Saturday, April 23, 2005

Conspiracy to exercise Constititutional rights

GOP Volunteer Probed on Role at President's Speech (

It is nice to see somebody in the MSM finally taking interest in the systematic exclusion of anyone who might even be thinking about protesting at Bush public appearances.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating whether a Republican volunteer committed the crime of impersonating a federal agent while forcibly removing three people from one of President Bush's public Social Security events, according to people familiar with the probe.

The Secret Service this week sent agents to Denver to probe allegations by three area Democrats that they were ousted from Bush's March 21 event. The three did not stage any protest at the rally and were later told by the Secret Service they were removed because their vehicle displayed an anti-Bush bumper sticker.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the man who removed them was a GOP volunteer, but he refused to divulge his name or whether he works in Colorado or Washington. "If someone is coming to an event to disrupt it, they are going to be asked to leave," McClellan said.
In the Denver case, Alex Young, 25; Karen Bauer, 38; and Leslie Weise, 39, say they were forced out even though they never verbally protested or displayed anti-Bush shirts or signs. The White House has not disputed this.
McClellan said the volunteer had a reason to believe they were planning to protest and rightly removed them. "My understanding is the volunteer was concerned these individuals were going to disrupt the event, so he asked them to leave," McClellan said.

The Secret Service initially launched an investigation in late March to determine if its agents were involved in the incident. It was quickly determined they were not. This week, Mark Hughes, who works for the Secret Service here, contacted the attorneys representing the three people and said agents were flying to Denver for a new phase of the probe.

A person familiar with the probe said the agents are trying to determine whether the man McClellan described as a volunteer was impersonating an agent, a federal crime that carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

The incident and the identity of the man have become news in parts of Denver. The three Democrats have started a Web site to press their case, and a local columnist has been hounding the White House for the identity of the "mystery man." "It's day 31. The White House stonewalling continues," Denver Post columnist Diane Carman wrote Thursday.

"I don't think it serves any purpose other than to further their political agenda to get into discussing the volunteer," McClellan said.

Ah, yes, Scottie. We can't have protesters furthering their political agenda, can we? Only you get to use taxpayer-funded public events to further a political agenda.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

per your previous post, even if the volunteer is identified, we can expect that the sentence will consist of 12-18 months probation and a more important position on the campaign staff for jebbie in 08.

11:15 AM  

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