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Meet the Woman Who Shut Down the Secret Service Scandal

Leave it to a woman to keep the boys in line. According to the Washington Post, a top female member of the Secret Service was responsible for booting 11 agents out of Colombia after they allegedly solicited prostitutes while preparing for the President’s arrival in Cartagena.

Despite supervisor Paula Reid’s best efforts to contain the situation, the sex scandal that splashed across front pages in the U.S. completely overshadowed the agents’ mission at the Summit of the Americas. But while details of the scandal from bar to brothel to bedroom have been widely reported, Reid’s actions to stop the agents’ misdeeds have flown largely under the radar.

The Post profile describes Reid as a 46-year-old black woman, tall and lean, with a reputation for being “exacting” and “steely.” The 21-year veteran of the Secret Service was recently promoted to head of the agency’s Miami bureau, where she oversees the 150 agents that work throughout South America.

Reid, who was staying at a different hotel in Cartagena at the time of the incident, took swift action to ensure that the agents involved would no longer be responsible for the President’s security during the trip. In accordance with protocol, she contacted Secret Service director Mark Sullivan to ask for permission to remove the agents. The Post notes that while Sullivan made the ultimate decision to send the agents home, it was Reid’s work ethic and focus that ensured the situation was handled appropriately.

“If every boss was Paula Reid, the Secret Service would never have a problem,” one former agent told the Post. Reid is believed to be the highest-ranking black woman in the Secret Service, an agency that has long been dominated by white men. An indefatigable worker, she’s reportedly at her desk by 7 a.m. each day.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/04/23/meet-the-steely-woman-who-booted-11-secret-service-agents-from-colombia/#ixzz1t0XAUA1c



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7 Responses to Meet the Woman Who Shut Down the Secret Service Scandal

  1. Dot

    April 26, 2012 at 6:14 am

    diablo, She did her job which was to secure the area for the president and the morally correct thing remove those who were comprimising her job.

  2. erica

    April 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Replace Mark Sullivan with her.

  3. DIABLO

    April 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    SHE DINT DO SHIT YALL ACT LIKE SHE HAD TO INVESTIGATE AND CRACK A CASE

  4. Mankind

    April 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Strong intelligent black woman.They are out there in abundance but we fail to hi light them and give them the credit they deserve.Do your thing black woman.

  5. DOUGLAS STEWARD

    April 25, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    GOOD FOR HER! NOW WHERE ARE THE WOMEN IN AMERICA CONCERNING ME DOUGLAS K. STEWARD? I COULD’VE BEE A PRO ATHLETE AND MY FATHER WAS MURDERED BY WHITE CRIMINAL COPS AND THEN THEY HAD ME PUT IN PRISON TO STOP ME FROM BECOMING A RICH PRO ATHLETE. I HAVE MUCH EVIDENCE AND NONE OF YOU WOMEN OF AUTHORITY ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE OVER THIS CRIMINALLY RUN COUNTRY BY TELLING THE TRUTH ON THE CRIMINALS RUNNING THIS COUNTRY. FOR THE PAST FIFTY YEARS CRIMES HAVE BEEN COMMITTED BY WHITE CRIMINALS AND OVER LOOKED LIKE THE VICTIMS AND THEIR LOVED ONES DON’T MATTER. ONE OUT OF A MILLION. YOU WOMEN NEED TO GET FOR REAL AND STAND UP FOR YOUR CREATOR WITH THE TRUTH CAUSE THE EVIL MEN HAVE RUN THIS COUNTRIES HONORABLE STATUS INTO THE GROUND WITH ALL THE INNOCENT BLOOD THAT THEY HAVE SHED. SPEAK OUT AND QUIT BEING AFRAID!

    • Mankind

      April 25, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      Douglas my brother,you make no fucking sense.What fucking drug are you on or better yet what hole did you crawl out of? Please!

  6. wanda

    April 25, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Love it. This story clearly shows that women are capable of being in positions of leadership and maintain and command respect. This gives me hope that the presidency is inevitable.