Well, we have a Stasi-style police state developing in this country due to the ramped up surveillance of every American that Obama and his cronies have implemented. Therefore I'm not too surprised by this development. wherein critics of Obama and the regime are being visited by the Secret Service over innocuous First Amendment protected speech about the President.
Tom Francois is an outspoken critic of Barack Hussein Obama- and has a robust Twitter presence. He also likes to dabble with his "paint" program to create funny cartoons. He has never threatened the President in any way, manner or form.
On April 11, 2013, he heard relentless pounding on his door shouts of "Police!" The officers introduced themselves as members of The Secret Service and asked if they could "take a look around."
Since Tom had nothing to hide (and he didn't want any return visits) - he complied fully with their request. He even signed a consent to search his premises AND an "Authorization To Review Medical and Mental Health Records!"
They asked Tom if he ever left his state or traveled to Washington, D.C.
One Agent asked Tom if he has any intentions of "whacking" the President." To which Tom replied- "Of course not. I wish him no harm. I disagree with his policies and actions and I make no bones about it. It's my First Amendment Right and I intend to exercise it."
Not only that, but the jack-booted fascists made it clear that they knew the online satirist legally owned two firearms (apparently the SS has no more respect for the Second Amendment than they do for the First Amendment) and that they were looking for an excuse to confiscate them. And in a visit to his daughter, they stated that the information they were gathering -- most of which consisted of photoshops of public domain photographs that commented on current political issues -- would be turned over to Attorney General Eric Holder because "he has the last word on what to do, if anything." In other words, an Obama political appointee will be making decisions about what criticism of Obama is to be permitted, First Amendment be damned.
Oh, and the agents admitted the basis for their investigation of Tom Francois's Fist Amendment protected activity -- the fact that he has a large (over 11,000) following on Twitter.. Look for yourself to find out how threatening his graphics really are. They claimed that they weren't worried about Tom, but that they were instead worried about what someone might do in response to his tweets -- which is not legitimately grounds for an investigation, and which doesn't justify the questions "do you ever travel out of state?" and have you ever traveled near the District of Columbia?" After all, if they don't see him as a threat, why are they tracking his movements, movements that are also his right as an American citizen? And why are they also told him that his online speech was being watched by the government and that they would come back to confiscate his guns -- and presumably arrest him -- if he were to ever "step over the line".
Oh, by the way -- while the federal government was investigating an internet satirist, they weren't investigating a pair of radical Islamist brothers in the Boston area. Four days after this harassment of an American citizen by the Obama Regime, those two brothers set off a terrorist bomb at the Boston marathon. Why weren't they tagged as being at least as big a threat as a guy who posts on Twitter?
H/T Urban Grounds