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“I didn’t even know he was in town,” Howards says. “He was walking through the area shaking hands. Initially, I walked past him. Then I said to myself, ‘I can’t in good conscience let this opportunity pass by.’ So I approached him, I got about two feet away, and I said in a very calm tone of voice, ‘Your policies in Iraq are reprehensible.’ And then I walked away.”.......
But the Secret Service did not take kindly to his comment.“About ten minutes later, I came back through the mall with my eight-year-old son in tow,” Howards recalls, “and this Secret Service man came out of the shadows, and his exact words were, ‘Did you assault the Vice President?’ ”
Here’s how Howards says he responded: “No, but I did tell Mr. Cheney the way I felt about the war in Iraq, and if Mr. Cheney wants to be shielded from public criticism, he should avoid public places. If exercising my constitutional rights to free speech is against the law, then you should arrest me.”
If this happened as described, that SS officer should be fired, stripped of his pension, and given a public beating as a lesson to the other SS officers.
Originally posted by marg6043
Well how about that girl in California that just got tired of Bush and said "kill bush" she got taken away by the secret police for committing a Federal offense now freedom of speech is a federal offense.
At the jail, the charge against him was reduced to harassment, he says, and he was released on $500 bond. The Eagle County DA’s office eventually dropped that charge.
Originally posted by esdad71
Profanity can be construed as assault, this is common knowledge. If you tell a police officer to F### off, he will arrest you for assault.