In yesterday’s post I reported on the letter I sent to Homeland Security which is the agency actively involved in investigating the possible culture of corruption. The concern is that the incident in Colombia is simply part of a larger problem. Specifically, the Department of Homeland Security is interested in determining whether the Colombia incident is simply one of many examples of indiscretions on the part of the Secret Service while on the job. The concern is that if Secret Service agents are more focused on their own sexual satisfaction while traveling on the job for the purpose of protecting the President or the protection of some other dignitary, they are necessarily compromising the potential safety of the person to be protected. If a member of the Secret Service is involved with prostitutes, there is the concern that not only could the prostitute be attempting to gain confidential information, but that the Secret Service agent might be more susceptible to black mail to prevent revelations of his sexual indiscretions. There may be a concern for his personal and professional life. The trail of John Edwards currently pending is a good example of the possibility that inappropriate sexual adventures may compromise both the personal and professional affairs of the man involved. Even in the absence of proof that the President’s safety actually WAS compromised, the agents involved with prostitutes still lost their jobs. It was the poor judgment that they demonstrated while on the job that compromised their mission. Shailey Tripp has personal knowledge of an experience of one of the same agents, David Chaney, in Alaska, compromising his job.
It is undisputed that Shailey Tripp was a prostitute working in Alaska. She was arrested, charged, and pled no contest to the charge of running a house of prostitution. It is undisputed that David Chaney was assigned to protect Sarah Palin during the 2008 campaign. It is undisputed that Chaney was involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia and has either resigned or been fired. The actual stupidity that lead to revelations regarding the Secret Service men partying with prostitutes in Colombia was the refusal by one agent to pay the prostitute the agreed-upon price for the services rendered. The indication was that the foolish agent paid the prostitute only $40.00 to $60.00 for an entire night of her time. When the prostitute expressed her outrage the next morning for being paid a fraction of the agreed upon price of $800.00, other secret service agents reportedly pooled their available cash and gave her what they had, which was around $200.00. The importance of that payment was that it was validation that these agents knew that the prostitute had been promised more than $40.00 – $60.00 for services rendered.
Evidently this attitude and experience of David Chaney in Colombia has happened before in Alaska, with a prostitute by the name of Shailey Tripp, who was introduced by Todd Palin. I previously contacted the department of homeland security, making sure they knew about the book written by Shailey Tripp and the fact that she said she was introduced to David Chaney by Todd Palin. An officer from Homeland Security responded to my contact and asked me to put him in touch with Shailey Tripp. I provided her e-mail, and they contacted Shailey Tripp, not once but twice. The first time he asked and received a verbal and written statement. The second time they he asked for more specific details about the sexual services provided and the money paid by David Chaney. Shailey provided the information requested, including details of the location where Todd Palin introduced her to David Chaney.
David Chaney was rude, intimidating, and condescending in his attitude toward Shailey Tripp. Sexual services were provided. Shailey Tripp had explained to him that there was a charge (around $80.00) for a massage only, and the price went up from there depending on the sexual services he would like. He asked for the sexual services. They were provided. David Chaney paid Shailey Tripp only $40.00. As Shailey Tripp reported this encounter to the officer with Homeland Security, and to me, she didn’t realize that the Secret Service agent in Colombia had done the same thing. Evidently it was not unusual for an agent to expect to cheat the destitute prostitute. After all HE was with the Secret Service, so the attitude was What is She Going To Do About It? In Colombia the prostitute could go to the police, and she did. In Alaska if Tripp had gone to the police, they would simply have asked for the reduced rate too!
All of this information has been provided by Shailey Tripp to Homeland Security. I have no information about any other prostitutes that have reported similar encounters. I have no information about whether David Chaney has admitted to this encounter. To my knowledge Todd Palin has never denied his working relationship with Shailey Tripp.
Joe Leiberman is the Senator who will preside over the Subcommittee hearing this week. I have put his office on notice of this investigation, the experiences of Shailey Tripp, and the similarity in Shailey’s experience with David Chaney as compared to the reports of treatment of prostitutes in Colombia. If Leiberman doesn’t inquire at the hearing about this encounter between Tripp and Changey, it won’t be because he is unaware of it. If anyone reading would like to join me in making sure this matter is brought to the attention of Senator Leiberman, feel free to drop him a note, sharing your thoughts. You can reach him here. http://www.lieberman.senate.gov/index.cfm/contact/email-me-about-an-issue