A note from Joel Sipress, whom I mentioned in Land of the Free (except near Bush).
Dear Professor Froomkin,
I came across your blog while doing a google search looking for coverage of the Duluth, Minnesota anti-Bush protests. I saw the entry/discussion of the fact that my mug shot was circulated by Secret Service at the Bush rally in Duluth. Thought you might be interested in hearing some more details. The most likely explanation of how I ended up on the Secret Service list is that I was identified in our local newspaper a few days before Bush's visit as the organizer of an anti-Bush protest (as was Joel Kilgour, another one of the three people whose mug shots were circulated). The protest that I helped organize was held about six blocks from Bush's event with the knowledge and approval of our local police force (who, by the way, went to considerable lengths to make sure that local people could gather and speak freely during Bush's visit). Apparently, organizing a legal event at which citizens gather and speak their minds is now enough to get one labelled a security risk. Pretty serious stuff, at least as I see it. (Our rally, by the way, drew about 1500 people, with several hundred more doing sidewalk protests around town.) Feel free to use this information as you see fit.
Incidentally, this is part of a trend. Seems that even wearing the wrong t-shirt can cause the SS to bar you from a rally to which you have a valid ticket (spotted via Dan). Or even get you taken away in handcuffs. Oh, and then you lose your federal government job (FEMA) too.
Note: the Secret Service's official line is that they’d “do the same thing at a Kerry rally.” Has this in fact ever happened at a Kerry rally?