Anyways, I had to bring this item to you today because it's just so amazing and scary.
Earlier this summer, Denver area resident Steve Howards was walking with his 7 year old son when he saw Vice President Dick "make me mad and I'll shoot you in the face" Cheney surrounded by a group of fawning sheep, oops, I mean people shaking his hand. Howards walked over to within three feet or so of the Dick and said, "I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible". Hardly fighting words, even to a person who has shot someone in the face. Howards then continued walking on with his son.
A few minutes later, Howards was approached by Secret Service agent Virgil D. "Gus" "I lick Dick Cheney's Ass" Reichle Jr. who asked Howards if he had "assaulted" the vice president. Howards said no because he was unaware that since 9/11, the new definition of assault is "to cause someone to hear an opinion they don't like". Howards was then placed in handcuffs and arrested.
The Secret Service apparently requested that Howards be issued a summons for harassment, but the Eagle County District Attorney's Office refused and dismissed all charges against Mr. Howards.
Howards is now filing a lawsuit against the Secret Service agent, alleging that he was arrested in retaliation for practicing his First Amendment right to free speech, and that his arrest violated his Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful seizure.
An interesting case, to be sure. Especially since it seems likely that Dick Cheney could be called as a witness, being that he was the victim of Mr. Howards' callous sharing of opposing viewpoints. One wonders what Cheney will have to say about using his Secret Service agents to enforce his personal rewrite of the law and the constitution.