Magazine article The Quill

Secret Service Questions Student over Editorial

Magazine article The Quill

Secret Service Questions Student over Editorial

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The Secret Service was accused in February of intimidating a college student who had written a satirical editorial asking Jesus to "smite" President George W. Bush.

The letter, published in mid-February in the Stony Brook Press at the State University of New York campus in Stony Brook, was written by Glenn Given, 22, the paper's managing editor.

Titled "Editorial: Dear Jesus Christ, King of all Kings, All I ask is that you smite George W. Bush," the editorial also asked Jesus to strike down Bush's cabinet and MTV personality Carson Daly.

After a SUNY Stony Brook faculty member apparently contacted authorities, Given said two Secret Service agents and a campus police officer showed up to question him on Feb. 14. They had Given sign waivers allowing them to look at his medical records, searched his apartment and threatened to charge him with a crime, according to a letter sent to the Secret Service by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. …

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