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Secret Service Agent Says “Kill Him” Allegatons Not True




Posted by Sal Traina Categories: Editorials, Elections, Media

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“Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.”

The agent in charge of the Secret Service at the Sarah Palin rally, says that the New York Times report about someone yelling “kill him” is unfounded. Think about it. Barack Obama is the Democratic Candidate for President Of The United States. If someone shouted “kill him,” you sure as hell know that someone’s going to be in a lot of trouble.

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Here’s the article about the agent and his team, that heard nothing of the sort.

The agent in charge of the Secret Service field office in Scranton said allegations that someone yelled “kill him” when presidential hopeful Barack Obama’s name was mentioned during Tuesday’s Sarah Palin rally are unfounded.

The Scranton Times-Tribune first reported the alleged incident on its Web site Tuesday and then again in its print edition Wednesday. The first story, written by reporter David Singleton, appeared with allegations that while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd and mentioned Obama’s name a man in the audience shouted “kill him.”

News organizations including ABC, The Associated Press, The Washington Monthly and MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann reported the claim, with most attributing the allegations to the Times-Tribune story.

Agent Bill Slavoski said he was in the audience, along with an undisclosed number of additional secret service agents and other law enforcement officers and not one heard the comment.

“I was baffled,” he said after reading the report in Wednesday’s Times-Tribune.

He said the agency conducted an investigation Wednesday, after seeing the story, and could not find one person to corroborate the allegation other than Singleton.

Slavoski said more than 20 non-security agents were interviewed Wednesday, from news media to ordinary citizens in attendance at the rally for the Republican vice presidential candidate held at the Riverfront Sports Complex. He said Singleton was the only one to say he heard someone yell “kill him.”

“We have yet to find someone to back up the story,” Slavoski said. “We had people all over and we have yet to find anyone who said they heard it.”

Hackett said he did not hear the remark.

Slavoski said Singleton was interviewed Wednesday and stood by his story but couldn’t give a description of the man because he didn’t see him he only heard him.

When contacted Wednesday afternoon, Singleton referred questions to Times-Tribune Metro Editor Jeff Sonderman. Sonderman said, “We stand by the story. The facts reported are true and that’s really all there is.”

Slavoski said the agents take such threats or comments seriously and immediately opened an investigation but after due diligence “as far as we’re concerned it’s closed unless someone comes forward.” He urged anyone with knowledge of the alleged incident to call him at 346-5781. “We’ll run at all leads,” he said.

I tried to look all over the net for a video of this happening. The only thing I found was a video on The Huffington Post of somebody shouting “treason” at a rally. You know what? I think when you slander your own military, it’s no big deal if someone is declaring you committed treason.

On a related note, The New York Times openly endorses Barack Obama, and has in the past, had to retract stories because of false allegations involving the McCain campaign. Remember that I stated in a previous blog, that 69% of people in a poll, said the media is biased. Also, in a 5-to-1 margin, people think the media is trying to help Obama win.

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