It’s not paranoia if they really are out to get you

Jason ChaffetzYou might have seen the recent news about Congressman Jason Chaffetz, current chair of the Oversight committee, and the babies agents at the Secret Service.

The Secret Service got their knickers in a knot when Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for some embarrassing security lapses at the White House earlier this year. (And booze-fueled, taxpayer-funded hotel mishaps. More than one.  Just sayin’.)

Politico reports, “Chaffetz helped uncover reports that a knife-wielding man got much further into the White House than initially reported and that an armed man was allowed into an elevator with President Barack Obama.”  Since that’s their job, it seems appropriate to know why security broke down.

As the Washington Post reports,

“Some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out,” Assistant Director Edward Lowery wrote in an e-mail to a fellow director on March 31, commenting on an internal file that was being widely circulated inside the service. “Just to be fair.”

The super scandalous secret information? That Chaffetz didn’t get hired for a job he applied for. The horror!

The Office of Inspector General issued a report yesterday that found that between March 24 and April 2, 2015, Chaffetz’ “sensitive personal information” was accessed nearly 60 times by 45 agents.  The report contained this stern rebuke: (emphasis added)

It doesn’t take a lawyer explaining the nuances of the Privacy Act to know that the conduct that occurred here – by dozens of agents in every part of the agency – was simply wrong. The agents should have known better. Those who engaged in this behavior should be made to understand how destructive and corrosive to the agency their actions were. These agents work for an agency whose motto – “worthy of trust and confidence” – is engraved in marble in the lobby of their headquarters building. Few could credibly argue that the agents involved in this episode lived up to that motto. Given the sensitivity of the information with which these agents are entrusted, particularly with regard to their protective function, this episode is deeply disturbing.

While I don’t discount the seriousness of the Secret Service being whiny babies, if they REALLY wanted to release embarrassing information on Congressman Chaffetz, they could have just shared this: