Law & Order
This election may have been far more exciting than anyone realized. According to a GQ story about Mitt Romney and his security entourage, “several assassination plots were nipped in the bud” by the Secret Service during this year’s presidential campaign.
Brooklyn resident Maria Tripp, age 47, was killed while crossing Atlantic Avenue late Thursday afternoon. Authorities tell NBC New York that Ms. Tripp was attempting to cross at the intersection of Atlantic and Ralph when she was struck by a westbound Chevrolet Impala driven by a Secret Service agent. Ms. Tripp was taken to Interfaith Hospital where she died from injuries to her head and body.
In a revelation that surely won’t be pure red meat for political commentators for the next 48 hours, the Associated Press reports a fired Secret Service supervisor joked on Facebook about scoping out former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. David Randall Chaney, forced to retire by the agency earlier this week in connection with an ongoing probe into a prostitution scandal, was part of Mrs. Palin’s Secret Service detail during the 2008 presidential campaign. In January 2009, Mr. Chaney, age 48, wrote the following in a comment on a Facebook photo of him accompanying Mrs. Palin: “I was really checking her out, if you know what i mean?”
Informed by Fox News of the comment, the former Alaska governor said, “Well check this out, buddy–you’re fired.” Mrs. Palin also termed the Secret Service/Colombian prostitution scandal as being symptomatic of “government run amok.”
Peter Smith, a 20-year-old student at the University of Colorado, could face 6 months in prison for attempting to throw a glitter “missile” at presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Mr. Smith, who told Reuters he was protesting Romney’s “general political philosophy” as much as the candidate’s position on gay marriage, has been charged with several misdemeanors. They include creating a disturbance, committing an “unlawful act” on school property and in legal terms, throwing a missile.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who just won the Florida primary, will receive Secret Service protection. ABC News reports Mr. Romney will have protection by Thursday. There are no known threats to the candidate; unnamed sources told reporters that the decision was based on the increasing sizes of crowds encountered on the campaign trail.
President Obama (via Getty)
Since Gawker came calling Atlanta Jewish Times owner and publisher Andrew Adler’s no-good very bad week has only gotten worse. Now the Secret Service is interested in his writing. Adler published an incendiary column on January 13 in which he suggested options Israel could pursue to combat an increasingly aggressive Iran. Unfortunately, this was one of his suggestions:
City Councilman John Liu says he wants the Secret Service to investigate “what went into that cartoon and what is the meaning of that cartoon” in the New York Post yesterday, because the Secret Service “investigates all threats, implied and otherwise.”
Liu and other elected officials were asked about it at a press Read More