Five years to the day after Bernie S. was arrested at gunpoint and
subjected to nearly 17 months of imprisonment by the United States Secret
Service, agents of the USSS have again begun some kind of cat and mouse
game, the nature of which has yet to be revealed.
A Special Agent from the Secret Service showed up unannounced at Bernie's
workplace and told his employer they wanted to question Bernie, who
happened to be out sick that day. When Bernie returned to work the
following day and discovered the Secret Service wanted to talk to him, he
surprised the agent by calling him. What followed was an extremely strange
and circular conversation.
At first the SS agent wouldn't talk to him at all. Then he called Bernie
back and said they needed to talk with him at his home at 7am the next
morning. When Bernie explained he was just getting over a serious illness
and that this was an unreasonable hour, the agent suggested 6am. Bernie
repeatedly offered to answer their questions at several neutral locations,
but they said any place other than his home was unacceptable. Bernie told
them he had nothing to hide, but that he was not comfortable having Secret
Service agents poking around inside his house and that they would have to
get a warrant before he'd let them in. The agent then said he had to go
and would talk to him later.
About ten minutes later, a second, more polished, SS agent called Bernie and
continued trying to persuade him to let them inside his home. The agent
tried to goad Bernie by implying he must have something to hide, and that
if he didn't then there was no reason why they shouldn't be allowed inside
his home. At this point, Bernie tried to explain by saying if you asked
100 people on the street if they'd want federal agents in their living room
and bedroom, almost everyone would say no and that he was no
exception. The SS agent disagreed, saying people have no legitimate fears
about such a visit.
Bernie repeatedly tried to get the SS agents to tell him what they
wanted. Finally, the second agent said, "I need to check to see if your
telephone and Cable TV wiring is hooked up properly." This preposterous
claim made Bernie actually laugh out loud. But as a further gesture of
cooperation, Bernie offered to allow Bell Atlantic and Comcast Cable TV
technicians to inspect his house wiring for them. The SS agents said that,
too, would be unacceptable. It became clear the SS agents were simply
trying anything they could to get a foot in his door. Needless to say,
after Bernie's previous horrendous experience with the Secret Service,
their feet are not welcome in his home. He then gave them his attorney's
name and telephone number and told them to address future inquiries
directly to his lawyer.
So what is this all about? We don't know yet, but clearly something is
up. And the way the Secret Service has played sick games with people's
lives in the past, we felt it would be wise to alert everyone now so we can
all keep a closer eye on them before they try any further outrageous
actions under the veil of secrecy.