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Monday, May 02, 2005

Bush regime trampling on America's freedoms

Someone get George W. Bush, our Dear Leader, a copy of the Constitution, you know, the one he swore to uphold, to read:

“They said they wanted to ask me some questions,” she recalls. “I said sure. They said someone called them and said I had signs up in my yard that were threatening the President. I said I did have some signs in my yard, but I wasn’t threatening the President. The worst I’ve ever said was that he’s an Evildoer. And this Secret Service man specifically asked me about the sign about Mr. Cheney. He said, “That’s from revelations.” I said, “Yes, I have no desire to destroy anybody. I’m just quoting out of the Bible.” His name, she said, was Agent Brian Atkins.

Then on January 11, she had some unexpected visitors.

ìI was actually taking a nap, and there was a knock on my door, there was a West Virginia State Trooper and a Secret Service agent,” she says, identifying them as Trooper R. J. Boggs and Agent James Lanham. They asked to come in. And I let them. And they started interviewing me.

Jensen, who at the time was running for city council, asked why they were there.

“Apparently someone had made a statement that I’d been canvassing door to door and had said I wanted to cut President Bush’s head off,” she says. “I told Agent Lanham that I was running for city council, but I hadn’t started my door-to-door campaign yet and I never had said anything like that.”

This didn’t satisfy them, though.

“They conducted an extensive interview about my background, my family, and any political organizations I belonged to,” she says. “I told them I belong to the ACLU and that’s about it.”

They continued to pry, she says.

Agent Lanham “asked me several times to sign a form about releasing my medical records, and I refused,” she says. “That was kind of annoying. And he asked to search my house. He didn’t have a search warrant, but I said go ahead. And they took some pictures of me and some pictures of my signs.”

Before they left, she says, “I had to sign a statement that I never threatened the Presidentís life.”

The Secret Service office in Charleston refused to give a comment to the Gazette, and a phone call from The Progressive to the Secret Service in Washington was not returned.

Though she hasn’t heard from the Secret Service since, Jensen is not happy about the power citizens have to rat their neighbors out for merely expressing political views they disagree with.


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