Never let anyone tell you that you can’t make a difference. One mom in Texas just uncovered Secret Service scandals by merely making requests through the Freedom of Information Act.
Dallas News reports:
Watchdog: Dallas woman discovers new Secret Service sex scandals through public information requests
“A lot of people think I’m nuts to pursue this.”
The speaker is a self-described Dallas stay-at-home mom who spent $100,000 in legal fees to expose a culture of corruption in the U.S. Secret Service.
She filed 89 Freedom of Information Acts (89!) and discovered enough Secret Service scandals and cover-ups that even Bob Woodward would be impressed.
For this, she got very little public attention. Until now.
Meet Malia Litman. A retired lawyer and wife of noted Internet entrepreneur David Litman, founder of hotels.com and now CEO of getaroom.com.
She sits at her table in her North Dallas mansion during The Watchdog team visit.
Hors d’oeuvres were set out before we arrive — something my colleague Marina Trahan Martinez and I are not used to — cucumber slices, cookies, carrots, celery, hummus and pita bread. Her story is so riveting, we don’t touch the food.
When the first Secret Service sex scandals broke a few years ago, she grew curious. A former senior partner at Thompson & Knight law firm in Dallas, she knew that federal law allows us to see government documents.
She began filing requests with the U.S. Department Homeland Security to learn of any incidents of agent misbehavior in the Secret Service, any investigations and disciplinary action.
Here’s just part of what she found:
My colleague Marina spent the week analyzing the documents and pulled out vignettes which are shared with this story. Here, though, are lowlights of behind-the-scenes mishaps of our vaunted Secret Service.
- A culture of “wheels up; rings off” meant even married agents could party on foreign trips.
- Secret Service K-9 units brought their dogs into their hotel room, which the dogs trashed. The agents made payoffs so the incident wouldn’t be reported.
- A agent who missed his flight later showed up drunk with two prostitutes. He was not disciplined.
- Agents “engaged” with prostitutes in Amsterdam’s red-light district during an advance team trip.
- A supervisor choked a female subordinate because she rejected his sexual advances.
- A supervisor offered a subordinate a larger office in return for sex.
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