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posted by martyb on Saturday October 03 2015, @03:35PM   Printer-friendly
from the someone-is-going-to-have-a-very-bad-day dept.

The Secret Service thought we all needed a reminder that databases of personal information will be exploited for political gain. The chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, was leading the investigation into one of the recent cases of Secret Service misconduct. Agents within the service accessed records concerning Chaffetz' application to the Secret Service (which was not acted upon) and then disseminated that information within the agency and talked to the press about it.

The full Inspector General's report (pdf) is available.

Will Chaffetz learn from his experience and strengthen privacy laws for regular citizens?


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by takyon on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:06PM

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:06PM (#244874) Journal

    It's been a year since the Director of the United States Secret Service resigned. [bbc.com] The BBC article has a list of lapses in case you've forgotten.

    The report has a nice terminal screenshot. It also mentions that "two Secret Service supervisors breached a crime scene and may have been under the influence of alcohol." Alcoholism is apparently rampant within the Secret Service [bloomberg.com].

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by RamiK on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:11PM

    by RamiK (1813) on Saturday October 03 2015, @04:11PM (#244876)

    In the Secret Service's defense, if you'd known the politicians to the extent they do, you'd know it takes severe inebriation to jump in front of a bullet for them.

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    • (Score: 2) by isostatic on Monday October 05 2015, @01:02PM

      by isostatic (365) on Monday October 05 2015, @01:02PM (#245590) Journal

      How many secret service members have been shot on duty since McCarthy? I don't see many "taking a bullet" on the list for the President [odmp.org] - lots of traffic accidents.

      Of the ones that were shot,

      Jacob Chestnut, John Gibson - Both Capitol police

      George Ramsburg - Airport PD, preventing a hijacking

      R.S. St. Clair - U.S Marshall, which from the Bio indicated he was doing something unconstitutional (arresting someone for making remarks)

      J.D. Tippit - Dallas PD cop

      So in reality the secret service is the safest place to be that's anywhere near law enforcement.