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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Mark Sullivan
Fishermen call them ghost traps, and the hulks do look a little scary when they break the surface of Great Bay: hairy with marine growth, packed with muck and sometimes remains of long-dead crabs.
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The former head of the Department of Homeland Security's advanced research unit is the latest high-profile DHS official to join a contracting supergroup co-founded by the former director of the Secret Service, reinforcing the concerns of a Senate subcommittee that the agency's inspector general was influenced in his review of the service's prostitution scandal.
A Senate panel is investigating whether former Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano's close allies pushed the department's inspector general to tread lightly in its investigation of the prostitution scandal involving the U.S. Secret Service.
President Obama on Tuesday appointed the first woman ever to head the Secret Service, an agency still struggling to recover from a high-profile sex scandal.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan's retirement last month is an opportunity to require Senate confirmation of any successor.
Mark Sullivan , the head of the Secret Service is stepping down after 30 years with the agency.
The lawmaker leading an inquiry into the Secret Service prostitution scandal reported dozens of "troubling" episodes of past misbehavior Wednesday and appealed to insiders to come forward with what they know as investigators try to determine whether a culture of misconduct took root in the storied agency.
The director of the Secret Service told Congress on Wednesday that the recent Colombian prostitution scandal was a one-time occurrence, but deeply skeptical lawmakers said he is in denial and the evidence points to a larger pattern of misconduct within the agency charged with protecting the president.
The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, could have retired from government nearly 10 years ago and avoided the scandal of the White House gate-crashers and, more recently, the one involving a dozen agents, officers and supervisors implicated in a prostitution case.
Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated.
Seeking to shake the disgrace of a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms.
Most of the Secret Service agents embroiled in a South American prostitution scandal are likely to lose their jobs — some as soon as Monday — a powerful Republican lawmaker said Sunday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is questioning the U.S. Secret Service about possible involvement of White House staff in the Colombian prostitution scandal.
A top lawmaker briefed on the investigation into a Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings would follow the forced ouster of three agency employees.
They ventured north into the southern end of the Barnegat Bay estuary, and saw hundreds of traps there too, Sullivan said.
"Last year, they were so thick we'd just load up their Humminbirds with waypoints," Sullivan said. "We imaged about 1,500 pots."