Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Fake ID

From the Rocky Mountain News:

A Republican Party staffer dressed like a Secret Service agent forcibly removed three people from President Bush’s speech in Denver last week after they arrived in a car with a “No more blood for oil” bumper sticker.

The man’s identity as a Republican staffer was confirmed to the Rocky Mountain News on Tuesday by Denver Secret Service agent in charge Lon Garner, who investigated the incident. He declined to identify the man.

The three people said the man wore a lapel pin and an earpiece, and they were told he was with the Secret Service. And they and their attorney quoted agent Garner as saying the staffer admitted forcing them out solely due to the bumper sticker.

“I think this is appalling,” said Alex Young, one of the three people evicted from the White House-sponsored event at the Wings over the Rockies museum, even though they had done nothing.

“In my mind, it’s a clear First Amendment violation. They are being punished for the speech on their bumper sticker,” said Dan Recht, an attorney representing Young, 25, Leslie Weise, 39, and Karen Bauer, 38.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it a Federal offense to impersonate a Secret Service agent?