TSA appointee violated privacy, lied to Congress about it.

(H/T AoSHQ Headlines) Well, at least Erroll Souther’s not a tax cheat, right? Puts him ahead of the pack for this administration, it does.

The White House nominee to lead the Transportation Security Administration gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws, documents obtained by The Washington Post show.


Southers first described the episode in his October affidavit, telling the Senate panel that two decades ago he asked a San Diego Police Department employee to access confidential criminal records about the boyfriend. Southers said he had been censured by superiors at the FBI. He described the incident as isolated and expressed regrets about it.

The committee approved his nomination Nov. 19. One day later, Southers wrote to Lieberman and Collins saying his first account was incorrect. After reviewing documents, he wrote, he recalled that he had twice conducted the database searches himself, downloaded confidential law enforcement records about his wife’s boyfriend and passed information on to the police department employee, the letter said.


Moe Lane
Crossposted to RedState.

1 Comment

  • Lydie Darrah says:

    The news story tonight was Southers is still being considered to head the TSA despite congress now knowing he was not truthful on who did what concerning breaking laws to search confidential police records. Where is that Scarlet Letter? We need one with a big red “L” letter for liar. If only we still could shame people and make them wear a sign around their neck with a big red “L.” Perhaps, this is the core issue facing us in this country, there is no shame; liars, even when caught, go on about their business law-making, as if they had not been caught.

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