Having some tangential experience with Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities (SCIF) and how seriously they are taken, I was shocked to hear that one was stormed in Congress by people carrying cell-phones.
Wikipedia defines a SCIF thusly:
A Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF; pronounced "skiff"), in British and United States military, national security/national defense and intelligence parlance, is an enclosed area within a building that is used to process Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) types of classified information.
As noted in this article "... bringing phones into the secure area was a potential felony."
Is it correct that is it a felony to bring cell phones into such a secure area in the normal case?
I have found this document which describes standards around SCIF construction and management: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION AND MANAGEMENT OF SENSITIVE COMPARTMENTED INFORMATION FACILITIES
I've not, as of yet, been able to find anything that explains what laws apply to these facilities and what ramifications there are for violators.
According this article:
...while there are criminal statutes that would otherwise come into play here, it is not useful to discuss them here because, under the Speech or Debate Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a member of Congress cannot be criminally prosecuted for an action he or she takes as part of the individual’s legislative work.
There is no reference to which criminal statutes would apply, however.
Is this assessment correct that such actions could not be criminally prosecuted were they illegal?
The above image is purported to be from the incident.
Alex Mooney made a recording inside the SCIF that he then published on Twitter here.