King: Secret Service Scandal Not Tied to Terrorism

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Since the Secret Service Colombian prostitution scandal erupted in April, many have feared that national security was put at risk.

House Homeland Security Committee Chair Peter King said the Secret Service is still translating the interviews of 10 of the 12 women involved but that so far there's no sign that any posed a national security threat.

The New York lawmaker said a letter from the agency shows that none of the women have any connections to terrorist groups and none show up on any watch lists.

Ronald Kessler, author and leading expert on the Secret Service, says our enemies will exploit these lapses in security. He spoke with CBN News on "The 700 Club," May 3. Watch that interview, following this report.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano also told The Associated Press that the Secret Service has found no basis to charges that its agents hired strippers and prostitutes in El Salvador last year.

The April 12 scandal implicates a dozen agents, officers and supervisors and 12 other U.S. military personnel in a night of heavy drinking in Cartagena, Colombia. Some were accused of bringing prostitutes back to their hotel rooms.

The event all unfolded right before President Obama visited the Summit of the Americas.

Multiple investigations are now underway. The Pentagon is expected to finish its probe this week and has scheduled a briefing on its findings on Tuesday. 

In addition to the House Homeland Security Committee, other House and Senate committees are also seeking information.

Also, the inspector general for the Homeland Security Department is now looking into whether classified information was compromised in Colombia as well as whether the Secret Service has a cultural problem that tolerates risky behavior by agents.

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