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Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 04/14/2012

How will the recall of Secret Service agents affect Obama’s visit to Colombia?

President Obama is greeted at the airport Friday in Cartagena, Colombia, where he is attending a summit. (Carolyn Kaster - AP)
The U.S. Secret Service recalled and replaced an unspecified number of agents in Colombia on Friday. The allegations of misconduct reportedly include at least one agent’s contact with prostitutes in Cartagena, where President Obama is attending the sixth Summit of the Americas.

And here is a sampling of the conversation taking place in the comments section so far.

During presidential details, SS agent do not have private lives. They are on duty 24/7 when on duty. What they do with their time off is their own business. But when they are on foreign soil protecting US government officials, they cannot take risks by engaging in activities that could render them vulnerable and compromise the safety of these government officials. The only solution to the incident would be to fire all involved. — demtse

It seems that all of our U.S. para-military organizations, whether it's police, Secret Service, FBI, etc., have image problems. That's what happens when you treat these people and their groups like they are gods instead of ordinary human beings. They become mini dictatorships who think they are above the laws they are supposed to enforce. The President has made few changes in the top leadership positions of these organizations and perhaps it is time he did. — catlady2

Sure, this is embarrassing for the Feds but I don't think it sinks to the level of the GSA money-burning scandal. — hit4cycle

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