Victory For Free Speech As Secret Service Overrules U Security

U of M Security Supervisor says no to petition distribution


One of the most basic rights Americans have is free speech. Courts have ruled that includes handing out flyers on a public street. So it was surprising that outside a University of Minnesota field house where President Obama was speaking, U of M security tried to prevent protest petitions from being distributed. The petitions were in support of nine Minnesotans who the FBI targeted with raids on September 24.

Protesters were originally told the flyers couldn’t be distributed because it was “a Secret Service event.” But the Secret Service showed up and said it didn’t object to the petitions being distributed.

The victims of the September 24 FBI raids and their supporters rallied across the street from the thousands lined up at the President’s campaign rally for Minnesota DFL candidates on the University Campus in the Field House.

10,000 petitions were printed. The petition asks for supporters to contact the Dept. of Justice, the President’s office and members of Congress seeking an overturn of the serious cloud hanging over the heads of nine Minnesotans.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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