Free Speech Does Not Apply Around Dick Cheney

It’s bad enough that the Bush Administration stages events to attempt to keep those who disagree with them away. Apparently Dick Cheney thinks it is a crime to criticize his policies to his face:

A Denver-area man filed a lawsuit today against a member of the Secret Service for causing him to be arrested after he approached Vice President Dick Cheney in Beaver Creek this summer and criticized him for his policies concerning Iraq.

Attorney David Lane said that on June 16, Steve Howards was walking his 7-year-old son to a piano practice, when he saw Cheney surrounded by a group of people in an outdoor mall area, shaking hands and posing for pictures with several people.

According to the lawsuit filed at U.S. District Court in Denver, Howards and his son walked to about two-to-three feet from where Cheney was standing, and said to the vice president, “I think your policies in Iraq are reprehensible,” or words to that effect, then walked on.

I imagine that the Bush/Cheney worshippers will see this as a frivilous suit, and if action is taken to defend the plaintiff’s rights to free speech they will protest “judicial activism.”

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