose.

The UNODC agrees. In their words, compulsory treatment is "expensive, not cost-effective, and neither benefits the individual nor the community." So, then, why would we even try?

Biden is right to look for ways to combat addiction and drug crime outside of the criminal justice system. But forced drug treatment for all drug offenders is a flawed, unethical policy, with deadly consequences. If the goal is to help people and reduce harm, then there are plenty of ways to get there. Mandatory treatment isn't one of them.

Lindsay Marie is a policy analyst for the Lone Star Policy Institute, an independent think tank that promotes freedom and prosperity for all Texans. You can follow her on Twitter @LindsayMarieLP.

President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani joined Glenn Beck on Tuesday's radio program discuss the Senate's ongoing investigation into former vice president Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and reveal new bombshell documents he's currently releasing.

Giuliani told Glenn he has evidence of "very, very serious crime at the highest levels of government," that the "corrupt media" is doing everything in their power to discredit.

He also dropped some major, previously unreported news: not only was Hunter Biden under investigation in 2016, when then-Vice President Biden "forced" the firing of Ukraine's prosecutor general Viktor Shokin, but so was the vice president himself.

"Shokin can prove he was investigating Biden and his son. And I now have the prosecutorial documents that show, all during that period of time, not only was Hunter Biden under investigation -- Joe Biden was under investigation," Giuliani explained. "It wasn't just Hunter."

Watch this clip to get a rundown of everything Giuliani has uncovered so far.

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For most Americans, the 1980s was marked by big hair, epic lightsaber battles, and school-skipping Ferris Bueller dancing his way into the hearts of millions.

But for Bernie Sanders — who, by the way, was at that time the oldest-looking 40-year-old in human history — the 1980s was a period of important personal milestones.

Prior to his successful 1980 campaign to become mayor of Burlington, Vermont, Sanders was mostly known around the Green Mountain State as a crazy, wildly idealistic socialist. (Think Karl Marx meets Don Quixote.) But everything started to change for Sanders when he became famous—or, in the eyes of many, notorious—for being "America's socialist mayor."

As mayor, Sanders' radical ideas were finally given the attention he had always craved but couldn't manage to capture. This makes this period of his career particularly interesting to study. Unlike today, the Bernie Sanders of the 1980s wasn't concerned with winning over an entire nation — just the wave of far-left New York City exiles that flooded Vermont in the 1960s and 1970s — and he was much more willing to openly align himself with local and national socialist and communist parties.


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Over the past few weeks, I have been reading news reports of Sanders recorded in the 1980s — because, you know, that's how guys like me spend their Saturday nights — and what I've found is pretty remarkable.

For starters, Sanders had (during the height of the Soviet Union) a very cozy relationship with people who openly advocated for Marxism and communism. He was an elector for the Socialist Workers Party and promoted the party's presidential candidates in 1980 and 1984.

To say the Socialist Workers Party was radical would be a tremendous understatement. It was widely known SWP was a communist organization mostly dedicated to the teachings of Marx and Leon Trotsky, one of the leaders of the Russian Revolution.

Among other radical things I've discovered in interviews Sanders conducted with the SWP's newspaper — appropriately named The Militant (seriously, you can't make this stuff up) — is a statement by Sanders published in June 1981 suggesting that some police departments "are dominated by fascists and Nazis," a comment that is just now being rediscovered for the first time in decades.

In 1980, Sanders lauded the Socialist Workers Party's "continued defense of the Cuban revolution." And later in the 1980s, Sanders reportedly endorsed a collection of speeches by the socialist Sandinistas in Nicaragua, even though there had been widespread media reports of the Sandinistas' many human rights violations prior to Sanders' endorsement, including "restrictions on free movement; torture; denial of due process; lack of freedom of thought, conscience and religion; denial of the right of association and of free labor unions."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Sanders also traveled to Nicaragua and met with socialist President Daniel Ortega. He later called the trip a "profoundly emotional experience."

Comrade Bernie's disturbing Marxist past, which is far more extensive than what can be covered in this short article, shouldn't be treated as a mere historical footnote. It clearly illustrates that Sanders' brand of "democratic socialism" is much more than a $15 minimum wage and calls for single-payer health care. It's full of Marxist philosophy, radical revolutionary thinking, anti-police rhetoric, and even support for authoritarian governments.

Millions of Americans have been tricked into thinking Sanders isn't the radical communist the historical record — and even Sanders' own words — clearly show that he is. But the deeper I have dug into Comrade Bernie's past, the more evident it has become that his thinking is much darker and more dangerous and twisted than many of his followers ever imagined.

Tomorrow night, don't miss Glenn Beck's special exposing the radicals who are running Bernie Sanders' campaign. From top to bottom, his campaign is staffed with hard-left extremists who are eager to burn down the system. The threat to our constitution is very real from Bernie's team, and it's unlike anything we've ever seen before in a U.S. election. Join Glenn on Wednesday, at 9 PM Eastern on BlazeTV's YouTube page, and on BlazeTV.com. And just in case you miss it live, the only way to catch all of Glenn's specials on-demand is by subscribing to Blaze TV.

Justin Haskins (Jhaskins@heartland.org) is editorial director of The Heartland Institute and editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com.

Candace Owens, BLEXIT founder and author of the upcoming book, "Blackout," joined Glenn Beck on Friday's GlennTV for an exclusive interview. available only to BlazeTV subscribers.

Candace dropped a few truth-bombs about the progressive movement and what's happening to the Democratic Party. She said people are practically running away from the left due to their incessant push to dig up dirt on anybody who disagrees with their radical ideology. She explained how -- like China and its "social credit score" -- the left is shaping America into its own nightmarish episode of "Black Mirror."

"This game of making sure that everyone is politically correct is a societal atom bomb. There are no survivors. There's no one that is perfect," Candace said. "The idea that humanity can be perfect is Godless. If you accept that there is something greater than us, then you accept that we a flawed. To be human is to be flawed."

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