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Secret Service Agent Detained By Israeli Police After ‘Physical Encounter’ With Woman

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OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author's opinion.


Israeli police were forced to detain a member of President Joe Biden’s U.S. Secret Service detail during his trip to the Middle East this week.

According to reports, the agent was detained by Israeli authorities following a “physical encounter” with a woman.

NBC News reports that the agent was detained and questioned by Israeli authorities and then summarily released. The agent was then sent back to the United States and his access to Secret Service information was suspended.

“In accordance with agency protocol, his access to Secret Service systems and facilities was suspended pending further investigation,” an agency spokesperson told NBC News:

The incident occurred after the agent and other personnel went to dinner and were returning to their hotel, according to a person familiar with the matter. A woman alleged she was physically assaulted in an incident on the street and local police were called, the person said. 

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The incident didn’t involve any allegations of sexual assault, and it is not known if alcohol was involved, the person said.

During Biden’s May trip to South Korea, two Secret Service employees were sent back to the U.S. and placed on administrative leave after they were allegedly involved in an off-duty incident, the agency said Friday.

The U.S. Secret Service has been dealing with a series of issues and scandals for years.

In 2015, for instance, former Secret Service agent and current Fox News host and talk radio star Dan Bongino noted in a column for the New York Post that the agency is too dead-set in its ways to adapt due to “an entrenched management culture resistant to change,” adding that “it’s an agency in crisis.”

“As a proud former Secret Service agent, it’s tough to stand by and watch the agency struggle,” the 12-year agency vet and former NYPD officer wrote.

“But many of its problems are chronic and have only surfaced recently because they’re manifesting themselves through the intense media spotlight generated by some of the agency’s recent high-profile lapses,” he added.

He went on to say that he was proud to have joined the agency in 1999 when it was still part of the Treasury Department. But after it was shifted to the Department of Homeland Security following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, problems began to manifest and emerge.

Bongino explains:

First, the Secret Service’s management culture has a strong bias toward the status quo.

The mission of the Secret Service (to keep the president of the United States safe and secure) is, by its very nature, pivotal to the proper functioning of the country, and any failure to accomplish this mission has the potential to cause an immediate international crisis.

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In my estimation, it’s the gravity of this mission that feeds the stubborn, risk-averse management culture of the Secret Service.

Put yourself in a Secret Service manager’s shoes for a moment, and you can begin to understand the mentality. If a physical protection strategy, piece of security equipment or weapons system currently in use hasn’t been implicated in a security breach, but is clearly deficient, then there’s no incentive to risk your Secret Service management career by changing it.

Attaching one’s name to an untested, new path forward, even if its superiority appears evident, is dangerous to a Secret Service manager’s career because if something goes wrong with it, that manager is going to suffer the consequences.

Secondly, “the new, layered DHS bureaucracy forced the Secret Service into unfamiliar bureaucratic territory, making it a small fish in an enormous pond, in sharp contrast to its historical role as a big fish in the small Treasury pond.”

In April, four agents were suspended because, according to CNNtwo men “… allegedly provided ‘rent-free apartments’ estimated to cost more than $40,000 annually each to a [Department of Homeland Security] employee and members of the U.S. Secret Service, all while impersonating federal agents,” an affidavit said.

The document “details substantial gifts the two defendants allegedly gave federal agents.”

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