WASHINGTON, October 3, 2015 — Former Secret Service agent Gerald Blaine claimed in 2010 that actress Marilyn Monroe was in President Kennedy’s company only twice, and briefly.
In his memoir, “The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break their Silence,” he wrote that “These were the only … times that I or any of the agents I have discussed this with remember Marilyn Monroe being in proximity to the president.”
That same year, Ronald Kessler’s book, “In the President’s Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect” hit the bookstores.
“According to Secret Service agents, Kennedy had sex with Marilyn Monroe at New York hotels and in a loft above the Justice Department office of then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, the president’s brother,” wrote Kessler.
Agent Blaine either lied or was well outside the protective ring established by his fellow presidential bodyguards, those agents dedicated to preserving the mystique of Camelot by covering up JFK’s many infidelities.
President Clinton would later put the Secret Service through its paces as well.
According to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s report to Congress, Clinton was both angry and terrified when White House intern and presidential mistress Monica Lewinsky was kept waiting so long at the executive mansion’s east gate that she left in a huff.
“The president told Captain Jeffrey Purdie, the Secret Service watch commander for the uniformed division at the time, ‘I hope you use your discretion.’ Captain Purdie interpreted the president’s remark to mean that Captain Purdie ‘wasn’t going to say anything,’ and he in turn told all of the officers involved not to discuss the incident. One officer recalled that Captain Purdie told him and other officers, ‘Whatever just happened didn’t happen.’”
In 2012, it was discovered that watching all that presidential debauchery apparently rubbed off on the watchers.
Colombian prostitute Dania Suarez went public after a Secret Service agent sent to Cartagena ahead of a visit by President Obama welshed on a promise to give an $800 “little gift” to her for her sexual favors.
House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., was outraged that the Secret Service lacked enthusiasm in conducting its internal investigation of the incident.
They somehow failed to interview Suarez concerning her liaison with one of the president’s own. “I have asked the Secret Service for an explanation of how they failed to find this woman [Dania Suarez] when the news media seems to have no trouble doing so,” King told the Washington Post.
Last Wednesday, John Roth, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, issued a report that said Secret Service agents illegally leaked documents to embarrass Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Chaffetz is investigating the Secret Service for various incidents of incompetence, which include endangering the life of the president on at least two occasions and the previously mentioned sexual escapades.
“Some information that he [Chaffetz] might find embarrassing needs to get out,” wrote assistant Secret Service director Edward Lowery in an internal memo discovered by Roth.
And what did the Secret Service have on Chaffetz that was so embarrassing? Shortly after 9/11, with the nation still reeling from the Al Qaeda attacks on lower Manhattan and the Pentagon, Chaffetz submitted an application to join the Secret Service.
His application was denied due to age, but Chaffetz eventually found gainful employment serving the people of Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.
If the IRS can target small-government conservative and tea party organizations for harassment without penalty of law, why can’t the president’s armed protectors target pesky members of Congress?
There is a moral to this immorality tale: A corrupt, imperial presidency has given birth to a corrupt, imperial praetorian guard. Now no one is safe in today’s transformed thugocracy.