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Could the Secret Service Scandal be Bigger?

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By Allan Lengel

Just when it looked as if the Secret Service might be able to wrap up its prostitution mess sooner than later.

CBS is reporting that authorities were looking into the possibility that Secret Service agents may have paid for hookers and strippers in El Salvador while being part of an advance team for the President in March 2011.

“This latest allegation only reaffirms the need for independent investigations by the Inspector General,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) said in a statement issued Thursday.

“Regardless of whether the incidents were previously referred to internal investigators, they need to be examined. There are rumors flying about various incidents over several years about the conduct of Secret Service personnel, as well as other law enforcement and military personnel in locations around the world. The only way to put to rest the rumors of a much wider problem is for the allegations to receive transparent and independent reviews.”

DEA Busts T.S.A. Screeners at LAX for Letting Drugs Through Security

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Shoshanna Utchenik

This time it was drugs slipping through security for a few thousand in bribes.  Next time? Who knows?

One federal prosecutor noted that next time it could be dangerous materials.

The L.A. Times reports that the DEA has busted four former and current TSA agents at LAX. They allegedly accepted cash to let drug couriers board planes with suitcases full of cocaine and methamphetamines.

Authorities filed trafficking and bribery charges against the 4 TSA screeners, in a case that represents a “significant breakdown of the screening system,” U.S. Atty Andre Birotte Jr. said in a  press release, adding that the accused screeners “placed greed above the nation’s security needs.”

The bust carries larger security implications.

“In this case it was narcotics; we want to make sure the next time it’s not other dangerous materials,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Herzog told the L.A. Times. Herzog added that the drugs did not make it out of the airport.

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New ATF Special Agent In Charge of LA Field Division

Shoshanna Utchenik

Steven J. Bogdalek is the new head of ATF in Los Angeles, which includes Southern California, the agency announced.

Bogdalek began his career with ATF in Detroit in 1987, according to the PR Newswire.

From 2002 until this latest appointment, he served as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the St. Paul Field Division, overseeing five criminal enforcement groups and one intelligence group in a three-state area. These were instrumental in the investigation, arrest and conviction of numerous violent street gangs.

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Postmodern Mashup: CouponBuzz Capitalizes on Secret Service Scandal

Shoshanna Utchenik

Was the Secret Service scandal really about finding love in all the wrong places? Or agents simply failing to take advantage of online dating services?

Well, Online marketing site CouponBuzz pokes fun at the recent Secret Service-Colombian prostitution debacle by holding it up as an example of today’s singles struggling to connect.

The site markets online dating services like as the solution to problems like those facing lonely agents working on the road away from home. CouponBuzz advises, ‘tsking’ like a yenta, “Using an online dating service like could have helped the unfortunate Secret Service agents caught in the sex scandal find ways to end their loneliness, and not their careers.”

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President Carter Comments on Secret Service Scandal

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Ex-Interim U.S. Atty in Detroit Gets Nomination for Fed Judgeship

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By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — Former interim U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg, who lost out in his bid to become the permanent U.S. Attorney in Detroit under the Obama administration, has gotten a nice consolation prize.

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Berg, 52, for a federal judgeship, the Detroit News reported.

The nomination was first reported by the Detroit News.

“The president has made an outstanding choice in nominating Terry Berg to the federal district court bench. He is hard-working, courteous, unflappable and smart — all important qualities for a judge,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade told the News. McQuade ended up getting the job as U.S. Attorney instead of Berg.


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Senators Gone Wild?

Sen. Pryor/official photo

By Allan Lengel

Senators gone Wild?

Hardly, says Arkansas U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Prior told the Associated Press that on Wednesday that he’s asked the FBI to investigate who set up a bogus online auction for an internship in his D.C. office.

Interestingly, thefounder of “Girls Gone Wild” videos says he was the winning bidder, AP reported, and that he bought it for the winner of a reality show.

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