Joe Miller, Liar

Update regarding the creepy, chilling idiocy of Senate candidate Joe Miller’s use of private security to harass and then “arrest” a reporter for trespassing at a public event on Sunday.

Lie #1.

Miller said told Fox the following:

I might also note that the middle school itself required us by a contract for a campaign, required us to have a security team.” 

Miller also was quoted on CNN as saying:

“There was a — a private security team that was required. We had to hire them because the school required that as a term in their lease.”
“‘We do not require users to hire security,'” she said. Renters must only have a security plan to protect users and the school itself, she said, and can resolve the issues with ‘monitors.'”
According to the Daily News, the “monitors” required for such events consist of “hall and parking lot monitors” tasked with advising attendees “of school district courtesy and food rules.”  No mention is made of private security details.  So Miller told a blatant, easily disprovable lie regarding his use of a private militia.
Lie #2
Miller told Fox that the “blogger” (who is a reporter, not a blogger at all) followed him into the bathroom and was generally acting in an overtly threatening manner that forced his security force into action etc. etc.
You have to love this trend of Tea Bag candidates always making subtle, subliminal allusions regarding the masculinity, or lack thereof, exhibited by their opponents.  Christine O’Donnell has also used this tactic, going to so far as to imply that her primary opponent was gay.   Miller’s statement is a lie in this instance, of course, because witnesses have come forth to dispute the Miller campaign’s made-up version of what transpired at the townhall.  A former Miller supporter named Lolly Symbol told the Alaska Dispatch that reporter Tony Hopfinger “didn’t do anything wrong” and that “he wasn’t posing a threat to Miller.”  Ms. Symbol went on to say this regarding Miller’s behavior, though:
Miller tried to get away from the reporter and in doing so put his hand on her arm and pushed her aside. Her 8-year-old son, Vincent Mahoney, was standing right behind her, and Miller bowled him over in his attempt to get away. “I don’t know if [Miller] didn’t see him or didn’t care, but he didn’t say ‘excuse me’ or ‘I’m sorry’. He didn’t even turn his head,” Symbol said. “He simply did not care at all.
What a classy guy!  It sounds like his “anger overcame him.”   I’ll give Ms. Symbol, via the Dispatch, the last word regarding the lies, deceptions and despicable events instigated by Miller and his private security detail:
“The whole thing just made me sick,” she said.”I was a big supporter of Joe Miller, I really was. But not anymore.”
Now about that private security detail…allegations have surfaced that the company who provided it, Drop Zone, was de-certified in 2008 and thus illegal.  I’m trying to confirm that with a reputable source.  The Anchorage Daily News is also reporting that the Army has verified that “two of the guards who assisted in the arrest of the journalist and who tried to prevent two other reporters from filming the detention were active-duty soldiers.”   The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade at Fort Richardson.  The Daily News spoke to the public affairs officer for the Army in Alaska, Maj. Bill Coppernoll, who said:

 

the two soldiers did not have permission from their current chain of command to work for the Drop Zone, but the Army was still researching whether previous company or brigade commanders authorized their employment.”
William Fulton, owner of Drop Zone Security, and all around stand-up guy, admitted that the soldiers told him they may be in trouble, before dismissively adding “they’re adults–They are responsible for themselves.”    Fulton was quoted as saying he arrested Hopfinger “for tresspassing and assault,” according to the Anchorage Daily News. But as we have noted, witnesses like Lolly Symbol have come forth and told media outlets, on the record, that there was no plausible way to construe Hopfinger’s actions as constituting “assault.”  Fulton reasoned that he could arrest Hopfinger for “tresspassing” because the Miller campaign “had rented the space from the school district and had the right to exclude anyone.”  That logic is contradicted by the fact that the district confirmed to the Daily News that it only “rented the cafeteria, stage and parking lot, not the hall where the arrest took place.
The information that is coming out about Drop Zone and William Fulton is frightening.  At least Erik Prince is an intelligent man, Fulton seems like a heavily armed bumpkin, bumbling around a sparsely populated state with his chest puffed out like some imaginary John Wayne.  What does it say about Miller’s ego and mental state that he thinks he needs private security to go to a campaign event at a school, in the first place, let alone a security detail led by Fulton and filled out with off-duty U.S. soldiers, in what may constitute a breach in the conditions of their much more important service to our nation??  If you’re going to be ridiculous enough to hire a private militia at least make sure that said personnel doesn’t consist of active duty soldiers who don’t have permission from their commanding officers to waste their time making your silly ass feel menacing and important enough to ‘arrest’ reporters for asking you questions about the legitimately shady stuff on your resume.  Who does this guy think he is?
Well, we know he’s a liar because his version of what transpired at this event has dissolved into a shameful morass of lies and fantasy.
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