Commerce Department’s Security Unit Went ‘Rogue’ With Probes, Committed ‘Gross Abuses of Power’: Senate ReportEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

A Senate report on a security unit within the Commerce Department alleged that poor management and weak oversight drove the unit to morph into a “rogue, unaccountable police force” and what whistleblowers described as a “gestapo.” The report (pdf), released by Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, accused the Investigations and Threat Management Service (ITMS) of launching “frivolous investigations” against employees and of “improper exercises of law enforcement powers,” likely resulting in violations of civil liberties and other constitutional rights. The ITMS, which was established under the George W. Bush administration to investigate threats against the Secretary of Commerce and the Department’s “critical assets,” operated “without a clearly defined mission,” the report alleged, which “ultimately led to the mutation of the ITMS into a rogue, unaccountable police force across multiple presidential administrations.” The report further alleged that ITMS agents engaged in law enforcement activities that …Read More

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