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October 23, 2019

Thompson Writes House Sergeant at Arms on SCIF Security Breach

 (WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms regarding the security breach at a House SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) today.

Letter excerpt:

Today, a group of Minority Members of the House of Representatives, including Minority Members of the Committee of Homeland Security, intentionally brought their electronic devices into a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).  Such action is a blatant breach of security, violates the Oath all Members of Congress sign to gain access to classified information, and contravenes security controls established by the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for the protection of classified information.  

This unprecedented breach of security raises serious concerns for Committee Chairmen, including me, responsible for maintaining SCIFs.  As such, I am requesting you take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach. More broadly, I urge you to take House-wide action to remind all Members about the dangers of such reckless action and the potential national security risks of such behavior. 

Link to letter

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