THOSE WHO TAKE AN OATH TO PROTECT THE CELEBRITY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT WITH THEIR PANTS DOWN -- LITERALLY!
APPARENTLY MISTAKING A TRIP TO CARTAGENA AS SOME SORT OF X-RATED REMAKE OF ROMANCING THE STONE, SECRET SERVICE AGENTS HOOKED UP WITH APPARENT PROSTITUTES AND TOOK THEM BACK TO THE MOTEL.
NO THOUGHTS OR FEARS THAT THEY MIGHT BE BLACKMAILED OR DRUGGED OR SOMEHOW USED TO ATTACK THE CELEBRITY IN CHIEF OR THE UNITED STATES ENTERED THEIR HEADS AS THEY WERE TOO BUSY ENTERING [CENSORED FOR FAMILY PUBLICATIONS].
SAID ONE UNLUCKY LASS, "HE SAID HE'D KEEP IT A SECRET IF I PROVIDED THE SERVICE BUT THE NEXT THING I KNEW, REPORTERS WERE EVERYWHERE!"
REACHED FOR COMMENT, CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O ADMITTED HE WAS TORN, "ON THE ONE HAND, THIS CONDUCT IS UNACCEPTABLE. ON THE OTHER, I HAVE TO WONDER WHY THEY DIDN'T INVITE ME? DON'T THEY CONSIDER ME TO BE ONE OF THE FELLOWS? EVEN IF YOU SAY 'NO,' IT'S STILL NICE TO BE INVITED, YOU KNOW?"
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
In more dist[ur]bing power-grab news, Raheem Salman (ioL news) reports, "The head of Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and one of its members were arrested by police on Thursday on corruption charges, IHED officials said, in the latest apparent move for more government control of independent bodies. Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki won a court ruling in January 2011 that put the IHED and other entities, including the central bank, under cabinet supervision, raising concern over attempts to consolidate power by the Shi'a premier."
AP notes that the two are Karim al-Tamimi and the commission's chief Faraj al-Haidari. Yeah, the chief of the commission. Kind of important role, kind of an important person. He and Nouri have a history, of course. Nouri's angered pretty much everyone -- even erstwhile ally Motada al-Sadr -- in his too-long reign. Reuters observes, "Critics fear that the premier may be showing autocratic tendencies in some of his actions and view Maliki's control over key security ministries with suspicion." AFP does a service by explaining the history behind what went down, "There is bad blood between Haidari, a 64-year-old Shia Kurd, and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri a-Maliki's State of Law list over his refusal to carry out a national recount after 2010 parliamentary polls, in which the premier's list came in second to rival Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya list."
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