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House Burglaries Baffle Staff, Police (House of Representatives)
National Journal ^ | 5/17/12 | Julia Edwards

Posted on 05/17/2012 7:11:35 AM PDT by illiac

Puzzling break-ins over the last month at the offices of at least three House members and several committees have U.S. Capitol Police gumshoes working to find a pattern and the culprits, with missing items ranging from cash and expensive computer equipment to autographed baseballs and alcohol.

In at least four of the cases, thieves broke into the offices at night when doors were locked, leading some staffers to believe they were victims of an inside job.

(MAP: Where the House Office Break-Ins Happened)

“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.

Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: crime; elections; government; jerrylewis; jonrunyan; news
Watergate II?
1 posted on 05/17/2012 7:11:49 AM PDT by illiac
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To: illiac

Thieves with White House passes is my guess.


2 posted on 05/17/2012 7:13:11 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: illiac
Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.; the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security; and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

They can't even secure their own offices, why should we expect them to secure the border or the whole country for that matter.

So pathetic.

3 posted on 05/17/2012 7:14:56 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: illiac
“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,” freshman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., surmised in a letter to the House’s Office of the Chief Administrative Officer. Other offices hit—many of which handle information dealing with issues of national security, though nothing of a sensitive nature was reportedly taken—include those of Reps. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., and Jon Runyan, R-N.J.

Call me paranoid, but does anyone else notice a pattern in the victims here? Who's to say their offices aren't being broken into to gain intel, and then some items are taken to make it look like simple theft?

4 posted on 05/17/2012 7:16:26 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: illiac

This can’t be hard to figure out.

That place has so many cameras and card readers it ought to be fairly easy to find the culprit.

Check who ever swiped their access cards during those periods, check the cameras and voila....

Yes, I know they probably already did this...


5 posted on 05/17/2012 7:17:57 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: kevkrom

Nice to know they keep alcohol in their offices....

Actually, that may explain a lot....


6 posted on 05/17/2012 7:19:42 AM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: illiac
"missing items ranging from cash and expensive computer equipment to autographed baseballs and alcohol."

Maybe "Obama's people" but AFAIK when Nixon's plumbers broke into the Watergate they weren't looking for baseballs and booze. Could it be someone on the cleaning or maintenance staff?

7 posted on 05/17/2012 7:20:17 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: kevkrom
Who's to say their offices aren't being broken into to gain intel

I noticed the pattern too.

Breaking in to House Republican offices to gain intelligence may sound like an oxymoron, but there it is.

Maybe it's just to make them pay "their fair share".

8 posted on 05/17/2012 7:20:39 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: illiac

I’d be looking at security and maintenance staff.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 7:21:47 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Gaffer

Cleaners really cleaning up


10 posted on 05/17/2012 7:21:53 AM PDT by molson209
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To: kevkrom
Re:
"Who's to say their offices aren't being broken into to gain intel, and then some items are taken to make it look like simple theft?"

You beat me to it . . .Noticed the same coincidence and had the same 'not-so-paranoid' thoughts here.

11 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:27 AM PDT by wtd
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To: Gaffer

Probably another Obama-gate that the DBM will ignore.


12 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:27 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!!)
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To: kevkrom
I won't call you paranoid; you're using logic and common sense. That's not paranoia. Given the proclivities of the current administration, I'd say you hit a bullseye.
13 posted on 05/17/2012 7:22:37 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: illiac
I'm always amazed at how many doors are left unlocked in Congressional offices (and state capitols), not just unlocked, but wide open after hours. During the day it's a common practice to prop the door open so as to be welcoming to the public and visitors, but then as everyone goes home and the last staffers are running back and forth on errands you wind up with offices totally unattended with doors wide open. Most of the members' internal office doors are usually unlocked too, and some of those guys have very expensive mementos and personal belongings siting out on desks and bookshelves.

It's nice to think that 99% of the American public has respect for boundaries and personal property, but I'm not surprised that someone determined to start picking things up has been successful. The Capitol police should probably be looking at new after-hours employees like temporary or fill-in janitorial staff. The regular janitors are some of the best people I've ever met, they are well known by staff and most of them are looked as co-workers, but someone new who discovered the easy-pickens would be the top suspect in my book.

14 posted on 05/17/2012 7:24:25 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: illiac

Plumbers.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 7:25:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: illiac

Here is my theory:

The thefts cover INSERTING information into the oversight or homeland security documents to cover for malfeasance so the administration can say “everybody knew”.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 7:26:17 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (When religions have to beg the gov't for a waiver, we are already under socialism.)
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To: kevkrom
Call me paranoid, but does anyone else notice a pattern in the victims here? Who's to say their offices aren't being broken into to gain intel, and then some items are taken to make it look like simple theft?

That thought occurred to me.

If they find that any sensitive information has been accessed, it could rise to the level of a Watergate-style break-in. That is, if the victims were Democrats . . .
17 posted on 05/17/2012 7:26:32 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: kevkrom

My Thursday prediction... There will be (probably false) reports of more break-ins, in (D) offices, just to balance the fact that only (R)s have been hit so far.


18 posted on 05/17/2012 7:28:55 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: kevkrom

“gain intel, and then some items are taken to make it look like simple theft? “

Makes the most sense. Not only stealing data, but leaving data and changing data as well. Maybe placing spyware that commercial software can’t detect.

Surprising that all the hallway cameras and card scanners don’t pick up anything.


19 posted on 05/17/2012 7:30:11 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: illiac

This is how Watergate would have been reported with a ‘Rat president.


20 posted on 05/17/2012 7:31:28 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: illiac

Expropriating the expropriators.


21 posted on 05/17/2012 7:37:51 AM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: illiac
Check this Clinton Clown's sox for evidence...
22 posted on 05/17/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Col Frank Slade

Well they do spend like drunken ____...


23 posted on 05/17/2012 7:50:22 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: ElkGroveDan
Some years ago, I read a great book by a former KGB agent about his life as a spy in Washington.

These were a few observations which stick with me after reading that book:

  1. The ruling class in DC lives in its own little bubble without much concern for security except as it relates to their political careers.
  2. The class which cleans their offices, serves their meals and drives their taxicabs is increasingly made up of third worlders. While most have just moved to the DC area to make money, many of them can be recruited by spies for a pittance to provide information as easy as delivering trash bags filled with discarded technical drawings from an intelligence agency.
  3. Our own media stationed in DC are also primary sources for this type of intelligence and, indeed, to recruit third worlders to do this work. One of key sources for this KGB guy was a press woman who knew key left wing organizations who could reach out to these foreign nationals.
  4. One of the key things which the KGB spymasters learned from this trash can intelligence was that military equipment designs which we threw in our trash cans was more advanced than what the Russians could even do. Eight years of the Reagan administration had really taken its toll on Russia and had widened the gap. The 1988 election was seen as the point of no return. If Russia could not change the direction of the United States politically, they would have no hope to catch up militarily or even avoid financial insolvency.

We all know what happened after that. The KGB agent used the friends he made in the American media to immigrate and eventually write a book which would have blown the whistle on them. That is, if anybody had bothered to read it.
24 posted on 05/17/2012 7:58:19 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: illiac

Secret Service trying to raise money for another party.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 8:01:20 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: illiac

They pass laws pointing cameras at US, where are the cameras pointing at THEM? No surveillance footage? C’mon..


26 posted on 05/17/2012 8:15:52 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: illiac
“The evidence points to someone with access to my office, and other offices in the Capitol complex, as the perpetrator,”
So there's no honor among thieves afterall.
27 posted on 05/17/2012 8:15:52 AM PDT by lewislynn ( What does the global warming movement and the Fairtax movement have in commom? Misinformation)
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To: Vigilanteman

Any theories as to who “Socrates” might have been?


28 posted on 05/17/2012 8:35:35 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: illiac
THEY BETTER DEBUG THEIR OFFICES
29 posted on 05/17/2012 8:46:34 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

They pass laws pointing cameras at US, where are the cameras pointing at THEM? No surveillance footage?


There must be cameras, which means whoever did it turned them off. This reeks of donks.


30 posted on 05/17/2012 9:13:57 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: kevkrom

“Call me paranoid, but does anyone else notice a pattern in the victims here? Who’s to say their offices aren’t being broken into to gain intel, and then some items are taken to make it look like simple theft?”

or plant some bugs or evidence, OR, a good way to get rid
of bugs or incriminating evidence.


31 posted on 05/17/2012 9:57:24 AM PDT by Slambat (The right to keep and bear arms. Anything one man can carry, drive or pull.)
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To: illiac

Bookmark for later.


32 posted on 05/17/2012 10:07:12 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: illiac

He’s tanned, he’s rested, he’s ready...

Milhous is back!

Nixon ‘16!


33 posted on 05/17/2012 10:21:24 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: illiac

Better checks for bugs.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 1:26:18 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Criminaliens or Crimigrants...0bamao's people?)
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To: illiac

Lot of R’s mentioned


35 posted on 05/17/2012 3:52:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

OK, a few bottles of scotch and somebody’s signed baseball is one thing (errr, two things). Computers are a whole different colored horse.

How the heck do you just waltz in and out of the Capitol without being under some scrutiny? There is something really smelly going on here and I predict we will never hear how it is cleared up. If it is, that is.

This will all be forgotten in a month.


36 posted on 05/17/2012 5:34:26 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: illiac

If they find out who it is, don’t be surprised if he has a father that looks like Obama.


37 posted on 05/17/2012 7:24:57 PM PDT by wrencher
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Click the link.
The Republic you save may be your own.


38 posted on 05/17/2012 7:29:09 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: GeronL

Somebody had keys.


39 posted on 05/18/2012 7:40:36 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: illiac

All Republicans?

Someone is digging for dirt.


40 posted on 05/18/2012 1:52:03 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Oratam
You read the book, didn't you?

The author strongly hints at who these contacts were, but ultimately declines to identify them. In the book credits, he makes the excuse that he was unable to get their permission.

You know permission isn't necessary if you are disclosing facts, so I have to wonder if he feels a moral obligation to keep silent for some reason such as, perhaps, they helped him get out of Russia shortly after the Soviet Union collapsed and resettle in the United States.

What's your theory?

A subsequent former KGB author who penned his book about 10 years later has a theory posted at the link. I have not read his book so am unable to comment on the veracity.

The only thing I can say is that if you made a list of journalists based in Washington with pro-Soviet sympathies and those without, the former list would be much longer and, thus, would be a good place for a KGB contact to hide.

41 posted on 05/18/2012 6:16:36 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: illiac

Has Clinton’d old advisor Sandy Berger been seen anywhere near these offices?


42 posted on 05/18/2012 6:43:33 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: illiac

Has Clinton’s old advisor Sandy Berger been seen anywhere near these offices?


43 posted on 05/18/2012 6:43:40 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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To: Gaffer

Sounds like some of the less than professional hires common to this thuggish administration. The ‘thieves’ photgraph data but are so amateurish that they steal items out in the oipen in offices. When they broke into Trey Gowdy’s office they revealed for whom they work, IMHO. Eric ‘Just Us’ Holder needs something, anything, to blackmail Gowdy into backing off. I hate these obamanoid thugs and the fraud train affirmative action sonofabitch they rode in on. Come NOvember, We The People must boot the bastards out, because it’s a sure thing the feckless Republican Congress won’t do it. They have too many ‘skeletons’ in their own closets. These ‘thieves’ were looking for ‘skeletons’.


44 posted on 05/18/2012 6:57:03 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Sooth2222

Take nothing but... Pictures!
HF


45 posted on 05/18/2012 8:17:44 PM PDT by holden
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To: Vigilanteman
I have not read the book. I did a quick scan of the synopsis on Amazon and found the reference to the Carter-era advisor intriguing.

It sounds like a good read. The cold war era shouldn't be forgotten. We're now paying for having won the war but, IMO, losing the peace.

46 posted on 05/19/2012 8:37:25 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Oratam
Very good. You had me fooled.

The book is also very revealing about how the Washington Press corps moves seamlessly between the world of media and government jobs, especially but not necessarily exclusively, in Democrat administrations.

TASS (the Soviet news agency) was, of course, very cooperative in providing cover for KGB agents, like this author. But even TASS had the temerity to criticize Soviet officialdom every once in a while to put on a good show-- something we seldom see with the Obama press.

47 posted on 05/20/2012 4:35:50 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: illiac
It's not all that baffling.

Note that only Republicans were burglarized, and staffer computers were stolen.

Eric Holder. Barack Obama. Very simple, actually.

48 posted on 05/20/2012 9:44:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (The so-called 'mainstream' media has gone from "biased" straight to "utterly surreal".)
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