Skip to comments.Secret Service refused to let college students protest Biden
Posted on 09/18/2012 6:47:02 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Secret Service officials refused to allow protesting students at Wright State University to assemble within one-quarter mile of Vice President Joe Biden during his visit last week.
The Secret Service respects everyones right to freedom of speech but we also have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment, Secret Service spokesman Max Millien told Campus Reform, which reported that students rallying against Biden and President Obama in support of Mitt Romney moved twice at the orders of the Secret Service until they reached a designated free speech zone.
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Wonder what kind of students would show up to listen to Slow Joe .... probably ones as challenged as Slow Joe so he wouldn’t be talking down to them!
Way to go SS...ever heard of the 1st amendment?
I've made 1600 phone calls from home to New Hampshire in the last six days using the system set up by the campaign. Even 100 calls will make a difference. Who will join me?
The Dark Side is doing the same thing. I'm on the Obama mailing list, and they're exhorting me to join them in making calls to voters in Nevada.
“I’m a good vice president.”
Thanks Free ThinkerNY.
There is only one free speech zone: Coast to coast and border to border.
The Secret Service respects everyones right to freedom of speech but we also have a duty to provide a safe and secure environment,
Excuse me bud, the US Constitution trumps secret service activities. If you can’t protect your guys out in public, keep them home.
Way to go SS...ever heard of the 1st amendment?
Wasn’t there an EO or legislation signed to say that you can’t protest within ‘so much space’ of the vicinity? And that the SS determines?
We’re screwed, folks.
It amazes me that those sworn to uphold The Constitution are the ones that routinely think nothing of violating it. I don’t understand their stronger loyalty to an idiot like Biden, than to the Country.
All of America is a "free speech" zone...
They will do this every time....
REPEAT -- EVERY TIME...
...Until we INSIST on the exercise of our rights and liberties as the Constitution guarantees.
I assume that this is Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Right?
But it is OK to camp out at the end of George Bush’s lane for months on end to protest his policies....
Thank you for doing that. I’m wondering how many of the folks you called were ugly or rude to you.
I think everybody should be allowed to protest hair plugs.
OK, I'll admit that I do engage some of them, especially the undecideds, to find out what issues matter to them so I can mark it down in the Notes section. However, I have worked for years in politics and am comfortable questioning people carefully to find their hot buttons. The campaign does not expect this, just be a pollster. I want to give them the best information I can.
If you are worried about rejection or rudeness, I suggest this is a great experience for you to get used to it. Remember, if the caller is rude or rejecting, IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. It is a reflection of their own problems and attitudes. This will be a healthy experience to help you grow.
MAX MILLIEN???? Bwaahhaaa....parents with a sense of humor.
Don’t bother using the Obama phone bank since it will be slanted the wrong way. Try the Romney phone bank. Your calls will really make a difference! And, you do meet some very nice people, too.
Yeah, they moved the free speech zone from Ohio to Nebraska. Much safer for Biden that way.
Why did they allow the SS to stop them? 1/4 mile? Who are they to determine that? Screw ‘em. Protest anyway and let a court decide.
a bill was passed early summer or late spring that made it a law that protestors could be blocked from areas near the prez, vp, key congresscritters....not kidding...
Wright State isn't exactly Stanford.
Im a good vice president.LOL Joe.
“I can handle things! I’m smart! Not like everybody says... like dumb... I’m smart and I want respect!”
Joe Biden: The Fredo Corleone of the Obama Administration.
He should have worn another shirt over it and taken it off insude. ButMCCAIN? Which side was he on?
Thanks for the input.
These students are victims of the recently passed legislation called The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011. H.R. 347 was passed 388-3. Not only were our 1st Amendment rights to free speech violated, politicians were federally insulated from protesters by this bill.
Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (REPUBLICAN-Fla) sponsored H.R. 347. His communication director, Michael Mahassey, called protest reaction to the bill “a whole lot of kerfuffle over nothing. This doesnt affect anyones right to protest anywhere at any time. Ever.
My Congress Critter, Virginia Foxx (REPUBLICAN), defended the bill (in a letter to me) claiming that H.R. 347 would NOT stifle free speech and was simply an update for already existing law. (Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, security protocol for those under Secret Service protection)
The purpose behind HR 347 was/is clear. This bill gave government officials the authority to make free speech a FELONY punishable by up to a year in prison. It is also an assault to gun rights. If charged under this law and convicted of a felony during a protest/exercise of free speech, one loses all rights to purchase or own a gun.
For 230 years Congress shall make no law abridging free speech has been the law. Now comes HR 347 giving federal authorities sweeping unbridled discretionary powers over our exercise of such. This bill allows Secret Service agents to decide NO FREE SPEECH zones rather than FREE SPEECH zones.
ANY SECRET SERVICE AGENT CAN USE HIS AUTHORITY/DISCRESTION TO SUPPRESS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.
This law will be enforced in the same way the government enforces immigration laws. Only when they want to. They can now suppress speech BASED ON CONTENT which is expressly prohibited by the First Amendment. This law personifies the slow, creeping destruction of our basic liberties and these students will NOT be its only victims.
Too late to shut the door when the horse is out of the barn.