UNLAWFUL

TSA Nominee Violated Privacy Laws

As if the Transportation Security Administration weren't in enough hot water, The Washington Post is now reporting that the White House nominee to lead the organization violated privacy laws and initially misled Congress about doing so. Twenty-some years ago, Errol Southers, a former FBI agent who the White House is attempting to have confirmed by Congress, allegedly accessed a federal database to get criminal information about his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend. Southers called the act a "grave error in judgment" in an October affidavit to Sen. Joseph Lieberman. Citing "inadvertent" forgetfulness, he has since updated his original claims. He says the illegal searches were done out of concern for his wife and son, who were living with the boyfriend at the time.