Calling Secretary Paulson

Dear Hank,

I know you’ve got a lot on your mind, but would you mind telling the head of the Secret Service that the job of the agents protecting Sarah Palin is not to harass the Free Press.

 I have to say the Secret Service is in dangerous territory here. In cooperation with the Palin campaign, they’ve started preventing reporters from leaving the press section to interview people in the crowd. This is a serious violation of their duty — protecting the protectee — and gets into assisting with the political aspirations of the candidate.

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0 Responses to Calling Secretary Paulson

  1. stephen says:

    Actually, this isn’t Paulson’s fault, at least. The Secret Service moved from the Treasury Dept. to the DHS in 2003.

  2. Tim Morgan says:

    According to Wikipedia, The United States Secret Service was transferred from the Department of the Treasury to the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003:

    So Paulson isn’t their boss. Michael Chertoff is.

    Of course we all know how attentive and protective the DHS is of 1st Amendment rights, so this news about the Secret Service is sadly not unexpected.

  3. Mason Dixon says:

    I always wondered what politics in the thirties in Germany looked like.

  4. fourios says:

    Yeah, thirties Germany comes to mind quite a bit these last few weeks… a deep economic crisis and its uncertainties, a government and president with more power than anything in recent history when it comes to controlling its citizens under the umbrella of fighting terrorism, obvious racism as in “kill him” remarks, “can we trust him?” “no, mam, he is not an arab, he is a decent american” – I hope people are noticing that these things have precedents.

  5. Mason Dixon says:

    I’m noticing. I’m sure a lot of people are. It feels weird, doesn’t it?

  6. gage says:

    Has the Secret Service been issued their brown shirts?

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