Washington Memo Several State Department workers and contractors stirred national controversy by snooping through the confidential passport records of Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Barack Obama. But beyond those high-profile intrusions is a much larger government push to make everyone's passport data more readily accessible to a host of federal agencies. The same database that the prying workers peered into is being opened up to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and other federal bureaucracies. The stated aim: To tap into the records "for counterterrorism and other purposes such as border security and fraud prevention."


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