Monday, January 22, 2007

Write a letter, win a visit from the Secret Service.

An 81-year-old man was questioned by Secret Service agents because he wrote a letter to the editor that was critical of President Bush. Dan Till, of Bethlehem, PA wrote a letter about the execution of Saddam Hussein. He wrote: I still believe they hanged the wrong man.” That was all it took for him to be visited by the Feds.

Till was at home when he received a phone call from the Secret Service asking him if he was home. When he said yes he was told the agents were in his parking lot waiting for him. The immediately came up and started questioning him. The agents also searched his home and took photographs of him. Last year he was visited by the FBI over another letter to the editor.

It should be noted what this means. Even if the vague statement in the letter could be taken as some round about threat on Bush what this means is that federal agents are checking out the letters to the editors of newspapers. The mere knowledge that federal agents are checking out who writes letters to the newspaper and what they say stifles free speech in America.

Write those letters if you wish but remember Big Brother is watching. Welcome to the land of the free. Right!