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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:17 PM
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Secret Service Visits Man After Letter To Editor
Edited on Sun Jan-21-07 04:22 PM by Kadie
Secret Service Visits Man After Letter To Editor
Man Says Wrong Man Was Hanged

POSTED: 12:42 pm PST January 21, 2007


BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Some might say Dan Tilli's letters to the editor threaten conservative values. The Secret Service briefly worried that the 81-year-old's words threatened President George W. Bush.

snip...
The letter referenced the execution of Saddam Hussein and ended with the line, "I still believe they hanged the wrong man." There was no mention of a threat to Bush.

The government apparently saw that as a potential threat toward the president.

Tilli said he didn't say who, and that he could have meant Osama bin Laden. He also said the statement wasn't a threat.

He said he received a phone call from a Secret Service agent Thursday morning, and that he was shocked to find out that the agents were already sitting outside his apartment building.

"They said, 'We're coming up,'" Tilli told The Express-Times. "They were in the parking lot and they came up in two seconds."

more...
http://www.kcra.com/politics/10807573/detail.html


There is a survey at the link...
Do you think the Secret Service overreacted when they visited and interrogated an 81-year-old man about his letter to the editor of a local newspaper?
Choice Votes Percentage of 48 Votes
Yes 34 71%
No 14 29%



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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:19 PM
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1. there's a poll on that page about it too
:hi:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:28 PM
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6. I added it to my post.
The secret service must be keeping real busy if they felt it necessary to check him about because of that letter. I have seen many ltte's a lot worse than that.

:hi:




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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:44 PM
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10. I bet they've had to hire extra help.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:21 PM
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2. The secret service.... not such a service to the people they work
for.... and not very secretive. At least the man isn't in a gulag in Europe somewhere, not yet anyhoo.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:23 PM
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3. can we say overreaction? the bunker mentality is clearly evident from the SS visit--they have to
know that this jackass they are protecting has made a lot of people hate him. they mus really love their jobs.

observing that the wrong man was hanged could mean anybody--cheney or rummy, for example, or even al-maliki. who knows.

this maladministration is running scared, clearly.
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demrabble Donating Member (500 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:24 PM
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4. Chilling. Positively Chilling.
It seems to me that the Secret Service, by doing what it did in the case of Mr. Tilli, is trying to send the rest of us a very chilling message.

And that message is this: "Don't question publicly the policy of * in Iraq. Or else."

Positively chilling.
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:24 PM
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5. The SS has too much time on their hands
Maybe they should be out doing something useful, like busting medicinal marijuana outlets.. oh
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LiberalinNC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:29 PM
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7. If Mr Tilli was my dad, I'd be damn proud of him!!!
Keep writing Mr. Tilli!!!
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:31 PM
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8. I love what he said...
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"I'm glad they came because it makes me feel that people are interested in what I'm doing," Tilli said. "Some guys, they save cards. I write letters."

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Nite Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 04:41 PM
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9. Where are they when the
right wing wackos make their threats? They are the ones that we need to be afraid of not an 81 yr old.
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lligrd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:22 PM
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11. And 31% Of Those Responding To The Poll
don't think this was an overreaction? Amazing.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 07:23 PM
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18. Now it is 35%
Do you think the Secret Service overreacted when they visited and interrogated an 81-year-old man about his letter to the editor of a local newspaper?
Choice Votes Percentage of 1845 Votes
Yes 1194 65%
No 651 35%


:wow:


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mwb970 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:22 PM
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12. I'm surprised Bill O'Reilly didn't send some of his Fox goons. /nt
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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:25 PM
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13. laughing out loud! :) nt
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Robbien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:55 PM
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14. It is not over-reaction. This is how the Patriot Act is supposed to work
Have the SS show up and intimidate the hell out of everyday people. Intimidated people tend to follow orders without question.

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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:57 PM
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15. A most unfortunate abbreviation "SS"...
but it appears it's becoming more fitting.
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TahitiNut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 05:59 PM
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16. So, that execution wasn't a result of "due process" and a "system of justice"??
Does the Secret Service now regard a deisre that some politician face the justice system and receive a legal punishment as a 'threat'???

Chilling. That's about as misguided as can be.
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 06:13 PM
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17. Free Speech?
:rofl: only if you're Pat Robertson.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-21-07 08:48 PM
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19. It's not "over-reaction" ... it's called
intimidation ... first, the intimidation ... then the broken windows ...
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