Secret Service Colombian Hooker Scandal Brought to Light By Paula Reid, South American Chief & Rising Black Star in Agency

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Secret Service Colombian Hooker Scandal Brought to Light By Paula Reid, South American Chief & Rising Black Star in Agency

The Secret Service officer responsible for the recall of 11 agents in a dispute with Colombian prostitutes over payment to Dania Suarez, has been revealed as Paula Reid, a rising black star in the agency. She recently became the head of the agency’s Miami office after 21 years on the force. Ms. Reid uncovered the scandal and alerted her superiors about the “egregious behavior” of the agents. Paula Reid was in Cartagena ahead of President Obama’s trip, laying the groundwork for his arrival at the Summit of the Americas, when she heard that her agents were involved in a fight at the Hotel Caribe, according to the Washington Post. The disagreement ended when police was called and was sparked by one agent refusing to pay local hooker, Dania Suarez, who had spent the night in his room. Paula Reid took decisive action to stem the bleeding in what could have been an even bigger scandal for the U.S. Secret Service. She risked internal backlash from the “good ole boys” for the possibility of being blamed for ruined careers. Even though, in the final analysis, the agents involved ruined their careers on their own. She obtained the endorsement of the U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan before she shipping the men home.

A little background on Paula Reid:

She grew up in Maryland, and has served in the White House as well as Miami since joining the Secret Service in 1990. She never married and has a twin sister. She is regularly seen at the gym at 5:30 in the morning and at her desk by 7 a.m. Reid graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in criminal justice and joined the Secret Service at age 25 after visiting an NAACP job fair that sought to encourage minority applicants for law enforcement jobs.

According to a promotional interview years later that Reid granted to help recruit more female agents, she studied criminal justice in college and was debating whether to go to law school or become an investigator when she chose the service. “I can’t imagine not being in law enforcement,” she said then, according to her interview, published in an online newsletter,“Women for Hire.” She also said the “most gratifying part of my work is imparting to colleagues what I have learned over the years and being able to integrate my experiences to better manage the division. The general public is intrigued to see a black female in my position. They always need to confirm that I really am a special agent. I enjoy being a role model for women and minorities.”

Paula Reid’s rise to the top wasn’t always rosy. Ten years after entering the Secret Service at the bottom of the ladder she joined a class-action lawsuit that accused the agency of racial discrimination against black personnel. She provided a declaration citing examples of ways black agents were relegated to lesser assignments. The broader suit contended that senior managers had often used racial epithets to describe criminal suspects but were not reprimanded for their comments. Paula Reid eventually withdrew from the case, which continues but has since dwindled to a smaller number of plaintiffs.

In a separate 1997 USA Today interview about the Secret Service’s desire to recruit more female agents, Reid was quoted as saying that when she and male agents were working together on an assignment, their managers would usually ignore her in favor of her male counterparts. Until the perception of agents as big, bulky men changes, Reid said at the time, women have to “learn not to take it personally.”

No matter what your opinion of the U.S. Secret Service may be, particularly in light of this prostitution scandal, you have to applaud Paula Reid for doing the right thing and being able to rise through the ranks in a mostly white and male organization. For those critics who feel her actions created a headache for President Obama, I would say on the contrary. She literally stopped the bleeding in what could have been an even bigger black eye for the Obama administration. To those people who are saying she sold out Obama because she’s also black, you should be ashamed of yourself. No-one with a shred of decency and integrity would sit by and allow this mess to go on, with the Colombian police involved and do nothing because the nation’s first black president is up for reelection. What Paula Reid did was put those U.S. Secret Service agents on notice that such behavior won’t be tolerated. At least not on her watch.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • Agee

    “No matter what your opinion of the U.S. Secret Service may be, particularly in light of this prostitution scandal, you have to applaud Paula White for doing the right thing and being able to rise through the ranks in a mostly white and male organization.”

    Who is Paula White?

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Sorry, typo. Paula White is an evangelist. Meant to type Paula Reid.

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  • Blessedkids

    I would like to congratulate her rise due to her hard work…not based on her color or gender!!!PERIOD!!! And I am a woman saying this…I don’t care the color of your skin or your gender..if you can do the job, then do it…if you can’t do the job, get out…that goes for ANY job anywhere!!!!

  • PavlovsBItch

    Gender political and racial bias in favour of black lesbian mind-controlled robots NOT on any merit; so well suited to role in harassing hetero normal males in set ups and press ‘leaks’. Note herm ‘claim to fame’ in citing ‘racial discrimination’ to further her career. It’s all too easy in our global justice for criminals system.

  • PavlovsBItch

    Given her ilk set up the torturing, rape and snuff of very young children, this article is highly dubious.