Dozens of Secret Service agents will be suspended for looking up Congressman’s personal information in bid to smear him, admits scandal-hit agency director
*Some 42 agents will receive short suspensions for illegally accessing a personnel file on Congressman Jason Chaffetz
*Earlier this year someone in the department told the press that Chaffetz applied for and was rejected from a job with the Secret Service in 2003
*Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Homeland Security hasn't decided how to punish the agent who spearheaded the smear campaign
*He said this at a joint hearing held by House and Senate Homeland Security subcommittees today on Capitol Hill
*The agents' actions were 'reprehensible, disturbing, embarrassing,' he said. 'I agree with everything that's been said here today'
So, let me get this straight, some people with TS-SCI clearances can access an extremely sensitive database, without authorization, to use information gathered there from to disseminate as part of a smear campaign. Yet there is no mention, and thus presumably no action taken, of immediate suspension of their security clearances??