It now looks like the security thugs working for Alaska GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller were active military.
If it’s not completely intolerable to have active-duty soldiers handcuffing American journalists on U.S. soil while acting as private “guards” for Senate candidates, what would be? This is the sort of thing that the U.S. State Department would readily condemn if it happened in Egypt or Iran or Venezuela or Cuba: active-duty soldiers detaining journalists while they’re paid by politician candidates?
Greenwald suggests that this is illegal. If it isn’t, it should be. It isn’t difficult to see the problems that would come with active soldiers working private detail for politicians.
Miller should have apologized, fired his security, and acknowledged the handcuffing and threats to other journalists were out of line. Instead he’s defending the actions of his security and making excuses that aren’t true.
So to recap, a candidate for the U.S. Senate sees nothing wrong with active duty U.S. troops providing private security for a political candidate, then handcuffing and threatening journalists who ask the candidate tough questions.
Disturbing. But also probably to be expected of a guy who thinks we should adopt an East German model of border control.