Any idea what the Secret Service pays at this level? I understand TSA does not pay their screeners particularly well and ends up with many borderline retarded employees. Considering how many agents were involved with this Columbian deal , I suspect it's not the result of one person's one time only poor decision. I imagine it has happened many times in many places. Is the Secret Service actively looking for and hiring the absolute best employees or have they simply become another government security agency?
Also, if they are hiring mostly people considered to the the best of the ATF, FBI, IRS, Capitol Police, Park Service, or other big gov. agencies...well, you could see how this type of careless attitude could easily creep in and corrupt an entire organization over a decade or two.