March 18, 2015 11:40 pm -

459310060[su_r_sky_ad]The Secret Service is supposed to be one of the most competent agencies in the federal government. And in all honesty, it’s hard to imagine that missing evidence of reprehensible bad behavior from the most guarded and surveilled residence on the planet by employees of that agency is a result of ineptitude.

It is possible that the Secret Service erased most of the surveillance videos that could have shed light on the latest incident of Secret Service misconduct, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, tells CBS News.

Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he was able to watch two videos from around the White House, offering limited views of the incident. However, in a closed-door discussion Tuesday, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy told Chaffetz that it’s the regular policy to destroy surveillance tapes from around the White House after 72 hours.

“I don’t think anyone in that room could believe it,” Chaffetz told CBS. “That’s just a stunning revelation that 72 hours after they make a tape they destroy it? That doesn’t make any sense to us.”

He added, “If it’s regular policy to destroy them after 72 hours, why did they have two of the tapes, and where are the rest of the tapes? And so far the Secret Service has not been able to answer the question.”

Kinda makes me gag a little, but like a stopped clock, Chaffetz was right twice the day he asked those questions. Now, if only he’d ask about the rumors of rampant disrespect (if not outright hostility) toward the President. But I’m not holding my breath. And I’m not buying the whole “72 hours” thing in the age of cheap hard drives. In a case such as the drunk driving fiasco, those video recordings should have been kept.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

2 responses to Coverup Of Secret Service Misconduct?

  1. fahvel March 19th, 2015 at 3:50 am

    up to this moment, the secret service seems to be doing a fine job.

  2. CHOCOL8MILK March 19th, 2015 at 4:42 am

    I’m not surprised.