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Editorial: U.S. Secret Service needs more female agents
Tracy Joseph Bogert
Guest ColumnMay 2, 2012 | 1,807 views | 2 comments
The U.S. Secret Service was established in 1865 to investigate and suppress counterfeit currency. In 1913, the Secret Service was officially given the responsibility of protecting the president and the president-elect.
Over the years, new missions were added to the functions of the Secret Service. Present Director Mark J. Sullivan was appointed in 2006, during the Bush administration. It is said he has done an admirable job, and has been commended for swift action in response to the recent prostitution scandal in Columbia involving at least 11 Secret Service agents.
It must be noted that the scandal is not a result of anything any Republican or Democratic president has or has not done. Nope, this scandal goes much deeper than that, and, in my opinion, has its origins back at the earliest beginnings of recorded time.
The world has always been a “man’s place” even when this agency was started. Men have always run the agency and the agency can claim 89 percent male membership. The high level of unaccountability at the top, and testosterone-driven misdeeds have led to several distasteful episodes in the agency’s history.
However, the recent scandal involving the aforementioned 11 male agents and several members of the military will not be forgotten for a while.
The 11 agents are being investigated for renting a hotel and hiring prostitutes to do what prostitutes do, which is have sex in exchange for money. The whole story exploded because one stingy agent decided to pay one of the prostitutes about a tenth of what she was owed.
It is historical fact that when government agencies, entities, and private companies are run and staffed by a majority, work-force corruption will be more widespread.
Over time, the hiring of more females has made many more law-enforcement agencies less corrupt. Females have a tendency not to be as corruptible as a man. Women are much less likely to be pressured or coerced into doing something they know is wrong.
Males tend to run in packs and have a pack mentality. When one guy does something, the other guys think, well if he is doing it, then I can do it. Males tend to follow the leader, while females tend to use their brains and instincts. It is not a coincidence that the Secret Service and its 89 percent male membership have had a huge sex scandal.
I think Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine summed it up best when she stated, “I can’t help but wonder if there were more women who had been part of this detail (in Colombia) if this would have ever happened.”
I think it’s obvious that if the agency were evenly split 50-50 male-female, the scandal would have been much less likely to happen. I can’t imagine a scenario where a dozen agents and a dozen military members would hire a hotel room full of prostitutes if more female agents would have been there in witness.
I cannot think of any reason the Secret Service cannot hire more women and try to equal out the agency. Maybe instead of a party full of prostitutes and alcohol, we would have agents volunteering their time teaching local school children how to read or some other positive happening or event.
It is only a thought. Keep the trend of nine to one male membership, or even out the membership. I cannot think of a reason not to.
Tracy Joseph Bogert, an eighth-generation Texan, resides in Somerset and is active in the Democratic Party.
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