Five U.S. military accused of misconduct in Colombia

WASHINGTON Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:09pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five members of the U.S. military assigned to support the Secret Service during President Barack Obama's visit to Colombia violated curfew and may have been involved in "inappropriate conduct," the U.S. Southern Command said on Saturday.

One day after the U.S. Secret Service said it had sent some agents home from Cartagena for allegations of misconduct - which Colombian police said involved prostitutes - the Southern Command said it was punishing military members involved in "inappropriate conduct" at the same hotel in which the agents had stayed.

Unlike the Secret Service personnel, the military members are still in Colombia but are confined to their quarters and not allowed to have contact with anyone, the statement said. They will return to the United States with the rest of the support group after the Summit of the Americas.

General Douglas Fraser, commander of the Southern Command, said he was "disappointed by the entire incident and (said) that this behavior is not in keeping with the professional standards expected of members of the United States military."

Fraser said a thorough investigation and punishment if appropriate will take place in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A policeman in Cartagena said at least one member of the Secret Service tried to take a prostitute up to a hotel room without registering her.

The U.S. government said only that some Secret Service agents were sent home but gave no details of the misconduct.

(Reporting by Deborah Charles and Caren Bohan; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Harry079 wrote:
A story I read on another news site stated that 12 members were involved and what caused the ruckus was one SS member refusing to pay a hooker which when she raised hell attracted local law enforcement.

The story stated that at least one othe SS member had a hooker in his room and that many of the agents involved were married.

A SS supervisior is also in how water for trying to cover up the incidents.

Apr 14, 2012 6:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
canpie wrote:
America is probably the most immoral and corrupt country on earth. It is a shame to what it has become. One can only shed a tear for the American solder that is wounded or loses life to this pathetic rot in America. America is no longer a place of hope as it now is a place of despair. America is morally bankrupt. America has lost respect.

Apr 14, 2012 7:06pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
mikaj wrote:
The time has come when Americans feel ashamed to be American. I have noticed over my life I have more immigrant friends than American ones. Even the President cannot trust the men sworn to protect him to act with professionalism. There are few honest and Americans left, the majority are now inferior retards. I am ashamed to be an American.

Apr 14, 2012 8:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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