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.Read the rest here.
The stricter measures, issued by the Secret Service on Friday for agents and employees, apply even when traveling personnel are off duty.
This is waaayyy over the top. These guys are the only people in the world trusted with loaded firearms near the President of the United States and we are now going to assign them nannies to make sure they are in bed on time (and alone)? I'm sorry but people need to get a grip here. Yes, some agents behaved badly and brought disrepute on themselves and embarrassed their boss. Most of them have been fired and rightly so. But as far as I know there is no suggestion of anything illegal occurring or any compromise in security. If things have reached the point where the President's bodyguards need a chaperone then it's time to find new bodyguards. And no, I don't think we are anywhere near that point.
The press has taken a garden variety scandal involving a handful of agents behaving like jerks and blown it completely out of proportion.