johnsu01 (johnsu01) wrote,
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S is also for Secret Service, and Stupid

Just some brief quotes from the news; some woe-is-me for the First Amendment.

From the Rocky Mountain News:

Three people were ejected from a taxpayer-funded event because of a No Blood for Oil bumper sticker. This was a while ago.

But White House press secretary Scott McClellan backed the trio's ouster, saying in April, "If we think people are coming to the event to disrupt it, obviously, they're going to be asked to leave."

Obviously. They must have steeped outside the Free Speech Zone. I wonder why their shock collars ("Your dog will never fear you for the correction received.") didn't go off.

They thought they were being told to leave by the SS.

The trio, who have been nicknamed the Denver Three, said the event staffer who confronted them was dressed like a Secret Service agent, wearing a suit, radio earpiece and lapel pin that identifies people with security clearance. The Secret Service has said the man was not an agent.

Bauer and Weise say they were pulled aside at the gate and were told by another event staffer to wait for the Secret Service. They said the man who showed up threatened them with arrest if they misbehaved.

The investigation, which just ended, concluded that the man was not committing the crime of impersonating the SS. He was just wearing a dark suit, radio earpiece, and lapel pin that identifies people with security clearance threatening to arrest people at an event featuring the President. Right.

Stupid.

Further:

The White House has described the man as a "White House volunteer" and refused to identify him.

(double-take) Huh?

First, you can volunteer at the White House? Do we not pay people to work there?

Do you get to work in the kitchen and ladle soup out to the hungry Cabinet Secretaries, maybe rubbing their feet and handing out fresh blue blankets?

Second, these volunteers have the authority to suggest (while wearing dark suits) that people leave a political event? Who are they accountable to again?

I understand that people volunteer to help with campaign rallies. I do not understand that people volunteer to help run the White House. I guess they have interns (I seem to remember something about that), but I don't know if they are paid or not, and anyway, this guy was no intern.

Next time a group of men in dark suits with earpieces and lapel pins indicative of security clearance threaten to arrest you at event featuring the President, don't worry; they're just volunteers. Thank them for their good deed, perhaps make a witty remark about how this must be a nice resume builder for them, and continue on.

Tags: first amendment, free speech, secret service
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