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Secret Service in Colombia – Does Due Process Exist in the Press?

One of the great things about the United States of America is that our forefathers wrote and established a timeless Constitution as a cornerstone to the best nation in the world. That, along with the Bill of Rights, set the framework for each American to work hard and make a difference for the common good, all while operating in a safe and secure world (even in times when this Country was not so safe).

Those two documents are the basis for the best legal system in the world because they were written by the people for the people and gave each of us (right or poor) enailible rights, such as the right to due process and the assumption of innocence until proven guilty in a court of law.

Sadly, there are more and more instances where the press has self-appointed itself judge, jury and even attorney for both sides. What happened to reporting the facts and not opinions? Maybe we need to do away with the word reporter and replace it with the Wizards of Oz since they are self-appointed great and powerful beings.

Thank God my country is here on earth and not over the rainbow. We have a Constitution and justice system that many (including myself) have dedicated their careers to serve and defend. This is a nation that is by the people and for the people with procedures and safeguards for people to be investigated and tried with the premise that all deserve due process.

Yes this is a long winded beginning to point out that many in the Press have tried and convicted the Secret Service agents and officers that were in Colombia recently. At a minimum, let us not forget that these people put their lives on the line daily to protect the President, the Constitution and in part, our way of life. That said, they are people and Americans too and as such deserve that system of due process and presumed innocence that every other American has (including the reporters that have convicted them in their articles and news reports). Regardless of their guilt or innocence, they deserve the right bestowed on all of us by our forefathers. Since each law enforcement agency has an office of professional responsibility or internal affairs, let’s put this case in their hands and not a reporter that clearly has no respect for the law or the Constitution.

We need to go back to a time of reporting facts and not opinions, innuendo, or just flat out lies and rumors. I am saddened for disrespect for the Constitution and the Secret Service as a whole. Law enforcement agencies all poke fun at each other, but the bottom line is that they are all here with a common mission of serving and protecting this nation. I know so many great men and women who have served or are serving this Nation in the Secret Service. America, please let us not forget that and not let biased reporting tarnish that service to this country.

Wendell Shingler blogs primarily on crisis management, emergency preparedness, facility and critical infrastructure security and physical security. Read More