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Self Description

September 2004: "The United States Secret Service is mandated by statute and executive order to carry out two significant missions: protection and criminal investigations. The Secret Service protects the President and Vice President, their families, heads of state, and other designated individuals; investigates threats against these protectees; protects the White House, Vice President's Residence, Foreign Missions, and other buildings within Washington, D.C.; and plans and implements security designs for designated National Special Security Events. The Secret Service also investigates violations of laws relating to counterfeiting of obligations and securities of the United States; financial crimes that include, but are not limited to, access device fraud, financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation's financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure."

http://www.treas.gov/usss/mission.shtml

Third-Party Descriptions

September 2008: "Hackers broke into the Yahoo! e-mail account that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin used for official business as Alaska's governor...The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails..."

http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2008/09/18/ap5442346.html

January 2008: "But now the blip has become a blowup, with Secret Service agents — under oath in court depositions — accusing one another of unethical and perhaps even illegal conduct in the handling of Mr. Howards’s arrest and the official accounting of it."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/18/us/18colorado.html

February 2007: About $62 million entered circulation that was later deemed fake in the 2006 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. That represents a more than 10% increase from the prior year and a 69% rise from just three years earlier, according to the latest data from the Secret Service obtained by USA TODAY.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/2007-02-27-counterfeit-usat_x.htm

December 2005: The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/12/AR2005121201448.html

Relationships

RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Owned by (partial or full, past or present) Treasury Department/Department of the Treasury Organization Sep 2, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) David B. Caruso Person Jun 9, 2006
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Mark Sullivan Person May 30, 2008
Organization Executive (past or present) Carl J. Truscott Person Jun 19, 2006

Articles and Resources

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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at:
Aug 19, 2009 When Protesters Bear Arms Against Health-Care Reform

QUOTE: The fact that protesters at President Obama's political events have begun showing up bearing arms may be disquieting, but it's perfectly legal...

Time Magazine
Aug 18, 2009 Three Alleged Hackers Indicted in Large Identity-Theft Case

QUOTE: A federal grand jury has indicted three people on charges of hacking into the files of the credit and debit card processing giant Heartland Payment Systems last year in what the Justice Department is calling the largest identity-theft case ever prosecuted.

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2009 White House declines to disclose visits by health industry executives

QUOTE: Invoking an argument used by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has turned down a request from a watchdog group for a list of health industry executives who have visited the White House...

Los Angeles Times
Sep 18, 2008 Hackers claim break-in to Palin's email account

QUOTE: The Secret Service contacted The Associated Press on Wednesday and asked for copies of the leaked e-mails, which circulated widely on the Internet. The AP did not comply. The disclosure Wednesday raises new questions about the propriety of the Palin administration's use of nongovernment e-mail accounts to conduct state business.

Forbes
Jul 11, 2008 Setback for White House on Visitor Logs

QUOTE: The Bush administration was dealt a setback on Friday in its efforts to keep records of White House visitors under wraps when an appeals court refused to throw out a lawsuit seeking access to the material. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that it would be premature to consider reversal of a lower court ruling last December that the White House visitor logs were public records, and that the administration should stop withholding them from scrutiny by outside groups.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2008 A Young Artist Who Mostly Draws Attention

QUOTE: Arboleda was released by the police after an hour of questions led to the conclusion that he was way more Andy Warhol than Travis Bickle. He hung the art of the "Assassination" show on Wednesday night. Yesterday, though operating on just a few hours' sleep, he bounced on his feet as he explained the Point of It All.

Washington Post
May 27, 2008 Border Agents, Lured by the Other Side

QUOTE: The Villarreal investigation is among scores of corruption cases in recent years that have alarmed officials in the Homeland Security Department just as it is hiring thousands of border agents to stem the flow of illegal immigration. The pattern has become familiar: Customs officers wave in vehicles filled with illegal immigrants, drugs or other contraband. A Border Patrol agent acts as a scout for smugglers. Trusted officers fall prey to temptation and begin taking bribes.

New York Times
May 02, 2008 Secret Service probes alleged noose incident

QUOTE: A white agent admits leaving it, but it is unclear if the rope was intended to be a noose or was tied in a loop for some other reason. The white agent is on administrative leave while the Service's Office of Professional Responsibility investigates. The rope was found tied to a building where agents do tactical training. In a statement to CNN, the Secret Service said "There has been no indication of racial intent on the part of the employee who has claimed responsibility."

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jan 18, 2008 Secret Service: Detailed Look at ’06 Turmoil

QUOTE: ...revelations [of the Secret Service's unethical and perhaps even illegal conduct] arise from a lawsuit...filed against five Secret Service agents, accusing them of civil rights and free-speech violations.

New York Times
Aug 22, 2007 White House Manual Details How to Deal With Protesters

QUOTE: A White House manual that came to light recently gives presidential advance staffers extensive instructions in the art of "deterring potential protestors" from President Bush's public appearances around the country.

Washington Post
Jun 06, 2007 Secret Service Operative Moonlights as Identity Thief

QUOTE: The case sheds light on some of the risks and ethical trade-offs involved in using criminals as informants.

Wired
May 01, 2007 U.S.: Online Payment Network Abetted Fraud, Child Pornography

QUOTE: At the heart of the government's case are allegations that E-Gold executives turned a blind eye to illegal activity on its networks, activity that allegedly ranged from the transfer of proceeds garnered from pyramid and investment scams to credit-card fraud and payments for child pornography materials.

Washington Post
Feb 27, 2007 More counterfeit money changed hands in '06

QUOTE: About $62 million entered circulation that was later deemed fake in the 2006 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. That represents a more than 10% increase from the prior year and a 69% rise from just three years earlier, according to the latest data from the Secret Service obtained by USA TODAY.

USA TODAY
Aug 12, 2006 Teen Terror: Are Teenagers Like Fundamentalist Terrorists?

QUOTE: The annual crop of Columbine wannabes flourished yet again this year. And where they may once have been charged with conspiracy or attempted assault, they are now charged as terrorists. Which probably rules out college.

Slate
May 13, 2006 NSA Program Further Blurs Line on Privacy: Consumers Grow Accustomed to Surrendering Personal Data

QUOTE: Phone companies know every number we dial. Grocery stores watch what we buy, search engines track what we look for on the Internet, banks count each penny we deposit or withdraw. All of that information could become available to the government as it works to thwart terrorist activity.

Washington Post
Jan 01, 2006 NSA Gave Other U.S. Agencies Information From Surveillance: Fruit of Eavesdropping Was Processed and Cross-Checked With Databases

QUOTE: Information captured by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases...

Washington Post
Jan 01, 2006 Automated Thievery: Thousands of bank customers across the country are being victimized by ATM & quot;skimming," a scheme that illegally collects debit card numbers and PINs. (Scam Alert)

QUOTE: ...ATM "skimming" [is] a scam that led to nearly $3 billion in losses last year. Usually, the crooks use a portable card-reading device—or "skimmer"—that fits unobtrusively over the ATM's card slot (or the slot for the card that opens the door to an indoor machine)...and record[s] the data on a card's magnetic strip.

AARP
Dec 13, 2005 ACLU Opposes Patriot Act Provision

QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union raised objections yesterday to a little-noticed provision of the latest version of the USA Patriot Act bill, arguing that it would give the Secret Service wider latitude to charge protesters accused of disrupting major events including political conventions and the Olympics.

Washington Post
Oct 19, 2005 Sleuths Crack Tracking Code Discovered in Color Printers

QUOTE: ...Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco consumer privacy group, said it had cracked the code used in a widely used line of Xerox printers, an invisible bar code of sorts that contains the serial number of the printer as well as the date and time a document was printed.

Washington Post
May 25, 2005 Database Hackers Reveal Tactics

QUOTE: "Three young hackers under investigation for unlawfully accessing personal information on thousands of people in a LexisNexis database have characterized their act as a cyber joyride that got out of hand."

Wired

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