I know because I got a call from a special agent of the Capitol Police checking with me on my article. She assured me that I hadn't broken any law, that this fell under free speech, that I'd been clear that I didn't want to harm her. But, she added, other people who might read my writing might be incited to action. I assured her that was not my intent. That seemed to reassure her a bit. But then she said that I was in a "grey area."
That roused a bit of a chill in my spine-- a "grey area."
So I said to her, "A grey area? What does that mean?"
I asked, "Have I done anything illegal."
She said "No."
I asked her. "Is there anything I have to do?"
She said no, but her answer left me with the clear impression that it would be better if I took it down, that someone might think I wanted him or her to take action. I made it very clear to her. "I don't want anyone to DO anything. I don't want anyone hurt. I just wanted Katherine Harris to have trouble sleeping because of what she's done. I wrote about a possible scenario. (Hell, one guy tried to run over her with his car. It's not like I came up with the idea. I just wrote about it. I'll repeat again. I don't want anyone to run anyone over. I don't want anyone to hurt anyone else. I did tell the special agent that I'd like to see Harris in jail. I would like to see her arrested. I did say that given the delicious media roasting Harris has been getting lately, I'd rather see her suffering that way. I don't want her hurt.)
She replied, and I'm paraphrasing, that it's one thing to feel remorse about something political, it's another to feel threatened. I wonder. Who do you call when a political party tries to do all it can to make you afraid of terrorist attacks, no matter where you live, no matter how safe you really are? Do you call the capitol police?
Our conversation continued a few minutes more. Then the word warning slipped out.
"I've been warned?" I asked. "I thought I didn't do anything wrong."
The special agent replied, "If further things like this were written we'd have to look into it more." That's a verbatim quote.
So there you have it. After thinking it over, I'm pulling the offending verbiage. Here it is, taken from the original article.
actually, after reading this article to the special agent (yes I may be a wuss, but I will pick my battles and this isnt one worth fighting for) Ive edited the words out at the instruction of the special agent because inciting violence is not free speech. I disagree that it was an incitement to violence, but I wouldnt sleep well if any violence came about because of what I wrote.Now remember, this was a discussion of a nightmare, and my thoughts on how these vote rigging criminals should be worrying about retribution. But on second thought, these are rich, spoiled millionaires. I'd much rather see them rotting in a jail, even a posh one like Martha Stewart spent her time in. I never wanted to see them hurt, just anxious. I never threatened them, and let me say it one more time, would not want to see them hurt in any way-- better to see them indicted, incarcerated and subjected to whatever penalties the law prescribes.
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