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White House, streets locked down in security alert

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House and a block of surrounding streets in downtown Washington were locked down by the Secret Service for about an hour Wednesday in a security alert reportedly sparked by a dump truck. The truck was being searched prior to entering the North Lawn of the…

US Secret Service creates Twitter account

WASHINGTON — The US Secret Service, renowned for the sharp suited agents protecting the US president, made its debut on Twitter on Monday, saying the micro-blogging site could help recruiting. The agency, which also has a uniformed branch and protects the grounds of the White House, has a second mission…

Master credit card thief claims US government authorized his crimes

A year ago, Albert Gonzalez confessed to having led an operation that stole more than 130 million credit and debit card numbers by hacking into computers at TJ Maxx and other retailers and was sentenced to twenty years in prison. Now he wants his conviction overturned on the grounds that…

Secret Obama report identified flash points in Arab world

From Thursday’s New York Times: “President Obama ordered his advisers last August to produce a secret report on unrest in the Arab world, which concluded that without sweeping political changes, countries from Bahrain to Yemen were ripe for popular revolt, administration officials said Wednesday. “Mr. Obama’s order, known as a…

McCain ’08 campaign joked with Secret Service: ‘Shoot out [Palin's] tires’

After John McCain’s presidential campaign decided to withdraw from Michigan, his vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin dissented. Once the Secret Service learned of Palin’s plan to drive to Michigan one morning anyway, it got a blunt response upon asking how to handle it: “Shoot out the tires.” That was but…

Teacher questioned after using Obama assassination as example in geometry class

UPDATE: Obama assassination teacher placed on leave by district It’s certainly one way to get students to pay attention. Trouble is, it’s bound to get the Secret Service’s attention too. An Alabama geometry teacher, in an apparent effort to teach his students about parallel lines and angles, used a theoretical…

Democracy Now! journalists sue police, Secret Service over ‘violent’ RNC arrests

For what she called her “violent” arrest outside the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC), journalist and author Amy Goodman has joined with The Center for Constitutional Rights in filing a federal lawsuit against police and the Secret Service, issuing a stark challenge to policies governing their treatment of protesters. Goodman…

Secret Service probing conservative blogger’s call for Obama assassination

The Secret Service is investigating a conservative critic of President Barack Obama who called for his assassination Sunday on Twitter. Self-described conservative blogger and writer Solomon Forell called for Obama’s assassination on the eve of House Democrats’ passage of health care reform. “We’ll surely get over a bullet 2 Barack…

Secret Service investigates Obama effigy hung in President Carter’s hometown

The Secret Service is trying to uncover who hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in President Jimmy Carter’s home town. The black doll, which bore the president’s name, was found in Plains, Georgia on Saturday. A rope was slung around its neck and it was hanging in front of…

US woman charged over threat to kill Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON — A US woman with a history of making threatening phone calls to the United States Secret Service has been arrested and charged with threatening to kill First Lady Michelle Obama. According to a criminal complaint obtained by AFP, Kristy Lee Roshia has been charged before a court in…

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