"> Name: Secret Service silences anti-Bush protester

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  North America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPersonal Opinion

Artist: Brett Bursey

Confronting Bodies: U.S. Secret Service, District Attorney's office, South Carolina police

Date of Action: December 2003

Specific Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Description of Artwork: A protest sign reading "No Blood for Oil."

Description of Incident: Bursey attended a speech given by Bush at the Columbia International Airport. He was standing in a crowd of Bush supporters holding a sign that read, "No Blood for Oil." Bursey was ordered to put down the sign or move to a designated protest site, over a half-mile away. When Bursey refused he was arrested and charged with trespassing by the South Carolina police.

Results of Incident: The initial charges were dropped, but he was charged in violation of a law that gives the secret service the right to restrict access to areas visited by the president, which could lead to a $5,000 fine and or 6 months in prison. Members of the House of Representatives, the House Judiciary Committee, and the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, in addition to the ACLU, have sent a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft urging him to drop the charges.

Source: The Billings Gazette

Submitted By: NCAC

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