Video: Secret Service detail pulled off presidential post to spy on foe of … the director’s secretary

posted at 2:01 pm on May 11, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

The latest scandal at the US Secret Service goes beyond alcohol binges and unpaid prostitutes, and directly into the realm of the abuse of power. When the personal assistant of then-Director Mark Sullivan got into a dispute with a neighbor, one with restraining orders and considerably tense feelings, Sullivan ordered agents assigned to a presidential detail to shift their attention to surveillance of the neighbor. The neighbor, a 22-year employee of the FBI, tells the Washington Post that she knew she was being watched, but couldn’t believe it when told who was watching her and her family in the rural area of La Plata, Maryland:

Top Secret Service officials ­ordered members of a special unit responsible for patrolling the White House perimeter to abandon their posts over at least two months in 2011 in order to protect a personal friend of the agency’s director, according to three people familiar with the operation.

The new assignment, known internally as Operation Moonlight, diverted agents to a rural area outside the southern Maryland town of La Plata, nearly an hour’s drive from Washington. Agents were told that then-Director Mark Sullivan was concerned that his assistant was being harassed by her neighbor, the three people said.

Two agents were sent twice a day, in the morning and the evening, to monitor the home of the assistant, Lisa Chopey. The trips began June 30, 2011, and extended through the summer before tapering off in August, according to people familiar with internal shift records.

The agents were members of a surveillance team code-named Prowler, which patrols the outskirts of the White House compound and responds to reported problems. The unit is also tasked with monitoring the southern side of the White House whenever crowds gather to watch the president and first family travel via motorcade or helicopter.

The basic issue here is that this was none of the Secret Service’s business. This was a matter for the local police and court to adjudicate; the employment of the assistant did not give Sullivan any writ or authority over the situation. Regardless of jurisdiction, Sullivan took it upon himself to misdirect agency assets for his own personal purposes, and in the process illegally surveil a citizen who had done nothing to warrant the agency’s attention. On top of that, the assets in question were assigned to the White House, which means that the ability to protect the President, his family, and his staff was impacted in order to intimidate Sullivan’s secretary’s neighborhood foes. And on top of that, the agency knew full well that it was illegal — because, as the Post’s Carol Leonnig reports, they kept a secret file of Operation Moonlight’s activities rather than make it part of their normal filings.

The Secret Service confirmed the allocation of resources, but claimed that it only took place for “a few days” over the 4th of July. Their spokesperson says that the Prowler unit doesn’t work in “protective services,” which may be true in the most literal sense of not having a specific assignment to a person – but they protect the southern area of the White House grounds where Marine One takes off and lands, and where motorcades begin and end. On the first day of the operation, Leonnig reports from her sources within the agency, the first pair of agents got pulled away from that duty just before President Obama left on the helicopter for an event.

Even worse, the Inspector General of Homeland Security apparently knew of this abuse of power and did nothing about it:

Some reported the operation to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service’s parent agency. People familiar with the operation said a Senate committee’s recent finding that the former DHS ­inspector general softened and delayed investigations — particularly those critical of administration officials — renewed frustration that the issue may have not been properly investigated.

We maintain jurisdictional lines on federal agencies for a reason. When federal agencies decide for themselves to intervene for personal reasons and get away with it, we cease being citizens under the governance of law and become subjects under the rule of whim. The IRS scandal is yet another example of the same dynamic, and the lack of discipline exposed within the Secret Service over the last couple of years — even outside of Sullivan’s time as Director — is a symptom of it. Congress needs to start digging deep into the activities of all federal agencies, and better yet, start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.


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Our government has become a criminal enterprise.

BD57 on May 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

The “small people” had better learn to not cross the Nobility in the Imperial District of Corruption RULING CLASS. Do not have “incorrect” views and state them, and by all means, bow and show the proper obeisance if your neighbor happens to be ensconced in the Ruling Class.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Our government has become a criminal enterprise.

BD57 on May 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Perhaps the sole positive achievement of the Obama Regime will be opening people’s eyes to this fact, thus making it possible to DO SOMETHING about it.

Article V or Amendment II. There is no third option.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

O has managed to demoralize every single government entity. His leadership is as always, from behind.

Lee Jan on May 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

They’re as disciplined as their boss.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The Jeantels of HA will be here soon, to defend obama and his entourage.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Guinea worms of HA, kitty, kitty, kitty…defend your thugs.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

The Jeantels of HA will be here soon, to defend obama and his entourage.

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 2:09 PM

That’s retarded, sir.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:14 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Oh wait….the pic isn’t the assistant, its the ‘neighbor’.

I was scared just listening to her talk to point that I’ve called the SS asking for some drive bys just in case those crazy 4-wheelin’ rubes cross into Virginia and start chasing me around on my dirt road.

BobMbx on May 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Wow, it’s like I’m actually watching House of Cards!

YoungAmerican on May 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Perhaps the sole positive achievement of the Obama Regime will be opening people’s eyes to this fact, thus making it possible to DO SOMETHING about it.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:06 PM

I dunno. Over the last several years, I get the impression that as long as Sunday Football is on TV and someone is promising everyone “free government cheese” people are happy to sit on their collective a** and be outraged about this stuff and nothing else.

Of course, it also helps to have a fawning media cover for you.

batter on May 11, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Nothing can shock me about this administration, I am immune…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Some reported the operation to the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, the Secret Service’s parent agency. People familiar with the operation said a Senate committee’s recent finding that the former DHS ­inspector general softened and delayed investigations — particularly those critical of administration officials — renewed frustration that the issue may have not been properly investigated

…someone tell me that EVERY department run by the clowns JugEars people have put in…..’deviate= from abusing their power!

KOOLAID2 on May 11, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Oh man, you guys always blow things out of proportion.

They said “that it only took place for “a few days” over the 4th of July.”

Just a few days.
Hardly anything.
Incredibly small response.
Not even a smidgen.

Plus it was a Federal holiday, so that neighbor of the secretary was prolly drinkin’ beer and whatnot, gettin’ all dangerous and stuff.

Dolce Far Niente on May 11, 2014 at 2:20 PM

O has managed to demoralize every single government entity. His leadership is as always, from behind.

Lee Jan on May 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

When doing a job, such as these can be hard to do — conduct yourself with integrity; work selflessly; do the right thing even though you don’t feel like it. Who do we have as a role model for this? Certainly not Obama. The President sets the tone, and the tone isn’t good. The fish does indeed rot from the head down.

LashRambo on May 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM

A nation of men, not laws. Obama has transformed the greatest republic the world has seen to a banana republic in less than 5 years.

Fish rots from head. All of the corruption is a direct result of having Obama as president. Secondarily is the fact that the media is now a leftist state propaganda machine.

jukin3 on May 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

And people Still think that the founders were only thinking about the damage deer do to crops when they wrote the 2nd amendment.

We are being governed, and constantly lied to, by an ever-shrinking minority of opinion.

Mord on May 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

I wonder whether the neighbors complained to the police — and, if so, what was the result?

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 2:25 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

You forgot the “dude”.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Stories like this makes The Onion seem even more realistic.

Knott Buyinit on May 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Obama is responsible for the entire culture of corruption. He set the example. As the saying goes: The fish rots from the head.

Picaro on May 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

A nation of men, not laws. Obama has transformed the greatest republic the world has seen to a banana republic in less than 5 years.

Fish rots from head. All of the corruption is a direct result of having Obama as president. Secondarily is the fact that the media is now a leftist state propaganda machine.

jukin3 on May 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

It took the Roman Empire less than two decades to descend into absolute chaos from it’s height of stability and power after one horrifically bad ruler: Commodus (possibly the worst ever Emperor), son of Marcus Aurelius (one of the best Emperors)

Our checks and balances Republican system actually was heavily based on replicating and strengthening the Roman Republican model!

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I heard her cat ate an endangered mouse on Fed land.

A swat team is in order.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Makes me wonder what’s going on between the personal assistant and Mr. Sullivan.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Only one thing is really important to me in this story. Were Sasha and Malia ever left unprotected?

#bringbackourgirls

LashRambo on May 11, 2014 at 2:35 PM

They’re watching you too.

kcewa on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Congress needs to start digging deep into the activities of all federal agencies, and better yet, start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.


Interesting idea of Congressional oversight, Ed.

Unfortunately, the GOPe and the GOPe-media have decided “it’s not the battle to fight to the death”

… or even break a sweat over because their masters in the GOPe Donor Class have trained them to “bark but NEVER bite”

Want to know how you’re reading a GOPe-media site, folks?

It will NEVER denounce the political corruption being ENABLED by the GOPe Donor Class.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

When federal agencies decide for themselves to intervene for personal reasons and get away with it, we cease being citizens under the governance of law and become subjects under the rule of whim.

EXACTLY!

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

We are sinking; all we need now are the foreign-born mercenaries. Um, 11M document-deprived Americans await our orders! Bring our girls back!

Chuck Ef on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

we never heard if things like this, which we hear everyday from this administration. It seems that people in thus administration believe that they can do whatever they choose. Apparently, thst is the case, as no one faces consequences.

Techster64 on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Who is taking odds that the IRS is not involved?

pat on May 11, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The reason is obvious. The local sheriff’s department wasn’t intimidating enough.

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Obama is responsible for the entire culture of corruption. He set the example. As the saying goes: The fish rots from the head.

Picaro on May 11, 2014 at 2:26 PM

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Obama is merely the willing stooge of the Demoratic politicians (i.e. Reid & Pelosi) and the Democratic Donor Class (which significantly overlaps the GOPe Donor Class) who used their control of the media to pursue THEIR agenda.

To be clear, Obama should be impeached and imprisoned, but unlike Nixon; removing Obama from office would not slow down the destruction of this country one bit.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

we never heard if things like this, which we hear everyday from this administration. It seems that people in thus administration believe that they can do whatever they choose. Apparently, thst is the case, as no one faces consequences.

Techster64 on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

We cannot have the rule of law when there is no enforcement of the law, and worse, SELECTIVE enforcement of it (selective enforcement is the WORST tyranny).

Our system has no answer for an absolutely corrupt and politicized attorney general, just as it has no answer for a President who hates the country and intentionally acts against it’s best interest.

Let’s face it, if the people are irresponsible we will get irresponsible and corrupt government. And we deserve it.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

…son of Marcus Aurelius (one of the best Emperors)….

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

The Most Important Single Thing a benign tyrant ever does is chose his successor well. If he badly screws that up, he was a disaster, no matter how much the empire thrived under his reign or how many pretty words he wrote.

A policy of the Emperor picking an unrelated heir early on and training them as their replacement for the last several emperors up to Aurelius was the real reason the Empire was doing so well.

fadetogray on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Indeed

Speaking at a news conference Friday, Pelosi told reporters “Either people have gotten tired of Benghazi or they never knew about it in the first place.”

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 2:43 PM

The reason is obvious. The local sheriff’s department wasn’t intimidating enough.

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

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No, it’s because the local sheriff’s office needs the goodwill of the F.B.I. a thousand times more than they need anything from the Secret Service.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Does she now or has she ever had a mud puddle in her yard?

That water eventually hits the Chesapeake bay, ya know.

EPA has a swat team, too.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

To be clear, Obama should be impeached and imprisoned, but unlike Nixon; removing Obama from office would not slow down the destruction of this country one bit.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Obama is just the figurehead. He’s a symptom, not the cause.

The root cause of our malaise is a dumbed down and selfish citizenry that will both elect a Barack Obama, will tolerate a treasonous Democrat Party, and will allow a malevolent foreign felon like George Soros BUY that party as well as the President.

Until the American People return to Judeo-Christian mores and work ethic, our problem will only get worse. Indeed, I don’t think that will ever happen, and the focus of conservatives who have not lost the American Ideal need to instead focus on SALVAGING some part of this once-great Nation and separate from the doomed corrupt mass.

There is going to be a growing separatist movement in this country.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Does she now or has she ever had a mud puddle in her yard?

That water eventually hits the Chesapeake bay, ya know.

EPA has a swat team, too.

wolly4321 on May 11, 2014 at 2:45 PM

THE POST OFFICE HAS A SWAT TEAM!!

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Census didn’t as well.

Obama has been gooning up the Federal bureaucracy. Remember that “civilian” defense “corpse” as well funded as the military Obama spoke about in 2008? It’s here.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 2:48 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

This is sort of like pimple-popping. If the pimple gets popped too close to an election, it disfigures the face of the politician bearing the pimple.

But if you pop it a suitable distance away from the next election, it has a chance to heal so it doesn’t affect said election.

That is what WaPo is about.

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Start with those agencies that can do the most egregious harm, both in a physical and economic sense, and then work down the ladder to the rest.
The FBI/SS/DEA need to have their files (all their files) opened for examination, if not complete publication for all to see, to ensure that they have not exceeded their mandates.
Where those mandates have been exceeded, the individuals responsible have to be held to the highest account, and be stripped of their immunity so that those that they have trampled-upon can recover damages.

Another Drew on May 11, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Under Obama, the so-called “Secret Service” has become a disgrace.

VorDaj on May 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

…more…
The IRS is a complete subject of its own.
Strip ‘em, and flail ‘em.

Another Drew on May 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

…more…
The IRS is a complete subject of its own.
Strip ‘em, and flail ‘em.

Another Drew on May 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The SS is actually very much related to the IRS. Like the IRS, they are part of the Treasury department!

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

The Secret Service is now deserving of being called “The SS”.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

No, it’s because the local sheriff’s office needs the goodwill of the F.B.I. a thousand times more than they need anything from the Secret Service.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Ah, so you are saying that the FBI and Secret Service were in cahoots here?

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

A nation of men, not laws. Obama has transformed the greatest republic the world has seen to a banana republic in less than 5 years.

Fish rots from head. All of the corruption is a direct result of having Obama as president. Secondarily is the fact that the media is now a leftist state propaganda machine.

jukin3 on May 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

This should be the symbol of the Obama Administration – A big rotting fish with Obama’s face on it’s head.

VorDaj on May 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Nixon had an ‘enemies list’ too.

Who knew the man was a role model for Dear Leader?

Tard on May 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.

Or eliminate completely.

tim c on May 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

This should be the symbol of the Obama Administration – A big rotting fish with Obama’s face on it’s head.

VorDaj on May 11, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Bring back Billy Bass as Barry!

slickwillie2001 on May 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.

Or eliminate completely.

tim c on May 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Exactly.

The only Federal law enforcement should be just what is necessary to enforce the only crimes enumerated in the Constitution: Treason, Piracy, and counterfeiting. That should be all they enforce.

If Obama wants a regiment of armed pseudomilitary to protect him he or the Democrat Party should pay for it.

Or he should stay in that house and not leave.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:10 PM

While I think Obama stinks as much as the next guy, I don’t think this is another example of his lousy leadership. I put the cause of this particular screw up more with the general atmosphere of the bureaucracy. Government employees and their supervisors know they are untouchable and accountable to no one, especially us lowly serfs. Until we actually cut the number of government employees, and eliminate a large number departments and agencies, I’m thinking we’ll only see more of this kind of crap, no matter who is the titular head of state.

Racistanyway on May 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

While I think Obama stinks as much as the next guy, I don’t think this is another example of his lousy leadership. I put the cause of this particular screw up more with the general atmosphere of the bureaucracy. Government employees and their supervisors know they are untouchable and accountable to no one, especially us lowly serfs. Until we actually cut the number of government employees, and eliminate a large number departments and agencies, I’m thinking we’ll only see more of this kind of crap, no matter who is the titular head of state.

Racistanyway on May 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

This is a clear and present demonstration of Obama’s complete lack of effectiveness as a leader.

In the Obama Regime, subordinates, heck even assistants to 3rd rate subordinates seem to be free to use Federal resources to carry out their own petty personal revenge.

No respectable dictator would allow that. But then whoever said Obama was respectable!

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

nothing to see here, move along
-lsm

if a gop administration did this part 24,312
the outrage and foaming of the mouths….

hate the double standard…

cmsinaz on May 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

nothing to see here, move along
-lsm

if a gop administration did this part 24,312
the outrage and foaming of the mouths….

hate the double standard…

cmsinaz on May 11, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Imagine if Bush had the SS harass Cindy Sheehan as she made a nuisance out of herself near his ranch?

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

The neighbor, a 22-year employee of the FBI…

This is the first report I’ve seen of the incident that points out the neighbor worked for the FBI. So, the Secret Service goes out to the residence to intimidate the neighbor, the neighbor calls in some friends from the FBI and, next thing you know, there’s a gun battle between federal agents in rural Maryland.

Wouldn’t that have been interesting.

IndieDogg on May 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

It seems that people in thus administration believe that they can do whatever they choose. Apparently, thst is the case, as no one faces consequences.

Techster64 on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

exactamundo….

cmsinaz on May 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

you betcha…the cries of impeachment would be rampant

cmsinaz on May 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

The reason is obvious. The local sheriff’s department wasn’t intimidating enough.

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 2:41 PM

No…the local Sheriff’s dept determined since there were no dogs on the premises to shoot they’d take a pass.

Renee on May 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

OT – Go OR

Schadenfreude on May 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Government tyranny

TX-96 on May 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

This is the first report I’ve seen of the incident that points out the neighbor worked for the FBI. So, the Secret Service goes out to the residence to intimidate the neighbor, the neighbor calls in some friends from the FBI and, next thing you know, there’s a gun battle between federal agents in rural Maryland.

Wouldn’t that have been interesting.

IndieDogg on May 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Would have been no loser, that’s for sure. I’m all for Federal goons shooting each other and not citizens.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

No…the local Sheriff’s dept determined since there were no dogs on the premises to shoot they’d take a pass.

Renee on May 11, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Nah, that’s more the jurisprudence of the city super-elite-look-at-my-body-armor-and-rifle special forces SWAT teams.

Sheriff’s Departments are usually smarter than that, especially since Sheriffs can be voted out of office, unlike city police chiefs/commissioners.

County Sheriffs in many ways are the last legitimate law enforcement left in the US.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

we never heard if things like this, which we hear everyday from this administration. It seems that people in thus administration believe that they can do whatever they choose. Apparently, thst is the case, as no one faces consequences.

Techster64 on May 11, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Federal employees are 85%+ liberal Democrats and they are out of control. It goes beyond Obama. Whose administration appointed Lois Lerner to her final job with the IRS? Hint: It wasn’t Obama’s.

bw222 on May 11, 2014 at 3:30 PM

When Chicago gangsters took over the government some of us warned people what would happen. Now we have Chicago in DC. Is anyone surprised?

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:29 PM

You’re right, I know. It was a cheap shot but I couldn’t resist

Renee on May 11, 2014 at 3:31 PM

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:17 PM

you betcha…the cries of impeachment would be rampant

cmsinaz on May 11, 2014 at 3:18 PM

The difference, of course, is that Bush, despite being a less than ideal President, is and was an honorable, decent human being. He felt sympathy for Sheehan, a grieving mother (as did I in that respect), despite the fact she was completely used (and abandoned soon as Obama took office) by the Left as a tool.

Try doing something like Sheehan did near wherever Obama lives and I guarantee you that the SS harassment would be immediate, and you’d end up in prison as if you’d made a parody of islam video or something.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Ah, so you are saying that the FBI and Secret Service were in cahoots here?

unclesmrgol on May 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM


Nooooooooo

The woman being surveilled by the Secret Service was a 22 year employee of the F.B.I.

If someone from the Secret Service calls the local sheriff’s office to request “interagency cooperation” from the sheriff’s office by sending extra units to keep an eye on the woman who works for the F.B.I., the sheriff’s office will research WHO they are being asked to keep an eye on.

Up pops …. She’s a long term F.B.I. employee!!!

1) The F.B.I. is a resource used for crime lab work and data searches by local L.E.O.’s.

2) The Secret Service is the guys you call if someone starts passing out lots of counterfeit money. (Note: An enormous amount of counterfeit money is ignored when it is occurring in small numbers in small denomination bills.)

Any local L.E.O. is going to need the F.B.I.’s support 100 times for every 1 time they need the Secret Service – they know ehich side their bread has the butter on.

The idiot “redirecting” resources has issues which in any other administration would guarantee his immediate resignation.

Under Obama … nothing will happen.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Racistanyway on May 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM

+100%

bw222 on May 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Any local L.E.O. is going to need the F.B.I.’s support 100 times for every 1 time they need the Secret Service – they know ehich side their bread has the butter on.

The idiot “redirecting” resources has issues which in any other administration would guarantee his immediate resignation.

Under Obama … nothing will happen.

PolAgnostic on May 11, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Also sheriffs tend to be, as I said, a wee bit less gung-ho to violate citizens because they ARE accountable to them, unlike city police, the FBI, and the SS. I am not saying they aren’t corruptible (they are, in my area it’s not uncommon for them to get rich cutting deals with local pot and drug producers), but at the very least they have incentive to be circumspect about it.

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Just send her a bill!

2×75/hr by ?hours/day x ? days.

These federal employees should be made to reimburse the taxpayer for personal use of federal assets/money.

I said the same think of the elaborate IRS and 9th Circuit court conferences/parties. These folks have 6 figure incomes and can take a $1million hit to their assets.

KenInIL on May 11, 2014 at 3:46 PM

If you do not supervise, inspect and discipline and reward when justified on a regular basis this just becomes yet another example of what you get. Take out an occasional offender and you will be surprised how fast the situation will clean up. Do nothing, which is what the government is pron to do and you get management that belies they can do anything with impunity. My thoughts on this go back to Ruby Ridge, Waco Texas and others. Not one Manager has ever been held responsible for their actions. Why?

This leads me to the basic issues of the 2014 and 2016 elections.
TRUTH VARASITY ACCOUNTABILITY
To “WE THE PEOPLE”

After looking at the rebirth of the Benghazi investigation, the scope of which continues to narrow, It is not so much the crime but the cover-up for personal gain from the “Miss-Lies-Coverup-and Hide” form of Governing.

Secret Service detail pulled off presidential post to spy on foe of … the director’s secretary
Second look at immunity for Lerner
Fifth VA office conducted wait-list fraud
Did Hillary refuse to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization?

jpcpt03 on May 11, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Congress needs to start digging deep into the activities of all federal agencies, and better yet, start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.

This is a joke, right?

Congress has ceded it’s authority to the Executive Branch. Our legislators are a lazy bunch that want to take no responsibility for legislating at all.

They’d prefer to rake in the money and increase their bank accounts by pretending to be outraged at Executive Branch abuses while doing nothing to stop them and then turning around and using those same abuses as fodder in their campaign material to get reelected.

It’s a vicious circle that nothing but term limits will fix.

ButterflyDragon on May 11, 2014 at 4:03 PM

I can’t find a picture of Lisa Chopey who apparently now works for the DHS. Why do a suspect a romantic connection with her SS boss? We really must oust these lefties who’ve made a mockery of our country.

erp on May 11, 2014 at 4:14 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Exactly. At this point, what does it matter?

trigon on May 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

O has managed to demoralize every single government entity. His leadership is as always, from behind.

Lee Jan on May 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Demoralize, or EMBOLDEN? I know the answer is “both”. But look what you can get away with when anyone who might criticize or call govt to account is a “racist” or a “teabagger”.

Criminal and unethical activity are nullified and beyond prosecution.

MistyLane on May 11, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Like the IRS, they are part of the Treasury department!

ConstantineXI on May 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

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News flash… SS is part of DHS since March 1, 2003, no longer Treasury. They do have anti-counterfeit money operations, though.

ExpressoBold on May 11, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Move the Secret Service back to the Treasury Department.

After 9-11, the Service was re-organized out of Treasury into the Department of Homeland Security.

DHS has a “thug” corporate culture and mentality and it has infect the Service. Drinking, whores, laxity, corruption.

How long before they endanger the life of the President?

Not a Obama fan, but I want him to retire in 2017, unless he is impeached and convicted earlier.

patch on May 11, 2014 at 5:40 PM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Takes a while for some of these crimes to come out, doesn’t it. Imagine what we haven’t even heard about yet.

Stasi.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 11, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Makes me wonder what’s going on between the personal assistant and Mr. Sullivan.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2014 at 2:34 PM

My thought too.

Beyond that, not only is the director involved, but the IG for the SS is involved. I can’t believe Democrats aren’t lighting their hair on fire, because someone had the gall to compromise Obama’s security.

BuckeyeSam on May 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

The government’s assets belong to the ruling class, doncha know?

GaltBlvnAtty on May 11, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Immediate termination. No pension or retirement payoff

jaywemm on May 11, 2014 at 8:20 PM

Why aren’t there any cries of “Traitor” being thrown at this woman for letting a government secret out?

This could be damaging to our National Security.

Snowden! Snowden!

BobMbx on May 11, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Our government has become a criminal enterprise.

BD57 on May 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

As others have noted — this corruption and abuse is part and parcel of the untouchable and growing Federal bureaucracy. Absolute power corrupting absolutely.

There is only one answer: a radical reduction of the size and scope of the Federal government, and an end to hiring incentives based on race and other leftwing social preferences. Reduce government to a carefully limited meritocratic operation.

Jaibones on May 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

There is only one answer: a radical reduction of the size and scope of the Federal government, and an end to hiring incentives based on race and other leftwing social preferences. Reduce government to a carefully limited meritocratic operation.

Jaibones on May 11, 2014 at 9:32 PM

^^ THIS ^^

PLUS…strictly limit armed federal agencies to the military, and simultaneously vigorously enforce the Posse Comitatus Act!!

Make Secret Service a branch of the military, and completely disarm every other agency which is not part of the military…including SSA, TSA, IRS, BLM, etc. Any federal agency which needs an armed response should ASK for a warrant and ASK state or local police for support.

The federal government MUST NOT EVER be allowed to use arms against its own citizens within the USA: NO EXCUSES!!!

landlines on May 12, 2014 at 1:26 AM

This happened like…3 years ago.

Bishop on May 11, 2014 at 2:15 PM

You forgot the “dude”.

damage done on May 12, 2014 at 5:15 AM

“Congress needs to start digging deep into the activities of all federal agencies…”

What part of ‘impotent’ would spur congress to do that?

locomotivebreath1901 on May 12, 2014 at 7:00 AM

“Sullivan ordered agents assigned to a presidential detail …”

According to the excerpt, it was a “special unit responsible for patrolling the White House perimeter”. That’s a White House detail not a Presidential detail. WH details are different ’cause they are allowed to chase after motorists and coordinate with the Capitol Police in shooting the motorists dead anywhere in D.C. after the motorists have given themselves up.

And on that Personal Assistant to the Director thingy … WTF? Is that a Butler or a French Maid? An effin’ goddamn aristocracy has taken over the government which is using it to rape and pillage our country while they get rich and live a life of luxury.

There aren’t near enough lampposts in DC to solve this problem even if the lampposts perform double duty.

Dusty on May 12, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Congress needs to start digging deep into the activities of all federal agencies, and better yet, start narrowing their power and jurisdiction considerably.

You know this is all fine and dandy, but it means absolutely nothing. The SS didn’t have any jurisdiction or power here, but they did it anyway, so the proposed narrowing of power and jurisdiction is meaningless. This solution is the same sh!t the bureaucracy pulls everytime someone is caught abusing power, acting criminally or negligently — Fix the process!

WE don’t need to narrow the power and jurisdiction of anything. We just need them to stay within already established bounds and you know how you do get them to do that? Throw them in jail when they go outside it. You only need a few sent to jail for things like this and then everyone will stay in bounds.

Dusty on May 12, 2014 at 7:18 AM

An operation that would make the Stazi proud!

s1im on May 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

All of the corruption is a direct result of having Obama as president.

jukin3 on May 11, 2014 at 2:23 PM

No. This is a direct result of the people not wanting to continue a republic, and instead voting for a mommy fascist state that makes their life “comfortable”. Sorry, but Obama is more a result than a cause.

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Dusty on May 12, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lampposts are re-usable.

GWB on May 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

Does the FBI really hire 22 year-olds? You’d think they’d prefer someone with a track record to demonstrate character and reliability.

Immolate on May 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The Chicago way of doing business has wormed it’s way into all facets of this administration’s systems. Obama learned his trade in Chicago politics and now you can see how pervasive it has become. Retribution is first and foremost the method used to correct unwanted conditions. All hail the great leader.

regmgr on May 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Enemy of the State is here now..

Our own govwernment is now our biggest threat.

RockyJ. on May 12, 2014 at 12:14 PM

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