Speech chilled? #FireHolder‬ protest at White House shut down by Secret Service

Student activists gathered outside the White House Monday morning to let President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder know that they intend to hold them accountable for the deadly Fast and Furious operation. But the protesters were quickly cleared out by Secret Service, leading many to wonder if the White House simply didn’t like their message.

Before the #FireHolder‬ protest was shut down, the activists demanded justice for fallen border patrol agent Brian Terry and pressed the White House to release critical documents related to the federal gun-tracking scandal.

Secret Service shut down the protest shortly after it began, citing a suspicious backpack and possibly a bomb threat.

Conservatives weren’t buying the “suspicious package” line.


Maurice Lewis, a student at the University of California, Merced, who marched in the event told Campus Reform that the Secret Service had seemed on edge well before the “suspicious package” was discovered.

“Several agents seemed hostile to our march and seemed anxious for us to leave the area,” said Lewis. “The discovery of the ‘unidentified package’ came just as the protest began to gain traction.”

And as it turns out, their skepticism was warranted.

The Daily Caller Reports:

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told The Daily Caller later that law enforcement was not trying to chill protesters’ free speech rights. “We had an unattended package and we cleared it for public safety,” he said.

Leary admitted the “unattended package” turned out to be “absolutely nothing.”

“We responded as we always do with our SOP [standard operating procedure],” Leary said.

Leary said the Secret Service would not “characterize” the package but made the decision to close down the area out of “an abundance of caution.”

The activists carried on, moving the protest to another location.

But eventually the protest was shut down again.

Sorry, Secret Service, you might be able to clear Pennsylvania Ave. over a “suspicious package,” but you can’t shut down the #FireHolder movement on Twitter.

  • SpaceRacer423

    MSM headline: Radical Racist Conservatives force Secret Service to investigate bomb threat.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    Those students should have had tents for illegal drugs and raping. Secret Service would have never noticed. Maybe if they crap on one of the SS cars they’ll be allowed back. (wow…initials for Secret Service seem very appropriate now)

  • Orangeone

    Michelle, can you try and insert the pix at the bottom from Daily Caller? He is a true American challenging them to call him a racist!! http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/02/secret-service-shuts-down-fire-holder-protest-outside-white-house/

  • Orangeone

    Holder lied and Terry died. Obama lied and Zapata died. They both lied and 300 more died.

  • OxyCon

    Occupy Wall Street drug addicts would never have been harassed.

  • DeBaliviere

    Secret Service shut down protest because backpack DID NOT belong to hooker or contain cocaine.

  • http://ladyliberty1885.com/ LadyLiberty1885 – A.P. Dillon

    Lots of young faces there.

    • rinodino

      All white as well

      • http://twitter.com/LadyLiberty1885 LL1885

        Shove your racism. It has nothing to do with skin color and everything do do with dead agents and dead mexicans.

        • plato102

          This became a story because the protestors were young. Why is it ok to make note of one attribute and racist to make note of another?

      • Orangeone

        Check my link above to Daily Caller, multi-culteral participants and a great minority holding a sign challenging Holder and Obama to call him a racist.


    Your freespeechzone is around the corner. #fireholder

  • BeeKaaay

    More proof that leftwingwackos don’t like free speech.

  • http://twitter.com/StroKevin Kevin Alderman

    So, all one has to do to clear any protest is leave a backpack unattended with a tag that says “Suspicious” on it. I wonder if that will work for #OWS?

    • acmaurer

      Let’s try it!

  • Frank DiSalle

    But I thought everyone loved His Majestyness? Why would the Secret Service ever think someone would want to hurt him?

  • http://michigancplblog.wordpress.com/ The Lone Gunman

    For Obama and Company, free speech is only available to those who agree with them (other fascists, leftists, useful idiots, etc.). Just let Conservatives (or even fellow lefties who still have a shred of decency) try using their free speech rights to demand justice and accountability, and Obama sends out his new SS to squash it.

  • http://michigancplblog.wordpress.com/ The Lone Gunman

    If Obama gets in again (or just retains power), how long will it be before the Secret Service begins to wear deathshead lapel pins?

  • Steve Smith

    So, after their recent sex scandal overseas, now the Secret Service is after old bags? hmmm…