It’s only taken — what — five or six years for the Secret Service to go from one of America’s most trusted and respected security institution to a collection of politicized bureaucratic hacks. Nice work, Obama administration:
An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday. “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.”
Two days later, a news Web site reported that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, had applied to be a Secret Service agent in 2003 and been rejected. That information was part of a Chaffetz personnel file stored in a restricted Secret Service database and required by law to be kept private.
The Chaffetz file, contained in the restricted database, had been peeked at by about 45 Secret Service agents, some of whom shared it with their colleagues in March and April, the report found. This prying began after a contentious March 24 House hearing at which Chaffetz scolded the director and the agency for its series of security gaffes and misconduct. The hearing sparked anger inside the agency. The inspector general’s inquiry found that the Chaffetz information was spread to nearly every layer of the service.
This is the true face of the modern Left: corrupt, authoritarian and brutal. It doesn’t care what the law says, doesn’t give a fig for basic human decency. Satanically, it only cares about one thing: revenge on its political and cultural enemies, and it doesn’t much care how it does it. So who among us really believes this:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who had apologized to Chaffetz when the report initially surfaced, personally apologized again to the congressman Wednesday, Chaffetz told The Associated Press in an interview on Capitol Hill. Johnson did not disclose whether any employees had been punished.
He said in a statement Wednesday that “those responsible should be held accountable” but did not provide further details. “Activities like those described in the report must not, and will not, be tolerated,” Johnson said.
Yeah, right. If past is any prologue, no one will be held accountable, no one will be fired and behavior like this will continue to be tolerated as long as it helps the administration.