The U.S. Secret Service pulled a 14-year-old girl out of class and questioned her until she went into tears earlier this week. What was her crime? Last year, she posted a picture of the president on her MySpace page, scrawled “Kill Bush” across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. Now to me, that doesn’t seem like a threat on the President’s life. The girl took down the photo herself when she realized that the photo may be misconstrued as a threat–which is what she had just learned in her eighth grade history class.

Surely, the Secret Service knew everything about this girl before paying her a visit. They knew that she was an honor student near the top of her class, they knew where she lived, who her friends were, and the clubs she attended. Most importantly, they knew she was a peace activist, and to the Bush Administration that may be her biggest crime. The Secret Service decided to teach her a lesson in not dissenting against our nation, even though that is not a principle that our nation was built on. That’s why we are not British subjects.

Sadly, the Secret Service visit was not about researching a credible threat on the president’s life. They have professional profilers that can identify real threats when they see them. This visit was about quelling free speech from someone with an dissenting point of view. This teenage girl did not want to literally kill the president, but was figuratively expressing that we could all take away his political power. Free speech. In fact, if we took the photo she created, blew it up on some foam core and placed it on an art gallery wall on Union Square it would be considered art. All communication, including threats, have to be taken in context.

The Secret Service did not question Nobel laureate Betty Williams earlier this summer when she said “Right now, I would love to kill George Bush.” Certainly a prestigious 64-year-old woman has much more resources and contacts than a 14-year-old girl. She could really plot against the president if she wanted to. Was she, or is she, not a much bigger threat on the president’s life? The answer is yes, but an old woman cannot be scared into submission.

The good news is that their plan backfired. This teen is now more motivated than ever to become not just a catalyst for peace, but a political activist against the Bush and Republican agenda. So, just like foreign military actions in Muslim countries make more terrorists, so does the Secret Service harassing our own people make more political activists. When will Bush learn? Perhaps when he’s dead*.

*The word “dead” in this sentence is not a literal threat on President Bush’s life, his family, members of his administration, allies, agents, or affiliates. In short, don’t come knocking on my door you bastards. Besides, shouldn’t you be spending my tax dollars going after real threats?!

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  1. Great article. MORE AMERICANS need to start looking at what is really going on in the USA. We have an idiot running the show. He is willing to make sacrifices of our troops. He hasn’t lost any skin in the so called war. Do the honorable thing Mr. Bush… put a rope around your own neck.

    #1 by Dennis Mason — January 8, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

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