May 4, 2012 12:21PM

Federal Agencies Out of Control: Quick Roundup

Today, a Washington Post editorial asks whether the Environment Protection Agency is out of control because one of its officials spoke of “crucifying” businesspeople who may run afoul of that agency’s regulations. The short answer is Yes, it is out of control. Go here for the longer answer.

The Drug Enforcement Agency is also out of control. Daniel Chong was left in a holding cell for days without food, water, or a toilet. Agents forgot about him. Poor Chong attempted suicide because he was so distressed.

Meanwhile the Secret Service is under scrutiny for the security detail that was partying with prostitutes in advance of President Obama’s trip to South America. The agents involved say they are puzzled by the spotlight since their supervisors were aware of similar conduct in the past and it was no big deal.