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TSA Nominee Accessed Database Illegally

From an unfazed Washington Post:

TSA nominee questioned over FBI censure

Erroll Southers had background check run on ex-wife’s boyfriend

By Ed O’Keefe
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) questioned President Obama’s nominee to lead the nation’s airport security agency Tuesday about a censure he received from the FBI in 1988.

Erroll Southers, who was serving as an FBI special agent at the time of the censure, asked a co-worker’s husband who worked for the San Diego Police Department to run a background check on his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Under questioning by Collins, Southers said that he has not misused government databases to receive personal information on anyone since the incident and that he would not do so in the future.

Collins did not describe the incident during Tuesday’s hearing, instead referring only to an "issue" that led to the censure.

Southers gave a detailed account in his written responses that were released Tuesday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"The boyfriend had moved in with my ex-wife, from whom I had separated only a short time before, and I was concerned for the safety of her and my infant son, who was also living with them," he wrote. "The database search revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest, about which I informed my ex-wife."

"I recognize that it was a mistake to have used my official connections to investigate the matter," Southers said.

Southers worked as an FBI special agent from 1984 to 1988. He told lawmakers Tuesday that he left the FBI about six months after the censure for unrelated reasons

Be fair.

It would be pretty hypocritical for Mr. Obama to bounce this nominee for such an infraction after what he did to Joe The Plumber.

Not to mention how he got open divorce records to win his previous elections.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 12th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “TSA Nominee Accessed Database Illegally”

  1. Right of the People says:

    Here at the DHS doing what he did WILL get you fired, not ifs ands or buts about it. One of the inspectors at a port did the same thing, ran a background check on his ex’s new boyfriend and he was filing for unemployment not quite a month later.

    This is the person they want running security at our airports?

    I fear for my country.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Must be a tax cheat too!

  3. proreason says:

    Even asking about this is racist if you ask me.

    25% of African American men are incarcerated during their lifetimes.

    Here we have one of the few who hasn’t been, and so people are pretending like he did something wrong.

    The constitution doesn’t give anybody the right to date your ex-wife either, and as an African American, he had every right to use FBI resources to investigate somebody who was doing something un-Constitutional.

  4. canary says:

    Does this new Obama bad boy have muslim ties too? Reminds me of that muslim terrorist that opened fire on a NYC subway wasting all those people.

  5. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    At least he’s doing background checks, nobody else at the White House seems to care…..wounder what he found?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      An opening at the WH as a Csar!

    • U NO HOO says:

      That’s what I thought for a fleeting moment, he found that the guy had an outstanding arrest warrant. Isn’t that what security is all about, catching the bad guys?

      There was no extortion or blackmail.

      AND, if his child was in the house with someone questionable I congratulate the guy for apparently caring for his child. Does Britney Spears ring a familiar note?

  6. WebInvestigationReview says:

    It’s a shame Obama’s administration member doing something like this

    Background Check Reviews

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