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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: 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.