Deep State: How a rogue Secret Service got back at Rep. Jason Chaffetz

The term “deep state” refers to a state within a state– a political situation in a country when an agency or agencies of the government, such as intelligence agencies, the armed forces, or unelected career civil servants in the civilian bureaucracy, goes rogue and refuses to submit to, even subverting and rebelling against the civilian political leadership.

This post is about what a Deep State federal government agency did to a U.S. Congressman when he stepped on their toes.

Rep. Jason E. Chaffetz (R-Utah), 49, is one of the good guys.

First elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, Chaffetz came to prominence in 2015 for his extensive investigations into Hillary Clinton. He is an authentic conservative — a critic of Obamacare, homosexual marriage, and the Obama administration’s conduct in the 2012 Benghazi attack; and a skeptic on global warming and mandatory vaccinations.

As chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Chaffetz earned the hatred of many in the Secret Service for his investigations into the agency’s many recent blunders and scandals. 

In 2003, Chaffetz had applied to be an agent in the Secret Service but was not accepted, ostensibly because “better qualified applicants existed.” (New York Times)

Like anyone who applies for a federal job, the information of that individual disclosed in his/her application is protected by the Privacy Act from being misused or improperly accessed.

But the Secret Service precisely violated the Privacy Act by accessing, distributing, and leaking to the media Rep. Chaffetz’s personal data, according to an investigation conducted in 2015 by the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the parent or supervisory agency of the Secret Service.

The report by the DHS Inspector General (IG) says:

We were unable to determine with certainty how many of those individuals in turn disclosed this information to others who did not have a need to know, who may have then told others. However, the disclosure was widespread, and recipients of the information likely numbered in the hundreds. Those agents we interviewed acknowledged freely sharing it with others in the Secret Service, often contemporaneously with accessing the information. One agent reported that by the end of the second day, he was sent on a protection assignment in New York City for the visit of the President of Afghanistan, and many of the approximately 70 agents at the protection briefing were talking about the issue.

Senior civil servants of the Secret Service, except one, did nothing to stop the propagation of Chaffetz’ personal data. The DHS Inspector General’s report says:

We identified 18 supervisors at the GS-15 or Senior Executive Service level who appeared to have known or should have known, prior to the publication of the fact, that Chairman Chaffetz’ MCI [Master Central Index] record was being accessed. Yet, with a single exception, we found no evidence that any of these senior Secret Service managers attempted to inform the Director or higher levels of the supervisory chain, or to stop or remediate the activity. Furthermore, we found no evidence that a manager at any level issued written guidance for employees to discontinue accessing MCI for anything but official use.

As recounted by Patrick G. Eddington for the Cato Institute, Chaffetz’s file was accessed at 29 different Secret Service facilities. None of the federal employees who did so had a legitimate reason to look at his file.

Even worse, the Secret Service’s Assistant Director for Training Ed Lowry actively encouraged the unlawful access and distribution of Chaffetz’s file. In an email to a colleague, Lowry wrote:

“Some information he [Chaffetz] might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

While the IG investigators could not link Lowry to the leak of the Chaffetz file to the media, someone within the Secret Service clearly did so.

Eddington concludes:

The leak of Chairman Chaffetz’ employment application was a clear attempt to intimidate or punish him for doing his job: overseeing the conduct of a federal agency under his committee’s jurisdiction. This incident comes just a year after revelations about the hacking by CIA employees of computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff investigating the CIA’s torture program. To date, there have been no prosecutions in either case or any attempts by Congress to use the impeachment mechanism to remove implicated federal officials. The lack of accountability in these episodes only invites further assaults on Congress’ status as an independent, co-equal branch of government.

H/t John Molloy

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Update (March 14, 2017):

On May 26, 2016, then DHS Director Jeh Johnson announced in a press release that after a review of the conduct of 57 Secret Service personnel, 41 were “disciplined”. One employee who was found by the DHS Inspector General to have disclosed Rep. Chaffetz’s private information to the Washington Post, resigned.

H/t FOTM‘s CP

~Eowyn

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23 responses to “Deep State: How a rogue Secret Service got back at Rep. Jason Chaffetz

  1. So this is how it’s done, how they destroy lives for the sake of hiding their own guilt &/or for revenge/intimidation, &/or “just for fun.” Thanks for the detailed coverage. Rep. Chaffetz should be able to get justice with the revealed facts by DHS.

    Hopefully @POTUS has heard about this case by now, & will add to his arsenal-of-reasons to strip bloated govt. agencies, especially all the “spooks”!

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  2. Another example of out-of-control thinking, that you may be interested in… Good report here this morning of what Big Corporations + Big Govt. want next > Your DNA > for the sake of “Workplace Wellness”!!

    “Now They Want Your DNA: New Mandatory Genetic Testing Law Proposed”:
    https://saboteur365.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/now-they-want-your-dna-new-mandatory-genetic-testing-law-proposed/

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  3. Kevin J Lankford

    If your characterization of Mr. Chaffetz is correct, it would appear he would not have fit in with the secret service very well any how. Makes one wonder just what [A]re the qualifications they [A]re looking for.

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    • Kevin . . . I think you are absolutely correct in your assessment of Mr Chaffetz “would not fit in with the secret service.” As far as I have been able to ascertain, he is rather a straight shooter. It would appear that this is not the kind of applicant the Secret Service is looking for.

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    • Kevin and Auntie—so right—if Caffetz was not ‘good enough” for the Secret Service, then I have NO IDEA what kind of loyal, selfless, honest American they might be looking out to hire….OH…wait a minute here Columbo ….”loyal, selfless, honest”…..let’s revisit…

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  5. Pull the plug. Drain the swamp.

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  6. I used to think the Secret Service was perhaps one of the last agencies you could trust. Apparently not. So sad. It shows just how far down the drain the country has sunk that there so many people with zilch integrity.

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    • The Secret Service was directly involved in Kennedy’s assassination in ’63

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    • In an email to a colleague, Lowry wrote:
      “Some information he [Chaffetz] might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

      OK, but… “Just to be fair” about just what exactly? What possible good in terms of the end[s] sought by the SS were being served? Just to be fair; and to whom?

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      • Joseph . . . I am so glad you brought up the “Just to be fair” issue. After all we have read and heard about the Secret Service, I have zero belief that they are an honorable agency . . . just another bunch of guys who need to be a part of the “drain the swamp” gang. It is so disheartening to realize that we have so many smarmy, sleazy individual entrenched in the various agencies that make up our government.

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        • I have to agree with you regarding the Secret Service being “honorable”. Would it be possible to re-structure the Agency to eliminate the corruption? If not,then what? (MY choice would be to approach Groups like Viet-Nam Veterans,because,in spite of how some of them have been treated since they got home,it’d be hard to find people more willing to “put it on the line” to protect our Country or our President,and I believe as a group,Honor is a very big deal,something they’d stand firm on.)

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          • truckjunkie, that is pure real world genius stuff you just posted. I recently brought in a housemate, 46, two tours in Canada Forces as Specialist Machinery Maintenance, and Lord is he gifted! Definitely a keeper, but: he’s also got PTSD and a few other ‘gifts’ from time in field, so he has a hard time getting steady work, in spite of his obvious creative abilities to take anything apart and get it to work as it should.

            He’ll buy a junked laptop from local stores for $25 – $50, buy $100 of new R&R parts, etc., take it apart on our tiny dining table and in an hour the thing’s clean and shiny, working 10X better than when the previous owner brought it to trade! He can sell it $250 to $500 that same night; a karaoke business owner just hired him to create 8 for her in 3 days!

            Well, I have PTSD and it’s not fun in any way, so I asked my other two housemates to let him come aboard for at least long enough to get back on his feet after being put down too damned many times, and it’s paid off majorally. We civilians need to support our vets as much as possible, for they were willing to die for us. Just barely got through that last line….

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        • One of the very best quotes from Ronald Reagan was “Trust, but verify.” Ab-so-freaking-lute-ly!

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  7. Seems like in the last 50 or so years,Government is where people go for employment when they aren’t honest/scrupulous enough to cut it in the “Real World”. It appears likely that trend will soon reverse under THIS Administration though.

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  8. Well, we can wish, hope, and pray, but… When Ronald Reagan got in office and promised to reduce the mess it was what when he left office? 15% or more larger. Someone please check the stats on that number, thank you.

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    • Thank you, CP.
      I relied on the Cato Institute article, which was published in 2015 before the DHS, in 2016, finally cracked down on the miscreant Secret Service employees who illegally accessed Rep. Chaffetz’s file. I will now update this post with the information.

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    • Only 41? I hope we can now FINALLY convict the six –was it?– SS who GOT OFF the JFK convertible just seconds before he was shot. They did so in response to a command received in their earpieces, and whoever was it that told them to ‘Step down’? How many of us completely missed the total wrongness of that moment? I know I did, because at 20 one has yet to know the snares of this world….

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